Helping Out for June 25, 2014

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

In honor of Women’s Equality Month, the Center for Women will host its annual Be Brave Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Cooper River Room at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.

The Center for Women will honor five individuals who have shown bravery in their personal or professional lives. Tickets include a catered brunch by Three Little Birds Cafe and a Bloody Mary station by Tito’s Vodka and Fat & Juicy Bloody Mary Mix. Child care will be provided by Teacups & Trucks. Purchase tickets online.

The Independence Fund will hold Lt. Dan Weekend 5, featuring a benefit concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Sinise will perform pro bono to raise money for the Independence Fund, a fully volunteer nonprofit organization supporting severely injured veterans.

The concert is the final event of a weeklong retreat beginning on Knowles Island. About 100 severely injured veterans and their caregivers will participate in the event. This year, the retreat’s theme will be “The Art of Healing,” and it will focus on incorporating painting, drawing, photography and music to heal the emotional and physical wounds of war.

Along with art therapy, the event includes a full week of activities such as kayaking, fishing, yoga and various other educational and therapeutic sessions for veterans and their caregivers.

On Sept. 19, attendees will travel to North Charleston for Party in the Park, a meet-and-greet with the community at Riverfront Park in the evening with live music, food and activities. A 5K Warrior Run/Race and a Military Wellness Expo showcasing adaptive equipment and technology are also being planned for the morning and early afternoon of Sept. 20.

To date, the Independence Fund has distributed more than $9 million in goods and services to some of the nation’s most severely injured veterans.

Britt Gilbert (from left) of Commonwealth Cares Foundation presents a check to Matt Alexander, executive director of Palmetto Medical Initiative, and Glenn Cunningham of the Palmetto Medical Initiative board. (Photo/Provided)

The proceeds from the Needtobreathe Classic golf tournament last month on Daniel Island were almost double the profits from the 2013 event.

Britt Gilbert of the Commonwealth Cares Foundation presented a check for $140,000 to Matt Alexander, executive director of the nonprofit Palmetto Medical Initiative. The money will fund about half the cost of a second clinic in Uganda, with work slated to begin in January.

Commonwealth Cares Foundation is the charitable arm of Commonwealth Financial Group, a Daniel Island-based financial services firm with a division focused on providing financial planning services to physicians and the medical community.

From June 29 to July 5, Camp Happy Days will host its annual six-day camp for more than 200 children battling cancer. Each year the camp is at Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton. More than 170 counselors, including medical staff, will lead the campers through various activities such as rope courses, climbing walls, fishing, boating, horseback riding and more.

The main goal of Camp Happy Days is to give these children life-changing experiences that offer hope, courage and the will to fight. The weeklong program, along with 10 other programs and services, are provided by Camp Happy Days at no cost to the families.

The Charleston Battery has teamed up with Toys for Tots for a special “Christmas in June” at the Battery vs. Richmond Kickers match at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.

Anyone who brings a new toy to the game to donate to Toys for Tots will receive a free ticket to the match. Fans can exchange their toys at the ticket windows on the day of the game and there will be a halftime teddy bear toss onto the stadium field.

Select Health associates Sarah Griffin (from left), care connector; Maribel Vlahogiannis, executive assistant and Employee Activity Committee member; Joel Baumgardner, technical support supervisor, committee chairman and Walking Warriors leader; Keri Moore, care manager; Tania Cragg, supervisor of integrated care management and committee member; and Executive Director Cindy Helling gave the donation to Mary Whiteside, community director for the March of Dimes. (Photo/Provided)

Select Health of South Carolina associates led by the Medicaid managed care organization’s Bright Start prenatal program and Employee Activity Committee, raised $2,160.95 for the March of Dimes’ annual March for Babies.

Internal fundraising activities included donations to participate in the company’s Spirit Week, sales of T-shirts, baked goods and hot dogs, and a Purses for Preemies resale program. In addition, more than 60 Select Health Walking Warriors participated in the Charleston March for Babies. Matching funds from Select Health increased the donation to $4,321.90.

A Party for a Purpose to support low-income veterans will be 6-9 p.m. July 3 at Mad River Bar & Grille, 32 North Market St. in Charleston. For a $5 donation, attendees receive one drink and a discounted food menu. There will also be raffle prizes throughout the evening.

All proceeds benefit Family Services Inc.’s One Less Homeless Vet program. In 2009, Family Services launched the program to help low-income veterans obtain household items and furniture.

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