Helping Out for April 23, 2014

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

On Oct. 9, the Center for Birds of Prey is holding a fundraiser at Memminger Auditorium called Migration to Memminger. The annual benefit for the Avian Conservation Center and Center for Birds of Prey celebrates the importance of avian species while raising money to support the center’s ongoing mission of identifying and addressing vital environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research and conservation initiatives.

The event will offer participants intimate encounters with the center’s resident collection of hawks, eagles, falcons, kites and owls, along with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Live and silent auctions will offer special items and experiences, and personal photographs with a bird of prey will be available for guests.

Tickets are $125 each and will go on sale in August. To join the wait list for tickets, contact the Center for Birds of Prey at 843-971-7474.

On Monday, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and representatives of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center and the Children’s Trust of SC unveiled the Pinwheels for Prevention Garden at the intersection of Rutledge Avenue and Broad Street in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Charleston is a partner with the Children’s Trust of SC as a Pinwheel City in support of its efforts to raise awareness for child abuse prevention across the state. The pinwheel signifies efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention.  Pinwheels for Prevention is a national initiative.

Musicians, professional athletes and golf enthusiasts will gather May 20 for the Needtobreathe Classic presented by Commonwealth Cares Foundation at the Daniel Island Club. Proceeds benefit Charleston area nonprofit Palmetto Medical Initiative, which is building sustainable medical clinics around the world, including Uganda and Nicaragua. PMI recently announced plans to expand into Burundi.

Band members of Needtobreathe — Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart and Seth Bolt — are long-time supporters of PMI and, last year, decided to lend their name to Commonwealth Cares Foundation’s annual golf tournament.

Cost for the Needtobreathe Classic is $300 for individual player registration and $1,200 for a team of four. Register online at or call 843-884-4545.

The Golf Ball Gala is at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Daniel Island Club. The evening includes live entertainment and dancing to the music of Charleston’s Permanent Vacation. The event benefits East Cooper Community Outreach. There will be silent auction with more than 60 items and a live auction hosted by Tom Crawford. Tickets are $100 each and are available online.

For the second year, the Green Heart Project was the recipient of a grant through the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank. The $15,000 grant was presented to founder Karalee Nielsen and Executive Director Drew Harrison April 8 at TD Bank’s main Charleston branch.

Founded in 2009 at Mitchell Elementary, the Green Heart Project aims to reconnect students to healthy food with a focus on personal development through gardening and volunteer mentorship. Its urban “micro-farms” also serve as outdoor classrooms, reiterating math and science curriculum taught in class.

The TD Charitable Foundation looks to partner with area nonprofits and public institutions to create meaningful change and improvements in the communities they serve, focusing on four community pillars including the environment and education. The TD Charitable Foundation grant will provide necessary financial means for the Green Heart Project to expand its farm-to-school program to an additional elementary school within Charleston County.

Wells Fargo team members recently held a food drive to benefit the Charleston Animal Society. What initially began as a four-week campaign was extended an additional week because of the response of Wells Fargo team members who gave three car loads of pet food, toys and supplies.

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