As the sun was setting Wednesday, the season’s first cold front had dropped temperatures so a good pashmina was the perfect accessory for the Phoenix House of Texas Hill A. Feinberg Academy ribbon cutting and dedication of the Paul M. Bass Jr. Road to Recovery and Administration and Outpatient Facilities Building. No, people weren’t turning blue with a chill, but they did see a perfect opportunity to group together in the courtyard of the facility to take advantage of body heat.
Speaking of the facility, the finished product of brick and mortar was outstanding thanks to the funds provided by so many (The Crystal Charity Ball, Horace C. Cabe Foundation, Renee and Hill A. Feinberg, FirstSouthwest, Hillcrest Foundation, HobliPtzelle Foundation, Gene and Jerry Jones Family, The Lupe Murchison Foundation, Annette and Harold Simmons, T. Boone Pickens, PlainsCapital Corporation, Aileen and Jack Pratt Foundation, Betsy and Jim Sowell, Sturgis Educational and Charitable Trust and Lee Ann and Alan White).
As guests entered the walkway leading to the courtyard, the first thing they spotted was a stone plaque honoring the late Paul Bass, who had inspired so many.
Before taking their seats under a tent for the ribbon-cutting, the crowd compared notes. Phoenix House Founder Mitchell Rosenthal was chatting with Alan White and others about the weather. Upon leaving New York City that morning, he had heard the temperature to be 38 degrees, but now it was up to the 60’s. . . not so bad with the sun shining.
When a guest complimented Lee Ann White about the million-dollar-luncheon she chaired earlier this year featuring Jeb Bush and how it had spearheaded the Phoenix House expansion, she quickly demurred, “Oh, no! Crystal Charity got this started!”
And the CCB ladies including Debbie Oates were present but way in the background at the event.
Promptly the ceremony took place because people had to get home in time for the Rangers playing in the World Series. This subject is the driving force nowadays for most event agendas, don’t you know.
Phoenix House CEO/President Howard Meitiner welcome the group and thanked everyone for supporting this “new, improved and enlarged facility.” Because of the expansion, it will allow the group to offer an expanded range of residential and outpatient services.
Did you know that Phoenix House Hill A. Feinberg Academy is projected to work with 450 teens through its Intensive Residential treatment program and 250 will be served through its Outpatient Program?
One of those served through the Phoenix House was Mariela, who at the age of 13 was using cheese heroin. But that was four years ago. . . four sober years ago. Wednesday, she held the scissors for the official ribbon cutting with City Councilwoman Pauline Medrano, Hill, Phoenix House Deputy Regional Director Maeve O’Neill and Howard by her side.
Thanks to the support of so many, there will be many more like Mariela, who will cut through teen drug abuse.