Spirit Award Winners

United Way of Greenville County presents Spirit Awards 

Honoring the spirit of collaboration, community impact and strategic vision, United Way of Greenville County presented its 2017 Spirit Awards to three community leaders during the Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration Jan. 26 at the TD Convention Center.

Honorees were recognized for outstanding achievement in three categories: corporate leadership, nonprofit leadership and community leadership.

Spirit Award for Community Leadership: Ted Hendry

Ted Hendry has dedicated his entire career to serving those in need through the work of United Way and we are incredibly fortunate to have had the benefit of his service as President here for the last 17 years. Under Ted's leadership, United Way of Greenville County developed into one of the highest performing United Ways in the country. With its commitment to community impact, United Way of Greenville County is focused on a bold and transformational plan that will create a Cycle of Success for all. Now enjoying his retirement, our community will forever be grateful for Ted’s contribution to our future.

Spirit Award for Nonprofit Leadership: United Ministries

It’s not every day that two strong, successful organizations make the decision to pool resources and become something even stronger. That’s what happened when two long-time United Way partners, United Ministries and GAIHN, made the decision to become one. Now under the United Ministries umbrella, the organization provides a comprehensive mix of services, from food and shelter to GED and workforce training. All working in tandem to help them achieve their mission of helping people lead successful, independent lives. They are a truly great example of nonprofit leadership at its finest.

Spirit Award for Corporate Leadership: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

A long-time partner of United Way of Greenville County, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System embodies the overall spirit of giving through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of United Way’s work to build a Cycle of Success in Greenville County. Financially, Bon Secours and its employees show their caring through their generous support of United Way’s annual campaign, increasing their total giving by $75,000 this year alone.  Additionally, their commitment to this community is unparalleled. Of particular note is their ongoing partnership with the Sterling and City View communities and their recently announced program that provides employment for adults with developmental challenges.