LIMA — Seven people were scheduled to receive awards at Lima’s MLK Dinner Sunday night at the Lima Towers on South Main Street.
Derry Glenn, 6th ward Lima Council, has been holding this annual awards dinner for many years and wasn’t going to let the weather keep this event from happening.
“This is like my 37 years doing this, and we want to make sure we continue that drive going on and get our young people more involved with this. This is a day that we work together and come together in our community to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive and that’s what these people do,” said Glenn.
Because of the weather and other commitments, only one of the seven people attended the event.
“What we’re always looking at the people who are doing a great job in our community to keep the dream alive,” said Glenn.
Malinda Simpson, who was present and helping in the kitchen, received the Rosa Parks award.
“I was excited, shocked and it’s just a blessing and all of the times you don’t have to get paid for helping people out, so I know volunteering and giving back to the community,” said Simpson.
Others that couldn’t make it were also recognized.
The Mary Coleman award was won by Cindy Brownlow.
“Cindy Brownlow is a nurse practitioner. She was raised up in the south end of Lima and she never had it easy but Cindy showed she could go to school and make things happen and now she’s a nurse practitioner,” said Glenn.
Named to receive the Larry Watkins award was Jerome O’Neal.
“Jerome O’Neal has been very inspiring to us and has done a great job in our community, keeping our community together and we are excited about him getting that award,” said Glenn.
Chris Banks was honored with the Furl Williams Award, which was named for a former long-time council president.
Jesse Lowe was named as the recipient of the Alberta Shurelds award.
Kevin Maddox and Pat Miron were named winners of “I Have a Dream” awards.
Martin Luther King Jr. day is on Monday and Glenn was scheduled to hold his 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. walk at 2 p.m., but due to the extreme cold weather that’s forecasted, that event was canceled.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.