Sumter community celebrates the best it has to offer


The Sumter Item hosted its annual Best of Sumter red carpet winners' celebration gala on Tuesday, April 30, at Sumter Original Brewery. More than 500 winners, their co-workers, community leaders, friends and colleagues gathered to support all the greatness going on across Sumter County. A welcome message was given by Tami Nix, president of Archway Academy, the event's title sponsor. Other sponsors and local businesses that made the night possible include Builders FirstChoice, Dixie Products, Epps Orthodontics, S.C. Speaker of the House Murrell Smith, Santee Wateree RTA, Tandem Health, Tanners Gas Station, Wright Way Plumbing, A Ring Around the Roses, DJ Howie D Entertainment DJs and Mayo's Suit City. To see and share even more, go to