Twenty-five years ago, two Plano women responded to the call for help from children who are in abusive and neglected home situations. 

Nancy Boyd and Kay Goodman were teachers in Plano ISD who noticed some students carrying their school things in trash bags.

Concerned, they discovered that the students were homeless and worse; there was no shelter in Plano for them to stay.

Boyd and Goodman were shocked. They set out to establish a shelter themselves, and in December 1988 they opened the first Collin Intervention To Youth shelter.

Today, this is City House — a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness. 

Star Children’s Charities chose to honor Boyd and Goodman at the Star Executive Summit for their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of thousands of Texas children in need. They will be honored May 24 during the third Star Executive Summit, which will feature former First Lady Laura Bush as the keynote speaker.

This fundraising event, held at the Embassy Suites Frisco Conference Center, brings together philanthropists, business executives, leaders and individuals in support of the mission of Star to raise the level of philanthropy in our community to positively impact children's lives.

Proceeds from this event will go to City House.

While Mrs. Bush is best known as a former First Lady and the wife of President George W. Bush, her first career in teaching and library science was motivated by her lifelong love of children and commitment to education. Mrs. Bush will describe her work as First Lady and the experiences that shaped the United States’ first decade of the 21st century. 

Sponsorships and ticket reservations for the Star Executive Summit are available at www.starchildrens.com or by calling 972.943.3344. Sponsorships begin at $2,500 and individual tickets at $150. Space is limited and reservations are required.

 For more information about City House, go to www.cityhouse.org.