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Former S.C. Board of Education chair among those honored at Penn Center gala

The former chairman of the S.C. Board of Education, a longtime executive director of Penn Center and a library at the University of North Carolina became the latest inductees into the Penn Center's 1862 Circle on Saturday night.

Louis Dore, John Gadson and the University of North Carolina's Wilson Library were honored during the center's 9th annual 1862 Circle Gala at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island. The award draws its name from the year of Penn Center was founded, organizers said.

Dore, a Beaufort attorney who served as chairman of the state Board of Education, said he was proud to be honored by an organization that has done so much for education in Beaufort County and across the Palmetto State.

"The state of South Carolina owes the people of St. Helena Island a debt it can never repay," he said.

The 1862 Circle was created in 2003 to honor "leaders who embody the spirit of Penn Center and who serve as national advocates for the enduring history and culture of the Sea Islands," according to event organizers.

Roland Gardner, the CEO of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services who was inducted last year, said this year's honorees certainly fit the bill.

"These are inspiring leaders who continue to help shape a bright future for Penn Center as we move through these difficult economic times," he said.

Past inductees include author Pat Conroy, actress Phylicia Rashad, U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings and artist Jonathan Green.

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