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Allison Williamson receives inaugural Laura Hewitt Tiffany Scholarship

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American Red Cross of Lowcountry SC is pleased to announce that Allison Williamson was awarded the inaugural Laura Hewitt Tiffany Scholarship for her philanthropic work with the Charleston Artist Collective. 

“I am touched and honored to be the first recipient of the Laura Hewitt Tiffany Scholarship,” said Williamson. “Laura was an exemplary community leader, and the Red Cross is an outstanding organization, able to bridge social, economic and political gaps to bring people together in adverse times. It is my hope that my work with the Red Cross will further the Charleston Artist Collective's ongoing mission to give back, and make a difference, in Charleston”

Williamson, who was nominated by Red Cross supporter and Tiffany Circle member Joan Brown, is the founder of the Charleston Artist Collective. The collective is an online art gallery that sells affordable original art by local artists, donating 10 percent of each sale to a local charity.  Since its founding in 2010, the Charleston Artist Collective has given approximately $85,000 to Charleston area non-profit organizations.  

 Williamson describes how she came to create the Collective. “As an independent art dealer, I found that I had talented artists eager to step up the hours they spent practicing their craft, and an ever-expanding group of people interested in buying their work. The blending of these two discoveries resulted in a unique online gallery that shows and sells the work of the talented artists involved in the Charleston Artist Collective.  I am passionate about our community and felt it was important to incorporate the giving element into my business plan.  After five years, I couldn’t be more pleased with the positive impact we have made.”

Bill Hewitt and Tiffany member Kim Hewitt Thomason presented Williamson with her Tiffany Circle bracelet. “My mom would have loved your ambition, your innovation and especially your continual contributions to the city she adored,” Thomason told Williamson.

Laura Hewitt was a founding member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Society and a devoted member of the American Red Cross Lowcountry SC Chapter Board of Directors for 10 years. She made an incredible impact on the American Red Cross in so many ways, from her philanthropic giving to the time she devoted to the Red Cross.  In her honor, the Red Cross established the Laura Hewitt Tiffany Scholarship Fund. Contributions to this fund support the growth of the Tiffany Circle Society in South Carolina by providing an annual scholarship for a new Tiffany Circle Member.

“The Tiffany Circle Scholarship offers a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about the Red Cross, its impact in our area, the nation and around the world,” explained Williamson.

The Tiffany Circle is a community of women leaders who advance the American Red Cross mission through a focused investment of time, talent and treasure by engaging women locally, nationally and internationally.

The Tiffany Circle takes its name from the historic stained glass windows in the Board of Governors Hall at Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Installed in 1917, the windows were commissioned from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios. The windows were jointly purchased by the Women’s Relief Corps of the North and the United Daughters of the Confederacy of the South as an act of reconciliation and hope.