Brazos Valley Food Bank Hosts 4th Annual Celebration of Hope Dinner

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Join the Brazos Valley Food Bank for the 4th Annual Celebration of Hope Dinner, honoring Gene Joyce, President of Audio Video, with the Medal of Hope. The dinner will take place on Oct. 17 at the Hilton College Station. The reception will begin at 6pm with dinner to follow at 7pm.

The Medal of Hope Award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in uniquely addressing food insecurity and/or improving the plight of the hungry in the Brazos Valley, the United States, and the world.

The recipient demonstrates a vision of the Brazos Valley, United States, and the world to be left better because of his, her, or their accomplishments.

Past recipients have been Mike Wright, KBTX Media, the Junior League of Bryan College Station, and long-time volunteers, Clarence & Viola Vitopil, and Bud & Beverly Myer.

Gene Joyce is the recipient of the 2017 Medal of Hope.

2017 Medal of Hope Recipient
Gene Joyce is from a Methodist family of two school teachers, Jake and Horte, with one sister growing up in Coleman, Texas.

Gene moved to B/CS in 1977 to open a new business, Audio Video. After a “brief” courtship of eight years, Gene married Kathy in 1989. They have no children just two wonderful beagles.

Kathy and Gene knew from the start that they wanted to do more than work and live here. They wanted to be involved in making B/CS a better place with an emphasis on children, education, and health.

Most of the time Gene has tried to stay out of Kathy’s way but has joined her for fundraising efforts with the Cattle Baron’s Ball, Heart Association’s Heart Rock, and the St. Joseph Brazos Bash which they co-chaired in 1998. Gene also served on the Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf committee before Kathy but knew her skills were needed.

Audio Video and Audio Video Security have given Gene the chance to find ways to serve on numerous civic committees for the Chamber of Commerce, the City of College Station, as well as on a liaison committee established to create better communications between Bryan, College Station, Brazos County, and Texas A&M University.

Gene was a founding and a current member of the College Station ISD Education Foundation.  His eleven years on the Board started with the first three years as President.  The dedication and professionalism of the teachers and staff inspire the Board to fund innovative teaching methods and scholarships for the students.

The potential for the Brazos Food Bank attracted Gene’s attention where he served for twelve years on the Board including three years as the President.  The growth has been phenomenal but the need continues to grow.

Maryum Ali, daughter of Mohammad Ali, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.

Reception Keynote Speaker: Maryum Ali
This year’s keynote speaker will be Ms. Maryum Ali, eldest daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Maryum Ali is a social worker, activist, and author.

She will discuss her experience growing up with Muhammad Ali as her father, dealing with her father’s Parkinson’s Disease journey, and share insight into her own life story as an entertainer, but most recently as a social worker.

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