Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheerwine and The Avett Brothers have teamed up to host the Legendary Giveback II, a night of music to benefit family-focused organizations, on Nov. 14 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will go to three family aid organizations that provide services locally: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Operation Homefront and the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.
The Goodwill Undy 500 Motorcycle Charity Ride, an annual event that benefits struggling and homeless veterans in the area, begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 8, with registration at Low Country Harley-Davidson on Dorchester Road. The ride ends with an after-party at Red’s Ice House at Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island. Cost is $20 per rider plus a package of new underwear. Register by Sunday to receive an event T-shirt.
Chase After a Cure is hosting its second annual Drive Away Childhood Cancer Golf Tournament on Sept. 12 at Patriots Point Links in Mount Pleasant. The captain’s choice tournament begins at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch from Home Team BBQ, followed by a shotgun start at noon. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners. Cost is $125 per person, or $400 for a foursome. Sponsorships are still available.
Wings for Kids is expanding its programming to Main Street Elementary School in Lake City, the program’s first foray into a rural setting. Wings will use a U.S. Department of Education grant through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to serve 100 students in grades two through five in Florence County.
Ten WingsLeaders — college-enrolled AmeriCorps members who serve part-time at Wings — from Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College will take part in the program. Jessica Lovins, former program director at Charleston’s James Simons Elementary School, has moved to Lake City to be director of the program, with assistant Keyasia Gathers, a former WingsLeader and recent graduate of Charleston Southern University.
The Avian Conservation Center is hosting its fourth annual Wild At Wingswood fundraiser, Migration to Memminger, Oct. 10 at Memminger Auditorium to benefit The Center for Birds of Prey. The event begins with cocktail hour featuring flight demonstrations, close encounters with birds of prey and a silent auction.
Dinner is at 7:30 p.m., followed by a live auction, which includes a week’s stay for four in Jack Hanna’s Montana home, the naming of a character in Mary Alice Monroe’s next book and a cocktail party for 50 at the Center for Birds of Prey.
Tickets are $125. All proceeds will benefit The Center for Birds of Prey and its mission to rehabilitate injured raptors and educate the public about conservation. Order tickets at 843-971-7474 or purchase online.
River Oaks board member Alexis Stroble (from left), River Oaks board chairwoman Sarah-Payne Wilson, Sebrina Leigh-Jones of Luxury Simplified and Betty Anglin Smith of Anglin Smith Fine Art. (Photo/provided)
Luxury Simplified and Anglin Smith Fine Art hosted an art exhibit recently at 95 Broad St. The exhibit featured works of art by The Smiths, a family of local artists who also donated works to be sold. The event raised $7,300 for the future River Oaks Girls Home, a project of Lowcountry Orphan Relief.
In honor of National Eye Exam Month in August and Save Your Sight Month in September, Dr. Kerry Solomon is collecting donations of glasses and unused contact lenses from patients to donate to the Lions Clubs International and Madre, two global organizations serving those in need. Patients who make donations can save up to $1,000 on iLasik, a blade-free custom Lasik procedure. An initial consultation must be scheduled by Sept. 30.
Strings & Stanzas, a fundraiser performance of poetry and music to benefit two local theater companies, will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at Footlight Players Theatre. A reception will follow in Philadelphia Alley. Footlight Players and Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina will host starring actors from both companies, as well as a string quartet of Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians led by Yuriy Bekker.
Clarence Felder, of Broadway, film and television, will direct the performance, and his wife, Chris Weatherhead, along with Michael Easler and Kelly McDavid, will perform love poetry woven accompanied by music from the quartet. Tickets are $35 for general seating and $50 premium seating. Order at 843-722-7521, ext. 203, or online.
Ten Charleston-area restaurants will take part in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign throughout September. Guests at the participating restaurants will be able to make donations to the campaign and sign their name to a card, which will be displayed at the restaurants. Dine Out for No Kid Hungry has raised more than $4 million in five years to help combat childhood hunger. The funds go toward providing at-risk children with nutritious foods where they live, learn and play. Participating restaurants in the Charleston area are Mellow Mushroom, Arby’s, Manny’s Grills & Cafes, Bruegger’s Bagels, TGI Friday’s, CiCi’s Pizza, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Evo, Denny’s and Morgan Creek Grill.
The American Cancer Society and local salons will host a Cut-a-Thon from 2-7 p.m. Sept. 27 to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Survivor Suite. The Survivors Suite provides free wigs, scarves and turbans for patients who are going through cancer treatments. Vanity Salon in Mount Pleasant and Attitudes Salon in Summerville will be offering salon services to raise money to purchase new wigs. Additionally, Paul Mitchell The School of Charleston will be at The Healing Boutique at Roper St. Francis Cancer Center in West Ashley offering the same salon services for the fundraiser.
The Sustainability Institute is hosting home energy workshops with Berkeley Electric Cooperative. Participants will be taught low- and no-cost ways to save energy, as well as ways to access incentives and financing to help make energy improvements at a reasonable cost. The workshop is free and open to the public.
- Berkeley Electric – Moncks Corner District Office: 6 p.m. Tuesday.
- Berkeley Electric – Awendaw District Office: 6 p.m. Sept. 5.
- Berkeley Electric – Goose Creek District Office: 6 p.m. Sept. 10.
- Berkeley Electric – Johns Island District Office: 6 p.m. Sept. 12.