The Daily Breeze honored six South Bay community members at its annual People of Distinction ceremony Wednesday night. | PHOTO GALLERY

Barbara Haney won the award for Business/Innovation for her work partnering community businesses with workers who have developmental disabilities.

Mari Morales won the award for Education for her work combating low school attendance in Inglewood.

In the Health and Wellness category, Carole Keen was recognized for developing support system for youth in Carson.

John Hernandez won the Unsung Hero award for creating Fresh Rescue Food Bank, which each month provides food to thousands of people in the community.

Janet Johnson won the Volunteer award for organizing TEDxRedondoBeach, a local chapter of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which organizes talks and discussions on a variety of issues. Johnson also is president of Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, which raises funds for local artists and brings attention to their work.

In the Youth category, Anna Spallino won. She sells homemade cakes to raise money for Free Wheelchair Mission, which provides wheelchairs to Third World countries.

The paper also awarded $2,500 to its nonprofit of the year, the United Service Organization Greater Los Angeles Area.

"Our mission is to lift the spirits of troops and their families in the area, which encompasses all of Southern California except for San Diego," Executive Director Bob Kurkjian said. "We are at LAX, Ontario and Palm Springs providing free food, Internet, nonalcoholic drinks, a place to shower and to relax or to take a nap. There are also family rooms."