For her kindness, volunteerism and commitment to the community, Kay Dunaway was presented the 2004 Service to Mankind Award by the Thomaston Sertoma Club during an event held March 23.
"When individuals serve mankind, they will inevitably bring happiness to others," Phil Hancock of the Sertoma Club said as he presented the award.
Dunaway's "service" includes her dedication to her church, First Presbyterian, where she helped establish the Silver Circle, has taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, sings in the choir and has served as moderator of the Presbyterian Women.
She quietly works to help others in ways that include nursing home visits and providing aid to those in need.
"When one thinks of her life, you are reminded of the title of a hymn of the Christian faith, 'Make Me A Channel Of Blessing.' Kay has indeed been this," Hancock said.
She is also well-known in the community for her dedication and leadership in the Thomaston-Upson Humane Society. A founding member of that organization, Dunaway was instrumental in building support to construct the Thomaston-Upson Animal Shelter. She also has been a leader in the effort to prevent animal cruelty, encourage spay and neutering programs and promote pet adoption.