Awards

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

Pacesetters

AgFirst Farm Credit 
Bank
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina 
Columbia Housing 
Elliott Davis, LLC 
Family Connection of South Carolina 
GrandSouth Bank 
Lexington/Richland Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council, Inc.
Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI)
Midlands Housing Alliance 
Miller-Valentine Group 
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 
Shaw Industries 
Sistercare, Inc. 
South Carolina Bankers Association
The Cooperative Ministry, Inc. 
The Risk Authority 
UCI Medical/Doctors Care Urgent Care 
United Community Bank 

Advanced Campaigns

Adams and Reese LLP 
BB&T
Central Electric Power Cooperative 
Dominion Energy 
Fact Forward
First Community Bank 
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Inc. 
Macy’s Corporation 
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
UPS
WellPartners
Wolfe & Taylor, Inc.

Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award

United Way of the Midlands is proud to honor Hayes Mizell 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 Hayes Mizell

Hayes Mizell, an Always United member who has served on United Way of Midlands Education Council since 2005, was named the 2020 Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award winner in July. The award recognizes a volunteer whose service has made a measurable impact. 

“When I think about Alyce and the spirit of this award, I couldn’t think of a better recipient,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of Midlands President and CEO. “His dedication and commitment to the Midlands and the state are a part of who he is and what he does to help improve the lives of others.”

Hayes semi-retired in 2003, but his involvement and commitment to education and to the Midlands community only seemingly grew after this.   

He has been instrumental in the growth of the Midlands Reading Consortium through his service on the MRC Oversight Committee.  

“Hayes Mizell’s dedication and service on United Way of the Midlands’ Education Council speaks to his commitment to fighting for a quality education system that carries youth in the Midlands from cradle to career,” said Melissa Dunn, United Way of Midlands director of education.

In 1994, the Beacon of Hope Award was created to recognize a volunteer serving the United Way of the Midlands.  Alyce Kemp DeWitt was the first recipient of the Beacon of Hope award in recognition of her commitment to United Way’s Speakers Bureau.  DeWitt made more than 300 presentations to civic and employee groups during 1994.  In 1995, the award was renamed the "Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award" to recognize a volunteer whose creativity and passion have made a measurable impact. 

He has been the distinguished senior fellow of Learning Forward, a 13,000-member organization dedicated to improving the professional development of public school educators.  

Between 1966 and 1982, he directed the South Carolina office of the American Friends Service Committee, where he advocated and monitored the desegregation of the state’s public schools and was engaged in a broad range of other activities to improve the education of students from low-income and minority families. During this time, he also co-founded the South Carolina affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1979 he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as chairman of the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children. In the mid-1980s, he worked with Gov. Richard Riley and others in developing recommendations that became the basis for South Carolina’s historic Education Improvement Act.  

Hayes received an associate degree from Anderson College and a bachelor’s from Wofford College. He did graduate work in American history at the University of South Carolina.

View a list of past Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award Recipients

Campaign Awards

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 $9.5 million this campaign season. Awards are given to the organizations who exhibit outstanding achievements during the campaign. The awards for the 2019-2020 campaign season were given out on March 4, 2020.

Campaign Award Winners

View a complete list of award winners + view photos from the award ceremony on Facebook.

AWARD CATEGORIES

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.

Public Sector
Professionals
Industry
Business
Opportunity

3. Corporate Award: Awarded to organizations with the highest corporate per capita gift in three size categories:

500+ employees
100-499 employees
20-99 employees

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 2018 Community Impact Award recipients are:

Ruthie Saunders

Elbert Pearson

Linda Salane & Sharon Bramlett

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. Nominate someone for the 2020 Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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.

View a list of past Humanitarian of the Year Award Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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 2020 LIVE UNITED Volunteer awards to:

Danielle Boysen

Kieley Sutton

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. Now taking applications for our 2020-2021 award winner! Apply Here.

Award Winners

United Way of the Midlands presented its 2020 Spirit of the Midlands Award for Corporate Leadership to Elliott Davis.  

Elliott Davis was recognized for its overall spirit of giving back to our community through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of United Way’s work to fight for the health, education and financial stability and improve the quality of life for everyone in the Midlands. 

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.

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. DavisJudith 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.

Past Recipients
2017-18 - Philip Vann
2018-19 - Drew Stevens
2019-20 - Katy Bair