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February 13-- The 71st Annual Vidalia Citizens of the Year Banquet was held on Tuesday to recognize the Man and Woman of the Year for 2018. The banquet is sponsored each year by the Vidalia Kiwanis Club, the Vidalia Rotary Club, and the Vidalia Lions Club.

therisaThis year’s recipient of the Woman of the Year is Therisa Ingley, who, among other things, was honored for her dedication leading the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society, “I’m really at a loss for words and that’s not often true. I’m thankful to the community for this honor and to those people who work along beside me, I could not have done it without them," she said.

The Vidalia Man of the Year for 2018 is Zack Fowler. Fowler said “Two weeks ago when I was fortunate enough to go to Athens for induction in the broadcasting Hall of Fame, I was pretty emotional but it wasn’t like tonight. When you’re in front of your hometown folks and you know that they love you, there is nothing that compares to that.”

Fowler added, “This is such a special town and a special county. It’s all about great people. I am so blessed to be able to work in this town doing what I enjoy doing. The Lord works in mysterious ways and he puts people where they need to be and gives them opportunities. If you just do the right thing and be prepared, when the door opens you can make a difference in the world.”

zcitize4n“It’s a privilege to be able to work and live in this wonderful town”, added Fowler, pictured here with his wife, Anne, and Richard Martin who presented the award.

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