Helping Out for Aug. 6, 2014

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

The Carolina Youth Development Center is holding its 11th annual A Night for the Children gala at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at McCrady’s restaurant. The event is a celebration of the history and service of the center, which was established in 1790 as the Charleston Orphan House.

The evening will include silent and live auctions, live music, dancing and food. Funds raised will support CYDC’s nine programs, which help children in the tri-county area who are victims of abuse or neglect, as well as youth facing adversity.

The American Cancer Society is recruiting for its Road to Recovery program in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown counties. Through the program, volunteers provide free transportation for local cancer patients in need of a ride to and from cancer treatment.

Many of the people assisted through the Road to Recovery program do not own a vehicle, cannot afford bus fare or do not live where public transportation is available. Some are elderly and unable to drive and have no one nearby who can provide regular assistance with transportation to cancer treatments.

In 2013, some 400 rides were provided for patients in the greater Charleston area through the Road to Recovery program. The society is seeking additional volunteer drivers in Berkley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown counties in order to meet increasing need from local patients.

For more information, contact Fronde Merchant via email or 843-744-1922.

The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is partnering with ARTformation, an art-based community nonprofit, to host two free sessions for students with autism on Aug. 10 in the museum’s art room. Children will experience learning, playing and expressing themselves creatively in a safe setting with two art therapists. Registration is required and available online or at 843-853-8962.

SuperStars is offered by the museum from 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Sunday of each month for children with special needs and their families and friends to visit the museum for free.

Wild Blue Ropes, a high-climbing challenge course, is hosting a Back-to-School Bash benefiting Pattison’s Academy from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 24. Pattison’s Academy works to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities through education and rehabilitation programs. The event will feature live music by Gaslight Street and Dead 27s. Local food trucks Roti Rolls, Zombie Bob’s Pizza, Charleston Festival Foods, Lee’s Coconuts and Southern Eagle Distributing will be in attendance.

Advance tickets are $10 for the event only or $30 to attend and climb. Four different climbing periods will be offered: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Purchase tickets online, by phone at 843-502-4066 or on-site. Reservations are encouraged.

Alternative Staffing in North Charleston is hosting a Dog Days of Summer photo contest to benefit Charleston Animal Society. Through Sept. 1, dog lovers can upload pictures of their dogs for a chance to win a gift basket from Doolittle’s with food, toys, a new collar and leash, and more. For every photo submitted, Alternative Staffing will donate $1 to Charleston Animal Society.

Photos can be emailed to Alternative Staffing at, posted to Alternative Staffing on Facebook or tweeted using the hashtag #charlestondogdays.

Vive Le Rock Productions is planning Charleston Wavefest 2015 and will announce the date and location at a Mini-Wavefest set for Saturday at Awendaw Green. The event will also be a benefit for Lowcountry AIDS Services.

The event, called Charleston Wavefest Launch at Barn Jam, will be from 6-10 p.m. with performances by Avi Jacob, Jordan Igoe and Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work. It will also include performances of old-school puppetry by Mr. Bonetangles, by Will Schutze.

Guests can bring their own beverages and food will be available. This event is for all ages and leashed pets are welcome. Cost is a $10 donation at the door.

The Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope is set for Sept. 28. Proceeds benefit local cancer charities.

Residence Inn towel loggerhead sea turtleResidence Inn Charleston Downtown/Riverview has launched an educational campaign to inform guests about loggerhead sea turtles. Every day, each hotel room is decorated with turtle towel animals and an information card educating guests on the endangered animal. The inn is located at 90 Ripley Point Drive in Charleston.

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