GREENVILLE, S.C., May 14, 2014 – Elliott Davis was awarded the 2014 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award, the highest honor presented by the state in the arts, at a State House ceremony held May 8. The firm was one of 150 organizations nominated for the award in the business community category. Rick Davis, Managing Shareholder, was escorted to the podium to accept the award by Representative Phyllis Henderson and Senator Ross Turner.
“We believe it is a privilege and a responsibility to support the arts,” said Davis. “This has always been a priority for the firm and an inherent part of our corporate culture. The arts do more than just entertain – they inspire, challenge and educate us. We are proud to have a positive impact on an arts community that benefits all South Carolinians.”
Alan Ethridge, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) in Greenville, South Carolina, describes Elliott Davis as a tremendous supporter of the arts. “The firm has been a generous corporate sponsor of the arts for many years. Since 2004, principals of the firm have been active members of the MAC Board of Directors, and three of these individuals served as Treasurer. Elliott Davis has also been a corporate participant in Campaign for the Arts, a workplace giving program for the MAC grants program, since its inception in 2002.”
Employees of Elliott Davis actively contribute, committing time and talent. The firm sponsors numerous arts organizations and contributes financially to support initiatives in the Upstate, Midlands and Lowcountry. Last year, Elliott Davis dedicated 40 percent of its philanthropic budget to visual and performing arts organizations and programs throughout South Carolina.
“Elliott Davis has been a very generous corporate sponsor of events in Greenville, such as Artisphere and Greenville Open Studios,” said Ethridge. “However, the firm’s leadership and employees truly understand the importance of the arts to the vitality of the entire state, even in locations outside its footprint. Elliott Davis supports the arts throughout South Carolina, including the South Carolina Philharmonic in Columbia and the Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts Center.”