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Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County thanks volunteers

Posted: December 3, 2013 5:43 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

"The Community Medical Clinic (CMC) held a festive 15-year anniversary party on November 14 at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Four hundred community supporters were invited to a red carpet awards show. Their collective efforts represent a community resolve that has provided health care to more than 5,000 Kershaw County patients from 1998 to 2013. This event was a thank you to clinic volunteers who have unselfishly given their time and financial assistance.

The CMC is a vital component of Kershaw County where one in five goes without medical care. The board of directors is grateful for local support which enables the CMC to provide free medicine and health care to uninsured residents of Kershaw County.

CMC Awards were presented for 15 years of continuous service while Milestone Awards recognized individuals and organizations that have helped the CMC expand its capacity and programming. All of the awards were cedar bird houses, meant to represent homes for soaring spirits.

"Guests were photographed on the red carpet. The designated attire was "Swank." Kristen Cobb, of the swank police, announced the winners, Dr. Stephanie and Ed Burgess from Columbia, swankiest couple; Mary Virginia Clark, Camden, swankiest female; and Larry Ackwood, Elgin, swankiest male.

Mistress of Ceremonies and clinic volunteer Joy Claussen Scully kept the program moving along. Her opening number was "Here We Are Tonight."

Then, Camden Mayor, Tony Scully, toasted the audience with, "Here’s to Us." Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise welcomed the assembled and promised not to sing for their listening pleasure.

The Frontline Bethel Worship Center performed "I Give Myself Away" and Sam Dennis with the Abundant Life Fellowship Chorale sang "Every Praise is to Our God." Festivities concluded when the audience joined in with a joyous round of "The Best of Times."

Board member Steve Van Horn liked the idea of having an upbeat party. He said he was "grateful that there was such a huge turnout. The positive feedback is terrific."

Volunteer Josephine Hunter said that she appreciated ‘the fellowship and the entertainment." Luminaires lighted the way up the outside steps with the names of 18 volunteers who have passed away since the CMC opened. It seemed appropriate that that they were also honored.

Thank you notes from patients were mounted on a message board in the lobby. The following sentiments spoke volumes: "Thank you- You saved my life. This is the best and most wonderful place in the world." and "Thank you for being so kind, considerate and generous with your time and your skills. I appreciate everything you do for me and for our community." Ed Burgess, half of the swanky couple from Columbia, said that he had never seen a community come together as it did on that night."

(Story and photos provided by Deb McAbee, CMC resource coordinator)

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