Thursday, January 12, 2012

Texas Remembers the Generous, Entrepreneurial Spirit of Emmett McCoy

With the passing last weekend of McCoy’s Building Supply founder, Emmett McCoy, Texas lost a true entrepreneur and someone who generously gave back to his community. 

Mr. McCoy and his surviving wife, Mrs. Miriam McCoy, have been instrumental in supporting many causes to better their city of San Marcos. They also believe deeply in providing opportunities through higher education. In addition to numerous other generous donations, the McCoys gave $20 million to Texas State University in 2004, marking the largest philanthropic gift in the university’s history.

The McCoys also have a long-standing commitment to supporting Texas farmers and ranchers. When the Texas Department of Agriculture established the State of Texas Agriculture Relief (STAR) Fund to help rebuilding efforts following disasters, it was McCoy’s Building Supply that generously donated the first $20,000 to help generate momentum. This past year, farmers and ranchers across the state received $70,000 in STAR Fund assistance.

For these efforts and countless others, TDA honors and appreciates the life, leadership and generosity of Mr. Emmett McCoy. To read more about Mr. McCoy, go here.

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