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Helping Out for Sept. 5, 2018

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Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. ATTENTION: Submissions should now be made using our online form.

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC is planning a benefit night for 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Alley. Teams of four to six people can compete to win a private bowling party at The Alley.

Registration is $400 per team and includes an hour and a half of bowling, shoe rentals and a bucket of beer. All proceeds benefit Florence Crittenton.

Florence Crittenton is also hosting its sixth annual Wine, Women & Shoes event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Hotel Bennett. The event will include designer shopping, food, live and silent auctions, a fashion show and wine.

Ticket and VIP table information will be available at a later date.


The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center has opened a new location on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant as part of a larger plan to help abused children and their families in the Lowcountry.

A fundraising campaign launched in May 2017 paid for the construction of the new location in Mount Pleasant and will fund the renovation and expansion of the original headquarters in downtown Charleston. Once fully opened and renovated, the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center facilities will be able to treat 3,500 children a year.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center raised more than $27,000 during Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2018. The money will be used to support existing matches and recruit new mentors to serve the more than 200 children on a waiting list.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center matches at-risk youths with adult role models. Program volunteers and donors included Publix Super Market Charities, Ocean Surf Shop, Carpet Baggers and Crews Subaru.


The Parklands Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, is scheduled to host a Charleston Harbor sunset cruise on Sept. 30. Boarding will begin in Shem Creek at 4:30 p.m., with the cruise aboard the Palmetto Breeze from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, which includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The event benefits The Genesis Project, which is currently raising funds to support swimming instruction at a pool undergoing construction in Hollywood.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission broke ground on pool construction on Aug. 29. The complex will be called the West County Aquatic Center and will be located near the new Hollywood Town Center off S.C. Highway 165.


LimRic Plumbing, Heating & Air and 103.5 WEZL-FM have named the Give Back Grant Recipients for August: The Salvation Army of Charleston and Going Places.

The Give Back Grant program, which began in 2016, provides a financial contribution to two nonprofit organizations each month.

The Salvation Army of Charleston has been active in the Carolinas since 1887. Going Places strives to provide a new bike, helmet and lock for each child in all 31 Title 1 elementary schools in the region. The organization was created when Katie Blomquist, a first-grade teacher at an elementary school, realized a student in her classroom had never owned a bicycle.


Author Elizabeth Gilbert will speak on Nov. 15 at C4W NEW, the Center for Women’s annual two-day conference.

GilbertOrganizers expect more than 1,000 professional women, executives, entrepreneurs, and women navigating career transition to attend the conference, set to take place Nov. 14-15 at Trident Technical College in North Charleston.

The conference is designed to address aspects of a woman’s road to economic and professional success with workshops and panel discussions on topics such as career development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Gilbert wrote the 2006 memoir, Eat Pray Love, which was translated into more than 30 languages and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and was made into a film in 2010 starring Julia Roberts.


Charleston Waterkeeper is hosting a marsh sweep starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 22. Volunteers will meet on Johnson Street off Morrison Drive in downtown Charleston, near SeaBreeze Marina. Cleanup will take place from 9 to 11 a.m., and the sorting and recycling shift will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration is available online. The sweep is open to all ages. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty.


Patriots Point Foundation’s SC US Navy CPO License plate program has raised more than $25,000. The license plate, which is available by mail to all active-duty and retired Navy and Navy Reserve chief petty officers, senior and master chiefs, was designed by former nuclear school chief Derek Meier and paid for by the Chief’s Mess.

The plate has “US Navy Chief Petty Officer” across the top, a palm tree and chief’s badge, and a “USN” prefix on the number. The license plate costs $60 for two years in addition to regular vehicle registration.

Patriots Point Foundation is a volunteer nonprofit that began in 1975. The organization raises money to support Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and the new Medal of Honor Museum Chapel.


Postpartum Support Charleston will hold a fundraising event beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Glass Onion in West Ashley. Ten percent of all dinner sales will benefit the organization, which works to end the stigma surrounding maternal mental illnesses such as postpartum depression and anxiety, and to ensure all women who experience the illnesses receive support.


The Library Foundation of the Lowcountry is holding a regional discussion Oct. 4 called Lowcountry On The Table to identify issues and suggest solutions across the tri-county area.

The daylong event, which is open to the public, invites thousands of residents and “table hosts” to eat while discussing ways to make the Lowcountry a better place. The top ideas and recommendations will be awarded Spark grants from The Library Foundation of the Lowcountry. Organizers are looking for hosts.

More information, including host registration and a mailing list signup, is available online.


Artwork created by individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia will be featured at Respite Care Charleston’s annual Art Gala on Oct. 25 at the Charleston Yacht Club. Tickets are $50 per person, and sponsorships are available.

The event includes the art exhibit, a silent auction, cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available online. For information on sponsorships, auction donations or other ways to get involved, contact Sara Perry at 843-647-7405 or by email.

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