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2019 Charitable Giving Awards honors Joe Erwin with Visionary Leadership Award!

2019 Charitable Giving Awards

The annual Charitable Giving Awards, co-sponsored with TOWN Magazine, is the Community Foundation’s signature event.  The special evening allows us to honor our donors and recognize outstanding individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organization that provide civic leadership and exemplary service to our community. Elliott Davis is the Presenting Sponsor of the Charitable Giving Awards.  Each link below directs you to Giving Matters and includes the article that is featured in TOWN Magazine and a video that was shown at the reception.    We hope you enjoy learning about this year’s six honorees.

Visionary Leadership Award: Joe Erwin                                                                                                                   Sponsored by Elliott Davis

Nominated by the Community Foundation of Greenville and voted on by a committee of executives representing the Community Foundation and TOWN, the Visionary Leadership Award honors lifelong service to others through both individual endeavors and community involvement and is a gift that spans a lifetime.

Joe Erwin – Visionary Leadership Award

Ruth Nicholson Award: Bill Bridges                                                            Sponsored by Community Foundation’s Board of Directors

The Ruth Nicholson Award is the highest honor presented by the Community Foundation each year and honors the volunteer who has made significant contributions to the Greenville community through volunteer work for the Community Foundation or to one of its projects, programs, or areas of emphasis.

Bill Bridges – Ruth Nicholson Award

Philanthropic Spirit Award:  Auro Hotels                                                 Sponsored by Marsh & McLeannan Agency, locally known                                                                                                                                                                                                              as Rosenfeld Einstein

The Philanthropic Spirit Award honors a business that fosters charitable giving through employee incentive programs and is dedicated to giving back to the Upstate in a significant manner.

 Auro Hotels – Philanthropic Spirit Award

Healthcare Transformation Award:  Dr. Brenda Thames                                                                             Sponsored by Prisma Health

The Healthcare Transformation Award honors an outstanding individual or organization that actively and compassionately works to transform the health of our community through contributions of time, talent, and treasure.

 Dr. Brenda Thames – Healthcare Transformation Award

 Education Spirit Award:  William Brown                                                                                        Sponsored by The Capital Corporation

The Education Spirit Award recognizes an individual who has dedicated his or her career to the betterment of youth and the education experience for the Upstate.

William Brown – Education Spirit Award

Community Spirit Award:  United Ministries                                                                                                       Sponsored by IBERIABANK

The Community Spirit Award honors an outstanding nonprofit organization that serves the community through its vital programs and through its exceptional efforts to communicate and partner with other nonprofits.

                                                                    United Ministries – Community Spirit Award

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