Igniting the internal flame for over 22,000 youth in Central Texas

DCAD 2017
DCAD 2017
2017 DCAD Recipient David Roche (left) with Senior District Executive Mike Hanley and wife Sherri Hanley

The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner honors individuals who share Scouting’s belief in leadership, determination and values, and have contributed significantly to the growth and vitality of Central Texas. On November 9, 2017, the Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America (BSA) presented the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award to David Roche, co-founder and managing principal of Endeavor Real Estate Group, at the Hilton Austin.

Funds raised by the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner (DCAD) support the delivery of youth leadership training and character development programs to more than 22,000 youth across 15 Central Texas counties, including nearly 7,000 “at-risk” boys and girls. The Boy Scouts’ vision is to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

DCAD 2017

The event was emceed by KOKE FM radio host and personality, Bob Cole. The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner presentation was facilitated by the dinner’s Chairman, Winston Krause, and featured a playful and poignant video that was produced by Austin-based Castleview Productions. The award itself was presented to Roche by Capital Area Council Board President Jim Morriss, Executive Vice-President Marietta Scott, and Scout Executive and Council CEO Jon C. Yates.

The 2017 DCAD recipient David Roche is a co-founder and managing principal of Endeavor Real Estate Group, a full-service real estate company in Central Texas. Besides serving as a former Council President for the Capital Area Council BSA, Roche has also held leadership positions with many other civic and charitable organizations including Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped, Helping Hand Home for Children, Austin Commercial Real Estate Society, and the Greater Austin Crime Commission. David Roche and his wife, Becky, have two sons who have both earned the rank of Eagle from Troop 454 and he mentioned that one of his proudest accomplishments was serving as a Den Leader while his children were participating in the Cub Scouts Program.

In his remarks accepting the 2017 DCAD award, Roche lauded the Scouting experience because of its propensity to instill into its members the skills and confidence to achieve success and develop into a community leader. Roche aptly spotlighted the most striking takeaway from the evening when he shared that the Scouting experience “ignites the most important of internal flames and fosters a fire to allow young men to achieve anything they want to.” In short, the Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America is empowering and developing young leaders throughout Central Texas by encouraging them to dream big and strive to achieve those goals each and every day.

Click here to learn more about the Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

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