Evening Pilot Club of Sumter recognized 10 Sumterites on Wednesday for their dedication to the community during the second-annual Care and Kindness Awards Luncheon at Swan Lake Visitor Center.
Anna Nunnery, governor of South Carolina District Pilot International and member of Sumter Pilot Club, said the purpose of the event was to thank members of the community who dedicate their time to helping others without expecting anything in return.
Each of the award recipients was selected for dedicating many hours, and in some cases years, to serving the Sumter community.
Mayor Joe McElveen presented each recipient with a plaque for his or her charitable efforts. The recipients include: Marion Thomas, Henry Gamble, Lelia Epps, Jane Collins, Geraldine Singleton, the Rev. Steve Shumake, Marie Walker, Richard Boisvert, Tech. Sgt. Amanda Brown with Shaw Air Force Base and Sarah Bradham.
Photos of the award recipients can be seen online at www.theitem.com. Two recipients were not present during the luncheon.
Charitable acts honored on Wednesday included: providing holiday meals for families in need, packing food for children in other countries, keeping Sumter's streets clean and volunteering with disaster-relief organizations.
The ceremony was hosted by the Pilot Club and Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments' Council on Aging.
Throughout the year, Evening Pilot Club of Sumter conducts projects to assist people in need as well as to help people living with brain injuries and diseases. The group's major projects include Brainminders, a program designed to teach safety to children to help prevent brain injuries, and an annual Christmas party for children with autism.
For more information about Pilot International, go to www.pilotinternational.org.