MARY R. PICKENS
2014 Recipient of the Marie L. Matthews Award
Mary has been committed to community service for over thirty five years, supporting Corner House and many other community organizations.
Mary has volunteered with Corner House since 2004 serving in many roles, including Foundation Secretary and now as a member of the Advisory Board.
Mary is the fourth recipient of Corner House’s Marie L. Matthews Award for demonstrating all the values Marie held close in her life and gave so generously to the Princeton Community. As a volunteer at Corner House Mary continues to encourage others to get involved, as she did, in our programs and is a champion of the causes at Corner House. She has been an inspiration to others giving her time, resources, ideas and general overall guidance to the organization. Mary has assisted with many Corner House benefits, direct mail campaigns and fund raising efforts.
Mary was active in the YWCA of Princeton from 1978-1988, she was the chair of the Pearl Bates Scholarship Committee, the After School Program Committee and was a member of the Interim Home Family Committee. During her tenure, her services to the Princeton YWCA were of the utmost importance to the community.
In 1997-2007 Mary was actively involved as the Administrator of the Town Topics Christmas Fund at Family and Children’s Services. An organization raising money to assist area community members by providing them with emergency financial help, including many Corner House clients.
Other organizations in which Mary has been a board member or chair of the board include: 1978-1984 Princeton Youth Fund; 2006- 2009 Pretty Brook Tennis Club; and co-chair of the Chautauqua Fund, 2008-2011; on the executive Boards of PTOs at John Witherspoon Middle School and Princeton High School in the 80’s and from 2008 to present a committee member of NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Mary lives in Princeton with her husband, of 49 years, Dr. Robert Pickens. They have three married children Tim and Jennifer Pickens-Kingston, Justin and Sara Pickens Doran and Matthew and Rebecca Pickens and 10 grandchildren. Her greatest joy now is spending time with her grandchildren, five who attend Princeton schools.