June 26, 2015

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina honors award winners

More than 100 people recently attended the annual Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina luncheon in Columbia, South Carolina, to celebrate and honor four friends of the foundation. The foundation presents annual awards to individuals or organizations that represent the core values of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, which are collaboration, compassion, courage, justice and respect.

The 2015 honorees, who were announced in April, included: Rev. Tony McDade, executive director of Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN); Neighborhood House, a Charleston based social service outreach ministry; Bud Ferillo, an advocate for public education and civil rights; and Dee Dee Chewning, a former Healthy Learners employee and foundation board member.

Rev. McDade accepted the Grantee Individual Award for his work in the GAIHN program. He leads the only organization in the Greenville area that provides for homeless families with children. Rev. McDade emphasizes collaboration with community partners, helping his organization reach and impact more families. Learn more about how Rev. McDade impacts his community here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG6LlW_q_is&feature=youtu.be

Neighborhood House was represented by its director, Nikki Grimball. He accepted the Grantee Organization Award on behalf of all the individuals who work to create a safe and positive environment for the underserved of Charleston, South Carolina. Neighborhood House has served the poor of Charleston for 100 years, providing services to keep people safe, fed and clothed, while also emphasizing the importance of education and self-reliance. See volunteer and participant testimonials about Neighborhood House here: https://youtu.be/De2eJheN-fE

Bud Ferillo received the Leadership in Diversity Award based on his performance in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The award honors those that serve as a model and whose accomplishments are made through community engagement, awareness, bridge building, compassionate leadership and courageous advocacy. Ferillo has served as chief of staff to the South Carolina speaker of the house in 1974 and the deputy lieutenant governor of South Carolina in 1983, and worked closely with Gov. Richard W. Riley to draft and pass the state’s Education Improvement Act in 1984. He also produced and directed an award winning film in 2005, CORRIDOR OF SHAME: The Neglect of South Carolina’s Rural Schools, as a part of a multi-year effort to build awareness for the needs of South Carolina’s poorest school districts. Ferillo also partnered with the foundation and the South Carolina State Museum to create the Faces of Poverty exhibit. The exhibit was viewed by thousands of school children and citizens as it traveled throughout the state. Hear what others have to say about Ferillo’s work here: https://youtu.be/4xewi86q2eA

Dee Dee Chewing received the Catalyst Award for her servant leadership through volunteerism, community involvement and professional contributions. She first served as a nurse for 15 years before joining the foundation family. In 1992, Chewning was the first director of a program, Seeing is Achieving, for children without insurance and no means to pay for eye exams and glasses. This program then grew to become Health Reach and soon after, Healthy Learners. After retiring, Chewning joined the foundation’s board of trustees and eventually served as board chair. She remains involved with the foundation as a member of its program committee. Hear Chewning’s friends and colleagues speak about her leadership in this short video: https://youtu.be/8O1QcHGZ-xw

Click here to view all photos from the awards luncheon.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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