Gardner honored by Rock Hill Foundation

Lee Gardner, our president and CEO, was honored recently for 12 years of service to the Rock Hill School District Foundation at its Innovation Gala at Winthrop University.

Lee served as chairman and vice chairman during his tenure and facilitated several strategic planning sessions for the foundation that raises money teacher grants, innovative initiatives and Back the Pack. He was among six former foundation members honored for their service.

In the introduction, it was noted that Lee was proud of the Back the Pack program, established by the foundation in 2008 to provide food for hungry children to eat over the weekend. He also encouraged to the foundation to create more legacy gifts and estate planning giving.

“Watching the growth of the foundation has been most gratifying for me. Over the years, our purpose has transitioned from getting businesses to support grants to identifying causes and programs to support,” says Gardner. “The Back the Pack program was chief among the programs established. Working as a board to achieve a much needed program was most rewarding.”

Other honored were Barbara Beam, retired principal of Lesslie Elementary; Rene’ Brannan, vice president at South Carolina Bank & Trust; Peggy Fern, retired English teacher of Northwestern High School; the Hon. David Guyton, York County Family Court, and Bob Parker, retired principal of Rawlinson Road Middle School.

The Rock Hill School District Foundation is a collaborative alliance between the Rock Hill community and the Rock Hill School District Three, which promotes academic excellence. Founded in 1983 as a nonprofit organization, the foundation is independently managed by a volunteer board.