Indian Land ‘Difference Makers’ sought for special award

Special to the Fort Mill TimesFebruary 10, 2014 

  • Nominate a difference-maker

    Know someone who deserves a Making a Difference Award? Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Nomination forms, ticket and sponsorship information can be found at

    Individual tickets for the awards luncheon are $30. Two tickets are $75. Tickets will be on sale after Feb. 15. Corporate sponsorships are also available.

    Fort more information, go to or contact Fred Witherspoon at 704-488-5008 or

— Four members of the community will receive recognition for making a difference and residents can help decide who is honored.

The second annual Making a Difference Awards Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. March 15 at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 238 Fort Mill Highway in Indian Land.

The luncheon, sponsored by Steele Hill Community Partners, aims to recognize four individuals from northern Lancaster County who make a difference through volunteer and professional community service, said Fred Witherspoon, executive director for Steele Hill Community Partners.

“A lot of people volunteer their time and effort to making the Indian Land community what it is,” he said. “The community appreciates all the good work that they do.”

From community nominations, the board of directors of Steele Hill Community Partners Inc. will review and complete the selection process of four honorees, Witherspoon said. The partners look for nominees who have lived in northern Lancaster County for at least three years, are active in the community through school, church or other volunteer organizations and “donate their time and effort to projects that positively impact the community,” Witherspoon said.

After last year’s successful first luncheon with 80 attendees, Witherspoon said the Partners hope to continue the award and see it grow.

“We want this to be a community award,” he said. “There are some people out there doing great things, we just need to know about it. We welcome all nominations.”

The luncheon also benefits the Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program, an eight-week summer program dedicated to academic learning.

“We’re helping kids have productive, enriching summers,” Witherspoon said.

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