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Helping Out for Oct. 17, 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.

Revelry Brewing Co. is celebrating its fourth anniversary with an oyster-themed block party benefiting the Green Heart Project.

The party, taking place on from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, will include roasted oysters from Coffin Island Catering, half-shell oysters from The Darling Oyster Bar, burgers from Pub Fare and sushi from Tobo Sushi.

Style vendors Red Rose Vintage, Tuff Stuff Vintage and Nectar Sunglasses will be selling their wares, and music will be provided by DJ SparkBox. Activities include inflatables and bubbles.

Tickets are $10, available online and at the door; no charge for children 10 and younger. 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Green Heart Project’s school garden programs.


VarghaThe Lowcountry Food Bank has hired Krystal Vargha as vice president of human resources. Vargha previously worked in human resources at Charleston ENT and Wyndham Vacation Resorts. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.


The Ark of SC will hold a Harvest Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Grace Lutheran Church on Old Trolley Road in Summerville, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church on West Main Street in Harleyville.

Each event will include the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Program, along with hearing and vision screenings, fall risk assessment, and financial and legal aid. Representatives from senior living facilities, home care and community support resources will be on hand.

Additionally, there will be light refreshments, music and door prizes. Reservations can be made for memory screenings, hearing screenings or fall risk assessment by calling 843-471-1360 or emailing.


Through Nov. 17, Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar in Mount Pleasant, Summerville and downtown Charleston will partner with SOS Lowcountry, a local charity that provides assistance and support to breast cancer patients, to raise money through Sol’s Kitchen Karma program.

Sol’s three locations will donate a portion of all Milagro margaritas and Milagro cocktails sold to SOS Lowcountry.


Supper with Santa, taking place during the Holiday Festival of Lights, is a benefit event for The Parklands Foundation of Charleston County.

The event, which includes breakfast for dinner, a visit with Santa and entry to the festival at James Island County Park, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16.

Registration includes tickets to the festival train, the carousel and climbing wall, along with marshmallow roasting.

Advance registration is required. Tickets are $25 each for ages 12 and younger and $50 for ages 13 and up.

Proceeds benefit the foundation’s Pass It Forward Project, which identifies barriers in accessing park facilities, programs and services, and facilitates the collection of donations and goods for community members in need.


McCaslin and BallengerMount Pleasant women Renee Byrd McCaslin and Lindsey Propes Ballenger have established the Orton-Gillingham Center of Charleston as an alternative to the way struggling readers are being identified and taught to read, write and spell.

Orton-Gillingham is a multisensory approach to learning with each lesson personalized and structured for an individual student’s needs and goals. It incorporates phonemic awareness, and reading and spelling are taught together.

The center is located on the campus of Coastal Christian Preparatory School, at 681 McCants Drive in Mount Pleasant. It is independent from Coastal Christian Prep.

The center is training people in the Orton-Gillingham Approach and includes space for student instruction and resources for parents.

Educational forums for parents and educators are being planned for early 2019.


The Charitable Society of Charleston Endowment Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC has awarded the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston a grant for $4,128 for a vision clinic at Memminger Elementary School.

The clinic, which will be held on Tuesday, is part of the association’s Focus on Children program that provides free vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams, prescription glasses, referrals and eye care education to Charleston County students.


The Charleston CFO Council presented a check for $15,000 to The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting as part of the council’s commitment to supporting the advancement of women in the accounting profession.

The foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing accounting degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels.

The Charleston CFO Council provides an educational forum for senior financial executives to share best practices, discuss current financial issues and learn about current topics related to the performance of their job.


Trident United Way’s Day of Caring, set for Nov. 16 this year, will include “Caring about Students’ Careers.”

Industry professionals will visit a local middle or high school to share their career journey and a quick hands-on STEM activity.

Additional details and registration information are available online.

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