Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenkins Institute is opening the Safe Harbor Family Care Center, a new program and array of services for women with substance use issues. The center, in North Charleston, aims to give women and their children a stable, safe environment to address their disorder and gain assistance with personal and transitional needs.
The center came about through community collaboration and partnerships with the S.C. Department of Social Services, S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department and Charleston Center.
Women and children can stay in program for up to six months, and it is individualized based on the needs of each family. Services provided include treatment, intensive child development, recovery building, family strengthening, skill building, community integration, family independence and transition. Referrals for admission are made through the Department of Social Services.
Sweet CeCe’s on Market Street in downtown Charleston is taking part in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign next month. Customers who donate at least $2 to No Kid Hungry in September and purchase any smoothie or juice receive a free cup or waffle cone filled with as much frozen yogurt and toppings as they want.
In 2013, nearly 9,000 restaurants raised $7.5 million for the No Kid Hungry campaign. No Kid Hungry funds are used to raise awareness about child hunger in the United States, create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need, support nutrition programs like School Breakfast and Summer Meals, and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources.
Almost 500 runners and walkers completed the Race for the Ark 5K on Aug. 23, a record number for the 15th annual event. Registrations for the run/walk topped out at 550, and 490 people completed the race.
The first-place male finisher was Ryan Plexico, 30, of Columbia with a time of 17 minutes, 5 seconds. The first-place female finisher was Marya Nasir, 15, of North Charleston at 19:15. The first-place winner in the Corporate Challenge was Atlanta Bread Co., and the first-place Youth Challenge team award went to Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville.
The Race for the Ark raises money to support families living with Alzheimer's or related dementia in the Lowcountry, through services The Ark provides.
Daniel Island resident Melissa Corbin Barton, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, has formed Shotgun Fairies to participate in the 2014 Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure on Oct. 18 on Daniel Island. Her friends and family raised $77,500 during her diagnosis year and the team is hoping to surpass that total this year.
Shotgun Fairies is kicking off its fundraising effort with a “Saddle Up” party from 7-11 p.m. Thursday at The Ruins at Beresford Hall, 464 Royal Assembly Drive. on Daniel Island. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. The event will include drinks, desserts, music, raffles and a silent auction.
The Terrace Theater and the Charleston Jewish Federation are presenting the premiere of the Movies with a Conscience Series with the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon by Mike Myers. Gordon was manager of stars including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas and Emeril Lagasse.
The film screening will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Terrace Theater, 1956-D Maybank Highway in Charleston. General admission is $10 and proceeds benefit Charleston Jewish Family Services. For information, contact Sandra Brett at email@example.com or 910-616-6119.
The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will host its annual Oktoberfest 5K run and walk beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. This event supports the club’s fundraising efforts for Toys for Tots Bikes, which gives kids bicycles at Christmas, and Rotary Happy Feet, which provides shoes to East Cooper children in need.
The course runs through the Patriots Point area. An Oktoberfest party will be 6-9 p.m. featuring the German Connection band. Race fees are $25 prior to Oct. 1 and $30 after Oct. 1. Add $10 for a basic cotton T-shirt or $15 for performance T-shirt. Fees include beer and food at the post-race party.
Packet pickup is noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at TrySports in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.
Chase After a Cure is hosting two events as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. Chase After a Cure has teamed up with Blackbeard's Cove for a “Hole Lot of Fun” from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Blackbeard’s Cove, 3255 U.S. Highway 17 N. in Mount Pleasant. This family-friendly event includes unlimited golf, go-karts, jump castles and climbing wall. Tickets are $20 per person.
The third annual Drive Away Childhood Cancer Golf Tournament is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at Patriots Point Links, 40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. This captain’s choice golf tournament includes awards, a silent auction, lunch by Home Team BBQ and a reception. Individual registration is $125; foursome is $400.
The 13th annual Health Ministry Empowerment Tour begins at Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner this year, marking its first ever visit to Berkeley County. This free event, from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sept. 6, offers health screenings, educational workshops and activities. The event is presented by IMARA Woman magazine, First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina and AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership.
The event includes a fashion show, door prizes and entertainment. A free, heart-healthy lunch will feature a presentation by author, playwright and inspirational speaker Kiwan N. Fitch. Since 1997, Fitch has worked with people experiencing issues with domestic violence, adult and children’s mental health and incarceration, as well as family and community organizations. She is employed by the S.C. Department of Mental Health.
Nearly a dozen workshops will be offered and participants may attend one or two. Workshops include “Weight Management: Make Every Calorie Count” with Dr. Kirt Caton, a board-certified family medicine physician, and “Healthy Eating Can Taste Great,” a heart-healthy cooking demonstration and tasting session.
Advance registration is required and space is limited. Sign up online or by calling 803-252-0647.
Halls Chophouse, 434 King St., will host a fundraising event for Positive Strides, which provides guidance and assistance to athletes who have suffered catastrophic, life-altering or career-ending sports-related injuries. University of South Carolina Gamecock football standout Stanley Doughty will be the beneficiary of the event. Doughty will undergo surgery in September to repair a neck injury.
The public is invited to attend the fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar. Auction items will be available and organization President Ryan Brandt will introduce the charity and tell its story. Brandt had five surgeries while playing Division I lacrosse, which inspired him to support other seriously injured athletes.