Since 2011, Greenwood County Community Foundation has been working to make positive change in the community, through matching monetary donors with good causes that are in their specific areas of interest.
The foundation will honor 2019 honorees for philanthropic giving, legacy, citizenship and service during Tuesday evening’s reception and awards ceremony at Greenwood Country Club, for its third annual “Celebrating a Giving Community” sponsored gala.
2019 honorees include:
Anne Marie Glawe
Mays Legacy Award Winner
Glawe is a teacher at Springfield Elementary School in Greenwood who brings her fifth-grade academically gifted and talented class to the GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site annually.
Glawe said she’s humbled by this honor. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience and has been at Springfield Elementary 11 years.
“When I found out a teacher of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s was from Greenwood, I was blown away,” Glawe said, noting she’s surprised more educators don’t explore the Mays site and take advantage of it as a teaching resource.
“Mays’ story is one that has to be told,” Glawe said. “The kids love the farm and the schoolhouse and they have so many good questions. They love going in the museum there.”
Chris Thomas, director of GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site, said this is the inaugural year for the Mays Legacy Award. Its establishment recognizes educators who contribute significantly to teaching and preserving the life and legacy of Benjamin E. Mays.
Mays, a native of Epworth near Ninety Six, was the eighth child born to former slaves. An influential activist, intellectual, minister and civil rights leader, Mays was a mentor to many, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“For at least six years, Ms. Glawe has brought her fifth-grade GATAS class to the Mays Site for an all-day field trip. They do the tour and have their lessons in the schoolhouse. One year, they did films, another year, they wrote journals and they do projects on Mays.”
Citizenship and Service Award WinnerBaltzegar, an artist, is being nominated for the Duke Energy award by Debbie McDowell of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Letters of recommendation for Baltzegar cite his longtime volunteerism at the children’s home. Letters reference Baltzegar’s time organizing and sorting pictures, letters, documents and other memorabilia related to the history of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home.
A letter from Dr. Ben Davis, president emeritus of Connie Maxwell states Baltzegar came to the home as a boy and has volunteered there throughout his life.
Peggy and L.B. Adams Spirit of Philanthropy Award Winners
The Adamses started the Upper Savannah Land Trust in 2000 to support land conservation.
Rossie Corwon, Upper Savannah Land Trust board president, said the wife-and-husband pair have supported the trust in myriad ways, from financial to serving as board members.
“They have been instrumental in the land trust getting our accreditation and they are stalwarts of this organization,” Corwon said. “The land trust has grown from 30 acres at the founding of the organization to more than 50,000 acres in an eight-county area in the Upstate being protected. We reached that milestone this year. They’ve made a tremendous impact. We have the third-largest holding in the state of South Carolina.”
R. Boykin Curry
Lifetime of Philanthropy Award WinnerCurry, who died in 2012 at age 96, was an influential businessman with Citizens Trust Company.
David Buckshorn, president and CEO of Wesley Commons, a retirement community, served with Curry on several projects supporting Greenwood’s growth.
“Boykin was a visionary of what could be, a pragmatic leader of what should be and a library of knowledge of what and why our community was as it was,” Buckshorn wrote to the Index-Journal via email. “He was a humble Southern gentleman that held a quiet, yet unyielding drive to better Greenwood. He was quick to identify and connect compatible interests to get things done. ... I remain amazed at how much he was able to accomplish by simply completing those circuits of servants. We are all, in some way, benefiting from his influence.”
Curry was active in the development of Greenwood and served the community on many boards throughout the years. Among the many boards upon which he served are the Mutual Savings and Loan, Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood Heritage Foundation, Genetic Center and the board of Hospice Care of the Piedmont. He also formerly served on the Greenwood YMCA Board.
Also in his honor is the R. Boykin Curry Chair in Genetic Therapies at Greenwood Genetic Center. Curry was influential in bringing GGC to Greenwood and served on its founding board of directors. He was named to their first class of directors emeritus in 2006.
Of the four awards to be presented during Celebrating a Giving Community, two are through GCCF, the Spirit of Philanthropy Award and the Lifetime Philanthropy Award.
The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award is presented through Duke Energy, recognizing volunteerism and service to community. The Mays Legacy Award is being presented through the Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site.
Jeff Smith, GCCF president and chief executive officer, is in his fourth year with the public community foundation.
“The two awards given by the foundation recognize people who give of their time, talents and treasures,” Smith said. “A panel of community leaders submit names for these two awards. They talk about the qualifications and then they vote.
“For the Duke Energy award, the community submits names for that nomination,” Smith said. “And, the Mays Legacy Award has a connection with GCCF because the Benjamin E. Mays Endowment is here with the foundation. Nominations for the Mays Legacy Award come from Chris Thomas, director of the Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site. The award recognizes those who promote the history and legacy of Dr. Mays.”
Greenwood County Community Foundation, a 501c3 tax-exempt, public foundation. It is a grant-giving and fund-holding organization that has put more than $3 million back into the community, benefiting nonprofits such as Beyond Abuse, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and Greenwood Community Theatre.
GCCF experienced significant growth in 2018 that has continued, according to the foundation’s 2018 annual report, seeing grants totaling $40,000 to nonprofits, awarded by the GCCF initiative, Greenwood Women Care. Greenwood Women Care falls under the umbrella of GCCF.
Plus, GCCF awards numerous Community Impact Grants in regular granting cycles.
“People do this good work out of passion and a generous spirit,” Smith said, of the community honorees and philanthropists. “It’s important we recognize the good in our community and really shine a light on people who are doing great things. Acts of compassion and generosity really kind of identify your community.”
To learn more about GCCF, visit greenwoodcf.org.