Better Parks for Galveston honored Gene Lucas on April 8 during A Party for the Parks at Kempner Park.
Lucas is the longest employed member of the Gal-Tex Hotel Corp. and 1859 Historic Hotels group. He started working for the Moody family 80 years ago in June, and doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon. He has made an impact on so many people employed in the hospitality industry and it showed with the turnout at the event.
The event also highlighted improvements to Jones Park. Architecture students from the University of Texas-San Antonio are working on concepts on what Jones Park could eventually look like, as well as Shield Park.
The event’s theme, “The Time of Our Lives,” was a nod to Lucas and his first job with the Moody family at the Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia. Kayse Fulcher and Carolyn Sunseri co-chaired the event. The food, provided picnic-style, included hand pies, tomato salad, deviled eggs, gumbo and shrimp stacks from local restaurants Gypsy Joynt, Galveston Restaurant Group and Shrimp ‘N Stuff. Moody Gardens provided cupcakes, and Daquiri Time Out made a signature drink for the party: Lucas Libation with Jack Daniels whiskey — Lucas’ favorite. Galveston Island Brewery also provided beer.
Guests dressed in summer-lodge-chic attire enjoyed entertainment by island musician Boo Schaaf, and the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre and Feijoo Ballet School performed the last dance scene from the movie “Dirty Dancing,” including “the lift.” Photos by Carla Peoples