Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation welcomes new board members

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation (GKF) is pleased to announce its new board members for 2013: Julian Smith, Joshua Broome, Jack Hall and Alex Jackson.

Julian Smith has served as race director for the Cooper River Bridge Run for the past 20 years and was named race director of the year three times. He is also a consultant at Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital, Second Sunday and the Turkey Day Run.

Joshua Broome is a graduate of the College of Charleston, and has also studied at Harvard University and Babson College. He now owns two successful Mellow Mushrooms, with plans to open a third in Summerville.

Jack Hall is president and CEO of the Stratygic Group and past president and CEO of Aero Products International. He has also served as president of Sunbeam International and Executive VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Revlon Brands.

Alex Jackson Alex is a native of Charleston, living with a spinal cord injury since he was nine months old. Alex is a writer and editor in the Public Affairs office at the Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR).

Existing board members include Tommy Baker, Baker Motor Company; Benny Firestone, Legacy Wealth Management; Bill Hall, Halls Chophouse, Larry Leckenby, The Citadel Athletics Department; Catherine Price; Dean Riegel, Atlantic Occupational Health; Joseph Riley III, Mass Mutual Financial Group; Dana Scarborough, Atlantic Coast Advisory Group; Jim Smith, Atlantic Coast Advisory Group; Peter Alan Smith, The College of Charleston; Paul Steadman, The Steadman Agency and Jerry Wigger, Wigger Law Firm.

The GKF is a public charity established to help students with disabilities reach their secondary educational goals. By awarding scholarship assistance to Lowcountry students, the GKF helps make “Education Within Reach” for South Carolina undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a college education despite physical limitations. To qualify, a student must be hearing, sight, or physically impaired. The foundation is proud to have awarded 61 scholarships at the College of Charleston and two scholarships at Charleston Southern University.

The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation’s major fundraiser, the Charleston James Island Connector Run, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2. All the proceeds will fund future scholarships for students with special needs.

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