Ten at the Top names award, grant winners.

Seed money from Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Grant has helped more than 30 different initiatives launch across the Upstate over the last decade. Today, Ten at the Top added two more to that list at its Celebrating Successes event, held at the Greenville Convention Center.

Executive Director Dean Hybl called the grant program "a lynchpin in supporting vibrancy elevating the concept of vibrancy in our communities."

In other words initiatives that boil down to being just plain fun, added Phil Hughes of Hughes Investments.

Recipients of the $5,000 grant include the Italian-American Festival, planned by the Italian American Club of Greater Greenville, and the city of Belton's Downtown Sounds concert series.

The Italian-American Festival, a one-day event held on Main Street in Fountain Inn, is expected to host food beverage and craft vendors, as well as live music, dancing and carnival rides.

At the event, the club, sporting fedoras and traditional garb, paraded on stage with the Italian flag and passed around eclairs. They noted that Fountain Inn was selected for its quaint appeal and location near sponsor Gio's Pastry Shop, but once this festival is underway, the event could be replicated elsewhere.

"There are at least seven other clubs in South Carolina that are Italian clubs, and they all hold festivals once a year some at least twice a year," said Martino Parente, a club spokesperson. He added that with the grant, they expect to raise about $25,000 for the $22,000 festival budget.

Belton's Downtown Sounds is expected to host food trucks and musicians four times throughout next summer in the city's downtown, including Margaret Haney, a Belton...

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