Come-See-Me Community Service Merit Awards

Sponsored by The Tuttle Company

The Come-See-Me Community Service Merit Awards are presented to dedicated volunteers who improve our community through their selfless service and commitment to others. Nominations are submitted by community members each fall and the awardees are determined by a panel of judges. Honorees are officially announced at the annual Come-See-Me Logo Unveiling Breakfast.

Nomination submissions for the 2022 Come-See-Me Festival are now closed. If you have someone you would like to nominate for the 2023 festival, please check back in late summer/early fall of 2022.

Here are the winners of the 2022 Come-See-Me Community Service Merit Awards:

Stacey L. Anderson

Stacey L. Anderson is married to Joye H. Anderson and is a father of two, Nicholas and Noelle. Born and raised in Rock Hill, he is a product of Rock Hill School District 3 and is a graduate of Northwestern High School. A graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a BA degree in Business Management, he currently works as a Senior Business Control Manager within Global Human Resources at Bank of America in Charlotte. He is the recipient of the “Award of Excellence” and the “Making a Difference” award for outstanding leadership within the bank and for his volunteer efforts within the community. He currently serves on the Black Professional Group Mentoring Council as the Mentee Coordinator and as an at-large member of the Professional/Career Development Committee within Bank of America. His professional certifications include Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Six Sigma, and Toastmasters International Speaker. As an active member of Nazareth Baptist Church, he serves as a Deacon, choir member, and a Vacation Bible School teacher. Additionally, his community efforts expand to serving as the Vice-President, Scholarship Chair, and member of the Board of Directors of The FELLAS nonprofit organization where he was selected as the organization’s 2021 “FELLA of the Year” for his continual volunteer efforts and service within the Rock Hill community.

Courtney Denton

Courtney Denton is a 2003 graduate of Winthrop University with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. She is married to Alex and has two children, Blakely and Banks. She serves as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church and is the founder of The Life House Women’s Shelter, desiring to provide help and hope to women in need. Courtney loves our community and is committed to making it better by fostering collaboration and advocating for the homeless. Courtney serves on local boards and has helped to pioneer organizations like PATHWAYS Community Center and The Life House. Courtney’s heart for serving the needs of others is an outpouring of the mercy, grace, and love she has been shown by God. She is the author of KICKSTAND Devotionals. Courtney loves spending time with her family, Mexican food, shopping, and traveling.

Chip DiStasio

Chip DiStasio is a senior at South Pointe High School and is the kicker for the Varsity SPHS football team. Even as a young, busy student, Chip is constantly thinking of others and looking for ways to use his position and influence for the greater good. When he was younger, Chip became closely connected with the Back the Pack program by watching his mother’s leadership as a local Principal. Back the Pack feeds students of Rock Hill Schools with discreet weekend meals. Chip immediately recognized the need to help his fellow students receive food so they could focus on childhood and academics without being distracted by a lack of something to eat. When he became the kicker for SPHS, he began an initiative called Kick With Chip, encouraging members of the community to give a dollar amount to Back the Pack based on how many points he scored during home games. Consequently, he has helped raise THOUSANDS of dollars over the last 2 years, meaning hundreds of local students have received critical weekend meals because of Chip’s selfless leadership. Chip embodies the shared ideals that set this community apart from others: He’s inclusive, creative, welcoming, and passionate about serving his neighbors.

Dr. Dave Keely

Rock Hill is better because of Dr. Dave Keely’s commitment to keeping people healthier while collaborating on solutions surrounding food insecurity and racial inequality. And above all, his heart to help us be connected to one another helps make Rock Hill the special community that it is. Dave serves as the Mission & Outreach Committee Moderator at First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. His heart is to connect church members with our community and to make personal connections for others in the community as well. In this spirit of connection, Dave chairs the Tobacco Free York County Coalition and is the chair-elect for the Smokefree South Carolina Advocacy Workgroup. He is the President of Healthcare for All – South Carolina and the Core Group Secretary and steering committee member of the Faith & Health Coalition of York County. Dave coordinates the York County 5210 Initiative, encouraging all of us to eat smart and move more. He cares and works for the betterment of our community’s health and wellbeing.

Bill Perry

Bill Perry started and has served as the volunteer site administrator and coordinator for the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program’s Rock Hill site for the last 40 years. Over that period, he and his team of other volunteers have prepared federal and state income tax returns for nearly 100,000 area residents, all at no cost to them. This service has saved our low-income, disabled, and elderly citizens millions of dollars in tax preparation fees and assures that they receive every tax credit and deduction that they are entitled to. The program returns well over a million dollars in refunds to area taxpayers each year. Neither Bill nor any other volunteer receives any compensation; in fact, Bill pays for necessary supplies from his own pocket. Bill’s commitment to bettering our community has impacted thousands of lives.

Tashica Thompson

As Founder and CEO of Helping Others Progress through Education, Tashica Thompson has dedicated her life to servicing the needs of others. Redefining levels of commitment to community service through her humanitarianism and activism, Tashica has impacted thousands of lives in York County and surrounding areas. Being a Rock Hill native, Tashica has made it her mission to not only advocate for change but to be that very symbol of hope and change that we need in our communities today. Tashica attended York Technical College where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Accounting and received an Accounting Certificate. Annually, she services thousands of people through her projects such as the summer feeding program, school drives, college tours, and FoodShare. The summer feeding program provides lunches to hundreds of children during the summer. FoodShare York County is a program that offers fresh produce to individuals at a discounted rate. The most popular contribution to her community has been her annual back to school drives that her nonprofit organization hosts. Going on its ten-year anniversary, Tashica’s school drives have provided school supplies to thousands of children from elementary through college. With a deep personal commitment to strengthening communities in York County, Tashica has been an advocate for the fight against hunger, a leader in advancing education, and the very definition of what it means to believe and have hope.