Member News | July 3

Ashley Dusenbury Promoted to Assistant Vice President of Public Relations at Palmetto Health Foundation

Ashley DusenburyPalmetto Health Foundation is pleased to announce Ashley M. Dusenbury, APR has been promoted to assistant vice president of Public Relations at Palmetto Health Foundation.

Dusenbury, most recently director of Public Relations at Palmetto Health Foundation, manages communications and branding strategies for both the Foundation and its annual signature fundraising events—Walk for Life/Race for Life, Festival of Trees, McDaniels Golf Classic and KEMOPALOOZA. In addition to managing media relations and cultivating media partnerships, Dusenbury oversees the Foundation’s web presence and social media strategies.

Dusenbury has been a public relations practitioner for nearly 20 years in non-profit, advertising agency and television settings. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications and earned the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) distinction. She is an active member of the South Carolina Chapter of Public Relations Society of America and serves as Accreditation chair.

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, visit


CAE Director of Human Resources Inducted as Cayce-West Columbia Rotary President

Chappelle RotaryChappelle Broome, Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s Director of Human Resources and DBE Liaison has officially been inducted as President of the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club.

Broome, a recent graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute, will serve a one-year term as Chapter President.  During her term, she hopes to generate a renewed interest in Rotary’s mission and expand on the chapter’s already active engagement in the community. “We’ve been looking for ways to introduce rotary to our community’s next generation of leaders for a while now and I’m excited to have this chance to lead the charge on that.  I’ll be the face of our chapter for the next year and my goal is to bring a new energy and fresh perspective on what rotary isand what it means to be a Rotarian.  You do not join rotary and become a member, you join rotary and become a Rotarian and that is what sets rotary apart in the community and the world.” says Broome.

Among the Cayce-West Columbia chapter’s signature events are an annual Breakfast with Santa and the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary River Run.

The Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club meets Tuesday afternoons at the Brookland Banquet Center.  Information about the club can be found at  Ms. Broome can be reached via email at

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 at


7th Annual USC Alumni vs Blowfish Game Kicks Off the Fireworks!

The 7th annual USC Alumni Baseball team vs the Blowfish will be held on July 3rd at Historic Capital City Stadium. The series is 4-2 in favor of the Blowfish. Both teams will be vying for the coveted “GameFish” Cup. Trey Dison begins his 7th year as manager.

This year’s roster includes:

Jay Brown
Garris Gonce
Adam Westmoreland
Nolan Belcher
Bryan Triplett
Bryon Jeffcoat
Landon Powell
Trey Dyson
Kip Bouknight
Adrian Morales
Brian Buscher

Former USC Gamecock Greats Jon Coutlangus, Landon Powell, & Trey Dison visiting “The Cap” This 7 inning exhibition game will begin at 7:05PM with gates opening at 6:00PM. The first of three consecutive nights of Independence Fireworks will be showcased immediately following the game. Tickets for adults start at $6.00/$5.00 for kids, seniors and military with I.d. This is game one of three honoring the 200th birthday celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner. In a show of unity the Columbia Fire Dept, the Lexington County Fire Service, and the Irmo Fire District will hoist the gigantic and magnificent American flag over the left center field outfield wall for all three games. The Blowfish will be honoring our First Responders in the Midlands- presented by the 2nd Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk coming up this September.

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NAI Avant Facilitates Sale of ±2,850 SF Office Building on Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC

downloadNAI Avant brokers, Robert King and Marilynn Joyner, recently represented the seller of 3304 Millwood Avenue in Columbia, SC.  The ±2,850 square foot office building was purchased by Vista Wealth Management, LLC, for $393,500.

NAI Avant Brokers ±22,000 SF Supply Hub for Autozone Located on Bush River Road, Columbia, SC

Bobby Hathaway, broker with NAI Avant’s brokerage team, recently represented the seller, Bush River Crossings Associates, in the sale of 1313 Bush River Road in Columbia, SC. The property, a ±22,000 square foot building on 4.06 acres, was purchased by Autozone, Inc., for $1,275,000 and will be utilized as the centrally located supply hub for their regional Autozone stores. The building will be divided into a parts supply warehouse and a ±6,000 square foot Autozone retail store.

About NAI Avant
NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms and is a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital partners.  NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


sallieJHS Architecture: Integrated Design would like to announce the retirement of Sallie Klimaski, IIDA the Director of Interior Design after 13 years of service. She had a total of twenty-five years of experience as an Interior Designer which included responsibility for programming, design and administration of over 1,000,000 square feet of healthcare, corporate and operational office space. She was active in the International Interior Design Association and was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky. Her previous career as a registered nurse allowed her a unique and valuable perspective into healthcare interior design. She provided some of South Carolina’s healthcare facilities with multiple years of on-going interior design guidance. Her last design project was Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge.

Thomas 1-SmallJHS Architecture: Integrated Design would like to announce that Thomas Smith, AIA has just become licensed as an architect.  He has over 13 years of design experience with an emphasis on Healthcare and is a graduate of Clemson University. He is currently working on projects for First Community Bank, Cardinal Newman High School, and Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge.

JHS Architecture:.Integrated Design, Inc. is a full service design and planning organization offering in-house architectural, planning, interior design, as well as mechanical / plumbing and fire protection engineering services.

JHS is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, and has an active practice in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The firm is organized around four primary teams, each specializing in specific project types: educational, housing, commercial and healthcare. In addition, there are two support teams providing services to the firm as a whole in the areas of mechanical engineering and interior design.  Each team is headed by a Principal of the firm with each possessing at least twenty-five years experience in their field. The company is specifically organized such that a Principal of the firm is responsible for each project and is involved in the administration and design of the project from programming through construction.

For more information please contact: Anna Lucas, 803-252-2400,


The Cooperative Ministry

cooperative ministryIt’s time to pull efforts together again to give the children in our community an advantage. Beginning a new school year without adequate supplies can be awkward and embarrassing for any child. In South Carolina, 44% of families with children under the age of 18 are experiencing poverty below the nationally reported levels. Through our 24th Annual School Supply Drive, it is our goal to see that no child feels inadequate because their family cannot afford the basic supplies for education.

The Cooperative Ministry has sponsored a School Supply Drive for the last 23 years with the support of our congregations and other volunteer organizations. As a result of this coordinated effort, thousands of children have been able to begin their school year with a fresh start and new school supplies.

Our specific goal this year is to make sure every child in Richland School District One and Two begin the school year with the adequate tools for success. With your help, we can do it!!! The school supplies will go directly to school sites where guidance counselors have agreed to distribute the new supplies to those students with identified needs.

Attached is the 2014-15 School Supply List. We hope that you will decide to purchase book bags, buy school supplies or both. Tax-deductible donations can be mailed for the purchase of supply items to The Cooperative Ministry. Select a portion(s) of the listing and pack a book bag(s) for a family who couldn’t do this without your assistance.

Please send all donations to:            The Cooperative Ministry
                                                              2014 School Supply Drive
                                                              3821 West Beltline Blvd.
Columbia, SC  29204

Congregations, Partners in Ministry and Local Businesses join us in our 24th Annual School Supply Drive

Pick-Up Boxes for Supply Collection…………………….beginning Monday, June 30, 2014
Pick up boxes Monday- Friday 9:00am-4:00pm at The Cooperative Ministry
School Supply Drive (Collect Supplies)………………… June 30th – July 25th
Monetary Donations to Purchase Supplies….…………. July 25, 2014
Please mail monetary donations to The Cooperative Ministry by Friday July 25, 2014 to ensure enough time for coordinators to purchase school supplies for distribution 
Supplies Returned to Drop-Off Sites………………..…. July 28th  – August 4th
Drop off supplies Monday –Friday 9:00am-4:00pm at The Cooperative Ministry or the UPS Store at 4840 Forest Dr, Columbia . All supplies need to be dropped off NO LATER than Monday, August 4th 
Supplies Sorted & Packaged for Distribution……..….. August 4th – August 8th
Supply Pick-Up (schools)……………………………….. August 15th
If you cannot make a monetary donation, there are other ways to help us assist the students!!

  • Conduct an office or neighborhood school supply drive
  • Volunteer

Thank you for the opportunity to join forces in the coordinated effort. If you have questions regarding the drive, please contact (803) 799-3853 for Cecilia Newman ext. 321 or Kara Simmons ext. 115. You may also reach us at or Don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s education. Thank you for supporting our community.

School Supply List:

Elementary School

  1. 1 Book Bag
  2. 2 Packs Pencils (#2)
  3. 2 Erasers
  4. 4 Glue Sticks
  5. 1 – 24 Pack Crayons
  6. 1 Pack of colored pencils
  7. 1 Pack Dry Erase Markers (EXPO 4 pack)
  8. 2 Compositions Books
  9. 1 Pack of Wide-Ruled notebook paper
  10. 1 set of earbuds or headphones
  11. 2 8oz Hand Sanitizer

Middle School

  1. 1 Book Bag
  2. 2 Packs Pencils (#2)
  3. 2 Packs of Pens
  4. 1 Pencil pouch
  5. 1 – 3Ring Binder (3”)
  6. 1 – 6-pack of tab dividers
  7. 3 Packs of notebook paper
  8. 6 Spiral Notebooks
  9. 6 Composition Notebooks
  10. 1 set of earbuds
  11. 1 USB flash drive

High School

  1. 1 Book Bag
  2. 1 Pack Pencils (#2)
  3. 1 Pack Pens
  4. 2 Glue Sticks
  5. 2 Packs of lined paper
  6. 10 Pocket Folders
  7. 2 – 3Ring Binders (1”)
  8. 1 pocket dictionary
  9. 8 – subject dividers
  10. 1 bottle correction fluid
  11. 1 pack of colored pencils

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