EVENT UPDATE: Out of an abundance of caution and given the continued uncertainties around COVID-19, we at the Riley Institute have made the difficult decision to postpone our OneSouthCarolina Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards until Tuesday, January 10, 2023. We will honor Senator Thomas Alexander and Roland Gardner on that date. In addition, the January 19 Building OneSouthCarolina forum and presentation of the OneSouthCarolina Partner in Progress Award to the Spartanburg Northside Initiative are postponed until May 10, 2022. Registration for the Building OneSouthCarolina forum will re-open soon.
The Riley Institute’s OneSouthCarolina Awards for Excellence in Legislative and Civic Leadership, formerly known as the Wilkins Awards, celebrate leaders who inspire us with their selfless and collaborative efforts to move South Carolina forward. Principled leadership is what propels us to build stronger communities and advance opportunities for better health, education, and jobs among the diverse people of South Carolina.
In short, we celebrate the aspirational work of legislative and civic leaders in building a South Carolina that maximizes the potential of all its people, a place every South Carolinian is proud to claim as “home.” Join us each year on this happy occasion in which we shine the light on two of our state’s exceptional leaders.
Event sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eleanor Clifton at Smoak Public Relations at 864-235-8330.
New in 2022: Building OneSouthCarolina Forum
New in 2022 is Building OneSouthCarolina, a forum which recognizes a discrete achievement with the OneSouthCarolina Partners in Progress Award. The winning initiative is chosen for its significant contributions to driving progress in South Carolina in realms such as healthcare, conservation, economic mobility, economic development, and arts and culture. Attendees gain insight into what led to the achievement’s success, as the community leaders who shepherded the initiative come together to talk in depth about how it was done, challenges encountered, and key takeaways from their work toward building one South Carolina.
Past OneSouthCarolina Award Winners
Listed below are previous winners of the Riley Institute’s Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards. Each award is given in January to honor leadership shown in the previous year(s). For example, the 2019 Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards were presented in January 2020.
Past Legislative Award Winners
2019 Award Winner: Representative Gary Simrill (R-York)
2018 Award Winner: Senator John Matthews, Jr. (D-Orangeburg)
2017 Award Winner: Representative Weston Newton (R-Beaufort)
2016 Award Winner: Representative Rita Allison (R-Spartanburg)
2015 Award Winner: Senator Clementa Pinckney (posthumous award )
2014 Award Winner: Speaker of the SC House Jay Lucas (R-Darlington)
2013 Award Winner: Senator Paul Campbell (R- Berkeley)
2012 Award Winner: Representative James Harrison (R-Richland)
2011 Award Winner: Representative James Smith, (D-Richland)
2010 Award Winner: Senator Wes Hayes (R-York)
2009 Award Winner: Representative Dan Cooper (R-Anderson)
2008 Award Winner: Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg)
2007 Award Winner: Senator Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence)
2006 Award Winner: Speaker of the SC House Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston)
2005 Award Winner: Senator John Drummond (D-Greenwood)
Past Civic Award Winners
2019 Award Winner: Nella Barkley
2018 Award Winner: Charlotte Berry
2017 Award Winner: Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr.
2016 Award Winner: Hayne Hipp
2015 Award Winners: Governor Nikki Haley and Mayor Joe Riley
2014 Award Winner: Bill Barnet
2013 Award Winner: Steve Morrison (posthumous award)
2012 Award Winner: Anita Zucker
2011 Award Winner: Ed Sellers
2010 Award Winner: Minor Mickel Shaw