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The Spartanburg County Parks Department’s senior wellness initiative recently earned a statewide honor that recognizes government groups that work cooperatively on projects.
The Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award was created to highlight the growing need for regional partnerships and solutions, according to the S.C. Association of Counties, which bestows the award.
County Council Chairman Jeff Horton said the award signifies county staff’s commitment to excellence and to innovatively building partnerships.
“County staff members work every day to efficiently and effectively deliver services to our residents,” Horton said. “I could not be more pleased that they have been recognized at the state level for their hard work and dedication.”
In an effort to improve the lives of seniors, the county has garnered support and built partnerships with municipalities, foundations, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, as well as a wide variety of organizations serving seniors.
Vice Chairwoman Jane Hall, who leads Council’s Livability Committee, said as the county’s senior population continues to grow, services that help keep older residents active and engaged are becoming even more crucial.
“Addressing the needs of our senior citizens is more important than ever,” Hall said. “But one organization can’t do it alone. As a community, we must work together. In Spartanburg County, we are blessed to have staff members and community partners that work together each day to improve the lives of older residents.”
Barrett Lawrimore served on Charleston County Council from 1992 until 2004. He died shortly after being elected to serve as president of the S.C. Association of Counties.