Fun and Philanthropy
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The 7 Year Society brought baseball and teen pregnancy prevention together as it held its second event last week at the Spirit Communications Park. It was a time for family, fun, and food as society members and prospective donors joined together to celebrate teen pregnancy prevention efforts around the state while watching the Columbia Fireflies take on the West Virginia Power.
Lara Winburn, Development Coordinator, said the family friendly event was a part of the promise the SC Campaign made to 7 Year Society members when they agreed to join the organization. “When we invited people to join the 7 Year Society, we committed to them that if they would commit to us $1,000 a year, we would have two events where they would be able to network, learn more about how their funds are being invested, and also have fun with other philanthropist,” said Winburn. “We promised them one of the events would be family friendly. We realized a lot of our donors were taking time out of their week and it would be nice if one of those event did include their children.”
The 7 Year Society had a ball (literally), as they watched the game, networked, and took pictures with Mason the mascot. Overall, the event was successful and proved to be a great time for all who attended. “We wanted it to be the concept of ‘you plus two,’ so our 7 Year Society members were able to share their invitation with others in their peer groups that they thought might be interested in joining the society,” said Winburn. “I think we had about a half and half member and potential member ratio.”
The 7 Year Society is a group of philanthropists who realize the financial, societal, and health implications teen pregnancy has on South Carolina, and are ready to make a difference. By joining the 7 Year Society, members are making a commitment to provide our youth with the education and resources they need to ensure they spend their 7 teenage years being teens, not parents.