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McKinney residents were treated to a free concert and a fireworks display, Sunday evening, in the Adriatica development. Good weather brought out hundreds of residents on the eve of Memorial Day, to help raise funds for the “Smiles Charity” event, which was started by a local McKinney resident, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan.
Dr. Buchanan’s orthodontic practice has been in McKinney, Texas for 13 years. In 2001, she began hosting an annual “Smiles” party to benefit the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. In 2008, Dr. Buchanan took her Smiles Charity project to the next level by organizing a free outdoor concert open to the public. This was the fifth year for the outdoor concert and community event, which is open and free to the public.
In its first four years, Smiles Charity has helped build five homes through private contributions and corporate sponsorships for its headlining event, the Smiles Charity Concert and Family Festival which is held annually over Memorial Day weekend. The concert and festival underscore Smiles Charity’s mission of bringing the community together to change the world one home, one family at a time.
There was a special tribite with World War II vintage airplace flying over the opening ceremonies. Playing the event was “R5”, and the Maylee Thomas Band, who opened for country music star, Ryan Star.
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Photos (c) Spainhouer Photography, 2013.