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Wilkins Legislative Award Dinner 2008

Recipents of the Wilkins Award for Excellence, (l-r) Senator John Drummond, 
Senator Hugh Leatherman, and Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell

Senator Hugh Leatherman receives the David Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Legislative Leadership

The Third Annual Wilkins Legislative Award Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 7, 2008

South Carolina Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, who represents Darlington and Florence counties in District 31, was named the winner of the third annual David Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership. The award, sponsored by the Riley Institute at Furman, was presented to Leatherman at the annual Wilkins Legislative Award Dinner in Columbia, S.C. on Monday, January 7, 2008. Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was the keynote speaker for the event.  To view the program, click here.

To view the sponsors of this event, click here.

View this video that includes a portion of Prime Minister Mulroney's address:

In honor of the occasion, over 600 legislators, community members, business leaders, and citizens attended the award dinner, including nearly 100 members of the South Carolina House and Senate. Past winners of this award, Senator John Drummond and Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives Bobby Harrell, were also present.

The Award Dinner began with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. David Wilkins, the former Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives and current U.S. Ambassador to Canada helped host the event along with former U.S. Secretary of Education and S.C. Governor Richard W. Riley. 

Many thanks to our generous sponsors, who made this event possible: 

  • AT&T
  • Furman University
  • Duke Energy
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • BlueCross BlueShield of SC
  • Clemson University
  • Michelin North America, Inc.
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • SCETV
  • BMW
  • Theo Caldwell
  • Eddie Floyd
  • Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA
  • McNair Law Firm, PA
  • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
  • Clare Morris Agency
  • Municipal Association of SC
  • Research in Motion (RIM)
  • Roche Carolina
  • SCETV Foundation
  • Sonoco
  • South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA)
  • Time Warner
  • Wachovia Securities, Ballentine Group
     

Press Coverage

To view the Furman's news release, an article written about Hugh Leatherman by the Florence Morning NewsMidlandsBIZ, and Florence Morning News

More information on the David H. Wilkins Legislative Leadership Program