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Helping Out for April 12, 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 Avian Conservation Center has received a $2,500 corporate sponsorship gift from Atlas Technologies Inc. to support the center’s science and natural history-based educational programs for Matilda F. Dunston Primary School, a Title I school for which Atlas has been advocating for more than 10 years.

The Green Heart Project is holding its annual Harvest Dinner, an end-of-year festival and fundraiser, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 18 at Mitchell Elementary School, 2 Perry St. in Charleston.

The event includes live music, kid-friendly activities and neighborhood potluck-style barbecue with food sourced from local farms and Green Heart’s school gardens

Tickets are $20 per person, $10 for students, and free for ages 12 and younger, and can be purchased online.

Registration is now open for the ninth Red Ribbon 5K & AIDS Walk, hosted by Lowcountry AIDS Services and the Roper St. Francis Ryan White Wellness Center. The event, which includes a timed 5K race on a certified course, as well as a free AIDS walk, is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston.

The race will be followed by a family-friendly health and wellness fair, games, and music by DJ Trevor D and acoustic duo Oh Valentino.

The event proceeds will be used to help the more than 2,500 people living with HIV and AIDS in the tri-county area gain access to medical care.

Registration for the 5K is $30 per person and includes a race T-shirt; cost is $35 if you register the morning of the event. Team discounts and team fundraising opportunities are available.

Spots are available for the inaugural Sperry Charleston Race Week Sailing Pro-Am at 5 p.m. April 22 at Patriots Point. Sailors and non-sailors can race on a J/22 with a renowned professional sailor and have VIP access at a regatta beach party.

Professionals include David Loring, Paul Henderson, David Hughes, David Pritchard, Paris Henken, Christophe Killian, Stephanie Roble, Malcolm Page and Alan Terhune.

The cost is a $250 tax-deductible donation to College of Charleston Sailing to support Collegiate Sailing Nationals. Signups are available by email or by calling 410-212-4916.

Seabrook Island Tennis players raised $4,747 for the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic at their annual fundraiser on March 8. Co-chairs Pat Tallman and Kathy Bruce organized an all-day event with men’s tennis matches in the morning and ladies’ play in the afternoon, followed by a wine and cheese party and raffle.

Dr. Charlton Davis, co-founder of the clinic — a nonprofit medical facility on Maybank Highway — and clinical staff members Dr. Richard Ulmer, Brenda Falls and Wanda Lefler gave the players updates on the medical health care services provided by the physicians and nurses who volunteer at the clinic.

More than 400 patients from Johns, Wadmalaw and James islands visit the clinic each month.

The seventh annual Dancing With The ARK’s Stars raised $80,000 for The Ark, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, in Summerville. Proceeds support The Ark’s work providing services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The Ark offers respite care, support groups, caregiver consultation, education, resource referrals, community learning programs and rural services development.

Origin SC will be hosting Cocktails & Closings, a series of free educational happy hours, throughout April. The topic will be the basics of homeownership.

Locations and dates are as follows:

  • April 20, 5 to 7 p.m. – Bay Street Biergarten, 549 East Bay St., Charleston
  • April 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813 Savannah Highway, Suite B, Charleston.

Debbie Kidd will facilitate the discussions. Kidd is a licensed real estate agent and a HUD-certified licensed housing adviser with more than 20 years’ experience.

Registration is available online or by calling 843-735-7802.

Teams of four to six people can bowl from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 4 at The Alley in Charleston to benefit Florence Crittenton Programs of SC.

A tax-deductible sponsor fee of $400 includes bowling, shoes and a bucket of beer. The highest-scoring team wins a bowling party.

(Photo/Douglas Carr Cunningham)Gay Bingo is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10 at Memminger Auditorium, at 56 Beaufain St. in Charleston. The theme of this year’s event is The Show Must Go On: Best of Broadway. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given for best dressed table, best dressed individual, best dressed duo and most surprising take on the theme.

The event will include a special musical theater performance along with five games of bingo and prize packages. Patti O’Furniture, the “Camp Queen of the Carolinas,” is hostess.

General admission is $25 and VIP tickets are $50 each. A VIP reserved table for 10 is $500. Tickets can be purchased online.

Southern Lumber and Millwork, at 2031 King Street Extension in Charleston, is hosting a community bake sale starting at 9 a.m. Monday and April 24 to raise money for the Dragon Boat organization and the Dragon Boat Festival. Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. is a sponsor and participant in the 2017 festival.

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, YMCA of the USA has partnered with the Redwoods Group Foundation and Darkness to Light for 5 Days of Action, April 24-28, an awareness campaign throughout participating YMCAs across the country. The campaign is focusing on engaging YMCA families, members and the community in preventing child sexual abuse by providing information and resources to help adults protect children.

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