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Historic gathering of LPGA legends coming to Greenwood for Pro-am

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

In conjunction with the Self Regional Healthcare Women’s Health Classic, 17 of the top names in women’s golf will assemble in Greenwood for a Pro-am on May 6. The celebrity pro-am will serve to kick off the four-day Symetra LPGA qualifying tournament that week with 144 golfers and will also raise additional funding for women’s charities in the Lakelands region of South Carolina.

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Betsy King

LPGA champion Nancy Lopez was at the Foundation’s Mid-Winter Ball on Saturday night to promote the tournament. “This will be a spectacular event for golf lovers and a great way to raise funds and awareness for women’s health in the Lakelands,” Lopez said. 

The champion women golfers slated to attend include the following: Pat Bradley, Betsy King, Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon, Jan Stephenson, Hollis Stacy, Rosie Jones, Jane Crafter, Laurie Rinker, Sheri Turner, Barb Mucha, Nancy Scranton, Cindy Figg Currier, Dede Cusimano, Dawn Coe Jones, Kris Tschetter and Cindy Rarick

“We are thrilled to be able to bring these golf legends to Greenwood to lead into our tournament,” said Jim Medford, Women’s Health Classic tournament chairperson. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see both the LPGA pros and the young women competing for a card on the LPGA. “

The pro-am will take place at the Links at Stoney Point on May 6. Sponsors may play with a pro for a $10,000 donation to the tournament, which includes access to exclusive VIP events and also gift cards to use in the tournament golf shop. Anyone interested in playing in the pro-am should call the Links at Stoney Point at (864) 942-0900.

In conjunction with the Self Regional Healthcare Women’s Health Classic, 17 of the top names in women’s golf will assemble in Greenwood for a Pro-am on May 6. The celebrity pro-am will serve to kick off the four-day Symetra LPGA qualifying tournament that week with 144 golfers and will also raise additional funding for women’s charities in the Lakelands region of South Carolina.

LPGA champion Nancy Lopez was at the Foundation’s Mid-Winter Ball on Saturday night to promote the tournament. “This will be a spectacular event for golf lovers and a great way to raise funds and awareness for women’s health in the Lakelands,” said Lopez.

The champion women golfers slated to attend include the following: Pat Bradley, Betsy King, Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon, Jan Stephenson, Hollis Stacy, Rosie Jones, Jane Crafter, Laurie Rinker, Sheri Turner, Barb Mucha, Nancy Scranton, Cindy Figg Currier, Dede Cusimano, Dawn Coe Jones, Kris Tschetter and Cindy Rarick.

 “We are thrilled to be able to bring these golf legends to Greenwood to lead into our tournament,” said Jim Medford, Women’s Health Classic tournament chairperson. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see both the LPGA pros and the young women competing for a card on the LPGA. “

The pro-am will take place at the Links at Stoney Point on May 6. Sponsors may play with a pro for a $10,000 donation to the tournament, which includes access to exclusive VIP events and also gift cards to use in the tournament golf shop. Anyone interested in playing in the pro-am should call the Links at Stoney Point at (864) 942-0900.

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SAVE THE DATE: French Heritage Festival to Focus on History of Abbeville and McCormick

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

You are going to want to save the date for this special event.

The Abbeville French Heritage Festival will provide a historic window into the past of both Abbeville and McCormick with events and tours planned for April 11-13.

See an attached schedule of events and visit www.AbbevilleFrenchHeritageFestival.com for exciting information about this event.

Abbeville County, which once encompassed much of present McCormick County, including the Town of McCormick, has fascinating, well-documented and well-known Colonial, Revolutionary, Antebellum and Civil War histories. The French experience here is a vital aspect somewhat unrecognized and underserved.

The French men, women and children who came into the wilds of the South Carolina upcountry in the 1700s brought their strong devotion to freedom of religion and their refined and gracious French culture. Their descendants became leaders in both state and national life.

Highlighting and honoring French heritage and its contributions is simply polishing another beautiful fact on the history of Abbeville and McCormick counties.

Gen. Andrew Pickens of Revolutionary Ware fame owned the land where Abbeville now stands. In the late 1750s, he laid out a plan for a town. Pickens asked his friend and neighbor, Dr. Jean (John) de la Howe, owner of Lethe Plantation, to select a name for the new village. Dr. de la Howe suggested “Abbeville,” the name of the city in France from which many of fellow Huguenots had come. Pickens liked the name, and the rest is history.

The first wine made for commercial sale in American colonies was produced by the Frenchman Jean Louis Dumesnil de St. Pierre outside the Colonial village of New Bordeaux in Abbeville District. St. Pierre brought cuttings from French vineyards to start his own vineyards on the banks of Little River. He was the first colonist granted permission by the English Crown to sell wine in American colonies.

Abbeville boasts such important people and places as John C. Calhoun, the Opera House (the state’s official theatre), the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House, Burt-Stark Mansion, and the historic downtown Square. Abbeville is part of the National Heritage Corridor, and, in 2008, was named by then-First Lady Laura Bush as a Preserve America Community.

Abbeville also has the unique distinction of being both the birthplace and the deathbed of the Confederacy. On November 22, 1860, a meeting was held at Abbeville, at a site since dubbed “Secession Hill,” to launch South Carolina’s secession from the Union; one month later, the state of South Carolina became the first state to secede.
At the end of the Civil War, with the Confederacy in shambles, Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled Richmond, Virginia, and headed south, stopping for a night in Abbeville at the home of his friend Armistead Burt. It was on May 2, 1865, in the front parlor of what is now known as the Burt-Stark Mansion that Jefferson Davis officially acknowledged the dissolution of the Confederate government.

To learn more about the festival, visit http://www.AbbevilleFrenchHeritageFestival.com or call (864) 366-4600. You can pick up maps and tour information from the Chamber of Commerce located on the Square, or visit the aforementioned website for an extensive overview, a downloadable brochure, and more information.

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NEW: Local Medical Center Part of National Hub for Genetics Research

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

Self Regional announced today a partnership in genetics research that medical center President and CEO Jim Pfeiffer said will be both an economic windfall for this area and a major advance in cancer and heart disease genetics research — something of paramount importance to the active-living residents of Savannah Lakes Village, McCormick County, and those living throughout the Lakelands and Blueway Regions of South Carolina and Georgia.

The partnership, which has global implications, also includes a $5.6 million commitment by Self Regional to support the initiative. It’s all part of Self’s longtime commitment to bring advanced care closer to home.

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The new partnership will establish formal collaboration among genetic researchers and Clemson University faculty at the Greenwood Genetic Center and Self Regional Healthcare, expanding an already successful working relationship.

Self Regional has invested itself in McCormick County and Savannah Lakes Village with the hospital-owned Savannah Lakes Medical Center located in the heart of the Village. The medical center also provides plenty of local outreach in wellness education and home health services to the Village. The impact of this partnership will create an influx of data-collecting and research capabilities in the battle against various diseases that affect residents in our communities, Pfieffer said.

See Shorelines Magazine’s April edition for an SLV/McCormick area-impact story and the specific areas in which the regional referral hospital expects tremendous benefits for Savannah Lakes Village residents.

Pfieffer said this is more than just an area or statewide story of interest, but one with major global implications. Many statewide media members and dignitaries attended today’s press conference at Self’s new cancer center.

For those living in Savannah Lakes and McCormick, this provides new hope in the battle against a number of diseases. For the many property owners living nationwide who are considering moving to SLV, Pfeiffer hopes they will not only see this healthcare advancement as a major selling point for this community as a destination place for relocation, but also will note the hospital’s many accomplishments on a national scale in spine surgery, stroke care, heart care, cancer treatment, patent satisfaction and other areas. He notes how high-quality healthcare is one of the major things people look for when considering where to live.

Self Regional is the largest employer in six counties, with 414 beds and nearly 2,500 employees. The hospital is a six-time Gallup Great Workplace award winner, placing it among the top places to work in the nation, with some of the most engaged healthcare providers.

Self Regional will support the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics with a gift of $5.6 million over three years. The gift consists of an initial contribution of $2 million for the center’s facilities and a subsequent contribution of $3.6 million to support research in genetics and human diagnostics at the facility located on the Greenwood Genetics Center campus.

The center will address research and clinical opportunities in human diagnostics and epigenetic therapeutics, advancing personalized medicine for intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and disorders of the immune and nervous systems. Specific research will include molecular diagnostics and therapeutics, bioinformatics, and computational/systems biology.

Self Regional, as a research and lead healthcare partner, will support hospital-based clinical trials and will collaborate in designated research activities.

“Today’s announcement will create a new pipeline for genetic research,” said John Pillman, chairperson of the Self Regional Board of Trustees. “The collaboration of these three partners will ultimately connect genetic therapeutics research to patients.”

Pfeiffer said the partnership will accelerate the rate of innovation in genetic medicine. “This is what I call a win-win-win scenario,” he said.

Steve Skinner, director of the Greenwood Genetic Center, said such collaborations are crucial in turning research advances into clinically available therapies for patients, not only in this area, but across the state — and globally.

“This collaboration is a major step forward for patients as we combine the resources and strengths of each institution: Self’s commitment to patient care, Clemson’s expertise in basic scientific research, and our expertise with genetic disorders and treatment,” Skinner said.

Self Regional and the Genetic Center have had an affiliation agreement since 1975, with the Genetic Center’s clinical faculty serving as the Department of Medical Genetics for Self Regional.

Clemson University President James P. Clements said the announcement brings us a step closer to moving basic discoveries in human genetics from a research environment to a clinical setting, where they can be used to diagnose and treat genetic-related human disorders.

“Clemson is proud to be part of this important collaborative effort, and we’re grateful to Self Regional Healthcare for its support of our research efforts at the Greenwood Genetic Center,” Clements said.

Clemson’s Steve Kresovich, the Coker Chair in Molecular Genetics, is responsible for overseeing research programs and managing collaborative activities between Clemson faculty and personnel at the partner institutions.

Kresovich said this unique partnership will catalyze the development of a regional research hub for human genetics, clinical activities, and provide unique training opportunities for students.

“Each group brings visions and capabilities that complement each other and will allow for the rapid establishment of truly integrated and trans-disciplinary research teams working on challenging medical problems of importance to many stakeholders in our region,” Kresovich said.

Today’s announcement marks Clemson’s third significant development at the Greenwood Genetic Center. In June 2013, Clemson announced it would build a 17,000-square-foot research and education center in human genetics on nearly 15 acres donated by Greenwood County and the Greenwood Commissioners of Public Works..

The Clemson Center for Human Genetics will expand the college’s genetics programs, create an internationally competitive research and development team, and expand research capabilities at the Greenwood Genetic Center’s J.C. Self Institute.

And, in November, Clemson established the Self Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Human Genetics. Jointly funded by the Self Family Foundation and the State of South Carolina, the endowed chair will advance development of novel therapeutics to treat genetic disorders at a cellular level.

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Golf Legend Nancy Lopez to make special appearance at Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Mid-Winter Ball

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

One of the guests to the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Mid-Winter Ball will be world-renowned golfer Nancy Lopez. 

Lopez, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, is attending the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Mid-Winter Ball to award a Pro-Am golf experience package to one lucky bidder at the ball’s silent auction. In addition to golf for three, the package includes a $200 gift certificate and lunch for each player. The players are also invited to a VIP “Meet the Pros” reception and Pairing Party. The package is the donation of the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Charity Classic organizers Jim and Denise Medford, who own the Links at Stoney Point.

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“I can’t think of a better person and a better way to highlight the upcoming golf tournament,” said Jim Medford. “Nancy is a sports icon and symbolizes what this tournament is about. We are honored to have her present the package, and come to Greenwood to build excitement for the upcoming LPGA Symetra Tour event.”

In addition to the golf experience package, Lopez is donating a staff bag, which she will autograph to the winning bidder of a separate auction.

The Self Regional Healthcare Women’s Health Classic will be held May 5-11 at the Links at Stoney Point and includes a four-day LPGA qualifying tournament with 144 golfers, a Pro-Am, and a host of other special events throughout the week. Charitable proceeds will benefit Self Regional Healthcare’s women’s health initiatives and women’s charities in the Lakelands region.

Jack Schwartz, Executive Director of the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation, said Lopez’s visit and the addition of the golf package is an added highlight of the sold-out ball. “The Mid-Winter Ball is always a spectacular event and this golfers’ dream package will be extra icing on the cake,” said Schwartz. The golf experience package has an approximate value of $5,000. “This will go a long way toward helping us reach our fund-raising goal,” said Schwartz.

The foundation’s Mid-Winter Ball raises approximately $100,000 each year to support special programs and equipment purchases at Self Regional Healthcare. This year’s proceeds will support the Self Regional Healthcare Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The 2014 ball chairs are Jenni Shingler and Jane Dean; the honorary chair is Martha Dunlap, and the silent auction chair is Jane Marshall.

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McCormick Republican Party Dinner to Feature State Treasurer

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

The McCormick County Republican Party will sponsor an Italian dinner at 6 p.m. March 13 at the Long Cane Center in Hickory Knob State Resort Park. 

ImageThe evening will include several informative speakers. The featured speaker is State Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Loftis is a native of Lexington County and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is a business owner and, in 2000, Loftis founded – and is a benefactor – of the Saluda Charitable Foundation, which focuses on aiding education, nutrition and medical care to children, especially those with disabilities. 

The state treasurer is the “private broker” for South Carolina. He is responsible for the investment, cash management and safe keeping of the State’s general and restricted funds and the assets of the South Carolina retirement system. He is responsible for $40 billion in state assets. Loftis is also vice-chairman of the State Budget and Control Board.  

Loftis is expected to speak on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on South Carolina finances and other pertinent topics.

Also speaking will be Sheri Few. She is a candidate for South Carolina Superintendent of Schools and was the South Carolina director for Michelle Bachman’s 2012 presidential bid. She is also president of Parents Involved in Education, a nonprofit founded in 2000. She hopes to lead a return to education principles that worked in this country for more than a century.

State Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore will also speak, and RNC representative, Hope Walker will give her insights into the upcoming mid-term elections.

The meal for the evening is lasagna, salad, garlic bread, tea and dessert. Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained by contacting Ruth Obermeyer at (864) 391-3321 or Cathy Gibbons at (864) 391-8671.

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‘Speaking with Same Voice’ About Your Community

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

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Heather Jones, economic development director, gives the keynote address at the annual Chamber dinner.

 

By Greg Deal | Shorelines Magazine Editor & Publisher

The McCormick County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner meeting provided a wealth of high-quality information about helping our county grow. It all starts with recognizing the positives this area currently offers, and “speaking with the same voice” about the value of McCormick County as the “Gem of the Freshwater Coast.”

Guest speaker Heather Jones, economic development director, echoed what Chamber Board of Directors Chairperson Kirk Smith discussed in his State of the Chamber address. Smith talked about where we are headed with the Blueway project (which focuses on the wonders of nature in the region), the Rails to Trails Project, and other outdoor enhancements to the quality of life in the McCormick County and Savannah Lakes region. Smith also thanked business leaders, state and local representatives, and many others for working hard to present a positive image of the community, the lake-borne recreation and the downtown areas.

Jones has spent years in economic development, and she spoke with one voice in calling others to do the same when it comes to the community. She said we, as a county, must leverage our strengths, get on the same page and speak with the same voice. These are among the “current” things people can do to enhance the image of the area and sow the seeds for growth.

She also said it is very important for business and community leaders — and residents — to speak in a positive voice about the area. She said you never know if the person you are talking to might just be a prospective business owner or investor. In that respect, all of us are selling McCormick County and SLV. Jones also said we need to think regionally, but in a different context: We should not be afraid to seize multi-county opportunities that enhance quality of life for both counties and forge quality inter-county relationships.

As for future growth, Jones broke things down into four areas: 1. Get the product ready; 2. Get the people ready and prepared with skills, education and training; 3. Get the processes ready (things should be streamlined, site-ready and business friendly, with low risk). 4. And get funding in line to prepare — and support — future growth. She said we should align priorities with future growth.

Jones said that rather than complain about what needs to be done, we should all “suit up, get in the game, increase the score, and win economic development.” We can all make a contribution somewhere to improve the quality of life and the attractiveness of the county as a place to live and do business.

Speaking with the “same voice” and “telling the same story” about the county and Savannah Lakes Village have been a major priorities of SLV Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kirk Smith, who touts our area’s wonderful natural resources and its history as being prime selling points for this region.

The event took place at the McCormick Senior Center and was emceed by Chamber Director Anne Barron, who honored friends of the Chamber who recently passed away.

 

 

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Mid-Winter Ball Will Have Touch of Southern Elegance

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2013 by lakelandsmemories

Mid-Winter Ball Will Have Touch of Southern Elegance

The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s 26th annual Mid-Winter Ball will take place Saturday, March 1. This signature community event will feature a theme of “Moonlight and Magnolias, An Evening of Southern Elegance.”

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The 2014 Mid-Winter Ball features, from left, Honorary Chairperson Martha Dunlap, and Co-Chairpersons Jenni Shingler and Jane Dean.

Title sponsors are Greenwood Capital Associates and Countybank. Jane Dean and Jenni Shingler are co-chairpersons. In preparation for this premier black tie event, it was also announced that Martha Dunlap will serve as the honorary chairperson.

“A pillar of the Greenwood community, Mrs. Dunlap’s influence and participation in many of the past Mid-Winter Balls made her a natural choice,” said Chip Stockman, chairman of the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees. “It is our honor having her serve in this role.”

The event will be at The Little River Multicultural Complex in Hodges and has been sold out the past four years.

“Guests can anticipate an elegant evening with elegant Southern décor,” Shingler said. “In addition, guests will be invited to enjoy a succulent, Southern-inspired menu and dancing to returning band sensation Sleeping Booty. Both Jane and I look forward to a delightful evening supporting Self Regional’s mission of bringing advanced care closer to home.”
Since its inception, the Mid-Winter Ball has raised more than $2.6 million for Self Regional Healthcare. Tickets for the ball will be available beginning in December. For additional information, visit SelfRegionalFoundation.org or call the Foundation office at (864) 725-4256.

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Volunteers Needed for Lander Therapeutic Horse Riding Classes

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2013 by lakelandsmemories

Volunteers Needed for Lander Therapeutic Horse Riding Classes

Lander University is seeking volunteers to help with a 10-week spring horse riding session for special needs adults and children that begins Feb. 4 and runs through April 17.

ImageClasses, which are an hour long, are every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Classes also take place most of the day on Wednesdays (from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.); however, these times are not yet set.

Volunteering for Lander Bearcat Therapeutic Riding counts toward community service hours required by many service organizations.

Three volunteers are needed for each rider (two side walkers and a horse handler). Side walkers walk beside the rider, assisting him or her with skills and games taught in class, and to provide support for riders with poor balance. Horse handlers lead the horse during the therapeutic riding class. Volunteers do not need horse experience to volunteer. You will be trained for whatever job(s) you are interested in.

Volunteer training takes place from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Equestrian Center Classroom. From 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 2, at the same location, a horse handler will conduct training for those interested in leading the horse during classes.

If you are interested and can dedicate your time to one or more classes, Lander would greatly appreciate your time and support.

Riders enjoy meeting and interacting with their volunteers as much as they enjoy riding their horse, and volunteers make many new friends among both the riders and fellow volunteers.

Providing therapeutic riding for adults and children with special needs is a team effort, and we hope you can be part of the Bearcat Therapeutic Riding team!

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CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES: Two Musical Performances

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2013 by lakelandsmemories

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES: Two Musical Performances

 

Enjoy music? Looking for something to get you in the mood for the holidays? Seeking some enriching cultural opportunities?

 

Lander University, near Uptown Greenwood, has two musical performances in early December.

 

Holiday music lovers should make plans to attend the Lander University Wind Ensemble’s Tuesday, Dec. 3 show.

 

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The performance, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, will feature not only “Variations on We Three Kings,” by American composer Al Cobine, but also American composer Claude T. Smith’s arrangement of “Greensleeves,” “Valse des Fleurs,” from The Nutcracker, by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky, and “Radetzky March,” by Austrian composer Johann Strauss.

 

The inclusion of “Italian Holiday” in the program, as well as “Prelude to Act I of La Traviata,” by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, means that Italian opera music will be in evidence, too.

 

The ensemble’s woodwind players will be on display in “Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines,” by British composer Ron Goodwin, which was orchestrated by Lander music major Patrick Buchanan. “Chorale for Brass and Percussion,” by Czech-American composer Vaclave Nelhybel, will provide an opportunity for the other members of the ensemble to shine.

 

 “Peterloo Overture,” a challenging rhythmic and harmonic selection by British composer Malcolm Arnold that ensemble director Dr. Reed Gallo said he has “always wanted to do,” is also in the mix.

 

Gallo, an assistant professor of music at Lander, promised an evening filled with “a lot of happy, feel-good music.”

 

The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Guest artist Mark Rapp will join the Lander University Jazz Ensemble for its Thursday, Dec. 5 concert.

 

The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium.

 

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Rapp, who has been called one of the “top emerging trumpeters” by Downbeat Magazine, has recorded four albums, including the critically acclaimed “Token Tales.” He has played frequently with Lander associate professor of music and saxophonist Dr. Robert Gardiner, who directs the ensemble.

 

Rapp will take the lead on the Miles Davis classic, “Blue in Green.” He will also play on “Ginger Bread Boy,” by Jimmy Heath, and “Every Day I Have the Blues,” by Memphis Slim.

 

The diversity of the program reflects Gardiner’s belief that jazz can take many forms. The selections run the gamut from the slow and expressive “In a Sentimental Mood,” by Duke Ellington, to the up-tempo “Una Mas,” by Kenny Dorham. Swing rhythms can be heard in “Haitian Fight Song,” by Charles Mingus, while African and Cuban rhythms permeate “Afro Blue,” by percussionist Mongo Santamaria. “Them Changes,” written by Buddy Miles and covered by Jimi Hendrix, among others, is also in the mix, as is “Orange Colored Sky,” released as a single by Nat King Cole.

 

Other selections include “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum,” by Gardiner idol Wayne Shorter, and “Out of Nowhere,” the jazz standard by Johnny Green.

 

Gardiner said he was motivated by the desire to “introduce the students to songs they should know as aspiring jazz musicians.”

He said he was pleased with the talent of the group. The members may be young, he said, but “they’re really good.”

He invited music enthusiasts to turn out for a “great evening of music.”

The concert is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

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Pretty In Pink 2013 Becomes A ‘Funraiser’ For Breast Cancer

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2013 by lakelandsmemories

Evening Will Feature Breast Cancer Survivor Alice Turner and Survivor Fashion Celebration

Pretty in Pink, the area’s largest breast cancer awareness celebration, is back for a third year with a revamped program that is designed to help screen low-income women for breast cancer. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Greenwood American Legion at 5:30 p.m. and is a ticketed event.

“The 2013 Pretty in Pink is a going to be a ‘funraiser,’ to help the women in our area who need a mammogram but can’t afford one,” said Julie McDade, Self Regional Healthcare Cancer Center Manager. “We’re going to have all the fantastic and fun elements our ladies have come to expect from Pretty in Pink—a survivor fashion show, inspirational speakers—and we’re adding in a special, seated dinner accented with pink champagne.”

Tickets to Pretty in Pink are $15 (advance) and $20 (door) and can be reserved or purchased by calling Oncology Navigator Katie Davis at (864) 725-5977 or emailing kdavis@selfregional.org. Cash and checks are accepted, and attendees will be given a tax receipt for their contribution. All attendees are encouraged to wear pink to the event.

The featured speaker for this year’s event is Alice Turner, a breast cancer survivor and healthcare executive from Trident Health in Charleston. Ms. Turner is president of the Dragonboat Charleston Board and enjoys participating in dragonboat races, which are fund-raising events for cancer research and treatment. She has family in the Lakelands region, including brothers Allan P. Turner, M.D. and W. Preston Turner III, M.D.

The event will also include a survivor fashion show featuring about 10 local survivors featuring the latest fall fashions from Kohl’s Department Store in Greenwood and accessories from the Designed by Nature boutique at Self Regional.

“The survivor fashion show if one of the ‘aha’ moments during our Pretty in Pink celebration,” said Ms. McDade. “Watching these courageous women walk a runway and share details about their battle with cancer leaves you with this amazing, uplifting feeling. You realize that cancer may be able to take your hair and temporarily disrupt your life, but it can’t steal your spirit.”

The Self Regional Cancer Center is underwriting the cost of Pretty in Pink, so all ticket sales will go directly to the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Cancer Fund, designated for mammograms.

“As funding for breast cancer prevention for our area has dwindled over the past few years, we have seen cases when women who need a mammograms have difficulty finding a funding source,” said Jack Schwartz, Executive Director of the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation. “As the healthcare provider for the region, we want to make sure women have access to the resources they need to aid in early detection, which has shown to improve outcomes.”

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