Community Helping Hands

A therapeutic fundraiser

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306February 16, 2014 

Therapy Place speech therapist Liz Pierce assists a youngster with language skills.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE THERAPY PLACE

The Therapy Place in Forest Acres is selling tickets and seeking sponsorships for its upcoming Therapalooza 2014 fundraiser next month at the Rockbridge Club.

The nonprofit pediatric therapy center provides intensive and innovative programs for children with special needs, including cerebral palsy, autism and Down syndrome.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide tuition assistance for youngsters in the center’s therapeutic preschool and help families pay for therapies not covered by private insurance or Medicaid.

Tickets are $35, and the evening will include entertainment by RetroVertigo, LunaTrix Arts and Soda City Cirque and dinner from Bert’s BBQ and Lizard’s Thicket. There also will be a silent auction, beer and wine.

“Therapalooza is an opportunity for the community to support over 120 local children who work hard in our therapy programs each week,” said Therapy Place executive director Dawn Darby.

The fundraiser will run from 6-9 p.m. March 22 at the Rockbridge Club, 4135 Rockbridge Road in Forest Acres. Current sponsors include BlueCross BlueShield of SC and SCB&T.

For more information about The Therapy Place, tickets, sponsorships or to schedule a tour, call (803) 787-3033 or see www.thetherapyplace.org.

A healthy donation

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina recently celebrated wellness with a little bit of charity.

The company donated $5,000 to Special Olympics of South Carolina last month as part of its Healthy Habits Heroes program, a year-long workplace wellness initiative among the company’s 12,000 employees.

The program, “Get in the Habit,” challenged employees to add more physical activity and fit healthy meals and snacks into their busy days in return for paid time off and, ideally, improved health.

Special Olympics was selected as the benefitting charity on behalf of this year’s winning team.

“Breaking bad health habits can be a challenge, and forming new ones takes practice, patience and persistence,” said BlueCross chief executive officer David Pankau. “But developing good health habits is worth the time and effort.”

TD Bank scores big for fathers

Representatives from TD Bank recently presented $7,500 to the S.C. Center for Fathers and Families.

The presentation was part of the TD Bank Touchdowns program during which the bank made a financial pledge to the center for every touchdown scored by the University of South Carolina football team this past season.

The S.C. Center for Fathers and Families supports fathers’ effort to be great parents.

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