Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Charleston received South Carolina’s Award for Nonprofit Excellence during South Carolina’s 2017 Nonprofit Summit at the Columbia Marriott.
The 80-year-old association works to improve the quality of life for people who are visually impaired by providing services, programs and advocacy to promote independence and self-sufficiency, as well as to help individuals participate fully in their communities.
Their programs provide vision clinics for children in Title I schools and for uninsured or underinsured adults in the tri-county area.
Charleston Heart will host the second annual Big Heart Raffle fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. April 2 at Pure Theatre. The event will include live music, food from Rutledge Cab Co., beer and wine from Founders Brewing Co. and raffle items.
Tickets are $35; raffle tickets are $25 and each package is valued at $800 or more.
- “Poop Troop”
- Dog walker
- Cat socialization
- Leash walk training
- Administrative support
- PetSmart cat adoption center
- Enrichment activities
- Community outreach
- Event assistance
- Laundry, dishes, grooming
Volunteers must be at least 12 years old or accompanied by an adult at all times.
The 11 Jersey Mike’s Subs locations across the Lowcountry will be raising money throughout the month for Windwood Family Services. Customers can make a donation to Windwood at any Jersey Mike’s restaurant all month; the campaign culminates with the “Day of Giving” on March 29, when the 11 restaurants will donate 100% of the day’s sales to Windwood.
The NeedToBreathe Classic, set for March 27 at the Daniel Island Club, has added several celebrities to the lineup.
The event, a charity tournament in partnership with Commonwealth Cares, includes a day of golf on the Beresford and Ralston Creek courses, followed by an after-party and concert with NeedToBreathe and other musicians.
Celebrities expected to play in the tournament include:
- NeedToBreathe members Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt and Josh Lovelace
- Sports commentator Rachel Baribeau
- Rick Barry, retired NBA player
- Tajh Boyd, former New York Jets player and current NFL free agent
- Mark Bryan, founding member of Hootie & the Blowfish
- Lee Elder, retired PGA player; first black athlete to play in the Masters Tournament in 1975
- Russell Henley, professional golfer
- Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver
- Barrett Jones, former Philadelphia Eagles player and current NFL free agent
- Mat Kearney, musician
- John Mark McMillan, musician
- Mac Powell, musician
- David Nail, musician
- Ben Rector, musician
- George Rogers, former New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins football player
- Sterling Sharpe, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver
- Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans placekicker
- Tyler Thigpen, NFL free agent and former starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Dekoda Watson, linebacker for the Denver Broncos
- Gus Williams, retired NBA player, most notably with the Seattle SuperSonics
- Kevin Youngblood, former wide receiver with the Atlanta Falcons who went on to work for the Secret Service
Registration for the tournament begins at 9 a.m. and shotgun start is at 11 a.m. All proceeds benefit Charleston-based OneWorld Health, which works to provide quality, low-cost health care in the developing world, particularly in Uganda and Nicaragua.
Tiger Lily florist donated $1,800 to Chase After a Cure in February from its Charity in Bloom program, started as a way to increase awareness and raise money for nonprofits that work to improve the health and wellness of children and families through medical research, education and mentorship.
Chase After a Cure raises money to fund research and clinical trials for pediatric cancer patients.