The Charleston Exchange Club’s “Man of the Year”is part of a husband-and-wife team dedicated to community service, and both are looking forward to this year’s Coastal Carolina Fair. Local attorney Bob Lowe was named at the group’s banquet earlier this summer. His wife, Gwen Lowe,was named the Evening Exchange Club of Charleston’s “Exchangite of the Year,” and in state-wide competition of 20 club finalists as the South Carolina Exchangite of the Year. Bob Lowe, who has been with the Exchange Club since 2006, serves on the Board of the Coastal Carolina Fair and also is its general counsel. For this year’s fair, which starts Oct. 29, one highlight will be an appearance by Julianne Hough of “Dancing With the Stars” fame. “We’re hoping for a great turnout,” he said.
This will be the 53rd version of the fair. More than $550,000 in grants from last year’s fair went to 59 charities in the local area, as well as to scholarships. Lowe, who practices law in Charleston, received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas. He was an Air Force fighter pilot and flew as a member of the Texas Air National Guard while he was in law school. He later flew fighter jets for the District of Columbia Air National Guard. He also serves on the National Exchange Club Committee on Jurisprudence and Laws.
Gwen Lowe has been involved in numerous assistance groups, including collecting school supplies for the Teachers’ Supply Closet, collecting cell phones for Soldier’s Angels, and discarded eyeglasses for seniors. She also has volunteered for LowCountry Orphan Relief and aided efforts behind the prevention of child abuse, which is the national initiative of all Exchange clubs.