Helping Out for March 14, 2012

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

Roper St. Francis Healthcare is encouraging everyone to vote through the Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project to support cancer patients in North and South Carolina. Through an online voting process, two winners from each category will be awarded $10,000 in grants for cancer programs and patient support. Voting is under way at and ends March 23. 

Roper is included in two categories:

  • Pillars4Life, where grants are given to programs proven to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients by helping cancer centers efficiently attend to the needs of a much greater number of patients.
  • Certification for Advanced Palliative Care, which provides fully integrated care of the mind, body and spirit for those facing long-term cancer care including counseling, nutrition and a variety of medical services.

Dining Out for Life is a community-wide event April 26 benefiting the Ryan White HIV Program. All money goes directly to medical care and medications for those living with HIV/AIDS in the Lowcountry. In 1991, Dining Out For Life was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia and is now produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada. More than 3,000 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one night of dining to the licensed agency in their city. For a list of participating restaurants, visit

East Cooper Entrepreneurial Women and East Cooper Meals on Wheels partnered for Meals on Heels on March 13 to generate greater awareness of senior hunger.

About 20 members of East Cooper Entrepreneurial Women helped deliver meals to homebound seniors and presented a check to East Cooper Meals on Wheels.

Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, a member of the Charleston Promise Neighborhood board of directors, Charleston Promise Neighborhood Executive Director Sherrie Snipes-Williams, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation Executive Director Harvey Galloway inside the mayor's office.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation awarded $50,000 to the Charleston Promise Neighborhood.  

As the “Emerging Charity” of the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival, Lowcountry Local First received $15,000 for its Growing New Farmers Program. The proceeds will be divided among LLF’s inaugural Farm Incubator and Training Center, connecting students from Slow Food Charleston to local farms and the building of a packing shed for the incubated farmers to use. The packing shed is to be designed by local architect David Thompson. A Kubota tractor will also be donated courtesy of Steen Enterprises for use on the farm. The Farm Incubator and Training Center will be located on 10 acres at the Clemson Recreation Center on U.S. Highway 17 and will launch in the fall of 2012.

The eighth annual golf tournament benefiting Respite Care Charleston is set for March 19 at Seabrook Island’s Crooked Oaks Golf Course. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the Seabrook Island Clubhouse, and the putting contest begins at noon. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m. with an awards reception at 5:30 p.m. New to the event this year is a nature walk at Camp St. Christopher at 3 p.m. Respite Care Charleston is a charitable organization committed to helping families who face the challenges of living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center for the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake on March 24 at Dorchester Lanes in Summerville. This event provides funding necessary to help BBBS match Lowcountry children from single-parent households with caring adult volunteers by providing funds to support the effective recruitment, training, coordination and recognition of volunteers. To get involved, become an event sponsor, a team captain, a bowler or volunteer, or make a donation.

North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey is serving up free breakfast to the public at Cork Neighborhood Bistro from 8-10 a.m. Friday to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Donations are welcome. WTMA’s host of the Morning Buzz, Richard Todd, will broadcast live from the event. Cork Neighborhood Bistro is located at 1067 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston.

Throughout the month of March, merchants in the Olde Village of North Charleston will be participating in the MDA’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign, selling shamrocks.  Shamrocks Against Dystrophy is the nation’s largest charity-related fundraiser associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

Elle Brewer
Elle Brewer
Elle Brewer, 2012 Family Circle Cup College of Charleston scholarship recipient, received $5,000 from the tournament to offset her education expenses.

Commonwealth Cares Foundation is hosting the fifth annual Commonwealth Cares Classic on May 15 at the Ralston Creek Course at the Daniel Island Club. Proceeds from the event benefit Palmetto Medical Initiative, an organization committed to providing sustainable, quality health care to those in need while increasing accessibility to global medical missions.

Commonwealth Classic
The Commonwealth Cares Classic will be held May 15 at the Daniel Island Club. (Photo/Provided)

PMI has provided medical treatment to more than 28,000 men, women and children in Uganda through its Masindi Kitara Medical Center. PMI is currently working on a labor and delivery unit to help women and babies in Uganda. Commonwealth Cares Foundation is the charitable arm of Commonwealth Financial Group, a Daniel Island-based financial services firm. Owner Britt Gilbert formed the foundation in 2007 as a way to give back to the community and have an impact.

The Commonwealth Cares Classic begins at 11 a.m. with registration, buffet lunch and open driving range. Shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Golfers are invited to stay for scoring and cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Registration is $300 per person or $1,200 for a four-person team. Teams registering by April 1 can sign up for a discounted rate of $1,000. For more information, to register or to become a sponsor, visit or call 843-884-4545.

The first Shamrock Stand Up Paddleboard Race benefiting Pet Helpers and Emerson Rose Heart Foundation is set for Saturday on Folly Beach. Registration is at 8 a.m. with races from 9 a.m. to noon. Divisions includes a 10K elite, 5K recreation, kids 14 and under and a dog SUP. The theme is go green, think green, act green and wear green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. SUP CleanUP, Charleston Waterkeepers and Surfrider Foundation will provide educational information about being green on the waterways. Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration forms can be picked up at Charleston SUP Safaris or downloaded from

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