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Major altruists honor Dallas advocate Jan Pickens with Flora Award

Major altruists honor Dallas advocate Jan Pickens with Flora Award

Courtney Love, Jan Pickens, Jennifer Huff, Flora Award
Courtney Love, Jan Pickens, Jennifer Huff Photo by Daniel Driensky
Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Backbill, Flora Award
Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Backbill Photo by Daniel Driensky
Ebby Halliday Acers, Flora Award
Ebby Halliday Acers Photo by Daniel Driensky
Gloria Martindale, Michal Powell, Vicki Chapman, Flora Award
Gloria Martindale, Michal Powell, Vicki Chapman Photo by Daniel Driensky
Guy Griffeth, Louise Griffeth, Dee Wyly, Terry Van Wilson, Flora Award
Guy Griffeth, Louise Griffeth, Dee Wyly, Terry Van Wilson Photo by Daniel Driensky
Jan Pickens, Bob Pickens, Frank King, Flora Award
Jan Pickens, Bob Pickens, Frank King Photo by Daniel Driensky
vicki chapman, gloria martindale, jane pickens, mike trussell, flora award
Vicki Chapman, Gloria Martindale, Jane Pickens, Mike Trussell Photo by Daniel Driensky
suzy rhodes, tom rhodes, flora award
Suzy Rhodes, Tom Rhodes Photo by Daniel Driensky
Rick Blanton, Susan White, Flora Award
Rick Blanton, Susan White Photo by Daniel Driensky
Plack Carr, Cissy Carr, Flora Award
Plack Carr, Cissy Car Photo by Daniel Driensky
Peggy Sewell, Nancy Dedman, Billie Leigh Rippey, Linda Gibbons, Flora Award
Peggy Sewell, Nancy Dedman, Billie Leigh Rippey, Linda Gibbons, Photo by Daniel Driensky
Nicky Oates, Debbie Oates, Flora Award
Nicky Oates, Debbie Oates Photo by Daniel Driensky
Nicholas McCord, Stacey McCord, Aprl Abney, Allison Farrow, Bob Farrow, Flora Award
Nicholas McCord, Stacey McCord, Aprl Abney, Allison Farrow, Bob Farrow Photo by Daniel Driensky
Linda Custard, Bill Custard, Flora Award
Linda Custard, Bill Custard Photo by Daniel Driensky
Ashley Boisture, Jennifer Willis, Courtney Love, Erin Marshall, Flora Award
Ashley Boisture, Jennifer Willis, Courtney Love, Erin Marshall Photo by Daniel Driensky
Janet Smith, Waverly Smith, Flora Award
Janet Smith, Waverly Smith Photo by Daniel Driensky
Courtney Love, Jan Pickens, Jennifer Huff, Flora Award
Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Backbill, Flora Award
Ebby Halliday Acers, Flora Award
Gloria Martindale, Michal Powell, Vicki Chapman, Flora Award
Guy Griffeth, Louise Griffeth, Dee Wyly, Terry Van Wilson, Flora Award
Jan Pickens, Bob Pickens, Frank King, Flora Award
vicki chapman, gloria martindale, jane pickens, mike trussell, flora award
suzy rhodes, tom rhodes, flora award
Rick Blanton, Susan White, Flora Award
Plack Carr, Cissy Carr, Flora Award
Peggy Sewell, Nancy Dedman, Billie Leigh Rippey, Linda Gibbons, Flora Award
Nicky Oates, Debbie Oates, Flora Award
Nicholas McCord, Stacey McCord, Aprl Abney, Allison Farrow, Bob Farrow, Flora Award
Linda Custard, Bill Custard, Flora Award
Ashley Boisture, Jennifer Willis, Courtney Love, Erin Marshall, Flora Award
Janet Smith, Waverly Smith, Flora Award

More than 150 prominent Dallasites showed up to the elegantly decorated Grand Hall at Texas Discovery Gardens to honor Jan Pickens with the prestigious 2013 Flora Award.

Guests — including Ebby Halliday Acers, Caroline Rose Hunt, Dee Wyly, Peggy Sewell, Nancy Dedman and Billie Leigh Rippey, Debbie and Nicky Oates, Rick Blanton, and Susan White — enjoyed a welcome cocktail or two preceding a four-course meal by Cassandra Fine Catering.

This was a decadent way to begin the evening’s events, which included an introduction of Pickens by last year’s recipient, Barbara Hunt Crow, and the presentation of the award, which was designed by deBoulle.

This award recognizes outstanding citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to beautification, education, and the advancement of the environment and quality of life. And this active philanthropist is busy making a difference in our community.

“Jan Pickens is tireless in her quest to raise money and awareness for the causes she holds dear,” said co-chair Courtney Love. “Her work with the Salvation Army is revered, and for Texas Discovery Gardens, it was Jan who took the Flora Award from a simple tea and turned it into the elegant event it is today. She has grace, elegance and a deep faith — there is no one more deserving of this award than she.”

In addition to the Salvation Army and Texas Discovery Gardens, Pickens also supports and works with the Junior League of Dallas, the Crystal Charity Ball committee, Women’s Guild of the Dallas Society for Crippled Children, United Way, the Dallas Woman’s Club, Dallas Historical Society, M.D. Anderson, United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dallas (for which she received the 2003 Distinguished Service Award), Meals on Wheels, and many more. 

Most recently, the Dallas Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi honored her with the 2012 Founder’s Day Award for Community Service.

Funds raised through the Flora Award help Texas Discovery Gardens’ staff achieve their mission to teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in an urban setting, with a focus on gardening organically and sustainably.