(Columbia, SC) August 31, 2017 – Sharing Hope SC founder and former CEO Nancy A. Kay was presented with the South Carolina Order of the Silver Crescent on Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Columbia, SC during a special staff meeting. The Order of the Silver Crescent is the state’s highest civilian award for significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism, and lifelong influence within a region or community. It is a once in a lifetime achievement.
Shortly before her retirement, Ms. Kay was nominated for a Governor’s award by the Sharing Hope SC Board of Directors for her 32 years of service to the state of South Carolina. Earlier this year, Gov. Henry McMaster awarded her the Order of the Silver Crescent.
Under Ms.Kay’s leadership as founder and CEO, Sharing Hope SC (initially known as SCOPA and then LifePoint) facilitated and honored the gifts of nearly 3,000 organ donors which resulted in almost 10,000 organs being transplanted. Her retirement brought to a close her remarkable 32-year career of continuous service to the organization and state of South Carolina. She was invaluable in saving thousands of lives of patients on the organ transplant waiting list and enhancing the lives of many more through eye and tissue donation.
The nomination was supported by Donate Life South Carolina Executive Director Tracy Moore, South Carolina DMV Executive Director Col. Kevin Shwedo and Representative Todd Atwater