Helping Out for June 11, 2014

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

The Castiglione family, with support from Respite Care Charleston, Alzheimer’s Association S.C. Chapter and Charleston Elks Lodge No. 242, will host the Kathleen Castiglione Memorial Bowling Event from 3-7 p.m. June 21 at the Elks Lodge.

Donations from this event will benefit Alzheimer’s Association and Respite Care Charleston. Download a registration form.

East Cooper Community Outreach has renovated its food warehouse. After receiving a donation, the organization is doubling its capacity to store and distribute food for East Cooper families living in poverty. Last year, that food equated to 200,000 pounds.

Several new retail grocery stores have been added to the organization’s weekly food pickup schedule, and the number of organized food drives with religious institutions, social groups, neighborhood associations and schools has been expanded. The warehouse, which had not been changed much since the building was constructed more than 10 years ago, could not accommodate the influx of donations.

The organization’s food warehouse will now be equipped with more than 70 shelves, each able to hold up to 1,500 pounds — doubling the previous capacity limit. Additionally, a new sorting area has been added to the layout

Companies assisting with the transition included South Carolina Strong, Nucor, Big Guy Pressure Washing, Berlin’s Restaurant Supply, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter and Custom Equipment Co.

kickin chicken 6.11.14The Kickin’ Chicken distributed more than $7,500 in scholarships to employees and Lowcountry schools at its annual Giving Back Brunch on June 3 at the West Ashley location.

Sarah Brown, Kensley Gray and Samantha Homan received $2,000 each to contribute to their college education. Brown, a pre-med major at Emory University, has worked at the West Ashley location for more than four years. Gray, a physical education major at the College of Charleston, has worked at the James Island location for more than two years. Homan, an early childhood education major at the College of Charleston, has worked at the downtown location for a year.

The Kickin’ Chicken also provided Robbie Durham, a kitchen employee at the James Island location, with a full scholarship to Trident Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Charleston.

Three Lowcountry elementary schools also received donations from the restaurant group. Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, Harbor View Elementary School, Orange Grove Elementary Charter School and Mason Preparatory School held spirit nights at Kickin’ Chicken restaurants. The schools raised about $500 each.

A cocktail party and auction on June 20 will benefit Edisto Island Open Land Trust. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Grover’s Restaurant at The Plantation Course at Edisto. The evening will include full open bars and a selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres by Southern Affairs Catering.

The auction will be run by benefit auctioneer specialist Tom Crawford. Auction items include a handmade wooden boat built by John Martin of Cottageville, vacation trips, hunting and fishing excursions, artwork, weekend packages in downtown Charleston, a wood carving by Roy Smoak and jewelry.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $60 the night of the event. Purchase tickets or get more information online or by calling 843-869-9004.

JusticeWorks BehavioralCare, a nonprofit organization providing rehabilitative behavioral health services to children and families, has opened a new Charleston headquarters at 4 Carriage Lane, Suite 405.

JusticeWorks has been growing quickly throughout the state. It now has offices in Conway and Beaufort and plans to open offices in Columbia and Greenville. The organization employs about 65 people and anticipates doubling that within a year.

The Roper Saint Francis Physicians Endowment of the Medical Society of South Carolina has awarded Carolina Youth Development Center a $19,500 grant to help fund a nurse case manager.

The endowment distributes grants to Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county nonprofit organizations annually to improve health, wellness and health care access for residents in the tri-county area.

Many children in foster care have chronic and/or undiagnosed conditions that require repeated visits to physicians and mental health professionals. The nurse case manager will coordinate all health care needs of the center’s children. The nurse will serve as an advocate for the children and will provide coaching and training on health issues for the children and staff.

The Charleston RiverDogs baseball team is partnering with its parent club, the New York Yankees, for the sixth annual Hope Week Initiative. The RiverDogs will host Hope Week from July 15-19. Nominations are being accepted for causes, organizations and people.

To submit a nomination, send the nominee’s name, website and description, as well as reasons the nominee deserves recognition, to Lauren Allio via email by noon June 25.

Blue Planet Green Events is holding Rhythm on Canvas, a live art benefit for the American Lung Association. Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans will play music while local artists create pieces that will be up for silent auction that evening.

The event is 6-9 p.m. June 19 at the Cooper River Room at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

For the seventh consecutive year, Trident United Way has earned a four-star rating for fiscal responsibility from Charity Navigator, a charity evaluation website.

The top rating puts Trident United Way among the highest 2% of all charities in the country for fiscal responsibility. In addition, Trident United Way earned a 100% rating on Charity Navigator’s Accountability and Transparency checklist.

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