Sweet event will honor Norton for humanitarian work

05/07/2013 12:21 PM

05/07/2013 12:23 PM

Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton will be recognized as the Sweet Humanitarian of the Year at a benefit later this month.

The award is given each year by Donna Sweet, a Wichita physician who specializes in the care of HIV-positive and AIDS patients. She is a physician at University of Kansas-Wichita Internal Medicine Midtown. She started the award in 2005 to honor people who have made a difference in the community.

Norton, a longtime commissioner and former mayor of Haysville, will be honored at An Evening of Note on May 21 at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100 and are available only in advance through May 17 by calling 316-293-3595, a news release said.

Norton serves on several board of nonprofit groups, including the United Way, the Salvation Army, Exploration Place and the Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas. In the past, he served on the boards of Goodwill Industries, Diversity Kansas, the Metro YMCA, the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools and the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

He also is active in Visioneering Wichita and the Wichita Downtown Development Corp. and is a member of the Eastside Rotary Club and Wichita Wagonmasters, according to the county’s website.

As a commissioner, he is particularly interested in public health and is a Kansas Public Health Scholar.

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