Doug Pitt to be Honored as 2010 Humanitarian

Care to Learn Founder Doug Pitt will be honored on Dec. 9 as the 2010 Humanitarian for his creation of a program to provide basic needs for schoolchildren and his other projects to help people in need in the Ozarks and around the world.

Tickets are still available for the noon luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield. For ticket information, contact Randy Russell at the CFO at (417) 864-6199.

The annual Humanitarian Award was established 21 years ago by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer to honor individuals in our region who place service to others as the primary motivating force in their lives. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes a committee to review nominations and select the annual recipient. The winner receives a $3,000 cash award, which he or she has the option to donate to charity.

In addition to his work on Care to Learn, Pitt is being honored for his role as a goodwill ambassador to Tanzania and his support for construction of wells for clean drinking water in Africa as well as his role as co-chair of the Homelessness Task Force in Springfield. The co-owner of ServiceWorld Computer Center in Springfield, Pitt also is a member and/or philanthropic supporter of the Rotary Club of Springfield-Southeast; the James River Assembly of God; the Springfield Public Schools Foundation; Relay for Life; Worldserve International; the Ozarks Honor Flight; and the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.