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Helping Out for March 29, 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

The third annual Southern Garden Party, benefiting Lowcountry Orphan Relief, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at Quarters C in the Charleston Navy Yard Historic District.

General admission is $35, and tickets can be purchased online. The theme is Alice in Wonderland, and guests are encouraged to dress the part.

The event will include a children’s fashion show using clothing donated to Lowcountry Orphan Relief’s distribution center, plus live music, a DJ, a photographer, food and drinks. Mimosas, a hat contest and a wine pull with wine bottles valued at $10-$50 will be available for an extra charge.

BJ’s Wholesale Club has donated $10,000 to Ladson Youth Organization, a youth sports league in Berkeley County. The donation, from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, will help fund upgraded facilities at Tom Conley Park.

In addition, the partnership gives Ladson Youth Organization the opportunity to raise up to $100,000 through the BJ’s Fuel Your Fundraiser Program. For every new member who joins BJ’s through the program, the Ladson Youth Organization will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Slow Food Charleston has announced the finalists for the second annual Snail Awards.

The 2017 Legend Award will honor Nathalie Dupree. She will receive the Carolina Gold Trophy created by artist and ironworker Robert Thomas and will be a part of the evening’s festivities.

Winners in the categories of The Activist, The Provider, The Artist (in Food and in Beverage), The Place, and The Snailblazer will receive a Le Creuset Dutch Oven with a custom iron snail knob. The Snailblazer will also receive a $1,000 grant.

The finalists are:

The Activist: An individual or organization that is a spokesperson for the Slow Food mission.

  • Brian Ward, Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center (Farm)
  • Lindsey Barrow and Kate Dewitt, Lowcountry Street Grocery
  • Angie Dupree, One80 Place

The Provider: A producer or provider of food at a community’s most basic level.

  • Pete and Babs Ambrose, Ambrose Family Farm
  • Chris and Nicole Wilkins, Root Baking Co.
  • Mark and Kerry Marhefka, Abundant Seafood

The Artist: An individual or business that is using refined skill to create or curate something unique in the community.

In Food:

  • Kevin Johnson, The Grocery
  • Jacques Larson, Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter
  • Chris Stewart, The Glass Onion

In Beverage:

  • Jaime Tenny and David Merritt, Coast Brewing Co.
  • Matt and Angie Tunstall, Stems and Skins
  • Scott Schor, Edmund’s Oast

The Place: A business that adheres to Slow Food principles in its practices and philosophies.

  • Middleton Place
  • The Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter
  • Medical University of South Carolina Office of Health Promotion

The SnailBlazer: A publicly nominated category from which a $1,000 SnailBlazer Grant will be awarded to an individual whose work is positively impacting the Charleston community.

  • Spade and Clover Gardens
  • Blue Pearl Farms

Tickets to the awards event are $75.

LimRic Plumbing, Heating, & Air has expanded its LimRic Give Back Grant program to two $500 grant recipients per month for 2017.

LimRic Operations Director Stephanie Webb made February’s donations to Kelly Harold of the Frances R. Willis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and to Grace Edwards of Shem Creek Fisheries.

Grant recipients are chosen from nominations and voting on LimRic’s Facebook page.



Origin SC is hosting two free homeownership workshops taught by HUD-certified housing and credit counselors in April at its office at 4925 LaCross Road in North Charleston.

Intro to Homeownership will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The two-hour course covers the basics of the homebuying process, including understanding mortgage products and the mortgage application process; selecting a real estate agent; obtaining homeowner's insurance; and down payment and closing cost assistance.

The First-time Homebuyer Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15. for those interested in purchasing a home in the coming months. The workshop meets the education requirement for those seeking down payment assistance. It includes all materials, plus breakfast and lunch.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Which mortgage products are right for you.
  • Current market conditions.
  • Buying HUD-owned properties, foreclosures and short sales.
  • Home warranties.
  • Lending options.
  • Tax credits.
  • Fees, credit scores and budgeting.
  • How much home you can qualify for and afford.
  • Getting the most out of working with your realtor.

Halos has received $2,000 from Glasspro as a beneficiary of WCBD-TV News 2’s Three-Degree Guarantee program. The funds will support children who are being raised by a grandparent or other relative instead of foster care.


Lucas Greenway, 17, a participant in YesCarolina’s entrepreneurship program at Wando High School, was recently recognized as a Global Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his business, Charleston Cutlery.

He and YesCarolina entrepreneurship teacher Carolyn Southall, who has been teaching the entrepreneurship program at North Charleston High School for the past two years, attended the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Global Showcase in New York City. Both were lauded for top honors.

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