UNION — Good music and the auction of an autographed football jersey helped the Union County Health Care Foundation raise more than $15,000 at this year’s Shag Night fundraiser.
Shag Night is one of a series of fund raising events held by the foundation each year to raise funds to help purchase medical equipment for the Union Hospital District. This year’s Shag Night, which was held earlier this month at the Union National Guard Armory, featured a live band, silent and live auctions of donated items, and dinner.
Catherine Childers, foundation executive director, said Shag Night 2013 was a success and attributed that success in part to the band which she said proved to be quite popular with those in attendance, many of whom danced the night away.
“People loved the band,” Childers said Tuesday. “Jim Quick and the Coastline Band provided the entertainment. They were a hit. I had a lot of people tell me they loved the band.”
Childers said the foundation raised more than $15,000 at Shag Night, with an autographed football jersey donated for the live auction bringing in the most money.
“We made a little over $15,000 with Shag Night,” Childers said. “One of the highlights of the night was the live auction of the SEC Under Armor white South Carolina Gamecock football jersey signed by SEC 2010 Rookie of the Year Marcus Lattimore. We raised $775 with the live auction of the jersey.”
Childers said the funds raised from Shag Night will go toward the purchase of a cardiovascular diagnostic stress testing system for the cardiopulmonary department of Wallace Thomson Hospital. The foundation has been working since 2011 to raise funds to purchase the system which will enable the cardiopulmonary department to provide advanced stress testing services.
Since its incorporation as a non-profit corporation in 1993, the Union County Health Care Foundation has worked to identify and secure additional funding to supplement the efforts of the hospital, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, the Union County EMS, and the local medical community in providing high quality, cost effective health care. It has secured that funding through Shag Night and other fund raising events as well as charitable donations. The foundation has used the funds raised over the years to purchase a variety medical equipment for the hospital district including the STEMI Data Transfer System used by the EMS; a Picture Archiving and Communication System for the hospital’s radiology department; and SiteRite PICC Line equipment.
Childers said she was pleased with the success of Shag Night 2013 and is looking forward to Shag Night 2014.
“I’m very happy with the success of the event and I want to thank all the individuals and businesses that donated items to our auction,” Childers said. “We are looking forward to next year’s Shag Night event on March 1, 2014 and we’re pleased to announce that next year’s entertainment will be provided by the ‘Band of Oz,’ so mark your calendars.”
For more information about Shag Night and the Union County Health Care Foundation call Catherine Childers at 301-2466.
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