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 Riley-Wilkins OneSouthCarolina Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards Dinner
January 10, 2023 | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
with presenting sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
At our Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards Dinner, state legislators and business and community leaders from across South Carolina gathered 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 recognized Senate President Thomas Alexander (Oconee/Pickens), winner of the Riley-Wilkins OneSC Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership, and Roland Gardner, CEO of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services (retired) and winner of the Riley-Wilkins OneSC Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership.
Riley-Wilkins 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.
Riley-Wilkins 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
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Cocktail Reception Sponsor
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
Dessert Reception Sponsor
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 Katherine Davis at Smoak Public Relations at 864.630.1137.