Free Wine Tasting Launches “Women of HOPE”

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce the beginning of Women of HOPE, an exciting project that will invest in the health of our community. Women of HOPE, which stands for Helping Others Prosper Everyday, is a women’s giving circle that will identify health issues in the Midlands and work to bring about positive change.

Women of HOPE will celebrate its beginning with a free wine tasting for women at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens in West Columbia on Monday, February 21st, 2011.

“Women of HOPE is designed to bring women together to improve the health of our community,” said Debbie Knight, founding member and chair. “We hope to make an impact with all issues that effect women.”

Women of HOPE is open to all women. Giving levels start at $100 for membership in the circle. There will be special events and networking opportunities throughout the year to build friendships among members and raise awareness of critical health issues impacting women and their families.

The first project for Women of HOPE is a canned food drive that will help thousands of people in the Midlands who do not have adequate resources to provide nutritious meals for their families. You can drop off imperishable foods at the entrances to Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia and the hospital’s community medical centers around Lexington County from February 21st to March 4th. You can also make monetary donations to the drive through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Everything will go to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Attendees at the women’s wine tasting are also asked to bring canned goods for donation to Harvest Hope. The wine tasting will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on February 21st at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, located at 1300 Botanical Parkway in West Columbia, off of Highway 378. A shuttle will run from the parking lot to the event. Women should RSVP by February 14th to 803-791-2762 or The event is free.

To learn more about Women of HOPE and the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, visit

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