Gardner to receive state volunteer award

Family Trust President/CEO Lee Gardner is one of nine people receiving the South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA) award for 2014, according to the S.C. Governor’s Office.

The awards are given for leadership and service. Gardner will receive the Community Leader Volunteer award for 10 years of service to the Rock Hill School Foundation and for numerous contributions to the community.

“Lee Gardner makes himself available to serve whenever he’s needed. He never says no when he is called,” according to the nomination by Serena Williams of the Rock Hill School District. “Lee is a tremendous mentor to many local young, up-and-coming professionals. He is serves as an impeccable example for all of us.”

Other contributions include serving Westminster Presbyterian Church, coaching basketball and serving as an ambassador for the No. 1 Question: Is it Good for the Children coalition. He currently serves on the Winthrop University Foundation and is chairman of the Winthrop University Real Estate Foundation.

Awards also were given for:

    • Direct Service Volunteer

    • Volunteer Group

    • Youth Individual Volunteer

    • Volunteer Family

    • Workplace Agency / Association

    • Legacy Volunteer

    • Robin Burns Volunteer Administrator

    • AmeriCorps Member of the year

    • Awards will be presented by SCAVA at the Lace House in Columbia on May 22.

      Earlier this year, Gardner received the Come See Me Festival’s Community Service Merit Award and recognition for 12 years of service on the Rock Hill Schools Foundation Board.

      Join us in congratulating him.