Henry Blackford and the Giving Back Awards

 

Our own Henry Blackford!  Check out the link.  Here is a copy of the Count on 2 WCBD TV 2 News report/website, by Octavia Mitchell (link above):

Giving Back Awards: Henry Blackford

By: Octavia Mitchell | CountOn2.com Published: November 16, 2012 Updated: November 16, 2012 – 10:54 AM

Every year, Charleston Magazine honors individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations whose commitments to giving back are especially noteworthy, people who are making a difference in our communities. For the past two weeks, we have introduced you to the nominees for this year’s Giving Back awards. Today, meet Henry Blackford, the recipient of the Malcolm Haven Award for selfless community giving.

Henry Blackford the third is a man of many talents, and wears many hats. For more than 35 years, the senior vice president of First Citizens Bank has donated his time to uplifting the community. Blackford says, “A lot of times at the bank they say Henry knows everybody. I don’t know everybody. I know a lot of people from the bank, but I probably know more people just from all of these years with the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, College of Charleston Foundation, and Community Foundation, and Gibbs Museum and other stuff. I love that about what I do.”

Christopher Kerigan., president of Trident United Way says, “He has a history of involvement with so may different organizations in this community. He’s so passionate. He’s so compassionate. He’s really strategic in the way he thinks, and people admire his accomplishments, and the want to follow in those types of footsteps.” Friends and colleagues say he is more than a board seat and name on letter head. Walter Seinsheimer with Dolphin Architects and Builders says, “He’s a genuine people person. He is just a people person.”

Blackford invests in education, doing what he can to make a difference. He has served on every committee at Coastal Community Foundation. Janet Newham, senior vice president of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce says Blackford has a unique way of bringing people together. Newham says, “Henry is just a great calming presence. He lets everyone and asks everyone to speak their minds, which is a great talent, and then he is able to get all of these diverse opinions, and diverse views in consensus, and that is just a talent that has helped us many many times through the years and it’s very unique to Henry.”

The 2012 Giving Back Awards will be held next Friday, November 16th at Charleston Music Hall. Tickets are on sale now, along with full details on the awards, at charlestonmag.com/givesback.

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