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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


April 26, 2015

This time, the best woman for the job was a man, says Rep. Long


Rep. Deborah Long, R-Lancaster, presented a certificate of recognition to Tyrom Faulkner, executive director of the Lancaster Fatherhood Project, at the South Carolina General Assembly Women's Caucus' annual Jean Laney Harris Awards Luncheon. 

This year, the group's focus was on nonprofits and the work that is done within South Carolina to make this a great state. The certificate was presented at a luncheon in Columbia on April 22 "in recognition of and appreciation for our service to the community, in strengthening families, and helping fathers overcome barriers to being responsible and involved parents."

"The Jean Laney Harris Awards Luncheon has historically had a theme, i.e., Women in Government, Women in Business, Women in the Arts," said Rep. Long. "This year's theme was Women in Nonprofits. I felt the most worthy nonprofit to be Lancaster Fatherhood Project, even though their leader is not a female. What could be more important to a child, a family, and the community than strengthening the roles of fathers? So I didn't break the rules, just bent them a little bit.

"After all, the old saying, 'Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman' can work in reverse!"