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“Super Hero” Award 2014

January 26, 2015 – Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina hosted the annual Partner Appreciation Luncheon at Myers Park United Methodist Church on Thursday, January 22nd. This annual event with a “Super Heroes” theme recognizes Second Harvest food donors, financial donors, volunteers and organizations who have been a super hero in helping to end hunger in the 19-county area in North and South Carolina that Second Harvest services. For the first time in 8 years, Second Harvest presented Lifetime Achievement awards.

Two organizations were recognized for their extraordinary philanthropic efforts over the years to help feed hungry children, seniors and working poor families in the Metrolina region. The first award winner was the Springs Close Foundation. The Springs Close Foundation sponsors a Second Harvest senior box program, backpack program and mobile pantries and has donated over $600,000 to the Food Bank to help in the battle against hunger. Anne Springs Close is also a former Ted Heyward Award winner.

Springs Close Spotlight

Springsteen and Springs Close Fight Hunger

Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen brought more than just a great concert to our community last fall. He also brought $50,000 to fight hunger — matched by another $50,000 from the Springs Close Foundation. The $100,000 gift went to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to support hunger relief efforts in Chester, Lancaster and York Counties in South Carolina.

Bruce Springsteen donates $50,000 to fight hunger in Chester, Lancaster and York Counties in South Carolina

The Legacy of Giving Back

Welcome to The Springs Close Foundation. Built from the prosperity of the Springs Textile Mills and driven by Colonel Elliott White Springs’ legacy of giving back to those who helped his family prosper, our roots run deep in the communities we serve.

Times have changed a lot since Col. Springs started his Foundation in 1942. The places where the Springs Close Foundation makes grants — in Chester, Lancaster and York Counties — are different places in many ways. The current economic recession is a big challenge but our commitment is unwavering.

In response to the high unemployment and economic distress in our communities, The Springs Close Foundation currently is focusing its efforts and resources to provide critical basic support — food, shelter and medical assistance — to those in need. We will only consider grant applications from qualified nonprofit organizations that can effectively deliver these services. The Foundation also will continue its no-interest student loan program.

Fabric of the Community Awards

At its November 21, 2012 meeting, The Springs Close Foundation’s Board of Directors celebrated 70 years of grantmaking and 20 years of service from its Community Advisory Committee, a group of non-family community members who help inform the Foundations’ grantmaking.

Those anniversaries coincide with another milestone, as the Foundation also passed the $100 million mark in grantmaking in its service areas of Chester, Lancaster and eastern York Counties this year.

To mark these milestones, the Foundation will launch the “Fabric of Community” awards next year, honouring individuals and organizations that uphold Colonel Springs’ legacy of service to others. Details about the awards program will be available in early 2013.

“Giving back to these communities is a value that we hold dear,” said Board Chair Anne Springs Close, whose father, Colonel Elliott White Springs, created the Foundation in May 1942. “He felt very strongly that the money made came from the efforts of the people who worked in the mills and that it should go back to them.”

The Fabric of the Community awards will be bestowed on one individual, nonprofit organization or business from Lancaster, Chester and Fort Mill each year. Each winner receives $10,000 to direct to a nonprofit organization in the communities served by The Springs Close Foundation. Nominations come from former members of the Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee. Current Community Advisory Committee members select finalists and choose the award winners. The Foundation will give these awards for the next five years, culminating on its 75th anniversary, for a total of $150,000 by 2017.

More on our Community Awards page.

Foundation Helps Feed Hungry Families

The Springs Close Foundation is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and the Fort Mill School District to send food home every Friday during the school year in the backpacks of children at risk of hunger on the weekends when school meals are not available. A $10,000 grant from the Foundation will start the program for 100 students attending the district's seven elementary schools.

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