Partner News | October 17

Michael A. Younginer is the 2014 recipient of the Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award

health-learners-_-taglineHealthy Learners is pleased to announce Michael A. Younginer, Younginer Engineered Products LLC, as the 2014 Healthy Learners Champion for Children award recipient.  The award presentation will take place during the 15th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, SC.  Michael is the eldest son of George Younginer, founder of this premiere tournament to benefit Healthy Learners.

In an effort to continue to provide health care services for children who are in need and without resources, Healthy Learners partners with schools and community health care providers to not only help children secure needed health care services, but also to provide transportation and coordination of care for medical appointments.  Each year, proceeds from the golf tournament enables Healthy Learners to help hundreds of children by providing them with health care services like vision care, dental care, episodic care for other medical concerns, and assistance with prescription medications.

Healthy Learners is a faith-based non-profit that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school.  The organization addresses poverty at its root, so that future generations can lift themselves, and their communities, to a better life.

“The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor an individual who has served as an advocate for children and brought attention to the needs of the children who are in need and without resources in the community through their volunteer time, financial support and commitment to Healthy Learners,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, Executive Director of Healthy Learners.

Join this year’s Premier Exclusive sponsor, Colonial Life, in celebrating the 15th year of the Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer, and take this opportunity to honor George Younginer as the Founder and visionary leader of this successful golf tournament that has benefitted the children served by Healthy Learners.

This year’s tournament will include a variety of contests and exciting prizes – including a $10,000 Hole in One contest.  Participants will join the 2014 Co-Chairs, Coach Dawn Staley, USC Women’s Head Basketball Coach, and Michael A. Younginer, Younginer LLC Engineered Products for a great round of competitive golf, a delicious boxed lunch, opportunities to bid on fabulous Silent Auction vacation packages and conclude the day with an awards banquet, entertainment and dinner at the pavilion catered by Shealy’s Bar-B-Q House.  The tournament will offer golfers of all talent levels a chance to enhance their skills and challenge other golfers on two world-class 18-hole championship courses at Fort Jackson.  Join Rick Henry, WIS-TV, Sports Director as he commentates the LONG DRIVE DEMONSTRATION which will feature:  William Hinson – Youngest Champion in history of the sport, Callaway XHot Long Drive Team and Jeff “Critter” Crittenden – 2 wins in 2012 and is affiliated with Golf Digest Schools.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities remain.  Team sponsorships, like PUTT “for” HOPE, include 4 golfers, start at $1,500, and pay for 20 dental fillings.  You can also support the event by volunteering or simply making a donation in any amount. For registration and general tournament information please contact Jacki Labat by telephone at 404.863.8001, via email at or visit the Healthy Learners website at  Please consider joining Healthy Learners for this year’s 15th annual golf tournament.

Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy.  A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners has five programs that serve 148 schools across ten (10) South Carolina school districts.  The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland.  For more information, see


Junior Achievement Partners with Taco Bell Foundation for Teens
To Raise S.C. Graduation Rates

junior achievement-logoJunior Achievement USA® and Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ announced a  partnership designed to arm high school students with the tools needed to graduate on time and enter the workforce. This collaboration merges  Junior Achievement’s mission of educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy with Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ commitment to inspire and enable the country’s next generation of leaders. Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina is one of only thirteen JA area offices nationwide invited to participate in the first year of this partnership. Central S.C. area Taco Bell restaurants and high schools are encouraged to participate; many have already signed up.

JA Career Success is a Junior Achievement program designed to address specific needs of high school students today. Through the partnership with Taco Bell, this program is expected to reach many additional South Carolina students. JA Career Success features an interactive curriculum that teaches teens how to effectively conduct a job search, respond best to common interview questions, and positively build their “personal brand”—all to help teens reach their full potential and achieve a rewarding career.

JA Career Success delivers both career exploration and work readiness skills through hands-on, interactive activities- including an accompanying digital app, JA Success Park™, which extends the student’s learning opportunity, allowing them to connect both within and beyond the classroom setting through interactive challenges. JA Success Park allows students to apply their knowledge of the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity), best business practices, good customer service and conflict resolution. The JA Success Park app is designed for Android and iPad tablets and is free of charge on Google Play and Apple App Store.

The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ Graduate for Más program challenges teens to make a personal promise to graduate high school, using a digital platform. Once students are registered, they will receive information and inspiration to stay on track for school and future success. By staying active with Graduate for Más, students will earn points for prizes, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and educational support- including scholarships, job training and mentoring resources in their communities.

Junior Achievement’s partnership with Taco Bell’s Foundation for Teens strengthens their support to teens on their path to high school graduation, enriches the JA Career Success program while helping to close the graduation and workforce skills gap among high school students in South Carolina and throughout the U.S.

JA Career Success is a high school level program delivered through seven volunteer-taught sessions:

  • Get Hired: Critical Thinking and Creativity. Students apply critical-thinking skills to solve problems in real-life work scenarios.
  • Get Hired: Communication and Conflict Management Skills. Students apply communication skills to resolve conflicts in work-based scenarios through role playing and conflict management.
  • Get Hired: Collaboration and Creativity. Students practice collaboration and creativity by using a team-building model referred to as the GRPI model (goals, roles & responsibilities, processes and interpersonal skills).
  • Get Hired: Strong Soft Skills. Students review in-demand soft skills and rate their own abilities before presenting them through personal stories in a job-interview workshop.
  • Know Your Work Priorities. Students learn that in the current workforce people change jobs or careers several times over a lifetime, making it important to be prepared and adaptable.
  • Know Who’s Hiring. In groups, students analyze factors to consider when researching careers: skills earned through training and education; interests in various career clusters; and specific high-growth jobs and the requirements needed to earn them.
  • Know Your Personal Brand. Students work in teams to rate the personal brand of candidates applying for a job by comparing cover letters, resumes and digital profiles of the candidates.

For more information on JA Career Success, visit To learn more about the workforce skills gap, read Junior Achievement’s position paper.

About Junior Achievement:
Junior Achievement motivates students to develop the skills needed to experience the realities and opportunities of the 21st-century global marketplace; developing the confidence to enter the workforce and contribute to economic growth.

Our program curriculum fosters work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, utilizing experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.


Anna Lucas-SMAnna Shealy Lucas, IIDA, NCIDQ Certificate Holder,
has joined JHS Architecture Integrated Design as the new Director of Interior Design and Business Development.  She brings 17 years of interior design experience and 11 years of Business Development experience. She is a charter member of the Palmetto Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), a member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and is active in the Society for American Military Engineers (SAME) Posts in the Midlands, Charleston and Savannah. Anna earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Winthrop University.

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, healthcare, housing / hospitality, and commercial. 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 having 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,


Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to “Open” Community Enrichment Grants

sisters-of-charity-foundation-south-carolina-logoThe Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina will open the Community Enrichment grant process in 2015 to organizations interested in funding. This process was previously by invitation only. “We are excited to be able to provide another avenue for organizations to seek financial support from the Foundation,” Tom Keith, President of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, said. “In 2015, it is our goal to put four times as much money out into communities across the state to organizations addressing issues related to poverty.”

The Community Enrichment Grants are designed to provide financial support to organizations addressing poverty. Applicants should have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and provide programs or services within the state of South Carolina. Grants are generally awarded in the $5,000-$15,000 range, and a requirement will be the submission of a specific budget and narrative to support the grant request. Awards are for one-year with no guarantee of additional funding in subsequent years. Funding requests may be for new programs, existing programs with proven success, strategic planning, collaborative projects, leverage or matching fund opportunities, or other justifiable programs. Applicants should not apply for other categories of Foundation grant funding when applying for Community Enrichment Grants.

The Foundation encourages all potential applicants to review the website thoroughly to ensure compatibility with the Foundation’s mission, purpose, and funding history. This is a highly competitive process which requires the Foundation to make difficult funding decisions. Approximately 15 grants will be awarded per funding cycle.

All applications will go through a thorough screening and review process. Final decisions will be made within two months following the deadline and organizations will be notified in writing of the decision regarding their application. The deadline for applications will be the first Tuesday in March and the first Tuesday in September.

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.


South Carolina REALTORS® Release September Market Numbers

SCRSouth Carolina REALTORS® (SCR) today released its statewide housing market reports. The reports indicate that consumers are now finding more listings in their search results than they have in years, as higher prices have motivated more sellers to list their homes.

New Listings in the state of South Carolina increased 1.2 percent to 8,445. Pending Sales were up 11.6 percent to 5,416 and Inventory levels fell 3.2 percent to 47,054 units. Prices continued to gain traction as the Median Sales Price increased 3.6 percent to $164,699. Days on Market was down 4.3 percent to 110 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 7.6 percent to 8.5 months.

The departure of investors from the scene should benefit first-time homebuyers, but student debt and sluggish wage growth have slowed the transition. The economy is growing, albeit slowly. Contrary to the forecasts of most economists, inflation remains tame, partly enabling the Federal Reserve to keep rates low for longer.

Please contact local boards for data by area. Questions about the attached statewide data? Contact Nick Kremydas at 803.772.5206.


NAI Avant Consumates ±15,375 SF Lease With El Mariachi as Decker Plaza in Columbia, SC

downloadNAI Avant broker, Bobby Hathaway, recently represented the landlord of Decker Plaza in the lease transaction of two suites totaling ±15,375 square feet of retail space to El Mariachi, a Mexican grocery store. El Mariachi leased the separate suites for a total lease value amount of approximately $800,000. The specialty grocery store will remain open in its current location but plans to debut the larger, combined suites later this year after construction is completed.

NAI Avant Consumates ±17,248 SF Lease in Synergy Business Park’s Saluda Building, Columbia, SC

NAI Avant recently facilitated the lease of ±17,248 square feet of office space in the Saluda Building within Synergy Business Park to the Social Security Administration.  Jeff Hein, SIOR and Roger Winn, both senior brokers with NAI Avant’s brokerage team, represented the landlord, GPT Properties Trust.

NAI Avant Facilitates Sale of ±10,800 SF Flex Building in Irmo, SC

Macon Lovelace, Senior Broker with NAI Avant’s brokerage team, recently represented Clifford Selby in the purchase of 130 Hunters Village Drive in Irmo, SC.  Selby purchased the ±10,800 square foot flex building from Niagra Holdings for $505,000.

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 @NAIAvant and like us on Facebook.


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