This is a news release from the Hub Award Committee
The HUB Award for 2014 has honored two of Hattiesburg's outstanding professionals. Health Care professional Mr. Tommy Thornton, and road building professional Lawrence Warren were honored with the prestigious Hub Award during a gala dinner and stirring program, at the Hattiesburg Country Club, on Nov.18. The award was made to Mr. Thornton and Mr. Warren for their outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence, and dedication to public service.
The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Mrs. Lou Ann Poynter, a 2009 recipient of the HUB Award. The welcome was given by Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, President Emeritus, of the University of Southern Mississippi, a 1985 recipient of the HUB Award. The invocation was given by Dr. Ben Carmichael, a 1986 recipient of the HUB Award. Following dinner, Dr. Tommy King, a 2010 recipient, recognized the past recipients. Dr. Eric Hale gave the tribute to Tommy Thornton. Mr. Thornton responded. The tribute to Lawrence Warren was given by Mr. Sean McGee. Mr. Warren responded. Mr. Larry Albert, 2005 recipient of the HUB Award, presented their HUB Awards.
The Hub Award originated in 1979, when a group of community leaders honored Bobby Lee Chain, who was at the time serving as president of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Bobby L. Chain Day was planned in recognition of Mr. Chain's outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence, and dedication to public service. A scholarship is established in the name of each recipient, at the institution of their choice, from the proceeds of the Hub Award Dinner.
An important part of the annual Hub Award event is the establishment of a scholarship fund in honor of each of the Hub Award recipients. Contributions honoring the recipients will be placed in the Hub Award Endowment at the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation to benefit students attending The University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University. From its origin in 1979 through the Hub Award has generated scholarship funds totaling over half-million dollars.