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50 For a Friend

FRC event honors late Sen. Donald Holland

Posted: October 17, 2013 4:38 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Dr. Lisa Holland, the daughter of the late Sen. Donald H. Holland, is teaming up with Kershaw County’s Family Resource Center (FRC) to sponsor a memorial benefit called “50 For a Friend.”

The benefit will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Holland residence located at 1710 Fair St. in  Camden. The event is open to the public, although there is a requested donation of $50 per person. Larger donations are “welcome, needed and appreciated,” Lisa Holland said. This will be a business-after-hours type event, featuring music by Rusty Davis and a barbecue dinner.

All benefits will go to help the FRC continue its mission of helping victims of sexual violence, children and pregnant teens. The FRC serves Kershaw and Lee counties.

Sen. Holland died 10 years ago, and his daughter said she’d never found a proper way to honor him. Although Lisa Holland said she was looking for a worthy organization to honor her father’s name, the memorial benefit isn’t about him, she said; it’s about highlighting the FRC, which deserves recognition and is in financial need. As an FRC board member, Holland got the idea after she discovered that her father was honored in 2002 -- the year before he died -- by the S.C. Victim’s Assistance Network (SCVAN) for legislative support for South Carolina’s crime victims.

Sexual abuse is a hard topic to discuss, Holland said, but added that statistics show that it’s prevalent and that the FRC’s efforts go unnoticed. The FRC has great leadership too, she said. FRC Director Rosalyn Moses recently became the first person from South Carolina to receive an American Institute for Public Service’s Jefferson Award -- described as the “Nobel Peace Prize” for public service.

Holland said her father wasn’t a fan of benefits that required high levels of giving because it isolated those who wanted to give, but couldn’t give the requested amount. Those people often end up not donating anything and that’s how Holland got the idea for 50 for A Friend.

She recounted instances where her father would say “I always have a little money for a friend.” The idea is that the FRC is the community’s friend. A $50 donation will allow the FRC to partner with a large number of Kershaw County and Lee County residents, Holland said.

50 For a Friend is not a one-time event however. The FRC is currently working on a website that will have a page dedicated to 50 for A Friend, allowing people to donate anonymously throughout the year. Holland said she believes some people are reluctant to give to organizations like the FRC for fear that people might think they have been abused in some way in their past. Holland, who works as psychologist, said 50 for a Friend will “belong” to the FRC so it can continue to raise funds for itself.

Sen. Holland was born in Cassatt in 1928 and was a Midway High School graduate. He went on to represent Senate District 27, which includes Kershaw, Chesterfield, Lancaster and Marlboro counties. At the time of his death he had been the longest surviving active lawmaker in South Carolina, having worked with every governor from James Byrnes to Mark Sanford, according to Memory Hold the Door, a memorial repository associated with the University of South Carolina School of Law and the South Carolina Bar Association.


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