Laurens County Nominees for Unsung Hero Announced by Ten at The Top

November 6, 2020

In advance of their upcoming Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes virtual event, Ten at the Top [TATT] announced they have received over 130 nominations for unsung heroes from across the ten-county Upstate region. In place of their annual Celebrating Successes Luncheon, this virtual event will be held on November 18th to recognize the many Upstate citizens who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their surrounding communities healthy and safe.

Laurens county received ten unique nominations for community members representing organizations and businesses across various industries. Out of these nominees, one finalist will be selected to represent Laurens county at the event on Wednesday, November 18th beginning at 11:00 AM. 

Below is a list of the nominees for Laurens County:

  • Joey Avery, Laurens County – Emergency Management Director
  • Connie Daniels, Laurens County Museum Association – Volunteer
  • Lynn Finley, Laurens County Development Corporation – Vice President
  • Walter Hughes, Jr., Sadler Hughes Apothecary – Owner
  • Cindy Jacobs, Laurens County School District 56 – Director of Child Nutrition
  • Tim Kansky, Kountry Fresh Meats – Owner
  • Allen Lawson, South Carolina Empowerment Center – Executive Director
  • Michael Morris, ZF Transmissions Gray Court – Director of Human Resources
  • Patricia Sadler, Hospice of Laurens County – Medical Director
  • Bob Staton, Presbyterian College – President

“The selfless work of unsung heroes who have remained committed and strong for their communities during a time of uncertainty has been critical to our communities and we felt worthy of special recognition,” said Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top. “As an organization that serves as a regional connector, we thought it was an appropriate time to pivot from past traditions for this annual event and shine a light upon the many individuals who have kept our Upstate region together during this pandemic.”

The virtual event is free, though advance registration is requested through Eventbrite and a special “event gift” will be sent to all who register by Wednesday, November 11th. In lieu of an admission charge, attendees are encouraged to make a donation to help Ten at the Top continue its mission across the Upstate and to help say “thank you” to the county Unsung Heroes. Contributions will be divided between Ten at the Top general organizational support, the TATT Ignition Fund for providing long-term impact across the Upstate, and a “thank you” stipend to the Unsung Heroes that will be honored at this event.

To learn more about Ten at the Top and their Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event, please visit


Comprised of public, private and civic leaders across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to build regional trust and consensus through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to encourage quality growth and enhance the economic vitality, natural and cultural resources and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow.