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SCAngelAwardColumbia, SC: November 16, 2011 - South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond today announced the top ten Angels for 2011. The Angels were recognized at a press conference and honored with a reception in the Secretary of State's Office following the announcement. This is the sixteenth year of the Angel awards. The Angels honored represent organizations that exemplify charitable giving in South Carolina. Representatives from all organizations were in attendance to receive a plaque and recognition from Secretary Hammond. SupportOurTroops.Org was recognized as an Angel, with 98.3% of its expenditures going toward its program activities. Angels were selected by review of financial reports submitted annually to the Secretary of State's Office, as well as by nominations from the public. To be selected as an Angel, the nonprofit must devote 80 percent or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs; the charity must have been in existence for three or more years; the charity must make good use of volunteer services; and the charity must receive minimal funding from grants. Each year the Secretary of State's Office attempts to showcase Angels with diverse missions, from across South Carolina and outside the state. Secretary Hammond issued the following statement: "As Secretary of State, I have the duty of enforcing the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, and of protecting the public against "Scrooge" organizations that want to take advantage of our giving spirit. Charitable solicitations across the state have increased in the last four years because more and more people are in need of assistance. Even though times are tough, South Carolinians continue to be some of the most generous people in the nation and always answer the call when it comes to defending and helping the less fortunate." Martin C. Boire, Chairman of Support Our Troops®, was on hand to accept the award for the nationwide organization, now registered in all 50 states, and stated "We are honored for this award and grateful for the opportunity to be here to accept it. It takes a sincere, caring attitude by the Secretary of State, and a great number of hours perform the research needed to be able to properly get out the word about where people can safely and effectively donate their hard-earned money for the good of others. We are grateful for South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond for making the time to perform the useful, operative service of helping people identify good charities with which they would like to participate. The more people helping to get the word out, the more good can be done for the troops and their families."