Local Newsmakers - June 24, 2007

Tega Cay Lions Club helps out four charities

The Tega Cay Lions Club held its annual "Go for Broke" meeting and presented four local charities with checks earlier this month at the Tega Cay Clubhouse.

The organizations to receive $1,000 were Pilgrims' Inn, Hospice & Community Care and the Fort Mill Care Center. York Technical College's scholarship fund got $500.

Two area youths to compete in pageants

These youths will be competing for titles in pageants:

• Taylor Hoverman will be competing in the Miss S.C. Teen June 28 to July 7 in Spartanburg. She will perform a musical theater jazz dance to Le Jazz Hot for talent. The participants are scored on their grades, interview, on a stage question regarding their personal platform, evening gown and physical fitness. Her platform is nutritional awareness. The winner of Miss S.C. Teen will receive a $5,000 scholarship and the opportunity to represent the state in Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant Aug. 7 to 11 in Florida.

Last year, Taylor represented the area and was third runner-up and the preliminary talent winner and one of the youngest girls on stage.

Taylor, a rising junior at Fort Mill High School, is the daughter of Linda and David O'Neal of Tega Cay and Steve Hoverman of Charlotte.

• Savannah Pewett will be competing in the Miss Pre-Teen S.C. Nationals July 27 to 29 in Atlanta.

She became qualified for the nationals after winning these 2007 Miss S.C. Pre-Teen awards: state finalist, talent winner, runner-up model search, best personality, prettiest smile, runner-up photo and fourth runner-up overall queen for ages 5 to 27.

She received a crown for some of the awards. In February, she won Miss Pre-Teen Rock Hill Beauty Queen that helped her qualify for the S.C. Pre-Teen Pageant.

Savannah, a rising ninth grader at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, is the daughter of Susan and Robert Pewett of Rock Hill.

Local foundation gives grants to five groups

The York County Community Foundation has distributed $28,000 in grants to five nonprofit local organizations. They are:

• $8,000 to the York County Disabilities Foundation, to cover start-up costs related to employment development for the disabled in a retail setting.

• $5,000 to the Children's Attention Home, to develop and implement an art therapy program and hire an art therapist.

• $5,000 to the Cultural and Heritage Commission of York County, to support an exhibit and public engagement project investigating the role of the Catawba River.

• $5,000 to Home Works of America, to purchase materials for home repairs for four elderly or disabled homeowners.

• $5,000 to Hospice & Community Care, for creation and implementation of four therapeutic container gardens to be placed in the Hospice Healing Gardens.

The foundation, established in 1989, is an affiliate of the Charlotte-based Foundation For The Carolinas. The aim is to inspire philanthropy, increase charitable giving and strengthen the community.

For details, visit affiliates/community/sc/york/.

Park Pointe Village honors volunteers

More than 60 volunteers were honored at Park Pointe Village, a retirement-life community in Rock Hill. The volunteers are Park Pointe residents and volunteers living outside the community.

Dean Faile, senior vice president of the York County Chamber of Commerce, spoke on the importance of volunteerism. The honorees were treated to a special VIP luncheon.

Volunteers have taken on duties including answered the telephone, teaching line dancing, coordinating special events and exercise instruction. For details, call Cindy Pettys at 980-8623.

Interns, volunteer helping at United Way

The United Way of York County has gained two interns and a volunteer this summer. The interns are Candrea Ruffin and Richaun Wilson. They began in June. Kyerra Heath, the volunteer, began in May.

Ruffin is a senior nonprofit administration major at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. Wilson is a senior integrated marketing communications major, minoring in history at Winthrop University. Heath is a recent graduate in public relations from USC.

For details, call 324-2735 or visit