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The fifth annual Turkey and a $20 donation drive at One80 Place is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The event helps the downtown Charleston homeless shelter raise funds and collect food to help the facility feed guests and support guest services all year.
Accepted donations include monetary gifts; proteins such as ham, beef and pork; and nonperishables such as canned goods and personal items.
The Carolina Youth Development Center appointed Bess Allen, Merrill Fei and Eric Watson to its board of directors, effective Oct. 1.
Allen is a longtime supporter and volunteer at the CYDC. She has a juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina and her career’s focus has been in policy, law and advocacy.
Fei owns the real estate investing and management group Eidon Group LLC.
Watson is chief deputy of operations for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. He has more than a decade experience in law enforcement and the military.
Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County is set to celebrate its 37th home dedication from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 125 George St. in Moncks Corner. The new homeowners will continue to make monthly payments on a low-cost, no-interest mortgage, which in turn will go toward building more Habitat homes in Berkeley County.
The inaugural Urbanity Sneaker Gala is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 15 at the Gibbes Museum of Art. The event will serve as a fundraiser for C4S Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to empower adolescents by providing tools and skills through promoting physical and health awareness, emphasizing financial literacy and fostering leadership development.
During the event, gently used and brand-new sneakers will be collected to donate to adolescents in need.
General admission tickets are $20.
The Ark’s inaugural Ugly Sweater 5K Dash is scheduled for Dec. 1 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Summerville. The 5K begins at 8:45 a.m. and the 1 mile stroll kicks off at 9:45 a.m. The race will also include carolers.
Registration is $35 for the 5K; the 1-mile stroll is $10 per person or $30 for a family of four. Registration and packet pickup is set for noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 30 and from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day in St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall. Funds raised will support the nonprofit’s work in five area counties, including its social respite programs, memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops and support groups.
Lowcountry Land Trust is hosting the fourth annual Soul of the Lowcountry Oyster Roast from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Sunlean, at 3211 Eenjy Lane on Johns Island. The event includes a catered oyster roast, local beverages, live music and tastings with Lowcountry Oyster Co.
Palmetto Community Care is reviving the Dining with Friends fundraiser, in which participants host dinner parties in their homes, churches or workplaces. Afterward, a Grand Finale celebration will be at 8 p.m. Jan 19 at Memminger Auditorium, with drinks, desserts and dancing.