Bertram Rantin

Piano dedication celebrates music of healing

The healing touch of music will be echoing in the air at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, following the dedication of a new grand piano earlier this week.

Supporters of the hospital at 400 Palmetto Health Parkway gathered Tuesday for the official unveiling of a new Bosendorfer grand piano.

The gift was made possible in large part by John Adair of Adair Piano, who made a primary gift to Palmetto Health Foundation and partnered with the group to spearhead a fundraising campaign to raise additional support.

Adair’s vision was to provide music and healing to patients, families and guests of Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge as well as the greater community.

“What a wonderful opportunity for us to bring the healing properties of music to our patients, families and team members,” said Sarah Kirby, the hospital’s acute care executive. “We are very thankful to receive this gift from the Adair family and other donors. This totally fits with our Palmetto Health vision and our desire to be remembered for creating an incredible patient experience and special memories for those we are honored to serve.”

A boost for the troops

USO South Carolina was the big winner in this year’s MGC Long Run, which raised $25,000 for the agency that supports troops and their families.

“We are honored to make this contribution to USO South Carolina,” said Rusty Goudelock, one of MGC’s founding members. “Our troops make sacrifices to protect us every single day, and we are humbled to be able to give back to them through the USO.”

This year’s race was held Feb. 7 and featured more than 800 runners and walkers as well as more than 125 volunteers.

“USO South Carolina thanks MGC partners, associates, sponsors, volunteers and participants for making every moment count for the troops and their families we serve,” said Joanie Thresher, director of USO South Carolina.

Bowl for Kids throws a strike

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia raised more than $35,000 at this year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake earlier this month.

This year’s event featured community members, corporate donors and most importantly, “Big” and “Little” matches from the Columbia area.

“I’m so excited about our participation from the community,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters president and CEO Cristy Marshall. “The matches had such a great time, and it really inspires you to want to get out and do some great work in our community.”