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Pictured from left are this year's RMC Gala host couples, Brett and Laurin Evans and Molly and Brandon Lukens.

The Regional Medical Center is preparing an evening designed to mirror the boisterous allure of the Roaring '20s as it plans a fundraiser to support its foundation’s efforts to improve resident’s lives.

The 24th annual RMC Foundation Gala will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Orangeburg Country Club. A silent auction will be featured, along with a live auction. The theme for this year’s gala, presented by Zeus, will be “Return to the Roaring '20s.”

The event is being chaired by Orangeburg couples Brett and Laurin Evans of Cameron and Brandon and Molly Lukens of Orangeburg. The proceeds will support the general fund of the RMC Foundation.

“We are looking forward to a wonderful evening, and hope to raise in excess of $100,000 to help those in need. This year's theme is very exciting, and I hope to see our guests in their Roaring 20s attire,” Molly Lukens said.

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the gala.

"We are very appreciative of Zeus' support, as well as the generosity of other companies and individuals that help make it possible for the foundation to continue its work,” Brett Evans said.

“The general fund allows us to assist those who may not fit in a specific category, like maybe they don’t have diabetes or cancer, but they’re a patient of the hospital. They might need assistance with medication, transportation or just other basic needs. We really see it daily, and you want to be able to have a meaningful impact,” RMC Foundation Executive Director Margaret Frierson said.

Frierson is expecting the gala to be a fun evening designed to support a good cause.

“The attire is theme attire of black tie optional. I have a feeling we’re going to see some flapper dresses and some head gear. It’s going to be fun,” Frierson said.

The food for the gala will be prepared by the Orangeburg Country Club and includes lobster rolls, Oysters Rockefeller and mini Reuben sandwiches.

“We hope to have the staff in period costume, so that’ll be fun,” Frierson said.

The Finesse Band will provide the night’s entertainment. In addition to high energy dance music, the six-member Columbia-based group also performs classy jazz sets.

Everything from a trip to Belize to a lawn tractor will be among the auction items.

“We’re also going to have an item recognizing Clemson University as the national championship team and our traditional Whoopee Wagon the Foundation Board of Directors and the gala committee put together filled with spirits and win, and that’s always fun,” Frierson said.

She said last year’s gala netted more than $150,000 in proceeds, making it one of the most successful in the history of the gala’s existence in terms of fundraising. Frierson said the goal is to meet or exceed that amount with this year’s gala.

The 2019 event is steered by a 32-member committee.

“There’s no way we could do it without them. Their creativity, talent and vision is just tremendous,” Frierson said.

The cost per person is $150, or $250 per couple. To make reservations or to learn more about the 2019 gala, call the RMC Foundation at 803-395-2321 or visit online at https://www.trmchealth.org/foundation.aspx.

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Dionne Gleaton has been a staff writer with The T&D for 20 years. She has been an education reporter, regional reporter and currently writes features with an emphasis on health.

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