You might say these are busy days for Jerry Foyt; but then, he’s used to life in the fast lane.
Besides being general manager of Lexus of Clear Lake, he’s the 2014 King of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival. And, his duties don’t end there.
He’s also been quite occupied in recent days with the Grand Prix of Houston, helping his dad, legendary race car driver A.J. Foyt, whose team had entries in the race.
Since his introduction as the new king by the 2013 king, Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, during the Festival Kickoff Party at UH-Clear Lake back in April, he has been attending the numerous Lunar Rendezvous events.
Foyt attended Memorial High School in Houston, The University of Texas in Austin and the Chevrolet Dealer Management Academy before embarking on an automotive career in his family owned auto dealerships.
He spent the next 12 years working in management positions in dealerships and competing in variety of local and national auto racing series before dedicating himself to the auto business full time.
When an opportunity arose in 2000 to join Lexus of Clear Lake, Jerry jumped at the chance, and it didn’t take him long to make the Clear Lake Area his home. “After spending a short time working with Lexus and meeting so many wonderful people in the community, I realized the Bay Area was where I wanted to raise my family,” says Foyt.
Jerry and his wife, Kate, are no strangers to the Lunar Rendezvous Festival, sponsoring, attending, and participating in some fashion almost every year since joining the community. Kate has been a chairman and co-chairman of events and on numerous festival committees.
Both of their daughters have served in the royal court, Amanda was a Little Lady-in-Waiting in 2005 and Princess in 2012, Lauren was a Little Lady-in-Waiting in 2006, and is hopeful to be chosen as a future Princess. “Having witnessed the effect the festival has played on our daughters and all of the other outstanding young men and women’s lives, it has always been a pleasure to support the Lunar Rendezvous Festival events!
Serving as the King of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival is a privilege, I never dreamed would be bestowed upon me. Having admired the individuals whom have served as kings since my participation began and looking over the list of past kings I am in awe of this honor,” he explains.
The festival king is known as a generous supporter of the community. “Lexus of Clear Lake has given me the opportunity to support many organizations and charities of the community throughout the years, and I have been proud to participate in as many activities as possible,” Foyt said.
Lexus of Clear Lake’s primary support is focused on education and arts, those who have benefitted include the Clear Creek Education Foundation, which Jerry served as a board member, Friendswood ISD Education Foundation, Communities In Schools – Bay Area, Pasadena Education Foundation and Deer Park Education Foundation, as well as supporting countless school events, clubs and teams.
Other recipients of support have been Devereux Texas, Cenikor Foundation, Bay Area Turning Point, E. A. Smith YMCA, Assistance League of the Bay Area, The Sunshine Kids, Clear Lake Area Panhellenic, Sailing Angels Foundation, Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre, Houston Symphony League Bay Area, The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, The Grand 1894 Opera House, Cyberonics Inc., Space Center Rotary, American Heart Association, Susan’s Rally – In the Fight Against Cancer, D’Feet Breast Cancer, Starfish Kenya and many, many more.