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Savannah Tech honors community stars

  • Steve Eagle, managing director with Seacrest Partners, is congratulated by Kathy Love, president of Savannah Technical College, as he accepts his STAR. Eagle was nominated for the 2016 Tribute to Community STARS by the Savannah Morning News. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)
  • Diana Rivenburgh was the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Tribute to Community STARS.
  • Over 30 STAR awards were presented at the 10th annual Tribute to Community STARS.
  • Kay Ford, left, accepts her STAR award from Kathy Love, president of Savannah Technical College, at the 2016 Tribute to Community STARS on Friday. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

The Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council honored 28 people Friday at the 2016 Tribute to Community STARS.

The event, in its tenth year, honors individuals nominated for their service and dedication at work or in the community.

Diana Rivenburgh, author and senior vice president of People & Culture at Seniorlink Inc., served as the guest speaker and praised those honored for always being engaged within the local community.

“When we see images of Savannah, we often see things like the Spanish Moss, the beautiful squares or the fountain in Forsyth Park, but you also see many other things. You see the needs, the homeless, the unemployed and the young people...,” Rivenburgh said.

“And you engage your community to find out what are the most prevalent needs and how we can help fill those needs.”

More than 200 members of the community have been honored since the event began, according to Savannah Tech President Kathy Love.

“From longtime volunteers in our community, dedicated employees to school teachers and principals to elected officials. If you’re here today, you’re in for a treat,” Love said.

Honored on Friday:

• Eunice Bell, United Way of the Coastal Empire Volunteer, sponsored by United Way

• Lawrence Brody, financial advisor, sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors

• Jenn Case, 2016 Savannah Tech GOAL Student of the Year, sponsored by Savannah Technical College

• Jody Chapin, anchor, sponsored by WTOC-TV

• Mary Chatman, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, sponsored by Memorial Health

• Jennifer Davis, 2016 Savannah Tech EAGLE Student of the Year, sponsored by Savannah Technical College

• Steve Eagle, managing director, Seacrest Partners, sponsored by Savannah Morning News

• Jarvis Evans, payroll technician II, sponsored by Liberty Regional Medical Center

• Curtis Foltz, executive director, Georgia Ports Authority, sponsored by Georgia Power

• Kay Ford, chairman, Savannah Advisory Board, sponsored by BankSouth

• Debra Geiger, 2016 Savannah Tech Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by Savannah Technical College

• Grace Herrington, lead teacher, H.V. Jenkins High School Engineering Program, sponsored by DIRTT

• Tommy Hester, Savannah Market President, honored posthumously by Colony Bank

• Sarah Lamar, partner, sponsored by HunterMaclean

• Hope Moorer, general manager, Navigation Programs, sponsored by Georgia Ports Authority

• Ben Payne, school director, Savannah Classical Academy, sponsored by Hansen Architects, Dulany Industries, Inc. and The Pinyan Company

• Jesse Petrea, director and VP of Development, Coastal Home Care and Member, Georgia House of Representatives, sponsored by Coastal Home Care and Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

• Maranda Porter, founder, Friends of Coastal Georgia, sponsored by Advertising Specialty Services

• Margaret Mary Russell, office manager and Leadership Savannah Director, sponsored by Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

• Lisa Scarbrough, founder, Coastal Pet Rescue, sponsored by Weimar Construction Company

• Al Scott, chairman, Chatham County Commission, sponsored by National Office Systems

• Peter Shannon, artistic director and conductor, Savannah Philharmonic, sponsored by Judy & Dick Eckburg

• Joe Shearouse, Leisure Services Bureau Chief, city of Savannah, sponsored by Savannah Economic Development Authority

• Mickey Stephens, retired educator and member, Georgia House of Representatives, sponsored by KinderMorgan

• James Thomas, former Mayor, city of Hinesville, sponsored by Liberty County Development Authority

• Peter Ulrich, principal at The STEM Academy at Bartlett, sponsored by Mary & Howard Morrison

• Jim Williams, consultant, sponsored by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas

• Tommy Williams, Sr., Mayor Pro-Tem, city of Riceboro, sponsored by SNF Holding Company

The event is sponsored by the Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council, which raises money to support the college and its programs.

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