On July 24, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF) did something it has never done before: bestowed its first-ever corporate Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award to a corporation.
That day, in front of Lugoff Automotive, KCSF Chairman Steve Zobel presented Mark Mason of Mason Automotive Group with the award.
Jennifer McElveen Boan, Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan’s wife and an employee with Mason Automotive, said the company is committed to continuing the relationship with and support of local law enforcement.
“Not long after (Mason’s) arrival in Lugoff (in) July 2008, he immediately saw the opportunity for growth and, along with that growth, the opportunity to give back to the community,” Boan said. “As part of reaching out and giving back to the community, Mark and the Mason Automotive Group had a desire to assist in local law enforcement needs. That is how the relationship between the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Mason Automotive Group came into being. The Mason Automotive Group is proud to donate annually and, upon request of a need to the foundation, to assist in the purchase of bullet proof vests for deputies and other needs as they may arise.”
Sheriff Boan and members of his command staff were on hand for the July 24 presentation along with Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns.
Earlier, on July 17, the KCSF presented the citizens version of the Leonard Price Award to city of Camden Finance Director Debbie Courtney in honor of her late husband, David.
“David and his wife … moved here in the late 1990s,” Cleatus Ray, who nominated Courtney for the award said. “David was born and raised in Kingstree where he was on the fire board as well as a fireman for the Kingstree Fire Department. Once relocating to Lugoff, David continued his work of assisting all first responders for each sector. David was very active in the community and a strong supporter of law enforcement. During the floods of 2015, David made sure all first responders were recognized and offered free food for any that visited Gadgets of Lugoff.
“He also helped orchestrate our first barbecue cook-off with all the proceeds going to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation. Although turn-out was lower than expected and sales were nearly non-existent, he still donated $1,000 to the foundation and all the barbecue was given to Food for the Soul. David also donated money along with encouraging others to assist the sheriff’s office with purchasing bullet proof vests when they requested it.”
Ray said he felt these “selfless acts” made David Courtney a perfect candidate for the 2019 Leonard Price Award. Zobel noted in a Facebook post on July 17 following the presentation that Courtney had passed away from cancer in 2018.
On hand for the presentation in addition to his wife, were Courtney’s mother and grandchildren, as well as Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones.
The KCSF, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, named the Friend of Law Enforcement Award after the late Leonard Price, a resident of the northern part of the county who invested heavily in supporting law enforcement and education throughout the state.