Last Saturday was a fun and busy day filled with many campaign stops and multiple events around the city. We started with block walking in Newman Village, talking with voters about the upcoming election. Next was a quick stop in Richwoods at Lawler Middle School for a Ugadi celebration. Then, Alpha Kappa Psi hosted its very first candidate forum. Great job, guys! Then, one of my favorite annual events, the celebration of colors, Holi. It is as fun as the pictures look if you have never participated. Then, with Dana on my arm, I closed the evening at the Frisco Family Services Gala. We live in a city with people who care, love, and give. Thank you to everyone who worked to organize all these many events. You are what makes Frisco great.
On Sunday, I met with a group of Hollyhock residents who had questions about Universal. It was a good discussion about this development and its impact on Frisco. For a beautiful Saturday afternoon, it was a nice gathering. We talked about the traffic impact, the $200MM road construction currently underway in the northwest sector of Frisco, the opportunities for small businesses, and what the process was with working with Universal.
If you and a group of friends or neighbors have questions about Universal, please reach out and I am glad to talk with your group.
Then later that evening, we met with a gathering of Indian businessmen who support Frisco and want to keep our city on the success track. It was a fun night meeting new friends. Thank you, Krishna Nimmagadda, for organizing.
Owners of Countdown2Escape, Fred and Shannon Hammond, hosted a gathering of the Rail District merchants in the Hammond home. We had the opportunity to talk about the Rail District, the challenges, and how Frisco is aggressively stepping up to transform the Rail District. Thank you, Shannon and Fred, and everyone who came.
We started Tuesday evening with the Diversity Leadership Council, led by Kevin Westerfield. It was a wonderful group of business leaders who care about the future of Frisco and want to keep Frisco strong. Thank you, Kevin, for inviting me to your meeting.
Next, we headed over to the Nack Theater. If you would have told me a few years ago that we would have a community theater in our Rail District and THE Chevy Chase would make a personal appearance, I wouldn’t have believed you. Thank you, Donny Churchman, for creating a downtown with entertainment, and curated restaurants and businesses. Your hard work is paying off.
The longtime Dallas-based entrepreneurship group, DEC, held an event in Frisco at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Over 1400 people showed up to talk about building a strong innovation and startup sector here in Frisco, and the greater Dallas area. We know the importance of intentionally working to grow our entrepreneurial community. Thank you, Frisco EDC’s Jasmin Brand, for taking the lead in making Frisco known as a city of innovation.
Next, I ran over to the Embassy Suites to attend the second half of the Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans event sponsored by the Frisco VFW. Their Commander, Shenna Lawless, also hosts an incredible and moving event. They even had a Huey helicopter in the parking lot so the veterans could see and take photos. The keynote was 95-year-old General Carey, he has led an impressive life and career. Thank you, and welcome home!
Thursday evening, we welcomed Frost Bank and officially opened their new banking location on the corner of Warren and Dallas Parkway, across from The Star. Justin Shoemaker is the lead executive and has lived in the area for many years. He is excited about Frisco Bank becoming an integral part of our community. Congratulations on your beautiful new offices and branch location.
Councilwoman Angelia Pelham, along with her husband, Dono Pelham, and Scott Ellis and Wendi McGowan-Ellis hosted a wonderful event at the Pelham’s beautiful home. It was filled with many dear friends who have supported me and Frisco over the years. Thank you for your consistency and commitment to the city we love.
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