Helping Out for May 21, 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.

East Cooper Medical Center is hosting its fifth annual We Know Women event on May 29. The event will offer free health screenings, including foot, skin cancer, varicose vein and osteoporosis screenings. Physician consultations will also be available in several specialties.

The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital lobby, 2000 Hospital Drive in Mount Pleasant. A physician panel talk on women’s health will take place at 6 p.m. and will be moderated by Terry Haas of HGTV’s Designed to Sell. The event will also include more than 20 vendors, wine tastings, cosmetic consultations and fitness demonstrations. Vendors include Belk, Bottles, Southern Season, Fleet Feet and Pro Performance Athletics.

Registration is requested; call 843-884-7031 or register online. Refreshments will be served.


Charleston Community Sailing is hosting a fundraiser, Soiree on the Sea, to purchase a new fleet of boats. The event is at 6:30 p.m. June 5 on the Carolina Belle at the Charleston Maritime Center. It includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple and are available online. For questions, call 843-607-4890.


S.C. Federal Credit Union President and CEO Scott Woods (from left) with 2014 scholarship winners Justin Herp, Caryn Ramelb and Ariel Jackson, and S.C. Federal board member George Shaver.

S.C. Federal Credit Union awarded $7,500 in scholarship prizes to three students.

  • Ariel Jackson received the first-place prize of $4,000. Jackson attends West Ashley High School and plans to attend the University of Chicago in the fall.
  • Justin Herp received the second-place prize of $2,500. He attends the College of Charleston, majoring in accounting.
  • Caryn Ramelb received the third-place prize of $1,000. Ramelb attends Ashley Ridge High School and plans to attend the University of South Carolina in the fall to study nursing.

Students submitted an application, letter of recommendation, transcript and written essay sharing how they have demonstrated the credit union’s cooperative philosophy of “People Helping People.” The top three students were selected via panels of internal and external judges.


The Charleston RiverDogs’ Riley Park is the first venue in Charleston to sell Homefront IPA, a special beer developed to benefit Operation Homefront. The RiverDogs will sell this beer, with the slogan “Hops for Heroes,” to coincide with Military Appreciation Night during its home game May 29 against the Asheville Tourists.

Homefront IPA was developed in 2011 by Fremont Brewing Co. of Seattle and Center of the Universe Brewing Co. of Ashland, Va., to raise money and awareness for Operation Homefront.

The beer is aged on Louisville Slugger maple bats, one of which will be auctioned off during the game to raise money as well.

Palmetto Brewing Co. is one of two Southeastern distributors that dispense Homefront IPA, along with Cigar City Brewing.

Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance for U.S. troops and their families and wounded service members.


A day of live music and an auction on May 31 will benefit the Medical University of South Carolina’s Brain & Spine Tumor Program. The event is at Brick House Coastal Kitchen & Bar, 1575 Folly Road on James Island. Admission is $20 at the door.


Cindi Solomon (seated, from left) of Operation Sight, Elaine Bergmann of Association for the Blind, Amanda Gerald of Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding and Micky Styslinger of The Ark; Paige Pollock (standing, from left), Stuart DeVault and Vito Scarafile of Carolina One Real Estate, Peg Lahmeyer of The Ark and Patty Fernandes of Carolina One.Carolina One Real Estate recognized four local nonprofits at its first awards distribution ceremony of 2014. The agency’s charitable contributions committee, comprising Carolina One sales associates and chaired by Tom Tillery, presented checks of $1,650 each to the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Charleston, Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, The Ark: Alzheimer’s Family Support Services and Operation Sight.

The charitable contributions committee was established in 2006 to distribute grants to Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county nonprofit organizations. The committee consists of one Carolina One real estate agent from each of the 11 tri-county offices. The goal is to improve the quality of life in each of these counties by supporting the various organizations that serve the communities. To date, the committee has donated more than $170,000.

Applicant organizations must complete the application and include a copy of the IRS letter certifying their 501(c)(3) status or IRS letter of eligibility. All completed applications should be faxed to 843-202-8697 by Sept. 30.


Handpicked, with locations on King Street and in Belle Hall Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant, is having a shopping day for supporters of Charleston Halos on May 31. Purchase a pass for $5 and get 40% off anything in the store with proceeds going back to Halos.


This year’s Share Our Suzy Memorial Day Weekend Party, in memory of Suzy McGrane, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Indecision and Five Way Friday will headline the evening and tickets include food from Home Team BBQ and alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 that day and can be purchased online or by calling 800-514-3849.

To date, Share Our Suzy has raised more than $200,000. All proceeds go to help individuals manage the expenses associated with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. The charity works with Roper Hospital’s breast health navigator to help fund day-to-day expenses that are unmet by health insurance.


Matthew Niessner, executive chef at Halls Chophouse, will be lead chef for this year’s Signature Chefs Auction. Niessner will be recognized at the event for his accomplishments in the culinary world, along with his dedication to the March of Dimes. Niessner has participated in the event for more than seven years.

The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, in its 15th year, highlights dishes from area chefs. This year’s event is Oct. 2 at the Charleston Marriott Crystal Ballroom. The event helps raise money for the March of Dimes Lowcountry Division.

Other chefs for the evening include Patrick Owens of Opal, Jason Rheinwald of The Ocean Room, Steven Lusby of 82 Queen, Daniel Doyle of Poogan’s Porch, Danny Kane of Rita’s Seaside Grille, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, John Zucker of Cru Cafe and Catering, Matthew Brigham of Laura Alberts Tasteful Options and Chef Robert Carter.


On April 25, residents of Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health facility and representatives from Clemson Extension’s Carolina Clear joined with the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission to create a rain garden at Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. The rain garden, which served as a therapeutic learning experience, will also serve as an on-site educational tool.

The partnership included six residents from Palmetto Summerville, a residential facility for ages 7 to 21. The project was guided by representatives from Carolina Clear, a public service group that works in regional partnerships with communities, organizations and others to educate and involve the public in waterway protection and pollution prevention.


More than 80 volunteers with New Hampshire-based Red River Inc. worked on a series of large-scale renovations to Carolina Youth Development Center’s shelters and facilities Feb. 20 as part of a community service project.Volunteers from New Hampshire-based IT company Red River Inc. worked on a series of large-scale renovations to Carolina Youth Development Center’s shelters and facilities Feb. 20 during its annual national conference, along with partners from Virginia Street Design, IBM, Dell, Oracle, Apple, EMC and others. Red River leads a service project in the community where its annual national conference is being held.

Red River also donated $17,000 to purchase the materials for the upgrades. Improvements included installation of laminate flooring; painting; removal and replacement of cabinets, countertops, sinks, the fridge and a microwave in the Center for Life; preparation of window treatments for the Center for Life; pressure washing of walkways; kitchen cleanup; tilling of the volleyball court at the outdoor pavilion; and installation of new sinks and countertops in the Center for Life bathrooms.


Triangle Char and Bar and Steel City Pizza Co. are holding a summer kickoff event for Charleston Animal Society at noon Saturday at the restaurants, 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. The event includes live music with Ben Fagan and the Charleston Groove Factory and other acts. Donations of cash, pet food and peanut butter will be accepted at the door. Pets will also be available on-site for adoption. For more information, please call 843-606-2900.

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