Helping Out for May 28, 2014

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

Since it opened six months ago, Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar has raised more than $5,400 for local nonprofits through its Kitchen Karma program. In the program, the restaurant pairs up with a local charity to raise funds for that organization for a period of about six weeks. Sol chooses a featured dish and a featured cocktail and donates $1 from each of those items purchased within the fundraising period.

Sol raised $2,045 through its most recent partnership with The First Tee of Greater Charleston, a program that teaches kids life skills and leadership through golf. Before partnering with The First Tee, Sol also partnered with Charleston Animal Society and Louie’s Kids.

Sol’s current Kitchen Karma partnership is with Camp Rise Above, an organization providing life-changing camp experiences to children with serious illnesses, disabilities and challenges. One dollar from every strawberry margarita and grilled salmon with red chile glaze sold through the end of June will be donated to Camp Rise Above.

Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce will host a lunch and learn about how Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach helps the community and those in need. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 1684 Brownswood Road on Johns Island. The event is free and lunch will be provided. For more information, call 843-793-1234.

The Homeownership Resource Center is hosting an orientation meeting for Habitat for Humanity. This session is for those living or working in Dorchester County who are of low to moderate income and wish to become homeowners. The orientation meeting will provide attendees with an overview of the homeownership program, its requirements and the application process. The event is 6-8 p.m. Monday at 4925 LaCross Road, Suite 105, in North Charleston. For more information, call 843-735-7862.

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island, along with the Goose Creek, Johns Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston Breakfast, St. Andrews (West Ashley) and Summerville Rotary clubs, will hold the eighth annual Charity Duck Race on June 14 on Daniel Island.

The event includes games, jump castles, face painting, music and food vendors, plus a paddleboard race from 8-9:30 a.m. Each Rotary Club has chosen one or more Lowcountry charities — focusing on health, food and nutrition, housing, children and families, and literacy — as beneficiaries. Over the past seven years, the event has raised more than $750,000 for local beneficiaries and Rotary projects worldwide.

The duck drop is at 11:30 a.m. The first 35 ducks across the finish line win a prize, and the first-place prize is a 2014 Toyota Camry.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is holding a new festival, Be Fit, Charleston, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at Old Towne Creek County Park in West Ashley. It includes active programming and passive recreational activities to encourage healthy living for families, such as recycle relays and interpretive nature walks for children, and boot camp and yoga classes for adults.

The event also includes a farmers market and signups for the Be Fit, Charleston community supported agriculture share program with Ambrose Family Farm. The CSA will offer local vegetables for pickup at James Island, Palmetto Islands and Wannamaker county parks.

Door prizes at the event are provided by the CSA, Black Bean Co., Orangetheory Fitness, the Charleston RiverDogs and others. Families can bring bicycles or walking shoes and explore the undeveloped Old Towne Creek County Park on their own.

Admission is $10 per person for adults, $5 for ages 3-12. Children 3 and younger are free. Admission includes lunch from Black Bean Co., beer from Palmetto Brewery and all activities. Rain date is June 21.

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