Ray Tanner to Receive “Key to the Midlands” at LMC Dinner

Calling all Gamecock fans! University of South Carolina back-to-back national championship winning baseball coach Ray Tanner will receive a special honor at a Lexington Medical Center Foundation dinner on Tuesday night, August 23rd, 2011, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Mayors from Lexington and Richland counties will present Coach Tanner with a “Key to the Midlands” in recognition of his significant accomplishments for USC baseball and our state.

“Leaders around the Midlands are unifying to recognize one of our local heroes with a “key” to our region,” said Tim James, Executive Vice President and Director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. “The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is pleased to sponsor this presentation in honor of Coach Tanner.”

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who serves on the board of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, will lead the presentation for Coach Tanner. Other mayors from around Richland and Lexington counties will be in attendance also.

Ray Tanner will be speaking at a sold out dinner for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at the convention center, beginning at 7:00 p.m. He will share the behind-the-scenes story of winning a second-in-a-row College World Series title this year.

During his 15 years as head coach of the University of South Carolina baseball team, Ray Tanner has established a premier program, including the back-to-back 2010 and 2011 national championships, where the Gamecocks became the first men’s team to win a national championship at the University of South Carolina and only the 9th repeat champion in College World Series history. In addition, Carolina was the first team to go 10-0 in NCAA Tournament play in one season. The team established NCAA records with 16 consecutive postseason wins and 11 consecutive wins in the College World Series.

At South Carolina, Tanner owns a 689-296 record with a .699 winning percentage, second highest all-time among SEC coaches.

Proceeds from the dinner and talk with Ray Tanner will benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, an organization that works to ensure quality health services and patient-centered care are available for the people of the Midlands. The Lexington Medical Center Foundation serves our community through a wide variety of initiatives including nursing scholarships, programs for patients in need, women’s cancer care plans and Lexington Medical Center’s nationally-recognized Doula program. Learn more about the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at www.lmcfoundation.com.

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