Former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd to be roasted

Posted by Dena Mellick October 1, 2015
Former mayor of Decatur Bill Floyd will be roasted as part of a benefit for Honduras Outreach Inc.

Former mayor of Decatur Bill Floyd will be roasted as part of a benefit for HOI (Honduras Outreach Inc.).

Former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd may be feeling the heat soon, because he’s about to get roasted.

HOI (formerly Honduras Outreach Inc.) is holding the roast, silent auction, and dinner on Wednesday, November 11 at the Decatur Marriott Courtyard and Conference Center. Tickets are $75.

“I couldn’t believe they wanted to roast me. Last year they did the president of Honduras, they really stepped down this time!” Floyd joked.

A press release explained that “HOI is a metro Atlanta based non-profit that serves communities in rural Honduras and Nicaragua. For over 25 years HOI has partnered with the people of Central America to bring improvement in the areas of health, education, spirituality, economic development, and agriculture through asset based community development and short-term mission trips.”

Former Mayor Floyd has worked extensively with the organization. The press release said, “Floyd has been serving the people of Honduras with HOI since its inception in 1989. He designed and implemented the waste-water treatment plan and infrastructure for Rancho Paraiso, HOI’s base of operations in Honduras.”

Floyd told Decaturish that HOI CEO Jerry Eickhoff was instrumental in getting him involved. “It’s a great organization. They do a lot of good to assist those people down there,” Floyd said.

Roasters include Stacey Abrams, Georgia House Minority Leader, Walter Drake, another former Decatur mayor, and Patti Garrett, Decatur Mayor Pro Tem.

Floyd said he’ll put up with the evening of ribbing for a good cause. “I’m not too keen on being roasted, but I’ve been a long-time supporter of HOI, and I’m anxious to do anything I can that might help them garnish some support,” Floyd said.

Here is the full press release:

HOI (formerly Honduras Outreach Inc.) is excited to announce that this year’s annual celebration of ministry will feature a “roast” of former Decatur mayor, Bill Floyd, on Wednesday, November 11, at the downtown Decatur Marriott Courtyard Hotel and Conference Center.  The evening will begin with a silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7 pm.  All proceeds of the event will benefit HOI’s community development efforts in Honduras and Nicaragua.  Honorary roasters include: Georgia House Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams; former Decatur Mayor, Walter Drake; Leading Age CEO, Larry Minnix; HOI CEO, Jerry Eickhoff; and Decatur City Mayor Pro Tem, Patti Garrett.  There will also be a special prayer and veteran tribute led by Rev. Don Harp, Pastor Emeritus of Peachtree Road UMC, and a musical performance by the Atlanta Rat Pack.

HOI is a metro Atlanta based non-profit that serves communities in rural Honduras and Nicaragua.  For over 25 years HOI has partnered with the people of Central America to bring improvement in the areas of health, education, spirituality, economic development, and agriculture through asset based community development and short-term mission trips.

Floyd has been serving the people of Honduras with HOI since its inception in 1989.  He designed and implemented the waste-water treatment plan and infrastructure for Rancho Paraiso, HOI’s base of operations in Honduras.  Floyd’s love for people made him one of the longest-serving mayors in the Atlanta area.   He was elected to the Decatur City Commission in 1991, served as mayor pro-tem from 1994-1997 and then served as Decatur’s mayor from 1997 until 2013.

Floyd has also served at as president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and the Metro Atlanta Mayors’ Association.  He currently serves on the Atlanta Regional Commission and is former chair of the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center Board. Floyd earned the Bronze Star for Service in the U.S. Army and served our nation in Japan and the Republic of Vietnam.

We warmly invite you to join Bill and friends, for a fun evening of celebration, friendship, and service.  For registration, table sponsorship, ticket information or honorary donations please visit the HOI website at www.hoi.org/billfloyd or call Caitlin McCormick at 678.704.2532.

CONTACT INFO: Louis Deas  louis.deas@hoi.org

About Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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