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Cagle to speak at Deen Day Smith Awards
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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards.

The 26th annual invitation-only gala will be held Tuesday, April 1, at Georgia Southern University's Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.

A successful entrepreneur and respected former state senator, Cagle made history in 2006 by becoming the first Republican ever elected to Georgia's second highest office.

Born and raised in Hall County, Casey is the son of a single mother. Though there were lean times growing up, he received love and devotion from his mother, who instilled in him the values of hard work, dedication and an enduring love for God. These values continue to sustain him to this day. A talented athlete, Casey graduated from Johnson High School and attended Gainesville College and Georgia Southern University. When a sports injury ended his dreams of playing college football, Casey returned home to Hall County to start his first business venture - a small tuxedo shop. He later grew to be a leader in the banking and real estate industry in northeast Georgia.

Recently, James Magazine named Casey one of the most influential Georgians. He was one of only four public servants nationwide to receive the 2007 Champion for Charters Award and has been repeatedly recognized by various national and state groups for his support of small businesses. Cagle also serves as vice chairman of the One Georgia Authority, vice chairman of the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. He has also been named a member of the Aspen-Rodell Fellowship for Public Leadership.

Cagle has been married to Nita, his high school sweetheart, for 28 years and they are the proud parents of three sons - Jared Grant, and Carter. They live in Chestnut Mountain and are active members of Blackshear Place Baptist Church.

Since the awards were established in 1989, more than 700 Bulloch County residents have been recognized with Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards.

Historically, Deen Day Service to Mankind recipients are benevolent persons who place others before themselves and perform acts of kindness for the sake of the recipient and not for personal gain.

Also, the awards will recognize several lifetime achievement recipients who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to helping others. The 2014 Statesboro Herald Humanitarian of the Year also will be named during the awards ceremony.


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