KNOW(2) will roll out the red carpet March 9 to honor Limestone University Alum and former Board of Trustees member David Dorman for his outstanding volunteer efforts at its seventh annual Oscar(s) banquet. Two others will also be recognized for their volunteer efforts during the event at the National Guard Armory in Gaffney.
Dorman will receive the 2024 Oscar Fuller Legacy Award for his time in servant leadership and efforts to make Cherokee County a better place to live and work.
He is a certified public accountant and serves as the controller and office manager for Hamrick Mills.
Dorman, a Gaffney High School graduate, has spent 34 years involved in community service. He was recently elected to serve as a Gaffney Board of Public Works Commissioner. He is a deacon at Gaffney First Baptist Church and a founding member of Rock Solid Community Church.
He leads a weekly ministry that provides clothing, food and witness to homeless people in Charlotte. He is a frequent volunteer leader with New York School of Ministry working with the homeless in New York City.
Dorman serves as treasurer of the Hamrick Mills Foundation. He is also a past director or trustee on the board of directors for Limestone, Cherokee Children’s Home, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Palmetto Christian School.
“In the 1990s, David took a mission trip to an orphanage in Thailand called Im Jai House that provides shelter and education for children whose parents died of AIDS. He helped establish and manage a U.S. based charitable arm that annually raises $35,000 to support this important ministry,” Fullerton Fullerton Executive Director Chris Steed wrote in his nomination letter. “Most of all, David is a dependable friend and a rabid servant of his lord. He faces each day with a commitment to live his Christian faith through acts of love, piety and service. I believe David embodies the community service that undergirds KNOW(2) and is a fitting recipient of an award named for Oscar Fuller.”
Also on March 9, Lyman Dawkins will receive the Best Supporting Actor award from KNOW(2). In addition, Bessie Westmoreland will receive the Best Supporting Actress award.
Doors open at 2:15 p.m. and the program starts at 3 p.m. Dinner will follow the program.
The menu includes fresh South Carolina oysters, barbecue, sides, dessert and drinks. Tickets are $65 for an individual or $110 for a couple. Tables for eight are $600. Tickets are available at: www.know2cherokee.com.
KNOW(2) was formed to address the challenges identified in the original 2009 Cherokee County Community Indicators study. Begun as a grassroots organization, KNOW(2) became an IRS approved 501c(3) charitable organization in 2015. KNOW(2) brings together individuals and organizations to promote a growth mindset regarding education, economic development, and public health. Progress in these three areas brings reciprocal improvements to our families and safer communities.
(Limestone would like to thank The Gaffney Ledger for contributing to this article.)