▪ William Ivey Long, formerly of Rock Hill, received the Medal of Honor for Achievement in Fashion from The National Arts Club Fashion Committee in New York City in April. Previous recipients have been Patricia Field, Ruth Finley, Betsey Johnson, Arnold Scaasi, Oleg Cassini, Carolina Herrera, and Geoffrey Beene.
Long, a six time Tony Award-winning costume designer, recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut with his designs for “The Merry Widow” starring Renee Fleming and Kelli O’Hara. Broadway productions for which Long’s costume designs received a Tony Award are Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, “Crazy for You”, “Grey Gardens”, “Hairspray”, “The Producers”, and “Nine”.
Long earned an undergraduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary, was a Kress Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a Master of Fine Arts in stage design from the Yale University School of Drama.
Having been nominated for 15 Tony Awards, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and elected chairman of the American Theatre Wing in 2012. He is the son of the late Bill and Mary Long of Rock Hill.
▪ Sylvia Ayers of Rock Hill has been named the 2015 Woman of Distinction by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Ayers has been a dedicated GFWC-SC Clubwoman for 33 years. She has served as president of the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill, the GFWC York County Woman’s Club, the North Central District, and GFWC-SC. She is currently the chair of the Progress Foundation and the GFWC 125th Anniversary Celebration and serves as State Protocol Chairman. Ayers served on the GFWC Board of Directors for 10 years.