Townsend Community Center Inc. will recognize nine local individuals and businesses at its annual honors and awards dinner. 

Townsend leaders say they believe the recipients are overlooked for the amazing contributions they make to the community. 

This year’s theme is “Regeneration: Rising from the Ashes.”

The gathering will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Elks Lodge, 2100 U.S. 27 S., Richmond.  

Tickets are $40 per person or $320 per table. Reservations may be made by calling 765-488-2042. 

This year, an award will be named for Rancer Huntington, who is described as a humble sponsor. Sgt. 1st Class Tremaine Brown will receive the Rancer Huntington Philanthropic Award.

Additional winners include Distinguished Lady Mary Davis and Distinguished Gentleman Virtee Walker (posthumous). 

Richmond National Guard will receive the Valor Award and Leaning Lily florist has earned the Corporate Award.

Julian Short has been named the Rising Star and Antonio Deloney the Conqueror.

Richmond Community Schools Superintendent Curtis Wright and his brother, Billy Wright, who is RCS’ director of student support and boys basketball coach, will both receive the Education award.

Townsend Community Center Inc. offers assistance for any Wayne County resident at 300 N. 10th St. in Richmond. 

Its youth programs include after-school homework help, mentorship/leadership offered at local schools and a drug education prevention program.

Women of Worth empowerment gatherings help women balance personal and professional responsibilities. 

Townsend’s CHOICE program reduces workforce barriers for first-time job seekers, ex-offenders, those who’ve been out of the workforce by choice and those unable to maintain employment. The acronym stands for Chance, Hope, Opportunity, Independence, Courage and Excellence. 

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A version of this article appeared in the June 5 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.