Patrick Wylie, who has volunteered for a host of activities and helped raise hundred of thousands of dollars to assist those affected by multiple sclerosis, has been named as Biloxi’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year.
Wylie, an economic development project manager at Mississippi Power, is a Biloxi Main Street Board member, serving as the economic vitality chair and always volunteering at the organization’s events.
Wylie is also a volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where he has served for more than five years. He has lead several community-wide Day of Service activities, where he visited homes of those affected by MS and assisted with home repairs. Wylie is also responsible for spearheading “The Dinner of Champions” event on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, generating more than $200,000 for the society within four years.
He also donates his time to the Harrison County Youth Shelter, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, American Red Cross and The United Way.
Other top honorees recognized were:
— Community volunteer: Jaye Brice
— Youth volunteer: Rosemarie Marshall
— Health volunteer: Bill Priddy
— Arts & history volunteer: Leonie Johnston
— Sports volunteer: Pam Ferrill
— Education volunteer: Myya Robinson
— Adult group volunteer: “The Way” Beau Rivage employee volunteers
— Youth volunteer group: Biloxi High School Interact Club
— City of Biloxi employee volunteer: Jerrilyn Wescovich
— Business volunteer: Mississippi Power Community Connections
— Non-profit organization: Kiwanis Club
— Military volunteer: AT2 Andrew Tracy
— Military group volunteer: Fishbowl Student Ministry Center White Rope Program
— Retired military sr. Volunteer: Col. Phyllis A. Luttman (Ret. USAF)
— Senior Citizen volunteer: David L. Clippinger MD
— Unsung everyday hero: Marguerite S. Mayfield