Royse City Chamber finds ‘small opportunities’ to benefit community in big way

(ROYSE CITY, TX – Nov. 20, 2015) The belief of the Royse City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is that we can’t seek achievement for ourselves personally and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. If we as a community don’t step up to help each other, then who will?

That is why we take small opportunities to help others every opportunity we can. There are three examples of our working together we would like to share:

With the help of our committees, volunteers and participants during our 26th Annual FunFest Celebration on October 17, it was our honor to take $2,000 raised from Microfest and present it to the Military Heritage Museum in Nevada, and the $1,554 from our RunFest 5k and apply it to the restoration effort for our historic calaboose.

The Military Heritage Collection of North Texas exists to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts to honor America’s military veterans and to help educate visitors about the long history of loyal dedicated service and sacrifice that has been provided by the men and woman of the United States military. It is run by curator Mark Witham and is located at 20798 County Road 590, Nevada, TX 75173.

Our Historic Calaboose was built between 1911 and 1921. It was used for less dangerous offenders and others were taken to Dallas to be incarcerated. The Jail sits below surrounding terrain and is prone to flooding. It has been deteriorating for years and needs major repair work done before its total collapse. Repair requires the help of engineering experts and there are major costs involved with research and restoration.

In addition, the Annual Wreath Auction which takes place during our November Chamber Luncheon was started from a desire to help our local animal shelter. Since then we have donated the proceeds to several local charities. This year the $1,090 raised will be supporting the newly formed Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County which makes it possible for a neglected/abused child to only have to tell his or her story one time in a recorded interview with a trained Children’s Advocacy Center professional, rather than having to explain the story numerous times. Under one roof are housed law enforcement, child protective services, therapists, caseworkers, interns, nurses and volunteers.

In every community there is work to be done and in every heart there is the power to do it.

If you would like more information on any of these causes, please contact the Royse City Chamber of Commerce at 972-636-5000 or e-mail .

Submitted by the Royse City Chamber of Commerce. 


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