United Way of the Midlands recognizes many outstanding individuals and organizations throughout the year for their contributions to our community.
Pacesetter and Advanced Campaigns
Pacesetters are a select group of companies and organizations that choose to complete United Way campaigns before the official launch of campaign season. They “set the pace” for the upcoming campaign, helping to ensure at least 40% of the campaign total is secured when the campaign kicks off. To qualify as a Pacesetter, a company must commit to at least a 10% increase in participation or employee giving, and at least one volunteer activity.
- Pacesetter and Advanced Campaigns
AgFirst Farm Credit
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Elliott Davis, LLC
Family Connection of South Carolina
Lexington/Richland Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council, Inc.
Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI)
Midlands Housing Alliance
Publix #17 Kennerly Crossing
Publix #67 Rosewood Shopping Center
Publix #512 Lexington Place
Publix #587 North Pointe Shopping Center
Publix #597 Trenholm Plaza
Publix #656 Columbiana Station
Publix #829 Rice Creek Village
Publix #883 Murray Landing
Publix #1095 Gervais Place
Publix #1383 Hendrix Crossing
Publix #1511 Chapin Crossing
Publix #1637 Lake Crossing
Savannah River Remediation
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Security Federal Bank
South Carolina Bankers Association
The Cooperative Ministry, Inc.
The Risk Authority
UCI Medical/Doctors Care Urgent Care
United Community Bank
Adams and Reese LLP
Central Electric Power Cooperative
First Community Bank
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Inc.
Palmetto Imaging Technology
Salvation Army Columbia Corps
SC Power Team
Security Federal Bank
Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc.
Southern First Bank
Target Stores #1199
Target Stores #1319
Target Stores #1923
Target Stores #2277
The COMET - Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority
United Way of the Midlands
Wolfe & Taylor, Inc.
Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award
United Way of the Midlands is proud to honor Cindy Cox as this year’s Alyce Kemp DeWitt recipient. The Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award is United Way’s most prestigious award for long-term service to the organization and the community.
Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award Winner
About Cindy Cox
Cindy Cox, a Women in Philanthropy member who has served as a volunteer for over 15 years was named the 2020 Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award winner in July. The award recognizes a volunteer whose service has made a measurable impact.
“Cindy is one of those people you can always count on, the first to raise her hand,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of Midlands President and CEO. “Her effort and dedication to the Midlands make her the perfect Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award winner."
Every year, United Way of the Midlands celebrates the volunteers and workplace campaigns who work hard to raise money for our community at the Live United Awards. United Way raised $8.2 million this campaign season. Awards are given to the organizations who exhibit outstanding achievements during the campaign.
- Campaign Award Winners
View a complete list of award winners.
Awards Group One
1. Employee Giving Awards: Presented to organizations based on employee per capita giving at three levels:
Bronze: $50-$99 per capita
Silver: $100-$149 per capita
Gold: $150 or more per capita
2. Premier Award: New campaigns over $1,000.
3. Trailblazer Awards: Campaigns with a 10% (and at least $500) increase in giving.
Awards Group Two
1. Best in Class: Award based on three criteria—percent participation, employee per capita gift and increase in total giving. This award will be given to one organization in each of the following categories:
Private Sector (100 or more employees)
Private Sector (less than 100 employees)
Public Sector (100 or more employees)
Public Sector (less than 100 employees)
2. Division Chairman Awards: Selected by Division Chairs for having made the most impact on their division’s outcome.
3. Corporate Award: Awarded to organizations with the highest corporate per capita gift in three size categories:
4. Special Event: Awarded to the organization raising the most money in special events
5. Best New Campaign: Awarded to the company with a brand new campaign that raised the most money
Community Leaders Awards:
Two awards limited to organizations and contributing over $100,000:
Most dollars raised
Best overall campaign
Community Impact Awards
The United Way of the Midlands Community Impact Award recipients are people or groups that have demonstrated a commitment to volunteering and made an impact to causes, programs or projects that support human service needs in the Midlands. Award recipients are volunteers with United Way of the Midlands’ Certified Partner Agencies.
- Community Impact Award Winners
The 2020 Community Impact Award recipients are:
Tom Clements | Transitions
Laura Long | Transitions
Constantine Pournaras | Transitions
Humanitarian of the Year Award
The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year to an individual who clearly demonstrates extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services. It is the highest single honor of philanthropic achievement in the Midlands.
- 2019 Award Winner Pamela Lackey
United Way of the Midlands is pleased to announce the 2019 Humanitarians of the Year – Pamela Lackey.
Ms. Lackey retired as President of AT&T South Carolina, where she brought a diverse background to the position. In her more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, she was instrumental in establishing the state’s first broadband network to provide high-speed internet service to all schools and libraries and worked directly with members of the S.C. General Assembly on public policy matters as AT&T’s Director of Government Relations.
“Pamela has been instrumental in establishing public policy and legislation aligned with United Way’s goals to improve the life of every person in the Midlands by fighting to make sure every child succeeds in school, that uninsured adults and children have access to healthcare, that people experiencing financial crises receive help, and that all individuals and families have the ability to reach their full potential in a thriving community,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands President and CEO. “Pamela has received countless honors and awards, and we’re looking forward to honoring all of her accomplishments and service that continue to improve the Midlands.”
Ms. Lackey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education, a Master of Library Science degree and an education specialist degree, all from the University of Alabama.
LIVE UNITED Volunteer Award
The United Way of the Midlands LIVE UNITED Award recipient is a volunteer that has dedicated him or herself to service throughout the year and helped promote the spirit of volunteering with United Way. Winners are chosen by a selection committee of United Way volunteers.
- LIVE UNITED Volunteer Award Winners
United Way of the Midlands is proud to present the 2021 LIVE UNITED Volunteer awards to:
United Way is fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers, and we would like to congratulate and recognize Kristin Scott, Chair of Women in Philanthropy, and the United Way COVID Fund Team, consisting of Carol Caulk, Trevor Knox, Jesica Mackey, and Patrick Olson as 2020 Live United Award Winners!
Spirit of the Midlands Award
The Spirit of the Midlands Award for Corporate Leadership is presented to a corporate partner that embodies an overall spirit of giving through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of United Way’s work in the priority issues of student success, financial stability and health access.
- Award Winners
2020-2021 Spirit of the Midlands Award Winner: AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
The Spirit of the Midlands Award for Corporate Leadership is presented to a partner that embodies an overall spirit of giving through contributions of time, leadership, and resources in support of United Way’s work in priority issues of financial stability, health access and education.
“Our commitment to supporting our community through the United Way of the Midlands and its partner organizations is ingrained in our company culture and embraced wholeheartedly by our employees year-round,” said Isvara Wilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at AgFirst. “This award is a testament to how AgFirst works to make a difference by improving lives in the Midlands.”
AgFirst encourages its employees to dedicate time for volunteering by allocating eight hours of paid time off each year for volunteer work.
“They did not let a remote work environment get in the way of their efforts,” said Brittany Owen, United Way Campaign Co-Chair and Principal at Elliott Davis.
AgFirst contributed $113,675 in employee giving, $52,000 in corporate donations, and $25,000 to United Way’s COVID Relief Fund, totaling $190,675 donated to United Way in the past year.
2019-2020 Winner: Elliott Davis
2018-2019 Winner: Enterprise Holdings
2017-2018 Winner: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
2016-2017 Winner: AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
2015-2016 Winner: Elliott Davis
2014-2015 Winner: McNair Law Firm
2013-2014 Winner: SCANA
2012-2013 Winner: Colonial Life
Judith M. Davis Volunteer of the Year Award
This award will provide tuition and travel expenses for a current YLS donor employed in the private sector to attend a tuition and travel expenses to attend a 2-3 day Harvard University Leadership Development course in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winners are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to community service and a desire for professional development. Learn more about the award here. Interested in nominating someone? Fill out a nomination form here.
- About the Award
Judith M. Davis was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and its Companion Companies. Judy served the community for many years and in a number of capacities, including as a board member for Engenuity SC, SC Launch, United Way of the Midlands, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Columbia College and Palmetto Conservation Foundation. She chaired the boards of the United Way of the Midlands, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Trinity Housing Corporation of Columbia. In 2006, she chaired the United Way campaign that raised $9.5 million. She was a charter member of United Way’s Legacy Society and a Tocqueville Society member.
Judy was particularly interested in mentoring and developing talented, creative young professionals and encouraging them to get involved in serving the Midlands. Judy possessed both sharp business acumen and a passion for serving others, which combined has created lasting change in the community. It is with this spirit in mind that the Judith M. Davis Volunteer of the Year Award has been created.
This award will provide tuition and travel expenses for a current YLS donor employed in the private sector to attend a tuition and travel expenses to attend a 2-3 day Harvard University Leadership Development course in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winners are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to community service and a desire for professional development. Qualifications include a minimum of 50 hours of community service in the last year, at least one year of nonprofit volunteer board or committee service, and must be currently employed with a for-profit organization.
2017-18 - Philip Vann
2018-19 - Drew Stevens
2019-20 - Katy Bair