Leadership Columbia, a program for existing and emerging leaders sponsored by theGreater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled their class project yesterday on the grounds of The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders. The Leadership Columbia Class of 2014 (LC14) project, a renovation of a 2 bedroom/ 1 bathroom cottage and the addition of a healing garden, was completed over a four month span. The 59 member class contributed over 1,100 volunteer hours and secured in-kind services and donations valued at over $100,000 from generous community partners.
“This effort would not have been possible without the support of businesses and citizens in our community who generously donated their time, energy, expertise, and resources to make the LC14 class project a success,” said Stephen Creech, Leadership Columbia class member.
The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders is South Carolina’s first and only comprehensive center for the treatment of eating disorders. According to The Hearth, approximately 10-15 million Americans have an eating disorder. Among women, ages 15-24, eating disorders are one of the top four leading causes of death. Of those 10 million Americans affected by the disorder, only 1 in 10 people will receive treatment.
The LC14 cottage renovation will allow patients and their families to stay on-site during treatment – drastically reducing the outside costs associated with care – and allowing a broader range of patients to have access to this one-of-a-kind treatment center. The healing garden will aid in the care and recovery process and offer a peaceful atmosphere for meditation and reflection for patients and family members.
“We are extremely grateful for everything that has been given. It will clearly benefit our patients and help The Hearth continue to offer top level care. Many thanks to the all who donated time, talent, and resources to make this project come to life,” said John Kessler, interim executive director of The Hearth.
About Leadership Columbia Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The 10 month program provides existing and emerging leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For more than 40 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders. For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit www.columbiachamber.com.
About The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders (HCED) opened in 2013 and has a mission to facilitate healthy lifestyles through eating disorder treatment, prevention and education using family focused, evidence-based care. The HCED’s treatment team includes psychiatrists, masters and doctoral level clinicians, registered dietitians, pediatricians, certified teachers, and nurses.
About the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its members and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.
To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.
Nicole B. Curtis
Director of Marketing and Communications