SPARTANBURG — Union County philanthropist Barbara Rippy has been recognized for helping to finance improvements to playgrounds for children at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind campus in Spartanburg.
In a statement released Wednesday, the SC School for the Deaf and Blind announced that Rippy, along with J M Smith Corporation, and South Carolina Lions Clubs “were recognized for their contributions to the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind at a National Philanthropy Day luncheon in November. The luncheon was hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, South Carolina Piedmont Chapter, and held at Embassy Suites Conference Center in Greenville.”
The press release states that “the school’s foundation named J M Smith Corporation of Spartanburg their Corporate/Foundation Philanthropist of the Year; Barbary Rippy of Union their Individual Philanthropist of the Year; and South Carolina Lions Clubs their Volunteer Fundraisers of the Year.”
It states that “each of the contributors recognized played a major role in the replacement of three playgrounds on the school’s Spartanburg campus over the last year. The playgrounds were specially designed for children who are sensory disabled and represented a total healthy living investment of $684,498.“
About the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation
Founded in 1979, the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to securing resources that enable the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind to achieve its mission and goals. For more information, please visit www.scsdbfoundation.org or call 864-577-7583.
About the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind
The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. It offers pre K-12 educational programs on its main campus in Spartanburg and specialized vision and hearing services in school districts and homes throughout the state. For more information about the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind, go to www.scsdb.org or call the school’s toll-free number at 1-888-447-2732.
The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) Foundation has named Barbara Rippy (center) its Individual Philanthropist of the Year. Pictured with Rippy are Ann Akerman, CEO of the foundation, and Larry Craine of Wells Fargo Advisors.