Leadership Columbia Class of 2012 Completes Free Medical Clinic Renovation

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Set for May 16

COLUMBIA, S.C. – After four months of dedication, perseverance and teamwork, the Leadership Columbia (LC) Class of 2012 has completed renovations to the Free Medical Clinic, 1875 Harden St. A ribbon cutting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, to welcome the more than 10,000 clients who are treated each year at the clinic to the updated facility. The mission of the Free Medical Clinic is to provide quality healthcare at no cost to residents of the community who have no health insurance and cannot pay for such services.

Speakers include:
Ike McLeese, President & CEO | Columbia Chamber
Dennis Coker, Executive Director | Free Medical Clinic
Krisdee Foster, Chair | Leadership Columbia
Natalie Henderson, Class of 2012 | Leadership Columbia
Eunika Simmons, Class of 2012 | Leadership Columbia

The LC class selected the Free Medical Clinic as this year’s community service project with the goal of refurbishing the clinic and collecting needed supplies and funds to help the operation of the center. Renovations began Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Over the course of the project, the class has provided more than 1,500 hours of services, raised more than $12,000 for supplies and $30,000 for facility improvements. The class has also assisted the clinic in securing new community partnerships, suppliers and medical volunteers.

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our Leadership Columbia class,” said Ike McLeese, president & CEO, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. “This project will have a tremendous impact on the community for years to come.”

In order to update the Free Medical Clinic, a comprehensive work plan was designed to include installation of new light fixtures, complete bathroom renovations, new flooring, HVAC installation, painting and furniture delivery. The class also updated the entranceway of the clinic with a new awning, safety rail and seating for waiting clients.

In-kind donations were critical to the success of the project. The LC Class of 2012 would like to thank the local businesses and community organizations that contributed their services, time and donations. Top contributors ($1,000+) include Rogers Townsend & Thomas, BB&T, 2nd, Wind Heating & Air, GMK, Lexington Medical Center, Carolina Wholesale Flooring, Ferguson, Chariot Ironworks, First Citizens, Carolina Event Consulting, Polliwogs, Excel Dryers and Specialty Woodwork.

The Class of 2012 will hold a wrap party concluding the event at Tin Roof in the Vista,1022 Senate St. For more information on this event, please visit http://lc12party.eventbrite.com/.

The journey of this project was documented through the Class of 2012 Facebook page and blog.

To learn more about the mission and work of the Free Medical Clinic, please visit their web page at http://www.freemedclinic.org.

To apply for the Leadership Columbia 2013 Class, click here.

About Leadership Columbia
Since its inception in 1973, Leadership Columbia has celebrated close to 1,600 graduates. The 10-month program includes monthly learning sessions, a class retreat, a group project and enrichment activities. Leadership Columbia encourages service learning with participants urged to apply their talents by becoming a part of professional associations, civic organizations, nonprofit boards and public commissions.

For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit http://www.columbiachamber.com/leadershipcolumbia.htm

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