UNION — On the eve of its “biggest event of the year” the Union County Healthcare Foundation got some pleasant news when it recently received a $200 donation from the Union Rotary Club.
Since its founding in 1993, the Union County Healthcare Foundation has worked to secure additional funding for the Union Medical Center, Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, and the medical community of Union County. The foundation has raised that funding through a combination of charitable donations and fundraising events.
Earlier this month, the foundation received another one of those charitable donations when its director, Greta Bailey, was presented with a check for $200 from the Rotary Club.
“The generosity and critical support of Rotary allows the foundation to be able to continue to support the hospital, the nursing center, and the medical community of Union,” Bailey said. “Rotary has always been a staunch supporter of the Healthcare Foundation and without their generosity our work could not continue.”
Rotary Club President Torance Inman said that the club’s donation was in keeping with its commitment to service.
“The Union County Healthcare Foundation is a valuable asset to our medical services here in Union County,” Inman said. “The Rotary Club being a service organization proudly contributes to the healthcare foundation in that they too hold true to our Rotary motto which is ‘Service Above Self.’
Since it was established, the foundation has raised funds for a number of health care-related and other items for the institutions it helps support including
• $1 million for the construction of the new Outpatient Surgery Center.
• A down payment for the Union Transport van.
• A down payment for a new ambulance for Union County EMS.
• A fetal monitor for the OB Department.
• New equipment for the Intensive Care Unit.
• Renovations for the Pharmacy Department.
• Two printers for Patient Financial Services.
• Picture, Archiving and Communications System for Radiology.
• SiteRite PICC Line Equipment
• Cardiovascular Stress Testing System for Cardiopulmonary Svcs.
As part of its fundraising efforts, the foundation holds a number of events each year including “Shag Night,” which this year will be held Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Union National Guard Armory.
“This is our biggest event of the year, but don’t let the name fool you, it’s not just for ‘shaggers,’” Bailey said. “You can not be a shagger and still come to Shag Night.”
Bailey said music for the event will be provided by the “Band of Oz,” a group that she says not only plays “Shag” music, but also “music from the 50s and 60s right up to today’s hits. They play everything and they take requests.”
Food will also be a big part of the evening.
“We’ll have a hundred pounds of shrimp and heavy Hor d’oeuvres,” Bailey said.
The evening will also feature silent and live auctions and Bailey said the items that will be up for auction include:
• A complete set of braces donated by Dr. Gary Horvath.
• A week’s vacation at Debbi Do Plantation donated by Mr. and Mrs. Pete Berry.
• Catering for a party of 20 donated by Midway BBQ.
• Dinner for six donated by the Inn at Merridun.
• Movie passes for two for one year donated by NCG theaters in Spartanburg.
Bailey said there will also be “lots of surprises” including Carolina and Clemson items.
“There will be something for everyone in our live and silent auctions,” Bailey said.
Tickets for the event are $40 and must be purchased in advance as they will not be sold at the door.
For more information call 864-301-2466.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.