JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Starkville and Columbus residents and organizations were recognized by Gov. Phil Bryant for their volunteer efforts.
At a Monday luncheon, Volunteer Mississippi gave the 2014 Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence Awards to 15 Mississippians.
The governor's office says Starkville residents Pinks Dudley and Catherine Buffington along with Columbus resident Judie Granderson Holmes received an award.
Dudley was named The Marsha Meeks Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteer Service, Buffington was given the Outstanding Volunteer Leadership by a Youth award and Holmes received the Outstanding Service to Veterans & Military Families award.
Officials say Columbus' Shaw Pit Bull Rescue also received an award for Outstanding Achievement by a Grassroots Volunteer Initiative.
The awards were given in coordination with the Office of the Governor and First Lady Deborah Bryant, Honorary Chair of the Volunteer Mississippi Board of Commissioners.
Organization officials say 75 people and organizations were nominated from around the state.