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Summerville Orchestra Friends are holding a fall Harvest Dance fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Miler Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd. in Summerville. All proceeds benefit the Summerville Community Orchestra. There will be food, cash bar and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door and $250 for a table of eight. For tickets, call the Miler Pro Shop at 843-873-2210, ext. 1.
The third annual Wine Down the Summer to benefit Camp Happy Days is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at 43 Society St. in downtown Charleston. The event will include a silent auction, live music, specialty cocktails, wine and beer, and food. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online or by calling 843-571-4336.
Carolina Youth Development Center honored Cummins Turbo Technologies as its Corporate Partner of the Year at its annual A Night for the Children gala at McCrady’s Restaurant. Cummins employees and their spouses, Stephanie (from left) and Kevin Coyle, Charlisa and Willis Pugh, Cyndi and Larry Nigh, Paula and Scott Rath, and Kathy and Mike Christmas hold up the trophy at the 10th annual gala. (Photo/provided)
Carolina Youth Development Center honored Cummins Turbo Technologies as its Corporate Partner of the Year at the center’s 10th annual A Night for the Children gala on Sept. 19. CYDC, which serves abused, neglected and at-risk Lowcountry youth, recognized Cummins for its support over the past year.
Employees bought and wrapped gifts for children and hosted a Christmas party last year. Cummins also sponsored the CYDC 2013 Bowl For Kids’ Sake campaign benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC; participated in a CYDC work project day; hosted the June 11 Bakker Scholars Recognition Ceremony; participated in the summer literacy program Freedom Schools; offered hands-on learning opportunities; and sponsored the 2013 gala.
Cummins sent more than 100 employees to CYDC’s campus for Trident United Way’s Day of Caring to work on several volunteer projects, including painting and installing shelves, shredding documents and pressure washing.
The Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope will take place at 8 a.m. Oct. 20 at Awendaw Green on U.S. Highway 17 North. The ride, headlined by professional cyclist and S.C. native George Hincapie, will raise funds to support local cancer charities.
Participants will include cancer survivors, as well as some cyclists currently undergoing treatment. In the past five years, the Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope has raised more than $500,000, which is used to support the outreach and programs of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, Roper St. Francis Cancer Care, Share our Suzy, Camp Happy Days and other cancer-related programs.
This year’s Ride for Hope includes a family-friendly, 10-mile “Cruiser Ride” for all ages and abilities. Participants have a lower fundraising requirement ($250) and receive a Ride for Hope T-shirt and water bottle, plus lunch and admission to the after-party. Cyclists who want to participate in the 30-mile or 100K ride can raise $500. Riders at that fundraising level receive a custom Hincapie Cycling jersey worth $200, a t-shirt, custom cycling socks and a water bottle.
The post-ride celebration will take place at Awendaw Green with a pasta lunch from Salt Works, beer and live music by Hit or Miss.
Southern Shores real estate employees display the school supplies they collected for the Teachers’ Supply Closet. (Photo/provided)
Last month, Southern Shores Real Estate Group staff and agents split into two teams and competed against each other to see which team could bring in the most school supplies for the Teachers’ Supply Closet. The nonprofit organization provides free school supplies to teachers in the tri-county area who work at schools where 88% of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches.
Dunkin’ Donuts has partnered with MUSC Children’s Hospital to collect donations in its Charleston-area restaurants through Oct. 13. A portion of the donation also will benefit the Southeast chapter of the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, which supports initiatives that address hunger, safety and children’s health.
The MUSC Children’s Hospital donation will be used for books, toys, games and other materials designed to help young patients feel more comfortable during their hospital visit. During the campaign, $1 donations will be collected, and for each donation, guests will receive a “Community Cup” to sign and display in the restaurant. Half of the donation will be donated to the hospital and the other half will go to the community foundation for charitable grants.
Halls Chophouse will host two luncheons, on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, to benefit Debi’s Kids. The organization, which provides holiday gifts for some 5,000 Lowcountry children at Christmastime, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
This year, Debi’s Kids is focusing on active toys, gifts and sporting goods to keep Lowcountry children physically fit.
Each luncheon will feature a silent and live auction of autographed wine bottles from the Robert Maguire autograph collection, which has signatures from more than 100 celebrities in music, sports, entertainment, business and politics, including Jack Nicklaus, Charlton Heston, Sonny Bono, Etta James, Bill Gates, Robin Williams, Jeff Gordon, Johnny Bench, Bill Cosby and Warren Buffett. Proceeds from the autograph auction will benefit Debi’s Kids.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Tickets are $30 per person; call 800-838-3006 for reservations.