Currently, as the founder and president of Birdiewear, Inc., Phyllis designs her own line of golf apparel, something she loves doing. She was introduced to Houston’s charitable community in 1991 when she became a member of the Houston Cosmopolitan Exchange Club and volunteered her time to assist with raising funds for the Houston Police Activities League and the Escape Center for Women. While volunteering, she discovered her artistic training and talent were invaluable to designing and setting up visual displays for silent and live auctions. She served as co-chair of Chuck Norris’ Kick Drugs out of America’s annual gala in 1997. Now known as KICKSTART Foundation, its mission is to change and help save the lives of children through martial arts programs by providing them with life skills to bolster their self-image.
Although her heart is with KICKSTART Foundation, Phyllis has donated her considerable artistic talents as silent auction chair or co-chair to several different charities. For her unending volunteerism, Phyllis was honored in 2009 with the Excellence in Bloom Award at the Huffington Center on Aging.