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Nominations are now being accepted for 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.
Nomination forms may be found in the Statesboro Herald, or online at www.statesboroherald.com/deendaysmith. The deadline for nominations is Monday.
Nominations have been coming in, but the object of the awards is to recognize the most deserving in the community.
“We want more! The nominations we have so far are good, but we know there are many others out there that we need to recognize for their service to others,” said Joe McGlamery, the chairman of the Selection Committee. “Our deadline is next Monday at 4 p.m. so send us more nominations now — either fill out the form in today’s paper or go online to our website. But, please, do it today.”
Nominations should be of persons who have dedicated a portion of their lives to help others. Nominees should reflect a spirit of giving and compassion and make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
Since the awards were established in 1989, more than 700 Bulloch County residents have been recognized with Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards.
“We all know folks who work quietly behind the scenes of organizations, churches and community groups dedicated to making the lives of all they touch better,” said McGlamery, the president of the Statesboro Herald, which sponsors the Humanitarian of the Year award. “Please think about the neighbors and friends you know in our generous community who make a difference without seeking the spotlight. Those are the folks that make wonderful nominations for a Service to Mankind Award.”
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.
The speaker for the banquet will be announced at a later date.