COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 18, 2012) – Gov. Nikki Haley today presented South Carolina Electric & Gas with the 2012 South Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Award at a ceremony at the State House. SCE&G employees from the company’s Canadys Station plant near Walterboro were honored for more than 30 years of work in support of Camp Happy Days, a summer camp in Charleston for children with cancer.
Each year, SCE&G employees from Canadys Station raise money to fund scholarships that help send kids to Camp Happy Days each summer. In addition, many employees volunteer to go to the camp the week of July 4 and serve boiled peanuts and drinks to the campers and counselors. The staff at Camp Happy Days calls the SCE&G volunteers the “Peanut Gang.”
SCE&G was nominated for the award by Teresa Bishop, program director with Camp Happy Days. Bishop said the SCE&G volunteer group has provided an admirable service to the camp since the late 1980s.
The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards are presented every year to recognize volunteers who have provided exceptional service to their communities. The selection committee is made up of volunteer administrators representing various areas of volunteerism. This year, the committee reviewed 49 nominations and chose winners in eight categories. SCE&G was recognized in the “group” category.
Five volunteers from Canadys Station made the trip to Columbia to accept the award on behalf of all of the employees at the plant. They include James Brown, plant electrician; Ralph Polk, plant instrument mechanic; Donald Baucom, lab analyst; Bill Ellis, retired shift supervisor; and Kevin Wicker, plant manager.
A luncheon sponsored by the United Way Association of South Carolina was held at the Governor’s Mansion immediately following the awards presentation at the State House.