Helping Out for July 17, 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.

Published July 17, 2013

The fourth annual Citadel Lady Bulldogs Football 101 event is 4:30-9 p.m. July 26 in Seignious Hall and at Johnson Hagood Stadium at The Citadel. Cost is $50 per person or two for $85 and includes demonstrations, tours, hands-on practice, discussions, reception, dinner, T-shirt, goody bags, door prizes, and two home football game tickets. The event is a fundraiser for The Citadel Football Association scholarship fund.


Ken Conrad (from left), vice chairman of The National Restaurant Association; Jill Maynard, general manager of High Cotton; Dick Elliott, founder and owner of Maverick Southern Kitchens; John Durst, president and CEO of the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association. (Photo/provided)

Ken Conrad (from left), vice chairman of The National Restaurant Association; Jill Maynard, general manager of High Cotton; Dick Elliott, founder and owner of Maverick Southern Kitchens; John Durst, president and CEO of the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association. (Photo/provided)

High Cotton, part of Maverick Southern Kitchens, is the state winner of the 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association. The Restaurant Neighbor Award was created to recognize restaurants that exemplify a philanthropic spirit. While participating in the companywide charitable programs of Maverick Southern Kitchens, High Cotton partners with Neighborhood House of Charleston, an organization that serves lunch Monday through Friday, High Cotton staff members prepare meals for up to 200 people on a monthly basis and serve the meals.

The restaurant also provides staff and food for fundraisers for the Lowcountry Food Bank. High Cotton has also hosted a three-course luncheon for the past nine years, from which 100% of the proceeds are donated the Communities in Schools of Charleston, a nonprofit dropout prevention agency.

Additionally, High Cotton’s general manager, Jill Maynard, has established a scholarship in her late husband’s name at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.


NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish have teamed up for the inaugural Denny Hamlin & Mark Bryan Celebrity Pro-Am Jam hosted by Student Transportation of America Education Foundation. Hamlin and Bryan have invited celebrities in the worlds of golf, music, racing, entertainment and sports to join them in a rock ’n’ roll golf experience. The event is set for Oct. 21-22 on Daniel Island.

The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Student Transportation Inc. in North America. The foundation was created in 2003 to advance the educational opportunities available to high school seniors enrolled in the school districts served by Student Transportation.


Footlight Players will hold a special fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. Sunday aboard the Carolina Belle. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. The night will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, along with live Lowcountry blues and original songs by Shrimp City Slim. Tickets are $35 or $60 for two tickets; purchase online or at 843-722-4487.


The Skye Boards Cornhole Tournament benefiting Chase After a Cure is from 3-8 p.m. Aug. 18 at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. on the Isle of Palms. The cornhole tournament on the beach raises money for pediatric cancer research in the Lowcountry. The tournament will consist of 64 teams, single elimination. First- and second-place winners will receive a custom-made Skye Boards cornhole set made by Daniel Holcombe of Summerville. Cost to enter is $50 per team, and space is limited. Register online.


Select Health and AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership announced plans to build a playground adjacent to the Chicora Place Community Garden, 3107 North Carolina Ave. in North Charleston. The playground, part of AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership’s Safe Playground program, will be built Nov. 22. AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership has built 20 playgrounds since 2007, benefiting more than 6,000 children. Contributions through donations or sponsorships can be made by contacting Tricia Crimminger, Select Health director of communications, at 843-569-4643 or via email.


The Medical University of South Carolina will be at James Island County Park on Aug. 10 to promote skin safety. Dermatologists on the MUSC Mobile Health Unit will offer free skin cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to noon just outside Splash Zone Waterpark. Skin screenings are open to the public, with no appointment required. For more information, call MUSC Health Connection at 843-792-0878.


Crisis Ministries has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The grant will allow Crisis Ministries to provide case management and support services for homeless veterans and those at-risk of losing their housing. Funds may also be used to provide assistance with rent and utilities.

Over the past two years, Crisis Ministries has assisted 750 veterans and their families with funding. With this award, Crisis Ministries anticipates serving an additional 500 veterans and their families throughout the Lowcountry in 2014. Veterans and other guests at the shelter have access to legal services, primary health care, education and workforce training. Crisis Ministries partners with Family Services Inc., which administers the rental and utility assistance, as well as financial education and counseling to veterans in the program.


The 11th annual First Day Festival is seeking volunteers to assist with exhibitor setup, festival setup, the Kids Zone, boat rides and distribution of school supplies, as well as greeters and water team members. The festival is 1-4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Liberty Square at the S.C. Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center. Fill out a volunteer application online.


North Charleston resident Michael Hope was recently honored with the state, South-Atlantic Division and National Sunrise Awards for volunteer service to the Look Good Feel Better program, which serves women dealing with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

An eight-year survivor of squamous cell carcinoma, Hope used his talents as a cosmetologist and instructor at the Charleston Cosmetology Institute & Charleston Hair to help others get through cancer treatment. Three years ago, he became a volunteer instructor with Look Good Feel Better, a free community program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively being treated for cancer.

The program, administered by the American Cancer Society, helps cancer patients manage the physical side effects of treatment, such as skin changes and hair loss. Trained cosmetologists address makeup techniques, skin and nail care, and tips for using headscarves and other accessories. Patients learn beauty techniques to help improve their self-esteem and quality of life, and also gain a sense of support, confidence, courage and community with other cancer patients in the program.


Alise Grant (from left), TD Bank Market President Dixon Woodward, JaBryon Rhodes, Green Heart Project Executive Director Drew Harrison, Sheenaya Myers, and TD’s Brian Jackson. (Photo/provided)

Alise Grant (from left), TD Bank Market President Dixon Woodward, JaBryon Rhodes, Green Heart Project Executive Director Drew Harrison, Sheenaya Myers, and TD’s Brian Jackson. (Photo/provided)

Earlier this month, students from the Green Heart Project’s summer camp joined executive director Drew Harrison to visit TD Bank, which gave the students a $20,000 check from the TD Charitable Foundation. Founded in 2009, the Green Heart Project is a comprehensive, farm-to-school program that uses urban farms as an outdoor laboratory to reinforce the curriculum being taught in the classroom while instilling virtues of hard work and success and connecting students to fresh, healthy produce. The fruits and vegetables grown on-site are then served to the students through the school cafeteria.

The TD Charitable Foundation grant will help support expansion of the Green Heart Project’s farm-to-school program. Having established one “microfarm” at Mitchell Elementary School, the Green Heart Project will be piloting its second farm at Zucker Middle School beginning in August. The 9,500-square-foot plot is equipped with a 25-tree fruit orchard and will have a curriculum focused on entrepreneurship.

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