Under her leadership, Melody Piazza promises a “lively evening” at Youth Home’s annual Eggshibition – featuring quirky egg art adorned by local artists and celebrities.
By Kim Meyer-Webb | Photography by Sara Reeves | Makeup by Antonio Figueroa with B.Barnett | Hair by Kristen Spann with Red Beauty Lounge | Dress provided by Barbara/Jean
Melody Piazza recognized at an early age the importance of equality. She says she “always planned to be a lawyer” and “never wavered from that career path.” An ardent advocate for her clients, Melody notes that the law “gives people a voice regardless of economics or education.” For more than three decades she has worked tirelessly to represent clients across the state. She has the heart of a public servant, both as an attorney and a civic leader. Under her leadership, Melody promises a “lively evening” at Youth Home’s annual Eggshibition – featuring quirky egg art adorned by local artists and celebrities.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Eggshibition is one of the Capital City’s most unique events. The highlight of the evening is the custom eggs that continue to attract guests each year. “Artists from across Central Arkansas create the most extraordinary egg art. Sometimes the bidding gets pretty competitive for the most unusual and fun eggs,” boasts Melody.
Originally from Hamburg, Melody credits her generous spirit to the Arkansas town’s sense of community. “I feel like the whole community helped raise me. There were so many kind and generous people who taught me how important it is to help others.”
When her friend Kirk Bradshaw introduced her to Youth Home, she says she “jumped in with both feet.” Kirk notes, “Melody understands the vital role Youth Home can play in our community. We grew up together in Hamburg. She comes from a big family and offers values such as compassion, trust, dedication and teamwork. She was an immediate asset and brings a wealth of experience to the organization.” She served on the board of directors for several years and fulfilled her term limit. “After working as a prosecutor for many years, I was painfully aware of the terrible decisions juveniles can make when they feel they have no options,” Melody explains. “Youth Home offers an alternative.”
With a continuum of services for adolescents facing personal and sometimes legal obstacles, Youth Home provides compassionate emotional and behavioral health care – including residential, community and school-based treatment as well as outpatient services for individuals of all ages. Established 50 years ago, Youth Home continues to transform the lives of countless families with its accredited mission fulfillment work. It’s the testimonials from graduating clients that impress Melody. “The letters that these kids write to Youth Home highlight the guidance and nurturing they receive here that they may have never experienced otherwise.”
Proceeds from Eggshibition support Youth Home programs and facilities. Devoted patrons like Melody and her family, The Honorable Chris Piazza, 2nd Division Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge, and son Sam, share enthusiasm for this most “EGGcellent” event and a heartfelt obligation for the welfare of all Arkansans. “Melody’s unwavering commitment to Youth Home over the years, as well as her understanding of our mission and the issues our clients face, is truly remarkable,” notes Chief Executive Officer David Napier. “This, along with her willingness to take on any task, no matter the size, makes her an invaluable resource to our organization.”
RUNNING with Melody – this avid runner shares insight
Favorite Marathon – New York City
Favorite Reward – chocolate
Greatest Achievement – being Sam’s mom
Philosophy to Live By – “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”