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Upstate anti-gun violence organization honors students, media at annual banquet

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Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller accepts an award at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's annual banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016) Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller accepts an award at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's annual banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016)
An outstanding student accepts an award at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's annual banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016) An outstanding student accepts an award at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's annual banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016)
The family of a victim of gun violence accepts an award at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's annual banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016) The family of a victim of gun violence accepts an award at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's annual banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016)
Attendees at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's annual banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016) Attendees at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's annual banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016)
Upstate mother of victim killed by gun violence speaks at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016) Upstate mother of victim killed by gun violence speaks at Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization's banquet. (FOX Carolina/ November 17, 2016)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An organization dedicated to fighting gun violence in the Upstate put on a banquet Thursday in honor of outstanding students across the state and media outlets bringing attention to their cause.

Put Down The Guns Now Young People Organization invited media, teens and children to the event held at S and S Cafeteria on North Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville.

Students were honored for staying away from gun violence and making good grades in school at the banquet, and awards were presented to media for covering events put on by the organization.

Two mothers whose sons died from gun violence spoke at the banquet on their loss and their hope that other families won't have to go through the same type of tragedy.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller was recognized for providing gun locks and supporting the organization's efforts, along with state Senator Karl Allen and many other community leaders.

FOX Carolina was also recognized at the banquet, and awarded as the best media outlet to cover the organization's events to reach young people about gun violence.

Organization founder Jack Logan said the event was put on to recognize all the people and sponsors that help his organization and to honor victims of gun violence, specifically one who had been a part of Put Down The Guns Now Young People.

Logan, who founded the organization six-years-ago to help save lives and reach out to children. The group also honors the memory of victims by holding prayer vigils and supported families who have lost loved ones.

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