United Way of South MS honors deserving man

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - It was a day of esteemed honor at the Bay-Waveland Yacht Club. The United Way of south Mississippi awarded Clay Wagner with the Tocqueville award.

UWSM CEO Sue Suter said Wagner is well deserving.

"We couldn't thinking of anyone better than Clay Wagner, from the Hancock Bank, who is an advisor to so many non-profits," said Suter.

Wagner worked as the president of the board of UWSM for six years, volunteered with the American Red Cross and the Boys and Girls Club.

"It's not about getting awards," said Wager. "It's not about getting recognized. It's about making our community a better place to live."

Wagner's passion for South Mississippi runs deep.

"It's home," said Wagner.

Perhaps that drive to better the community is what drew the political powerhouse couple James Carville and Mary Matalin to start building a home in Bay St. Louis. The well known couple were guest speakers and provided a few laughs.

"It used to be when your parents told you to do something, you just did it," said Carville. "Now everything's a negotiation."

Behind the jokes, the couple's presence was about joining the community, one that Matalin says is united and continuing to rebuild.

"Psychological rebirth which is really important. That doesn't happen everywhere in the country, it only happens were people care about their community and care about their neighbor," said Matalin.

Through all the accolades, the person who the night was all about remained humble.

"To whom much is given, much is expected," said Wagner.

Wagner said with or without recognition, he'll continue to do his part to better the community.

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