GHS reveals newest facility dog

A new facility dog, King, has joined Greenville Hospital System’s F.E.T.C.H. (Friends Encouraging Therapeutic Coping and Healing) Unit. King is a 1-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever who is specially trained to provide physical, social, and emotional support to patients at GHS Children’s Hospital.

King joins several other therapy dogs including Kalle, Kenzie, and Vivitar. King has a special legacy at GHS, serving the hospital in honor of the late Betsy Eye. Often referred to as “Betsy’s dog,” King will bring joy to critically ill children during their extended hospital stays. King is the first dog to be donated in memory of a former patient, and he will even sport a specially designed patch commemorating his status as “Betsy’s dog.”

King’s arrival was made possible through an anonymous donor, who identified with Eye’s chronic condition by reading a popular patient blog. It costs approximately $25,000 to onboard a facility dog into the hospital. Eye was especially impacted by service dogs that brought her a special joy during her hospital stays.

BMW invests $1 million in International African American Museum

BMW has invested $1 million in the upcoming International African American Museum (IAAM) in Charleston. This gift brings the museum’s Founders Fund within $2 million of reaching its $25 million private philanthropy goal. BMW’s investment will be recognized in the Orientation Theater, where guests will begin their time at IAAM. Visitors will see videos that give historical context of the museum’s location at Gadsden’s Wharf, as well as the significance of Charleston and South Carolina in national and international history. It also will show inspiring stories of African-American resistance, sacrifice, survival, and achievement.

The significance of the museum in Charleston reflects the fact that around half of all slaves arrived in Charleston during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and the vast majority of them disembarked at Gadsden’s Wharf.

Girl Scout troop selects CDS for Silver Award

The Center for Developmental Services was selected as the beneficiary of a Girl Scout Silver Award project. Cadette Troop 831 of Service Unit 635 donated books, therapy toys, puzzles, and games to be used by the children at CDS. The Silver Award is the Girl Scout’s second-highest honor and an important step in leadership for Cadette-level scouts in sixth through eighth grade. 

Golfers narrowly miss $1 million hole

Jason Tate was only 21 feet away from winning $1 million in the final of Laurens Electric Cooperative’s Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout at Eagle Zone golf center on Pelham Road. Tate won $1,000 for his closest-to-the-$1-million-hole shot. C.W. Crawford placed second, followed by Brandon Fowler in third.

The Shootout, sponsored by Laurens Electric Cooperative, included two qualifying days during which golfers could earn entry into the Saturday finals. Last year, the Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout raised $12,000 for charity, and every dollar will improve the lives of those in the surrounding communities.


Collegian staff wins SCPA awards

The South Carolina Press Association (SCPA) recognized several members of Bob Jones University’s student newspaper, The Collegian, with multiple awards at the Collegiate Annual News Contest on April 20. The SCPA Collegiate News Contest recognizes the best in South Carolina collegiate journalism. Collegiate staff members competed against other colleges and universities in 21 categories, including writing, design, photography, and illustration.

Students recognized include Ian Dyke (Front Royal, Va.) – First Place, Feature Story; Second Place, Editorial Writing; Third Place, News Story; Luke McCormick (Phenix City, Ala.) – First Place, News Story; Gerson Eduardo Petit Alva (Lima, Peru) – First Place, Arts and Entertainment Story; Justin Woodham (Greenville) – First Place, Specialty Page Design; Tyler Horkavy (Greenville) – Second Place, Specialty Page Design; Amy Sheeter (Sabina, Ohio) – Third Place, Specialty Page Design; Daniel Petersen (Dade City, Fla.) – First Place, Photograph; Second Place, Photo Story; Ian Nichols (Greenville) – Third Place, Photograph; Anna Rose Pryde (Reading, Mich.) – First Place, Cartoon/Illustration; and Jordan Harbin (Greer) – Second Place, Cartoon/Illustration.

The Collegian staff also won second place in the General Excellence category, and Ian Dyke, a junior English education major, received the Mundy Scholarship for his work as an editor.

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