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Published on February 28th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Ed Mullins; Humanitarian of the Year

Pictured Edward Mullins, Jr. and family

Columbia, S.C. – United Way of the Midlands honored Edward W. Mullins, Jr. as the 2018 Humanitarian of the Year at its annual dinner and award ceremony recently at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center.

“Ed has been a champion for United Way and our community for many years,” said United Way President and CEO Sara Fawcett. “We were delighted to have the opportunity to recognize him for his generosity, his passion and his commitment to making the Midlands and the state of South Carolina a better place for everyone.”

The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year to individuals who clearly demonstrate extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services. It is the highest single honor of philanthropic achievement in the Midlands.

“The annual Humanitarian of the Year dinner and award celebration is an occasion for us to come together and celebrate the tireless efforts of our community’s most prolific philanthropists, and I’m thrilled that this year’s recipient is Ed Mullins,” said Andy Folsom, Chairman of the United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors. “It was a great honor to celebrate his tremendous impact on the Midlands.”

Mullins recently retired after 58 years with Nelson Mullins, where he was among the firm’s leaders who began the growth that would lead to offices in other cities and states, an expansion of legal practice areas, a more diverse work environment, and a significant commitment to pro bono and community service. Mullins came to the firm in 1959 as the fifth lawyer, and it now consists of more than 750 attorneys in 25 offices across 11 states and the District of Columbia.

“Ed will be remembered as a razor-sharp litigator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law who brings out the best in others,” said U.S. District Court for South Carolina Judge Joe Anderson. “It’s been said that what you leave behind is not what’s engraved on stone monuments, but what has been woven into the lives of others. Ed’s been a strong gold thread in the brilliant tapestry of our lives.”

Watch the 2018 Humanitarian of the Year film to learn more about Mullins and his philanthropic service and impact in the Midlands community.


About United Way

United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information, please visit

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