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Goodwill Industries Celebrates at 9th Annual Champions Tribute

Greenville, SC | October 20, 2017 – 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 19 at the TD Convention Center. Kevin Sorbo, international TV and film actor, stroke survivor and author of True Strength, delivered an inspirational keynote address for the evening.

Honored were four individuals who have overcome adversity and found employment through various job placement programs, as well as one employer and one partner organization who support the mission of Goodwill. Award recipients for 2017 were:

  • Tracy Littlejohn – James E. Jones Healthcare Excellence Award, sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System 
  • Frank Bulow – William Wylie Job Connection Success Award, sponsored by J. Smith Lanier & Co. 
  • Samuel Salthouse – Ralph Walker Graduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Indexx, Inc. 
  • Edward Smith – Lloyd Auten Achiever of the Year Award, sponsored by Fluor Corporation 
  • South Carolina Department of Corrections – Goodwill Industries Champion of the Year Award, sponsored by KeenanSuggs Insurance | HUB International 
  • Hire Dynamics – 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 11,786 people into employment through its job training programs and Goodwill Job Connection services. 

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Magnolia Park Hosts First Annual Team Spirit Celebration 

Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Drives Families to Shopping Center for FootballThemed Event 

GREENVILLE, SC | October 3, 2017 – On Saturday, Magnolia Park Shopping Center held its first annual Team Spirit Celebration to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts following devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Situated off of I-385 and I-85 on Woodruff Road, Magnolia Park is the area’s premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment in Greenville.

This free event featured live music by The Sound Committee, lawn games, face painting and giveaways for guests. Families and tenants dressed in game day gear, sporting their team’s colors, as they enjoyed tailgate festivities. Restaurants located in the shopping center provided game day deals to welcome fans in for the broadcasting of both the Clemson and South Carolina football games.

In the wake of two devastating hurricanes, guests were encouraged to donate funds to benefit the relief efforts in Florida and Texas through the American Red Cross. Magnolia Park strives to be a top destination for the community while always working to make a positive community impact, and implemented this event as a way to celebrate the community and give back to those in need.

“The devastation that communities have suffered in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is unimaginable,” said, John Wiechart, Senior Vice President at M & J Wilkow. “Football rivals or not, this community showed up to not only celebrate their team, but to give to those affected by the recent disasters.”


About M & J Wilkow 

M & J Wilkow is a leading commercial real estate owner and operator dedicated to creating value for its investors.  The Company’s approach to real estate emerged distinctively from an owner’s perspective and has evolved over 78 years in the real estate business. M & J Wilkow’s portfolio consists of 42 properties, which includes 21 office buildings and 21 retail properties consisting of approximately 8.3 million square feet. The aggregate market value of the portfolio is estimated to be in excess of $1.8 billion. For more information, visit www.wilkow.com.