Rantin: Honoring outstanding Midlands educators

brantin@ thestate.comFebruary 20, 2014 

— The Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation recently welcomed two members to its 2014 Educator Hall of Fame.

Richard Lundy and Grayson Wright-Sarvis were inducted during the foundation’s 13th annual Educator Hall of Fame Gala earlier this month.

Lundy grew up in Union Point, Ga., and moved with his family to the Cayce-West Columbia area in 1972. He came to Brookland-Cayce High School in 1975 and spent 37 years teaching carpentry and coaching softball, basketball and football.

While at Brookland-Cayce, he led the softball teams to four state championships. He also is credited with helping his students excel inside and outside the classroom.

Wright-Sarvis grew up in the Cayce-West Columbia community and graduated from Brookland-Cayce in 1974. She returned to her alma mater in 1988 and taught chorus, piano, AP music theory and Teacher Cadets before retiring in 2007. Her choral ensembles and students have won numerous awards and honors.

Wright-Sarvis currently serves as assistant director of the Lexington County Choral Society and is the accompanist for the River Bluff High School choirs.

The Educator Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to honor education professionals who have made outstanding contributions toward the nurturing, development and education of Brookland-Cayce High School students. A gala is held each February, and portraits of Hall of Fame members are displayed in Brookland-Cayce High School’s main conference room.

Hospital foundation adds two board members

Anna Alessandrini and William “Billy” Newsome, III are the newest members of the Providence Hospitals Development Foundation.

“This is an exciting time for Providence Hospitals,” said Libby Anne Inabinet, Providence Hospitals Development Foundation president. “With the shifts we are making to meet the dynamic changes affecting the health care industry, I know that Anna and Billy will be strong assets as we grow the culture of philanthropy” through the foundation.

Alessandrini has a history of service to the foundation, including on the Palmetto Health Foundation Board, where she was instrumental in the Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign.

Newsome practices at Nexsen Pruet law firm, where he specializes in taxation, wealth transfer planning, trust and estate administration, and exempt organizations. He serves on the boards at Oliver Gospel Mission and Family Connections of South Carolina and is a deacon at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Providence Hospitals Development Foundation was established in 2009 to support and enhance Providence Hospitals through funding and community awareness.

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