Founder of BNC Honored Community Service Award
Patty Scarafile, the retired CEO of Carolina One Real Estate Services, was honored by the South Carolina Realtors® Association with the C. Dan Joyner Community Service Award. The award is given annually to members whose values represent the utmost in Realtor® professionalism, compassion, and volunteerism, and is named in honor of the late upstate Realtor® and philanthropist, C. Dan Joyner.
A Realtor® since the mid-seventies, Patty Scarafile understands the importance that housing and home ownership has on a community, and in contrast, what the lack of home ownership can mean. Having retired from day-to-day operations at Carolina One Real Estate, Patty searched for a way to use her skills to help others. That is when Bridge North Charleston was created, with the goal of creating a non-profit partnership between residents, community leaders, business, government, and existing non-profit organizations, united by and committed to a common goal to revitalize an underserved neighborhood into a safe, healthy, racially equitable, vibrant, and sustainable community.
Bridge North Charleston’s specific mission is to facilitate the holistic revitalization of the Hub Village and Accabee neighborhoods in lower North Charleston, SC. The primary focuses of Bridge North Charleston are to provide affordable housing opportunities, and scholarships to Trident Technical College to residents in this under-resourced North Charleston community.
Like she has for years in leading Carolina One Real Estate, Patty rolled up her sleeves and seized an opportunity to affect change by purchasing a parcel of land and donating it, in its entirety, to Bridge North Charleston. Her concept was to use a hub-and-spoke model centered on the construction of twenty condominiums, a mixture of two-and three-bedroom units, on a small tract of vacant property located within the HUB and Accabee neighborhoods near Azalea Drive and Cosgrove Avenue. Her vision is that the new construction would serve as the genesis of revitalization for the neighborhood, not only in housing, but in all basic needs essential to a healthy vibrant community and one that could be replicated in other underserved neighborhoods.
A 1966 graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in English, Patty Scarafile taught at St. Andrews High School before entering a career in real estate. The mother of four children and grandmother to seven, Patty resides in Mt. Pleasant and enjoys reading and traveling. For more information about Bridge North Charleston or to get involved, visit the website www.bridgenorthcharleston.org.
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