Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They are proof it takes only one person to make a difference.
The Springs Close Foundation presented the Fabric of the Community Awards on Aug. 20. I was invited to this event as a board member of the Steele Partners Hi-Kee Program.
The award started with Col. Elliott Springs and continued through his daughter, Anne Springs Close, and the Springs Close Foundation. This effort is a legacy few of us in York, Lancaster County and Chester County will ever forget. The generosity of this family to give more than $100 million to date to charities and nonprofits is incredible.
I fought back the tears when I heard about the late Anna Potts Dixon, who was awarded posthumously. When she was 13 years old, she made a pledge to her dying mother to take care of her siblings – 22 brothers and sisters. The Paradise community resident also raised her niece and nephew and was a mother figure to the whole community.
Dixon never missed a graduation or a function at school. From serving as a Scout leader to registering her neighbors and others to vote, she was a tireless worker for others. She was a mentor, teacher, nurturer, leader and someone who led by example.
During her long and productive lifetime she demonstrated in countless ways her dedication to the welfare of others and earned the respect and affection of people from all walks of life, especially those in the Paradise community of Fort Mill. Her niece and nephew accepted her award.
Kay Carter, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank, was the recipient of the Col. Elliott Springs Award. Nobody goes hungry on her watch. During the past eight years at the helm, Carter has helped raise millions of dollars in support.
Second Harvest has become the critical link between nearly 600 hunger relief agencies and individuals in need of food. Second Harvest Food Bank distribution has grown from 8 million pounds in 2002 to an estimated 42 million by the end of 2014. Locally, Carter helped create the weekend food backpack programs for schools in the Fort Mill and Lancaster County school districts, food distributions to individuals and families in Fort Mill and Indian Land and so much more.
The award went to Carter because of her leadership, commitment, vision and impact – all the values held by Col. Springs.
All the recipients of the awards were from Fort Mill, Lancaster and Chester counties. All not only received a monetary award for their cause, but also an original sculpture by Lancaster’s Bob Doster.
A big thank you to Bruce Brumfield, president and CEO of Founders Federal Credit Union and Angela McCrae, president of the Springs Close Foundation, for making the Fabric of the Community Awards so special.
Helen Keller wrote, “When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”
This is for you, Anne Springs Close.
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