Steele Hill Community Partners, Inc., started a new tradition in Indian Land, a fundraiser honoring four natives who made a significant difference in our community through their professions and community service. Fred Witherspoon, director and event organizer, hopes that this will be an annual affair.
The honorees for this event where:
• Servant Leader Award to the Rev. Robert A. Morrison, lifelong minister of the Steele Hill AME Zion Church.
• Lifetime Achievement Award to Louise Pettus, local historian; former Winthrop College professor, publisher, author; and Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections namesake.
• Trailblazer Award to Shawn Crawford, Olympic gold and silver medalist, international sprint champion, Clemson University Hall of fame member and a graduate of Indian Land High School.
• Community Service Award to Bennett Gunter, retired coach, educator, principal and superintendent of Indian Land Schools and a community advocate.
Proceeds from this event will be used to support the Steele Hill Community Partners Hi-Kee Enrichment Program. The Hi-Kee program exists to positively impact the academic achievements and self-confidence of the children in Indian Land and Lancaster County. Hi-Kee is a curriculum-based summer program that delivers academics instruction, science, technology and engineering instruction, promotes health and physical fitness and a range of enrichment activities including community engagement.
It was an honor for me to have been there and to see these honorees get awards that they so much deserve, especially with their families in attendance. Shawn Crawford could not be there but thank goodness for new technology. He accepted his award via Skype from Los Angeles and visited with his family.
Thank you to Witherspoon for doing such an excellent job bringing the community together. It was a great event.
Helen Keller wrote, “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
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