Helping Out for Nov. 28, 2012

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

Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs will serve as the guest speaker for the ninth annual Hot Stove Banquet hosted by the Charleston RiverDogs. The event is Feb. 1 at The Crystal Ballroom at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Boulevard. Event proceeds benefit The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern baseball programs, as well as the MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute, the RiverDogs’ primary charity. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner, a table gift, autograph and photo opportunities, and a silent and live auction. Tables with preferred seating for eight individuals are available for $550.

Boggs spent his 18-year baseball career primarily with the Boston Red Sox (1982-92), but also played for the New York Yankees (1993-97), with whom he won his only World Series, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-99), with whom he recorded his 3,000th career hit. His hitting in the 1980s and 1990s made him a perennial contender for American League batting titles. Boggs was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact Kristen Wolfe at 843-723-7241 or Tickets may also be purchased online at

Pam Hartley and Michelle Scarafile are co-founders of the Charleston Basket Brigade. (Photo/Provided)
Pam Hartley and Michelle Scarafile are co-founders of the Charleston Basket Brigade. (Photo/Provided)

More than 500 volunteers gathered Nov. 20 to pack and deliver 3,350 boxes of grocery items, including a 12-pound turkey, as part of the fifth annual Charleston Basket Brigade. Enclosed in each box was an anonymous letter that read, “This comes to you from someone who cares about you. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough to be able to do this for someone else one day.”

The nonprofit partnered with Carolina One Real Estate, Piggly Wiggly, Communities In Schools and Momentum Marketing to feed an estimated 20,000 people on Thanksgiving Day by raising almost $100,000 through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and concerned citizens. All of the money raised went to buying food. Each year, the local nonprofit writes Piggly Wiggly the largest check in the company’s history for a single order.

Michelle Scarafile and Pam Hartley started the Charleston Basket Brigade in 2008. This year marked the largest fundraising effort yet for the brigade. The Charleston Area Convention Center donated space for meal assembly and delivery. Daniel Island Park Day, The Armada Real Estate/Lowcountry Business Network Golf Outing, and The Coastal Cupboard Charity Knife Sharpening event benefitted the CBB this year.

The Sustainability Institute is hosting an oyster roast at The Barn at Mixson from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The event includes live music, beverages from Westbrook Brewing, oysters and more. Mixson is located within the historic Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston. Tickets are $35; $25 for students; $65 for couples; free to ages 15 and under. The cost of admission includes an annual membership to The Sustainability Institute and access to the monthly ReThink Series for the entirety of the membership. Tickets are available online. The Sustainability Institute is a nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering South Carolinians to conserve energy and reduce our environmental impact where we live and work.

The 2013 Relay for Life of Mount Pleasant is hosting an oyster roast kick-off party from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Shem Creek Bar and Grill, 508 Mill St. Enjoy food and drink specials plus live music by Cody Walker and Meet the Sky. A $6 donation will be collected at the door and will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life, which takes place in the spring, is an annual event that raises money each year for the American Cancer Society. The majority of the money raised by the local Relay for Life will stay in the Lowcountry. For more information, visit

Charleston health care providers and wellness-based businesses are joining forces for the fifth annual Total Health Fair, a health and wellness expo for the Charleston area. This free community event focused on increasing awareness of all forms of health care and healthy living opportunities. The health fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 and noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Omar Shrine Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

More than 80 healthy living businesses and several area nonprofit organizations will be at the event. Educational lectures, demonstrations and activities for all ages will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Also meet Antoine Dove, a contestant from “The Biggest Loser” season eight. The first 200 attendees on Saturday and the first 200 attendees on Sunday will receive free goodie bags at the door.

For more information, visit or call 843-402-0310.

The Pantry Inc. recently announced its summer-long Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign raised $209,738 for the S.C. Military Family Care Association, providing emergency relief statewide to military members and their families in the event of unusual or unpreventable hardship.

The donation is almost double the $119,000 Kangaroo Express raised for the association during its inaugural 2011 Salute Our Troops campaign. In addition to the S.C. Military Family Care Association, donations from the campaign will directly support the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and five other state-based military support organizations.

The Charleston Concert Association has been awarded $11,406 by the S.C. Arts Commission for 2012-2013. This grant will further the efforts of the Charleston Concert Association to bring world-class music and dance to the Charleston community and to instill an appreciation of the performing arts in future generations through education.

Several area businesses, including Handsome Properties along with several major individual contributors are helping the Charleston Concert Association meet its obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Grants from The Post and Courier Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina are also being used to help with the match.

The Charleston Concert Association’s next event is Jan. 22 and is a performance of Chanticleer, called “the world’s reigning male chorus,” by New Yorker magazine.

Attend a “Movember” party from 4-7 p.m. today at The Roost Bar ’N Grille in West Ashley. The event is to support efforts to end cancers that effect men. All proceeds from the sale of Yuengling draft will go to charity plus enjoy drink and happy hour appetizer specials. The best “mo” will win a $50 gift certificate.

The ninth annual Shopping with Friends Red Ribbon Holiday Weekend benefitting Lowcountry AIDS Services begins at 6 p.m. Friday with a kickoff party at Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant. Sip cocktails while shopping; a $10 donation is appreciated. Then from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday attend a Southern brunch at the historic Riviera Theatre at Charleston Place. There will be achievement awards, a silent and live auction and gift bags! Cost is $50 per person; to register, call 843-747-2273.

For the remainder of the day shop at more than 100 retailers and restaurants that donate a percentage of sales to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the Lowcountry.

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