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Helping Out for March 22, 2017

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

Save the Light Inc., the organization in charge of saving the Morris Island Lighthouse, is holding its 19th annual Lighthouse Gala and Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. March 30 at the Tides Hotel on Folly Beach. The event includes food, beverages, silent auction items and a live auction for the top 10 items of the evening.

Tickets are available online.

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, has given $250,000 to the International African American Museum’s Center for Family History, where African Americans will be able to identify their ancestry through genealogy testing and census research.

The museum, slated to be built in fall of 2019, will be located at the historical site of Gadsden’s Wharf on the Cooper River. Genealogists and historians will be on site at the center to research census databases to find family records and bill of sale receipts for visitors interested in learning about their journey.

The Marshall Walker Real Estate Group will host a home show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday to benefit Lowcountry Food Bank and James Simons Elementary School. The show will have service providers from architecture, kitchens and landscape design, among others.

Attendees can ask questions and are asked to bring nonperishable or monetary contributions. From noon to 1 p.m., pizza will be provided by D’Allesandro’s Pizza, and from 1-2 p.m. pizza will be provided by Gilroy’s Pizza Pub.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center will host its 17th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Tournament April 24-25 at Bulls Bay Golf Club.

A pre-tournament party and auction will be held April 24, with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment and a silent auction. The golf tournament takes place April 25.

All tournament and auction proceeds will benefit the community and school-based youth mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC.

Ace Mentoring Program of Greater Charleston is hosting its third annual ACE in the Hole Golf Tournament from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 at Legend Oaks Golf Club to raise money for the students of ACE Mentoring.

The architecture, construction and engineering mentoring organization is seeking sponsorships for up to six named scholarships and for hole sponsors for the golf tournament. Companies or individuals who donate $1,000 will receive a scholarship awarded in their name. A shared, half scholarship is available for $500.

Ace will also hold an end-of-the-school-year banquet for the students May 17 at Woolfe Street Playhouse. Dinos Liollio of Liollio Architecture will be the guest speaker.

The inaugural iGoddess Fair will be held from noon to 7 p.m. April 15 at the Gaillard Center. The fair will include music, entertainment and enlightenment. Proceeds from the fair benefit local nonprofit organization Thrive SC.

The documentary Her Story, Part 1, will be screened at the iGoddess Fair, followed by a live panel of women sharing success stories. Attendees will hear from HeatherAsh Amara, speaker and author of Warrior Goddess Training. The event will also include interactive workshops and demonstrations including yoga, chanting, tarot readings, drumming and meditation.

A gift fair will have more than 50 vendors, painting, a pop-up book shop, makeovers, a fashion show, cooking and mixology demonstrations, live music and a DJ dance party.

Tickets to the fair are available online.

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, JB’s Smokeshack on Johns Island is holding a Rib Cook-Off and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 1 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

An “anything but” cook-off with a people’s choice judging will begin at 11:30 a.m.; then, the contestants will prepare ribs for the final competition. Judging will be at 4 p.m., followed by awards and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to St. Jude.

The Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust will give a presentation at 2 p.m. April 9 at the historic Schulz Farmhouse at 326 Hundred Oaks Parkway in Summerville.

The presentation will discuss how a group of volunteers established the trust to work with local landowners and how the organization works to preserve lands and waters.

Reservations are requested, by email or at 843-432-2614.

Swig & Swine Summerville, at 1990 Old Trolley Road, will host a Hogs for the Cause competition send-off and a thank-you event for the community from 3 to 6 p.m. March 31 and April 1.

Swig & Swine will travel to New Orleans on April 1 to participate in the Hogs for the Cause event.

The send-off and thank-you event will include whole hog plates with two sides and live acoustic music from Not So Serious; 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Hogs for the Cause to help fight pediatric brain cancer and assist the families who are affected.

The Green Heart Project will hold a Gather Up event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Taco Boy in downtown Charleston. The event will be a planning session for a new urban farm at the William Enston Homes, an affordable housing complex owned by the Charleston Housing Authority.

The event is a community gathering intended to bring in stakeholders who live and work in the Upper Peninsula. Speakers will provide project updates, and attendees can offer ideas via activities and surveys.

Taco Boy will serve complimentary food, and drinks will be available for purchase.

The Charleston Upper Peninsula Initiative is a public-private planning effort to guide sustainable growth, managed by the city of Charleston and The Sustainability Institute.

A few foursomes remain for the Charleston RiverDogs’ annual charity golf tournament March 29 at Wild Dunes.

Cost is $600 for a foursome, or $500 per foursome for season ticket holders, and includes 18 holes of golf, a gift for each participant, lunch, dinner and beverages. Registration forms are available online (.pdf).

The tournament, which has a shotgun start at 10 a.m., benefits the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. This year’s tournament is pirate-themed and will include prizes, games, contests and costumes. 

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