Helping Out for May 14, 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.

Tanger Outlet Center Charleston named two Charleston County schools, Laing Middle School of Science & Technology and Orange Grove Elementary Charter School, as this year’s recipients of TangerKids Grants. The grant program is designed to award money to local schools in the communities where Tanger Outlet Centers are located.

Funding for TangerKIDS Grants ranges from $2,500 to $7,500 per center and may be split among multiple grant requests. The TangerKIDS Grants program is designed to assist schools in Tanger Outlets primary markets by providing grants for special projects, needed programs or equipment. Grants can also support groups within schools of all grade levels from pre-K to grade 12.


Carolina Youth Development Center — a nonprofit that serves at-risk Lowcountry youths who have been abused, abandoned or neglected — has new transportation, thanks to a van donation by S.C. Federal Credit Union, and it happened through a website called Creative Chatter.

Charleston-based CreativeChatter.com employs a software platform that matches needs of nonprofits, churches and government agencies to available resources in the same area.


The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Department of Natural Resources, and other agencies and organizations involved with boating safety will display watercraft at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant as part of National Safe Boating Week. The free event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.


The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston provides visiting families of critically ill children with beds, hot meals and, now, a new furry friend. (Photo provided)
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston provides visiting families of critically ill children with beds, hot meals and, now, a new furry friend, a 3-month-old miniature labradoodle named Gardy. (Photo provided)
Each night the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston serves 27 families of critically ill children. These families have traveled to Charleston for their children’s medical treatment, and the Ronald McDonald House provides beds, hot meals, staff and, now, a new furry friend named Gardy.

Gardy, a 3-month-old miniature labradoodle, was provided by Danmar Labradoodle Puppies, and sponsored by Brett and Jessica Gardner. Brett Gardner is an outfielder for the New York Yankees and S.C. native. Gardy is named for the baseball player.


Carolina One real estate agent Jim Williams presents a check to Lt. Bryon Upchurch of the Goose Creek Police Department. (Photo provided)
Carolina One real estate agent Jim Williams presents a check to Lt. Bryon Upchurch of the Goose Creek Police Department. (Photo provided)
As part of the company’s Carolina One Cares Charitable initiative, the Goose Creek office of Carolina One Real Estate recently raised $1,781 at a monthly luncheon. The money was donated to the Goose Creek Police Department to support its annual Bike-A-Thon for St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.


Charleston Birth Place will hold a fundraiser and food truck rodeo benefiting S.C. birth centers. The event is 1-6 p.m., May 31, at Holy City Brewing. There will be music from bands Brandon and The Archer, Honeysmoke and Let Me Fly, as well as activities for children. Proceeds from vendor and food truck fees, donation jars and the silent auction will go toward efforts to pass S.C. House Bill H5002, which would enhance the state's birth center statute and bring all centers up to national standards. For more information, visit SaveCBP.org.


There will be a 30-minute pushup challenge to benefit at-risk youth in the Charleston area. The event is 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Marion Square. Form a team of six and participate in the competitive division to see how many reps you can do in 30 minutes, or join in the open division for a more relaxed pace. Proceeds go to Communities In Schools of the Charleston area. Cost is $25 per person. Learn more at www.pushupandup.org.


The Charleston RiverDogs will be participating in Minor League Baseball’s Winning with Doubles fundraising campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center.

Fans can participate by visiting the Winning with Doubles site, selecting the Charleston RiverDogs as their team, and pledging the amount they would like to donate for each double hit by a RiverDogs player in April and May.

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