Columbia Star

Young professionals give Time for Art




Devin Krop, Leigh Cheathan, and Travis Luthren with Special Olympics

Devin Krop, Leigh Cheathan, and Travis Luthren with Special Olympics

The 2nd Annual Time for Art Fundraiser hosted by the Young Professionals of Greater Columbia and Lexington County took place Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the lobby of the Capitol Center on the corner of Gervais and Assembly Streets. Representatives of Columbia Opportunity Resource, Young Leaders Society of the United Way of the Midlands, The Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art, IIABSC Young Agents, The Leadership Columbia Alumni Association, The Palladium Society of Historic Columbia, the USC Young Alumni Council, and the Young Executives of the Capital City Club each provided a representative to serve on the event planning committee.

The concept behind the Time for Art event is that participants will bid volunteer time to a local non-profit organization sponsored by the event in a silent auction for pieces of art provided by local artists. When the volunteer time is completed, the bidder receives the piece of art as their own.

Several Midlands non-profit groups benefitted from the event through sharing their mis- sion and organization with event attendees and also by receiving free volunteer hours for their specific area of service. Participating non-profit organizations were the American Red Cross, The Babcock Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, The Cooperative Ministry, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Family Connection of SC, The Free Medical Clinic, Girls on the Run Columbia, Home Works of America, Inc., Lutheran Services Carolinas, Senior Resources, Inc., Special Olympics South Carolina, Transitions, and the USO of South Carolina.

Steven Hughes with COR

Steven Hughes with COR

At the conclusion of the Time for Art event, exactly 3,169 volunteer hours were donated by these young professionals to the 14 participating non- profits which will have an estimated economic impact of $65,154. Some of the opportunities for volunteer hours included helping with event planning for a nonprofit, helping to sort donations to The Cooperative Ministry, becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister to a young person in the Midlands, and serving on the organization’s standing committees and board membership.

Sharon Pinckney with Transitions

Sharon Pinckney with Transitions

Aflac served as the presenting sponsor for the 2nd Annual Time for Art event.


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