Ten at the Top is adapting its annual Celebrating Success luncheon to a virtual event saluting the unsung heroes who have helped their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18, when representatives of all 10 Upstate counties will be recognized.
Given the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, the TATT board of directors felt that it was not only necessary to host the event virtually, but to take the opportunity to honor those who have remained committed to serving others throughout the pandemic, according to a news release.
“Whether they are a community volunteer, employed in an essential business or someone within local neighborhoods who has gone the extra mile, Ten at the Top is encouraging members of the Upstate community to nominate individuals who have stood out during the pandemic due to their unselfish nature and willingness to help support the wellbeing of their community,” the news release said.
Nominations are being accepted online and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Oct. 14.
In addition to their service, the only requirement for nomination is that the nominee must live or serve their vital community function within Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg or Union counties. Everyone nominated will receive recognition as an Upstate Unsung Hero, but a selection committee will choose one Unsung Hero per county to honor during the event.
“As an organization that focuses on bringing the Upstate together, we felt this event was important to honor the individuals, organizations and businesses who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to keep our community healthy, safe and strong,” Executive Director Dean Hybl said in the release. “With the number of unfortunate events that have transpired over the past few months, we wanted to take this opportunity to shed light upon and honor our unsung heroes that have kept the Upstate going, day in and day out.”
The traditional Celebrating Successes luncheon typically recognizes “businesses, organizations and individuals who help make the Upstate a leading place to live, learn, do business and raise a family.”
The virtual event is free, though advance registration is requested. In lieu of an admission charge, attendees are encouraged to make a donation to help Ten at the Top continue its mission. 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.