Gala award recipients

Tivia and Gregory Dozier accept the Lenard Dawson Self-Sufficiency Award alongside Charles Stewart and Tres Hamilton, from Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, and Nancy Ganderman, from the Habitat for Humanity.

Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority raised about $25,000 at their Voices of Success Gala held Dec. 15.

The event, held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, celebrated the past year’s success stories of Coastal Georgia Community Action, the largest comprehensive human service agency in coastal Georgia.

Several awards were given out during the event to honor those who’ve made a difference in the community.

The Leonard Dawson Self-Sufficiency Achievement Award was given to the Dozier family, who came to Coastal Georgia Community Action in November 2017 with limited resources. The family of seven were facing eviction, and over the course of the next year Coastal Georgia Community Action was able to help them get back on their feet.

They are now partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build their own home.

Woody Woodside, who will soon retire as the long-serving president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, received the Community Image Award for his commitment and support for Coastal Georgia Community Action.

“This was truly a night to remember. I am excited for the Dozier family and pleased to honor my good friend Woody this well-deserved award,” said Charles Stewart, chairman of the Community Action Board. “… We are so grateful to each individual and organization who attended, donated and sponsored this gala.”

Tickets are also now on sale for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast, which will be held Jan. 18 at College Place UMC in Brunswick. Tickets can be purchased online at

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