Nancy Snowden, one of the founding lifetime members of Lowcountry Tiffany Circle, graciously joined our Tiffany Circle Hall along with her daughter Jennifer and granddaughter Sophia. The Snowden family donated $450,000 not only to honor three generations of Snowden women, but to recognize and support the mission of the American Red Cross (ARC). Inspired by a biography her Mother gave her of Clara Barton and her considerable contributions in establishing the American arm of the Red Cross. There were several notable Clara Barton focus quotes including:
“You must never so much think as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it.”
“Offering a hand up is not a hand-out.”
“It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind….I have faith in the possibility of something better.”
“I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man’s work for less than a man’s pay.” A woman before her time!
Nancy is an established leader, not only in the Lowcountry, but a leader in her field of clinical research across the U.S. A native of Florence, she became a nurse and served the Red Cross for four years in the late 70’s. She is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of NCGS, a contract research organization which was established in 1984. Nancy founded NCGS with the mission of impacting health care for the future through the development of new drugs, novel diagnostics and devices. NCGS’s philosophy is, “the research conducted on these study individuals will impact health care for the future. These future consumers may not be anonymous; they could just as easily be your parent, sibling or yourself.” NCGS has contributed to the approval of 58 new products primarily to fight cancer, infectious disease and CNS disorders.
Nancy’s passion for that mission burns as brightly today as it did 33 years ago. She constantly drives home the understanding that every piece of data is critical to the success of a trial, and the data NCGS collects can and will change healthcare for the future. As respected executive, Nancy’s passion for South Carolinians, Americans and the mission of the American Red Cross is obvious. She truly puts others above herself. Most importantly, she lives her Mother’s legacy of responsibility to share with others and teach the next generation(s) to pick up the banner of giving and helping. Her Mother’s favorite phrase, “to those who are blessed, much is expected.”
As mentioned, Nancy’s generous donation also honors two other generations in the Snowden family. Her daughter, Jennifer, was born in Charleston and is a proud mother of James Ascher. He is also the namesake of her successful clothing boutique and is a partner in one of the family businesses, NCGS Properties. Jennifer contributed her portion from the profits of this family business. In addition, Jennifer has a massive following on social media, with more than 80,000 followers on Instagram. Prior to Ascher’s birth you could also see her on Bravo’s hit show, Southern Charm.
Sophia Snowden is a third grader at Charleston Collegiate and enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her friends. Her favorite activities include gymnastics, ice skating and hiking. She appears to be emerging as a talented artist like her father. Though her Dad, Nancy’s son, cannot be part of the Tiffany Circle, he contributed his daughter’s portion of the contribution from profits of the family’s main research company NCGS, Inc. Doug is a partner in that firm.
A final quote from Clara Barton which says it all about supporting the Red Cross and digging deeper within your own soul to be a part of it and attempting to be the example to friend’s family and colleagues to have a Clara Barton kind of heart. Clara lived to be 90 and was head of the ARC up to her early 80’s. Impressive legacy.
“Although its growth may seem to have been slow, it is to be remembered that it is not a shrub, or plant, to shoot up in the summer and wither in the frosts. The Red Cross is a part of us--it has come to stay--and like the sturdy oak, its spreading branches shall yet encompass and shelter the relief of the nation.”
“Please join my family in supporting the American Red Cross.”: Nancy C. G. Snowden