Brenau University Thursday night conferred its highest non-academic honors on youthful entrepreneur Emmie Henderson Howard and two of Gainesville’s most energetic and engaged community service volunteers, Jock and Joyce Hornor.
Howard, a 2001 Brenau alumna, co-founded Southern Proper, an extremely successful enterprise that provides men’s neckties and other upscale fashion accessories for men and women, received the Distinguished Service to Brenau Award. She currently chairs the 1878 Council, a group of alumni, business and community leaders and others who play a significant role in advising university administrators on a variety of activities to strengthen and support the institution.
Jock and Joyce Hornor, who have been actively engaged in volunteering and offering other support for a wide variety of charitable, community service and education activities since they moved into the area more than 30 years ago, received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, respectively, for distinguished community service.
Brenau University President Ed Schrader presented the three awards Thursday night at Brenau Downtown Center, formerly the Georgia Mountains Center, at the annual President Club Dinner for financial supporters who contributed to the university’s annual fund or other programs.
“These three have one major trait in common,” said Schrader. “They all believe that devoting as much of their time and effort as possible to outstanding community service is simply a normal part of their everyday lives. They each have played significant roles with their volunteer service in improving education at all levels in this community.”