BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- NEWS CENTER honored community members who have shown exceptional dedication to service at the annual '2 Those Who Care' awards Thursday night.

Among the winners, the Maine Troop Greeters at the Bangor International Airport. They were recognized as an 'Agency of Distinction' for more than 13 years of welcoming over 1.5 million military servicemen and women.

"In our 15 years in Marine Corps life, my husband has never been honored or cared for in that way. What you are doing is amazing," one service wife said.

Linda Bradford, who serves as a volunteer tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, was honored for helping adults who lack basic reading skills as well as adult who are learning English as another language.

"Linda is a genuine, personable, caring person who puts others ahead of herself as a way of living and being. She lives what she believes, University of Maine Dean of Students Robert Dana said.

Rick Fornier, who devotes time to countless area organizations from the Bangor Public Library to the Maine Arts Commission, received an award for his work with the American Folk Festival, where Rick is chair of the board of directors. The event draws nearly 100,000 people to the Bangor waterfront each year.

Jennifer Morin, the treasurer for the Bangor Area Recovery Network, was recognized for her crucial role in the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those afflicted by addiction.

Brian Woodworth was recognized for his role in countless project and organizations in both Guilford and Dover-Foxcroft, including his involvement in the renovation of the Central Hall Building. Woodworth is also dedicated to the life of his brother Dwight's life. Dwight has cerebral palsy and is paraplegic, but Woodworth does all he can to be sure he lives an active life.

Belfast's The Game Loft also received recognition as an 'Agency of Distinction' for serving more than 400 youth in the Waldo County Area, providing them with safe, secure and fun after school programs.

Recipients received an award as well as a donation to their cause or a cause of their choice.

The event was hosted by NEWS CENTER's Amanda Hill and Chris Facchini.

'2 Those Who Care' is an annual recognition for those who give back to their community in meaningful ways.

NEWS CENTER congratulates all the honorees and thanks them for their dedication to our community. It is because of people like them that this truly is home.