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Awards honor humanitarian efforts

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Rev. Bob Hudak of St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville received the Greenville Human Relations Council's lifetime achievement award with previous winner Lucille Gorham, left, and his wife, Louise Moye, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.


Shannon Keith
The Daily Reflector

Monday, February 27, 2017

A local coordinator for the American Red Cross was recognized Saturday by the Greenville Human Relations Council for his efforts during the floods caused by Hurricane Matthew in October.

Robert Rimmer received the council’s Community Service Humanitarian Award in honor of his work with the relief organization during the council’s celebration of its 46th anniversary.

An award ceremony and reception, held at the Hilton Greenville, recognized local individuals, organizations and businesses that provide services that strengthen and better communities and improve the lives of others. Donkale Edwards also received the Community Service Humanitarian Award on Saturday.

The ceremony is held annually. This year’s theme was “Celebrating and Honoring Those Who Make a Difference.” Other award winners include:

Pastor Rodney Coles Sr., founder of the Churches Outreach Network, was recognized with the Best-Irons Citizen Award. The Islamic Center and Mosque and New Dimensions Community Church were recognized as the recipients of the Best-Irons Business/Organization Award.

The Best-Irons Humanitarian Award honors individuals and organizations or businesses with a commitment to positive human relations in Greenville. It recognizes an individual or a business that has made Greenville a better place through a commitment to promote social, racial and economic justice; defending human rights; and/or enhancing the dignity of all people.

Recipients may be considered “unsung heroes” who have energized others to improve the opportunities and quality of life for residents of Greenville and have unselfishly shared their time and expertise. They have consistently and willingly extended a helping hand to others — often without seeking recognition.

Makayla Harris, Adam Eldib, Ethan Patel and Katelyn Higgins were recognized for the Community Service Youth Award.

The Community Service Award (volunteerism) honors individuals and/or organizations that provide outstanding volunteer services that strengthen the community and improve the lives of residents.

The Youth Award recognizes the dedication of individuals 17 years of age or younger, and the Adult Award recognizes the dedication of individuals age 18 and older.

#Something2Somebody received the Community Service Business/Organization Award, which recognizes any business, organization or agency for its volunteer efforts.

Except for the Best-Irons Humanitarian Awards, nominees who contributed significantly to the betterment of Greenville could reside outside of the city limits.

The Eastern Carolina Vocational Center (ECVC) was recognized as the recipient of the Distinguished Inclusive Community Award, which honors organizations or businesses that have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive community through the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives, and/or programs in one or more of the following areas: recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse staff, faculty, or student body; foster equality of opportunity within the community; encourage diverse perspectives; create a welcoming and supportive climate through efforts such as visibility, communication and education, and other areas critical to establishing inclusivity.

The Rev. Bob Hudak, rector of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, received the council’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday.

Contact Shannon Keith at skeith@reflector.com or at 252-329-9579.