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Karolyn Shelton: Creating a community in Ennis

September 14, 2020

Photo of Karolyn Shelton standing next to a Riverside Homebuilders' sold sign. Boys and Girls Club of Ennis logo is in bottom left corner.

As a Community Sales Manager in Ennis, Karolyn Shelton is always looking for a way to give back. She loves kids, she loves Ennis and she definitely could not pass up the opportunity to serve both after a recent chance encounter.

It started when she met Chad Knight, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Ennis. He was looking for a new home and landed in a Riverside Homebuilders community.

As they started talking, she learned about his 12 years with the organization, where he worked a decade in Arkansas and then moved to Texas for the last two, as well as his passion for the mission. She also realized the recent toll they have taken from mandatory closings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Shelton says these conversations inspired her to make a move herself and as a result, she will be donating 10% of her commission from each home sold during the month of September to the Boys & Girls Club of Ennis.

“I’ve been blessed with this position and it has given me the opportunity to give something more than I ever could before,” Shelton said. “If I can help some wonderful kids out and give something back to a buyer who has been wonderful too, then that makes me happy.”

When she told her higher-ups at Riverside Homebuilders, they had their own surprise ready for Shelton. Vice President of Marketing Todd Greenfield told her they decided to match the contribution for the month and she admits she got teary-eyed.

“This shows that they aren’t here to take over, make money and leave,” Shelton said. “I’ve never worked with someone who would look at it as such a team effort. It meant the world to me.”

For more than 160 years, the Boys & Girls Club of America has worked to enable young people to “reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Through these efforts, 97 percent of Club teens across the nation graduate from high school and 88 percent expect to complete some kind of post-secondary education. 

Locally, Knight and his team operate five locations offering afterschool programs, summer programs and sports. He said these donations will go a long way in helping the Ennis branch to serve the community as school starts this fall. 

“It’s huge right now especially while we’re trying to recover from COVID-19 and being closed,” Knight said. “It means a lot to our kids as well because it gives us the opportunity to provide them with more after school programming materials.”

Knight said that while monetary contributions are always appreciated, snacks and cleaning supplies are easy items to donate too. These can help them stay in compliance with COVID guidelines and be able to serve the community. 

If you are interested in contributing to the Boys & Girls Club of Ennis, visit their website at: https://www.ennisbgc.org/

For more information on Riverside Homebuilders or to shop for new homes in Ennis, call Rachel (817) 601-6230. Or visit Karolyn at the Sleepy Hollow Manor model home at 2808 Hackberry Drive in Ennis.

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