April 27, 2020

Thanking Those Who Serve



Learn how two groups came together to show their appreciation for health care workers.

On April 24, the University of South Carolina Veterans Alumni Council, in partnership with the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of SC provided 600 gourmet cookies and bottles of water to healthcare workers and staff at the Dorn VA Medical Center.

This was a way to thank workers for the unwavering hard work and sacrifice to serving the veteran and military community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, both organizations partnered with local business, The Southern Gourmet.

“Since the inception of the Veterans Alumni Council in 2016, we’ve been driven to not only engage the UofSC veteran alumni and student veteran population, but also support the local veteran and military community, so we were very excited to partner with a military and first responder nonprofit, supporting the Dorn VAMC staff, while also supporting a local business during these difficult economic times," says John Parry, Chair of the Veterans Alumni Council.

In partnership with the Veterans Alumni Council, Dan Hennigan, Chairman and Founder of the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation was glad to show his respect for medical professionals during this time.

"To show our deepest appreciation, The 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of SC was honored to join hands with the Veterans Alumni Council, so we could provide homemade gourmet cookies to our Dorn VA hospital front line medical professionals," Hennigan says. 

Christie Richardson is owner of The Southern Gourmet. The company provided the cookies for healthcare workers at the Dorn VA. 

"We are extremely grateful for the sacrifice of the veteran and military community," Richardson says. "We also have family in the healthcare industry, so we’ve seen the impact this has had on them firsthand."

Tammy Finney is head of community relations and engagement for the Columbia VA Health Care System and is glad to have this community support.

“We have 2,800 employees who have been working tirelessly around the clock to ensure our veteran community maintains the level of support and service that they are accustomed to, during these unprecedented times," Finney says. "We truly believe we’re StongerTogether, and that’s been demonstrated by the tremendous support from the community. We have a longstanding and strong relationship with UofSC and the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of SC, and are very grateful for their support.”

The mission of the event was accomplished by letting workers know people care as they are put in long hours during the pandemic.



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