Helping Out for June 15, 2016

by Staff

Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

Ruth Champion Glover of the ButterfliesThe Charleston RiverDogs donated $500 to the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission to help ensure access for local children to the Martin Luther King Jr. swimming pool at 155 Jackson St. in Charleston.

Also, the RiverDogs will donate a portion of proceeds from the team’s July 18 game to Respite Care Charleston, a nonprofit that provides support for caregivers of patients with dementia. Tickets can be purchased as a $10 donation on the Respite Care website with “RiverDogs” in the notes section.

That game, against the Lakewood BlueClaws, starts at 7:05 p.m. Ruth Champion Glover, a Respite Care participant, will throw out the first pitch. The 88-year-old Glover played for the Charleston Orphan House youth baseball team, the Butterflies, in the 1930s.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s has received $7,500 from the TD Charitable Foundation for its Talent initiative, a set of programs including a Youth Apprentice Program, Career Academies and scholarships designed to help students develop skills needed to meet future job demands.

We Are CharlestonS.C. Poet Laureate and author Marjory Wentworth will discuss her new book, We Are Charleston, written with Herb Frazier and Bernard Edward Powers Jr., at the Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series luncheon at noon July 8 at Halls Chophouse, 434 King St. in Charleston.

Tickets are $35 and include a three-course lunch, or $60 for the luncheon and a signed, hardcover copy of the book. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Reading Partners, a nonprofit program that provides individual help for students who struggle with reading.

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts has awarded Charleston Stage, in residence at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, a $25,000 Boeing Vision Award for the group’s sensory-friendly performances.

The award will help fund performances for children with autism and sensory sensitivities, and their families. The goal is to educate and expose these children to live professional arts performances. The performances themselves will be adjusted with special attention paid to lighting and sound.

The Boeing Vision Award is given to a nonprofit member of the arts alliance that puts forward a vision for an “innovative arts concept,” in particular one that would benefit marginalized or underserved communities.

Chase After a Cure Golf Tournament 2014 (3)The fifth annual Drive Away Childhood Cancer golf tournament is set for Sept. 23 at Patriots Point Links in Mount Pleasant. Proceeds will benefit Chase After a Cure, which supports childhood cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina and raises awareness for alternative and more effective treatments for children with cancer.

Cost is $400 for a foursome or $125 for individuals and includes a silent auction, contests, lunch, awards ceremony and reception. Registration is available online. Sponsorships are available by contacting Adam White at 843-695-7511 or by email.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to bring attention to the more than 15,000 children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer each year.

SC Thrive has recognized several Lowcountry organizations as Heroes of Change.

Hogs for the Cause Charleston has made a $25,000 contribution to MUSC Children’s Hospital for the establishment of the Hogs for the Cause Family and Patient Fund. The donation will provide MUSC pediatric oncology patient families with needs that are not covered by insurance, such as medications, medical supplies, gas cards, overnight lodging for long-distance travel and meal assistance.

Cereal drive Group ShotEast Cooper Medical Center’s Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive collected 16,916 servings of cereal and $3,623 in funds, for a total of 38,654 servings of cereal — surpassing its goal of 25,000 servings. Some of the monetary donations will be used by the Lowcountry Food Bank to purchase milk for the cereal.