DONOR 25

What is our DONOR 25 program? DONOR25 2016 FINAL

The DONOR 25 program is an annual giving program linking top patrons of the arts to aid and support long term plans for success of The McCormick Arts Council. In order to begin to achieve true operational health, we are seeking support from 25 Major Donors to the MACK that are able and willing to contribute a minimum of $1,000 to our cultural center. These contributions will be designated to ensure our signature programs remain in place, aid with daily operations and when needed support restoration advances to achieve ADA compliance.

Through your support, we look forward to achieving our vision to be the catalyst of cultural development for McCormick County.

If you are able to support the MACK by becoming a major donor, we would appreciate your generous gift. Please speak with your financial advisors to explore opportunities that can best serve your needs while supporting our local cultural advancement.

Let us have the opportunity to share our organization’s efforts and impact.  Thank you again for being such a wonderful community to serve.  We look forward to another amazing 30 years!

If you wish to schedule a time to meet and tour our historic facility, please contact our office:  864-852-3216 / mccormickarts@gmail.com

Please see our incredibly generous supporters below and share your gratitude for their support to our community’s cultural center ….
Announcing our first DONOR 25!
 

We are incredibly grateful to the generosity and support of Mrs. Eleanor Hanson.  The memory of your beloved husband, David Scott Hanson, will always be cherished here at the MACK.

Mr. Hanson helped to found the MACK Endowment, support the newly established McCormick Arts Council and was a leader in supporting the arts in community development.

A tremendous thank you to your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our  2nd DONOR 25!
 
Susie & Bill Hartz

We are incredibly grateful to the generosity and support of Susie and Bill. Susie is a local artist and amazing volunteer. She is a very talented jewelry craftswoman and a great supporter of our youth programs. Recently, Susie has also started bringing the joy of music to our local Head Start and First Steps center. What lucky kids!

A tremendous thank you to your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 3rd DONOR 25!
 
John & Holly Bracknell

We are incredibly grateful to the generosity and support of John and Holly.  The Bracknells are wonderful community leaders and great supporters of the arts in both McCormick and Greenwood County.  John is fond of his home town, Plum Branch, and has a beautiful piece of property where he shares his love of the outdoors, southern hospitality and great company.  Holly is a tremendous asset to the region in her position at Wells Fargo Advisors and has held numerous leadership roles on various committees to support the arts, education and advancement of this great region.

A tremendous thank you for your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 4th DONOR 25!
 
George & Pat McKee

We wish to thank George and Pat McKee for joining our DONOR 25 campaign and supporting our 30th anniversary. George and Pat have been long time supporters of the MACK, whether volunteering, supporting local artist’s work or advocating for our cultural center.

George has been a terrific leader on our MACK Endowment Board. This team recently contributed a leadership gift to sustain the arts, education and culture through the MACK.  After a distinguished career in the Navy, George retired as Captain and relocated to our area. Pat is very loyal member of our heritage partner, the Daughters of the American Revolution. Loyal to the things she believe in, she shares a great appreciation of all of the arts. Pat has a panache for decorating and shares her joy with her friends and neighbors. She has also contributed her time in important community causes, especially aiding the F Pantry over the ways.

A tremendous thank you to your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 5th DONOR 25!
 
Don & Janet Smith

We wish to thank Don and Janet for joining our DONOR 25 campaign and supporting our 30th anniversary. Don and Janet went out of their way to stop by our office to make a contribution and share their appreciation for the arts.  They are enthusiastic supporters and are eager help sustain art, culture and education in McCormick.

Originally from Michigan, Don and Janet spent a happy career in pediatric dentistry.  They have a love of the history and heritage they have discovered in South Carolina, especially McCormick.  Janet has often enjoyed quilting, often creating community give back projects.  Don has a fond memories of visiting the monthly cultural exhibits, encouraged by his father, while growing up outside of Detroit.  They both shared their appreciation in the developing opportunities provided to our local students and believes in the need for art in child development. “Expression begins here.  It is where you start.”  We agree and look forward to continuing our impact.

A tremendous thank you to your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 6th DONOR 25!
Mitch & Sue Mitchell

We wish to thank Mitch and Sue for joining our DONOR 25 campaign and supporting our 30th anniversary. The Mitchells are enthusiastic supporters of the MACK and are dedicated members of our community.

Mitch and Sue volunteer is many different roles here in McCormick.  Mitch is one of the MACK’s Board of Directors and has served in many community leadership roles. He enjoys singing and often encourages others to participant in cultural opportunities. Sue is a leader at Helping Hands and is active in Daughters of the American Revolution. Both love to travel and are incredibly compassionate people continuously adding to their wonderful network of family and friends.

A tremendous thank you to your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 7th DONOR 25!
Matilda (Tillie) Nichols Watson Freeland
Tillie Freeland

Watercolor Portrait by Lynda Mancuso-Lawrence

We wish to thank a special darling of our community for joining our DONOR 25 campaign and supporting our 30th anniversary.

Matilda “Tillie” Nichols was born in Saluda County to a large family known for their work ethic, thriftiness, faith and love of education and family. “Tilda” survived childhood diphtheria and a broken shoulder. She credits her good health to the fact that she ‘suffered all her ill health at a young age’.

Matilda attended Winthrop University before attending “beauty school.” She opened her own beauty shop in McCormick in 1942. She married Wilburn “Bill” Watson and they raised five children at 306 South Main Street where she still resides and operates “Nichols Beauty Shop.” In the fifties, sixties and seventies, the shop was a bustling place six days a week, filled with co-workers, friends and neighbors. Her free time was spent with her family, friends, at church and in her extensive flower garden. She celebrated her 60th anniversary of beauty shop in 2002 at the same time she celebrated her 80th birthday.

Matilda has been an active member of McCormick clubs, organizations and activities. She teaches crochet and knitting at the Senior Center, where she was recently recognized as Senior of the Year. She has also been an avid traveler, and has enriched our community immensely with her grace and wisdom. Tillie is incredibly proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grand children, as they are of her.

A heartfelt thank you to for your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our newest DONOR 25!
Aaron & Claire Watson

We wish to thank Aaron and Claire Watson for joining our DONOR 25 campaign and supporting our 30th anniversary. Aaron is the proud son of our local sweetheart, Ms. Matilda “Tillie” Nichols Watson Freeland.  He has contributed greatly to the growth of our community both with a strong sense of hometown pride and as an excellent local financial adviser and broker. The MACK has benefitted greatly through his leadership and appreciation of the arts in cultural development. The Watson’s have continually supported local cultural events. Not only has Claire been a staunch supporter of the MACK, she has cared for many as one of the leading providers of quality healthcare for the McCormick County region.

A tremendous thank you for your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 9th DONOR 25!
 
The Loy Anderson Miles Stone Foundation

We wish to thank Roman & Mea Stone for joining our DONOR 25 campaign and supporting our 30th anniversary. We are especially grateful to Mea for her vision and advocacy to the Loy Anderson Miles Stone Foundation.  This foundation selected the MACK and supports the vision of community growth and health through various advanced programs.  All involved are particularly interested in developing a fiber arts program within our community. There are a variety of different aspects to fiber arts that can involve the diversity of our community as well as learning the skills to encourage a wide variety of cultural products and encourage entrepreneurship. Everybody should feel welcome to feel a part of this program. We are excited about the new program and it possibilities. Look forward to developing announcements in the new year.

A tremendous thank you for your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 10th DONOR 25!
Bob & Diane Berry

We wish to thank Bob and Diane Berry for joining our DONOR 25 campaign and supporting our 30th anniversary. Bob is originally from New Jersay and retired after 35 years with the United Parcel Service. After a successful career caring for approximately 300,000 employees he and his lovely wife relocated to McCormick.Bob support numerous organizations and local business with pride. He enjoys fishing, boating among other hobbies. Bob has served on the Board at the MACK since 2008, and he is currently the Board President.  He is the captain to our ship and has lead with compassion and focus through our needs. Diane enjoyed a long career for public utilities. She is an advocate for the arts and always shows her support and generosity to our local artists. She and Bob have been active supporters of the MACK since they retired here full time in 2008.

A tremendous thank you for your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 11th DONOR 25!
Mr. Bob Sanders

We wish to thank Bob Sanders for joining our DONOR 25 campaign in 2015 and supporting the MACK’s 30th anniversary. Bob and his family have been some of our longest supporters here at the MACK.  Bob, and his beloved wife, Caroline, were strong supporters of the arts and culture in the early years of development.  He and his son, Robbie, have operated the McCormick Oil Company together as a local business and have added to our community’s leadership.

Bob’s commitment to the MACK comes at a critical time for our center.  His support helps us to be able to proceed with various programs, and he supports our efforts to help McCormick have a strong environment for our future business men and women.  The Sanders have certainly cast their family legacy as patrons of the arts and advocates for healthy community growth.

A tremendous thank you for your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 12th DONOR 25!
Royce & Janice Grizzard

We wish to thank Royce and Janice Grizzard for joining our DONOR 25 campaign and supporting the MACK’s 30th anniversary.  Royce and Janice Grizzard have been dedicated supporters of the MACK since 2004, and McCormick has a special place their heart’s.

Janice began her leadership role a the MACK nearly 12 years ago as a volunteer upon returning “home” to McCormick after Royce’s retirement in 2004. She quickly advanced to become our long term Executive Director and has tirelessly dedicated herself to providing art programs and appreciation to her hometown.  Janice participates in numerous support roles within McCormick by serving the Visitor’s Council, Sundays at 4 and was instrumental in developing the McCormick Quilt Trail among other roles.  She has a knack for perfection when displaying the artwork of our most talented students and exhibitors, continually raising the bar for our community’s reputation.  Time after time Janice has gone above and beyond to ensure the success of the MACK.  Whether she is whipping up salads for a literacy program until the late hours of the night or hugging children as Mrs. Claus for photos to tackling critical grants and managing the busy environment of a thriving cultural center, Janice does everything with the best interests of the MACK.

Royce has become widely know during the holiday season as our own Town Santa during the holiday activities and festivities.  Royce has a special twinkle in his eye, particularly in his love and admiration of our community’s children. Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, he is a proud Southern gentleman take has spent countless hours of dedication to support the MACK, and McCormick as whole. From helping with a diverse set of skills in fixing each and every appliance in the MACK’s possession to stopping by with a warm hug and smile for every visitor to our cultural center, he has always shown our organization and Town a high level of love.

A tremendous thank you for your contribution. Your gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 13th DONOR 25!
Pattie McAbee & Dr. Thomas B. Eison

Watercolor Portrait by Lynda Mancuso-Lawrence

We wish to thank Patti and Tommy for joining our DONOR 25 Campaign and supporting the MACK’s 30th anniversary.  Both are dedicated supporters of the arts and cultural development here in McCormick and throughout the state.

Patti McAbee is a devoted leader with numerous roles throughout the upper Piedmont region of her lifelong home state of South Carolina. With a graduate Certificate in Arts Administration, Patti founded the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah.  She had a dream to provide a place in McCormick that she could teach others to play the piano, and she discovered the unkempt Historic Keturah hotel on Main Street.  She envisioned “children laughing and music being heard” from this heritage site and on December 6, 1984 the McCormick Arts Council was founded.  The doors of the “MACK” first opened and programming began in early 1985. Within a few years the organization was awarded the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award (the Governor’s Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission), as well as the Southern Arts Federation’s Rural Arts Award.  Patti served for 13 years as the Executive Director of the MACK and has continued to bring her charm and artistic leadership to many areas of South Carolina.  Her family celebrates the arts within their daily lives, including her daughter-in-law and her precious grandchildren who operate a successful dance studio in the region. Rhythm & Class often performs on our own Main Street with many students from McCormick being part of the regular programming.

Patti’s husband, Dr. Tommy Eison, has been an eager supporter and advocate for her work and that of others, adding to the quality of daily life through arts and culture.  Tommy is an orthopedic surgeon, and has served honorably through a long military career after graduating from the Citadel. He is an avid runner and continues to support numerous cultural opportunities throughout Greenville and McCormick.

A tremendous thank you to Patti and Tommy for their contribution. Their gift will help our cultural center achieve new goals and ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)
Announcing our 14th DONOR 25!
Jeff & Sandy Wilson

We wish to thank Jeff and Sandy for joining our DONOR 25 Campaign and supporting the MACK’s 30th anniversary.  The Wilsons are dedicated supporters of community development and advancing cultural opportunities.

Jeff and Sandy Wilson relocated to Abbeville, South Carolina in 2013. Originally from Idaho, Sandy and Jeff have become a part of the regional community when Jeff  joined West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative as the General Manager and CEO. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Spirit Communications, Piedmont Technical College Foundation, South Carolina Telecommunications Broadband Association and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative. Over his career he has been actively involved in civic groups and with economic development and is also a charter board member of the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation. Sandy has also added greatly to the communities she has lived in. Both embrace local arts and cultural opportunities and “truly embody” the cooperative mindset of community, local support and doing all that you can to add to local businesses, school and culture.

Announcing our 15th DONOR 25!
Brenda Lang

We wish to thank Brenda for joining our DONOR 25 Campaign and t.  The MACK Board of Directors.

Brenda Lang is originally from Baltimore Maryland. Brenda worked for Verizon as a specialist in system testing and design in accounts payable. Brenda always loved her vacations to SC and knew she would someday retire there. She moved to Savannah Lakes Village  in 2003.

Brenda became interested in making jewelry about 13 years ago after recreating a bracelet for a friend. She is a talented local artist and a dedicated volunteer for the MACK and the MACK Artisans Guild and Gallery Shop.

Announcing our 16th DONOR 25!
Anonymous

We wish to thank a donor that wishes to remain unnamed for joining our DONOR 25 Campaign in 2016.

Announcing our 17th DONOR 25!
Jerry & Paula Goldman

We wish to thank Jerry and Paula for joining our DONOR 25 Campaign in 2016.

~ The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)

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