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Larry Burnett receives the NC Long Leaf Pine Award

Greensboro, N.C., January 15, 2024 – On November 12, 2023, Colonel Larry Burnett, a retired YMCA staff member and Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA Hall of Fame honoree, was presented with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award at the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet.

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the most prestigious awards granted by the Governor of North Carolina. It is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities and have a proven record of exemplary service in strengthening the state.

Burnett is a well-respected and beloved member of the North Carolina community, having dedicated 21 years of his life to the YMCA. He joined the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA initially as a board member for 6 years then quickly became an integral part of the organization by serving as the executive director of the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA for 15 years.

During his tenure at the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA, Burnett's dedication and hard work helped to transform the organization into a thriving community hub, providing essential services and programs to the residents of Greensboro and surrounding communities. His leadership and vision have had a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals, particularly the youth, who have benefited from the YMCA's programs and resources.

Burnett's contributions to the community extend beyond his work at the YMCA. He has also been actively involved in numerous philanthropic and volunteer efforts, supporting various causes and organizations that aim to improve the lives of North Carolina residents.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements and unwavering commitment to serving the community, Burnett was presented with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award by Judge Paul L. Jones and Senator Gladys A. Robinson at a ceremony attended by family, friends and colleagues.

Upon receiving the award, Burnett expressed his gratitude and dedication to North Carolina, saying, "I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award. I have always been passionate about serving my community, and I am humbled to be recognized for my contributions. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve my community every day.”

Burnett's name will now be etched in the history of North Carolina, alongside other esteemed individuals who have received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for his outstanding service and commitment to the state.

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