Helping Out for Dec. 4, 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.

Roper St. Francis donated $10,000 to Red Cross relief work in the Philippines. Aside from its corporate donation, Roper St. Francis is encouraging its 5,200 teammates to visit www.redcross.org, where a portal has been set up to receive support for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, or for the church, charity or civic group of their choice. To get involved with the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort, visit www.redcross.org.


Charleston Friends of the Library is hosting “That Holiday Book Sale” Friday and Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Books, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale with prices starting at 50 cents. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.


Sprinkles Productions presents the premiere of Santa’s Naughty & Nice Burlesque, a unique evening of glittering floor show entertainment that evokes burlesque as portrayed in Hollywood films from the 1930s to the 1950s. It celebrates the choreographic style of Jack Cole and features professional singers and dancers from South Carolina. The opening night at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, will benefit Lowcountry AIDS Services. The show is at South of Broadway Theatre, 1080 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston.


The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, donated $40,000 to Lowcountry Food Bank to help fight hunger in coastal South Carolina. Following the donation announcement, TD Bank executives and employees volunteered at the Lowcountry Food Bank to further help families in need during the holiday season.

The Lowcountry Food Bank is one of 33 nonprofits from Maine to Florida that received a donation from the TD Charitable Foundation to support their work of feeding the community. The Lowcountry Food Bank will distribute 19 million pounds of food to 200,000 families, children and seniors in 2013.


More than 1,000 individuals, area businesses, nonprofits, schools and organizations participated in the largest community Thanksgiving charity effort in the Lowcountry. (Photo provided)
More than 1,000 individuals, area businesses, nonprofits, schools and organizations participated in the largest community Thanksgiving charity effort in the Lowcountry. (Photo provided)

Michelle Scarafile and Pam Hartley, co-founders of the Charleston Basket Brigade, announced the sixth annual Charleston Basket Brigade delivered boxes of Thanksgiving groceries on Nov. 26 to about 20,000 people in 3,050 families. Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Charleston Area Convention Center to assemble and deliver meals to Charleston tri-county families. More than 1,000 individuals, area businesses, nonprofits, schools and organizations participated in the largest community Thanksgiving charity effort in the Lowcountry.

To successfully coordinate the fundraising and volunteer effort, the Basket Brigade partnered with Carolina One Real Estate, Bi-Lo, Communities in Schools and Momentum Marketing. Corporate sponsors The Wrenn Group and Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant played an integral role this year with monetary contributions to support the effort.

Several local businesses raised money and volunteered for the brigade. Among these were the Taylor Agency, Crews Chevrolet, Crews Subaru, Lowcountry Business Network, Indigo Road Restaurant Group and Daniel Island News. Meryl Cromarty and Daniel Island Real Estate collected more than $6,500, while 12-year-old Elysse Pardus of Mount Pleasant raised $4,800 by going door to door in her neighborhood. Radio stations The Bridge 105.5 and 98 Rock held the brigade’s first ever “Radioathon” on Nov. 22, which raised funds and provided invaluable awareness for the effort. Durham School Services provided buses for delivery.


During their weekly volunteer event today, Morgan Stanley executives and employees announced a $50,000 grant to fund the Lowcountry Food Bank’s School Pantry Program, a child hunger initiative that helps to make sure low-income families have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home. This grant is the second the Lowcountry Food Bank has received this year from Morgan Stanley, bringing the total to $100,000.


Voices of Wando, the choir at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, is hosting a benefit for pancreatic cancer from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Awendaw Green. For more information, visit www.wandochorus.com.

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