Thursday evening marked a big night for the Pilot Club of Enterprise as the club hosted its 63rd Annual Civic Night Program at First Baptist Church.
The program honored individuals for the titles of Man, Woman, and Youth of the Year, all of whom were nominated by civic groups and organizations in the Enterprise area. The evening’s welcome was delivered by Pilot Club of Enterprise Treasurer Amanda Douglas and the invocation was delivered by Fox Fleming.
Following Douglas’s introduction of special guests, Pilot Club member Ann Burch introduced the Youth of the Year nominees, reading a synopsis of each nominee’s philanthropic activities over the past year. Burch was followed by Janie Rogers, who introduced the Women of the Year nominees; Anne Bridgette rounded out the field with the nominees for Man of the Year.
Kalycia Haynes, nominated by the Semper Fidelis Club, was selected as the 2018 Youth of the Year. Samantha Senn, the 2017 Youth of the Year, could not be present to announce Haynes as this year’s winner, but mother Michelle Senn passed the title on in her daughter’s stead.
Mary Merritt, 2017’s Woman of the Year, was called upon to introduce this year’s award winner. Merritt took the opportunity to thank everyone for nominating and helping her achieve the title last year. The 2018 Woman of the Year award was given to Azalea Garden Club nominee Jennifer Nichols, founder and director of Hand-Up Enterprise.
The 2018 Man of the Year award was presented by 2017 Man of the Year O’Neal Boswell, who also thanked the community for their help and support. Boswell announced Semper Fidelis Club nominee David E. Riddick as the 2018 Man of the Year; however, due to a death in the family, Riddick was unable to attend the awards ceremony. Close family friend Gloria Wheeler accepted the award on Riddick’s behalf.