The Clyde W. Port Catalyst Award recognizes nonprofit organizations in Horry and Georgetown counties that have exemplified vision, creativity, leadership, and commitment in addressing critical community issues. The award, created in honor and memory of Clyde W. Port, was established by the Board of Directors of the Waccamaw Community Foundation in 2008. A longtime resident of Horry County, Mr. Port was a founding member of the Waccamaw Community Foundation and the United Way of Horry County. He was active in other charitable and civic organizations that included Coastal Carolina University, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Strand Sertoma Club, Leadership Grand Strand, and the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, among many others. The Clyde W. Port Catalyst Award is presented to nonprofit organizations that identified and effectively responded to an important present-day dilemma, mobilizing their own resources and the resources of others to improve the community.
The criteria for the award correspond to the Waccamaw Community Foundation’s belief that vision, innovation, collaboration, and cooperation are necessary ingredients to enhance the communities we call home.
What effort could be more vital to our community than the preservation of our water system? (Download the full Press Release.)
The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program
Winyah Rivers Foundation was founded in 2001 by a group of Carolinians seeking to ensure a clean and ample supply of water for all human and natural uses. Its mission is to protect, preserve, monitor, and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. Focused on the Waccamaw River watershed due to pressures imposed on it from rapid growth in our area, the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program educates and engages the local community in the protection of this important natural resource.