Thursday, November 23, 2017
OV Smith Honored for Years of Community Service
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published October 9, 2008

OV Smith and Danny Bakewell JrOV Smith has been doing good deeds in the Los Angeles areas for many years. This past Saturday she was honored by many guest, including Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Diane Watson, Senator Rod Wright, Councilmember Bernard Parks, Councilwoman Janice Hahn, and Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell.

The luncheon to honor Smith was held at the Willing Workers facilities on Washington Blvd., which recently purchased by Smith’s non-profit organization. Smith is the new Director of the center.

The center services the needs of disable individuals, where they work on various projects and are taught skills. The center opened in 1975, and will continue to service the disabled under Smith’s leadership.

Smith was the center of attention, and many close friends, who have worked with Smith for years, had many colorful stories to tell about their interaction with her. The common theme in all of the stories was that when Smith asks for something, you do it, because Smith is wise, has a very kind heart, is working for the best interests of the community, and because she does not take “no” for an answer. “No” seems like it is not even an option, even when it appears that the task cannot be completed.

Every speaker held Smith in the highest esteem, and their kind words came right from the heart. A couple of speakers came from as far as Northern California, simply because Smith told them to come.

When it was Smith’s turn to speak, she recognized and thanked every group that attended the luncheon, and she had positive words for all of the guests. Smith was very gracious when she was presented with tokens of appreciation, and she took the time to take pictures with the many guests that came to honor her.

OV Smith is truly one of a kind, and our community is better because of her efforts.

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