The Leadership Columbia Class of 2019 has recently concluded its Babcock Center project with a launch event, which welcomed various organizations, companies and the general public who had the chance to tour the updated facilities and connect with Babcock Center participants.
The event concludes the 900 hours of work that the Leadership Columbia Class of 2019 has collectively dedicated to the center for the past four months in improving Babcock Center’s Shop Road facility, as well as extensive marketing and branding efforts for the organization.
“Out of the 10 project proposals we received from local organizations, we selected Babcock Center because their efforts and the people they support are often overlooked when it comes to employment and community involvement,” says Mike Bell, project chair. “We’re moved by their mission and, through the diverse specialties each member of the Class of 2019 brought to the table, we had the ideas and the abilities to help connect these amazing, capable individuals to all the incredible opportunities Columbia has to offer.”
The project has received nearly $50,000 worth of support from different local companies and organizations like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hood Construction, McWaters and Dominion Energy, Owens Fisher and Super Sod, to name a few.
“We’re so glad to have been chosen as the project for this year,” says Babcock Center CEO Thoyd Warren. “We’re thankful Leadership Columbia recognized there was a need and that our organization is doing important work. The facility on Shop Road has been there for a long time and it needed to be modernized.”
The event also provided the guests to make their own mark with an interactive painting, refreshments from Michael’s Café and Catering and entertainment by the Mark Rapp Group.