Helping Out for May 22, 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.

Tommy Baker, owner and president of Baker Motor Co. in Charleston and Mount Pleasant and Baker Buick GMC Cadillac in Charleston, announced the company awarded the first recipients of the Tommy B. Baker Scholarship Fund. Kyle Wicks, son of Baker employee Jim Wicks, and Shavonna Simmons, wife of Baker employee Herbert Simmons, were each presented with a $2,500 college scholarship from the Tommy B. Baker Scholarship Fund.

Each year the fund will award a $2,500 scholarship to two recipients to assist with furthering their education. The award is given to full-time Baker Motor Co. employee spouses or children. In order to participate, the applicant must be a full-time student enrolled at any accredited undergraduate two-year or four-year college, university or trade school. Recipients may pursue whatever field of study they wish.


Present at the awards ceremony and pictured are, seated from left, Amanda Addy of Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Inc., Elmire Raven and Cindy Schmidt of My Sister’s House and Tracey Rankin of Happy Wheels; second row from left, Dee Partridge of Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Inc., Kris Kordonowy, Paige Pollock, Patty Fernandes, Allura Henderson and Mary Anna Disher of CORE, Amy Zeigler and Molly Thompson of Crisis Ministries and Michelle Arredondo of Helping Hands of Goose Creek. (Photo/Provided)
Present at the awards ceremony and pictured are, seated from left, Amanda Addy of Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Inc., Elmire Raven and Cindy Schmidt of My Sister’s House and Tracey Rankin of Happy Wheels; second row from left, Dee Partridge of Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Inc., Kris Kordonowy, Paige Pollock, Patty Fernandes, Allura Henderson and Mary Anna Disher of CORE, Amy Zeigler and Molly Thompson of Crisis Ministries and Michelle Arredondo of Helping Hands of Goose Creek. (Photo/Provided)

Carolina One Real Estate recently recognized five local nonprofits at its first awards distribution ceremony of 2013. The CORE charitable contributions committee, comprised of Carolina One sales associates and chaired by Kris Kordonowy and Tom Tillery, presented checks of $1,280 each to Happy Wheels Inc., My Sister’s House, Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Inc., Crisis Ministries and Helping Hands of Goose Creek.

The committee, established in 2006, aims to improve the quality of life in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties by supporting the various organizations that serve these communities. To date, the committee has donated more than $156,000.

Applications are accepted from nonprofit organizations that serve people who live in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties; are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit; are not a political or lobbying organization; and do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, sexual orientation, national/ethnic origin or disability. To submit an application, fax it to 843-202-3025 by Sept. 30. For questions, contact Kris Kordonowy at 843-202-2025.


Charleston County Parks’ Run to Remember 5K is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Pleasant Pier. An award ceremony with light food and beverages will be held after the race. Register online or call 843-795-4386. Online registration ends today, but will be available on-site. Cost is $34 or $28 for Charleston County residents.


Patrick McMillan, host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillian, will give a tour of Bulls Island Sunday. Departures are at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. from Garris Landing at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in Awendaw. A picnic lunch will be served on the island. The tour is $75 per person. All proceeds go to the South Eastern Wildlife and Environment Education Association to benefit the Loggerhead sea turtle project at Cape Romain. Space is limited. To register, contact Coastal Expeditions at 843-884-7684 or info@coastalexpeditions.com.


Tanger Outlet Center Charleston announced three Charleston County schools as the recipients of a TangerKids Grant. The recipients are: Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, Edmund Burns Elementary School and Springfield Elementary School. The grants will benefit the schools for the 2013-2014 school years.

The TangerKids Grants program is designed to assist schools in Tanger Outlets’ primary markets by providing grants for special projects, needed programs or equipment. Grants can also support groups within schools of all grade levels from pre-K to grade 12. Tanger has earmarked $1 of every coupon book sold to kids and schools. 


Motley Rice attorneys Hayleigh Stewart, Meghan Johnson Carter and Carmen Scott clean up Simonton Park. (Photo/Provided)
Motley Rice attorneys Hayleigh Stewart, Meghan Johnson Carter and Carmen Scott clean up Simonton Park. (Photo/Provided)

More than 80 employees from Motley Rice LLC participated in the law firm’s third annual ProjectGO community volunteer outreach program on April 25 and May 2. The employees donated a portion of their normal office hours to volunteer for groups in need throughout the Lowcountry.

This year, attorneys and staff offered helping hands to East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Lowcountry Food Bank, Pet Helpers, Shaw Community Center, Trident Habitat for Humanity and Charleston Parks Conservancy at Elliotborough Park and Community Garden, Cannon and Simonton parks.


Pictured, from left, are Cornerstone Wealth and Tax Advisory Group Regional Office Manager April Williams and CEO Michael Haskett along with Chase After a Cure Executive Director Adam White, President and Founder Whitney Ringler, and Development Sdministrator Amy Hungerford. (Photo/Provided)
Pictured, from left, are Cornerstone Wealth and Tax Advisory Group Regional Office Manager April Williams and CEO Michael Haskett along with Chase After a Cure Executive Director Adam White, President and Founder Whitney Ringler, and Development Sdministrator Amy Hungerford. (Photo/Provided)

Chase After a Cure, a local nonprofit that raises money for pediatric cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina, has moved into office space donated by Summerville business Cornerstone Wealth and Tax Advisory Group. The Chase After a Cure office is located at 89B Old Trolley Road, Suite 201, in Summerville.

Cornerstone had two offices to spare and has donated them to Chase After a Cure along with office furniture and use of the company’s conference rooms.

“When I found out Chase After a Cure needed office space and we had it in excess, it wasn’t even a question,” said Michael Haskett, CEO of Cornerstone Wealth and Tax Advisory Group. “This was a way we could help and we are so glad we had the means to do so. I hope this helps Chase After a Cure to further expand and help even more children.”

Chase After a Cure will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 843-270-2954 or visit www.chaseafteracure.com.


The X Factor with Simon Cowell is taping a show in Charleston and Fox TV has invited Trident Literacy to be in the studio audience. For each guest Trident Literacy brings, Fox TV will donate $5 to the organization. Anyone age 12 and older is invited. The show taping is 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at the North Charleston Coliseum. To reserve your spot, email jschmenk@tridentlit.org or echepenik@tridentlit.org.


Blast900: The Ultimate Workout is offering complimentary nutrition seminars taught by nutrition coach Catherine Staples. The events are June 4 at Lululemon, 279 King St. in Charleston, and June 13 at TrySports in Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant. Attendees will learn how to speed up their metabolism and how to create a lifestyle change rather than a short-term fix. The events are free and open to the public. To sign up, visit www.blast900.com/charleston/schedule.html.

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