The Yamassee District of the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America plans to honor Mayor Fred Cavanaugh with the first Distinguished Citizen Award.

The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday at the Woodside Country Club, located at Woodside Plantation Drive. A reception for Cavanaugh will begin at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

District Chairman Greg Roberts said an honor such as this has not been done by any other organization, and while the event is a fundraiser to benefit the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the award accomplishes a purpose beyond that.

“We're going to do this every year, and why not?” Roberts said. “We have a list of folks that we will be considering in future years for this award.”

The Yamassee District encompasses Aiken, Edgefield and Barnwell counties.

Roberts said Cavanaugh was an obvious choice as the recipient of the District's first citizen award.

“He's been mayor for six terms, and he was active in the Boy Scouts when he was a younger fellow,” Roberts said. “He's also a longtime resident of Aiken.”

Cavanaugh was a Boy Scout in Richmond, Va., and later served as an adult leader with Troop 110 in Aiken.

Tickets for the event will be $100 for each attendee, and all proceeds will benefit the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Business sponsorships are available and interested individuals may call the Boy Scout Council office at 706-733-5277 to make reservations.

Online reservations and secure donations will be accepted by email at or online at

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.