Helping Out for Jan. 8, 2014

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.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s Blue retail center in Mount Pleasant has scheduled free community events in January geared toward health, wellness and understanding insurance. Attendees can register in the events section of www.scblueretailcenters.com. Space is limited. All events are hosted in the seminar room in the store located at 1795 North Highway 17, Mount Pleasant.

The community events are:

  • Health Care Reform & You, 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • My Big “R” Plan, 65 Now What? 6-7 p.m. on Jan. 23.
  • Member reception, 6-7 p.m. on Jan. 28.

S.C. Blue also can provide presentations to churches and other organizations on health care reform and what it means to groups and individuals. Regular store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday.


A first-grader from Chicora Schools of Communications visits the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry. (Photo provided by Chicora Schools of Communications)
A first-grader from Chicora Schools of Communications visits the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.
(Photo provided by Chicora Schools of Communications)
The Boeing Co. has awarded Charleston Promise Neighborhood a grant based on the substantial progress made in the nonprofit’s programs in high-poverty elementary and middle schools. One elementary school and the middle school improved their S.C. Department of Education Absolute Rankings in the 2012-2013 school year, while two elementary schools and the middle school improved their rankings during the 2011-2012 school year.

Charleston Promise Neighborhood provides programs that benefit 1,700 students and offers professional development for nearly 200 teachers and principals through a public-private arrangement with the Charleston County School District.

“Charleston Promise Neighborhood directly supports Boeing’s need to build the pipeline of our future workforce here in South Carolina,” said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. “CPN is advancing students’ capacity for lifelong learning and their overall educational outcomes by focusing on teacher professional development and creating an environment for students to achieve.”


Through the end of January, all tri-county Sunoco customers are encouraged to make donations to the Lowcountry Food Bank at their local Sunoco store. The company will match donations up to $10,000. 27 Sunoco APlus stores throughout South Carolina will participate.

The fundraising drive augments Sunoco’s food bank support through its Caffeinate Charleston Program, launched in the summer, in which the company donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of its Lowcountry blend coffee.


GoCo Events has acquired 12-, 15- and 20-year-old batches of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon for Bacon and Bourbon VIP ticket holders next month. In addition to pours of Pappy Van Winkle, a VIP ticket rewards guests with lectures at an exclusive pre-event Charcuterie Hour. The kickoff from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. pairs rare bourbon with signature charcuterie. Only 100 VIP tickets are available at $75 each, and an additional batch of 50 tickets will be released in January for $95 each.

Doors open for Bacon and Bourbon at Memminger Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. A portion of event proceeds benefit Darkness to Light. Tickets are on sale now.

General admission to Bacon and Bourbon is $60. This ticket features unlimited bacon-centric bites from 12 area restaurants and bourbon from 16 distilleries, including newcomers Striped Pig and High Wire Distillery. Guests will enjoy laser skeet shooting, mechanical bull rides and live entertainment by Rachel Kate and Post Modern Jukebox. Participating restaurants include Prohibition, Graze, Lana’s, Southern Season’s, Poogan’s Porch, Cru Cafe, The Meeting Room, The Bistro, Ted’s Butcherblock and Kitchen 208.

Purchase tickets and see a complete listing of chefs and distilleries at www.baconandbourbonsc.com.


The Center for Birds of Prey has been selected as the benefiting nonprofit of Whole Foods Market’s 5% Day at 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. On Jan. 7, 5% of the day’s net sales will be donated to the Center for the Birds of Prey to help injured birds in the Avian Medical Clinic and broaden the center’s reach with students and educators throughout South Carolina.


Boeing South Carolina awarded FamilyCorps a sponsorship to conduct a pilot project Changing Community Norms through Collective Impact. The project will be implemented in the Charleston Promise Neighborhood zone. Charleston Promise Neighborhood currently has a host of services it is providing to this community. Thanks to the sponsorship from Boeing, FamilyCorps will add parenting programs and services to the neighborhood.

Changing Community Norms through Collective Impact will offer evidence-based parenting programs and trainings to all parents and caregivers located in and around the Charleston Promise Neighborhood. Any caregiver of a child will be able to attend Triple P Positive Parenting Program curriculum classes, attend weekly Parents Anonymous Parent Support Groups and be linked to other local resources if needed. The four Title One school staff and administration will be trained in child abuse awareness and prevention and will refer families to the evidence-based programs and trainings. The project is already underway and will continue through the rest of the current school year.


Join local farmers and local businesses, as A Snappy Event introduces Homegrown, a weekly farmers market on Johns Island. The market will educate consumers about the benefits and ease of making sustainable lifestyle choices. The market will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday beginning Jan. 11 at 3546 Maybank Highway on Johns Island.


The associates of East Cooper Medical Center donated 87 gifts to East Cooper Meals on Wheels. (Photo provided)
The associates of East Cooper Medical Center donated 87 gifts to East Cooper Meals on Wheels. (Photo provided)
The associates of East Cooper Medical Center donated 87 gifts to East Cooper Meals on Wheels. An angel tree was set up in the hospital’s main lobby in November, and gifts were collected over several weeks. East Cooper Meals on Wheels is a community-based nonprofit organization that delivers daily nutrition free of charge to residents of Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Wando, Cainhoy and Daniel Island who are homebound or unable to provide their own meals. East Cooper Medical Center has been working with East Cooper Meals on Wheels since 2003.


Laurel Hill Primary School students toured a Habitat house and made a banner to welcome the family to its new home. (Photo provided)
Laurel Hill Primary School students toured a Habitat house and made a banner to welcome the family to its new home. (Photo provided)

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit housing organization, received a check for $2,725 from the first-grade classes at Laurel Hill Primary School in Mount Pleasant. The students earned the money by doing special chores at home and pooling their earnings. The founder and organizer of the fundraising effort was first-grade teacher Amy Claxton, who started the effort in 2005 with her own classroom and has expanded the program every year since. Every first grade teacher at Laurel Hill now supports the effort, and donations to the organization since 2005 total $18,600.


The Charleston Friends of the Library is hosting a media and gadget donation drive to raise money for the Charleston County Public Library. Through Feb. 15, donate gently used CDs, DVDs, LPs, video games, iPods, e-readers, smartphones and tablets to any of the 16 public library locations in Charleston County. The items will be sold online or at upcoming book sales.

The Charleston Friends of the Library, a nonprofit volunteer organization, raises money through book sales and membership to help fund more than 6,000 library programs each year that are free to the community. The Friends of the Library is partnering with AbundaTrade.com and the Charleston County Public Library for this special donation drive.


Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty, a local luxury real estate firm, recently donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The effort was spearheaded by Beth McCrabb, and Daniel Ravenel, owner and broker in charge, matched the $775 raised by employees and agents of the office for a total donation of $1,550. The cancer network offers a comprehensive range of services, from advocacy and community outreach, to funding research. McCrabb participated in 5,000-meter races, called “Purple Strides,” from Savannah to Cincinnati, in support of the network. Most recently, she walked in November in Savannah, to help advance research and support patients and families affected by pancreatic cancer. She walks in memory of her father, Arnold Hampton, and her uncle Earl Hampton, who both fought pancreatic cancer.


Fallon Sposato (from left) of Wells Fargo, Beverly Hutchison of Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, and Tripp Meares of Wells Fargo. (Photo provided)
Fallon Sposato (from left) of Wells Fargo, Beverly Hutchison of Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, and Tripp Meares of Wells Fargo.
(Photo provided)
In 2013, Wells Fargo Bank gave $20,000 to The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center to support the delivery of critical services for abused children and their families. This year was Wells Fargo’s fifth consecutive as title sponsor of the center’s annual public awareness campaign, I Believe … Child Abuse Is a Grown-up Problem, which educates adults about the issue of child abuse and the resources available for child victims and their families. Also, this year was Wells Fargo’s 13th year as sponsor of the center’s annual dinner auction Chart a Course for Children, which has raised more than $1.4 million since 2001.


Angel Tree gift bag assembly. (Photo provided)
Angel Tree gift bag assembly. (Photo provided)

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina wrapped up its 14th annual Golden Angel Tree Program with the distribution of holiday gift bags to 1,200 disadvantaged seniors in and around the Lowcountry. For several weeks, Goodwill and local volunteers shopped for items and created holiday gift bags full of items to meet the wishes and needs of seniors, such as blankets, socks, winter clothing, toiletries, food items and other gifts. Gift bags were distributed to disadvantaged seniors in the tri-county, Beaufort, Bluffton, Walterboro, Sumter, Florence, Orangeburg and Grand Strand communities where Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina operates retail stores and Job Link Centers.

Local individuals and businesses such as FOX 24 TV, Charleston Crab Shacks and The Grill & Island Bar supported the program.


Nike Factory Store team members pose in front of the tower of shoes they donated to the Carolina Youth Development Center. (Photo provided)
Nike Factory Store team members pose in front of the tower of shoes they donated to the Carolina Youth Development Center. (Photo provided)
Nike Factory Store team members raised enough money through their holiday fundraising drive to buy a pair of shoes for every child at the development center this Christmas. In addition to the donation, Nike employees visit the center every other week as part of their Nike Fitness Fridays to play sports and other healthy recreational activities with the kids.


Music and Oysters for Wildlife will be 2-6 p.m., Saturday, at the Sewee Outpost, 4853 Highway 17 North in Awendaw. The event includes oysters and entertainment from the Blue Dogs; Lincoln Middle-High School Steel Band; Ed Hunnicutt; Red Dog Ramblers; and Mark Bryan and Occasional Milkshake.

The event raises money for education and conservation programs of the Sewee Association. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 the day of the event with free admission for children under 12. Purchase tickets at www.seweeassociation.org.

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