Helping Out for June 26, 2013

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

The Woodlands Mansion will host a fundraiser for Chase After a Cure on Aug. 25. (Photo/Provided)
The Woodlands Mansion will host a fundraiser for Chase After a Cure on Aug. 25. (Photo/Provided)

On Aug. 25, the Woodlands Mansion’s dining room will host “Memories at the Mansion,” a charity dining event benefiting Chase After a Cure.

Former Woodlands’ staff, including executive chef Nate Whiting, sommelier Stephane Peltier and pianist Tom Bailey, will reunite for the event. Whiting, the executive chef at Tristan, will prepare a five-course meal incorporating some of the dishes he created during his years at Woodlands Resort & Inn. A pre-dinner wine tasting and pairing for the dinner menu will be created by Peltier, owner of Accent on Wine in Summerville.  

The Woodlands Resort & Inn closed in September 2012 and was sold to Lowcountry businessman Tom Limehouse. The property was recently reopened as the Woodlands Mansion with a new business model. The 1906 Greek revival 18-bedroom mansion and its 11 acres are available for private events and overnight accommodations. 

Tickets are $500 per person. Seating will be limited to 60 donors. Tickets may be purchased online at

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and MUSC Hollings Cancer Center last week hosted a briefing to encourage Congress to restore federal funding for cancer research and screening programs.

Hollings Cancer Center Director Dr. S. Andrew Kraft discussed research at the cancer center that currently relies on federal funding. He was joined by researcher Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Cancer Action Network President Chris Hansen and lung cancer survivor John Sanders.

Nearly 85% of funding from the National Institutes of Health supports research in communities in all 50 states. In 2013, cancer research facilities in South Carolina received $142 million in federal funding.

The 11th annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour benefiting Children In Crisis Inc. is set for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6. Visit homes, cottages and gardens in Summerville while sampling food and desserts prepared by Lowcountry chefs. Musicians will perform and local artwork and floral creations will be on display. Tickets are $50 each and available in advance online starting July 15 at

Charleston Animal Society is offering free adoptions at its shelter today through Sunday. With a record number of kittens and more than 800 animals in its system, the animal society is beyond its capacity. The animal society aims to place 300 animals during the campaign.

All animals up for adoption come spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped and are eligible for a free health exam from most veterinarians. To adopt an animal, visit Charleston Animal Society’s animal care campus at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston. The shelter is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Sunday.

Palmetto Goodwill, Trident United Way and Family Services will celebrate the opening of Summerville’s new Prosperity Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Friday at 222 Trolley Road inside the Goodwill retail store. Summerville Mayor William C. Collins and local representatives of the Summerville community will attend.

The center is a collaborative effort by the three organizations to offer a variety of services and training in one location for people in the Summerville community. The services will be offered at no cost to the community.

Goodwill will provide employment services, including career coaching, job training and employment placement services at the center. Computer stations will be available for job searches and resume building. South Carolina Adult Education will also provide Work Core Employability Skills training.

Family Services will have licensed coaches on-site to provide financial coaching, homebuyer education, credit counseling, and foreclosure prevention and assistance. The organization will also offer free monthly budgeting classes as well as debt management, homeless prevention, reverse mortgage counseling and bankruptcy counseling services through its North Charleston licensed staff via videoconferencing, telephone and group workshops.

Trident United Way will coordinate service delivery among the various partners and offer income support for working families to stabilize them financially while they pursue further education, financial skills and job training.

City of Charleston police and recreation are teaming up to offer Friday Night Lights, a free community event set for 7-10 p.m. Fridays at W.L. Stephens Aquatics Center and Forest Park, 780 W. Oak Forest Drive. This is a family-friendly event with sports, swimming, arts and crafts, popcorn and cotton candy free to children ages 5-15. The evening will end with a movie on a 20-foot screen at the park. For more information, call 843-724-7327.

The RiverDogs Healthy Challenge is a community outreach initiative to encourage the citizens of the Lowcountry to lose weight over the summer. "Healthy Challenge Tuesdays" partners include Charleston RiverDogs, MUSC Wellness Center, Healthy Charleston Challenge and MUSC Urban Farm, and Lighten Up Charleston. Prizes will be awarded to the individual with the highest percentage of weight loss by Aug. 20. Participants can start the challenge on any MUSC Healthy Challenge Tuesday night through Aug. 13. For more information, visit

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