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Brantley to be named Citizen of the Year by Boy Scouts

Posted: May 28, 2013 4:04 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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Jack Brantley

The Boy Scouts of Kershaw County will honor Aberdeen Catery’s Jack Brantley as its first Citizen of the Year Thursday at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.

Friends of Scouting District Chairman, Hank Kerfoot, of Modern Turf described Brantley as being “one of the most generous and thoughtful benefactors of our community.” After some time deliberating on who to choose to receive the honor of Citizen of the Year, the Boy Scouts finally decided on Brantley.

“He just made the most sense,” Kerfoot said. “He’s a do-er.”

Larry Parrish, the Wateree senior district executive of the Boy Scouts of America Indian Waters Council, said Brantley’s boundaries extend even further from the Kershaw County area.

“People know him everywhere,” Parrish said.

Kerfoot also mentioned Brantley’s hesitation in agreeing to accept the award.

“Jack is modest and has an aversion to recognition…when I approached him to allow us to name him as the Citizen of the Year recipient he only agreed when I explained that we would be doing so in an effort to raise money for the Boy Scouts,” Kerfoot said.

Not only will the event celebrate Brantley and his contributions to the community, it will also benefit the Boy Scouts of Kershaw County.

After losing one of its big benefactors this past year, the Boy Scouts looked for a way to fundraise the money it needed. Kerfoot and Parrish said they couldn’t think of a better way to raise the money than by honoring Brantley who has done not only so much for the community but also for the Boy Scouts.

The Boy Scouts of Kershaw County are organized in a chartered district called the Wateree District, which includes both Kershaw and Fairfield counties. During the past year, the district collected more than 2,800 pounds of food during its annual scouting food drive which was then distributed to various food banks benefiting many needy families in the communities.

The Boy Scouts hope to continue that legacy in the coming year with help from Thursday’s event.

Several sponsorship levels are available, based on donation amount. The event will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from none other than Aberdeen Catery, as well as some short words about Brantley and the Boy Scouts.

Parrish said he and Kerfoot have already received very good response to the event with local businesses such as Traders, Modern Turf, Miller Lumber Company, Sheriff Jim Matthew’s Blue Uoglobe Investigations and the Camden McDonald’s sponsoring the event.

“Participation will go to both honor Jack and benefit the Boy Scouts,” Kerfoot said. “We will be celebrating Jack and his ongoing contributions that make our community a better place to live.”

Those wishing to participate can call Larry Parrish at 803-060-2934 or by email at lparrish@bsamail.org. Reservations for the awards dinner can also be made online by visiting www.indianwaters.org and clicking on the Citizen of the Year Event, by fax at 803-750-9855 or by mail at PO Box 144, Columbia, S.C., 29202.

The evening’s activities will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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