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Wilkins Leadership Awards

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The David H. Wilkins South Carolina Leadership Awards
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To sponsor the Wilkins Awards Dinner, please contact Eliza Hart at Smoak Public Relations at 864-235-8330

All donations support both the celebration of bipartisanship and civic leadership at the Wilkins Awards Dinner and the ongoing work of the Riley Institute to help break down barriers to economic and social well-being for all South Carolinians.

Presenting Sponsor$25,000

Wilkins Leadership Awards

Annual Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner

In a time when civility in public discourse and cooperative bipartisanship are critical to making progress in our state, South Carolina’s citizens look to their leaders to put aside differences and work together for the good of our state. This “putting aside of differences” requires qualities of civility, integrity, compassion, vision, and courage.

Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2020

Representative Gary Simrill received the 2019 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Legislative Leadership 

Nella Barkley was awarded the 2019 Wilkins Award 
for Excellence in Civic Leadership

The Fifteenth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 14, 2020

Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2019

Senator John W. Matthews, Jr. received the 2018 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Legislative Leadership 

Charlotte Berry was awarded the 2018 Wilkins Award 
for Excellence in Civic Leadership

The Fourteenth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 8, 2019

Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2018

Representative Weston Newton received the 2017 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Legislative Leadership 

Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. was awarded the 2017 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Civic Leadership

The Thirteenth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 9, 2018

Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2017

Representative Rita Allison received the 2016 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Legislative Leadership 

Hayne Hipp was awarded the 2016 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Civic Leadership

Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2016


(l-r) Elizabeth Davis, Dick Riley, Swati Patel (accepting award for Gov. Nikki Haley), Joe Riley, 
Jennifer Pinckney, David Wilkins and Paula Harper Bethea

Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2015

Speaker Jay Lucas received the 2014 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Legislative Leadership

Bill Barnet was awarded the 2014 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Civic Leadership

The Tenth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 13, 2015

Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2014


Senator Paul G. Campbell received the 2013 Wilkins
Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership

Stephen G. Morrison was awarded the 2013 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Civic Leadership (posthumously)

The Ninth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 14, 2014

Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2013


(l-r) David Wilkins, James Harrison, Anita Zucker and Richard Riley

Representative James H. Harrison received the 2012 Wilkins
Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership

Anita G. Zucker received the 2012 Wilkins Award for
Excellence in Civic Leadership