Published on December 4th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Winners of the $10,000 #WhyIGiveSC Social Media Contest

(Columbia, S.C.): Central Carolina Community Foundation is pleased to announce the top three winners of the #WhyIGiveSC Social Media Contest. The top three winners received, in total, $10,000 to donate to their favorite charities.

Tina Emerson was selected as the first place winner for her tweet “I give to @HealthyLearners*  because I want my children to see that there are always needs in the world greater than their own. #WhyIGiveSC.” Emerson selected Healthy Learners to receive her $6,000 donation.

Ross Shealy, the second place winner, donated $3,000 to Autism Academy of South Carolina. He tweeted, “WhyIGiveSC Because 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder-that’s approximately two letters in this 136 character tweet.”

The third place winner, Mary Louise Resch, tweeted “#WhyIGiveSC I give because I have been so blessed to receive so much in my lifetime. . . It’s time to #PayItForward and make a difference!” Resch selected South Carolina Lions Charitable Services to receive the $1,000 donation.

The #WhyIGiveSC Contest was the largest, most visible ‘Act of Giving’ in Central Carolina Community Foundation’s 30th Anniversary initiative, 30 More Years of Giving. From November 3rd to November 10th, Midlands community members were invited to post their reasons for giving on Twitter or through the Foundation’s webpage. A jury of community volunteers judged the over 400 entries submitted and selected the three winners with the most compelling reasons for giving back to their community.

The contest was designed to inspire everyone to give. All contest entries can be viewed at or using #WhyIGiveSC on Twitter.

What’s Next? Find Out About the Latest Acts of Giving via #WhyIGiveSC


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Inspired to give?

Midlands residents are encouraged to visit to learn how they too can get involved and give back to our community. The Foundation’s online guide, “Make the Most of Your Giving,” provides information about philanthropy and tools for charitable giving.

To learn more about Central Carolina Community Foundation and 30 More Years of Giving, please contact the Foundation at and (803) 254-5601, or visit

*Nonprofit name was concealed during the judging process

Happening Now at the Foundation:

  • The Foundation is celebrating its 30th year as the expert in philanthropy in the Midlands.
  • Registration for participating nonprofits is underway for Midlands Gives, May 5, 2015.
  • Over $150,000 in scholarships were awarded by the Foundation across its 11-county service area in the Midlands this year.
  • Board of Trustees selected for Top 10 Most Influential Boards of Director by Columbia Regional Business Report.

About Central Carolina Community Foundation:

Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit or call 803.254.5601.


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