Columbia Chamber to honor Staley at awards gala

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce will honor five people at its 115th annual gala Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


The Ambassador of the Year award will go to Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach.   File photo

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce will honor five people at its 115th annual gala Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

“The annual gala gives the chamber an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable individuals in our community who move our region forward through positive changes,” Carl Blackstone, Columbia Chamber president and CEO, said. “These honorees are the leaders in our region who work tirelessly to aid the chamber’s mission of creating and promoting an environment where businesses can flourish.”

The Ambassador of the Year award will go to Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach. Besides her success as a player and coach, she gives back through the INNERSOLE initiative that makes a positive impact in the lives of children in need. This award is designated each year for someone that shows outstanding business ethics and also positively promotes the region.

“Staley’s leadership is an inspiration to all,” 2016-17 chamber Chairman John Singerling said. “Her determination on the court has brought a national spotlight to the University of South Carolina Athletics Department and her devotion to help others off the court has brought hope and joy to many children in need.”

Other awards and honorees that will be celebrated at the event include Young Professional of the Year John Griggs of NBSC; Public Servant of the Year Bobby Hitt, the South Carolina Secretary of Commerce; Military Advocate of the Year Kevin Shwedo of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles; and Diplomat of the Year Phyllis Wood of Palmetto Solar Pros.

For more information about the event contact Rebekah Babovic at 803-733-1138 or visit www.Columbia Chamber.com.

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