Helping Out for April 30, 2014

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

Charleston Waterkeeper's fifth annual Water Ball will be 7-11 p.m., May 22, at the S.C. Aquarium. This year's ball will highlight the role water plays in Charleston's community through live music, food and interactive art.

There will be dancing and live music, as well as food and drink made with products from or inspired by the water. This year's event will feature a "water machine" work of art in which guests are invited to thread a ribbon through a loom.

Tickets for Ted's Butcherblock’s Big Green Egg Giveaway and the chance to win a medium Big Green Egg are available through May 17 at the neighborhood butcher shop and cafe. (Photo provided)

Tickets for the chance to win a medium Big Green Egg are available through May 17 at the Ted’s Butcherblock in downtown Charleston. (Photo provided)

Ted's Butcherblock is launching its annual Big Green Egg Giveaway. Tickets for a chance to win a medium-sized Big Green Egg, including a stand and a bag of charcoal, are available for purchase through May 17 at the neighborhood butcher shop and cafe, 334 East Bay St. in downtown Charleston. The cost is $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20. All proceeds benefit Feed the Need, a local charity that involves the local culinary community to help feed the hungry.

The drawing will take place during the annual Backyard Barbecue Bash at Ted's Butcherblock on May 17, a block party style event featuring outdoor grilling, local craft beer and live music from The Bushels. This year's event menu will be highlighted by a Texas-style barbecue feast, including Painted Hills smoked brisket, house-made Texas-style hot links and house-made sides from the kitchen at Ted's. The event takes place from noon until 5 p.m., with the drawing at 4 p.m.

This is the fourth year Ted's Butcherblock has held the Big Green Egg Giveaway to raise money for Feed the Need. In total, the effort has raised more than $3,000.

Pinewood Prep will host its fourth annual consignment sale Friday and Saturday in the Pinewood Gym. More than 100 Pinewood families provided gently used items including clothing, toys, furniture, baby goods, sporting gear, housewares, decor and books. Sale hours are 6-8 p.m., Friday, and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The sale is open to the public. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the school. Pinewood Prep is located at 1114 Orangeburg Road in Summerville.

Trident United Way’s AmeriCorps program has taken contributions and turned it into millions of dollars to benefit families of the Lowcountry. Because of its efforts, the program has been awarded two Vista volunteers to further expand the services that AmeriCorps provides.

This past year, Trident United Way invested $88,736 in the AmeriCorps program, which yielded a total value of $261,011 worth of work. The current members of AmeriCorps were able to use this money to bring millions of dollars back to the Lowcountry through tax credits, basic needs aid and other financial stability benefits.

Trident United Way’s AmeriCorps program has been recognized for its efforts to increase financial stability for families of Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties.

The primary job of the two Vista volunteers will be to expand the resources and services offered by AmeriCorps’ to reduce poverty in the Lowcountry. The two will also help equip and train AmeriCorps’ 14 current members.

AmeriCorps provides services, resources and referrals that help move families from financial crisis to stability. For more information on the AmeriCorps program, visit

Suzy McGrane’s breast cancer diagnosis did not stop her drive to help others who have the illness that would eventually claim her life. Friends continue to honor McGrane’s memory every year during the Share Our Suzy Memorial Day Weekend Party.

This year, the event will be at 6 p.m., May 24, at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. This marks the event’s 10th anniversary, and it will feature bands Indecision and Five Way Friday and food from Home Team BBQ. All proceeds raised stay in South Carolina, helping individuals manage the expenses associated with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

To date, Share Our Suzy has raised more than $200,000, and all support goes directly to patients and patient services. The charity works with patients and Roper Hospital’s breast health navigator to help fund day-to-day expenses that are unmet by health insurance.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 the day of and can be purchased online at or by calling 800-514-3849.

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