Community Spotlights: Meyer Center, Quality Award, and more.

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FUNDRAISER

Meyer Center golf tournament raises more than $500,000 for students with special needs
The Meyer Center for Special Children hosted the 29th annual Kids Classic Golf Tournament at Green Valley Country Club and The Cliffs Valley, Keowee Falls and Mountain Park courses, raising $570,00 to support children with disabilities. “I play a lot of golf and this is hands-down the best charity tournament in the Upstate,” said Clarence Edwards, event founder and board member. “The fact that so many sponsors, donors, volunteers, and golfers come together year after year to raise as much money as we do says a lot about what the Meyer Center means to our community.”


GRANTS

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $230,000 in grants
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, whose mission is to address poverty in all of its forms, recently awarded its strategic grants for 2017. The grants were awarded to OnTrack Greenville and Homes of Hope. OnTrack Greenville is an innovative partnership designed to address the root causes of poverty through an evidence-based Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) in four middle schools serving students in the White Horse Road area. Homes of Hope seeks to rebuild communities and individual lives through housing, economic development, and job training.

Northwestern Mutual celebrates volunteer work with $15,000 grant
Through its foundation, Northwestern Mutual presented Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation with a $15,000 grant on behalf of Steve Grant, a recipient of the company’s Community Service Award. The annual program honors the company’s financial professionals for extraordinary volunteer work. Grant created Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation in 2012 after the loss of his two sons to accidental overdoses. The organization works to financially assist other programs and organizations that strive to help adolescents and young adults struggling with substance abuse, addiction, and depression. Grant dedicates his time to raising awareness of the organization and its cause through his story, in addition to leading numerous fundraising efforts.


EDUCATION

GREENVILLE TECHNICAL CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
Graduating senior receives Chancellor’s Scholarship
Lindsey Wise of Simpsonville is one of 10 high school seniors to be awarded Appalachian State University’s Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is the university’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship. The scholarship offers full institutional costs for eight semesters plus other academic and co-curricular benefits, including special housing and travel opportunities.

GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Governor presents quality award

L-R: Frank Fusco of the South Carolina Quality Forum, Julie Eddy and Lauren Simer of Greenville Technical College, Gov. Henry McMaster, Dr. Keith Miller of Greenville Technical College, and forum members Bridget Dewees, John Anthony (Tony) Dukes, and Jim Meeks as the college receives the South Carolina Governor’s Quality Gold Achiever Award

 

J.L. MANN HIGH SCHOOL
Greater Greenville Sanitation District (GGSD) Sustainable Schools Program announces high school video contest winner
GGSD Sustainable School Programs
recognized Vivian Schomtzer, a sophomore at J.L. Mann High
School New Tech School, as the winner of the 2017 high school viral video contest. Her video focuses on clothing waste and the impact it has on the environment, as well as alternate options for clothing that individuals want to dispose of rather than sending clothing to the landfills.

J.L. MANN HIGH SCHOOL
Greenville McDonald’s recognizes 2017 scholarship winner
McDonald’s restaurants of the Greenville, Spartanburg, and Asheville area, in partnership with WJMZ 107.3 JAMZ, recently recognized a local senior as one of the recipients of the 2017 McDonald’s Future History Makers Scholarship. Zariah Hawthorne of J.L. Mann High School received a $5,000 scholarship based on her extraordinary academic achievements and community involvement.

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