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The web-based app will use text and email to reach out to potential donors by partnering each fundraiser with a charity.
During each fundraiser, the team requesting donations will either perform an act of community service or present a monetary gift to a charity. Through the donations, the selected charitable organization can use it to spread their brand or perform research.
The event, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. March 12 at The Gaillard Center, will include wines, designer shopping and charming “shoe guys” serving seasonal items on silver platters. The event will also include a fashion show and live and silent auctions.
Tickets can be purchased online. VIP tickets cost $175; general admission tickets are $125 and can be purchased starting Jan. 8.
Berkeley Animal Center has received a $35,000 grant from PetSmart Charities Inc. that will be used primarily for spay and neuter surgeries. Berkeley County Council approved the grant during its meeting Monday.
The shelter spends about $75,000 annually on spay and neuter surgeries. The grant money will also pay for animal vaccinations, equipment and supplies, along with marketing materials and volunteer support for the center.
The Toadfish Conservation Coalition raised $20,000 during its first fundraiser in November. The money will go toward funding a 1-acre oyster reef in Charleston Harbor.
Water Mission is providing drinking water and safe sanitation to more than 5,000 people in West Pokot, Kenya, after widespread flooding and deadly mudslides that killed more than 50 people and displaced others.
Water Mission’s Living Water Treatment System acts as a miniature water treatment plant that can purify more than 10,000 gallons of water a day — enough drinking water for 5,000 people. Each system is built by volunteers at Water Mission’s global headquarters in North Charleston.
Water Mission staff members are also working to provide latrines and handwashing facilities, as well as continuing to supply treatment chemicals and generator fuel.
Additionally, this holiday season, Water Mission is acknowledging donations made in people’s names by sending them a Christmas card. Water Mission will use donations to install more water, sanitation and hygiene solutions all over the world. Donations can be made online.