Juneteenth Foundation, Inc. is a Public Charity Organization, exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code effective as of November 17, 2010.
Juneteenth Foundation, Inc. Founder and Chairman
David Peterson David has coordinated the annual Juneteenth celebration since 1994 with such finesse that the event is one of the smoothest community events each year. David makes it look easy, but we all know how much work these events are. David is also a huge advocate for his hometown, helping to promote not only San Marcos, but the entire Hays County area as a destination for people from across the state. As our "unofficial" ambassador, he coordinates or supports several tourism events, such as the annual Trail Ride, Chuck Wagon Demonstrations, the Wimberley VFW Rodeo, Kyle Fair and Music Festival, and other activities that showcase our community and its proud past. With a life dedicated to service to others, David stands tall as a role model for our community's youth because of his honesty, integrity and dedication. He thanks his parents, for instilling in him, from a young age, the love of community and service to others. His volunteerism, especially hosting and participating in charity barbecue events, is legendary in these parts. He has cooked literally thousands of pounds of barbecue to help with countless benefits. But he's also an award-winning competitive cook. His team, "Four Mooses BBQ," have won more than 160 trophies.
A Rattler through and through, San Marcos High School 1974 Graduate David Peterson holds many awards and has been recognized for his outstanding service as community volunteer, a law enforcement professional, and trailblazer for African Americans in Hays County. He served as part of the Hays County Sheriff's Office for more than 20 years before becoming an elected official. In 2008, he was elected to the Office of Hays County Constable, Precinct One.
Some of David's other community service activities include serving on the Rattler Round Up Steering Committee, Optimist Club, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, American G.l. Forum, LULAC, NAACP, and Fraternal Order of Police. David's "above and beyond" actions in his job, and volunteerism are a reflection of his selflessness and empathy for others. One gentleman, writing in the local newspaper about his mother's passing, remarked that David, who had responded ahead of the EMS, "went beyond the call of duty" in an act of "kindness and professionalism," which demonstrated the kind of man David Peterson is. He was awarded Deputy Sheriff of the Year both in 2003 and 2004. He has received accommodations from the City of San Marcos Child Protective Services, Greater San Marcos Youth Council, The San Marcos CISD School Board, and the San Marcos Education Foundation.
David is a man of faith, a member of the First Baptist Church since 1994. David is also known for being a tireless advocate for the under-privileged and under-served residents of San Marcos, especially youth.