Harvest of Hope Gala Fundraiser Will Honor Jill and Kevin J. Roy on Nov. 10
The ninth annual Harvest of Hope Gala for the benefit of Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas will honor Jill and Kevin J. Roy for their varied and enduring community service, particularly their support of the multi-program social services provided in the community by Catholic Charities.
Kevin was a fixture on the Catholic Charities Board of Directors from 1996 – 2008, including a six-year stretch when he served as Board Chair. Jill has been a strong volunteer supporter for the agency, helping organize events like its annual Breakfast with the Bishop.
The Gala is set for Thursday, Nov. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont. The Harvest of Hope is the largest annual fundraiser for Catholic Charities and features a cocktail hour, followed by dinner, a tribute to the honorees and a live auction of specialty items. KBTV Fox 4 News Director Angel San Juan will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Seating requests for the Harvest of Hope Gala or arrangements for financial sponsorship can be made by visiting the agency’s website at www.catholiccharitiesbmt.org or by calling (409) 924-4421.
“We are definitely honored to be selected as honorees,” said Kevin. “There is no doubt in my mind that Catholic Charities is a well thought of organization by all in the community. I have an affection for the services it offers and my years of volunteerism were based on recognizing it was using its resources to help the community be strong.”
In addition to their involvement with Catholic Charities, the Roys have left their mark on Southeast Texas through a wide array of civic contributions.
Kevin is president of Inspire, Encourage, Achieve which supports youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and is past president of the Beaumont Rotary Club, as well as a two-time past chair and long-term board member of the United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County. Other board associations include the regional board of CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth, the Southeast Texas Economic Development District, Three Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts and the Lamar University Foundation.
Jill’s community service record includes board membership and presidency for the Advisory Board of Lamar University’s Alumni Association, as well as board membership with the Symphony of Southeast Texas. She has also been an active volunteer supporter of the Julie Rogers Gift of Life.
Both of the Roys are graduates of Lamar University and have been active in the school’s Alumni Association. Kevin holds a Bachelors Degree in General Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from the institution, while Jill earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Professionally, Kevin is Chairman and CEO of InterFlow Factors Corporation, an asset-based lending firm with a specialty in accounts receivable factoring he began nearly 25 years ago. Jill is a claims adjuster with State Farm Insurance.
Though linked to Catholic Charities by their faith roots, Kevin is proud that during his service on the Catholic Charities board, he noticed a broadening of the community’s support for the agency.
“It is non-denominational, and it took some time to convey that message,” he said, “but I think we have conveyed it, and that’s why we have such wide community support.”
Catholic Charities provides services to residents of the counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk and Tyler. Its programs include a daily meal for the poor, counseling and immigration legal aid, disaster recovery and hardship assistance, children’s grief support and financial literacy services. Annually, close to 10,000 members of the community receive aid through its programs.