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Katy Bair of BB&T selected as 2020 Judith M. Davis Volunteer of the Year award winner

Columbia, S.C. (March 4, 2020) – United Way of the Midlands recently announced Katy Bair of BB&T as the recipient of the 2020 Judith M. Davis Volunteer of the Year Award.

“This award honors the spirit of Judy Davis’ commitment to constantly improving the Midlands,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands President & CEO. “We were pleased to have many qualified candidates to choose from, and we look forward to Katy and our other Young Leaders Society donors to continue carrying on her legacy of service.”

Katy Bair has been engaged with Young Leaders Society (YLS) since 2012 as a valued volunteer and donor. Bair joined the YLS Steering Committee in 2018, currently serves on the volunteer committee and is this year’s Book Bunny Chair.

“I feel very special to be the first female selected for the Judy Davis Award,” said Bair. “I want to express gratitude to Mike Brenan and BB&T for allowing me the flexibility with my job to get out and volunteer as much as I do. Thank you to United Way of the Midlands - without them there teaching me how to be a leader through Blueprint for Leadership or giving me the opportunity to work with groups like Vital Connections or Young Leaders Society,  I know that I would not do as much for our community!”

The award recipient was selected based on a demonstrated commitment to community service and a desire for professional development. The recipient must be an active donor in United Way of the Midlands’ Young Leaders Society, possess a minimum of 50 hours of community service in the past year, have at least one year of nonprofit volunteer board or committee service, and must be currently employed with a for-profit organization. The recipient will receive tuition and travel expenses to attend a Harvard University Leadership Development course in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With nearly 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit

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