Thank you to Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative for supporting the clinic and the Upstate community in such a generous way. Your gift makes a huge difference in the lives of our patients. What a blessing!
Blue Ridge Electric presented checks to two Anderson area charities from the 21st annual Blue Ridge Fest. Anderson Free Clinic and Hospice of the Upstate both received $17,000 from Blue Ridge Electric’s annual fundraising event. Blue Ridge Fest attracted nearly 6,000 attendees and more than 400 classic cars from across the Southeast to benefit twelve local charities in the cooperative’s four-county service area. Since the inception of Blue Ridge Fest, the event has raised nearly $2.8 million for Upstate charitable organizations.
Anderson Free Clinic
Blue Ridge Electric employees Sam McMillan, Amy Duke and Angela Hunter presented a check for $17,000 from the 21st annual Blue Ridge Fest to Anderson Free Clinic. Accepting the check on behalf of the organization is Executive Director, Tammie Collins along with members of her staff and volunteers. Representative Anne Thayer also joined in the presentation.
Since the inception of Blue Ridge Fest, the event has raised nearly $2.8 million for Upstate charitable organizations.
In April, the Anderson Free Clinic and our Honea Path Clinic lost three very dear friends and longtime supporters. All will be terribly missed by the staff and volunteers of the Anderson and Honea Path Free Clinics. Remembering their caring, generous spirits by carrying on their work to make life better for hundreds of people living in their community is by far the greatest tribute we can pay.
Founder of the Honea Path Free Clinic, Reneee was a Honea Path Free Clinic volunteer nurse and Volunteer Coordinator. Her work in Honea Path went well beyond inside the clinic as she worked throughout the community to raise awareness of the importance of healthcare for those who cannot afford it. Renee and her husband Bob worked tirelessly to make sure the Honea Path clinic was maintained, doing whatever needed to be done to keep the doors open.
In in his role as President of AnMed Health and after his retirement, Kirk Oglesby was a steadfast supporter of the Anderson Free Clinic. Both he and his wife, “Miss Bobbie” Oglesby, devoted a great deal of time and energy to make sure that everyone in the Anderson community had the healthcare they needed—regardless of their ability to pay.
Charles “Buddy” Ware
A registered pharmacist for 50 years, Buddy Ware regularly volunteered his services at the Honea Path clinic. From 2002 through 2016, his presence at Honea Path’s twice monthly clinics enabled prescriptions to be dispensed at the Honea Path clinic, saving Honea Path patients the drive to Anderson to pick up their medicines.
Fundraiser Night at Chipotle Raises $267 for the Free Clinic
On Friday, July 22 from 5-9 PM, Chipotle Mexican Grille at 3556 Clemson Blvd Suite 300 in Anderson hosted a fundraiser for the Anderson Free Clinic. Chipotle donated 50% of proceeds to the Anderson and Honea Path Free Clinics.
As a corporation Chipotle exhibits a strong dedication to community service. For example, The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds initiatives supporting sustainable agriculture, family farming, and food education and has already raised about $3 million.
Mrs. Bobbie Oglesby Named
2015 United Way Volunteer of the Year
Mrs. Bobbie Oglesby has volunteered at the Free Clinic ever since its beginnings in 1984. She immediately took on the responsibility of transcription for a growing clinic. Over time, her hard work, virtues and values as well as her expectations of other volunteers and staff have led people to connect to her and very naturally filled the role of a mentor to both staff and volunteers. In every role she has ever assumed at the Free Clinic, one thing has been a CONSTANT: giving words of praise, encouragement and confidence and speaking candidly about her concerns over the challenges the Clinic has encountered.
Dr. Harry Morse, who has also volunteered at the clinic for 30 years as a physician and Board Member called her one of those “inspirational citizen volunteers in our community who allows the Free Clinic to continue to thrive and flourish all these years.” He added that he would be “forever indebted to her.”
Maureen Sartini, Director of the Free Clinic for 25 years, called Mrs. Bobbie her “mentor, her experienced and trusted advisor” while Dr. Nate Bradford described her as “frank, thoughtful and self-effacing.” For Barb Baptista, current Director, Mrs. Bobbie is “an incredible person” who has been “guiding her along the way.”
Free Clinic Volunteer Physician Dr. Donna Millar-Potts Recognized for her Service to the Anderson Community
The Virginia Gilmer Extraordinary Woman in Healthcare Community Service: Dr. Donna Millar-Potts
As physician in the Infectious Disease Department of AnMed Health, Dr. Millar-Potts serves as primary care provider for
patients seen at the HIV clinic held by AnMed Health at the Free Clinic. She also volunteers at least twice each month seeing Free Clinic patients. She has served the Free Clinic both as a Board member and Medical Director.
Her compassion extends beyond AnMed Health and the Free Clinic. She is an Extraordinary Woman in Healthcare, who has dedicated her life to taking care of the poor and underprivileged in Anderson, Greenville and Oconee counties. Upon completion of her training at Greenville Hospital System, Dr. Millar-Potts joined the faculty at GHS and taught there for almost 20 years, serving as Director of Community Medicine, and leading students to a deeper understanding of how socio-economic status, education, and access can affect a patients’ health. She also held appointments at USC and MUSC medical Schools. She served as a medical director of the Greenville’s Federally Qualified Health Center from 1998 to 2003.