GREENVILLE BUSINESSMAN RECEIVES “ANGEL IN ADOPTION” AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 7, 2017

 

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Somer Flowers, SC Heart Gallery Foundation Board Member

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GREENVILLE BUSINESSMAN RECEIVES “ANGEL IN ADOPTION” AWARD

 

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption® Program, will honor Greenvillian Clark Smith at an awards ceremony on September 26 and gala on September 27 in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) congratulated Mr. Smith for his outstanding advocacy as Chairman of South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation.

“Congratulations to our Angel in Adoption, Clark Smith, Chairman of the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation. Through his passion for video production and his heart for foster children, he has opened the door for hundreds of families looking into adoption. His impact on the lives of South Carolina’s foster care community is immeasurable.”

“The Angels in Adoption® Program is a unique annual opportunity in the nation’s Capital to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the power of adoption and the unspoken heroes who have made the dream of a family a reality for children. Since the program’s inception, over 2,600 Angels have come to Washington to share their firsthand adoption experiences with Members of Congress, highlighting its joys, as well as the barriers encountered in the process,” said Becky Weichhand, Executive Director at CCAI.

Clark Smith is being honored because his extensive background in video production, business development, and marketing has made an incredible impact on children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. Clark has chaired the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, since January 2009.  The Foundation provides media and marketing support for the South Carolina Heart Gallery, which recruits adoptive families for children in foster care. In 2014, Clark began filming live interviews with the children who attended Heart Gallery photo shoots. The ability to virtually meet the children led to a significant increase in child-specific inquiries, as well as to hundreds more potential families applying to adopt. Many foster children have been matched with their forever family simply as a result of the video interview Clark facilitated.

The Angels in Adoption® Program is CCAI’s signature public awareness event and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. This year, more than 120 “Angels” are being honored through the Angels in Adoption® Program.

The Angels in Adoption® Program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign, culminating in an extraordinary awards gala and celebration in Washington, D.C.

CCAI does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to accomplish this mission. For more information, visit www.ccainstitute.org.

 

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Have you seen us on TV?

Even as a supporter of the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation and advocate for children in foster care, I still get goose bumps every time I see one of our commercials on TV.

 

Have you seen them? If not, make sure you check them out on our website or Vimeo.

 

TV commercials are a vital, strategic channel for us to spread the word that over 690 children in South Carolina are currently waiting to be adopted. Thanks to the expertise of our Board of Directors, our commercials are seeing a tremendous impact in the number of families who are contacting the South Carolina Heart Gallery about adopting a child.

 

In fact, the South Carolina Department of Social Services recently announced the adoptions of 1,798 children since 2011—a 50 percent increase—and a reduction in the number of older foster children who choose to leave their families once they turn 18.

 

The South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation started running commercials across the state in early 2012. Think that’s a coincidence? Neither do we.

 

We’re proud of both the impact our commercials are having and the frequency they are being aired. Thanks to the generosity of our partner stations, our advertising funds are going a long way in spreading the message of our waiting children to more and more prospective families.

 

We’ve estimated that just from October to December 2013, our commercials had over 2.5 million gross impressions across the state. That’s a lot of people hearing our message!

 

So to both our partner TV stations and our supporters who make these commercials possible, we say THANK YOU!

 

The South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation supports the work of the South Carolina Heart Gallery, which is a collaborative program administered and supported by the Children’s Foster Care Review Board, Office of the Governor and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

 

Meet SC Heart Gallery Foundation Board Member: Clark Smith

Clark HeadshotClark Smith is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at KOOLFLIX, a video content production and distribution company in Greenville, SC. His experience includes negotiating a range of agreements and strategic partnerships and managing sales and marketing for both start-ups and well-established businesses. He also spent eight years as Account Executive for WHNS-TV FOX Carolina.

 

As a founding member of the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation and our present Chairman, Clark brings invaluable experience in new media marketing and business development. He is experienced in providing marketing needs for on-air, online, and social media distribution and is a driving force behind the Foundation’s marketing campaigns.

 

“I consider myself incredibly privileged to meet many of the children who are waiting to be adopted in our state,” Clark says. “Every time I sit down and interview a child in foster care, I am blown away by their potential. These kids have so much to offer an adoptive family, and I hope I can play just a small role in making that happen.”

 

In addition to his work with the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation, Clark is also CEO of the I Can Do Anything Foundation, a non-profit organization to preserve music and arts education in our public schools. In his spare time, Clark enjoys music and gardening. He and his wife, Sally, have two children.