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Spurs SBGB and Frost Bank donate $200,000 to San Antonio nonprofit facilities

The AVANCE Cortez Family Center is a sight to behold.

Jeph Duarte

Frost Bank and Silver & Black Give Back (SBGB) celebrated the completion of one of two major facility renovation projects with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at AVANCE San Antonio at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 18.

Jeph Duarte

In commemoration of the historic partnership between Frost and the San Antonio Spurs, the organizations joined forces to give $200,000 in total to a pair of local nonprofits to be used for facility updates – AVANCE San Antonio and Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. Renovations to the AVANCE facility include new flooring and updates to classrooms and other educational facilities.

In the corridor of the newly renovated facility, families who have been touched by this learning center gathered to celebrate the final phase of completion on the AVANCE Family Center. These renovations received just over $75,000 of the total that is being donated to renovate the two locations.

The center is part of a community outreach that supports families with classes on how to prepare for parenthood as well as growth and learning opportunities for parents of young children.

Established in 1973, AVANCE is a national, nonprofit organization that meets hard to reach, low-income families where they are. We aim to liberate parents and their children from the cycle of poverty in a family-oriented, non-judgmental environment. -from their homepage

The interior has been completely renovated and decorated with bright inviting colors. Frost Bank’s “A-Team”, The Spurs POSSE (People of Spurs Sports & Entertainment), and AVANCE staff have all contributed their time to updating the building which is owned by the San Antonio Housing Authority and serve as a partner in AVANCE’s mission.

Spurs legend and broadcast analyst Sean Elliott emceed the event, introducing each of the featured guests as well as a surprise appearance by The Coyote. Both graciously visited with each and every person who wanted to shake their hand and take a photo.

“This is the most amazing gift,” stated Susan Steves Thompson, executive director of AVANCE. “We serve about 200 families a year and we’ve been in this partnership with SAHA since 1998. In twenty years we’ve served over 4,000 families. Our goal is to ensure that children from birth to age four are growing up in safe, loving, nurturing homes. We do that by providing a quality early childhood education for them. Our parents are learning how they can be their child’s first and most important teacher.”

The continued efforts of the Spurs and Frost Bank better our city, give our citizens a sense of pride, and support the goals of creating a better tomorrow for all.

There will be another ribbon cutting in the future when the Roy Maas Youth Alternatives complete the changes.

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