2013 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Award Winners Announced

Jackson, MS— Volunteer Mississippi, in coordination with the Office of the Governor and First Lady Deborah Bryant, Honorary Chair of the Volunteer Mississippi Board of Commissioners, is pleased to announce the 2013 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Award honorees. The GIVE Awards honor individuals and groups who positively impact the state of Mississippi through their significant volunteer efforts. These esteemed community leaders’ stories serve as inspiration for National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, 2013.

2013 Slate of Honorees

Mary Tell – Biloxi

The Marsha Meeks Kelly Award For Lifetime Achievement in Volunteer Service


John W. Armstrong – Long Beach

Outstanding Service by a National Service Participant


Kay Bain – Tupelo

Outstanding Achievement by a Media Personality


Beverly J. Hammett – Starkville

Outstanding Service in Disabilities Advocacy


Reade Heredia – Columbus

Outstanding Service in Youth Leadership


Dr. M. Edward Ivancic – Tupelo

Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare Initiatives


Mary Patton-Jarrett – Oxford

Outstanding Service by a Faith-Based Volunteer


Mayor Chip Johnson – Hernando

Outstanding Service by a Public Servant


Donna B. Langford – Hattiesburg

Outstanding Humanitarian Service


Holly Powell Lange – Jackson

Outstanding Achievement in Servant Leadership


Bob & Patt Lowrance – Jackson

Outstanding Achievement in Wildlife Stewardship


Mary Margaret Saulters – Oxford

Outstanding Achievement by a College Student


The Meridian Family Of Stations – Meridian

Outstanding Community Outreach by a Media Organization


Shaggy’s Waterfront Restaurants – Pass Christian

Outstanding Business Community Outreach


The Commission and staff of Volunteer Mississippi congratulates these individuals and groups for their exemplary service to their communities, and will celebrate their achievements at a luncheon held in their honor April 22 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson.

Volunteer Mississippi is the state office of volunteerism, with its mission to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. Established by executive order in 1994 as the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS), Volunteer Mississippi has worked to encourage a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility to America. In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, Mississippi Department of Education, Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, and faith-based and community organizations statewide, MCVS is fostering community engagement and building volunteer capacity throughout the state. Contact Volunteer Mississippi at 888.353.1793, our website www.volunteermississippi.org, Facebook www.facebook.com/volunteeryall and Twitter @volunteeryall.

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