Butler Heritage Week celebrates 30 years

The annual celebration of Butler High School, Heritage Week, returns on June 30. Despite canceling events last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Butler Heritage Foundation is excited to celebrate 30 years of commitment to the Butler campus. “I salute the past and present Foundation Board, members, and the Hartsville community for continuing to support the Foundation’s mission and vision,” said chairperson Chris Fraizer. “With your dedication, compassion, and financial generosity, the Foundation will continue the Butler High School legacy for future generations.” Heritage Week events begin on Wednesday, June 30, with Bible study at the Butler Auditorium. On Thursday, July 1, alumni will gather at the newly renovated Butler Gymnatorium for the Annual Banquet and Roll-Call of Classes. This year, the Foundation will host a social hour at 5 p.m. Get your tickets early because none will be sold at the door. The annual T.B. Thomas Golf Tourney will be at Governor’s Run in Lamar on the morning of Friday, July 2. Two other events on Friday include the Annual Foundation Meeting at 5 and the Heritage Dance at 9. Three events will conclude the week of festivities on Saturday, July 3. At 10 a.m., the Heritage Parade will travel down 6th Street in the Historic Butler District, followed by the basketball game at noon in the Gymnatorium, and concluding with the Tiger Family Tailgate at 4 p.m. in Butler Park. For details about Heritage Week events, visit the Foundation’s website (http://www.butlerheritagefoundation.org/) and Facebook page. Founded in 1991, the Butler Heritage Foundation was formed by alumni, former faculty, and interested citizens, who organized and developed plans to restore the campus of Butler High School after it was closed in 1982 (after 73 years of service). The mission of the Butler Heritage Foundation is to preserve the legacy of Butler High School by establishing a community and cultural center, and by providing and supporting diverse programs for all. The goal of Heritage Week is to celebrate the history of Butler High School while fundraising for the Butler Community Center. The Butler Heritage Foundation provides facilities for the Boys and Girls Club, Senior Citizens, and other community-developing organizations. For more information about or to support the Butler Heritage Foundation, call Chris Fraizer (843-453-1939), Sheila Squire (843-319-2982), or Jennifer Heusel (812-606-1998).

Author: Rachel Howell

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