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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


August 26, 2014

Lancaster Fatherhood Project honored with 'Fabric of the Community' Award

Above: Angela McCrae, president of the Springs Close Foundation, makes the presentation to Tyrom Faulkner, executive director of Lancaster Fatherhood Project.

Last week, the Springs Close Foundation bestowed its second annual Fabric of the Community Award on Lancaster Fatherhood Project.

The award honors one nonprofit, business or individual in Lancaster County (separate awards are also given in Chester County and Fort Mill/York County) for exemplary service to the community. The Foundation Board of Directors presented each winner with a $10,000 check and a special handcrafted sculpture by Lancaster metal artist Bob Doster.

Here's what the Foundation had to say about our program:

"When absent fathers become positively engaged in the lives of their children, everybody benefits. The Lancaster Fatherhood Project has helped more than 800 men reconnect with their children and become responsible fathers over the past 12 years. Program participants develop job and parenting skills, advance their education, and health screenings and support. As a result, they are more willing and able to pay child support, and are less likely to fall victim to debilitating health issues -- both of which have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in public expenses. But even more importantly, the Lancaster Fatherhood Project has strengthened area families, provided more than 1,000 children with connections to their fathers, and helped to create a more tightly woven community fabric in Lancaster County."

Congratulations to Tyrom Faulkner and the entire Lancaster Fatherhood family for so richly deserving this recognition!

More about the award:

The Board of Directors of The Springs Close Foundation, along with the nine members of the Community Advisory Committee, created the Fabric of the Community Awards in 2013 to celebrate the Foundation's 70th year of service and to honor the legacy of giving back to the community instilled by founder Col. Elliott Springs.

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.

About the Springs Close Foundation:

The Springs Close Foundation has assets totaling $40.9` million and since 1942 has distributed more than $103 million into its geographic area.  Anne Springs Close is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Angela McCrae is President. The main office is headquartered at 951 Market Street, Suite 205 in Fort Mill, SC.  The telephone number is (803) 548-2002(803) 548-2002 and the FAX number is (803) 548-1797.