Fourteen awards were handed out on March 28 at the Charleston Area Alliance's annual "We Love Our Community Awards" event at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. Sponsored by Spilman Thomas & Battle, these awards honor some of the people, projects, programs and organizations that make the Charleston community stronger and brighter.
“These award winners make significant contributions to the community through their time, actions, talents and dedication,” said Susie Salisbury, the Alliance’s Vice President for Community Development. “They are volunteers, artists, small business owners and visionaries, and they all love our community. This ceremony not only highlights them – the best and the brightest in our region – but it truly lifts up all of us and makes us proud to be part of this community.”
The following individuals, organizations and programs were honored and presented with customized pieces of art by local artist Jack O’Hearn:
Outstanding Preservation Award, honoring a project that exemplifies the meaning of preserving our past for our future: SPW Global.
Kanawha Heritage Award, honoring a business or organization that keeps the heritage of our valley alive: Yarid’s Shoes.
Best Development Award, honoring a project that redefines itself by reusing a former building or site for a new, sustainable use: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.
Best Redevelopment Award, honoring a project that gives new life to an existing structure through redesign and refurbishment: Recovery Point.
Jeff Miller Sustainable Development Award, honoring an individual, organization or project that maintains the basis of sustainable development: JQ Dickinson Saltworks.
Community Celebration Award, honoring an outstanding community event that celebrates a neighborhood, area or region: Restaurant Week.
Arts to the Max Award – Organization, honoring an organization that takes “Arts to the Max” in our community: FOOTMAD – Friends of Old Time Music and Dance.
Arts to the Max Award – Individual, honoring an individual who has contributed much to taking “Arts to the Max” in our community: Tom Kirk.
James R. Thomas Outstanding Volunteer Award, honoring outstanding volunteer contributions to the Charleston Area Alliance and programs/projects that influence community development: Harry Mills.
Youth Volunteer Award, honoring outstanding community involvement by someone 18 years of age or younger: Kalan King.
Do The Charleston Award, honoring someone who goes above and beyond in making Charleston a better place to live, work and play: Mary Jean Davis.
Servant Leader Award, honoring a public servant for outstanding leadership in the Kanawha Valley community: Rick Burka.
Charleston Herald Award, honoring an individual or group who creatively tells the story of our region: Charleston Police Department and Filmanatix.