Helping Out for Dec. 5, 2012

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

Water Missions International received a $1 million challenge grant, the largest single gift in the organization’s history, from philanthropists Lynn and Foster Friess in November. The Friesses are challenging others to give to the organization before the end of the year.

In addition to the grant, the Friesses are printing and distributing 20,000 copies of a photo book of people served by Water Missions International.

Foster Friess first became involved with Water Missions International in the aftermath of the South Asia tsunami in 2005. He has since participated in multiple programs surrounding Water Missions International, including personal trips to Haiti and Malawi.

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers in the Charleston area who are interested in helping to spread the word about the importance of participating in Cancer Prevention Study-3, a nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. For more information about the study, visit To enroll in the study, visit www.cps3charleston.

Wild Dunes Resort will host the 10th annual Debi’s Kids Holiday Golf Tournament Sunday on the Links Course. Cost is $42 per player, plus an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. To register, call 843-886-2004.

Andrew Pinckney Inn and HarbourView Inn, locally managed by Charlestowne Hotels, are both offering guests an opportunity to give back to the community this holiday season. New reservations for the month of December will receive a complimentary gift card upon check-in. Guests will then have the option to donate to Toys for Tots, American Red Cross, Charleston Animal Society or The Lowcountry Food Bank by placing the gift card(s) in one of the charitable displays in the hotel’s lobby.

The gift card denomination will correspond with the length of stay. One-night reservations will receive $25, two-night reservations will receive $50, three nights are $75 and a fourth night will receive $100, which can be split among the charities or given as one lump sum. 

The Windwood Farm Home for Children was one of five organizations in South Carolina to receive grant funding under the federal Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention program.

Windwood received $60,552 for its strengthening families program, which will target low-income, single-parent and teen parents to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse to improve social competencies and school performance. The parent session is designed to enhance parenting skills and promote effective parenting styles, while the child/youth session focuses on building youth life skills.

Maverick Southern Kitchens restaurant group has donated $100,000 to Trident Technical College. Through the Maverick Match for Trident Technical College, Maverick Southern Kitchens will match dollar for dollar any new pledge from the hospitality industry to the TTC Foundation’s Building Opportunity capital campaign, up to $100,000.

Maverick Southern Kitchens owns and operates lightly North of Broad in Charleston; High Cotton in Charleston and Greenville; Charleston Cooks in Charleston, Greenville and Columbia; and the Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant.

The Trident Technical College Foundation kicked off the public phase of its Building Opportunity capital campaign Sept. 13 by announcing the campaign raised $2.6 million during its leadership phase, which began earlier this year. The foundation expects to exceed its $3.5 million goal by the end of the year. Of the $3.5 million, $2 million will be used to support critical technology infrastructure upgrades for the college, including a cloud-computing initiative, and $1.5 million will be used to provide scholarship support for students.

Maverick Southern Kitchen’s pledge has already generated $65,000 in matching donations from the hospitality industry. To participate in the Maverick Match, contact TTC Foundation Executive Director Kim Sturgeon at 843-574-6195 or visit

Participating merchants at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre will offer “Wish Cards” for customers to help underprivileged children this holiday season. East Cooper Community Outreach will distribute the gifts to needy families in the East Cooper area. Cards are available at participating merchants including Atlanta Bread Co., Burtons Grill, Teal and the Towne Centre management office.

Customers can choose cards from the trees in any of the participating stores, purchase the gift listed on the card, deliver the gift, unwrapped, to the Towne Centre management office located at 1600 Palmetto Grande Drive. All gifts must be delivered on or before Dec. 21 for timely distribution. For more information, contact the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre management office at 843-216-9900 or East Cooper Community Outreach at 843-849-9220.

Affordables’ South Windermere location at 82 Folly Road is hosting a charity gift wrapping event from noon to 7 p.m. each Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas to benefit four local charities. Customers may get any gifts wrapped at the store; no Affordables Apparel purchase necessary. Proceeds will benefit a different charity each weekend. This weekend’s charity is Darkness to Light. To celebrate Second Sunday on King, the store will bring the charity gift wrapping event to its downtown location at 305 King St. from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Any items purchased at Affordables Apparel will receive complimentary gift wrapping and outside items will be wrapped for $5, $8 or $10 depending on size.

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