Six business, civic and educational leaders will be honored for their community service during the Columbia Urban League’s 52ndAnnual Fund Campaign and Equal Opportunity Day Dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. 

 “The contributions of these honorees have improved the overall quality of life for many throughout our community, particularly by preparing disadvantaged and underserved communities to become productive and contributing members of society,” said James T. McLawhorn, Jr., president and CEO of the Columbia Urban League. “These honorees, through their personal accomplishments have empowered our communities through rapid response to disaster, securing financial resources, excellence in leadership, promoting healthcare and service to our country, support of education, expanding workforce opportunities, and providing scholarship opportunities.”

Columbia Urban League President and CEO James T. McLawhorn, Jr. (far left), along with CUL Board Chair Francenia B. Heizer (seated far right), and EOD Committee Chair James Bennett (standing center) gives special thanks to representatives of the EOD 2019 Title Sponsors: Absolute Total Care,  BlueCross BlueShield of SC, and Dominion Energy and representatives of the EOD Diamond Sponsors of the League’s Annual Fund Campaign and Equal Opportunity Day Dinner. Also, special thanks to Governor Henry and Mrs. Peggy McMaster (standing center) and Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, mistress of the ceremony (standing far right), for a successful event. 

52nd Annual Fund Campaign and Equal Opportunity Day Dinner

Mr. Michael Williams

Mr. Michael Williams, Human Resource Manager, Michelin North America, Inc., is receiving the Anthony & Alice Hurley Award for going beyond the call of duty in developing and providing career opportunities at Michelin to former ex-offenders from the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Mr. James K. Lehman

Mr. James K. Lehman, Managing Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, is receiving the Stephen G. Morrison/Nelson Mullins Social Justice for his excellence in leadership as chairman of the board of Claflin University, a Historical Black University (HBCU), and his advancing academic excellence and creating access to career opportunities for Claflin University students.

Mr. John McClellan

Mr. John McClellan, President & CEO, Absolute Total Care, is receiving the Virgil C. Summer Corporate Award presented by Dominion Energy for his leadership and support of the Columbia Urban League in securing financial resources for victims of Hurricane Matthew residing in the Pee Dee area. In addition, he is being recognized for Absolute Total Care’s rapid response in assisting residents who were forced to evacuate from Allen Benedict Court because of hazardous conditions.

Mr. Calvin Elam

Mr. Calvin Elam, CEO, Absolute Advisors, is receiving the Ethel M. Bolden Community Service Award for his lifelong history of service to others as a retired United States Air Force and Air National Guard Brigadier General, two-time past chair of the former Palmetto Health Board of Directors, and current board member of Prisma Health, Central Carolina Community Foundation and the United Way of the Midlands.

The Honorable James E. Clyburn

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, United States Majority Whip, is receiving the President’s Award, on behalf of the Jim Clyburn’s Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic Scholarships for his leadership and outstanding support of awarding over 1800 students with scholarships for approximately 30 years as they pursue their dreams of a college education.

Mrs. Lou Kennedy

Mrs. Lou Kennedy, Owner, President & CEO, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, is receiving the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award for her unparalleled support of education by providing college internships and part-time employment opportunities for our state’s underpaid teachers.

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