Winthrop Alumni Named Come-See-Me Festival's 2016 Community Service Award Winners

March 15, 2016

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bullet point 2016 Community Service awards are given to volunteers who demonstrate selfless service and commitment to others.
bullet point Both Dalton and Echols live in Rock Hill.

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ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Harry Dalton '86 and Sylvia Echols '73 have been named recipients of the Come-See-Me Festival's 2016 Community Service Merit Award.

The awards are given to volunteers who improve the community through selfless service and commitment to others. Winners are chosen by a panel of judges and nominated by community members.

Learn more about this year's alumni winners:

Harry Dalton '86: Dalton, a passionate environmentalist and philanthropist, has spent decades working to better York County and beyond. Through the Sierra Club, he helped save Nanny's Mountain near Clover, South Carolina, and Worth Mountain near Hickory Grove, South Carolina. He is active with the Nation Ford Land Trust, the York County Community Foundation, the Palmetto Conservation Foundation and Governor Riley's Environmental Council. Dalton earned his M.A. in history at Winthrop, where he and his wife, 'Becca, established the Harry and Becca Dalton Chair for Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies.

Sylvia Echols '73: Echols has worked as a children's advocate in a variety of areas, working with businesses, nonprofits, schools and the community. Currently she works as an instructional coach for Rock Hill schools. Echols has developed a number of successful programs, including The Number 1 Question, "is it good for the children?" and Success by 6, which has expanded into the Early Learning Partnership. Her initiatives helped York County win first place in South Carolina for overall child well-being. Echols, who earned her M.A.T. in home economics at Winthrop, lives in Rock Hill with her husband, Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols '77.

Two-time winner of the S.C. Event of the Year, Rock Hill's Come-See-Me Festival is an annual spring community festival that offers nearly 80 events and activities. Visit for more information about the festival and a full list of events.

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