Congrats to Buzzy Mize and crew!

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi celebrated its 50th birthday today. We were at the event live-tweeting (@carlie_kollath).

The big highlights:

• Tupelo businessman and community leader Paul “Buzzy” Mize was honored Friday with the United Way’s top annual award.

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi started the J.G. Berry Award in honor of one of the original founders. It recognizes one individual annually who has made “extraordinary contributions” to the United Way.

• Regional Rehab won the Jimmy Williams memorial grant. The $1,000 award is given in memory of Williams, a United Way board member who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children. The grant is given to one organization annually that continues Williams’ work.

• Jackie Shumpert of JCPenney was named the organization’s campaign volunteer of the year. She led her company to collect more than 2,500 boxes of crayons to give to students at the United Way’s back-to-school resource fair.

• Greg “Snoop Pirky Dog” Pirkle and Rob “Vanilla Rice” Rice did a rap video at the end. Cracked. Us. Up. We’re working on getting the video on our site. The folks at United Way said it will be on YouTube by Monday.

Read the Saturday Journal for more information.