An iconic football coach delivered a message of giving back and helping those in need.
The Brain Injury Association of Mississippi hosted its 5th annual "Salute to Our Heroes Gala" on Saturday evening at the Country Club of Jackson.
Military service members, organizations, and other members of the community were recognized for their efforts in helping those with brain and spinal cord injuries.
Former coach Herman Boone, whose story of helping to integrate an Alexandria, Virginia football team inspired the movie"Remembering the Titans," was the key note speaker for the event.
"I think that it's important that our communities get together and make a difference, and hopefully I can motivate this community to rise up and help those who sometimes may be unable to help themselves," explained Boone.
The Brain Injury Association of Mississippi provides referrals and resources to help patients.
The organization hoped to raise $100,000 at Saturday's event.
This is a list of the 2012 Gala Honorees:
Founder's Award - Dr. Louis Harkey
Challenge Award - 112th Military Police Battalion and 113th Military Police Company
Eternity Award - Mississippi Paralysis Association
Lifetime Achievement Award - Mrs. Janie Jones
Caregiver of The Year Award - Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, Madison and Mrs. Maxine Barnes
TBI Hope Award - Dr. Jan Morgan
SCI Hope Award - Cpl. Michael Andrew "Dru" Raley, USMC Ret.
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