Distinguished Service Awards

71st Annual Distinguished Service Awards

Each year the Gaston County Jaycees honor our community servants. These exceptional people have gone above and beyond their call of duty. We recognize emergency personnel, a teacher, a K-12 student, business leaders, businesses, Gaston County 10 Under 40 and award the Gaston County Jaycees Lifetime Civic Achievement Award, sponsored by W. Duke Kimbrell.

Please join us on the evening of April 3rd, 2019 from 6-9:30 p.m. to honor these great community leaders. This year we are honored to have Aidan Anderson as our keynote speaker.


At 7 years old, Aidan was playing harmonica in a restaurant one night, and his impromptu jam session earned him $80 in tips.

After realizing he had everything he needed, he chose to donate that $80 to sick children in Africa.

That one simple choice to give changed his life and put him on his path of purpose.

Aidan plays harmonica, ukelele, guitar, sings and shares his story everywhere he possibly can including: corporate events, schools, churches, festivals, leadership summits and youth gatherings to encourage people to find their passions in giving.

He says, “Love is an act. So we must act and be our brother’s keeper. Whether it’s people, the earth or animals, we need to find the give that makes our heart sing.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased for the Distinguished Service Awards at DSA’s Registration. Thank you for your support of these great leaders who inspire us with their dedication to our community.

2019 Awards

  • Outstanding Gastonia Police Officer:
  • Outstanding Gaston County Police Officer:
  • Outstanding Gaston County Sheriff Deputy:
  • Outstanding Gaston County EMS:
  • Outstanding Gaston County Teacher:
  • Outstanding Gaston County Student:
  • Outstanding Gastonia Fire Fighter:
  • Outstanding Business of the Year:
    Webb Custom Kitchen
  • Outstanding Business Person of the Year:
    Anthony Gallant
  • Gaston County 10 Under 40 and Jaycees Community Leadership Award
  • Jaycees Duke Kimbrell Lifetime Civic Achievement Award:
    Regina Moody (Holy Angels)