The James E. Clyburn Research & Scholarship Foundation is holding its annual family-friendly weekend in Santee Aug. 2-5. This highly-anticipated event received the 2012 Bundy Award from the South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism Department for its significant economic impact on South Carolina’s rural communities.

This year will mark the Clyburn Foundation’s 28th annual Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic, a golf tournament that raises money for college scholarships. A total of 125 deserving students, who live in or will attend college in the 6th Congressional district of South Carolina, will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the proceeds of the tournament at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Each student will also receive a Dell laptop computer and a Microsoft software package. Many South Carolina colleges attended by the students provide matching scholarship funds for the Canzater Scholars.

During the past 28 years, the golf tournament has helped award more than $4.6 million in college aid and established endowments reaching almost $2 million at nine colleges and universities in South Carolina.

“This annual weekend is the embodiment of the Foundation’s mission – promoting education, changing lives and building healthy communities,” founder Jim Clyburn said. “We enjoy the opportunity to fellowship, but our primary goal is to make a tangible difference in the community.”

In addition to the golf tournament, the weekend activities include a Back to School Bash, a health fair, a Harvest Hope Food Bank distribution and Emily E. Clyburn’s Ladies Luncheon.

The Back to School Bash will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, and is open to the community. The event includes backpack and school supply giveaways, free haircuts, games, music, food and more. This year there will be a special guest, Tiffany J, creator of Super Beauty, a 10-year-old girl with the power to build self-esteem and diminish bullies. She will bring her message of empowerment to young girls at the Back to School Bash.

Another community event is the Ollie Johnson I-95 Health Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. This event features free health screenings and vendors with health-related services. For the second year, Harvest Hope Food Bank will distribute healthy produce to community residents during the health fair. Over the years, the health fair has provided free health services to more than 2,500 people.

An exciting addition to the Back to School Bash and the Ollie Johnson I-95 Health Fair this year is group fitness powerhouse instructor James Patrick. His show, "Wellness Wednesdays," is heard on Hot 103.9. He will lead fitness demonstrations at both events.

Emily Clyburn will host her annual luncheon for friends and family who don’t play golf on Saturday, Aug. 4. The event this year honors Edith Canzater for her years of dedication to the annual event. The Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic is named for her husband, “Candy,” who passed away at the age of 49 of an aortic rupture. He and Jim Clyburn were the founders of the golf tournament that began in 1978 and continues today in his honor to support deserving college students.

All of the events will take place at the Santee Conference Center, 1737 Bass Drive. For more information contact, the Clyburn Foundation at 803-255-0003.


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