Allen Tate group gives to arts council

November 12, 2012 

Arts Council of York County Executive Director Debra Heintz announces the Allen Tate Real Estate “Leave an Impression” Campaign for the Arts made a gift of $2,660 for its annual campaign. The checks and pledges from individual realtors were presented by Sandy Johnson, whose team is located on Ebenezer Avenue.

The “Leave an Impression” campaign spans North and South Carolina. Team members have the option to donate to the cultural institution of their choice in the areas where they work. Twenty-seven realtors from Lake Wylie, Rock Hill, York, Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Lancaster and Ballantyne participated.

“The Arts Council’s immediate service area includes all of York County, but annually draws visitors from 130 cities, 30 states and 6 countries,” Heintz said.

The Arts Council recently received the state’s highest ranking by the S.C. Arts Commission for its general support and programming grant. Annual membership provides funding support for small grants, arts in education residencies, summer camps, visual arts exhibitions and a diverse performing arts series.

Sandy Johnson, president of the Arts Council and owner/operator of a local Allen Tate Realty team, has chaired the ACYC fundraising activities for several years.

“We are proud to support the arts because it adds to the economic vitality of our community,” she said.

For more information, call the arts council at 803-328-2787.

Chamber gala reservations accepted

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce annual Holiday Gala will be held from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 6 at River Hills Country Club.

Music will be by The Classics. To make a reservations, call 803-831-2827.

PBWA seeks vendors for show

The Professional Business Women’s Association of York County is looking for vendors for The Candy Cane Market to be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at York Tech Baxter Hood Center.

Vendor openings are available for artists, craftsmen, gift suppliers, quilters, seamstresses, church groups and any one who wants to sell products in a Christmas craft show environment.

Proceeds from The Candy Cane Market benefit the PBWA Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit

Friends in Business invites new members

Friends in Business of Lake Wylie is a local specialty-business networking group that welcomes visitors.

The group meets at 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Cafe 49, and 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at All Saints Catholic Church. For more information, call 803-631-5161 or visit

Duke Energy CEO to chair Charlotte March for Babies

Jim Rogers, Duke Energy CEO, will serve as chair for the 2013 March for Babies in Charlotte.

He is committed to helping reach the event goal of $600,000 to support March of Dimes, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013. March for Babies will beheld April 27 in uptown Charlotte.

“When you participate in March for Babies, you give hope to the nearly 17,000 babies born too soon each year in North Carolina. The money you raise supports programs in our state that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies,” Rogers said.

“I’m serving as the 2013 Chair for March for Babies because I believe if we can give a child a healthy birth, we have a positive impact on their future quality of life. I challenge Charlotte’s businesses and families to join me in raising critical funds so more families will know the joy of having a healthy baby.”

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.

Founded in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to eradicate polio, the March of Dimes has worked tirelessly since that time to improve the health and well-being of babies. For more information, visit

Learn about home buying Nov. 13

A free workshop on how to buy a home will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the York County Library on Black Street.

“Home-Buying Made Easy” will be conducted by Lisa Young, vice president of mortgage services at Family Trust Federal Credit Union. She’ll explain how to qualify for a mortgage, the types of loans, the differences between fixed and adjustable rates, and how to apply.

Books on the topics will be available for checkout. Participants are asked to register in advance at or by calling 803-326-2187.

The workshop is part of “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom,” an eight-month series being conducted free by the library and Family Trust the second Tuesday of each month through April. Participants can attend one or all the workshops.

Other workshops will be: Auto-Buying Basics: Dec. 11; Understanding Home and Auto Insurance: Jan. 8; Investing with Confidence: Feb. 12; Identity Theft: Who’s got Your Number?: March 12; and Legal Planning for Seniors: April 9.

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