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The Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet at the South Carolina National Guard Armory on Speedway Road in Fountain Inn. It was the first banquet organized by the chambers new president Whitney Ferguson. “I was very impressed with the turnout and support the chamber received for my first banquet,” said Ferguson. “I wanted to make sure our city was well represented for the Governors visit and it was!”
In addition to the record attendance, the chamber was able to enjoy the support of a record number of sponsors. Many of those sponsors and representatives were in attendance at the banquet. After a short introduction, the presentation of colors was offered by Scout Troop 48 leading chamber members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Invocation was offered by Rev. Samuel Flint of the Mount Zion Baptist Church.
After recognizing guests and sponsors Ferguson recognized David Hammond of the Laurens Electric Cooperative. He presented the chamber with a grant of $2000 to be used to benefit the community. President Ferguson chose to split the grant between 3 entities serving the area. The Center for Community Services would receive $1000 to complete the renovation of their medical waiting area. This would include new flooring, furniture, toys and paint. The Fountain Inn fire Department received $500 to purchase Jacob kits to be put in the Fountain Inn Elementary classrooms. These are small trauma kits in case of school shootings or other violence. Another $500 was awarded to the Fountain Inn Athletic Department to purchase a hydration station for Woodside Park. The watering station would aid in keeping our youth hydrated whether playing baseball, football or soccer. John Mahony presented the 2018 chairman, Gwen Kinard, and she spoke of the chamber expectations for the New Year.
Gov. McMaster is no stranger to Fountain Inn. He helped celebrate the opening of the downtown renovations three years ago as Lieut. Governor. To welcome him back, South Carolina State House Representative, Mark Willis, was asked to introduce the Chamber’s guest speaker. Representative Willis however admitted that he was given an ...