Helping Out for Feb. 5, 2014

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

The first Celebrate the Vision event will recognize Operation Sight’s efforts to restore vision among low-income, uninsured South Carolina residents by providing free cataract surgery to qualified patients. Surgical services are donated by the organization’s founders and surgeons, Drs. Kerry Solomon, John Boatwright and Paul Herring. Area anesthesiologists, optometrists, medical equipment providers and health care professionals also support the organization.

Join Operation Sight’s health care professionals, volunteers and patients for a night to “Celebrate the Vision,” with food and drink, 6-8 p.m., Feb. 20 at Butcher & Bee, 654 King St. in Charleston. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by calling 877-354-4822.

Berchtold Corp. hosted two charitable events benefiting the Charleston community: Build-A-Bike and “PaintFest” for the Foundation for Hospital Art activities. During the Build-A-Bike activity, Berchtold employees built 18 bikes to donate to children at the Cannon Street YMCA in downtown Charleston. The “PaintFest” event engaged Berchtold employees in painting large canvases and creating artwork that will be donated to a children’s hospital in the Southeast.

The Pitchforks of Duke University return to Charleston for a fourth year to perform for Halos. Founded in 1979, The Pitchforks are the oldest a cappella group at Duke University. The Pitchforks’ most recent album, Refraction, has been nominated for four awards by the Contemporary A Cappella Society. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. in Charleston. Tickets are $25, $10 for students. Purchase tickets online.

Family Services Inc. will host a free youth financial education summit called Money Rocks on Saturday at Charleston Southern University. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a community fair for all ages. Area businesses and organizations, such as BB&T, S.C. Federal Credit Union, Trident Technical College and Limestone College will participate.

The Money Rocks summit will consist of financial education workshops geared toward 12- to 21-year-olds, with topics on budgeting, saving, proper debit-credit card usage, college financial aid, job interviewing skills and social media etiquette. The parents-only workshop will cover similar topics that Family Services’ Homeownership Resource Center teaches throughout the year, such as the making ends meet budgeting workshop held monthly at their office location. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free to the participants. For more information, call 843-735-7888.

The Charleston Restaurant Foundation Inc. will present nearly $50,000 to its educational partners and charities at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Southerly Restaurant and Patio in Mount Pleasant. The donations are a product of fundraising events orchestrated by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, including the Lowcountry Oyster Festival and the Southern Living Taste of Charleston.

The benefiting educational partners and charities include The Art Institute of Charleston, Culinary Institute of Charleston, College of Charleston, Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Hospitality Heroes, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center. The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association to date has donated more than $1 million to the local charities from various fundraisers.

V-Day Charleston 2014 and Midtown Productions will be presenting a staged reading from the anthology A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer, Feb. 13-15 at the Charleston Acting Studio on James Island as part of a global, theatrical initiative to end violence against women and girls. All proceeds from the performances will benefit V-Day and Charleston Fights for H.O.P.E., two organizations committed to ending violence against women and girls. Purchase tickets online at Performances are at 8 p.m. at 915 Folly Road.

Metanoia Community Development Corp. received a $50,000 grant from the National Fair Housing Alliance. With these funds, Metanoia will start providing up to $6,000 in emergency home repairs for low-income homeowners around the North Charleston area. The funding comes as a part of a settlement between the National Fair Housing Alliance and Wells Fargo Bank.

The second annual oyster roast benefiting the Dorchester Children's Center is 1-5 p.m., Feb. 22 at 201 E. 1st North St. in Summerville. Tickets are $25 each and $10 for children under 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will open its gates to organized youth groups on March 1 during a Youth Appreciation Day. Free admission to Magnolia and two special programs on American heritage and nature are being offered to youth groups affiliated with nonprofit groups.

Chris Smith, Magnolia’s Nature Center director, will lead an American heritage class at 10 a.m. and a nature program at 1 p.m. Both programs are open to organizations such as the Boy, Girls and Venturing scouts; service and church groups; and boys and girls clubs. One chaperon with each organized youth group will be admitted free of charge. Parents of children who are members of organized groups will be charged general garden admission.

To preregister, contact Victoria Luke, Magnolia’s youth program coordinator, at or call 843-571-1266, ext. 220.

In celebration of the recent expansion of its delivery service to areas east of the Cooper River, Tiger Lily Florist has entered into a Valentine’s Day partnership with East Cooper Meals. Through Feb. 14, Tiger Lily Florist will donate $5 to East Cooper Meals on Wheels for every customer who mentions the charity when ordering a bouquet. The florist has committed to a minimum donation of $1,000. To order flowers, call 843-723-2808.

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