Greenville Water recently received the 2018 ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award presented by Greenville Chamber at its seventh annual ATHENA Leadership Symposium. Photo provided.

EDUCATION

SCSBA names The Greenville Drive a Champion for Public Education

The Greenville Drive was recently awarded with a Champions for Public Education Award by the S.C. School Boards Association. Greenville Drive owner and team president Craig Brown received the award presented by SCSBA executive director Scott Price and Greenville County Schools board chair Chuck Saylors. The Greenville Drive was nominated by The Greenville County Schools board of trustees for the award, which honors organizations that strongly support public education.

“The Greenville Drive’s partnership with Greenville County Schools displays their dedication and commitment to the success of public school children,” Price said in the release. “SCSBA is proud to recognize and honor them with our Champions for Public Education award.” Through The Greenville Drive’s Reading All-Stars program, the team encourages literacy in second- through eighth-grade students of Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Spartanburg County schools. Participating students in the literacy program receive prizes and attend special events for reaching reading goals.

AWARD

Greenville Chamber honors Greenville Water with Athena award

Greenville Water recently received the 2018 Athena Organizational Leadership Award presented by Greenville Chamber at its seventh annual Athena Leadership Symposium sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of S.C. The not-for-profit water utility was honored for its commitment to increasing the positive impact of women’s leadership in the community. With a mission to provide quality water and a sustainable future for the Upstate, Greenville Water strives to create an organizational culture where female employees are encouraged to achieve full leadership potential while furthering its mission. 

Achievements in recruiting, developing, retaining, and advancing women employees, and supporting women in the entire community, contributed to Greenville Water winning the award. Women make up 22 percent of Greenville Water’s employees, and six of its 13 departments are led by women. “We are committed to empowering women to grow professionally and personally within our organization by offering a robust tuition reimbursement program, mentoring, and leadership training,” CEO David H. Bereskin said in a news release. “Through these endeavors, we have received exceptional returns on our investment. These wonderful women leaders provide the framework for Greenville Water in providing stellar water service to over 500,000 people in the greater Greenville community.”

HOLIDAY

Holidays at Hartness celebration set for Dec. 6

Hartness, the Traditional Neighborhood Development, is hosting Holidays at Hartness: A Community Tree Lighting Celebration for the whole Greenville community from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Hartness Grand Lawn on Highway 14. A large, live Christmas tree will be on display to light up the Greenville neighborhood. The inaugural event will feature a gourmet food truck, live entertainment, cookie decorating, holiday beverages, an open fire, a visit from Santa, and more. The first 100 guests will receive a free holiday blanket.

Hartness asks that the community bring new, unwrapped toys to give to children in need through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “We are proud to host an event that is sure to create lasting memories for families and generations to come while also positively impacting the lives of children who need it the most,” CEO Sean Hartness said in a news release. “As our first signature holiday event, we look forward to sharing the beauty of Hartness with those who join us for this exciting celebration of the holiday season.”

NONPROFIT

Meals on Wheels of Greenville benefits from 2018 Spinx Run Fest

The Greenville Track Club recently presented Meals on Wheels of Greenville with a $10,000 check to provide 2,000 meals for homebound clients as a result of the 2018 Spinx Run Fest. Meals on Wheels has been a beneficiary of the Spinx Run Fest for the past 10 years. In total, the event has provided 25,500 meals for Greenville clients of Meals on Wheels.

“Meals on Wheels of Greenville is truly grateful to benefit from the 2018 Spinx Run Fest,” director of development Amanda Osborne said in a news release. “The Greenville Track Club has made a tremendous impact in the lives of the homebound over the last decade and our community is a better place because of their generosity.”

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