Annual School Foundation Gala

Our 22nd annual Celebration Gala was held on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at SiMT (Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology), located at 1951 Pisgah Road in Florence.  625 guests were in attendance.   J. Boone Aiken III, an attorney with Aiken, Bridges, Elliott, Tyler & Saleeby, P.A was our distinguished graduate. 

Congratulations to Hugh Pressley (West Florence High)  for being  named Florence 1 Schools' Teacher of the Year!  Amy Williams (McLaurin Elementary) was named the Assistant Pricipal of the Year and Tara Newton (Briggs Elementary) was named Principal of the Year.  We are proud of all of our outstanding educators and support staff!

Check out our video tribute to Boone! 

Many thanks to our sponsors, donors and volunteers.  This event would not be possible without you!  

Gala Sponsors




Aiken Bridges Attorneys at Law


Boone & Robin Aiken
Duke Energy
ERA Leatherman Realty
King Cadillac Buick GMC
McLeod Health



ACS Technologies Group
Advantage Academy
Adams Outdoor Advertising
Briggs Elementary School APT
Brockington Elementary School
Carrington & Barry Wingard
Carver Elementary School
Delmae Heights Elementary School
Dewey L. Carter APT
Douglas Jennings Law Firm, LLC
Dr. and Mrs. Danny Hyler
First Reliance Bank
F1S Administration
F1S Board of Trustees
Florence Toyota
Fred and Folly Carter
Friends of Boone Aiken
Friends of Robin Aiken
Greenwood Elementary School
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jebaily Law Firm
Lester Elementary School
Lucy T. Davis Elementary School
McCall Law
McGowan Rogers Law Firm
McLaurin APT
Moore Middle School
Morning News
MPD Electric Cooperative
Mr. & Mrs. William Z. Cannon
MUSC Health Florence Medical Center
North Vista Elementary School
Palmetto Peddlers
Pee Dee Federal Credit Union
Pepsi Cola of Florence
Representative Jay Jordan
Representataive Phillip Lowe
Rocky & Carolyn Pearce
Royall Elementary School
Savannah Grove Elementary School


School Friends
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
South Florence High School
South Florence High School APTS
Southside Middle School
Spherion Staffing
THE Pharmacy
Timrod Elementary School
Toledo Carolina
Wallace Gregg Elementary School
WebsterRogers LLP
West Florence High School
Williams Middle School
Wilson HIgh School

Special Thanks to Our Teacher of the Year Sponsors

Kinghorn Insurance of the Pee Dee

Donations In Honor of J. Boone Aiken III

Mr. & Mrs. Andy Beam
Bill & Kathy Bridges
Mr. & Mrs. William Z. Cannon
Dr. & Mrs. Larry Chewning
Ed & Gayle Cole
Gary & Becky Crawford
Raymond Fisher
Dr. & Mrs. C. Edward Floyd
Ben & Kari King
Mr. & Mrs. Erik Marechal
Dr. & Mrs. Cheney Meiere
Jeff, Rhonda & Bob Money
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Money
Dr. & Mrs. Jay Pearson
Roxanna Prezioso

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