The annual celebration affectionately known as “Piquette Palooza” is a signature event at Piquette Square for Veterans. It is sponsored by Masco Corporation, and it is a day that Piquette tenants and staff always anticipate.
“Piquette Palooza begins our summer,” said Thimothy Johnson, a Piquette veteran who has attended all three Paloozas. “We wait all year for it and the best part is that we can all come together to visit, share a meal, and just hang out with each other. Seeing our Masco friends is a good thing, too.”
Like the previous Paloozas, Masco brought to the table this year a full-course dinner, games, gifts, music and more to create a festive and congenial atmosphere. About 150 people attended the event on June 18, including Piquette veterans and their family members, more than 30 Masco employers and their family members, and Southwest Solutions staff. To support Piquette Palooza, Masco employees contributed through Masco ROCKS (Reaching Out with Compassion, Kindness and Service).
One thing that was different this year was the presence of a karaoke system instead of a live band. The band was certainly missed, but the karaoke was a big hit, too.
“One thing the karaoke showed was that we have some talented and some not so talented singers in the building,” said Chery Allen, Veterans and Volunteer Resource Facilitator at Piquette Square. “My husband told me not to quit my day job! But seriously, we cannot thank the Masco ROCKS team enough. Piquette Palooza never loses its pizzazz.”
Although Piquette Palooza is a thoroughly fun event, it has value for the formerly homeless veterans well beyond it festive nature, according to Lisa Todd, Residential Services Coordinator at Piquette Square.
“Many of the new tenants were finally meeting their neighbors and interacting with others by playing the yard games and dancing,” said Lisa. “Though that may seem like a small step, it’s actually a big deal. The Piquette support staff give lots of thanks and praise for small steps, for these steps are essential to help the veterans rebuild their lives and reintegrate into the community.”
The MASCO volunteers included:
Timothy Wadhams, President and CEO at Masco Corporation
Cheryl Phillips, Vice President-Masco Corporation Foundation
Sue Sabo, Manager of Corporate Communications at Masco
To see the Facebook photo essay: Third annual Piquette Palooza.