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Published on January 26th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Palmetto Center For Women Honor 35 Women At Annual TWIN Awards Ceremony

COLUMBIA, SC. – Palmetto Center for Women (PCW) announces the 34th Annual 2014 TWIN Award Honorees, a distinguished honor presented to women whose outstanding achievements mark them as leaders and role models in business and in the community.

Thirty-five honorees from across the Midlands were recognized recently at the 14th awards luncheon held at the Columbia Marriott. The awards luncheon featured keynote speaker Beth Dinndorf, President of Columbia College.

Since the inception of the TWIN Awards in 1980, over 500 women who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and the community have been honored.

2014 Honorees

Judith Pinner Baskins, Margaret T. Bolyn, Valencia Y. Bostic, Hayley Bowers, Robin W. Bowers, Sharon C. Bramlett, Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES, Gail T. Chapman, Rita Jones Crapps, Sharon T. Duke, Tina Emerson, Anita M. Garrett, Miriam Hair, Heather Hardy, Mary Dell Hayes, Rosemary Hedden, Karen Hedgepath, Christie E. Hill, Katherine Swartz Hilton, Jan Jernigan, Lou Kennedy, Susan Waring Koch, Terree Korpita, Candace H. Leaphart, Debbie Martin, Jeanna Moffett, Myra Feder Nelson, Chakisse Newton, Melissa C. Rawl, Lila Anna H. Sauls, Katrina E. Spigner, Jean Hoefer Toal, Elizabeth Smith Trenbeath, Anne M. Vickers and Isvara M.A. Wilson

The Palmetto Center for Women Award

In addition to individual honorees, PCW presented two organizations with the Palmetto Center for Women Award. The award is the highest honor that PCW awards annually. It is awarded to a business and non-profit entity in the Midlands that has shown exceptional contribution in helping achieve one or more of the five strategic goals adopted by Palmetto Center for Women: increasing wages and employability of women, increasing women’s business ownership, expanding occupations available to women through improved education, increasing the number of women in elected or appointed office, and improving the health and well being of women.

2014 Non-Profit PCW Award – Junior League of Columbia, Inc.

Founded in 1924, the Junior League of Columbia, Inc. (JLC) is an organization of women from the Midlands of South Carolina committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLC is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International which constitutes one of the largest, most effective volunteer organizations in the world. Last year the Junior League of Columbia raised $230,000 to support community programs, projects, and events organized and run by nearly 1,300 volunteers.

2014 Corporate PCW Award – SCE&G

From helping encourage young women at the middle, high school and college levels to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers to its employee-led Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) that provides leadership development opportunities for women, SCE&G is leading the way in its efforts to helping recruit, retain and grow female leaders. Through its charitable giving efforts and employee volunteerism, SCE&G supports a number of non-profits and events designed to improve the education, health and well being of women throughout South Carolina.

About Palmetto Center for Women
Formerly the YWCA of the Midlands, the Palmetto Center for Women continues a long tradition of providing services to the women of Columbia and surrounding communities. We are more committed than ever to equipping women with the resources they need to grow in spirit, mind and body. For more information visit or call 803.748.9622 ext. 121.

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