The Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Association has announced it has selected Bill McReavy, Jr., of Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Cemeteries and Cremation Services, as its Commodore for the four-day Minneapolis Aquatennial, July 18-21. McReavy is a past board chairperson of the Edina Chamber of Commerce.
The Aquatennial is a celebration of water and the important role it plays in the identity of Minneapolis. It also serves as a prime opportunity to showcase how water contributes to the quality of life here.
The association is a nonprofit public charity with a mission to inspire young women to achieve extraordinary futures by providing them professional development opportunities through networking and mentoring.
McReavy is the latest addition to the list of prestigious civic, business and other leaders who’ve served as Commodore over the 79-year history of the event, including McReavy’s grandfather, Donald R. McReavy, who held the position in 1947.
In his term as Commodore – which is underway and runs through the 2018 event – McReavy will serve as the primary spokesperson for the association and promote the Aquatennial as “The Best Days of Summer.” He’ll also preside over Aquatennial events and escort Vanessa Gonzalez, Queen of the Lakes. He and his “Ambassador Crew” will represent the Aquatennial at nearly 300 community festivals and events throughout North America during the year. At each event he visits, he’ll bestow an Honorary Commodore Award on an outstanding volunteer nominated by the local community. McReavy and his crew serve on a volunteer basis.
McReavy graduated in 1984 from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science degree in mortuary science. He then joined the family business, Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Cemeteries and Cremation Services, where he started as an entry-level worker and gradually worked his way up to his current position as president.
McReavy’s contributions to the community include service on a long list of boards of directors and professional associations, including as president of the Minnesota Family Business Council and as president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association. He also served as board chair of the Edina Chamber of Commerce, which named him Business Person of the Year in 2011.
Other contributions include service on the boards of directors of the Edina Rotary, the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce, the Park Nicollet Foundation, the Allina Hospice Foundation and the Children’s Grief Connection (formerly the Minnesota Foundation for Children).
“The Aquatennial is a long-standing tradition in Minneapolis,” McReavy said. “As president of an organization that’s served the community for more than 160 years, tradition is important to me, which adds another wonderful dimension to this honor.”