3rd Annual Kimberly Aiken Golf Tournament
1298 University Pkwy
Life was wonderful for 18-year-old Kimberly Aiken,
becoming the first African American from South Carolina to win Miss South
Carolina. Then, just two months later she won the Miss America pageant.
However, Kim’s precious life was not always so vibrant. At the tender age of 10 she was
diagnosed with Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), a rare birth defect. AVM, an
abnormal tangle of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, disrupts normal blood
flow and oxygen circulation. Kim had to undergo surgery if she were to live.
During her illness and recovery, her family had the benefit of the generosity of the
Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Hospitals at both Palmetto Health
Richland and Duke University Medical Center. As a survivor, Kim counts her blessings
daily but she missed her annually hosted charity golf tournament last year following
diagnosis of breast cancer. Today she is cancer free.
With all of this behind her, it’s not unimaginable that at the top of Kim’s social initiatives
is the production of her annual Kimberly Aiken Golf Tournament, a four-man, Captain’s
Choice public outing organized by Associations Management Services in Columbia, S.C.
This fundraiser benefits two organizations: the Miss South Carolina Scholarship, a part
of the Miss America Scholarship Organization, the largest scholarship provider to
young women in the world, making millions in scholarship assistance available to contestants each year and The Children’s Miracle Network, a North American non-
profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and
provides community awareness of children’s health issues. All of the funds are being
managed under the umbrella of the Central Carolina Community Foundation which
provides management support services for each endowment, which is invested as part
of the Community Foundation’s larger pool of funds.