DANVILLE — Timothy Leek practically grew up at Laura Lee Fellowship House, so he especially feels honored to be recognized by the agency.

“I appreciate Laura Lee and all the things they do for the community,” said Leek, owner of Leek & Sons Funeral Home in Danville and Urbana. “It’s an honor being selected for an award of distinction.”

The Women’s Auxiliary of Laura Lee Fellowship House will honor Leek and six others Sunday as Men of Distinction. The third annual event will start at 4 p.m. at Laura Lee, 212 E. Williams St.

The others are: Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Jr.; Courtney Watson, pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church; Daniel Offett, pastor at Danville Rescue Mission and director of men and women’s shelters; Sherman Hocketta, Vermilion County employee and Laura Lee employee; Kristopher Bell, composer and musician at Shiloh Baptist Church and employee with Danville School District 118; and Ricky Hoskins, pastor of Lighthouse Ministries.

The seven were chosen for making an impact in the community, the church and/or the family.

Fredrika Pharr, auxiliary president, said she’s pleased with the selections, adding, “I think it’s a diverse selection this time.”

The public is invited to the free reception, where each honoree will be introduced by a presenter and will say a few words. There will be refreshments and entertainment by the male chorus from the Philadelphia Baptist Church.

“It’s really nice and interesting,” Chris Bell, who’s in charge of the program, said of the ceremony. “There’s good fellowship with people.”

Leek said he has good memories about Laura Lee from his childhood. He would play with friends there, play basketball and games, and even remembers baking cookies in a cooking class.

“I was a product of Laura Lee,” he said. “They’re always keeping youth busy.”

Leek, a former Laura Lee board member, said, “Laura Lee has been around for years. They continue to help the community — educating, helping seniors and the community as a whole.”

The last two years, the auxiliary honored eight Men of Distinction, following the same selection process and criteria as for its Women of Distinction program.

Eight Women of Distinction were honored in March for their contributions to the community. The auxiliary has been honoring outstanding women for about 25 years.

Nominations from the community for the 2020 Women of Distinction and the Men of Distinction will be accepted through Laura Lee Fellowship House.

The Women’s Auxiliary is a group of women that was formed to help Laura Lee Fellowship House purchase items that were needed, but not in the budget.

The group provides scholarships, visits seniors in nursing homes, contributes to benefits for people who are ill, contributes to Laura Lee Fellowship House and holds a Vesper Hour on a Sunday in September.

The auxiliary accepts young women of any race who have a willing mind and are ready to participate.

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