Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – Chapin Town Councilmember Al Koon has been named the Chapin Community Foundation’s 2020 Louetta Slice Philanthropist of the Year. The award was presented during the Foundation’s Annual Groundhog Valentine's Ball over the weekend.
Koon is a native of Chapin and graduated school in the Chapin community. He then earned a degree in engineering from Clemson University. He went to work with SCE&G and eventually became a nuclear engineer at the V.C. Summer plant in Jenkinsville, SC. He stayed with SCE&G until his retirement.
From the day Koon was elected to serve on Chapin’s Town Council, he has donated his council salary back to the town. He has also been active in giving of his time and resources to Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, the church he’s attended since a child. He gives to numerous other causes including IPTAY, the sports foundation at his beloved Clemson University. If you could put a price on his time and financial contributions to the Chapin community he’s given back, its total would be measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In accepting the award Koon said, “This is the most humbling and prestigious thing that I have ever experienced. Thanks so much to The Foundation and its Board along with The Louetta Slice family for such a special recognition.”
Part of the award was a check for $1,000 to be donated to the charity of Koon’s choice. He said that would go to the Justin Pepper Foundation. According to their website at www.justinpepper.com, the Justin Pepper Foundation encourages youth to take ownership in their communities through volunteer activities and philanthropy. They recognize and reward youth who excel in volunteerism and philanthropy through their scholarship program.