3 to be honored by local Church Women United

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Church Women United of the Greater Sumter Area will recognize three women at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at CWU's May Friendship Day Celebration at Union Station AME Church, 945 S. Main St.

The Valiant Woman Award will be presented to Gerald Jennings from Mt. Olive AME Church. The Valiant Woman Award is designated for a woman in the church who has given service to CWU, her church and her community. She is a woman who lives the Gospel message in her everyday life and is always someone who leads by example.

The Key Woman Award will be presented to Ellaree Hampton from Goodwill Presbyterian Church. This award is given to a woman in the church that many parishioners know, and she knows them; promotes CWU activities in her church; and maintains contact with local CWU board and/or officers to achieve the mission of CWU in the local community.

The Human Rights Award will be presented to Jacqueline Butler of St. James United Methodist Church. This award is given to a woman that has been working in the field of human rights in our community by demonstrating a high regard for the dignity of others.

Each year CWU seeks nominees from representatives of participating churches in February. Nominees are reviewed by a local committee who submits material to the National Church Women United Office in New York along with the appropriate fee. Qualifications are given a final review, and the award is delivered to the local CWU president for presentation during May Friendship Day. Any church is welcome to recognize a special woman in its congregation who contributes to the mission of Church Women United.

For more information, write to CWU at P.O. Box 2223, Sumter, SC or call (803) 778-1061.