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Camp Happy Days’ annual Heroes of Hope Gala is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Memminger Auditorium. The event will include live entertainment from Super Deluxe, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Graze and Swig & Swine, an open bar, and a live and silent auction.
Tickets are $125. Proceeds will go to Camp Happy Days, a nonprofit that provides support to S.C. children with cancer and their families.
Holiday Festival of Lights visitors can make a voluntary, in-person donation to the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s nonprofit partner, The Parklands Foundation of Charleston County, and its Pass It Forward project.
The Pass It Forward project helped more than 100 organizations raise money through the donation of park passes to people who otherwise may have difficulty accessing park facilities, programs and services, according to a news release.
Organizations such as the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston, Roper St. Francis Hospital, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and MUSC Hollings Cancer Center received pass donations in the past year.
Former crew members of the USS Clamagore submarine held a memorial service this morning at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. And more than 500 sailors from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command at Joint Base Charleston will volunteer at Patriots Point on Friday as part of Trident United Way’s Day of Caring.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort hosted Five Star Day on Monday for guests of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston. Guests stayed at the hotel for a day, and chefs, spa employees and hotel staff members provided breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, massages, facials, manicures, entertainment, and housekeeping and laundry services for them.
Hyman’s Seafood is accepting donations for the military ministry of St. Andrews until 8 p.m. Friday. Donations such as food and drink, personal hygiene items, holiday cards and stationery supplies can be dropped off at Hyman’s, at 215 Meeting St.
Sixty-five Ally Financial employees assisted in the distribution of food at Lowcountry Food Bank last week. This is Ally Financial’s sixth year doing its companywide Giving Bank Month, during which time the bank encourages employees to support local nonprofits through volunteer time, donations and financial education.
BOGO Christmas Tree Co. will host its retail Christmas tree lot beginning Saturday at 1735 U.S. Highway 17 N. For every tree that is purchased, another fresh tree will be donated to a family in the greater Charleston area.
In the past two seasons, BOGO has donated over 275 Fraser firs to families in the Lowcountry. This year, BOGO is partnering with Operation Fir, an initiative of East Cooper Community Outreach, to deliver over 100 trees and decorating kits on Dec. 16 After the first 100 trees are purchased, BOGO will donate a Christmas Ham for every tree purchased through East Cooper Community Outreach’s holiday meal program.
The Charleston Area World AIDS Day Community Candlelight Vigil is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Unitarian Church in Charleston. The event will include speakers and performances aimed at promoting a dialogue about HIV in the Charleston area. A candlelight memorial will honor lives that have been lost. A reception will follow in Gage Hall.
The event is free and open to the public.