LONGVIEW (KYTX) - The City of Longview Partners in Prevention's Unity and Diversity Committee has announced Andrea Mayo and Cissy Ward as the 2013 Unity Honors recipients. The Unity Honors Luncheon honors persons who have been leaders in the pursuit of racial equality and have helped improve race relations in the community. The Unity Honors Luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
A Louisiana native, Andrea Mayo has provided 34 years of service to the Longview Independent School District, where she currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent. In addition, she has also served her community through active volunteering with the Zonta Club of Longview, Longview Habitat for Humanity, ARC of Gregg County, Campfire, Longview Economic Develop Corporation, East Texas Workforce, ArtsView Children's Theatre and the Martin Luther King Celebration planning committee. She is a faithful member of the Galilee Baptist Church. She has been honored by various community organizations and groups for her work.
Ward is a lifelong Texas resident and has worked as the Coordinator of Community Services at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and as the Executive Director at East Texas Literacy Council. Ward is perhaps best known for her dedication to volunteer services in the community, as this has proven her true vocation. She served on the organizing board for: Longview Habitat for Humanity, Longview Community Ministries, Longview Women's Commission, LISD Foundation, and East Texas Literacy Council, where she served as the first Executive Director. Ward was paramount in the organization of the Race Relations Committee (currently known as the Unity and Diversity Committee. She is a faithful member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.
In addition, business service recognition awards will be presented to Super 1 Foods. An individual service recognition award will be presented to Branden Johnson.
Unity Honors Luncheon tickets are $10 and are available through January 23, 2013. Tickets may be purchased at Partners in Prevention, 140 E. Tyler St, #400; Broughton Recreation Center, 801 MLK Blvd.; Barron's Bookstore, 405 W. Loop 281, Pine Tree Administration Office, 1701 Pine Tree Road; Longview ISD Administration Office, 1301 E. Young St; and Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House, 1501 E. Marshall Avenue. Tables can be purchased for $100 by calling the Partners In Prevention Office. No tickets will be available on the day of the luncheon. Lunch will be catered by Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steakhouse. Anissa Centers will emcee the luncheon.
The Unity and Diversity Committee (formerly known as Race Relations) was established in 1995 and is sponsored by the City of Longview Partners in Prevention. For more information, please call the Partners in Prevention office at 903-237-1019.