On December 10, 2016 the Ryan Plexico Foundation hosted the first ever SC Flood Strong 5K in Columbia, SC. As the beneficiary of the event, Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery will use their knowledge of case management in South Carolina to distribute the proceeds of the race to disaster-affected families in the Midlands, starting with those most in need of assistance. In addition to funds raised through registration for the event, race sponsor Carolina Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning donated a complete heating and air conditioning unit with duct-work to Mr. Duck, a resident of Midlands whose home was greatly impacted by the 2015 flood. Additional sponsors included South Beltline – Gills Creek Community Relief Foundation, United Way of the Midlands, Palmetto Project Community Flood Hub, Life by Design Coaching, Home Works, Zoe’s Kitchen, Palmetto Industrial Services, and Lutheran Services of the Carolinas.