Last year Frisco resident, Kelly Whaley, was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Within two months of her diagnosis, she passed away, leaving behind her now 5-year old son, Gunner.
With this tremendous loss, a group of friends came together to create an event that would honor Kelly and fulfill her last wish. Friscovania debuted on October 22, 2016, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, embracing Kelly’s four greatest passions:
- music, and
Because Kelly was a single mother who always gave without ever expecting anything in return, they wanted to make sure Gunner’s education would be provided for and Kelly’s creative legacy would have a place to live on.
This North Texas Halloween SPOOKtacular extravaganza was hosted last year by former-Mayor Maher Maso and his wife Cindy, and it was designated the Mayor’s Safe Trick-Or-Treat Zone, featuring a haunted carnival for kids, live music, and a wicked wardrobe runway show with some of the biggest names in fashion.
In just two months from its conception, the event raised over $116,000 and welcomed over 3,000 visitors. A scholarship was created for Gunner and the remaining proceeds went to City House to support their mission of providing emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect, or homelessness.
This year, the Model Behaviors team is dedicated to continuing Friscovania and Kelly’s legacy through a partnership with FC Dallas and this year’s honorary master and mistress of ceremonies, Randy and Kristy Pitchford. Together, they’re committed to helping City House inspire change for many years to come through their “Young Women’s Transitional Living Program” House.
The issues plaguing young people today are far greater than ever before, and the consequences are more severe. Sixty percent of women aging out of foster care end up homeless, pregnant, incarcerated, “or dead” after the first year on their own.
For this reason and through current strategic planning, City House will expand their efforts, combining their Frisco and Plano locations to better accommodate these youth, from ages 18-22, realigning programs and services to better meet the demands and needs of this increasing North Texas population.
Friscovania 2017 – Saturday, Oct. 21, from 4pm to 9pm
With fun new additions like a virtual haunted hay maze, magic shows, art installations, haute new fashions, interactive photo opportunities, live music and entertainment, and much, much more.
Tickets for Friscovania are only $10. Parking is free, and children 2 years old and younger get in free.
At “Model Behaviors,” we are women—mothers, sisters, daughters, friends—and Kelly’s story is our story. It has led us to think differently about our future and the future of women in our community.