April 24, 2014

Annual Songwriters in the Round event benefits Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners held its annual Nashville Songwriters in the Round fundraising event in early April in Georgetown, South Carolina, with 160 people attending raising a record $47,000 for children who are in need and without resources in the Georgetown community. The event was designed in the spirit of Nashville and the famous Bluebird Cafe, allowing attendees to hear songwriters share the songs they’ve written for many of country music’s stars and the stories behind them.

The Georgetown Times covered the event and published the following story:

Songwriters in the Round Musicians perform to provide health care for students in need

Four musicians sat facing each other with their guitars in hand at the center of the room, sharing stories and singing songs they wrote while a crowd gathered to listen.

The musicians, who performed at the Winyah Indigo Hall in Georgetown on Friday, April 4, were Phillip Lammonds, Ruth Collins, Brett Jones and Edwin McCain.

The event benefitted Healthy Learners, a faith-based non-profit organization that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school.

The event was catered by Chive Blossom Cafe with additional food and beverage donors including Manifesto! and Pawleys Island Wine and Spirits.

It is a favorite event for local music lovers.

“This is my favorite event of the whole year,” said Dr. Owen Johnson, owner of Indigo Vision Center in Georgetown.

“I wouldn’t miss it.”

About the performers

Featured artists for the event were well-known songwriters.

Edwin McCain is an entrepreneur who has launched major fundraising events as well as runs his own businesses and television productions.

His songs “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More” were radio top 40 hits in the U.S., and five of his albums have reached the Billboard 200.

Ruth Collins signed a publishing and record contract with Curb Music in 2011.

She currently lives in Nashville with her husband and is working on her debut album.

Brett Jones is a country music singer/songwriter with notable recordings “You Gotta Love That” by Neal McCoy and “Cover You in Kisses” by John Michael Montgomery. He is also a successful publisher with notable copyrights, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Tracy Adkins and “Put a Girl In It” by Brooks and Dunn.

Phillip Lammonds, now a local, is one of the original members of the Blue Dogs. He has penned numerous tunes for, or with, artists like Darius Rucker, Edwin McCain, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Hootie and the Blowfish, Lee Brice, Kelly Pickler and others.

About Healthy Learners

Since opening its office in 2009 and working with Georgetown County schools, Healthy Learners Georgetown has helped more than 900 children receive for than 4,700 medical services and traveled more than 100,000 miles transporting children to appointments.

According to the organization’s website, www.healthylearners.com/georgetown/, the Healthy Learners Georgetown program serves elementary, middle and high school students who are without resources and are in need.

This includes students who are covered by Medicaid. Transportation to and from school to appointments is a unique and vital link to the success of the Healthy Learners program.

An overview of the needs of the children of Georgetown County outlines several important facts, the website states.

The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates program states that 14.2 percent of residents under the age of 18 are uninsured.

According to the State Department of Education’s website, approximately 60 percent of the students in Georgetown County qualified for free and reduced lunch in 2008.

The 2008 Kid’s Count data reports that 75.3 percent of parents with children ages 6 to 17 years were in the labor force, however 26.6 percent of children in the same age group lived in poverty. Children in single parent families made up 73.6 percent of all the county’s children living in poverty. Also according to Kid’s Count data, 28 percent of students do not graduate from school.

“Families with children who are without resources are often unable to meet the financial obligations of health care and the lack of transportation makes health care access even more difficult,” said Rebecca Lammonds, the Georgetown coordinator.

“The Healthy Learners staff is committed to eliminating health barriers to learning for the children of Georgetown County by providing access to health care.”

Healthy Learners is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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