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DAR scholarship luncheon benefits local women, high school students
Linda Hawkins served as the guest speaker at the Hobkirk Hill Chapter DAR scholarship luncheon. Hawkins spoke about the history of her antique American dolls from 1850 to 1950. - photo by Tenell Felder

On Valentine’s day, Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted its inaugural scholarship luncheon.

Last year, the DAR provided five $500 scholarships for five local young women. Recipients of the scholarships attended Francis Marion University, Furman University, College of Charleston, Columbia College and the University of South Carolina.

Two recipients were from Camden High School, one from Lugoff-Elgin High School, one from North Central High School and one from the Tamassee DAR school. Tamassee was founded in 1919 by South Carolina DAR to provide education to children in the Blue Ridge mountains.

"This is a reflection of the Camden community and how much it cares. It is so supportive of events and projects, especially those that support young people and education," said DAR Regent, Paddy Bell.

During the luncheon, regent of Sumter’s Home Chapter DAR and SC District V Director Linda Hawkins presented guests with "100 Years of Dolls in America."

Hawkins has more than 300 vintage and antique dolls in her personal collection.

The presentation showcased Hawkins’ dolls from the 1850s to the 1950s.

"If you’re born a doll lover you remain one," said Hawkins during her presentation.

Guests also bought their own antique dolls to showcase at the luncheon. Some dolls on display dated to the 1800s.