Member News | March 21

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit

never forget

This 1,000-sq-ft museum travels the US honoring the heroism and patriotism of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It also teaches communities about the historic events of that day with artifacts, news and video recordings, and live tours led by New York City Fire Department heroes.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Exhibit Schedule:

Tuesday, March 25 | 11am – 4pm
Midlands 9/11 Historic Rememberance Memorial
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 

Wednesday, March 26 | 9am – 4pm
South Carolina State House

Thursday, March 27 | 7:30am – Noon
Fort Jackson Hilton Field

For more information, call Katie Shearouse at 803.798.4979 or visit

Exhibit video:


Columbia Metropolitan Airport Issues Multiple Requests for Proposals


Columbia Metropolitan Airport has issued an RFP for Elevated Street and Parking Lot Light Maintenance Services. The questions deadline is 2:00pm April 1 and the proposal deadline is 2:00pm April 8.

This is in addition to several Requests for Proposals* for multiple services including Landscape Maintenance, Passenger Boarding Bridge Preventative Maintenance/Inspection Services and Elevators, Escalators and Moving Walkways Maintenance/Inspection Services.

Details regarding all RFPs can be found on Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s website, click here.

Additional questions can be emailed to

*Prior information listed the requests as RFQs, they are, in fact, Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is the premier air travel provider for South Carolina’s Midlands region. The airport offers more than 40 daily non-stop flights to 11 destinations nationwide. CAE is a self-sufficient entity and does not receive any state or local tax dollars. Visit our website at or on Facebook.


Colonial Life Lexington District Office to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

Colonial_header_logoThe Lexington Colonial Life District Office and the Lexington Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony that will take place at 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 10 at 403 E. Main Street, Lexington. The newly expanded District Office serves small to large employers, in all types of commercial and public sector organizations, within the community. This ceremony will be held in conjunction with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Colonial Life Accident and Insurance Company.

“We are pleased to serve the business community of Lexington and help them provide their employees with benefits that protect their families and their lifestyles,” says Graem Clark, Colonial Life District Sales Manager.

“Agreed,” says Colonial Life Public Sector Manager, Chris Shealy.  “We are expanding our offices in order to provide enhanced service capabilities to local Lexington businesses and beyond.”

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, cancer, critical illness and supplemental health insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 79,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3 million working Americans and their families.

For more information visit or call the Lexington district office at (803)356-0086. You may also connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Columbia’s Broderick Selected as One of Just 12 ‘Afterschool Ambassadors’ From Across Nation

Wendy BroderickThe Afterschool Alliance today announced that Wendy Broderick, Chief Development Officer, YMCA of Columbia, S.C., has been selected to serve as a 2014 Afterschool Ambassador.  She is one of just 12 local leaders from across the country to be chosen for the honor this year.  Each Afterschool Ambassador will continue directing or supporting a local afterschool program while also serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term organizing public events, communicating with policy makers, and building support for afterschool programs. Wendy is one of three Active Hours Afterschool Ambassadors whose work is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the Afterschool Alliance.

“In the Midlands and all across the country, quality afterschool programs are doing a terrific job meeting the needs of students, families and communities,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “Afterschool programs keep kids safe during the out of school time hours, help working families, and inspire students to learn by offering enriching activities like Tae Kwon Do, robotics and cooking clubs, as well as homework help, physical fitness, connections to mentors, and much more. As an Afterschool Ambassador, Wendy will bring great energy to the work to build even stronger support for afterschool programs among parents, business and community leaders, lawmakers and others.  I look forward to working with her this year.”

Afterschool programs are under intense pressure.  The Afterschool Alliance’s 2012 Uncertain Times survey found that more than three in five (62 percent) afterschool programs reported that their funding is down “a little or a lot” from three years earlier.  Even in communities where local economies and program funding are faring better, program leaders express significant concern about their financial outlook and their inability to reach all children who need afterschool programs.

“I am delighted to have this chance to help increase support for afterschool programs, which give students important opportunities to be physically active and to explore their interests while giving parents the security that comes with knowing that their children are safe and actively engaged after the school day ends,” said Broderick. “Afterschool programs are critical to students’ success in school and in life, to working families, and to the nation’s workforce and its economy.  We need to increase resources to afterschool programs and work toward the day when there is a program for every child who needs one.”

Combining active play with academics, the Y’s afterschool program provides learning enrichment through physical education, sports, nutrition, arts, and music. It also provides children with an extra support system to help them achieve and reach their full potential. The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to youth development and a pioneer in afterschool programs. The Y believes guidance, encouragement and support through positive role models along the learning continuum – from early learning and preschool to high school graduation and college – provide the best chance for youth to succeed in school and life.

Each Afterschool Ambassador will organize a major event for Lights On Afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance’s 15th annual national rally for afterschool, to be held on October 23, 2014.  Last year, one million people participated in some 7,500 Lights On Afterschool events across the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide.

The 2014 Afterschool Ambassadors are:

  • Alabama, Birmingham:  Erika Eatmon, Education Coordinator, Birmingham Regional Empowerment and Development (BREAD) Center;
  • Alaska, Juneau:  Terri Campbell;
  • Arkansas, Jonesboro: Rennell Woods, Executive Director, At-Risk American Male Education Network (AAMEN);
  • Colorado, Fort Collins: María Ortiz, 21st CCLC Grant Director, Poudre School District;
  • Kansas, Overland Park: Pamela Watkins, Vice President Youth Development Services, YMCA of Greater Kansas City;
  • Louisiana, New Orleans: Cyndi Nguyen, Director, Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (VIET);
  • Maryland, Rockville: Elizabeth McGlynn, Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Montgomery County;
  • Nebraska, Omaha: Gwynette Williams, Program Director, Collective for Youth;
  • New York, Brooklyn: Omari McCleary, Program Director, Good Shepherd Services,
  • South Carolina, Columbia: Wendy Broderick, Chief Development Officer, YMCA of Columbia
  • Texas, Fort Worth: Miguel Garcia, Director, Fort Worth After School; and
  • Washington, Cheney: Tammie Shaw.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has committed to reversing the national childhood obesity epidemic by 2015, provided a grant to the Afterschool Alliance to support the work of three Active Hours Afterschool Ambassadors. The Ambassadors will help bring attention to efforts to expand the quantity and quality of physical activity during the out of school hours. Pamela Watkins, Vice President Youth Development Services at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and Elizabeth McGlynn, Executive Director at Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, are also Active Hours Afterschool Ambassadors.

Many more students across the country need access to afterschool programs.  More than 15 million school-age children – more than one in four kids in the United States – are unsupervised after the school day ends.  The parents of 18 million children say they would enroll their kids in afterschool programs – if programs were available.

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs.  More information is available at


Frannie Heizer Named to Richland One Hall of Fame 

Heizer_Frannie_20070918-_MG_2085McNair Law Firm is proud to announce that attorney Francenia “Frannie” B. Heizer has been selected for induction into the Richland One Hall of Fame.

The Richland One Hall of Fame celebrates graduates of Richland One schools and others throughout the district’s history who have made outstanding contributions to Richland One, as well as their professions and communities.

Frannie is one of ten honorees to be recognized at the 10th Anniversary Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Gala, held on March 22, 2014 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

A 1972 graduate of Dreher High School, Frannie has strong ties to Richland One. As Dreher’s student body president during the difficult period of desegregation, Frannie provided strong leadership and her collaborative efforts encouraged dialogue among all students. In 1986, she became the first woman to be elected to Columbia City Council and in 1992, she was the first woman elected Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Columbia.

“Frannie has devoted herself to public service,” said her colleague Michael M. Beal. “Whether advocating for the rights of her clients or the needs of her community, Frannie is driven by an outstanding work ethic and a deep sense of compassion.  She always thinks of others first. Our firm, city and the state are privileged to have her.”

Frannie is a shareholder in McNair’s Columbia office, where she practices in the public finance group. Frannie regularly serves as bond counsel or underwriter’s counsel for a variety of governmental entities, including school districts, municipalities, counties and public service authorities.

McNair Law Firm, P.A. is a full-service law firm serving businesses, government and individuals from nine offices in South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky. For more information about Frannie Heizer and McNair, visit


Palmetto Health Foundation Announces New Board Members

PHF_LogoPalmetto Health Foundation is pleased to announce the following new board members and chairs.

Palmetto Health Foundation Board:

Frank Brown, MarketSearch, Chair
Marie Boyd
, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law
Emily Brady, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, SCANA
Bill Duda, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC
Ryan Dukes, Blue Marlin Restaurant
Brian Dunphy, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Margaret Deans Fawcett, Community Volunteer
Carroll McGee, McGee Real Estate
Shannon Nord, Community Volunteer

Palmetto Health Cancer Centers Board:
Cathy Cauthen
, EDENS, Chair
Mary Ellen Barnwell,
Administrative Assistant, Junior Achievement
Larry DiBiase, Agent, State Farm Insurance
DR Granger, Granger Owings
Sara Krisnow, Community Relations Manager, Lizard’s Thicket
Chris MacDougall, Diabetes Sales Specialist, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Kathy Mercer, Instructor, University of South Carolina College of Nursing

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Board:
Marie McGehee
, Colonial Life, Chair
Scott Bonnette
, District Manager, Food Lion, LLC
Michele Frazier, Audiologist/Owner, Midland Hearing Associates
Shelton Haile, Attorney, Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.
Randy Horn, President & CEO, Colonial Life
Everett Kendall, Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.
Charles Moore, Manager Systems Operation, SCANA
Bill Oliver, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist, Network Funding, LP
Stacy Sawyer, Community Volunteer & Chair, CAMP KEMO Advisory Council
Ann Pringle Washington, President & COO, Kolor Pro Promotions, Inc.

Palmetto Health Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, engages community partners to enhance health care for patients and families served by Palmetto Health. For more information, visit


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