Inspire Awards Luncheon

Join The Children’s Museum of the Upstate as we recognize those who have worked passionately to inspire children and families in Upstate South Carolina.

May 7, 2019 
12:00–1:00pm | Doors open at 11:30am
The Poinsett Club
807 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC

As The Children’s Museum of the Upstate celebrates its tenth anniversary year, we are reminded that it takes the support and involvement of countless community members working together to spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play.

We hope you can join us for this celebration of accomplishment and recognition.

2019 Award Recipients

Champion of Children Award: Betty P. Farr - Betty Farr, a Greenville native, is known throughout our community and state as a passionate supporter of causes that affect children. At The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, she’s lovingly known as Grandma Betty, the namesake of our Grandma Betty’s Farm exhibit. Throughout the museum’s history, Betty has played an integral role as a community advocate, a fundraiser, and a storyteller during special events for our youngest visitors. Betty is currently the CEO of Greenco Beverage Company.

Community Leadership Award: Michelin North America - Michelin North America has supported The Children’s Museum since the doors opened in 2009. Together with TCMU, Michelin developed the YES! program, Youth Empowerment through Service, aimed at providing middle school students with opportunities for leadership development, personal empowerment, and community service initiatives.
In 2015, TCMU and Michelin Corporate Foundation in France announced plans for a new outdoor exhibit to open in spring 2016. Bib’s World was designed for visitors to explore sustainable mobility and how people and goods are moved within and between communities. Since opening, Michelin’s Bib’s World has welcomed over half a million visitors, making it one of the museum’s most popular exhibits.

Youth Empowerment through Service Volunteer Awards: Arnav Lal and Rachel Schultz - Arnav Lal joined the YES! program in 2014. Arnav is a senior at Stanford Online High School and does research at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine where he has had two research papers published in scientific journals. Arnav is a two-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Rachel Schultz began volunteering with the YES! program in 2013. Now a senior at Wade Hampton High School, Rachel has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for three consecutive years and is the captain of her school’s mock trial team.


Event Sponsors

Thank you to this year's sponsors!