Tuesday, December 15, 2020, marked Holly Hall’s 68th annual Silver Tea. Last year’s time-honored event was a virtual tea and home tour featuring the unique home of Anne Whitlock and Michael Skelly. Anne and Michael renovated Houston’s decommissioned Fire Station No. 2, built in 1910, and it is now their main residence. Our virtual tour gave participants a rare glimpse into the home and its history as a fire station.


During the tea, we took time to honor two very worthy individuals. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña is a 26-year veteran of the fire service and has been chief of the Houston Fire Department 2016. Holly Hall is often reliant on the Houston Fire Department and is proud to honor the man who leads a dedicated team of first responders.

The remarkable Mary Bain Pearson was given a special Legacy Honoree designation for her 57 years of service as a Board Member with Holly Hall and her dedication to the Houston Community. Mary Bain has spent countless hours volunteering with Holly Hall residents and given valuable leadership over the years. Mary Bain has truly made her mark on Holly Hall and we are delighted to honor such a deserving individual.


Proceeds from the Silver Tea are used to cover the “cost of care” for those residents who, over time, are no longer able to do so themselves. Holly Hall is dependent on the generosity of friends like you to provide such care. A gift to the Silver Tea will provide a resident the peace-of-mind that they may continue living in their home despite their individual circumstances.


Keeping the safety of everyone in mind, last year’s Tea was held virtually, which allowed donors of $100 or more to join us in the comfort of their homes.  The tour aired live on December 15th at 1:30 pm and was available to view online through January 1, 2021.


We are still confirming the details of the 2021 Silver Tea and will be excited to announce them soon!  We expect that the 2021 Silver Tea will also be held virtually.


Underwriters giving $1,000 or more will receive a Tea Setting that can be shared with up to eight friends or family while viewing the virtual tour.  Please practice safe social distancing if gathering in a group!  Tea Settings will be delivered on Monday, December 14th to a single address of your choosing.  The fair market value for each Tea Setting is $12 per person.

Underwriters giving $500 or more will receive recognition on the printed invitation and Holly Hall’s website.

Underwriters and donors giving $100 or more will receive a link to the virtual home tour.


Silver Tea Service

Includes a Tea Setting for eight


Silver Tea Pot

Includes a Tea Setting for six


Porcelain Tea Pot

Includes a Tea Setting for four


Cup of Tea

Includes a Tea Setting for two


Spot of Tea


Donations received by October 7, 2020, received recognition in the 2020 printed invitation.


For more information on the Silver Tea, please call Susan Thraen, Director of Development, at 281-936-2850.