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Pee Dee Speech and Hearing recognized as a charity angel

on Tuesday, 23 November 2021. Posted in Local News

South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond presents a 2021 angel award to Celly Kahn, executive director, and LuEtta Harris, past executive director, audiologist, and volunteer, of the Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center.

Secretary of State Mark Hammond announced the 15 charities from across South Carolina recognized as Angels of 2021. Among the honorees was the Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center of Florence.

The Angel designation represents organizations that exemplify charitable giving in South Carolina. Representatives from each of the organizations were in attendance during the press conference in which the announcement was made and received a plaque and recognition from Secretary Hammond.

“Every year I look forward to recognizing several charities as ‘Angels,’ not only to commend them for their service to the state, but also to raise public awareness about wise charitable giving,” said Hammond. “Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, our office was unable to host an Angel ceremony last year. Therefore, we are recognizing 15 Angels this year instead of 10 as we have done in prior years. There are so many wonderful organizations doing good work in South Carolina, and I am thrilled to recognize the contributions of this year’s Angels.

” Along with the Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center, the other charities designated as Angels for 2021 are All 4 Paws, Pawleys Island;

All Things Possible Medical Fundraising, Fort Mill; Center for Developmental Services, Greenville; Connected Hearts Ministry, Inc., North Augusta; Greenwood Soup Kitchen Ministry, Inc., Greenwood; Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Inc., Myrtle Beach; Kershaw Area Resource Exchange, Inc., Kershaw; Kids On Point, Inc., Charleston; Moss Creek Marines, Inc., Hilton Head Island; Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Johns Island; Project Safe Pet, Lake Wylie;

The ETV Endowment of South Carolina, Inc., Spartanburg; The Free Medical Clinic Inc., Columbia; and Upstate Warrior Solution, Inc., Greenville.

The Angels were selected by review of financial reports submitted annually to the Secretary of State’s Office, as well as by nominations from the public. To be selected as an Angel, the charity must have devoted 80 percent or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs; must have been in existence for three or more years; must make good use of volunteer services; must receive minimal funding from grants; must have a significant presence in South Carolina; and the charity must be in compliance with the South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act. Each year the Secretary of State’s Office attempts to showcase Angels with diverse missions from several areas around the state.

In addition to recognizing fifteen Angels, Secretary Hammond released the 2020-2021 Wise Giving Report in October as part of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week. The report provides wise giving tips for donors and includes data from professional solicitor contracts and joint financial reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. Furthermore, the Wise Giving Report includes the 2021 Give Smart Watch List, which names 10 charities that have reported spending less than 40% of their expenses on charitable programs, or that have refused to comply with the filing requirements of the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.

In addition to reviewing the 2020-2021 Wise Giving Report, charitable donors may research charities registered in South Carolina by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.

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