Frisco RoughRiders Honor City House as Hometown Heroes

On Saturday, June 28, the Frisco RoughRiders Baseball Club and Baylor Medical Center at Frisco proudly presented the evening’s Hometown Heroes: City House – Frisco.

4481For more than 26 years, City House has provided emergency shelter for Collin County youth in need — due to abuse, neglect or homelessness — as they transfer into foster care or other homes. City House is the only program of its kind in Collin County, serving more than 500 children, young adults and families each year. City House helps children and young adults develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life, especially while coping with difficult relationships and circumstances.

This year, 204 Frisco ISD students have been identified as homeless. Locally led by Ann and Del Harris, City House is expanding into Frisco in its mission to help these young men and women. With renovations already underway, City House plans to open a home for young adult females this summer and a home for young adult men by the end of the year.

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L-R: Teachers Jeff and Misti Walton and Hunt Middle School students 
Jocelyn Vasquez, Mikko Tauriainen, Ryan Buckalew, Jessica Genovese, 
Maria Lawson, Rachel James and Samantha Buckalew. Photo submitted by Karen Buckalew.

This past March, Frisco’s Hunt Middle School held a dance-a-thon and raised more than $12,000 to assist in the Frisco expansion of City House, as well as a book drive raising several hundred dollars in new books for City House. Hunt Middle School students are true champions of the cause, and at the game, City House invited all Frisco ISD Middle Schools to participate in next year’s Frisco-THON.

Following the Star Spangled Banner, a warm welcome was given to the starting lineup…the students of Hunt Middle School.

The students and two faculty members ran out onto the baseball field accompanied by a starting RoughRider player. Each participant received a Frisco RoughRiders’ ball cap and baseball, which were later autographed by the players. They were treated to experience the ball game in a private suite hosted by Baylor Medical Center at Frisco where they enjoyed food, drink and ice cream. The Frisco RoughRiders’ mascot, Deuce, joined them for personal photos.

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Ann Harris, Teresa Keenan & Dr. Jimmy Laferney were presented a RoughRiders jersey.

Ann and Del Harris, development chairs for City House-Frisco and City House Executive Director Teresa Keenan were presented with an official Frisco RoughRiders/City House baseball jersey, which will be framed and hung in the Frisco Youth Resource Center at Stonebrook and Preston. Jimmy D. Laferney, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Baylor Medical Center, Frisco joined the City House representatives on the field for the presentation.

The Frisco RoughRiders and Baylor Medical Center at Frisco honored both City House and Hunt Middle School for all they do to support youth homelessness in Collin County. Baylor Frisco is proud to support City House, and its mission to protect youth, empower change and transform lives.

The evening came to a memorable and festive end with the Frisco RoughRiders defeating the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 5-3.

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