Those who have battled and continue to battle COVID-19 on the frontlines of our state and communities will be honored at Faulkner University’s Annual Benefit Dinner on October 1 featuring Representative Trey Gowdy, the former United States Representative of South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
In light of the pandemic, Faulkner leadership wants to dedicate the dinner’s program to recognizing and highlighting the work all of our frontline and essential workers who have risked their health in order to keep our communities running and to keep our loved ones safe.
There will be nearly 150 individuals honored during the program that night including our healthcare professionals, food service personnel, maintenance workers, grocers, postal workers, truck drivers, veterinarians, waiters, janitors and others.
Faulkner University would like to give recognition to those who have continued to risk their lives and health during the shutdown to keep food on our tables, provide us with medical and emergency assistance, cleaning our work spaces and giving of themselves to serve others.
“At our annual Benefit Dinner, we like to include elements of recognition,” said Billy Camp, Associate Vice President for Advancement. “We like to honor individuals or groups of individuals, with one criteria; shine a light where their deeds typically live in shadows. This year it was obvious who should be honored: those in our community who have not let this virus or the shutdown stop them from keeping our communities running. We owe them a lot and this is one way we can edify their good work and service.”
As the keynote speaker for the evening, Gowdy has also proven himself to be a champion of American interests and a defender of American values within our communities. While in congress he was also chosen to chair a Select Committee on the events occurring in Libya on September 11-12, 2012.
He actively participated in numerous congressional investigations, sponsored bills signed into law, and had deep and meaningful relationships with scores of colleagues on both sides of the aisle. After four terms in congress, he announced he would not seek re-election in 2018 and would leave public service for good; thus ending his career with an exemplary record in the courtroom and undefeated in political races. In January of 2019, he returned to his beloved South Carolina to practice law, teach classes with his close friend Senator Tim Scott, and speak on legal issues he considers important to our country.
Proceeds from the dinner go to support the university, and student scholarships in particular.