Goodwill celebrates program success stories

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina honors its Hall of Fame inductees ( from left) Henry Lowndes, Paul Franklin, Sandy Stuhr, Kenny Fox, Bill Perry, Bud Brawner and Robert Smith. PHOTO PROVIDED

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina held its Shining Star Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 10. The event was held at Trident Technical College and hosted by Tom Crawford of WCIV ABC News 4. It was attended by more than 200 business and agency partners.

A special awards ceremony took place during the banquet to recognize Goodwill’s 2012 Legacy Award Winners: Graduate of the Year award went to Michael Reid, Fredrick Gaillard was named Achiever of the Year, Suelene Guiles was selected for the Goodwill Works! Award, Cindy Scarborough was chosen as the 2012 Employee of the Year and Maghan Johnson received the 2012 Barbara Banks Customer Service Award. C&K Systems was recognized as Goodwill’s Corporate Partner of the Year, the Partnerships for People award went to Family Services and Goodwill’s Volunteer of the Year was Robert Calcote. Awards were presented to recipients by Goodwill President and CEO Robert Smith and Goodwill Board Chairman Patrick Bryant.

“We are honored to recognize Goodwill program participants who have successfully completed a Goodwill program and achieved stable employment,” said Smith. “We were also honored to recognize our partners who have helped further Goodwill’s mission of helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work!”

Each year, Goodwill recognizes the contributions of individuals who have played a positive role in the growth of Goodwill’s mission by inducting them into its Hall of Fame. This year’s honoree, Paul Franklin, was instrumental in the facilitation of Goodwill’s first strategic plan. Prior to becoming board chair, Franklin served on the search committee as Goodwill’s leadership transitioned. As chairman, he forged a refinement of the current Goodwill Mission Statement, “To help People Achieve their full potential through the Dignity and Power of Work.” This broadening of the mission statement led to the tremendous growth of Goodwill’s services. After his board service, Franklin continues to serve the needs of the community through championing the care and well-being of senior citizens.

“Paul Franklin is committed to helping Goodwill be a first class organization in order to best provide our services to the community,” said Smith. “His passion and support helped build the Goodwill organization. It is a great honor to induct Paul into the Hall of Fame and recognize him for his dedication and support of Goodwill’s mission.”

Franklin follows fellow Hall of Fame inductees Bill Perry, Kenny Fox, Henry H. Lowndes, Jr., Joseph P. Laferte, Jr., Merrill J. Kinder, Henry ‘Bud’ Brawner, William Sandy Stuhr, Mary Croghan-Ramsay, Drs. Vince Moseley, Theodore S. Stern, Erbert F. Cicenia and Margaret B. Luzski.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is a nonprofit social service organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. More than 90 percent of Goodwill’s revenue goes to fund mission related services. Goodwill serves their mission by providing career counseling, job training and other employment related programs to people with barriers to employment. Last year, Goodwill placed more than 800 people into new jobs and served over 37,500. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, please visit www.palmettogoodwill.org.

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