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Helping Out for June 21, 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

HandPicked, a store that raises money and awareness for nonprofits, will begin dedicating all its support solely to Halos, a nonprofit that provides assistance to abused and neglected children and their caregivers in Charleston County, in July. 

As part of National Immigrant Heritage Month, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is awarding its 2017 Immigrant Families Initiative grants, totaling $186,920, to 10 organizations assisting South Carolina’s immigrant and refugee populations.

The organizations that serve the Lowcountry that are receiving funds include Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston – Office of Immigration Services, Lutheran Services Carolinas, Pasos, S.C. Legal Services and Student Action with Farmworkers.

The Charleston RiverDogs recognized Anthony Wright, known as “Tony the Peanut Man,” for the RiverDogs Humanitarian Award between innings on Saturday.

As a seasonlong tribute to Wright, the RiverDogs will toss out bags of Tony’s boiled peanuts to the crowd during the seventh inning stretch for all 70 home games. A portion of the peanut sale proceeds will go toward the Muscular Dystrophy Association, an organization Wright supported.

The RiverDogs give their Humanitarian Award annually to recognize individuals who dedicate time to social justice activism.

Chris Singleton, the son of one of the nine victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015, was the winner last year for his work strengthening the Charleston community during the aftermath of the shooting.  

Camp Happy Days, an organization for children with cancer, is scheduled to host its annual summer camp beginning July 2 at Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton. This year’s summer camp will include water sports, rope courses, themed dances, arts and crafts, and a Fourth of July fireworks display.

The organization is accepting donations on the Camp Happy Days Summer Camp Wishlist.

The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding The Charleston Parks Conservancy a $50,000 grant to fund public art activities along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. The initiative is a collaboration among local and regional artists, arts organizations and community members.

Fourteen S.C. high school students competed in YesCarolina’s sixth annual State Business Plan Competition, presented by the Mark E. Motley Foundation, on Saturday at the College of Charleston School of Business. Student presented their business plans through three rounds in front of judges for a chance to win seed money to launch their venture.

  • Colin Posnanski from Wando High School took first place, and $3,000, for Shoelace Society, shoelace-based fashion accessories.
  • Jasmine Adams from Bishop England High School won second place, and $2,000, for Smudgies, which gets rid of makeup smudges with wipes made out of material similar to bathing suits.
  • Harrison Griffith from Bishop England High School came in third, netting him $1,000, for Chuck Town Reclaimed, which recycles local materials into custom-made furniture.

Posnanski and Adams also won a trip to New York City to participate in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's National Entrepreneurship Challenge on Oct. 12. They will compete against students from across the country for a grand prize of $10,000.

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