Trident United Way’s Women United Award winners praised for their power of resilience

October 13, 2021

Accomplished women from across the Tri-County got together to celebrate three special community leaders who are making a difference by honoring them as 2021 Women United Award winners. Back from a one-year in person absence due to the pandemic, the theme was appropriately titled “The Power of Resilience.”

Anne Forest, CEO of Seacoast Supply and Women United’s Steering Committee chair, hosted the event. She presented the awards to Lana Kleiman of Charleston Legal Access, Reagan Smith of the Humanities Foundation and Cathy Almquist of Trident Tech.

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“The women in this room take on projects when they didn’t have time or could have done something for themselves instead,” Forrest said. “I find that doing that, saying yes, can lead to the most exciting, sometimes challenging, rewarding and gratifying experiences of our lives.  Seeing how our efforts can help lift others up is, to me, one of the most satisfying parts of being involved with Women United.”

Kleiman received the Nonprofit of the Year Award, Smith received the Hands-on Hero Award and Almquist received the Role Model of the Year Award.

“Our award winners reflect resilience,” said Chloe Knight Tonney, Trident United Way President and CEO. “Their connection to Trident United Way and the neighbors they serve impact our community now and will do so for generations to come. Women United has a prestigious history reflecting a decade of illustrious community leaders.”

Women United is Trident United Way’s engaged network at of philanthropic leaders committed to improving education, financial stability, and health through giving, advocacy, and volunteerism. Members pledge an annual gift of $1,000 or more to Trident United Way. As a group it is more than 650 women strong.