BJVIM TO HOST “DINNER ON THE WILD SIDE”
– BENEFITTING RIDGELAND CLINIC –
BLUFFTON, S.C. – Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM) will host “Dinner on the Wild Side” presented by Parker Law Firm on Friday, November 4 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Legacy Park, 328 Lakeview Drive, Ridgeland. The public is cordially invited to join us for a spectacular evening featuring shrimp, venison and other wild game dishes created by Frankie Denmark with musical entertainment by Lowcountry legend, Shannon Tanner.
In addition to the dinner and entertainment, the evening will feature a live auction with highly sought after items including vacations and artwork. The proceeds of the event will go towards the expansion of BJVIM’s free medical clinic in Ridgeland.
The BJVIM Ridgeland clinic provides free medical care to the low income and uninsured members of Jasper County including primary care, women’s health, cardiology and optometry services. Once a week the clinic also collaborates with the Pregnancy Center of the Lowcountry to provide prenatal care for those in need. Opened in 2016, the clinic has seen great increases in both patients and services. As the need for these services has grown, the current location has become too small.
“The evening promises to be filled with delicious food and great entertainment benefitting a very worthwhile cause,” says Pam Toney, Executive Director of BJVIM. “We greatly appreciate our loyal supporters and friends of BJVIM who continually support our efforts to provide much needed medical care to members of our community.”
Tickets for “Dinner on the Wild Side” presented by Parker Law Firm are $150 each; a table for 8 can be reserved for $1,000. Special thanks to the “Dinner on the Wild Side” sponsors – Palmetto Electric; Cleland Site Prep, Inc.; Nimmer Turf & Tree Farms, Inc.; Sheffield Oil Company; Gooding & Gooding, PA; Royal Oaks Academy; Interstate Land Company; Johnson & Davis, PA; Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.; Michael V. Garcia; Hampton Dentistry, LLC: High Point Dentistry, LLC; Jasper County; Ridgeland Aviation Community Association; James W. Woodall; and Wise Batten, Inc.
Proceeds benefit Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine to help provide free medical care to the uninsured of Greater Bluffton and Jasper County with an emphasis on preventative medicine and health education.
In operation since 2011, BJVIM’s new Bluffton facility is located at 29 Plantation Business Park, Units 601-604. There is a second office located in Ridgeland at 11332 N. Jacob Smart Blvd. BJVIM operates with the help of 110 medical and non-medical volunteers, including bilingual volunteers that speak Spanish. BJVIM sees an average of 100 patients a week and requires a minimum of 67 volunteers per week to operate; this includes administrative staff, doctors and nurses.
Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine is one of over 90 independent clinics under the guidance of the National Volunteers in Medicine Alliance. The clinics offer free medical exams, counseling and nutritional services, as well as preventative disease education. The greater Bluffton and Jasper County clinic sees more than 2,000 patients a year.