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The Blood Connection announces increased need for blood donors 

The Blood Connection, a nonprofit community blood center that serves an 18,280-square-mile area of South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina, is urging blood donors to give blood to ensure that hospital need remains uninterrupted. 

According to a press release, “unusually cold temperatures,” including historic snowfall along the South Carolina coast, and widespread illness are “affecting turn out and blood donations.” The Blood Connection holds between 12 and 14 blood drives each day. 

The Blood Connection is in need of all blood types, and both whole blood and platelet donations will be accepted. 

In Greenville, donors can visit the organization’s donation center at 435 Woodruff Road. Other locations to give can be found via donate.thebloodconnection.org/donor/schedules/geo. 



Center for Developmental Services completes lobby renovation 

The Center for Developmental Services (CDS) has completed the renovation of their lobby, which is their first major renovation since opening 17 years ago. Some of the new features include a transportation theme with large wooden cars, a mural of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a separate waiting area for medically fragile children, and a low-sensory waiting area for patients who need less stimulation. The design was created by DP3 Architects, and construction was supervised by Creative Builders.  



Countybank makes donation in memory of Kip Burrell  

Countybank has donated to the Anderson County Sherriff’s Department to support their future search and rescue equipment purchases. A dedication ceremony was held on Dec. 17, and a check was presented in honor of the late Kip Burrell. The check was presented in honor of Burrell because the Anderson County Sherriff’s Department was instrumental in finding his body after he went missing. Burrell was thrown from his boat during a storm in Lake Hartwell, and the search for him lasted nearly two months. Attendees of the ceremony included Ken Harper, Stacey Burrell, and Shannon Lusk of Countybank, Sherriff Chad McBride, emergency management director Lt. David Baker, support and special operations Capt. Darrell Hill, and other representatives from the Sherriff’s Department and Emergency Services.  



SYNNEX Share the Magic presents checks to four Upstate charities  

SYNNEX Share the Magic, a charitable fundraising initiative created in 2011, announced that more than $1.8M was raised in 2017 for four Upstate children’s charities. This is the most significant fundraising total that the initiative has achieved in its seven years. The beneficiaries of this year’s fundraising include A Child’s Haven, Clement’s Kindness, Make-A-Wish South Carolina, and Pendleton Place.   

SYNNEX Share the Magic was created in 2011 by Peter Larocque, the president of North American technology solutions for SYNNEX Corporation. SYNNEX Share the Magic has raised more than $8.5M over the past seven years for Upstate children. Some of the community events in 2017 included SYNNEX Share the Magic Day at the Greenville Drive, Comedy for Cause at the Greenville Comedy Zone, and the SYNNEX Annual Charity Golfs Tournament. SYNNEX Share the Magic was also a beneficiary of Greenville High Spirit Week, the Bill Haas Charity Classic, and the BMW Charity Pro-Am.  



Local museum CEO to serve as national judge 

Dana Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Upcountry History Museum at Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has been selected by the Costume Society of America to serve as a judge for the 44th Annual Meeting and National Symposium’s Innovative Showcase Design Exhibition in March. This event celebrates the study of dress in order to support wider communities of learning, research, and creative exploration. This year’s symposium will focus on the “making” aspects of projects, production, and design. Individuals submitted a variety of creative textile work under the heading of “Making Connections: Manufacturing Knowledge through Dress Studies.” Thorpe has over 30 years of experience in the museum profession and has served in key leadership and director positions at the Association of Children’s Museums, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, among others.


Crawford Strategy honors Greenville Tech student with annual scholarship 

Crawford Strategy awarded its third annual Sandy Linning Scholarship to Hunter McAbee, a Greenville Technical College student pursuing a marketing degree. McAbee will graduate from Greenville Tech in spring 2018 and currently works full-time for Chick-fil-A. She is a volunteer dance instructor for children who cannot afford the cost of classes on their own. She also volunteers in multiple capacities, from church marketing promotions to summer camps and nurseries. This is the third year of the annual scholarship, which was established by Crawford Strategy in 2015 to honor Sandy Linning, a strategic advisor and lifelong friend of company founder Marion Crawford. The scholarship is awarded annually to a communications student who receives a faculty recommendation and meets the requirements of eligibility.



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