COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Rantin: A special huddle for a fraternity brother

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306April 7, 2014 

The University of South Carolina’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the USC Police Department will go to bat this weekend for a fraternity member battling cancer.

The two groups will compete in the David Simone Softball Classic Sunday to support fraternity member Simone, who was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma Cancer in the fall.

Simone had to return home to Virginia Beach for an extensive series of tests and surgeries. He’s currently in remission but has months of chemotherapy remaining.

Proceeds from Sunday’s classic will be used to help cover his medical expenses.

The game will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dreher High School baseball field at South Holly Street and Airport Boulevard off Rosewood Drive.

The combination ticket price is $12, which covers game admission and a barbeque from 6:30-8-30 p.m. Sunday following the game at Tin Roof at 1022 Senate St. Individual game tickets are $5 and meal tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the gate beginning at noon Sunday.

Admission to the game is free for children younger than 10.

“We greatly appreciate any help we can get to help ensure that one of our brothers is able to get the treatment he needs and make a full recovery,” said fraternity philanthropy chairman Jamie McClement. “Every dollar matters.”

To contribute to David Simone’s medical fund, mail a check payable to the SC Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon to SAE Philanthropy, 509 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201.

Boot drive tops in Southeast

Columbia firefighters distinguished themselves throughout the Southeast during this year’s MDA Boot Drive.

The Columbia Fire Department and the Columbia Firefighter’s Association were recognized for the highest total in the drive March 19-21 after collecting more than $132,000.

The Columbia Fire Department has partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for more than 50 years.

“MDA is proud to partner with the brave men and women of the Columbia Fire Department and work together to impact the lives of the families living with neuromuscular disease in the Midlands,” said Tara Heil, executive director of MDA of the Midlands.

In support of homeownership

Bank of America has donated eight properties to Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity to support the agency’s efforts to build affordable housing for low-income Midlands families.

The donations are part of a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International as the bank donates up to 2,000 vacant properties for renovation or reconstruction over a three-year period.

“The donation of these properties by Bank of America is a tremendous boost to our efforts to revitalize neighborhoods in our service area,” said Roy Kramer, executive director of Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity. “Because of this work and thanks in part to Bank of America, families and entire communities can build stronger foundations on which to thrive.”

Central South Carolina (CSC) Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1985 to address the need for affordable housing in Richland and Lexington counties.

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