WINGS Mama Awarded with Order of the Palmetto

The Order of the Palmetto is considered to be the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina, and we couldn’t have been more proud when our own Ginny Deerin joined the list of recipients last week. In a letter from Governor Mark Sanford, Ginny was praised for her tireless efforts and service to thousands of children in the state of South Carolina.

The first Order of the Palmetto was given by Governor John C. West in 1971 to recognize lifetime achievement and service. Ginny was awarded the Order of the Palmetto last Tuesday, December 7, at a WINGS celebratory luncheon in her honor.

Board member and WINGS supporter Chad Walldorf read the letter from Governor Sanford, which specifically commended Ginny for her ability to teach kids the value of hard work, how to cope with anger and stress, and for investing a newfound confidence into WINGS children.

“It is no small wonder that WINGS has been recognized by numerous organizations,” wrote Governor Mark Sanford. “For its best practices, and for all you have done along the way to teach thousands of kids to soar, we extend our heartfelt gratitude.”

Ginny will “take off” from her role of WINGS CEO December 31 after serving nearly 15 years in the position, and Executive Director of WINGS, Bridget Laird, will step in as her successor. We’re so proud to watch as Ginny takes off joyfully, with much contentment, and now with this honor under her wing. It couldn’t be more fitting.


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