Biloxi names Miller as Distinguished Volunteer

Sara Miller, public affairs manager at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, was named Biloxi’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year during a ceremony Thursday where the city recognized about 150 individuals and groups for their volunteerism.

Miller, a Biloxi native, was cited for her hands-on involvement with more than a dozen events and groups, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, South Mississippi AIDS Task Force, the city’s two chambers of commerce, Main Street Biloxi, Christmas on the Water and the upcoming Blessing of the Fleet.

Mayor A.J. Holloway presented certificates of appreciation to all volunteers at the ceremony, which was held at the Biloxi Community Center, and commemorative plaques to Miller and other honorees, which included Miller’s employer, Beau Rivage, business volunteer of the year.

Others receiving special recognition were Adele Lyons, president of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, art and history volunteer; Charlie Smith, Trinity Hospice Volunteer, health volunteer; Bill Ramsey, coach and president of Biloxi Soccer Organization and Biloxi National Little League, sports volunteer; Melanie Holliday, youth volunteer; Lt. Harold Windom Jr., Biloxi Police Department, city employee volunteer; Staff Sgt. Christopher Kaster, community volunteer; Biloxi High Key Club, youth volunteer group; and Biloxi Kiwanis Club, adult volunteer group.

The city uses volunteers to help stage many special events and operate sports leagues throughout the year. This year was the 19th annual volunteer awards ceremony.