The owner of McCray’s Backyard BBQ, Derrick McCray, received a special honor.

Children’s Oasis International named McCray as Man of the Year for his community efforts during a fundraising banquet in June.

“I want to thank God for blessing me with two great parents,” said McCray. “Everything I do is a testament to them, their integrity and their love for the community.”

A number of local dignitaries including Dan Callaway attended the event.


Sheila Ross received similar honors as the Woman of the Year.

“I say thank you Children’s Oasis. This is what I was taught to do,” said Ross.

Sheila Ross is the Woman of the Year for Children's Oasis International.
Sheila Ross is the Woman of the Year for Children’s Oasis International.

COI helps bring book bags filled with school supplies to needy children in Jamaica.

Read more in this story by CBS12: Woman on mission to change lives in Jamaica