The Riley Institute at Furman’s OneSouthCarolina Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards, formerly known as the Wilkins Awards, celebrate principled leaders who help drive sustained social and economic progress to South Carolina.
Join us the evening of Tuesday, January 18, 2022 for the sixteenth annual Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards Dinner and the morning of Wednesday, January 19, 2022 for the inaugural Building OneSouthCarolina Forum.
The 16th Annual OneSouthCarolina Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards Dinner
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
with presenting sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
6 p.m. Cocktail Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner and Awards Presentation | 8:30 p.m. Dessert Reception
$150 a person ($75 is tax-deductible)
At our Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards Dinner, state legislators and business and community leaders from across South Carolina will gather to celebrate two exceptional individuals, people who inspire rising leaders by exemplifying what can be achieved through empathy, collaboration, perseverance, and an overriding commitment to the wellbeing of the people of our state. We will recognize Senator Thomas Alexander (Oconee/Pickens), winner of the 2022 OneSouthCarolina Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership, and Roland Gardner, CEO of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services and winner of the 2022 OneSouthCarolina Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership.
Overnight accommodations at Hilton Columbia Center are available at special rate of $155, plus tax, for dinner guests who reserve rooms by December 13, 2021. To claim offer, call hotel at 803.744.7800 and use group code “L-OneSC.”
2022 OneSouthCarolina Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership
Senator Thomas Alexander (District 1, Oconee and Pickens County)
Currently the chair of the Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee, Sen. Alexander has served at the Statehouse since 1987, first as a representative until 1994, and then as a senator. Sen. Alexander has advocated for expanded access to both healthcare and broadband throughout the state. In an unprecedented year full of challenges with COVID-19, he has garnered respect from his colleagues as he worked across the aisle to bring folks together to distribute funds where they were most needed.
2022 OneSouthCarolina Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership
Mr. Roland Gardner, CEO, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services
Roland Gardner has dedicated his life to improving the lives of residents of the Lowcountry and South Carolina through increased access to quality healthcare. Under Gardner’s leadership, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services grew from a start-up nonprofit into a multi-million-dollar corporation that spans three counties and serves over 17,000 patients.
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
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
9 a.m. Coffee, Croissants, and Connecting | 9:30-11:30 a.m. Forum and Award Presentation
$35 a person
New in 2022 are the Building OneSouthCarolina forum, taking place the morning after the OneSouthCarolina awards dinner, and the associated Partners in Progress Award, which recognizes a landmark collaborative achievement contributing significantly to social and economic progress in South Carolina.