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N.C. philanthropist to be speaker for Baruch Society members' dinner

Posted: November 9, 2010 4:31 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The third annual Baruch Society Members’ Dinner is scheduled for Thursday at The National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. The Baruch Society was established in 2008 by the Hospital Foundation to recognize and thank its faithful supporters. Those making an annual contribution of $1,000 or more since the last dinner receive an invitation to attend the annual members’ dinner.

“Over the last three years, the number of donors making annual gifts of $1,000 or more has grown considerably. And so, too, has the foundation’s capacity to provide meaningful support to KershawHealth,” said Joseph Bruce, executive director of the foundation.

This year’s guest speaker will be Marion Liddell McMillan Jr. A retired investment banker and broker with Citi Smith Barney in Spartanburg, McMillan and his wife, Jo Ann, live in Tryon, N.C. He was the founding chairman of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation and chaired its precedent-setting “Campaign that Matters.” Research Magazine has named McMillan to its prestigious “Broker Hall of Fame,” and in 1994 he was named “Upstate Philanthropist of the Year.”

A former member of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, he has also led the boards of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, the Church of the Advent Foundation, Spartanburg YMCA, S.C. Association of Securities Dealers, Gardner Webb College and Spartanburg Day School.

In addition to sharing his knowledge as a seasoned capital campaign chair, McMillan will speak personally about his own experience as a philanthropist.

He joins a distinguished list of Baruch Society guest speakers. Last year’s speaker was Steven J. Thompson, senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine and founding CEO of Johns Hopkins International. At the inaugural dinner in 2008, the speaker was Dr. Albert Baruch Mercer, MD, grandnephew of the hospital’s original benefactor, Bernard Mannes Baruch.

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