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Pink Ribbon House

The Pink Ribbon House project was a unique and collaborative philanthropic experience dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research and patient care at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

The project itself involved the construction of a luxury home, designed with all the latest new home advantages and decorated in the finest design traditions. Funds were raised through home tours, corporate and individual sponsorships, and activities leading up to the tours, which took place in the spring every other year.

Established in 2003 by the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center Advisory Council, the project raised nearly $2.5 million for the Smith Breast Center.

"The Pink Ribbon House project has been an amazing vehicle for the Smith Breast Center in terms of increasing community awareness of what in 2003 was a new breast cancer clinical care and research program in Houston,” said Dr. Kent Osborne, director of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. "It has also provided funding to support our missions of research and community outreach, especially the underserved."

Past Homes

Pink Ribbon Houses was the brainchild of Royce Hassell, a Houston builder who wanted to offer his own personal touch to fundraising efforts in honor of his wife, Silvia, a breast cancer survivor.


Description: The 2012 Pink Ribbon House depicts the style of a French country home set in Memorial's Hunters Creek Village.
Builder: Levitt Partnership, Ltd.
Interior designers: Valerie Cook, Julie Blailock, Rachel Reppond, Belinda Bennett, Lauren Amber Prestenbach, Christine Ho, Julie Dodson, Trisha Dodson, Leslie Sinclair, Molly Sullivan Levitt and Molly Oshman


Description: The 2010 Pink Ribbon House depicts the style of a European country home set on a large wooded lot in Hunters Creek.
Builder: Hersh Levitt and Levitt Partnership, Ltd.
Interior designers: Katie Galliano, Julia Blailock, Suzanne B. Duin, Julie Dodson, Cindy Saucier Dickerson, Christine Ho, Leslie Strauss, Leslie Sinclair


Description: Modeled after a Tuscan country villa, this 6,300-square-foot home is located at 5316 Longmont in the Tanglewood area.
Builder: Robert and Mina Covington of Covington Builders
Interior designers: Chandos Dodson, Julie Dodson, Trisha Dodson, Suzanne Duin, Katie Galliano, Peggy Hull and Shannon Mann.


Description: Located at 410 Pine Shadows in Tanglewood, this Pink Ribbon House project was recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Awards for its outstanding and unique nature.
Builder: Patti Barnett of Barnett Custom Homes Inc.
Funds raised: $367,000 Number of visitors: 2,000


Description: This “Old English” Tudor style home in Bellaire is 8,000 square feet and located at 7907 South Rice Avenue.
Builder: Royce Hassell of R. Hassell Properties
Interior Designer: Silvia Hassell, a breast cancer survivor, designed the home. The Houston chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers provided 28 professional interior designers to decorate the home.


Description: Houston’s first Pink Ribbon House was built in West University Place at3311 Amherst Street. Made of stucco and stone, the home featured more than 5,200 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Builder: Carol Gradziel of Keystone Homes
Interior Designers: Houston chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers