Meridian, Miss. The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, held a banquet to honor Leslie Payne.
Payne is the executive director of Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter.
The Knights of Columbus presented her with a community service award to show appreciation for the services Care Lodge provides to victims of domestic violence.
"It is overwhelming. It is such an honor to be recognized for the work Care Lodge does in this community," Payne said.
The Monsignor John A. Burns Award recognizes people every year who are involved with youth or the community.
Past recipients range from Sen. John C. Stennis to Dr. Raymond Reed and to our own news director, John Johnson.