Helping Out for Sept. 18, 2013

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

The Mount Pleasant Mom to Mom Sale is Sept. 28 at the National Guard Armory in Mount Pleasant. The sale is the Moms Clubs of Mount Pleasant’s largest charity fundraiser. Doors are open from 7-11 a.m. and from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a 50% off sale.

The fall sale includes toys, books, fall and winter clothing, baby equipment, bedding and furniture from more than 100 consignors and vendors. Credit cards are accepted. Admission is $1 and all admission fees go to Pattison’s Academy, which has programs designed to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities through comprehensive education and rehabilitation.

The Sustainability Institute is hosting its second annual SuperHero Soiree to celebrate programs that work to save energy costs, improve the environment and create jobs. The event is 7-10 p.m. Oct. 10 at Hibernian Hall, which will be transformed into Gotham City with glowing LED lights, superhero outfits, food and drinks, music and a photo booth. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $55.

The Carolina Green Fair is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at James Island County Park. (Photo/provided)
The Carolina Green Fair is Sunday at James Island County Park. (Photo/provided)

The Carolina Green Fair is partnering with Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission and Charleston County Environmental Management Department for its 2013 event. The event is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at James Island County Park. Admission is free with paid park admission.

Environmental Management will highlight the county’s green initiatives, including recycling and composting, and educate residents on ways to make their homes and businesses more eco-friendly. Parks staff will lead nature walks through James Island County Park. The festival will also include access to the Climbing Wall, slacklining and archery. There will be a KidZone and Eco-Carnival for children, and food from restaurants including Home Team BBQ and Verde. This year’s headlining band will be Chickasaw Mud Puppies.

LifeManagement Center’s third annual Corporate Spelling Bee to support the center’s programs will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

John Emerson, general counsel for Charleston County School District, Robie Scott, consumer marketing & communications manager at The Post and Courier, Charleston City Councilwoman Kathleen Wilson, Citadel professor Mallory Factor and Rebecca Collett of WCBD-News 2 are among the judges and officiants for this year’s bee. Teams representing local businesses, colleges and community groups will compete.

Maybank Properties, The College of Charleston, Roper Hospital, Charleston School of Law, Children’s Dentistry, Between the Lines Book Club, Summerville Pediatrics, Porter Gaud, Pinewood Prep, Charleston County Library and last year’s winner, the Dorchester County Library, have all sponsored the bee or are participating as teams. Teams can register through Monday.

Funds raised through the event will support LifeManagement Center’s literacy efforts in the Charleston community, which include scholarships, programs for students who are unable to read on grade level, trainings for educators and parents and more.

California company Wine, Women & Shoes is holding its national fundraiser in Charleston this year a benefit for the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. The event is 1-4 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Daniel Island Club. It will include wines from some of the country’s top winemakers, a multivendor marketplace for shopping, a live runway show featuring local celebrities and an auction. Tickets are $100 each and are available online.

The 36th annual Turkey Day Run is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 28 in downtown Charleston. (Photo/provided)The 36th annual Turkey Day Run is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 28 in downtown Charleston. The event includes an after-party with live music, free beer, activities for the kids and food, and there is a Children’s Fun Run for kids 10 and younger. Proceeds benefit more than 15 local charities.

A portion of the proceeds from the Lowcountry Hoedown on Nov. 9 will benefit Pet Helpers. The Lowcountry Hoedown is from 7-11 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center bus shed. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, if any are available.

Admission includes unlimited samples and food from more than 30 distilleries, breweries and restaurants, with a special focus on bourbon, whiskey and moonshine cocktails, barbecue and other Southern fare.

Music will be provided by Seven Handle Circus from Atlanta and The Barefoot Movement from Johnson City, Tenn. Buy tickets at Bottles Beverage Superstore, 610 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, or online.

The 21st annual Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child benefiting Halos, which helps abused children, is Oct. 5. Halos is also hosting an oyster roast from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lighthouse on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. Tickets are $35 and are all-inclusive of food, drinks and kids’ activities.

The Medical University of South Carolina received $75.1 million in philanthropic gifts and pledges during fiscal 2013. Most of the year’s contributions — $39.2 million — came from individuals, followed by organizations ($15.6 million), foundations ($11 million) and corporations ($9.3 million).

Of the amount that was donated by individuals, more than half ($21.9 million) was given by people who did not graduate from one of the university’s six colleges. The university saw sharp increases in many giving categories during the year. For example, corporate giving nearly doubled, as did giving by alumni ($14.8 million). Meanwhile, students currently enrolled at MUSC donated eight times more (nearly $68,000) than in 2012.

Also during the year, the MUSC Foundation’s investment portfolio achieved an 11.1% return, bringing the foundation’s total assets to more than $458 million. Those funds are used to pay for scholarships, endowed chairs, facility enhancements and a broad range of research, academic and patient care programs.

Double R Restaurant Group is opening Another Broken Egg Cafe on Sept. 30. It is the first Another Broken Egg to open in South Carolina, and the public is invited to dine for free at three fundraising events. Donations can be made via cash, check or credit card and will be accepted for the featured nonprofits, each with its own special date. Patrons must call 843-471-0353 to make a reservation, as seating will be limited.

The cafe menu has 90 items, including six varieties of eggs Benedict, 11 different omelets, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, burgers and fresh salads. The menu also includes healthier items including granola, fruit and quinoa, gluten-free pancakes, a lighter omelet, steel-cut oats and salmon. The cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wild Dunes Resort is hosting Swing for a Cure, a tennis and golf fundraiser, on Saturday to benefit the Lowcountry Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation. The event was organized by friends of Vicki Hollingsworth, a longtime resident of the Isle of Palms who died of breast cancer in April 2010.

Golf registration opens at 11 a.m. and tennis registration opens at 12:15 p.m. A cocktail reception will be held poolside at Palmetto Hall after the day’s events. Reception highlights include cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and an awards ceremony.

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