Helping Out for April 16, 2014

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

Real Health Advanced Care has partnered with Heart For Autism, a charitable organization providing hope, information and treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. They are hosting a family fun event from noon to 4 p.m., May 10. Activities include music, free food, a bake sale, jump castles, face painting and more. For more information on the event, visit Real Health Clinic is located in Crowfield Plantation in Goose Creek.

The Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen will host its 2014 Survivor Celebration at 3-5 p.m., April 27, at the downtown Charleston Marriott. This annual event brings survivors from across the Komen Lowcountry Affiliate’s 17-county service area, their families and friends together for one afternoon to celebrate life, enjoy a supportive community of survivors and honor those who have lost their battle.

The theme of this year’s event revolves around the phrase, “It’s in the bag.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a handbag to decorate. A panel of judges will select one winner who will receive a leather Rowallan handbag valued at $245.

Beginning in 2015, this annual special event will have a change in format aimed to allow local survivors to connect more with the Komen community as a whole. To register for this final spring Survivor Celebration, go online or call the office at 843-556-8011.

On Sunday, Scotty Parker, a 10-year-old from Hanahan, started a bike ride from the Upstate to Charleston, a distance of 213 miles, to raise money for safe water provided through local nonprofit, Water Missions International.

Parker will end his ride at noon Thursday at Water Missions International’s headquarters, 1150 Kinzer St., Building 1605, in North Charleston for a celebratory event. The public is invited to show up at 11:30 a.m. to greet Scotty upon his arrival.

“Every 21 seconds a child dies from water-related disease,” said Scotty. “I don’t know about you, but as a kid who has all the water he wants to drink, shower as long as I want and even clean water in the toilet I use, this made me sad and hurt my heart bad.”

Scotty is just shy of his fundraising goal of $25,000, though he has an anonymous donor who has agreed to match the amount he raises dollar for dollar. Additional donations can be made by visiting

A TD Charitable Foundation representative presents a $15,000 grant award to Otha Meadows (left), president and CEO of the Charleston Trident Urban League. (Photo provided)
A TD Charitable Foundation representative presents a $15,000 grant award to Otha Meadows (left), president and CEO of the Charleston Trident Urban League. (Photo provided)
The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, recently donated $15,000 to the Charleston Trident Urban League.

The Charleston Trident Urban League helps blacks and other minority groups attain social and economic equality. The funds from the TD Charitable Foundation will be used to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which provides free tax preparation and asset-building opportunities to low- to moderate-income residents.

Trident Health is sponsoring a Girl’s Night Out event. Hosted by the Summerville and Moncks Corner medical centers, the free events will share information about breast health, women’s heart health and other important medical issues for women. Plus, guests will enjoy fun perks including massages, treats, bra fittings and gifts.

The first event is 6-7:30 p.m., April 23, at Summerville Medical Center; the second is 6-7:30 p.m., May 6, at Moncks Corner Medical Center. To register, call 843-797-3463.

Two local nonprofits, the Singers of Summerville and the Flowertown Players, are joining forces on a musical cabaret style fundraiser. “What I Did for Love, 100 Years of Show Tunes” is a celebration of musicals from 1910 through 2010. The benefit is May 9-10 at the James F. Dean Community Theatre in Summerville. Proceeds from the event benefit both organizations. On May 9, tickets are $20 or $35 for a couple, with a silent auction at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. On May 10, tickets are $25 of $45 for a couple, with an auction preview, wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. with a live auction during intermission. For tickets, call 843-875-9251.

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