Helping Out for Dec. 11, 2013

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

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is hosting a coat drive for Communities in Schools on Dec. 18. Bring in a gently used coat and receive 15% off your bill. The coat can be any size and will keep local kids warm through the winter. An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is going on the same evening beginning at 6. Mex 1 is located at 817 St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley.

Citadel cadets Joey Schiano (from left), Cooper Lemons and Sean McLoughlin. (Photo provided)
Citadel cadets Joey Schiano (from left), Cooper Lemons and Sean McLoughlin. (Photo provided)

Cadets from The Citadel’s Golf Company, along with the college’s new mascots, Gen. Robert P. Carson and Boo X, delivered several thousands of dollars’ worth of toys to representatives from MUSC Children’s Hospital on Monday.

The project, dubbed “Golf Company Operation for the Kids,” started shortly after school began in the fall.

“I am an intern with the Department of Medicine at the medical university and had the chance to peek into the children’s atrium to learn more. I told members of my company about it, and we all knew we wanted to do something for the kids, but we didn’t know what or how,” said Sean McLoughlin, who is a senior-year cadet. “Everybody loves a T-shirt, so we made a great one and began marketing it. We ended up raising about $3,000 through the generosity of other cadets as well as parents. Then we hit the stores.”

Golf Company is one of five companies that make up the 2nd Battalion at The Citadel. There are currently five battalions at the military college of South Carolina, representing 21 companies and about 2,400 cadets.

The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry worked with the Charleston Promise Neighborhood to host a free field trip and transportation for more than 40 Mary Ford Elementary students recently at the museum. Joe Pasta partnered with the museum to provide lunch to each of the students, chaperones and teachers on the field trip.

Almost 1,600 children currently attend the four high-poverty, low-achieving Charleston Promise Neighborhood schools. These schools are located in Charleston’s Neck area.

At the Children’s Museum’s 2013 Gala, organizers set out to strengthen the existing partnership between the museum and Charleston Promise Neighborhood by raising funds during the live auction to provide free field trips to all four schools’ first-grade classes, including museum admission, transportation and lunch.

The Charleston RiverDogs are hosting an online auction for an opportunity join Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro and former Atlanta Braves catcher Javy Lopez at a private meet and greet on Jan. 31.

Niekro, who was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, had a 24-year career playing for the Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays. Lopez played for the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Braves and was a member of the Braves’ 1995 World Series team.

Three winners will be chosen each week between now and Jan. 30. Fans can bid every week, with bidding closing at noon each Friday.

During the meet and greet, winning bidders will have the opportunity to get autographs and photos and visit with the former Braves stars. Refreshments will be provided by Kickin’ Chicken.

The RiverDogs’ annual Hot Stove Banquet, which Niekro and Lopez will headline, also takes place Jan. 31 at the Charleston Marriott. Proceeds benefit The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern baseball programs, along with the Medical University of South Carolina’s Storm Eye Institute, the RiverDogs’ primary charity. For more information, call 843-577-3647.

Danielle Scaturro (from left), Lisette Rodriguez, David Santos, Leticia Peguero, Barbara Kelley Duncan, Rhett Mabry and Elizabeth Reilinger. (Photo provided)
Danielle Scaturro (from left) and Lisette Rodriguez, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; David Santos, Carolina Youth Development Center board vice chairman; Leticia Peguero, Andrus Family Fund; Barbara Kelley Duncan, CEO of Carolina Youth Development Center; Rhett Mabry, The Duke Endowment; and Elizabeth Reilinger, Leadwell Partners. (Photo provided)
Representatives from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, The Duke Endowment and the Andrus Family Fund met with Carolina Youth Development Center administrative staff on Nov. 20 for a half-day summit on the center’s Leadership for Life program that serves youth in foster care and ninth-grade students at North Charleston High School.

Charleston County Schools Superintendent Nancy McGinley and Robert Grimm, principal of North Charleston High School, were also in attendance. The Leadership for Life program provides youth with academic support and career and life skills. The meeting marks the first time three of Carolina Youth Development Center’s national grant funders have met to discuss the program.

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