Nearly 100 people, including elected officials, community leaders, Chamber executives and board, Community Lifeline Center’s board members and staff, veterans and veterans' services agencies, volunteers, donors and supporters turned out to celebrate CLC's new location.

Notables sited in the crowd includes Mayor Brian Loughmiller and Mayor Pro-Tem Travis Ussery, Collin County Commissioner Matt Shaheen, CLC Board Members;  Robert Camp, Tony Forsythe, Sharon Hagen, Jay Halderman, Jamie St. Clair, and Mikie Loughridge, and representatives from the Texas Veterans Commission.

The event started out with the Chamber traditional ribbon-cutting. Chamber president Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray spoke of the special relationship between the two organizations, specifically regarding the relocation. The Leadership McKinney class, including LaFreniere Ray, adopted CLC as its Make a Difference Day project. With guidance from Deb Fitzgerald of the Chamber, and Dana Riley of Volunteer McKinney, the class raised nearly half of the funds necessary to pay for technology infrastructure.

Their project also encompassed an “Extreme Agency Makeover,” as they scoured their respective businesses for gently used office furniture, and almost completely outfitted both the client services offices at 1601 W. University Dr., and the administrative offices at 1601 N. Waddill St. Finally, a complete renovation of the green space yielded the new “Zen Garden,” and CLC’s new donor recognition display, a custom painted “giving tree” in the lobby.

CLC Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd welcomed and thanked the crowd. She said, “Some of you know this has been a long time coming. And some of you know this has been a really long time coming. 2012 was an exciting year … but we are nowhere near finished accomplishing our goals. In fact, we have a project on the table that is so ambitious; I promise that when it is unveiled, it will be the first of its kind in north Collin County.”

“In the meantime, with your support, we will continue to serve residents of McKinney and 16 surrounding small communities, and Veterans and their families through the entire county, as well as partner with churches and other agencies to be a conduit as we work together to guide people back to self-sufficiency.”

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CLC Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd speaks during the Grand Reopening of the Center.