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.

2019 Award Recipients:

Outstanding Lowcountry Young Professional Award
Patrick Cunningham of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (sponsored by the University of South Carolina Beaufort)

Outstanding Leadership Beaufort Alumnus Award
Ross Vezin of the City of Beaufort / Town of Port Royal Fire Department (sponsored by Alliance Consulting Engineers)

Outstanding Employee Award
Kendra Twitty of CAPA of Beaufort (sponsored by the Beaufort Memorial Hospital)

Tourism Leadership Award
The Pat Conroy Literary Center (sponsored by the Greater Beaufort-Port Royal Convention & Visitor Bureau)

Outstanding Non Profit Award 
Adaptive Golf Experience (sponsored by Hargray)

2019 Presenting Sponsors:

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

Regional Economic Impact Award
Alpha Genesis (sponsored by Merrill Lynch/Bank of America)

Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year Award
Lance Corporal Ashanti Washington (sponsored by Lockheed Martin)

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award
Corporal Kathryn Adams (sponsored by Lockheed Martin)

Lifetime of Leadership Award
Ed Duryea (sponsored by the previous Lifetime of Leadership Award Recipients)

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