Helping Out for Nov. 23, 2011

Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to dailyjournal@scbiznews.com.

The Dunleavy’s Pub New Year’s Day Polar Plunge will take place Jan. 1 on Sullivan's Island to benefit the Special Olympics S.C. Midwinter Games in March.

Bill Dunleavy and polar bear
Bill Dunleavy (Photo/Provided)
Interested people can participate by creating an online pledge sheet, downloading a pledge sheet, participating in the ocean swim, or donating to the cause.

For information, contact Paula Byers via email or at 843-795-5316.

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Celebrity Waiters
The 2011 Celebrity Waiters were Dave Echols (Charleston RiverDogs) (back row, from left), Casey Lavin (Woodlands Inn), Rob Concannon (S.C. Stingrays), Dr. Perry Halushka (Medical University of South Carolina), Ken Burger (author), S.C. Rep. Joe Daning and Ric Rush (Y102.5); Archie Burkel (The Hat Ladies) (front row, from left), Dana Beach (Coastal Conservation League), Rebecca Wesfall (Dorchester County Library System), Mickey Bakst (Charleston Grill), Judy Watts (Summerville Journal Scene), Karen Spillane (Dorchester County Library System), Carolyn Murray (WCBD-TV Channel 2) and Dr. Deborah Williamson (MUSC). (Photo/Provided)

Trident Literacy hosted its second annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon on Oct. 28 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. The 17 celebrity waiters and waitresses raised more than $10,000 in two hours. More than 100 people were in attendance.

The event also kicked off the organization's 40th anniversary celebration.

The event included auction packages such as dinners and overnight stays at Charleston Place Hotel and Woodlands Inn, as well as dinners at The Art Institute of Charleston and Tristan.

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The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry raised more than $105,000 with its eighth annual gala, themed “A Night at the Museum.”

The event held Nov. 3 was attended by more than 300 people. All proceeds will directly support scholarships for Title I field trips, community outreach programs such as Super Stars and the artist-in-residence program, exhibit upgrades, and science and art supplies.

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Pearlstine Distributors and Rural Mission distributed Thanksgiving dinners to 275 families on Tuesday. Families from Johns, Yonges, Edisto and Wadmalaw islands received meals at the Rural Mission complex on Johns Island.

The dinner included a frozen turkey, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, rice, dinner rolls and stuffing to feed a family of eight.

Pearlstine Distributors purchased the food and provided the volunteers who packaged the dinners.

Pearlstine and Rural Mission have been distributing meals for more than 25 years.

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The KBR/Turner Joint Venture, the design-build team for the Boeing 787 assembly and delivery plant in North Charleston, recently relocated its office to Remount Road. When it did so, it donated excess treated wood and scrap material to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Habitat ReStore Manager Jennifer Cardenas said the wood was sold for more than $6,500, which will be used for a historical rehab project in downtown Charleston.

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A group of 30 Altria Group Distribution Co. employees from across South Carolina and coastal Georgia to North Charleston worked on beautification and improvement projects in North Charleston earlier this month.

Altria Day of Sharing
Volunteers from Altria Group pose with a sign naming The Tree of New Beginnings. (Photo/Provided)
The volunteers worked outside the Linda and Tony Bakker Career Center at the Carolina Youth Development Center on Nov. 11.

With project management and logistics support by Hands On Charleston, the group extended the rear patio of the Bakker Center, spread fresh pine straw and planted annuals along the building’s perimeter, built new picnic tables and benches, erected a bird feeder and put down splash blocks beneath the building’s gutters.

Altria Group donated $15,000 to fund the projects. The group also erected a sign naming The Tree of New Beginnings, which members of the Altria group and youth center staff dedicated. The tree, more than 100 years old, was named by the children on campus last year because many of them felt it describes the second chance they receive at the youth center. The sign says:

“This grand oak tree is a symbolic reminder to us all that no matter the transitions we face, we too are firmly grounded, confident that we will overcome the endings, navigate the neutral zone, and succeed in the new beginnings.”

Since 2001, Altria Group has donated more than $186,000 and its employees have spent more than 1,400 volunteer hours on landscaping and maintenance projects at the center.

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The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center is holding the eighth annual Gathering of the Elves from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 1 to benefit abused children the center serves.

The event takes place at Taco Boy in downtown Charleston, at 217 Huger St.

Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift worth $10 or more, or a $10 donation. Donors will be entered for a prize drawing, and Taco Boy will give away gift certificates for the evening.

For more information, contact Caroline Smith, marketing and volunteer coordinator, at 843-723-3600 or via email.

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The Charleston Ballet Theatre is dancing the “Mutt”cracker next month to help Charleston Animal Society alumni dogs find homes.

Dogs will be on site for meeting at the events, Dec. 10 and 11 at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, and Dec. 16 and 17 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

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Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is sponsoring Be a Hero This Holiday Season, a donation drive for East Cooper Community Outreach. Participating merchants will offer wish cards that shoppers can use to purchase gifts for children in East Cooper.

Merchants include Atlanta Bread Co., Aussie Outfitters, Cache, TCBY, Teal, the Towne Centre management office and White House Black Market, and cards will also be on a tree next to Santa in front of Banana Republic.

Unwrapped gifts will be collected at the Towne Centre management office, located at 1600 Palmetto Grande Drive next to Palmetto Moon. All gifts must be delivered on or before Dec. 20.

For information, contact the management office at 843-216-9900, or East Cooper Community Outreach at 843-849-0943.

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Iacofano's
Iacofano’s (Photo/Provided)
Iacofano’s in Mount Pleasant partnered with East Cooper Meals on Wheels on Nov. 16 to provide 300 meals for needy residents as part of Charleston Chefs Feed the Need. This was the first time the Mount Pleasant restaurant worked with Meals on Wheels.

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Southern Breezes Real Estate is making a donation to the nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops for each property the agency sells.

The nonprofit, which builds and gives specially-designed houses to veterans returning from deployment with life-altering injuries, has begun a new campaign called 100 More Homes for Our Troops.

Officials with Homes for Our Troops estimate between 1,000 and 1,500 veterans have injuries so severe that they are in need of an adapted home.

The public can donate to the campaign online.

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Habitat Young Professionals will hold an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mad River Bar & Grill on North Market Street in downtown Charleston.

Admission is $5 and includes a Bacardi drink. Local Habitat for Humanity staff members will be guest bartenders at the event, which benefits Sea Island and East Cooper Habitat for Humanity.

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Students from James Simons Elementary and their Realtor mentors visit the College of Charleston. (Photo/Provided)
Nearly 200 volunteers from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors participated in the second annual Charleston Realtors Care Week, which took place Nov. 14-18.

Volunteers delivered meals for East Cooper Meals on Wheels, took a field trip with youth from James Simons Elementary School, raised money with an oyster roast and helped rebuild a downtown home with Charleston Habitat for Humanity. Realtors Care Week was a partner of Lowcountry Philanthropy Week.

On Nov. 15, Realtors worked with East Cooper Meals on Wheels to package and deliver more than 350 meals to homebound residents of Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, the Isle of Palms and Cainhoy.

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Nell Postell (from left), Charleston Trident Association of Realtors President Rob Woodul and Realtors Housing Opportunities Fund Chairman Matt DeAntonio (right) present a $1,000 check to Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jeremy Browning and homeowner Sandra Miller. (Photo/Provided)

On Nov. 16, participants in the Reading with Realtors program visited the College of Charleston with students from James Simons Elementary to engage the students in a college environment and encourage them to begin taking the steps toward a college education.

On Nov. 17, more than 100 Realtors held an oyster roast and chili cook-off at Salty Mike’s Deck Bar. All the proceeds benefited the Realtors Housing Opportunities Fund, which supports local organizations including Rural Mission, Habitat for Humanity and Operation Home.

On Nov. 18, the Realtors volunteered for a Build Day with Charleston Habitat for Humanity, renovating the downtown home of Sandra Miller, whose property is in severe disrepair, with holes in the walls and a tarp covering the roof.

The Realtors Housing Opportunities Fund donated $1,000 through Habitat to support the project.

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