Partner News | December 12

Congressman Wilson Officially Opens MEDCare University and Welcomes Inaugural Graduating Class

AE2_3449 (2)November 21, 2014 marked a significant milestone in the delivery of urgent care medicine in South Caroilna, as MEDcare University announces the graduation of its inaugural class of students. The day began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson, West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens and Greg Pinner, President, Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and culminated with the pinning of 17 graduates of MEDcare University.

“The fourth MEDcare core value is a commitment to ‘learn, grow, improve and repeat’,” states Dr. Joseph Pawlik, Chief Medical Officer of MEDcare Urgent Care. “The partnership between the National Healthcareer Association and MEDcare embodies our intent of putting values into action.”

MEDcare University is a program for employees to pursue their medical education with the goal of national certification. Similar accreditation could cost an employee between $16,000 and $25,000. “We are leveraging NHA’s nationally recognized platform with a state-of-the-art training facility and Learning Management System, to create a learning opportunity like no other urgent care provider in the country,” said Dr. Radwan Hallaba, Chief Executive Officer for MEDcare Urgent Care. He adds, “MEDcare University is not just an investment in our people, but healthcare itself, for the benefit of citizens across the great state of South Carolina.”

The 17 graduates from MEDcare University come from MEDcare’s urgent care clinics across South Carolina. “We are excited to offer this educational experience to our clinical team,” noted John Harrison, VP of Clinical Operations at MEDcare Urgent Care. “The impact will be felt across the state, as employees from Charleston, Columbia and Anderson are part of this year’s graduating class.”

MEDcare Urgent Care is a Charleston-based urgent care provider, with six locations throughout South Carolina. MEDcare Urgent Care Centers in Charleston, Columbia and Anderson offer an industry-leading healthcare experience, by creating a culture which is innovative, nimble and most importantly, singularly focused on the patient. MEDcare Urgent Care is the only physician-owned, minority-owned urgent care operator in South Carolina, and also separates itself from other providers by always having a physician on site. To learn more about MEDcare Urgent Care, please contact Kelly Moore at (843) 860-4038 or

Scott and Company CPAs Promotes Five Members of Audit Team

Chelsea Shoolbred Promoted at Scott and Co CPAsChris Halkowitz Promoted at Scott and Co CPAsChuck Goessel Promoted at Scott and Co CPAsKelly Damiano Promoted at Scott and Co CPAsSam Wheeler Promoted at Scott and Co CPAs

Scott and Company LLC, one of South Carolina’s leading accounting and consulting firms, has promoted Chris Halkowitz, Charles A. “Chuck” Goessel, Kelly Damiano, Chelsea Shoolbred and Sam Wheeler on the growing firm’s Assurance and Advisory Services team.

Named as Senior Manager on the Assurance and Advisory Services team, Mr. Halkowitz joined Scott and Company in 2008.  A licensed CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner, Mr. Halkowitz holds both a B.S. degree and M.B.A. with concentration in Accounting from Coastal Carolina University.  He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Named as Manager, Mr. Goessel is a CPA and has over seven years of experience in public accounting, including time spent conducting financial and retirement plan audits of organizations in manufacturing, real estate, retail and professional services.  He joined Scott and Company in 2013 and is a member of both the AICPA and SCACPA, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University.  He is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 29.

Promoted to Senior Accountant, Ms. Damiano joined Scott and Company in 2012 and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.S. degree in Retail Management and a Master of Accountancy degree.  Currently pursuing her CPA license, she serves clients in a variety of industries including banking, manufacturing, state and local government, non-profit organizations and retail. She is an active supporter of both the AICPA and SCACPA.

Also named as Senior Accountant, Ms. Shoolbred is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – Upstate with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, and earned her Masters of Public Accountancy from Clemson University.  A licensed CPA, she joined Scott and Company in 2012, and maintains active membership in the AICPA and SCACPA.  She works extensively with clients in the real estate, hospitality, non-profit and state/local government arenas, as well as with a broad range of closely-held businesses.

Mr. Wheeler, also named as Senior Accountant, joined Scott and Company in 2012 and is a graduate of Lander University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Accounting, before earning his M.B.A. from Winthrop University.  He has more than five years of experience in internal audit, external audit and compliance in both industry and public accounting, and is currently pursuing his CPA license in South Carolina.  He is an active supporter of both the AICPA and SCACPA.

“Talent is the lifeblood of any organization, and we are delighted to recognize outstanding performance and growth of these five key individuals in our Assurance and Advisory team,” said Don Mobley, managing member of Scott and Company’s Columbia office. “We celebrate these important career milestones and are pleased to reward their contributions to our firm as we continue to expand and grow here in South Carolina.”

Scott and Company LLC provides a comprehensive range of tax, assurance, small business and specialized consulting services to clients across the Southeast.  With clients ranging from individuals to multi-state and international organizations, the firm has particularly deep expertise in serving closely-held businesses and their owners, as well as leaders in the healthcare, hospitality, real estate, government, manufacturing, professional services and non-profit arenas.  The firm is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, providing talent and resources to clients through a network of thousands of skilled professionals in more than 400 independent alliance firm locations across America.  Learn more online at


Columbia Creatives Collide in a Global Movement
SOCO Hosts Pecha Kucha Night Vol IV

SOCO, Columbia’s Coworking Community, will host Pecha Kucha Night IV on the evening of Friday, December 12 at 6:00 pm.  Pecha Kucha Night IV will feature some of Columbia’s most creative individuals sharing their most interesting stories, projects, and ideas.  Visual art, music, film, tech, fashion, and more will be on showcase.  The catch is that they have to do it in 400 seconds or less – that’s 20 images, 20 seconds each, in a slideshow that advances automatically.

The Pecha Kucha Night is the largest connected event on the planet celebrating creativity.  The concept was originally devised in Tokyo in 2003, and has since grown to include over 800 cities around the world.

“We’re excited to host Pecha Kucha at SOCO for the second time this year.  These are highly creative people doing incredible things right in our own backyard,” said Gene Crawford, one of the co-organizers of Pecha Kucha Nights.  “Pecha Kucha Night creates an opportunity to build up the art, design, tech, and creative community right here and share Columbia’s talents with the world.”

Pecha Kucha Night Vol IV has a diverse line-up of presenters:

Jillian Owens, ReFashionista
Michaela Pilar Brown, Artist
Fred Delk, Community Development Corporation
Rob Coffey, Photographer
Jay Matheson – The Jam Room
Marius Valdes, Zoo ValdesGabe Will & Drew Heavner, 52 Inc.

Tickets are $20 in advance online and $30 at the door. Includes unlimited food and drink from eateries and breweries all around the Midlands. Tickets available online here:

WHO:              SOCO, Columbia’s Coworking Community
WHAT:            Pecha Kucha Night IV
WHEN:            Friday, December 12, 6:00pm
WHERE:         SOCO – 823 Gervais St, Suite 220; Columbia, SC 29201
WHY:              To build up Columbia’s creative community and share their talents with the public
TICKETS:      $20 online, $30 at the door; available here:

SOCO is Columbia’s first collaborative workspace (cowork – a new collaborative way to work, connect and get awesome stuff done that is sweeping the globe. By day, we’re a coworking space for designers, freelancers, remote workers, digital entrepreneurs, hackers, bloggers and creative types.  By night, SOCO is an event space that helps connect our community in new and exciting ways.  SOCO’s vision is simple:  help people find better ways to work and more opportunities to connect to the community that they love.


Colonial Life white paper points path to more effective benefits enrollments
Newest research report shows employers how to use a retail mindset to drive participation in and satisfaction with their benefits programs.

CLColonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, which supports more than 80,000 of America’s businesses and their employees, recently released a new research paper that shows employers who want a more effective benefits enrollment for their employees need to think like retailers.

Choosing benefits should be viewed as a consumer purchasing decision, according to Colonial Life’s “Building a Better Benefits Enrollment: Using consumer behavior to create more effective enrollment.” The paper uses research by Colonial Life, Unum and industry organizations to show employers how employees make benefits decisions and the communication and enrollment strategies they can use to increase participation in and satisfaction with the benefits plan.

“Financial protection benefits are more important than ever for America’s workers during these tough economic times, and the rise of benefits technology means the way they’re purchasing those benefits is changing,” said Richard Shaffer, vice president of enrollment at Colonial Life. “One of our challenges is to combine the power of the traditional high-touch personal counseling session with those emerging technologies.

“Employers have a great opportunity to help their employees obtain the protection they and their families need by presenting and structuring benefit choices in ways consumers best receive them and making benefit recommendations and advice available to employees on-line and offline.”

Interesting findings in the research include:

  • Employees strongly indicate they want choice in their benefits, but offering an overwhelming number of options can negatively affect decision-making and purchasing.
  • Employers can encourage participation by informing employees about the numbers of their coworkers who have enrolled and what benefits others are choosing.
  • “Nudging” employees to make an active choice on each benefit option encourages them to become better educated about their needs and options to meet them.
  • Three weeks is the optimal time frame for employees to adequately review benefits materials and make good decisions for enrollment, and dramatically increases satisfaction with the benefits education and enrollment process.
  • Younger employees — often assumed to be most comfortable with a completely online process — may benefit most from personal assistance offered by one-to-one benefits counseling sessions.

The white paper is the latest in an ongoing series of research briefs produced by Colonial Life to help position the company as a thought leader in financial protection benefits, communication and enrollment.

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 hospital confinement insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 80,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3 million of America’s workers and their families. For more information visit or connect with the company at, and


Edventure Children’s Museum Presents FROST
Museum Hosts Winter Gala to Benefit Yes, Every Child

FROST logoEdVenture Children’s Museum presents FROST, a winter gala, on January 31 at 7 p.m. at SCETV studios. Guests are invited to be whisked away to a winterful evening of chilling cocktails, exquisite cuisine, dancing and regal entertainment. This black-tie gala commences under dazzling studio lights and features sumptuous selections by Scott Hall Catering and live music by the Dick Goodwin Big Band. This fundraising gala benefits Yes, Every Child, EdVenture’s commitment to providing the joy of learning to underserved families in South Carolina through reduced admission, outreach and educational programming.

“I have been a long-time fan of EdVenture, but when I learned about the Yes, Every Child initiative, I knew I needed to get involved with what they are trying to do for children and families,” said Alicia Barnes, news anchor for ABC Columbia and co-chair of FROST. “I believe every child, regardless of socio-economic barriers, should have the chance to be inspired to learn.”

Tickets to FROST are $125 per person and are available at

FROST is presented by Land Rover Columbia. Additional support is provided by Aflac, Wells Fargo, Southeastern Freight Lines, Bank of America, BB&T, First Citizens, South Carolina BLUE, Colonial Life, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., SCE&G, Schweiger Family Practices, TD Bank, WebsterRogers LLP, Sylvan’s Jeweler’s, Columbia Living Magazine, Anesthesiology Professionals of Columbia, Beam Suntory, Abacus Planning Group, Ballentine Pediatrics, and Bauknight, Pietras, and Stormer.

FROST is co-chaired by Alicia Barnes, news anchor for ABC Columbia and Andrew Schweiger, managing partner for Schweiger Family Practices.                                                                                                                                                          

The mission of EdVenture is to inspire children to experience the joy of learning. EdVenture is a locally-managed, not-for-profit informal educational institution dedicated to lifelong learning through its 92,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor interactive exhibit space and in its educational outreach programs and after school programs. The museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries, creating shared experiences and memories for families learning together. For more information about EdVenture, visit or call (803) 779-3100.


ECPI University Selected Top School in Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide for Colleges & Universities

ECPI_UNIVERSITY_logoECPI University has once again been designated as a Top School by Military Advanced Education (MAE). Each year, the MAE Guide spotlights colleges and universities that adhere to the highest principles and best practices in military and veterans’ education. Featured in the December issue of MAE, the guide is now available online at

military advancedThe guide presents the results of a questionnaire aimed at the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions of higher learning. MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to men and women in uniform.

This year, schools were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services. The resulting information will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“This honor marks the second time in the past several weeks that ECPI University has been recognized for its commitment to military and veteran students,” says ECPU University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “We’re honored that so many veterans and service members trust ECPI to help them expand their career options and make the transition to civilian life.”

Last month, ECPI University announced that it was selected as Best for Vets for the fourth straight year by Military Times. Ranked number two nationwide among online and nontraditional schools, ECPU University has been rated among the top three since 2012.

For more information, please contact ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or

ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees and diploma programs. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI, a private university established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services are provided. Continuing education certification classes and testing are also available.


South Carolina REALTORS Staff Volunteers to Pack Food Boxes for Senior Citizens

HarvestHopeSouth Carolina REALTORS® (SCR) closed its office Friday afternoon, December 5th, so that its staff could lend a helping hand at Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Association staff members assembled and stuffed 200 boxes of food at the warehouse at 2220 Shop Road in Columbia from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. The boxes included milk, juice, dried and canned goods and will be delivered to hundreds of South Carolina’s senior citizens.

“SCR is committed to helping improve the Quality of Life for South Carolina’s citizens … whether it’s through promoting the American Dream of Homeownership, or simply by lending a hand to those who need our help in our communities,” said SCR CEO Nick Kremydas.

Harvest Hope is a food assistance program that distributed more than 28 million pounds of food last year and fed approximately 38,000 people a week.


Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $80,950 to Caritas Grantees

sisters-of-charity-foundation-cleveland-logoThe Sisters of Charity Foundation awards $80,950 to 30 Caritas grantees in this last cycle of 2014.

“In omnibus caritas” means In all things charity.  Since its inception in 1851, the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has sought to put into practice these simple but all-encompassing words.  As a ministry of the Sisters, the Foundation offers Caritas Grant funds to be awarded to non-profit and faith-based organizations meeting the immediate needs of the poor in South Carolina.

The Caritas Grants program purpose is to provide support to organizations dealing with situational poverty or crisis poverty. The demand for food, clothing, shelter and free health programs as well as other immediate needs is expanding for organizations providing these services. Caritas Grant awards will be up to $5,000 for a one-year period.

These Caritas Grantees are:

Anderson Free Clinic – ($3,000) Providing dental care to low income, uninsured adults (Anderson)
Area Churches Together Serving Acts – ($3,000) Funding for a daily food pantry and senior food program. (Aiken)
Birthright of Georgetown – ($2,500) Emergency assistance for disadvantaged new mothers and their babies. (Georgetown, Williamsburg)
Bluffton Self Help – ($1,000) Funding to purchase refrigeration units to store fresh vegetables and fruit for a food distribution program. (Beaufort, Jasper)
Caring And Sharing – ($2,500) Funding to purchase a walk-in cooler to store fresh produce and healthy foods for a food distribution program. (Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg)
Christ Central Ministries Columbia – ($4,950) Enhancement of a kitchen for a food service program that prepares meals for the homeless and working poor. (Richland, Lexington)
Clarendon County Community Development Corporation – ($3,000) Providing assistance to a local Meals on Wheels program and food bank. (Clarendon)
East Cooper Meals on Wheels – ($5,000) Preparing and delivering healthier meals and foods for health impaired seniors. (Charleston, Berkeley)
EmmanuWheel – ($1,500) Building wheel chair ramps for those in need. (Lexington, Richland)
Family Promise of Pickens County – ($3,000) Providing services to help homeless families transition into affordable housing. (Pickens)
Fields to Families – ($2,000) Delivering fresh produce from local farms to community outreach agencies. (Berkeley, Calhoun, Dorchester)
Golden Strip Free Clinic – ($3,000) Providing medical services to chronically-ill and uninsured individuals. (Greenville)
Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort – ($3,000) Providing free primary medical care to low income, uninsured adults. (Beaufort)
Greer Community Ministries – ($1,000) Funding for Meals on Wheels and Senior Dining programs. (Greenville, Spartanburg)
Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg – ($4,000) An oral health outreach and education program for children ages 4 to 18. (Spartanburg)
Help 4 Kids Florence – ($1,500) Distributing weekend meals to needy public school students and their families. (Florence)
Helping Hands of Goose Creek – ($3,000) An emergency food program serving families and individuals in crisis. (Berkeley)
Hopewell Senior Day Care Center – ($2,500) Funding for a food program providing breakfast and lunch, five days per week for seniors, and distributing food packages monthly to seniors and low income families. (Georgetown, Williamsburg)
ICNA Relief USA, Shifa Free Clinic – ($3,000) Funding for a child hunger prevention program providing weekend meals to students in need. (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Sumter, Georgetown, Colleton)
James Island Outreach – ($1,000) An emergency outreach program for those in need. (Charleston)
Lowcountry Orphan Relief – ($1,500) Providing clothing, underwear and socks, school supplies and basic essentials to abandoned and abused children. (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester)
Marion Food Bank – ($1,000) An emergency food assistance and disaster relief program. (Williamsburg)
MedNeed of SC – ($2,000) Funding to provide durable medical equipment to uninsured indigent citizens. (South Carolina)
Mercy Medicine Clinic – ($3,000) Offering coordinated services to homeless and battered women in transition. (Florence)
North Strand Helping Hand – ($1,000) Funding to expand a perishable food distribution program. (Horry)
Pro Bono Legal Services – ($5,000) A program providing free legal services to low income children, families, and individuals. (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester)
Roscoe Reading Program – ($3,500) Support for a program that uses therapy dogs and provides incentives and prizes to encourage reading amongst elementary school students. (Berkeley)
South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness Board of Trustees-Chesterfield – ($2,500) Helping families in need with food and with access to a broad array of assistance services and information on community services. (Chesterfield)
Teachers’ Supply Closet – ($3,000) Offering free classroom school supplies to teachers from Title One public schools. (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester)
The Lighthouse Ministries – ($5,000) Providing emergency outreach to those in need. (Florence)

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.


Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries Announces 2015 Black Jack Ball
Tickets are now on sale for the annual fundraising gala on February 7, 2015

blackjackThe Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries announces a Vegas-theme for their annual fundraising gala scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. The Black Jack Ball serves as the official celebration of the museum membership affiliate group’s 21st birthday. The annual gala is the Contemporaries’ signature event and it remains a major fundraiser for its art acquisition projects.

“We wanted to create an event theme for this year that embodies the excitement of our 21st birthday celebration,” says Beth Kelly Frost, event chair. “We’re grateful to our amazing sponsors who are helping us to ensure the gala remains befitting Columbia’s famously hot reputation.”

After walking the red carpet into the CMA, beginners and high rollers alike will be transported to Vegas with show-stopping event design, including a VIP lounge, by Cricket Newman Designs. The evening will begin with a silent auction showcasing art from local and regional South Carolina artists. In addition to bidding on the chance to take home a piece of the night, partygoers will enjoy culinary delights by Scott Hall Catering, can try their hand at casino entertainment by Party Time DJs, and dance the night away to live music by Sol Fusion.

“It’s very important for a community to have a vibrant art scene if it’s going to thrive. It attracts business, and more importantly, it creates shared experiences that strengthen relationships within a community. My take on catering is a creative and artful one, and I’m glad to be working alongside like-minded individuals,” says Scott Hall, executive chef of Scott Hall Catering. “The Contemporaries help foster this in Columbia, and I’m excited to be a part of this gala once again.”

Tickets are $55 / $100 for individual/couples Contemporaries’ members and $75 / $130 for individual/couples non-member tickets. All proceeds from the event benefit the Contemporaries Art Acquisition Fund so that it may continue its success in participating in the acquisition of pieces such as those most recently acquired from Dale Chihuly, George Tooker, and Henry Mandell.

For tickets and information, visit

Sponsorship opportunities are also currently available. For more information, please contact Jase Glenn ( or Garrett Givens (

The Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art are comprised of an active membership of more than 200 individual and dual memberships from the Columbia area. The mission of the Contemporaries is to provide an opportunity to support the Museum through: promoting the Museum and its programs, diversifying the Museum’s membership, and leading the next generation of Museum supporters.


ASTD Midlands Welcomes DISNEY INSTITUTE to Columbia

disneyDisney Institute is bringing its renowned Disney’s Approach to Selection, Training & Engagement course to Midlands Technical College-  Airport Campus in West Columbia, SC on March 9, 2015  Sponsored by ASTD Midlands, the full-day event will teach area professionals how to train, develop and retain skilled employees who understand and convey the values of their business to achieve positive economic results.

Registration is $429 per person and includes all course materials light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and parking, etc.   An early bird rate of $349 is available till December 31st.  For more information or to register, call 803-281-0421 or go to:

Disney Institute inspires professionals to use Disney best practices to think and act differently about their business. At the heart of every Disney Institute client interaction are lessons on company culture and brand building. The Disney culture is deeply rooted in leadership, the customer experience, and creativity/innovation, all of which have helped the company be successful for many decades. To learn more, visit or call 321-939-4600.


New Leader Announced by Junior Achievement of Central SC

junior achievement-logoThe Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina is pleased to announce that Casey Pash has been selected as the new president of the JACSC office effective December 18, 2014.  As president of the Central South Carolina JA Area, Pash will manage the organization’s work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs that currently reach over 11,000 K-12 S.C. students in 23 counties. Ms. Pash is the former executive director for The Original Six Foundation.

“Ms. Pash’s experience will be invaluable to this organization,” said Tyler Hudson, executive vice president at NBSC and chairman of the JACSC board of directors. “Her successful leadership abilities make her ideally suited to connect area business leaders, community funding opportunities and education initiatives for Central South Carolina’s Junior Achievement programs. Her demonstrated non-profit experience will ensure the future success of the JACSC office.”

Ms. Pash, originally from Tennessee, came to S.C. in 2012 to oversee The Original Six Foundation, founded in 2011 by Governor Nikki Haley.  The Original Six Foundation mission – uniting public, private and civic leaders and resources to address the challenging issues facing South Carolina’s communities in the areas of education, quality of life, and workforce readiness strongly parallels Junior Achievement’s key pillars for success: workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy for K-12 students.

Pash began her career in banking. She also worked for the First Lady of Tennessee and was an active young professional in the Nashville area prior to relocating to Columbia.

After December 18th, Ms. Pash can be reached at (803) 252-1974 ext. 205 /

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA Worldwide provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 139 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional 4.3 million students served by operations in 114 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit

Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina provides educational programs that help young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with businesses and educators, JA brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their full potential. JA inspires young people to improve the quality of their lives through economic and business education. Junior Achievement student programs focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and work-related life skills/career development. For more information, visit or


Edventure Children’s Museum Invites You to Drink Bad Coffee for Kids
Museum Launches Giving Campaign to Benefit Yes, Every Child Initiative

bad coffeeEdVenture Children’s Museum is pleased to announce “I Drink Bad Coffee for Kids”, an inaugural giving campaign to benefit Yes, Every Child – an initiative which provides opportunities for underserved families in South Carolina to experience EdVenture through reduced admission, outreach and educational programming. The museum launched the campaign to encourage coffee drinkers to substitute a regular Cup of Joe for their usual gourmet mochas and lattes for a short time and donate the money saved to the museum’s campaign.

 “A visit to the local barista for that hand-crafted espresso-based beverage is a small indulgence a lot of us afford ourselves each day,” said Louis Fawcett, vice president of development at EdVenture. “We are challenging the community to sacrifice the value of a few premium cups of coffee and use those extra dollars to change children’s lives.”

The “I Drink Bad Coffee for Kids” campaign provides different levels of giving starting at as little as $25.

“We established different giving levels to enable more people to join the campaign and support our efforts to provide the means for every child to experience EdVenture’s unique approach to learning through play and exploration,” said Fawcett. “We also wanted this to be a fun campaign, so we are encouraging folks to create videos of themselves explaining why they are choosing to drink bad coffee for kids.”

Several “bad coffee drinker” videos have already been posted to EdVenture’s YouTube channel and are popping up on the museum’s other social media outlets.

Each person participating in the campaign will receive two guest passes to EdVenture and a reusable coffee sleeve featuring the “I Drink Bad Coffee for Kids” logo. In addition, a coffee social featuring premium coffee by First Citizens Café will be held in March to celebrate donors for their contributions to the campaign.

You can sign up to participate and choose your level of giving at Please share your “bad coffee” experience on social media to encourage others to support this cause that is changing children’s lives in your community.

Yes, Every Child provides accessibility to educational programming to all families regardless of cultural, ethnic, geographic or socio-economic barriers. Through Yes, Every Child, EdVenture provides health education and wellness programs in underserved communities and offers $1 admission to families who qualify for SNAP, WIC and Medicaid.

Since 2012, EdVenture has served over 38,000 childrenand families through the Yes, Every Child initiative.                                            

The mission of EdVenture is to inspire children to experience the joy of learning. EdVenture is a locally-managed, not-for-profit informal educational institution dedicated to lifelong learning through its 92,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor interactive exhibit space and in its educational outreach programs and after school programs. The museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries, creating shared experiences and memories for families learning together. For more information about EdVenture, visit or call (803) 779-3100.


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