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CFO names Pitt humanitarian of the year

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks has honored Springfield philanthropist and businessman Doug Pitt as the 2010 Humanitarian for his work with his nonprofit Care to Learn.

More than 130 people attended a luncheon at Double Tree Hotel yesterday to celebrate Pitt's creation of the nonprofit service that provides needy students with food, health and hygiene products. Pitt founded Care to Learn in 2008 with support from Springfield businessman and philanthropist Jim D. Morris and the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, according to a news release.

"A community needs to take care of its own,” Pitt said after accepting the award from Jewell Thompson Schweitzer, who established the Humanitarian award. “We should be very proud of the collaborative spirit that goes on every day in our community.”

The award comes with a $3,000 cash prize, which Pitt will distribute among the five Care to Learn chapters: Springfield, Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation, Bolivar, Nixa and Ozark.

The award this year was the 21st year of honoring humanitarians in the Ozarks, the release said.

CFO gave the award to two people in 2009, Roger D. "Dusty" Shaw Jr. and his brother, William Shaw, both of Thomasville.
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