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.
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 in South Carolina.
The 16th Annual OneSouthCarolina Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards Dinner
Postponed to January 10, 2023 | 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.
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.