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Hidden Gems: Meet Joey Chavez of Family Reunions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joey Chavez.

Hi Joey, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
We have been putting on shows for years now but officially started Family Reunions in the summer of 2019. Our goal was to host these events/parties at local bars, have our friends play music, and have fun with everyone that came through. Then in December 2019, we hosted our first-ever Holiday Toy Drive – nearly 400 people attended and we were to donate multiple boxes of toys along with hundreds of dollars to families in need. From that point on, everything we have ever done related to contributing to some type of organization or community. We had many events planned in 2020 but that year had something planned for us. To be able to not have in-person experiences was rough for us and I had to think of a way to be able to both give back to communities and keep the company alive. We transitioned into a merchandise company and were able to expand to so many different and amazing communities and still find a way to contribute financial assistance to organizations we are passionate about. It has been and will be a roller coaster but I do and will always love it.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Absolutely not but it has always been worth it. I have always known the toughest battles and are given to the strongest soldiers – we always kept faith. There have been many setbacks along the way from having to find a new event location the week of the actual event to redoing an entire merchandise drop due to production issues to refunding our customers due to vendors. There are always going to be struggles – those can not be avoided. We understand that it is not the setback but how we react to it. Something we have always kept in my mind was “the show must go on” and we have to make it happen by any means. Things can get out of hand but it is our duty to stay grounded, always be grateful on our journey, and to trust the process. Everything will work out for the best, it always does.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Family Reunions is a collective dedicated to bring communities together by contributing to those in need. We are a brand, we are an event company, we music lovers, we are mental health advocates, and we love to assist those in need all while having fun. What sets us apart is I feel as if we are so widespread into different communities, we adapt to anything. We can display phenomenal designs shared with the newest music in multiple genres. We can throw amazing and extremely fun parties. We can tell you about the different local non-profits and what they specialize in. We can tell you the facts and statistics of those who may need assistance. We can have an open dialogue about mental health and share our own perspective in hopes that it may benefit just one person.

What I am most proud of our brand is having great pride in giving back. This is something that is dear to my heart because as a kid, I would know what it was like not being from the greatest neighborhood. As a teenager, dealing with my own mental health thoughts and feeling alone. Now, as an adult – being put in the position to take advantage of my experience and make sure I am able to assist that kid who does have much and telling that teenager that they are not alone and we are a community that has their back. That is what I am most proud of. I want any readers to know they have a home in Family Reunions. Our goal is to make everyone feel like they have a family with us and we can all be a part of something much bigger than ourselves. There is no place like home and our supporters have a home here with us.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Oh gosh, I can go on for years telling you every single person that deserves credit. Seriously. Any person that has ever listened to me rant or even for a single minute about Family Reunions means the world to me. My family and friends worldwide, I can name every single one – I owe it all to them. The consistent love and confidence they provide me, I will cherish for the rest of my life. They know exactly who they are. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. When it comes to the Family Reunions team, I can still go on for years. I have to give Justin Saito a shout, he was the one that helped me mold my vision and bring it to life. The long calls, the zoom sessions, the long texts from me. He and I connect so smoothly when it comes to designing and overall vision of FR – I am very grateful for him. Aaron, Chaca, Ryan, Bonnema, Liam, Brianna, Velveth, my sister Paige, Jonny O, and Carmack and more are the team who have got us this far and are core of Family Reunions. I can not do this alone nor have I ever nor do I ever plan to. They have helped make Family Reunions who we are today and inspire me to go harder every day – they are my rock. I have to show love to every single n0n-profit, organization, foundation that has allowed us to contribute. They are everything. The stories and perspective they have shown me is very appreciative. Thank you, big love. I have a very big family and can not wait to see it expand.

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Ernie Abundis Jonny Ott Micah Goldfarb

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