WINNSBORO – Barbecue lovers and golfers, listen up: Two events planned for October have the potential to have huge impacts on Fairfield County but both require a financial contribution from you.
The 2015 BBQ, Bluegrass & Blue Jeans event to benefit the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation will be held Oct. 2 at The Farm at Ridgeway, 3428 U.S. 21 South.
Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple for the event, which is used to raise money the Foundation uses to provide Fairfield Memorial Hospital with equipment it needs but can’t necessarily afford to buy.
Participation by the community is critical, Mike Quinn, who is on the Foundation board, told those who attended the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce monthly membership breakfast Wednesday.
Quinn reminded attendees of what a previous speaker had told them: healthcare and access to critical healthcare is tantamount to helping a community be successful.
“One of the critical factors is access to critical health care and it is an important part of what makes a community grow and prosper,” he said. “Chambers of commerce, the business community, government, all of these things are what help make a healthy economy in any given area.”
Quinn provided some background on the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation – the idea was planted in 2009 and the Foundation formed in 2010 – and how much has been raised in the five years since.
The amount is staggering.
“Since 2010, we have put together about $70,000 in purchases from fundraising. In addition, we have about $41,000 in in-kind donations we have received and we also have about $50,000 in the bank,” he said. “So in five years, we have put together about $150,000 in value to the hospital. Now that’s incredible in five years. It’s the people in this room, the citizens, the corporate contributions that made it possible.”
Dawn Catalano, executive director of the Foundation, echoed Quinn’s comments, saying that all the funds raised are put right back into the hospital.
“All of that money goes directly into the hospital to purchase things for patient care,” she said.
She also said the hospital is celebrating a milestone: 60 years in business.
“The hospital has a very long history in Fairfield County. I want you all to think back to 1955,” she said. “The hospital has been in this community for 60 years. For many of you, you have a long history with the hospital, either you were born here, or you had a child here, you were treated here. We just want to thank you for supporting the hospital for 60 years.”
Catalano also introduced Suzie Doscher, the new CEO of the hospital, then showed a slideshow from last year’s BBQ, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans event.
“If you don’t think this county cares about healthcare, watch this again and then show up for the barbecue,” Quinn said afterward. “It shows you this community wants a strong hospital in this community.”
Ron Smith, vice chairman of the Chamber of Commerce board, urged those in attendance to sign up for the inaugural Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, scheduled for Oct. 19 at The Members Club at Woodcreek Farms in Richland County.
“We are going to do it a little different. It’s very exclusive,” he said of the club. “If you walk on the property and you don’t have a membership or aren’t a guest, you get escorted off the property. Golfers like that. They want to play.”
The reason for having it in Richland County is simple, Smith said.
“But why in Richland County? Because there are so many businesses in Richland County that make money off Fairfield County but they don’t live here or have locations here,” he said.
Money raised from the event will be used to fund scholarships for Fairfield County students to attend college.
“We need more money to do a lot more,” he said. “This is money that will go to pay scholarships for Fairfield County.”
The player’s fee is $100 and will include 18 holes of golf, lunch, an awards dinner and door prizes. Lunch will be provided by Barn Express. The Captain’s Choice event will have a noon shotgun start.
But Smith said they need players.
“If you know somebody who plays or if you have a business and know a client who plays, sign them up. Remember this is going to scholarships,” he said. “We really want to increase the Chamber’s input on our kids getting a chance to go to school. We need our community to step up.”
Terry Vickers, president of the Chamber, also reminded those at the breakfast that Bill and Linda Haslett will be hosting Business After Hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Congress Street Auction & BBQ, 141 N. Congress St.
For more information on the golf tournament or to RSVP for Business After Hours, call the Chamber at 803-635-4242.
For more information on BBQ, Bluegrass & Blue Jeans, call the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation at 803-608-5510.
Patricia M. Edwards is the regional editor for Civitas Media’s properties in South Carolina, which includes The Herald Independent. She can be reached at email@example.com.