Helping Out for Jan. 2, 2013

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.

Ranel Banes, a Clemson University student working at Alcoa Mount Holly, stands with a shopping cart of toys to donate to Toys for Tots. (Photo/Provided)
Ranel Banes, a Clemson University student working at Alcoa Mount Holly, stands with a shopping cart of toys to donate to Toys for Tots. (Photo/Provided)

An annual holiday program at Alcoa's Mount Holly plant raised $10,000 for local children through Toys for Tots. Mount Holly launched the incentive program Nov. 1 with a goal of raising $10,000 for Toys for Tots by Dec. 10. Employees who demonstrated safe workplace actions and showed leadership in plant safety were recognized with a $5 to $15 plant contribution to a toy fund. The plant also contributed to the toy fund on behalf of employees who submitted healthy recipes for an Alcoa cookbook.

Mount Holly holiday safety campaigns have raised more than $50,000 for Toys for Tots and other nonprofit organizations since 2008. The Goose Creek facility employs nearly 600 people.


Discounted tickets will be available Friday only for the Chase After a Cure fifth annual gala benefiting childhood cancer research. The event is at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Boulevard. Tickets are $100 each, but will be $90 each on Friday in honor of Chase Ringler’s ninth birthday.

Chase After a Cure was started in 2009 by Summerville resident Whitney Ringler and her family after her son, Chase, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

The theme for this year’s black-tie optional gala is Around the World, featuring international decor, food and music by Cuban jazz artists Gino Castillo Quartet. The ticket price includes food from Charleston area restaurants, including Wasabi of Charleston, Rue de Jean, Al Di La and Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill, plus an open bar and live and silent auctions.

Enter to win a ticket on the Chase After a Cure Facebook page. To purchase tickets, visit www.ChaseAfteraCure.com.

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