It was the night Civitan debuted its headquarter to the public.
The place was buzzing with optimism and positivity. Nearly 100 people came to tour the non-profit; the majority of whom were fascinated by the numerous services. Civitan, which provides services to the special-needs population throughout Arizona, opened its doors to the community for the first time since moving to “The Village” last year.
“It was very successful,” said Dawn Trapp, Civitan’s CEO. “It was really great that we were able to show Civitan to a lot of people who have never been before.”
Those touring Civitan were treated like royalty. Most people who toured did so in groups and had their very own tour guide. The tour guide, a staff member, led the visitors around the complex, stopping by the various departments.
The media center, known as the hub, had the Civitan online radio station playing, computers displaying websites they’ve worked on, and a bunch of graphic design and article workings on display. Other departments followed suit, displaying everything they had to offer on a daily basis.
After the tour was complete, the visitors were lead to the dining area and offered a chance to taste Civitan. They were offered food and drinks, all of which was prepared by its members. The smooth jazz playing in the background as the visitors ate reflected the tone and mood of the night: smooth.
“It was exciting to showcase what happens on a daily basis and the talents of our members were demonstrated beautifully,” said Gail Weed, who works for Civitan.
Some members were eager to show off the place that is responsible for so much pride and joy. The members who did stay around for the festivities capitalized on the opportunity to show off their abilities and accomplishments.
For member Linn C, the night’s tale was one that featured a happy ending. The chance to show off the art that he and his fellow members created paid off.
“It felt good when people came by and liked all the art work,” he said. “Some art got sold.”
In fact, five peaces were sold.
All the parking spots were taken. Passersby probably thought that the Paradise Valley Mall was unusually crowded. But the crowd was actually for the little building nestled behind it. For Trapp, the amount of people made the night successful, but something that happened that night validated it more than that.
“We had three new members join Civitan,” she said.