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Annual coffee honors community servants at Pittman Park UMC
Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards recipients enjoy fellowship
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Trish Tootle holds hands with Darron Burnette, the 2019 Statesboro Herald Humanitarian of the Year, as he is welcomed into Wednesday's coffee at Pittman Park United Methodist Church by Ronnie Hodges. Tootle was the 2013 recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year honor.

 The Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards gala was held Tuesday night at Georgia Southern University's Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education building. A coffee was also held at Pittman Park United Methodist Church Wednesday to celebrate their contributions to the community.       

The event, now in its 31st year, honored 22 individuals at the annual banquet and Darron Burnette was this year's recipient of the Statesboro Herald Humanitarian of the Year award.

Among many efforts to support the Statesboro and Bulloch County community, Burnette co-chairs two annual fundraising projects — the Miriam Burnette Striking Out Alzheimer’s Softball Tournament and Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s. The events have helped raise more than $300,000 for the cause of Alzheimer’s research.

An emotional Burnette said: "There are so many worthy people in this community. I am thankful the Lord brought me here."

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Tod Marsh, left, store manager of the Bi-Lo in Statesboro and a recipient of a 2019 Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, enjoys a conversation with Lee Winburn, center, a district manager for Southeastern Grocers, and DeWayne Grice, a 1990 Service to Mankind Award recipient.
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Delia Mobley, left, the 2015 Statesboro Herald Humanitarian of the Year enjoys the company of, left to right, Sally Deal, one of the 2019 recipients of the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards, Joyce Simmons, another 2019 awards recipient and Dr. Lynn Futch, daughter of Mrs. Deal.