We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Jeffery O. Smith, the Executive Director and CEO of the Virginia Air and Space Science Center, served as the Dinner Chair at the 56th annual Peninsula Humanitarian Awards Dinner. This prestigious event took place on Thursday, February 22, 2024, and was a celebration of individuals and organizations dedicated to making a positive impact on the community.

The following individuals and organization were honored with the 2024 Humanitarian Awards:

Humanitarian Awards:
1. Xavier L. Beale
2. Syed Ismail
3. Eugene M. Jordan, II
4. Nick G. Vlahakis
5. Gwendolyn R. Williams

Distinguished Merit Award:
**Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center**

The Humanitarian Award of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is a testament to the recipients’ personal commitment to promoting respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. These individuals have demonstrated exceptional dedication to fostering unity and harmony in our community.

Additionally, the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center received the Distinguished Merit Award, recognizing corporations or community organizations for their outstanding humanitarian work. This award acknowledges the exceptional contributions made by the organization in enhancing the well-being of our community.

The Virginia Air and Space Science Center is immensely proud of Dr. Jeffery O. Smith for his role as the Dinner Chair and extends heartfelt congratulations to all the deserving recipients of the Humanitarian Awards and the Distinguished Merit Award.

We believe in the power of collective efforts to create positive change, and this event exemplifies the spirit of compassion and generosity that makes our community stronger. As we continue our mission to inspire and educate through the wonders of air and space exploration, we celebrate the extraordinary efforts of those who uplift and unite our community.

For more information about the Virginia Air and Space Science Center and our commitment to community engagement, please explore our website or contact us directly.