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Goodwill Industries Celebrates at 8th Annual Champions Tribute

Every year since 2009, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC has celebrated successes of South Carolina residents whose lives have changed as a result of Goodwill’s education and training initiatives with an awards dinner. The Goodwill Champions Tribute was held on Thursday, October 20 at the TD Convention Center. Joe Theismann, entrepreneur and former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins, delivered an inspirational keynote address for the evening.

Honored were four individuals who have overcome adversity and found employment through various job placement programs offered by Goodwill, as well as one national company and one family who support the mission of Goodwill. Award recipients for 2016 were:

Taciyona Duckett – James E. Jones Healthcare Excellence Award, sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Julie Nelson – William Wylie Job Connection Success Award, sponsored by J. Smith Lanier & Co.

Matthew Allen – Ralph Walker Graduate of the Year Award, sponsored by GPN Architecture

Pamela McAbee – Lloyd Auten Achiever of the Year Award, sponsored by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Thomas & Vivian Wong – Goodwill Industries Champion of the Year Award, sponsored by KeenanSuggs Insurance | HUB International

MS Companies – Bill Hummers Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by TD Bank

“It is amazing to see the transformation that our participants go through,” said Pat Michaels, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC. “Some of these individuals have faced various hardships, or just didn’t have the means to get where they wanted to go. They took major strides to improve their circumstances, and that’s cause for celebration!”

For more information on Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC, please visit www.GoodwillSC.org. For information on how you can be involved in the 2017 Champions Tribute, call 864-351-0150.


Goodwill is a private not-for-profit organization committed to helping people become independent through education and training leading to employment. Goodwill’s service area includes Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg and Union counties. Last year, Goodwill placed 10,596 people into employment through its job training programs and Goodwill Job Connection services.

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2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope to take place this fall

The Cancer Society of Greenville County and Stoneledge Properties are proud to announce the 2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope, benefitting the Cancer Society of Greenville County.  For three weekends this fall, attendees will enjoy exclusive access to the beautiful 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom estate which includes more than 9,300 square feet of living space.

Located within the gates of the Southampton community in Five Forks, the estate represents the best of the best in custom home design, quality, comfort and luxury. Over three weekends (October 21-23, October 28-30 and November 4-6), guests will be wowed by each and every room on the tour, which also features a separate guest house, pool and outdoor living areas.

“It is truly a grand estate home built with a vision of quality, pride and aesthetics as the driving focus,” says Stoneledge Properties Founder Chris Bailey. “The outdoor living spaces are unlike anything else in the area. We look forward to inviting the community to enjoy the incredible results of this project while we support such a worthy cause.”

All proceeds from the 2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope will go to the Cancer Society of Greenville County, a group that provides services, funding and education to local cancer patients and their families. The organization serves more than a 4,000 patients a year, delivering on their mission to create new HOPE and improve the quality of life of people in the Greenville community.

“We are honored to partner with Stoneledge Properties,” says Cancer Society of Greenville County Executive Director Lisa Green. “We are the only local organization providing direct service to those battling cancer here at home. Every dime we raise remains local to help cancer patients and their families. We hope this event will also provide further exposure and support of our mission.”

The Designer Showcase Home Tour is a returning event. In 2011, Stoneledge Properties partnered with Greenville Health System to raise significant funds for ITOR, the Institute for Translational Oncology Research. Stoneledge Properties looks forward to building a better future for cancer services in Greenville County by providing a similar donation from this year’s tour to the Cancer Society of Greenville County.

The 2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope will be open October 21-23, October 28-30 and November 4-6 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Fridays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays.

Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 in advance of the event. After October 20th, they will be available for $25.00 online or at the door. Children 17 and under are free. Cancer patients and survivors are invited to tour free of charge on Sundays. For more information, including a special tour event schedule featuring special demonstrations and speakers, please visit www.hometourofhope.com.

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Hartness Introduces New Community to Upstate

The Hartness family has announced the construction of a new, walkable village to the Upstate. Located on Greenville’s east side, the Hartness property encompasses 400 pristine acres, over 180 of which will be permanently preserved green spaces including 15 miles of walkable trails connecting neighbors to woodlands, lakes, streams, wildlife and shared recreational areas.

Homes will be situated within a short walk of restaurants, coffee shops, specialized retail and small businesses. Residents will benefit not only from an easy five mile drive to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport but also from the shopping and dining attractions on Main Street in Greenville’s award-winning downtown, accessible in less than a 15 minute drive.

“Homes will include an array of thoughtfully crafted home types including estates, manors, cottages and town homes.” Said David Pisano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our desire is to provide the Upstate with a beautifully designed, pedestrian-friendly community that encourages chance social interaction and ample opportunity for enjoying outdoor recreation.”

“Hartness will embody the ideal hamlet-classic architecture, great urbanism, a pedestrian network that is celebrated over that of cars-inserted next to a mature nature preserve,” said Lew Oliver, Hartness community designer. “This will form one of the next great neighborhoods in the South, providing a nurturing community for all who inhabit it.”


Hartness, located in Greenville, SC, is a Traditional Neighborhood Development designed with walkable blocks kept close to daily conveniences, public spaces and nature. Situated on 400 pristine acres, Hartness offers an array of thoughtfully crafted home types ranging from estate to town home.

For more information, visit hartnessliving.com