Photo by Cindy Brown - From left to right: Deborah Burt, Believing in Bluffton Chair; Bluffton Jasper VIM Executive Director, Jennifer Brown; B/J VIM Director of Development, Jenny Haney and B/J VIM Board Member, Esperanza Ebersole.
The Rotary Club of Bluffton has selected the Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) as the full benefactor of their second "Believing in Bluffton" event to be held Sunday, June 5 at the Community Center at Oscar Frazier Community Park located at 11 Recreation Court in Bluffton.

The Bluffton Jasper County VIM will open it's doors this spring on Bluffton Road, across from the Bluffton Post Office (formerly Dr. Fornari's office.) The new, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization has come to fruition via the passion and hard work of Executive Director, Jennifer Brown.

"Everybody should be able to get medical attention," commented Brown, the former Director of Volunteers at the Hilton Head VIM - a facility that only serves families who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie Island. "It was absolutely dreadful turning people away."

In addition to Brown, the VIM board of directors has named Jenny Haney – formerly with Bluffton Self Help – as the Director of Development and has recruited several doctors, a dentist, nurse practitioner and pharmacist.

Only two out of every three residents in South Carolina has health insurance. VIM is a solution that bridges that gap. There is also a facility that serves members of the Beaufort community but until now, those who would otherwise qualify for treatment but reside in Bluffton and Jasper County were unable to participate in either program.

In addition to purchasing tickets to the Believing in Bluffton event, members of the community can support the clinic by attending a fun filled fundraiser on April 16, from 3 – 9 p.m. at the Community Center at Oscar Frazier Community Park. Tickets for the Believing in Bluffton event (to be held at the same location in June) will be available at the April event.

Believing in Bluffton:
Only 600 tickets will be sold for the Believing in Bluffton social / fundraiser - sponsored in part by First Citizens Bank. Tickets are $100 and include dinner for two, entertainment and the possibility of winning the Believing in Bluffton door prize – a beautiful, brand new 2011 Infiniti G37 Journey – to be drawn at the end of the evening.

The winner of the door prize does not need to be present to win, but must show proper identification upon notification. The recipient will pick up the car at Key Infiniti in Hardeeville, SC and will be responsible for paying the tax, tags and title of the vehicle.

Tickets can be purchased through any staff or board member of the Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine or through all members of the Bluffton Rotary. Tickets may also be purchased online at or by sending an email to or by calling 843-815-2277.

For more information about the Bluffton Rotary, call 843-815-2277 or go to For more information about the Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine call 843-706-7090 or go to