Mary Lee Nunnally Farrior

Tampa, FL

Mary Lee Nunnally Farrior of Tampa has a commitment to improving the lives of Florida’s children that spans 55 years. Upon moving to Tampa in 1958, she began reading to underprivileged children. She continued to volunteer through the Junior League of Tampa, The Children’s Home and The Spring of Tampa Bay while raising her own four boys, and supported education through her commitment to the University of Florida. Ms. Farrior’s passion for helping children culminated in the founding of Mary Lee’s House. A child advocacy assessment and protection center which houses multiple services in one location, Mary Lee’s House has helped more than 12,000 abused and neglected children and has trained more than 2,500 individuals on how to identify and report child abuse since its opening in November 2008. The Center promotes the collaboration of professionals from all areas of child protection and minimizes trauma to the children and families it serves by offering multiple services in one location. Mary Lee Farrior has truly dedicated countless hours and resources to helping Florida’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children.