In order to spread good news in 2023, I have been writing about people and organizations giving back to the community.
Readers enjoy seeing uplifting, positive stories. So today, I wanted to write about a woman from Houston and the good she is doing for the community.
Her name is Lynn Wyatt- let's take a quick look at their story.
The Houston socialite
“You’re the most glamorous person I know,” Sir Elton John to Lynn Wyatt
Lynn Wyatt was born in Houston in 1935, the granddaughter of the founder of the Sakowitz Department Store chain, a chain of family-owned department stores based in Houston.
In 1963 she married oil and gas executive and self-made millionaire Oscar Wyatt, so Lynn was fortunate enough to grow up in a wealthy family. In fact, in the 1970s/early 1980s, the family mansion in Houston was known as the "Wyatt Hyatt." It hosted Princess Margaret, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Mick Jagger, amongst many celebrities and royalty.
Wyatt became known as a socialite but, more importantly, as a generous philanthropist. Some of her major gifts include:
- $10 million to the City of Houston in 2019 to renovate Jones Plaza.
- $10 million to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2020.
- $1 million to the Houston Grand Opera.
- $1.2 million to Ertan Digestive Disease Center, a Gastroenterology Center of Excellence at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
In addition, she has raised money for organizations such as the Houston Ballet and the Elton John AIDS Foundation and assisted the U.S. Naval Academy Board, the Princess Grace Foundation U.S.A., and the Medical Prevention and Research Institute.
At 87, Lynn is still giving to charitable organizations wherever she can.
What do you think of Lynn Wyatt's charity? What organizations in Houston would you like to see her support?
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