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United Way to present Humanitarian of the Year honor to Mungo brothers

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Home builders and developers Stewart and Steven Mungo have been named recipients of the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by the United Way of the Midlands.

The brothers took on the company their late father, Michael, started in 1954 and built Mungo Homes into a national leader in the home construction and land management.

Steven (left) and Stewart Mungo will be presented the Humanitarian of the Year award from the United Way. (Photo/Provided)The company has developed more than 25,000 home sites and in 2012 Mungo Homes was named “America’s Best Builder” by Builder magazine for overall excellence in new homebuilding.

The Mungos credit their philanthropic efforts to their father, who was dedicated to giving back to the community. Before his death in 2010, Michael Mungo arranged for his estate to be left to his sons to establish a foundation in his name.

The Michael J. Mungo Foundation has launched an initiative to match donations to Harvest Hope Food Bank, to help the Columbia-based non-profit organization feed the hungry.

After the October 2015 flood, the foundation partnered with United Way of the Midlands to form Rebuild Midlands, a collaborative effort to restore flood-damaged homes in the Midlands.

The award is given each year to an individual or duo who “clearly demonstrates extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services,” according to a press release.

The Mungos will be honored at the annual Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate St., Columbia.

Online registration for the event has closed, according to the United Way website. To purchase tickets, call (803) 758-6992.

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