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Upstate Giving, May 4 2020

Staff Report //May 4, 2020//

Upstate Giving, May 4 2020

Staff Report //May 4, 2020//

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Rally in the Valley

While the annual cycling and music festival fundraiser Rally in the Valley was cancelled this month in Oconee county, event sponsors and the event’s preregistered riders donated their fees to the Oconee County Conservation Bank anyway.

The Oconee County Conservation Bank protects natural resources, cultural sites and private property rights by offering financial incentives for conservation easements or fee simple titles, according to a news release.

“It was with great regret that we had to cancel this year due to the pandemic,” Emily Hitchcock, spokesperson for the rally, said in the release, adding that plans are underway for Rally in the Valley 2021. “We are extremely grateful to our 2020 sponsors, whose support helped to defray the costs incurred prior to the cancellation and made this donation possible.”

Sponsors included Community First Bank, MoreSun Custom Woodworking Inc., Upstate Insurance, Cary Hall, Mary Ivester and Seneca Family Dentistry.

Bank of America

Bank of America has donated $145,000 to Converse College’s new data analytics program to create a learning laboratory with interactive digital resources and an unorthodox conversational classroom layout.

Bank of America’s investment in Converse provides exceptional opportunities for our students and faculty in the field of data analytics,” Krista L. Newkirk, Converse president, said in a news release. “And in turn, Converse will continue to develop graduates who understand not just data science, but the practical application of these principles to their chosen field. The funding from Bank of America will help us continue our growth in our faculty, facilities and research initiatives — all of which are paramount to successful outcomes in the classroom.”

United Way of Anderson County, Anderson Mall and Healthy Blue

On May 5, United Way of Anderson County will celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow to raise funding for individuals in need because of COVID-19. United Way donors have gifted more than $50,000 to food agencies including AIM, Good Neighbor Cupboard, Senior Solutions, Clemson Community Care and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, according to a news release.

The Anderson Mall and BlueChoice’s Healthy Blue plan also recently gifted 200 dental kits to families in need through United Way.