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Boyd award recipient a real winner

The seventh annual MLK Unity in the Community Celebration officially wrapped up earlier this week after four days of events that honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
A community favorite, the annual health screenings fair, complete with vendor booths and the presentation of the Lovie Boyd Award for community service was held on Saturday with a successful attendance. Services ranged from a simple blood pressure check to a blood stick prostate screening as well as information on ways to stay healthy. College recruiters were present to speak with students regarding upcoming admission and various local and county offices were present to share information and answer questions from attendees.
The main event of the day was the presentation of the Lovie Boyd Award for community service with the family of Boyd in attendance. Nominees for the award were submitted by colleagues or friends who explained why their candidate should receive the honor.
The 2009 recipient was Janie Fallen, who has been a staunch supporter of Helping Hands of Ennis as well as various other community projects. Fallen was nominated by HHE employees Tisha Brown and Rose Cervantes, who on the application described Fallen as “constantly making herself available for community projects as well as years of dedication to Helping Hands, her church and the community with not just financial donations, but donations of her time as well.”
Fallen accepted the award and praised the other volunteers and board members who contribute to the agency.
“I am humbled by this award but I share it with the other volunteers and board members who help make Helping Hands what it is today,” she said. “It means everything in the world to me to be able to go there. I do what I do not expecting to be recognized for it, but for someone to do so is truly moving. I believe that if we all give a little back it makes all the difference and I’m honored to receive this award.”
Memories were shared of Boyd, the namesake of the award by her sister Gwendolyn Hill, who said she believed her sister would have loved seeing this award being presented.
“I know that if Lovie were here she’d be thrilled that this award was named after her and she wouldn’t have it any other way,” Hill said. “She loved her city and loved to make a difference and we appreciate that the community is still giving awards in her name.”
Mayor Russell Thomas then addressed the crowd and commented on the success of the event and the Boyd award.
“I am very proud to have watched this event grow from year to year into what it is today,” he said. “I am also very proud to have this celebration in Ennis. I have heard about Lovie and her many community projects and I think it is fitting that her name is carried on through this award.”
Thomas also praised the efforts of Fallen, characterizing her efforts as “working tirelessly without praise for the betterment of the community.”

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