On Tuesday, November 16, an estimated 300 of Charleston’s leaders in philanthropy – donors, charitable organizations, businesses, and civic organizations will gather at the Charleston Gaillard Center at 10 a.m. in celebration of those who have made an indelible mark on the community.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day to highlight the importance of giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement has had on our society and our world. Ten years later, Charleston hosted their first National Philanthropy Day, and 25 years later, more than 80 individuals, corporations, and organizations have been recognized for their outstanding work in making Charleston the community we are all so proud to call home. This year, we will add four names to this remarkable list and recognize them as the “Giving Hearts of Charleston.”
We are thrilled to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker will be Chris Singleton. Singleton is a former professional athlete drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2017. Following the loss of his mother in a racially motivated mass shooting, Chris has now become an inspirational speaker and best-selling author who has shared his message of unity and racial reconciliation with clients such as Microsoft, Biogen, Houston Texans, Washington Wizards, etc. He shares with over 50 organizations and over 30,000 students annually and resides with his spouse Mariana and his son CJ in Charleston, SC.
2021’s Award Winners for Outstanding Contributions to the Charleston Community –
● Outstanding Philanthropists – Todd and Emily Abedon
Both Todd and Emily Abedon leveraged their experience as Liberty Fellows to take real, meaningful action in their community. Each of them has created non-profit organizations that serve hundreds of families each year. Through investment in these organizations and the many others where they serve on boards, Todd and Emily embody philanthropy to the core.
● Outstanding Corporate Award – Home Telecom
Locally based telecommunications provider Home Telecom has played a critical role in digital access throughout the last year of heightened needs for remote access. Their investment in community programs reaches far beyond their service area.
● Outstanding Foundation or Community Organization – Crab Bank Restoration Project
Fueled by a collaborative desire to preserve a strip of land that is home to nearly 5,000 shorebird nests, three community organizations came together, joining forces in one of the most successful collaborative philanthropic campaigns our community has seen. Coastal Conservation League, Audubon of SC, Coastal Expeditions Foundation and the Coastal Bird Protection Program at SCDNR make up this partnership.
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