Amy Holbert receives check from Modern Woodmen

(Columbia, SC, November 10, 2021)—Family Connection of South Carolina received a $2,500 donation from Modern Woodmen of America chapter 12214 in support of Buddy Walk 2021.

Buddy Walk is an annual community event held in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month each October. The event supports the vision of the National Down Syndrome Society to help create a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. Funds raised through the Columbia Buddy Walk also help Family Connection provide services and resources to families across South Carolina who have a child with a disability or chronic health condition.

“We are grateful for the support of Modern Woodmen for this year’s Buddy Walk” said Amy Holbert, CEO of Family Connection of South Carolina. “Their donation helps Family Connection continue to promote inclusion, equity, and community for the families we serve.”

The Matching Fund Program offers Modern Woodmen members nationwide the chance to show their support for a community cause, organization, or individuals in need through fundraising events. These fundraising projects contribute more than $10 million to community needs across the country each year.

This year’s Buddy Walk multi-day virtual celebration and awards ceremony was presented on October 22 – 24, and can be viewed at Donations are still being accepted and the 2021 Buddy Walk T-shirt can be purchased on the web page.

Buddy Walk 2021 was presented by Zingers Fencing. Additional event sponsors include Edible Arrangements, Modern Woodmen, Willoughby & Hoefer, Thompson & Hiller Defense, Richland/Lexington Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Talk Tools, Special Olympics, Phyllis Perkins, Midlands Therapy Services, Compugroup Medical, Dr. Susan Thomas, Easterseals, HealthLinks Magazines, and B106.7 FM.

For additional event information and sponsorship opportunities for 2022, contact Jacki Garbinsky, Marketing and Events Manager at [email protected] or 803-995-1413.

About Modern Woodmen:

Modern Woodmen was founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society. The organization supports members, families, and communities with a unique blend of financial services, fraternal benefits and local-impact opportunities. In 2019, Modern Woodmen and its members provided $20.4 million and nearly 464,000 volunteer hours to support fraternal activities and programs. Learn more at

About Family Connection of South Carolina

Since 1990, Family Connection of South Carolina has been changing lives by making connections, raising awareness, and promoting inclusion for those with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Family Connection offers programs and services to ensure that parents, professionals, and caregivers have access to available resources to help children reach their full potential. Key area of focus include: Peer-to-Peer Support, Healthcare, Education, Training, and Advocacy. For more information or to make a referral or donation, visit or call 800-578-8750. Find Family Connection of South Carolina on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.