Jeffry Wayne Gay 2016 Candidate for United Way Mardi Gras King
This week’s personality is Jeffry Gay, a participant in this year’s United Way of Calvert’s Mardi Gras King and Queen competition. Jeff and I are good friends and go way back in the real estate business. He is currently a branch manager with Southern Trust Mortgage here in the county. His wife Tammy has worked with me at two firms during the past ten years.
Jeff wasn’t born here, but I can tell you from his enthusiasm for this area, he got here as fast as he could! He was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the United States Air Force and completed a 20 year career in defense of this country. Thank you for your service my friend! He received extensive training in the USAF in repairing and maintaining aircraft as well as learning to work with a diverse group of dedicated volunteers from all over the country. Additionally, he experienced many different types of cultures and folks from all over the world which has given him an ability to relate to people. I find him to be easy to work with and his great, friendly, and caring personality will play a significant role in his rise to the royal throne this March.
Following his retirement from the Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base in 1994, Jeff settled here in Calvert County and has loved every minute since making this decision. He started his new career in mortgage financing and it helped him to get to know the people here. He developed a sense of community that usually is difficult to form when in the military due to transferring from place to place every 2 to 3 years. He wanted to help out in any way he could and his first real volunteer work was with “Meals On Wheels”! Do you see a pattern here? Miss Burgess, our personality last week who is competing for Mardi Gras Queen also started volunteering with “Meals On Wheels” at a very early age.
In 2007, Jeff joined the Big Brother / Big Sister Program of Southern Maryland. He has had his little brother for eight years now. He told me of his fortunate recognition of being selected “Big Brother of the Year” in 2010. His little brother is still with him and has become part of the family along with his wife and three children Derek, Brett, and Anna. They have accepted him as one of their own. Jeff was quick to tell me how much his family and friends have been supportive of all of his volunteering efforts.
Jeff also involves himself in “adopting” a few families each year at Thanksgiving and during Christmas. He ensures they have plenty of food for their Thanksgiving meals and that all the children of these families have plenty of gifts to open Christmas morning. This program is sponsored by his company each year.
As you may know, each of the six candidates for Mardi Gras King and Queen are expected to get out and raise funds for United Way of Calvert during the months leading up to the big festivities in March. The male and the female that raises the largest dowry of monies will be selected for these prestigious reigns. I believe should Jeff win this honor this year, they will need to obtain a larger crown because he is a pretty big guy and will be a huge “monarch”!
Some of the fundraising efforts Jeff and his friends have planned over the next few months include an extremely large New Year’s Eve Party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons; details will be forthcoming. And he is planning on hosting a “Texas Hold’em” tourney on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at a place to be determined. For additional information about these fundraisers or other events planned or even how you might help this future “King”, go to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Jeff, again, thank you for your service and for all your many efforts to help those less fortunate then yourself. I wish you much luck in your rise to the throne! I know with your commitment to everything you take on, you will do a fine job raising critically needed funds for the many causes United Way of Calvert supports! All the best my friend! Hello to Tammy!
Dave Spigler resides in Lusby and has been a resident of Calvert County since 1979. He has been recognized many times for his years of community service. He received the “Calvert You Are Beautiful Award” for 2013 and recognized by the Knights of Columbus as the “Maryland Citizen of the Year” in 2011. He was a member of the HOGETTES, the Washington Redskins “Biggest Fans” for 22 years. If you know of an unsung citizen of Calvert County, please contact Dave at email@example.com.