TCMC Nominated Spinks Family Wins Philanthropy Award

November 27, 2012

GREENVILLE, SC – November 27, 2012 – Nominated by The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, The Spinks family was honored on National Philanthropy Day with the award for Outstanding Individual/Family for their generosity. Clemson University presented the award to Stewart and Martha Spinks and Steve and Allison Spinks at a luncheon held by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at The Thornblade Country Club.  

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is very grateful to donors like the Spinks family, who sponsor many events and organizations that improve children’s education, health, wellness, and moral growth in communities where they operate. Their generosity includes scholarships, schools, arts, hunger, athletics, health care, addiction prevention & intervention, mentoring, youth clubs & associations, homes, skills, camps and of course, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

Stewart Spinks formed Spinx Oil Company in 1972 with a home heating oil delivery service and one convenience store in Greenville, SC. Today, The Spinx Company operates over 65 convenience stores in South Carolina and North Carolina and employs over 700 associates through its stores, food operations and related businesses.

About The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate exists to ignite a passion for learning – empowering all children to discover their full potential and expand their view of themselves and the world. Since opening July 31, 2009 on the cultural campus of Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, the Museum has reached over 50,000 children and families. Focusing on the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health and nutrition, and the environment, the 18 interactive exhibits are designed to encourage learning and exploration. Programs have been developed for each exhibit and every age level to stimulate creativity and stir imagination, inspiring curiosity for a lifetime. For more information on how you can make a difference, visit