It was an exciting day on December 1, as City House held a ribbon-cutting, sign dedication and house warming event in celebration of its new Youth Resource Center and administrative offices. The event took place at the organization’s new home, a beautiful Victorian-style house where the ArtCentre of Plano used to reside — 901 18th Street in Plano, Tex. (corner of Ave. H and 18th).
Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and former Plano Mayor Pat Evans were on hand for the ribbon-cutting, along with City House founders Nancy Boyd and Kay Goodman. Current and former members of City House’s board of directors and staff were there, including Executive Director Sheri Messer and Board President Marilee Cumming.
City House was very excited to have JP Piccinini, founder of JP & Associates Realtors, as part of the event, as the real estate brokerage firm has partnered with the organization on a sponsorship that will allow a new sign in front of the new offices and resource center as part of the ribbon-cutting. Their generosity also made possible a pictorial gallery of the nonprofit’s history with images featured throughout the house commemorating our service to the community and celebrating the successes of the youth that City House serves. JP & Associates’ dedication and support will make this house a home for the young people utilizing City House resources, counseling and programs.
JP & Associates also gives out school scholarships at their annual holiday party to deserving teens who are working hard towards their goals; select City House residents have been recipients. JP & Associates agents also generously donate a percentage of their sales to City House.
“It was an honor to have our two co-founders here to officially cut the ribbon on our new home,” said Messer. “Nancy and Kay are the reasons we are here and remain such a great inspiration for us all. We are also very appreciative to the Mayor, the City Council, and the Plano Chamber of Commerce for coming out and showing their support.
“And what can you say about JP Piccinini and his team? JP & Associates has been a great partner of City House for years. They have a great tradition in hosting a holiday party every December for underprivileged and at-risk children at Main Event in Frisco, and our kids have always been a part of it. They are a growing firm and make it a priority to be involved in every community they do business in. We’d like to thank them for their commitment to the community and all they have done for City House.”
Ron Bultongez performed at the City House ribbon-cutting, a talented young man who only needs a guitar and his voice to memorize and entertain:
City House’s choice of date to show off the facility couldn’t have been more appropriate, given the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving fueled by social media and collaboration.
Following the ribbon-cutting there was a house warming from 10:30 am-5:00 pm for the community to come tour the facility, meet City House staff, and learn about the services and programs the organization provides for homeless and troubled youth and young adults in North Texas. Starbucks will be serving some of their delicious coffee at the event as well.
This event showcased City House success stories, with attendees gaining tips on recognizing the signs of youth in need, learning about how to best report a concern, and becoming familiar with resources in our community that can immediately assist in getting a child to safety.
In the evening the nonprofit again opened its doors for a holiday reception hosted by City House’s Board of Directors and staff where they thanked, honored and toasted key supporters, sponsors and new friends.