Lowcountry Lifetime Achievement Awards




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2019 Lowcountry Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Foundation for Leadership Education hosted the 2019 Lowcountry Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner on January 12, 2019 at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort.  The annual black tie affair honored nine local citizens and their lifetime contributions to the Lowcountry.  Honorees were vetted and selected based on their community service, leadership roles, community advocacy, pioneering and innovative efforts and mentoring.

The Lowcountry Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented annually in January.  The award honors individuals and/or organizations that have contributed to the general welfare and development of the Lowcountry community.  Honorees are vetted and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Community Service

  • Community Leadership Roles

  • Community Advocacy

  • Community Pioneering and Innovative Efforts

  • Community Role Model

This year’s award ceremony was hosted by Charles Tumlin, President of the Foundation for Leadership Education, and board member Alice Beddingfield Moss, the event’s Master of Ceremony was local educator David Nagel.  The crowd of 320 attendees was treated to an eloquent dinner and a program designed to highlight the lives of nine of the Lowcountry’s cherished servant leaders.  According to Tumlin, “The evening was an excellent opportunity to not only honor these deserving awardees, but to also remind our community of their selfless contributions to the Lowcountry.”

Receiving the 2019 Lowcountry Lifetime Achievement Awards were Thomas C. Barnwell, Jr., Thaddeous Z. Coleman, Ronald and Natalie Daise, Dorothy P. Gnann, Rachel Crane Mather, Joseph A. Mix, William C. Robinson, and Robert V. Wardle.

The evening also included the recognition of three local schools for receiving the Foundation for Leadership Education’s Leadership Development Grants.  The grants were awarded based on the schools’ commitment to programming that support the development and practice of leadership skills. The grant recipients included Lowcountry Montessori School, Robert Smalls International Academy, and May River High School. 


2019 Red Carpet Photos
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“What a fabulous inaugural event for the Foundation for Leadership Education. The honorees included visionary leaders I have long admired and who have helped to make our community so special.”
-Connie Hipp, Leadership of Beaufort

“It was an incredible evening.  It was inspiring to honor the leaders who have shaped our community in their unique, often unheralded, ways.  I left the evening’s festivities challenged to try to impact the fabric of Beaufort County the way these men and women have.”
-Courtney Worrell, Beaufort Academy Board Treasurer

“Enjoyable, professionally executed, beautifully decorated and a wonderful tribute to some of Beaufort’s finest.  I look forward to attending this event in the future”
-Colonel Gary & Beverly VanGysel

"It was truly a privilege for us to be able to participate in honoring these great South Carolinians!”
-Kendall & Shannon Erickson (South Carolina House of Representatives)

“Congratulations to everyone involved with Saturday night’s Leadership for Education’s Gala; it was a wonderful affair. From the moment you hit the front door at Tabby Place, you knew this was an exquisite and unique gathering. So many wonderful people on hand, so many friends, many who have carried the torch for our fair community for multiple decades! A rich décor, fine food, and a stirring commentary on our award winners, but most importantly, a wonderful warmth and feeling about the whole evening. I would call it a complete success! This evening is one I’ll remember for many years to come.”
-Mike Harmon (Secession Golf Course General Manager)

2018 Red Carpet Photos
To view photos of the fabulous event, please click here