UNION — She has and continues to be a generous supporter of the community and because of that Barbara Rippy has been honored with the Caring For The Carolinas Award.
In August, USC Union Dean Alice Taylor-Colbert announced a “$50 for 50 Brick Campaign” as part of the university’s plan to build a new courtyard behind the Student Center. Taylor-Colbert said the commemorative bricks will line a portion of the new courtyard and for $50 a person can buy one of the bricks and have their name or that of a loved one engraved on it. She said that when completed the courtyard will include benches and seating for students and visitors as well as a trellis to provide them with shade.
In announcing the campaign, Taylor-Colbert also announced that the courtyard will be named the Bobby Rippy Student Center Courtyard. She said Rippy’s widow, Barbara Rippy, has pledged $100,000 to the courtyard project to honor her husband’s memory.
Barbara Rippy’s support for the new courtyard in her husband’s memory is just the latest example of her philanthropic support of her community. Those efforts were cited by Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Torance Inman when he nominated her for the Caring For The Carolinas Award. In his letter nominating her, Inman wrote:
I’m writing to recommend Mrs. Barbara Rippy to be recognized for Caring For The Carolinas. Mrs. Rippy is an icon in Union County. Before retiring, Mrs. Rippy and her late husband, Bobby, owned and operated Smith Drug Store in downtown Union for close to forty years.
Mrs. Rippy grew to love Union and its people. She appreciated the support she and Bobby received in their business from the people in Union. As a result, Barbara and Bobby made it a priority to give back to the community.
This was and is being done by sponsoring countless events and groups, such as Dixie Youth, Relay For Life, Civitan, Lions Club, Crime Stoppers, Meals on Wheels, the Chamber of Commerce, the Miracle League, the Union Health Care Foundation, and many others we do not know about.
She also provided storefront space for the Foster Parent Association for to raise money for foster children. She provided resources for the new student center at USC Union, and funds for “ESpecially Ours,” a support group of families dealing with disabilities.
There few people, if any that match Mrs. Rippy’s love and concern for Union County and South Carolina. Most everyone throughout South Carolina, from the Governor’s office to the local delegation, from industry to small business, health care to education, and even the entertainment industry have heard and felt her present and generosity.
Truly one who Cares For The Carolinas
Caring For The Carolinas is a program of WSPA Channel 7 which honors those volunteers who make a difference in their community.
Barbara Rippy was selected to receive the Caring For The Carolinas Award which was presented to her by WSPA host and Union native Jack Roper during a ceremony at the USC Union Student Center. The ceremony aired on WSPA on Sept. 1 and 2 and featured interviews with Taylor-Colbert and Inman, both of whom praised Barbara Rippy for her generosity and support of the community.