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."