Tuesday, the Project Exile Advisory Board celebrated its 20th anniversary of the Project Exile program.

The program was being implemented in the Greater Rochester community. The chairman of the program, Gary Mervis, addressed why the project means so much to the community.

“Thank god our homicide rate has never gone back to where it was at that time and we removed. Like I said, thousands of guns out of the hands of people who have lost their right to posses a firearm,” he explained.

In addition to the luncheon, Mervis was presented with an award for outstanding individual contribution to the Project Safe Neighborhood Program.