Helping Out for July 23, 2014

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

After two months of raising funds through its Kitchen Karma program, Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar presented a check for $1,451 to local charity Camp Rise Above, which provides camp experiences to children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges.

Since opening its doors less than a year ago, Sol has raised $6,900 for local organizations, including The First Tee of Greater Charleston, the Charleston Animal Society and Louie’s Kids.

Sol’s current Kitchen Karma partnership is with Happy Wheels at MUSC Children’s Hospital. Happy Wheels volunteers visit hundreds of hospitalized children each week to bring them toys, books and other gifts. At Sol, $1 from every blueberry margarita and tuna lollipops appetizer sold through the end of August will be donated to Happy Wheels.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston is presenting the first Red Shoe Walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 in Hampton Park. Registration fee of $50 includes a pair of Ronald McDonald’s signature big red shoes. Walkers will wear their big red shoes for a mile walk around Hampton Park.

Each participant is asked to raise $1,600 — the cost of running the Ronald McDonald House for one night — between now and Oct. 25.

Each night, 27 families of critically ill children stay at the Ronald McDonald House and an average of eight families are turned away because of a lack of space. This year, the Ronald McDonald House is expanding with five more bedrooms.

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Connor McIntyre (left), master black belt with Cummins Turbo Technologies, explains a Cummins-Biz Camp collaboration in which kids assemble and design the exterior of a go-kart under the supervision of Cummins Turbo Technologies volunteers. Also pictured are Barbara Kelley-Duncan (from left), CEO of Carolina Youth Development Center; Cyndi Nigh, outgoing Cummins liaison to CYDC; Marsha Allamanno, Cummins Components corporate responsibility leader; Grace Kestler, Cummins corporate responsibility specialist; Christine Kuo, Cummins corporate responsibility communication specialist; and Gwen Langley, director of Cummins Global Community Engagement.

Four representatives from Cummins Inc.’s Columbus, Ind.-based corporate responsibility team visited the Carolina Youth Development Center Bakker Career Center on July 18 to learn more about local Cummins employees’ involvement in Freedom Schools and Bakker Summer BizCamp programs at CYDC.

Cummins is supporting the Freedom Schools and Biz Camp programs with a $25,000 grant. Additionally, Cummins volunteers assist CYDC Freedom Schools and Biz Camp staff with various activities during the programs.

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