Brookgreen Gardens Announces Recipient of 2021 John S. Rainey Philanthropy Award

Laura Jackson Hoy and family

Laura Jackson Hoy and family

MURRELLS INLET, S.C., October 27, 2021 - Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, has announced Laura Jackson Hoy as the recipient of the 2021 John S. Rainey Philanthropy Award. The award, established in 2017, is named in honor of philanthropist John Stringer Rainey, who was a Brookgreen Gardens Trustee and Huntington Society member for many years. Laura has been involved with Brookgreen since she was a child, has been a generous donor since 2002, and has served on the Brookgreen Board of Trustees since 2019.

“We are delighted to present the 2021 John S. Rainey Philanthropy Award to Laura Jackson Hoy for her continued dedication and gifts to Brookgreen,” says Page Kiniry, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. “Laura is an extraordinary leader for Brookgreen and has helped support the growth of our organization through her many acts of kindness.”

Laura is a dedicated public servant, devoting her time to organizations including Waccamaw Community Foundation, the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values at Coastal Carolina University, the Wofford College Board of Trustees, and the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach. Through a donation, the Jackson family dedicated Brookgreen’s Palmetto Garden to honor their mother, Mary Emily Platt Jackson. A gallery in Brookgreen’s Rosen Galleries is also named for the Hoy family due to their generous donation.

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About Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, and is open to the public daily. Founded in 1931 by Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Huntington, Brookgreen is home to the largest and most significant collection of American Figurative Sculpture in the country, and is a leader in sculpture conservation, environmental conservation, and the protection of the plants, animals, and history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. For more information, visit our web site at or call 843-235-6000.

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