Beaufort Chamber to host Civitas Awards Friday

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor 12 leading individuals, businesses and organizations in the Lowcountry on Friday during the annual Civitas Awards.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Dataw Island and will highlight 55 nominees in 12 categories.

Eight judges reviewed this year's nominees and made final selections, according to a news release.

The chamber also will hold its annual business meeting that night and look at recent accomplishments and upcoming opportunities, the release said.

New to the event this year, the chamber will recognize the 2010-2011 Teachers of the Year.