Helping Out for May 2, 2012

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

More than 30 local and regional artists will participate in the third annual Art for Charity events May 11-June 8. (Photo/Provided)
More than 30 local and regional artists will participate in the third annual Art for Charity events May 11-June 8. (Photo/Provided)

Michael Mitchell Gallery will host the third annual Art for Charity events May 11-June 8 to benefit six local nonprofits. This year, more than 30 local and regional artists will participate. Events include weekly cocktail parties with extended gallery hours. The events raise funds and awareness for Friends of MUSC Children's Hospital, Komen Lowcountry, Charleston Waterkeeper, Crisis Ministries, Roper St. Francis Ryan White Program and MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

Twelve percent of funds raised through the sale of artwork will be donated to each nonprofit. Event restaurant sponsors include: O-Ku, Leaf, Social Wine Bar, Poogan's Porch, 39 Rue de Jean and Halls Chophouse. All Art for Charity cocktail parties will take place at the Michael Mitchell Gallery located at 438 King St. in Charleston. Events start at 6 p.m. and a $10 suggested donation includes appetizers, wine and live entertainment. For more information about the events and participating artists, visit

The ninth annual Charleston Dog Show is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Marion Square. Proceeds from the event benefit Lowcountry Lab Rescue, Greyhound Pets of America-Charleston, Rescue Village Participants and Middleton Place Hounds. There is no charge for admission, and the event will be held rain or shine. Activities begin with the Blessing of the Dogs, followed by a friendly canine competition, dog vendors and silent auction with pet art, microchipping, dog rescue village, gourmet lunch boxes, children’s activities, educational booths and canine concessions.

Join The Spa at Charleston Place for Melanoma Monday and the "I Will Reflect" Launch Party at 6 p.m. May 7. Kick off the fifth annual campaign with a poolside cocktail party with a swimwear fashion show featuring local designers and retailers, meet the "I Will Reflect" ambassadors, learn about skin protection tips from the Medical University of South Carolina doctors and bid on silent auction items. The event is free; there is a suggested donation of $10 that will help fund skin cancer research at MUSC. The Spa is located on the fourth floor of the Charleston Place Hotel. To RSVP, email or call 843-937-8522.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is expanding to Knightsville with a new 15,000-square-foot retail store at 825 Orangeburg Road. The grand opening celebration is 9 a.m. Thursday. There will be a ribbon cutting with the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber and Summerville Mayor Bill Collins, along with prizes, live radio broadcasts and a free hot dog lunch at 11 a.m.

The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center Fashion Show is 5-7 p.m. May 19 at Freshfields Village on Johns Island. The event will feature a fashion show with more than 50 complete looks from Freshfields Village clothing retailers, accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Rosanna Krekel of The Fashion Group International will be the host. Participating boutiques include Coastal Palms Island Apparel, J. McLaughlin, Papaya Island, Pink Boulevard, The Old Rangoon, The Resort Shop, The Spot, Tommy Bahama presented by Palmetto Island and Vineyard Vines presented by Coastal Palms. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, which provides hope and healing to abused children and families. Tickets can be purchased on the Dee Norton website or by calling 843-723-3600. Tickets include bites from Newton Farms Catering; champagne, beer and wine will be available for purchase at a cash bar offered by Java Java.

Commonwealth Cares Foundation is hosting the fifth annual Commonwealth Cares Classic May 15 at the Ralston Creek Course at the Daniel Island Club. Proceeds benefit Palmetto Medical Initiative, an organization committed to providing sustainable, quality health care to those in need while increasing accessibility to global medical missions. 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. For more information, to register or to become a sponsor, visit or call 843-884-4545.

The Junior League of Charleston is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at The Citadel Stadium’s Pearson Club Level. Watch the Kentucky Derby while enjoying live music, a silent auction, mint juleps and high fashion. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple. To purchase tickets, email or call 843-763-5284. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s collaborative projects with community agencies focused on hunger and homelessness.

Operation Home is hosting its second annual Gimme Shelter event at 6 p.m. May 12 at the Navy Yard at Noisette, 10 Storehouse Row. Home Team BBQ executive chef Aaron Siegel will cook a crawfish boil, jambalaya and mini po-boys. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Operation Home's mission is to help low-income residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility through the coordination of critical home repairs. Their work focuses on people who are the most in need, including households that contain children, people with disabilities or older adults.  

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