About Civitas

This event honors outstanding community leaders, businesses, and organizations in our community. The Chamber’s Civitas Awards Gala highlights the successes of the past year and outlines the next year’s initiatives.

2018 Winners:

Outstanding Lowcountry Young Professional Award
Russell Baxley of Beaufort Memorial Hospital (sponsored by the University of South Carolina Beaufort)

Outstanding Leadership Beaufort Alumni Award
Amy Achurch of Ballenger Realty (sponsored by Ameris Bank)

Outstanding Employee Award
Cesar Garcia of Second Helpings (sponsored by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce)

Tourism Leadership Award
Anchorage 1770 Inn (sponsored by the Greater Beaufort-Port Royal Convention & Visitor Bureau)

Volunteer of the Year Award
Katie Phifer of Wells Fargo Advisors (
sponsored by the United Way of the Lowcountry)

Outstanding Non Profit Award 
Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry (sponsored by Beaufort Memorial Hospital)

Community Stewardship Award
Lockheed Martin (sponsored by the Beaufort Inn)

Excellence in Free Enterprise Award 
Geismar (
sponsored by Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation)


Historic Rehabilitation Award
Fordham Market, with Beaufort Design Build and Graham Trask (sponsored by J. H. Hiers Construction)

Regional Economic Impact Award
MCCS-Marine Corps Community Services (sponsored by Merrill Lynch/Bank of America)

Military Citizenship Award
Sergeant David Moncada, USMC (sponsored by the Technical College of the Lowcountry)

Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year Award
Lance Corporal Xukai Chi (sponsored by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce)

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award
Corporal Saamad A. Mitchell (sponsored by Marine Federal Credit Union)

Lifetime of Leadership Award
Mayor Sam Murray (sponsored by the previous Lifetime of Leadership Award Recipients including Colden Battey, Martin Goodman, Duncan Fordham, Malcolm Goodridge, Jim Grimsley, Connie Hipp, Skeet Von Harten and Fred Washington)

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