Tom Bonner, a Summit Hill native who is a retired educator and coach, was honored by the Panther Valley Irish American Association last night.
But he, in turn, focused the tribute to others.
"A lot of people have helped me down the way," he said. "I feel very blessed to have the family I have and the friends I have."
Bonner, 63, of New Ringgold, received the association's annual Shamrock Award during the 66th annual St. Patrick's Day Banquet, which was held at Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford.