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On Aug. 24 Hanckel Marine and Wounded Nature – Working Veterans will be cleaning Charleston’s hard-to-reach coastal areas. There are many coastal areas around Charleston that have collected trash and have never been cleaned because they are accessible only by boat. Volunteers are needed to assist with the cleanup.
Prizes will be awarded in five categories: most trash collected, coolest shoe or sunglasses, most unique piece of trash found, most beverage containers and longest piece of rope or wire found. Interested boaters can obtain details online. The first 25 boats that commit to participate will receive T-shirts and decals.
Immediately after the cleanup, Hanckel Marine will host a customer appreciation party at Island House on Johns Island. This facility is accessible by both car and boat. The party will be family-friendly and will include free food, beverages, entertainment, educational booths and inflatable play areas for children. Admission to the party is one bag of coastal trash per car or boat or a donation to Wounded Nature.
Women’s Equality Day commemorates Aug. 26, 1920, when voting rights for women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution.
The Be Brave Bash is a fundraiser for the Center for Women and includes food and an open wine bar, plus an interactive art collage, photo booth, live music with Lindsay Holler’s Western Polaroids and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 each, or $100 for “hosts,” who receive recognition before and after the event.
S.C. Tech Academy, a project of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, received a Google Community Grant of $37,980 from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation. The grant is for a new program at the Coastal Community Foundation focused on building organizational effectiveness through technology. The funding will support administrative staff, networking events, marketing expenses, a community conference and operational costs.
The academy was created earlier this year by Coastal Community Foundation staff members Tina Arnoldi and Annette Nielsen to build on the tech training offered to nonprofits and help them manage their technology. Efforts will include training users on online tools, website domains and hosting, social media, use of photographs and YouTube, and donor data management. Additional topics will be determined by the needs and interests of attendees.
Google Community Grants are awarded quarterly, and grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. Award size depends on several factors, including available resources, impact the resource will have on achieving the mission and level of community support.
Streit USA Armoring in North Charleston recently donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross. Streit USA Armoring President Eric Carlson presented the donation to North Charleston Fire Chief Greg Bulanow, honorary chairman of the American Red Cross Heroes for Fire Victims Campaign.
On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region, responds to a disaster every 6 1/2 hours. Since Jan. 1, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of 1,042 families and 3,215 individuals affected by disaster.
The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross Chapters that span 35 S.C. counties.
Mandy Scherer (left), program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center, and match support specialists Ashley Grimball and Quinyana Brown attended The Alley’s Bowling and Beer Happy Hour charitable event Aug. 7 benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC. The event raised more than $2,300 for the program. (Photo/provided)
The Alley Charleston’s Bowling and Beer Happy Hour fundraiser Aug. 7 raised more than $2,300 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center. PeopleMatter and Fox Events each pledged about $500 to the charitable cause, and all sponsorships and ticket sales from the event went to supporting the program. Bowl for Kids’ Sake events help Big Brothers Big Sisters in its goal of matching adult mentors (“Bigs”) with youth ages 6-16 (“Littles”) from single-parent households to help them reach their potential as they grow. It takes about $1,000 annually to support one Big-Little match.
Family Services Inc. celebrated its 125th year in service at the Aug. 9 Charleston RiverDogs game, with Executive Director and CEO David Geer throwing out the first pitch. The organization began on Broad Street in 1888 and has grown and relocated to North Charleston. Its mission is to empower individuals and families to become financially self-sustaining.
North Ridge Custom Cycles and Zero Engineering are hosting the inaugural Folly Beach Shrimp Co. Biker Night starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at 11 Center St. The event will include live music by Triple Dog Dare, along with drink specials, food, drawings and prizes. Admission is $20, or $15 in advance, and supports the Medical University of South Carolina Nephrology Department.
Bob Raynor, author of Exploring Bull Island, will lead a Walk on the Edge benefit from the southern tip of Bulls Island to the northern tip from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 31. All proceeds will go to the Sewee Association for its Cape Romain Sea Turtle Project. Cost is $40 per person.
During the Aug. 9 Charleston RiverDogs game, General Manager Dave Echols presented a check for $20,000 to the Medical University of South Carolina Storm Eye Institute and its director, Dr. Lucian Del Priore. The donation comes from proceeds from the RiverDogs’ 14th annual Kindness Beats Blindness Auction, the 10th annual Run Forrest Run 5K, the ninth annual Hot Stove Banquet and the eighth annual golf outing.
The team chose the Storm Eye Institute to make donations to after RiverDogs President Mike Veeck’s daughter, Rebecca, was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of inherited diseases causing retinal degeneration. Veeck and his wife, Libby, have dedicated themselves and most of their charitable efforts toward fighting blindness.
The team and the Charleston community as a whole have raised more than $500,000 toward preventive research for the disease.
Dixon Woodward (from left), TD Bank market president, presents a $15,000 grant check to Kim Clifton, David Overstreet and Jeddie Suddeth of Halos in support of the organization’s Kinship Care Program. (Photo/Provided)
The TD Charitable Foundation gave a $15,000 grant to Charleston Halos to support the organization’s mission of providing assistance to kinship families. The Halos Kinship Care Program was developed in 2008 to support grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren in the absence of their parents through twice-monthly mutual support groups, referrals for services, and educational and respite opportunities. The program, the first of its kind in South Carolina, now serves more than 200 adults and 400 children annually.
The Charleston Friends of the Library will present That Big Book Sale Oct. 11-13 at the Omar Shrine Auditorium, 176 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. More than 60,000 books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, VHS tapes, sheet music and maps will be on sale, with prices starting at 50 cents. The event will also feature a rare book auction. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13. Admission is free.
Items will be half price on Sunday, with the exception of tote bags. A special preview sale for Friends of the Library members will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10. Friends of the Library memberships will be available for $20 at the door.
The third annual Moments on Canvas Art Show and Sale benefiting Respite Care Charleston Alzheimer’s programs will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Cooper River Room at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Silent auction items are needed by Sept. 13. For more information, call 843-647-7405 or send email.