Palmetto Place Announces New Board Members


(COLUMBIA, SC) – Palmetto Place is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to their Board of Directors.

Joining the Board of Directors are Dr. Eric Brown of Palmetto Health and Rich Spicer of Lambert Architecture.

“Our newest board members carry our mission in their hearts,” said Erin Hall, Executive Director, “They bring talent, expertise and energy to the table and we are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to serve abused, neglected and homeless children and teens.”

Dr. Eric Brown has served as the Physician Executive/Vice President of Medical Affairs at Palmetto Health Richland since February of 2014. He is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, faculty member with the Palmetto Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program, and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Brown is an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He served as the Chair of the Public Affairs and Government Relations Committee for 3 years before joining Board of Directors in January of 2010.

Dr. Brown completed his baccalaureate at Duke University and entered medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, where he was inducted as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina.

Rich Spicer has worked in the construction field for more than 15 years, including being an owner with a Columbia-based General Contractor. He has his Bachelor’s of Science in Design from Clemson University. Rich has extensive experience and knowledge in both new and renovation projects and understands the value of open communication between all parties. He has been involved in the estimating and project management of more the $1 million in successfully completed construction projects.

Spicer is currently serving as Vice President at Lambert Architecture and Construction Services. He is a former member of the Carolina’s Association of General Contractor’s, (2003-2012) and a past president of the Columbia Contractor’s Association. Spicer has been close to the Palmetto Place family throughout their capital campaign, Saving More Children, to expand the shelter.

Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter is a safe haven for abused and neglected children and homeless teens throughout the state of South Carolina. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where children have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. We offer a broad range of services that concentrate on personal healing and development including medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment and transitional counseling. We help children succeed; their grades improve and their behaviors stabilize. Here, the state’s most desperate children are home.

To learn more about Palmetto Place visit  To request information on speakers, volunteer and donation needs, or to join our email/mailing list, please contact us at:

P.O. Box 3395, Columbia, SC 29230

T (803)748-2357




Summer Heat



Summers at Palmetto Place are one of my favorite things. The days are longer, the kids are home from school, and the house is filled with laughter. I look forward to coming in each morning because there’s nothing like getting good morning hugs from sleepy eyes and hearing our teens help the younger kids with breakfast. It reminds me that summer is about more than just vacation season, long days and warm nights. Summer is about making memories, it’s about playing outside, staying up too late, and trying new things.

At Palmetto Place, we are always looking for ways to expose our kids to new experiences, and summer can be the perfect time for that. We look forward to ball games, pool days, trips to the zoo and so much more! Our annual beach trip is coming up, and there is always at least one resident who has never seen the ocean. While there is a lot to look forward to this summer, there will still be days at the house where the kids play outside and have popsicles on the porch. Keeping 20 kids entertained and active isn’t always easy, and we could use your help this summer.

We’ve posted our summer needs on our Amazon wish list and you can find volunteer activities here. With about 300 meals to serve this summer the Super Supper program isn’t just for dinner anymore! Help us our with breakfast and lunch too! Since the kids are home, we’re using even more paper products than we did before. Maybe making a meal isn’t for you, but you could help out with coordinating a donation drive at your office or church. Whether you have a whole group or just one volunteer, there is a way for everyone to help out!

If you’re interested in lending a hand, email our project coordinator at!




Take me out to the ball game!

For weeks the kids have talked about going to see the Columbia Fireflies play ball, and last week our board members helped make that wish come true. While baseball is coined, “America’s favorite past time,” there were several residents who had never been to a baseball game before. We love getting to expose our kids to new experiences and we hope the memories made that night will last a life time.

We made sure they got the full experience and started with dinner from the ball park. The kids got to order exactly what they wanted from the concession stand and once their bellies were full of nachos, chicken fingers, and hot dogs the game got started. Several of our board members spend some quality time teaching the kids how the game is played, explaining the difference between a ball and a strike, and teaching them terms like “bases loaded” and “bottom of the inning.” The kids formed their own cheers and made sure all of the team members felt the support from Palmetto Place.

8 year old Samuel, who had never been to a game before, saw a foul ball fly over the park and immediately knew he wanted it. Lucky for him, another ball was hit into the stands and the nice gentlemen who caught it gave it to Sam. For this 8-year-old, we were watching a dream come true!

No game would be complete without ice cream and popcorn, so they got that too. The night ended with fireworks and signatures from the players before loading back into the van. By the time the kids got home, they were all exhausted and had heavy eyes. Hopefully they had sweet dreams about baseball.

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A special thanks to all of our board members who helped make this night special, whether you were able to attend or not.

Palmetto Place Celebrates 100 Days of Construction

(COLUMBIA, SC) – Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter celebrated 100 days of construction with board members, donors, volunteers and staff on June 2nd, 2016.


Palmetto Place is a home for abused and neglected children and homeless teens from across the state of South Carolina. They provide a safe and nurturing environment where children have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. They offer a broad range of services that concentrate on personal healing and development including medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment and transitional counseling.


Since the shelter opened in 1977 more than 7,000 children and teens have called it home. These deep roots are one of the reasons they have decided to expand the original shelter. “The need in our community for a safe and loving home for these children and teens is growing,” says Erin Hall, Executive Director. “We have been turning away between 15-25 children each month for too long now, simply because there is not enough space.” The expansion will add 10 beds to the original shelter, bringing the total up to 30 and allowing them to serve more than 100 children each year.


Board members and donors who have been a part of this dream since the beginning got to see the progress on the shelter in person for the first time.  “A wave of emotion came over me as I walked through the house,” says Board Member Rachel Fulmer. “We’ve worked so hard to get to this point, seeing the house tonight and knowing that we’ll be able to give kids a safe and loving environment to grow up in makes every bit of hard work worth it.”


Construction should be done in August, just in time to move back in and get settled before school starts. The shelter is looking for volunteers to help make the newly renovated shelter feel like home. To find out how you can help, visit or call 803-748-2357.




Help us Celebrate Our Graduates!

The day they’ve been waiting for is finally here. Their robes are pressed and tassels are attached as they get ready to walk the stage. For these teens, the road to this point has been long and full of challenges, but they haven’t let that hold them back. The nights they’ve stayed up helping each other with homework is finally paying off, not just for one, but for five teens.

Help us celebrate the four seniors graduating from high school and our 8th grader who is graduating from middle school. Our high school graduates are excited to start college in the fall and see all the opportunities a higher education will bring to them.

As they take this next step in their lives, they could use your help. Gift cards to Walmart, Target and Bed Bath and Beyond are great for picking out college supplies. We don’t want them going hungry between classes either, gift cards to Moe’s, McDonalds, and Burger King are great ways to show your support! You can mail gift cards to P.O. Box 3395, Columbia, SC 29230.

We are so proud of all our residents who have worked hard all year long and are moving onto the next grade!


Congratulations Graduates!

Poker Run, Walk or Crawl Benefiting Palmetto Place

Are Harley Davidson bikes your passion? Do you enjoy playing poker? Do you want to help support the kids at Palmetto Place? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, the Poker Run, Walk, or Crawl is for you!

Spend Saturday, June 4th at the Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson!

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Registration starts at 10:00 am and the last draw is at 3:00 pm.

Tickets are only $15 per person and can be bought at the door. Come early for door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, the silent auction and great music.

The 2016 food vendors include Ronnie’s Ribs, Scottie’s cafe, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Be sure to check our other stops sponsored by Quaker Steak and Lube!

Sweet & Savory Chef’s Competition 2016

Thank you to everyone who was a part of Sweet & Savory.

Palmetto Place depends on this fundraiser to keep our doors open and allow us to serve abused, neglected and homeless children and teens. This year we were able to raise an incredible $35,000! We wouldn’t have been able to do this without our sponsors, chefs, committee members and of course, donors like you.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winners of our 2016 Sweet & Savory Chef Competition!

From our special guest judges, the Best Sweet Dish winners are Chefs Ben Perzan and Arie Shenkar from the Mediterranean Tea Room with a Peach Mascarpone Jam and a Blackberry Mascarpone Jam on top of French Toast. The Best Savory Dish winner is Chef Robert Stegall from Performance Food Group with Cowboy Shrimp & Grits!

From the guests’ ballots, the Best Sweet Dish winner is Chef Robert Stegall from Performance Food Group with Chocolate Truffles and the Best Savory Dish winners are Chefs Vinnie and Daniel Livoti with a Potato Hash Trio with Tasso Ham Gravy, Pulled Duck and Raspberry Balsamic Drizzle!


Save the Date for April 28th, 2016! 

SC State Museum- Planetarium Lobby, 301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201 6:00-9:00 PM

*Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Attire is everything from business attire to cocktail dresses, suits to khakis & polos. 

Our annual Sweet & Savory Chef’s Competition is coming up! Join us for a night of tasty treats and one-of-a-kind auction items. Let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite sweet and savory dishes. Learn more about Palmetto Place and support abused, neglected and homeless children and teens throughout the state.

Introducing our 2016 Chefs:

Chef Charlie Young ~ BBQ Chicken Sliders with Slaw
Chef Dave Grillo, Cantina 76 ~ Beef Brisket Tacos
Chef Dave Grillo, Za’s ~ Bruschetta Crostini
Chefs Vinnie & Daniel Livoti ~ Potato Hash Trio with Tasso Ham Gravy; Pulled Duck and Raspberry Balsamic Drizzle 
Chef Yasmeen Bull & Chef Brenda Perry, Southern FoodService ~ Chocolate Ravioli
Chef Michael Stuckey, The Southern Way ~ Braised Short Rib, Parsnip-Chive Paree, Smoked Blackberry Demi Glaze
Chef Lawrence Wright, Southern FoodService ~ Harissa Braised Pork Belly with Smoked Tomato and Pickled Collards
Chef Ben Perzan and Chef Arie Shenkar, the Mediterranean Tea Room Peach Mascarpone Jam and a Blackberry Mascarpone Jam on top of Challah French toast.
Chef Larry Platt & Chef John Militello, Let’s Cook Culinary Studio ~ Spicy Sausage & Golden Grits
Chef Robert Stegall, Performance Food Group ~ Cowboy Shrimp and Grits and Chocolate Truffles

Sweet & Savory Save the Date

Special thanks to our sponsors and supporters: 

Gold Sponsor

All Star Financial

Southern FoodService
Southern Foodservice Mngmt


Chef’s Station Sponsors


Wells Fargo

Gibson & Associates


Bronze Sponsor


Gregory Electric

Bar Sponsor

Liquid Assets

Tito’s Vodka

Rex Goliath

David Rottman

Banner Sponsor

First Citizens Bank

Publix SuperMarkets

With Special Thanks to:

Not Even Brothers Band

Katherine Anderson, Decorator

Sheila Ernest, Program Designer

Charlotte Greenwood, USC Intern

Essence Jackson, USC Intern

Kaitlyn McLaughlin, USC Intern

Special Guest Judges:

Meaghan Norman, WIS

Midlands Gives

Thank you for being a part of the Palmetto Place community! For the third time, we are participating in Midlands Gives!

Each year generous supporters like you join us for the exciting annual Midlands Gives event -this year it will be May 3 from 12:00:01am until 11:59:59pm. Your generous support makes a meaningful difference to abused, neglected and homeless children and teens in South Carolina.

As you know, Palmetto Place is changing lives every day by providing a safe haven to the state’s most desperate children.

On May 3, 2016, Midlands Gives Day, your $50 donation could purchase clothing for a child who was taken into care with none of their personal belongings. Or, it could be used to pay graduation fees for the senior who never thought they would walk across that stage. Without you and your donation, we may not be able to offer the small things that make a childhood great, like trips to the movies with friends or a night of roller skating.

Here’s the really exciting part: Every gift made through on May 3rd helps our chances of winning prizes given throughout the day ranging from $500 to $5,000! With more than $100,000 total prizes being awarded throughout the day, our chances to maximize your gift are great! Just imagine if we could send all of our residents to summer camp this year.

Make your gift on May 3rd by visiting the Midlands Gives site or visit our headquarters at Cantina 76 on Devine from 11-1!  With your help, we WILL reach our $8,000 fundraising goal on Midlands Gives!

Follow us on social media so you can share in the excitement of a day of giving and remember to give on May 3rd!

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Make your donation here!!

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Held annually in April, Child Abuse Prevention Month is the nationally designated month to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Think back to your childhood. Did someone help make it great? Maybe you had a grandparent, siblings, a teacher or a coach who looked out for you. Maybe you’re that person in a child’s life today.

At Palmetto Place we strive to be the people in a child’s life who help make it great. The people who go above and beyond to create a safe and loving environment where a child can be themselves and only worries about kid things, like homework and new friends.

Too often we see the effects of child abuse and neglect hold children back in everyday situations. We’ve seen kids who hoard food, because before they came to us, they didn’t know when they would eat next. We’ve seen young children who are developmentally delayed because they didn’t get the stimuli they needed as babies. We’ve seen teens sabotage relationships because in their experience, everyone lets them down eventually. These are just some of the reasons prevention is so important.

For more information on Child Abuse Prevention Month, resources, and ways you can get involved, click here. You can show your support throughout April by celebrating the lives you touch and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel– the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve.To purchase pinwheels visit Prevent Child Abuse America.


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Baubles & Bubbles 2016

The members of the Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia will present the eighth annual Baubles & Bubbles ladies night out benefiting the Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter. This year’s event will celebrate the 39th anniversary of Palmetto Place.

The event will be held at:


1125 Rosewood Drive

Columbia, SC 29201


The gala will feature a GRAND Silent Auction of wonderful items from all over and a Champagne Diamond Drop for a chance to win one of 3 beautiful Jewelry Pieces! One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go to Palmetto Place.

There will be music, dinner and dancing throughout the evening. Delicious food items and Complimentary wine and beer will also be served!

We want this year’s Baubles & Bubbles event to be the best year yet, and with your help, it will be! The Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia has pledged to ensure that Palmetto Place remains a safe refuge for abused, abandoned and neglected children. We hope you’ll help us keep our promise.

To attend this event, tickets are available for purchase before the event at $40 per person. Tickets will be for sell at the door for $45. Champagne tickets are 1 for $25, 2 for $45, and 3 for $60.

***2016 Sponsors***

Anonymous Donation
Hilton Hotel-Columbia, SC


White Crane Company, Inc
SC Chapter National Safety Council
Sea Hunt Boat
Open Door Personnel

McWhirter, Bellinger, & Associates. P.A.
Wood You Furniture
KeenanSuggs | BowersElkins, LLC
Wells Fargo

Waxing the City
Boyd Orthodontics
McGregor & Co, LLC
Dr. and Mrs. Neil Demaree
Palmetto State Law Group, LLC

Our event website and ticket purchases…

Champagne prizes are…

Grand Prize!!!: Diamond necklace from David’s Fine Jewerly value over $2,750
Second Place: your choice of diamond palmetto tree earrings or necklace
Third Place: your choice of diamond palmetto tree earrings or necklace