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FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE OPENS
HONEY ALEXANDER CENTER
The move is only the third for the 75-year-old Nashville institution.
NASHVILLE, TENN. – JUNE 17, 2019 – With construction complete, Family & Children’s Service (FCS), one of Nashville’s oldest and most respected nonprofits, officially celebrated the opening of its brand-new facility, The Honey Alexander Center, today. Approximately 200 people gathered for the event including Honey Alexander and her husband Sen. Alexander and their four children; Mayor David Briley; other members of city leadership; FCS Board Members; major donors to the capital campaign; neighbors; community service professionals; as well as past clients served by FCS.
The new building features a:
…among many other exciting amenities.
The center is named for former Tennessee First Lady Honey Alexander, who has been a champion of child health and welfare since the 1980s and a long-time supporter of FCS.
“Honey Alexander has been a powerful advocate for children and families for decades,” said FCS CEO Michael McSurdy. “She has also been a longtime volunteer, board member and chair, and generous supporter of Family & Children’s Service. We’re grateful to her and the whole Alexander Family for helping to make this project possible. Because of them, we will be able to continue to meet our mission to serve our community’s most vulnerable children and families for the next 75 years and beyond.”
Family & Children’s Service is also greatly appreciative to the Frist Family and the HCA Foundation for its leadership gifts.Pete Bird of The Frist Foundation said, “The new facility is perfect for the community members it serves and for the staff members who serve them. The work is hard, and clients are dealing with tough situations. This building will help everyone to better navigate their challenges. Plus, it will be a great asset to the larger community.“
Special leadership donors (donors who gave transformational gifts of $100k to $1 million) recognized at the event include:
Brian Shulman of The Shulman Family Foundation said, “My father overcame a difficult childhood and broke the cycle. Our family enjoyed a wonderful childhood here and although he is not with us now, it is a privilege and honor to support FCS and the tireless work they do to help those in need of support dealing with mental health and abuse issues. We have an obligation to reach out and support those in need, especially with our expanding population.”
“Thanks to these donors, and many others, we have been able to meet more than 90% of our fundraising goal before our grand opening,” said McSurdy.
The new building, which was once a warehouse, sits on 1.8 acres of land in West Nashville off Charlotte Avenue. CEO Michael McSurdy said, “It is important for nonprofits to have a presence in urban Nashville core. By increasing visibility for nonprofits, Nashville shows that as it grows it also cares about the health and wellbeing of all of its citizens.”
Hastings Architectural Associates worked with Solomon Builders on the project. The facility is 32,000 square feet, more than twice the size of the agency’s former Midtown offices andwill house 50 of the agency’s 90+ employees. The balance of FCS’ employees are collocated in partner nonprofits across the county and state.
Family and Children’s Service by the numbers:
MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Atkinson, APR; Amy Atkinson Communications on behalf of Family & Children’s Service; cell 615.419.8483; email email@example.com