Leadership Pickens County XXXI Celebrates Playground Project With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Friday, May 12, Leadership Pickens County (LPC) XXXI hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the playground project with Miracle Hill’s Children’s Home. LPC partnered with Miracle Hill Ministries with the guidance of the LPC Board of Regents to “bring life back to the grounds of Miracle Hill”. On this day, they hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to showcase the vibrance which has been brought back. Present were Drake Curry with Curry, P.A., Kelsea Williams with 5 Point Church, Jonathan Langston with Easley Combined Utilities, Carla Stone with Blue Ridge Electric Co-Op, Brenda Parks (VP of Children’s Ministries) and CEO Ryan Deurk with Miracle Hill Ministries, LPC XXXI class members, Board of Regents members, and President Cindy Hopkins of the Easley Chamber.

At the celebration, LPC XXXI and Miracle Hill invited all donors to join in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and explore the finished project which sees life returned to the grounds of the children’s home on the hills of Miracle Hill. In addition, the platinum donors were invited to share words of wisdom; They are Curry, P.A.5 Point ChurchBlue Ridge Electric Co-Op, and Easley Combined Utilities.

Now, the children who enter the foster system are there for reasons no child should ever go through- from parents who struggle with addiction, are from an abusive home, have been in unstable homes, and for other unfortunate circumstances. Miracle Hill Children’s Home takes some of the children from the foster system with the goal of making the situation as best as they can. Also, knowing that children thrive best in a loving, family environment, Miracle Hill Children’s Home transitioned from a group care facility to a foster care community in 2020. This community provides an optimal setting for children to grow and thrive in each home with loving, Christian families.

To further provide the children with a great place to play outside the homes, Brenda Parks submitted a project proposal to LPC XXXI in hopes that the grounds would be selected for a much-needed beautification process. The project was selected and became a product of love and many workdays with LPC XXXI volunteers and supporters. The project was well received by many, and donors wanted to aid in making the project a reality. It was funded with the support of generous individuals and organizations from Pickens County and surrounding areas who also saw the need to renovate the grounds at Miracle Hill Children’s Home. The class received immense support from platinum sponsors Curry, P.A., 5 Point Church, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, and Easley Combined Utilities. Added support came from Gold Sponsors: Blue Ridge Bank, The Lawngest Yard, Pinnacle Financial Partners, and Terry Garrison; Silver Sponsors: Gilstrap Roofing, Robinson Funeral Home, Tri-County Technical College, and United Tool and Mold; and Bronze Sponsors: Pickens Church of God, The Sullivan Agency, Spink Enterprises, LLC, and Walker Roofing, LLC. They too shared the vision and importance of furthering the children’s joy. Now to highlight the platinum sponsors and the LPC Program:

Curry, P.A., a platinum sponsor, has been a leader in accounting, financial, and business services since 1998. While Curry, P.A. is all about numbers, their clients are not. Each client receives a service that is tailored to meet their needs. To get started, call (864) 855-5621, email CPAs@HurryToCurry.com, or visit the office at 108 Bradley Ave in Easley or the office at 414 A Pettigru Street in Greenville.

5 Point Church, the second platinum sponsor, is a nondenominational church established in 2004 and currently sees over 3,000 people regularly attend. Their mission is to reach people with the love of Jesus and to teach them to love. Services offered are Sunday services, financial literacy, a food pantry, programs for kids, teens, adults, seniors, and more. To get started, call (864) 850-0580, email info@5pointchurch.com, or visit the church at 1039 S. Pendleton Street in Easley.

Blue Ridge Electric Co-Op, a third platinum sponsor, was established in 1940, at a time when only 2% of SC farmers had central-station power (now 100%). With over 64,000 clients, Blue Ridge Electric Co-op has the pledge to make sure you are always taken care of, to have things running smoothly, getting you back on track and when they are not, they got you. To get started, call (800) 240-3400, or visit the Pickens office at 734 West Main Street in Pickens or the Oconee office at 2328 Sandifer Boulevard in Westminster.

Easley Combined Utilities, a fourth platinum sponsor, is a citizen-created, not-for-profit, locally owned, and locally controlled utility with a mission to provide a reliable supply of water, wastewater, and electrical service at the best possible value to the customers of Easley and surrounding areas. This is provided by trained crew members and governed by three elected commission-based members. To get started, call (864) 859-4013, email customerservice@easleyutilities.com, or visit the office at 110 Peachtree Street in Easley.

Lastly, Leadership Pickens County is a nine-month leadership development program devoted to strengthening and guiding our community leaders. Since its inception, approximately 650 leaders have graduated from the program and continue their commitment to the growth and development of Pickens County. Part of the program involves a community service project which must be done from the stages of collecting funds to volunteering their time to execute the project. The program is sponsored by the Clemson Area Chamber of CommerceGreater Easley Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce. For questions or information about the LPC Program, please call the Easley Chamber office at (864) 859-2693 or email ecc@easleychamber.org.