The Riley-Wilkins OneSouthCarolina Legislative and Civic Leadership 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

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

New! From appetizers to desserts, the evening’s menu, created by 2020 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Kevin Mitchell, will highlight Southern foodways.

$150 a person ($75 is tax-deductible)

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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 Senate President Thomas Alexander (Oconee/Pickens), winner of the OneSC Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership, and Roland Gardner, CEO of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services (retired) and winner of the OneSC Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership.

OneSouthCarolina Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership

Senate President Thomas Alexander (District 1, Oconee and Pickens County)

Senate President 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.

OneSouthCarolina Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership

Mr. Roland Gardner, CEO, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services (retired)

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.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Total Wine & More

Dessert Reception Sponsor 

Nelson Mullins


Dominion Energy

Duke Energy

South Carolina ETV

Who’s On The Move


Arras Foundation

AV Connections

Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. 

The Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Hospital Association

South Carolina Council on Competitiveness 

South Carolina Research Authority

Event sponsorship opportunities

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eleanor Clifton at Smoak Public Relations at 864.235.8330.

Sponsorship information packet