United Way honors contributors
The United Way of Florence County honored its supporters at its Annual Luncheon & Awards Celebration on April 29 at the SiMT Building. Mike Skarupa, CEO of PGBA, was presented the Ashpy P. Lowrimore Award by last year’s recipient John Hanna. Frank Avent was the first board member inducted into the United Way Emeritus Board which was created in his honor. Frank “Buddy” Brand accepted the award for Avent recognizing Frank’s legacy of service to the United Way and to the Florence community. Andy Patel was award the Campaign Chair Appreciation Award for his two years service as board chairman.
Also honored was Jake Kennedy, outgoing campaign chairman, who presented the Campaign Excellence Awards. The Top Giver was PGBA, LLC. Obtaining Platinum Level for gifts of $70,000 or more was PGBA with gifts totalling $192,431. They were followed by Rock Tenn, GE Healthcare, Assurant and McLeod Health. Obtaining Gold Level with gifts $40,000 to $69,999 were Johnson Controls Battery Recycling Center, followed by Honda of South Carolina, Johnson Controls Distribution and ACS Technologies Group Inc. Topping the Silver Level for gifts from $10,000 to $39,999 was Duke Energy with $34,521, followed by Pepsi-Cola Bottling, Otis Elevator, Sonoco Foundation, Enterprise Holdings, Carolinas Hospital System, City of Florence, Orr Company, Florence-Darlington Tech, Florence School District 1, Belk of Florence, UPS and Target.
In the Bronze Level, for gifts of $5,000 to $9,999, Nucor-Vulcraft Group of Florence led with $9,658, followed by First Reliance Bank, Performance Foodservice-Roma-IFH-Florence, ADP Tax Credit Services, Wells Fargo, Florence County DSNB, Circle Park, American Specialty, Stifel Nicolaus, Morning News and SPC Credit Union. Also receiving awards were: Partner Agency Award: Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault. Spirit Award: Johnson Controls Battery Recycling Center. Campaign Advancement Award: Carolinas Hospital System and City of Florence Leadership Excellence Award: Otis Elevator and Duke Energy. Campaign All-Around Award: ACS Technologies LIVE UNITED Award: Johnson Controls Distribution Center.