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Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon

Support Scouting and Community Leadership

The Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon honors individuals who share Scouting’s belief in leadership, determination and values, and have contributed significantly to the growth and vitality of our community. It also provides critical financial support through the Friends of Scouting campaign for all our programs across 15 counties in Central Texas.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Where: JW Marriott Austin, 110 East 2nd Street, Austin, 78701

Registration opens at 10:45am
Lunch and program at 11:30am-1:00pm


 

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This Year’s Recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award

For Alan Graham, it is all about his relationships — with God, his family, staff members and certainly the homeless men and women he regularly engages on the streets of our community.

Alan is the founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes. MLF is a social outreach ministry committed to providing permanent, sustainable solutions for the chronically homeless while surrounding them with compassion, love and dignity. Those who know Alan best know that he is a man on a mission — to relieve the struggles homeless individuals face in obtaining their basic needs of food, community and a place to call home.

Since its founding in 1998, Mobile Loaves & Fishes volunteers have served more than 5 million meals with a side of hope to homeless men and women living on the streets of Austin. The organization has also spawned similar food truck ministries in other cities across the U.S. With the support of more than 19,000 volunteers, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin, Texas. Graham is also the visionary behind MLF’s Community First! Village — a 27-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supporting community to the chronically homeless in Central Texas.

While many Mobile Loaves & Fishes volunteers describe their experience as life changing, the organization’s mission to serve the homeless has perhaps changed no one more than Alan Graham himself. Previously a real estate investor and developer, Alan founded Trilogy Development and the Lynxs Group, which developed Austin’s airport cargo facility and similar facilities at airports around the country.

Around the same time, Alan had the seed of the idea for Mobile Loaves & Fishes. He and the other founders started by making sack lunches and serving them from the back of a green minivan. Alan readily admits that their original paradigm of serving the homeless had some flaws, but with the help of a formerly homeless man, Houston Flake, they perfected the model that MLF successfully uses today.

Alan and his wife, Tricia, were married in September 1984 and have four children of their own, as well as a niece that they raised as well. Alan is a published author of the book Welcome Homeless: One Man’s Journey of Discovering the Meaning of Home.

 


Event Volunteer Leadership

Event Chair

Bruce Agness

Event Vice Chairs

Paul Bury
Sam Francis Jon Moscoe
Clint Bybee
Clarke Heidrick
Jeff Serra
Daniel Campbell
Tom Horn
Larry Smith
Wade Cooper
Chris Kappmeyer
Marietta Scott
Tim Crowley
Connor Lammert
Tim Taylor
State Rep. John Cyrier
Steve Matthews
Ben Turner
Bryan Cumby
Brian McClure
 
Justin Demind
Sue Meller
Gary Farmer Mike Morgan

 


Event Impact

For more than 110 years, the Boy Scouts of America has provided programs with a mission of preparing young people for adulthood – and to be responsible citizens. Scouting offers exciting programs designed to inspire, build character, and instill the values boys and girls need to succeed today. Funds from the Award event benefit nearly 500 Scouting programs across 15 Central Texas counties serving youth regardless of ability or economic level.