Mississippi Power employees were recently honored with the 2016 Business Volunteer of the Year Award at the city of Biloxi’s 34th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.
It is the second time in three years that the company won the award.
“This city relies on its volunteers for so many things in so many facets of what we do,” said Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “Mississippi Power has given us their most valuable asset — time. This makes quite a statement about their commitment to our community.”
In 2016, local Community Connection volunteers made a hands-on difference by providing more than 8,190 hours of volunteer time on 171 local projects on the Coast. More than 20 of those events were in Biloxi.
“I am so proud of and thankful for the commitment our employees show not only in their day jobs, but also in our communities, through Community Connection,” said Nicole Faulk, vice president of the Customer Services Organization, who accepted the award on behalf of the company.
“Our employees selflessly give their time to make a difference in the communities where we live and serve. In Biloxi, employees from many areas of our company have participated in projects, including countless miles walked while raising money and providing and serving food to those in need. They have impacted the city, the environment, numerous organizations, and most importantly, they have made a lasting impression on the people in Biloxi.”
Commercial Development Representative Pat Wylie also earned the city’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Award for his work and fundraising efforts assisting those affected by multiple sclerosis.
Wylie is also a five-year volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and has lead several community-wide Day of Service activities, which include home visits and organizing home repair projects for those affected by the condition. Wylie also spearheads the “Dinner of Champions” event, which has generated more than $200,000 for the NMSS.
“Pat displays servant leadership at all times,” Biloxi downtown service manager Kay Miller said. “He inspires all by his efforts.”
Wylie also donates his time to several charities and community organizations, including the Harrison County Youth Shelter, the United Way and past work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast and American Red Cross.
“I am truly humbled and honored by this award,” said Wylie. “Sharing the evening with a recognition of the work and value of Community Connection made it twice as special.”
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