UNION — The people who attended Saturday’s “Art & Soul” event at USC Union enjoyed an evening of interactive art, dance, and music while contributing toward the construction of new helipad next to Wallace Thomson Hospital.
Art & Soul was sponsored by the Union County Health Care Foundation as part of its efforts to raise $20,000 to help pay for the construction of a helipad next the hospital to provide a safer, more efficient method of transporting patients from Union to an area trauma center.
The three hour event took place on all three floors of the USC Union Main Building with dance on the first floor, art on the second, and music on the third. The event was an interactive one that provided those who attended with the opportunity to take dance lessons on the first floor; observe and learn how to paint and to help produce a piece of community artwork on the second floor; and to enjoy performances by three groups playing different musical genres on the third floor.
Foundation Executive Director Catherine Childers said that those who attended Art & Soul “had a blast,” many of them taking part in the activities by taking dance and/or art lessons on the first and second floors and enjoying the concerts on the third.
Childers thanked the event’s corporate sponsors American HomePatient, Lockhart Power, Arthur State Bank, ESAB, and SC House District 42 Rep. Rep. Mike Anthony. She also thanked “this group of people who made Art & Soul a reality” including:
• USC Union and Dean Alice Taylor-Colbert
• The Union County Arts Council
• Spotlight Artist Beki Buchanan Reynolds
• Painting Instructor Ashlee Tolleson
• Painter Ronald Williams
• Dance Instructors Amanda Gregory-Leigh and Tommy Manibusan
• The musical groups that performed in the auditorium: Dirk & Catherine Shlingman, Gospel Grass, and Missing Monday
• Wallace Thomson Hospital Food Services
• Don West Painting which provided the painting cloth
“Without the help from the businesses/individuals, this event would not have been a success,” Childers said.
Childers said that a final total of how much was raised will not be known for several days as donations are still coming in. She did say, however, that the event was a success and that a second Art & Soul will be held next year.
“We are excited about Art & Soul 2015,” Childers said.
For more information about the Union County Health Care Foundation and its efforts to raise funds for the helipad and/or to make a donation call 864-301-2466.
The Union County Health Care Foundation is a proud partner with American HomePatient, your respiratory provider of choice. The partnership generates revenue for the foundation which uses it pay all of its administrative costs so that any and all funds it raises goes to support the hospital district.