Ten at the Top hosted a virtual event on Wednesday, Nov. 18, honoring those in the Upstate who have devoted themselves to serving their local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event took place instead of the annual Celebrating Successes Luncheon, according to a statement by the group. More than 130 nominees were recognized as “Upstate Unsung Heroes.”
Ten at the Top is made up of public, private and civic leaders across the Upstate who work to promote the region.
“To adapt to these unprecedented times, Ten at the Top felt it was necessary to change both the format and focus of this annual event,” said Dean Hybl, executive director of Ten at the Top. “We decided to bring the Upstate together by recognizing the hundreds of individuals who have remained committed to serving others amidst the many unfortunate circumstances this pandemic has brought our way.”
At the event, one person in each county was chosen for special recognition. They are:
- Abbeville: Ethan Cornick – Dreams with Open Arms, volunteer
- Anderson: David Baker – Anderson County, emergency services director
- Cherokee: Dr. Carol McFadden – Know(2) Neighborhood Association, volunteer director
- Greenville: Marina Lewis – Mauldin High School, social worker
- Greenwood: George McKinney – Greenwood County, emergency management director
- Laurens: Joey Avery – Laurens County, emergency management director
- Oconee: Vanessa Earle – Prisma Health, community health worker
- Pickens: Lesa Howard – 5 Point Church Food Pantry, director
- Spartanburg: Charlene Cheeks – Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Upstate, CEO
- Union: Shanna “Nikki” Burgess – SC Works Greater Upstate, talent development specialist supervisor
“We hope that our event has not only shown great appreciation to these 132 nominees, but also highlighted the number of heroes we have living amongst us in the 10-county Upstate region that we encounter daily,” said Hybl.