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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - On Tuesday, Gulf Power recognized two organizations dedicated to helping the community during this year's Power of Service Awards.
The 2017 Bay County Power of Service awards went to LEAD Coalition and Mental Health America.
During the ceremony, Stan Connally, Gulf Power's chairman, president, and CEO, said "These organizations change lives for the better, which ultimately changes our entire community for the better. This is our opportunity to publicly acknowledge those who may go unnoticed but serve a vital role in trying to solve important issues in their communities. Each one of these organizations are made up of people working together to try and solve issues in their communities and give back. It's a philosophy of dedication to public service, volunteerism and making communities a better place to live that Gulf Power supports and embraces."
LEAD Coalition was formed to address violence and drug issues in Panama City after a string of murders in 2014. The organization works to prevent gang violence and drug use among teens by keeping kids off the streets and teaching them necessary job skills in the process.
Mental Health America of Bay County was established back in 1952, with a focus on raising awareness about mental illness, as well as providing treatment for patients and support for their families.
Their goal is to make an impact in prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment services. Mental Health America also provides mental health screenings for a wide variety of disorders, including PTSD and depression. They do this with the help of licensed clinical social workers.