Houston Treasure for 2016
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Nancy Rich Gordon tries to make each day count for a “little something extra.” Feeling so very blessed in life, she strives to “give back” to the Houston community. Nancy’s successful volunteer efforts have benefited causes ranging from children’s health and education to the environment and the arts.
Nancy received a degree in elementary education and since that time her primary focus has been on children. She has served on the Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees since 1998 and the TIRR Foundation Board since 1999. She serves on the boards of the Cullen Trust for Healthcare, Bo’s Place, The Institute for Spirituality and Health, Bayou Bend, and University of Texas Athletic Advisory Council.
Known for raising millions of dollars for important causes, Nancy has successfully chaired major fundraising campaigns, galas and events for worthy organizations including Texas Children’s Hospital, The Kinkaid School, Episcopal High School, Briarwood School, Trees For Houston, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association.
She is a past Trustee of The Kinkaid School; founding member and past executive committee member of VICTORY, which produces the Cattle Baron’s Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society; and founding member of the Covenant House Texas Guild. She has served as President of both the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association and the Foundation Board, has co-chaired the Glassell School of Art Gala and served on the University of Texas College of Fine Arts Advisory Council.
Nancy is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she was elected Homecoming Queen and crowned Miss Missouri USA. She has received the Woman of Distinction Award, presented by Channel 13 and CCFA; the Bo’s Place Robin Bush Award; Kappa Kappa Gamma Achiever and Loyalty Awards; the Kezia DePelchin Award; and has been the TIRR Family “Connect the Docs” benefit honoree and Crisis Intervention benefit honoree.
Nancy’s community involvement and accomplishments are a team effort with her husband of 43 years, James, and she considers their three wonderful sons her finest achievement.