CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Ray C. Funnye, public services director of Georgetown County, S.C., and founder and executive director of The Village Group, with the AMA Award for Outstanding Government Service.

Funnye grew up in rural South Carolina with seven brothers and sisters and has spent almost three decades as a public servant in his hometown of Georgetown County, where he oversees more 100 employees and seven divisions. He ensures public health by managing the County Stormwater Division and safeguarding access to clean water in coastal communities.

As executive director of The Village Group, Funnye also engages the rural, African-American community of Plantersville, S.C., through literacy, after-school, and summer programs for local youth. The Village Group also takes children on field trips to museums, universities, and businesses.

“Mr. Funnye understands that economic and educational opportunities are crucial to every person’s health and to achieving equity,” said AMA Board Chair Russ Kridel, M.D. “Ray's boundless energy and enthusiasm for serving the public make him a larger-than-life figure in Georgetown County, whose impact can last well into the future. I am proud to present this award for outstanding government service to Mr. Funnye.”

In addition to his roles at The Village Group and Georgetown County, Funnye serves on a variety of nonprofit boards and is deeply involved with the Bethel AME Church. He also launched the Village Flyers Bike Club, which promotes healthy lifestyle habits among local youth. He is a graduate of Savannah State University.

Funnye’s acceptance speech can be viewed at this link.

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