The Good Folks of York County celebrated several milestones Wednesday.
The group, formed simply to raise funds for worthy causes, held its 22nd annual fundraising luncheon – this time to a capacity crowd of almost 400 at the ballroom of the DiGiorgio Center at Winthrop University.
The group likely raised more than $100,000 this year – the first time it crossed that financial threshold. Totals won’t be final until next week when all the donations are tallied.
The $100,000-plus effort pushed the all-time total for the group past the $1 million mark.
“This is all about showing compassion, love, sympathy for our fellow man,” said Grier Sandifer, chairman of the 2013 campaign and a resident of York.
In encouraging people to donate, Ed Sehl of the Good Folks board of directors and Tega Cay resident said, “We give because we are generous, not because we expect something in return.”
Benefactors of the Good Folks efforts this year are the Adult Enrichment Centers and the Palmetto Pregancy Center. They were selected from 12 applicants.
The Palmetto Pregnancy Center in Rock Hill needs an ultrasound machine. The one it has is about seven years old, and it is almost impossible to get parts or service. The center also needs funds to train people on the new equipment.
The Adult Enrichment Center in Rock Hill needs a minivan to transport clients and a cover where the buses unload clients. About one-third of the Rock Hill center’s 60 or so clients use wheelchairs. When it rains, they and the center’s volunteers get wet as they get on and off the buses.
The Rock Hill center is one of three operated by York County Adult Day Care Services. Recently, the Fort Mill Adult Enrichment Center was named the top center in the country by the National Association of Day Service Centers.
The Fort Mill center was selected for its innovative programing, said Frieda Price, executive director of the Adult Enrichment Centers. Three programs were cited, the High Five Club for clients ages 21-32 that helps with social skills, a wellness program to improve health and a partnership with the Tri-District Adult Education Center in Clover to help clients learn to read and write.
Don Worthington • 803-329-4066