Jefferson Award Winner: Marcus Rhodes, Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

    ABC 15's Ed Piotrowski presents the Jefferson Award to Marcus Rhodes. (Pic: WPDE)

    For this Jefferson Award, our very own Ed Piotrowski was in on the surprise.

    "For all of your public service, not only in your profession, but what you do personally, so we want to congratulate you. Here you go brother," said Ed, as he handed over the Jefferson Award to Marcus Rhodes.

    "He gets into the community and does a tremendous amount of work, especially with Special Olympics, where he's helped raise nearly $1 million over the past 15, 20 years," said Piotrowski.

    "I don't feel deserving of any awards, but Ed Piotrowski's always got something up his sleeve," said Marcus Rhodes.

    Since 1993, Marcus Rhodes has committed his time to Special Olympics South Carolina.

    About 300 athletes compete in Horry County every year.

    "It's that pure sense of competition and fellowship and enjoyment that keeps people coming back year after year," said Rhodes.

    Rhodes is the director of the Horry County Polar Plunge.

    "I do it every year with him now. Him and I will get out there and do a Facebook live and just enjoy the day of raising money and having a great time," said Piotrowski.

    It is the biggest fundraiser for the Special Olympics in Horry County.

    "It's the first year that we've crested $100,000," said Rhodes.

    Rhodes is also on the state committee for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

    Agencies across the state take part to raise money, including his, the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

    "Working with Special Olympics' athletes and the Special Olympics organization is an opportunity where we can all make a tremendous difference," said Rhodes.

    "Congratulations on being the Jefferson Award winner and thank you for everything you do," said Ed.

    To nominate a member of your community for the Jefferson Award, click here.

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