North Charleston Pops 2020-21 Schedule Announced

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Experience the excitement of the 2019-2020 season!

The passion and excellence of your hometown orchestra awaits you.  By popular request, we will be featuring the orchestra on all the concerts, while bringing to our stage top-notch guest artists performing “The Coolest Music” and “Always the Unexpected.”  Our 8th season promises to be the best ever!

Maestro Nick Palmer at the helm

Season Highlights

  • Love Italian Style –?September 12, 2020: Featuring Dimitri Pittas and Leah Edwards
  • Love, Peace and Patriotism: Music of the Woodstock Era: November 7, 2020
  • Music of the Knights:??January 23rd, 2021: Featuring 3 Broadway Vocalists
  • Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles”: March 13th, 2021
  • Gotta Love It! With Take3: April 24th, 2021
  • Official Details and Events Page

Introducing Charleston Daily Hospitality and Retail Public Relations and Social Digital Marketing Consulting Services

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Are you a Charleston area business struggling to grow your social footprint, customer base, and market presence?  Charleston Daily is now taking its 15+ years of digital marketing and employer brand experience along with its established customer foundation to the business community.

Introducing Social Digital Marketing and Employer Brand Consulting Services powered by Charleston Daily

Why Charleston Daily?

  • Social Reach – Over 180K potential customers (Subscribers, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Over 15 Years of Digital Marketing, Social Marketing, and Employer Brand Consulting expertise
  • Collaborative environment
  • Unique and creative approach to growing market share and expanding customer reach
  • Intimate relationship-driven culture
  • Solutions based approach

If you are interested in discussing our services and how we can help your business, let us schedule a free consultative call

Email us at or complete this 1-page registration form

Do You Ever Just Feel Tired? – Commentary

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By Mark A. Leon

Do you ever look in the mirror and question whose reflection you are seeing? You haven’t aged more than a day but you look and feel much older than your years.

Sometimes life just beats you down so hard that it is difficult to mentally overcome all the obstacles being thrown your way. It has a way of spiraling you into a state of depression. One where it is easier to admit defeat than fight your way out of it.

For some, it is an illness, a damaged relationship, job loss, keeping a family together, a tragedy, or a combination of things that piles up on your shoulders that you feel like a thousand pounds of weight bearing down on you.

It is in that moment of darkness that you realign your perceptions of life and begin to ask yourself some questions. How superficial was my life before? All the pet peeves I had were meaningless with respect to the suffering around us? What purpose and meaning do I serve in this life? It is these deep fetching questions that just compound the sense of despair.

Life is hard. I can quote until the cows come home the words of great literary writers and poets, but the words are nothing more than ink on paper. It is when the breaths become harder, the silences more deafening and the loneliness so isolated that reality really sets in.

What then?

You can sift through all your old photo albums and remember your childhood and how you had no responsibility, you were invincible and everything was simple and innocent but those are nothing but mere memories; reflections on past moments. The unknown is in front of you. If life is this hard now, will it get easier? The likelihood is not.

This by no means is a proclamation that suicide is an option or to run away to a remote island somewhere away from all communication. This is the life we lead. We think about our grandparents that went from not having a phone or TV to all this. What a remarkable evolution. Maybe we can look back and say times were easier back in the day and now technology is corrupting us, but that is nothing more than a set of excuses.

I don’t know the answer. I don’t even one when you stop being tired. I don’t even have to advise at this point on how to overcome it. Many are fortunate to have family, friends, values, and faith that guide them through what seems overwhelming. Some do not. Maybe clinging on to the few things that are consistent is the right start.

Whatever the answer is, we are listening. I guess in the end, whether you are a friend, foe, or stranger if you can help someone, in a way you are helping yourself by giving yourself a sense of purpose and achievement in making another life better, even for a moment.

Last Breath (A Reflection) – Original Poem

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When the winter comes
When it is cold and dark
When there is no one to turn to
When the emptiness fills your heart with a shallow pool of sorrow
When there is no sign of light

Keep me in your heart

Remember me
Not as I am now, but as I was when you smiled

Keep me
Hold me
Cherish me
Forever I am by your side

My last breath is gone but I can feel you
The disease may have shut down my senses but it did not win

I have left you for a place I cannot understand
It is a world not comprehended by words, thoughts, beliefs or faith
It is a being not defined
A time without a clock
A feeling without emotion

Surreal to the human eye
Calm to the immortal soul

I have shared my last breath with you; not my last beat
My heart goes on
Not inside me but you.

You hold it close
You remember me
You share these stories
You wake up each day with a smile and lay to rest each night with a calm

I will always love you
Please feel no hate
Please feel no fear

You are not alone
My spirit lays beside you

When you shed a tear, I will dry your eyes.

It is now that the strength comes near and protects you in a moment of weakness

I have exhaled and now my breath is gone

I love you
I miss you
I am near
Reach out your hand and I will guide you each day of your life.

Photo: Francesco Prandoni Getty Images

The Charleston South Carolina Police Department Enlists the Help of The Submarine Way To Drive Cultural Change

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CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, May 29, 2020 / — It is not about training it is about driving behavioral change that changes culture.

The Submarine Way (TSW) was enlisted last month by the Charleston Police Department (CPD) to conduct a year-long leadership training program. We will begin our work immediately and are excited by the vision of a more community-centric, inclusive culture within the department. The Submarine Way will use tools like their bestselling book, Diversity and Inclusion, The Submarine Way, and UP PERISCOPE, Putting Traditional Leadership in the Crosshairs. This leadership development program focuses on building inclusive leaders that partner with their communities. All areas and levels of the police department will be included in this initiative. Additionally, internal trainers and masterminds will be created within the department to develop ownership and cascading of this powerful project with the assistance of The Submarine Way’s resources and expertise. The Submarine Way has conducted programs for other law enforcement including the Raleigh Police Department and the Florence South Carolina Police Department.

Law Enforcement has difficult jobs, protecting the community and themselves while building relationships with the community. The Submarine Way (TSW) teaches law enforcement to identify the strengths of each individual and the community and leverage these strengths for a better relationship. Charleston Police Department will be taught and experience, the patent published System of inclusion through workshops, case studies, online learning, and continuous reinforcement. Given our past successes with other cities, communities and police departments, this intense year-long journey, will further improve the culture of the Charleston Police Department to a level that it will become a model for others to emulate.

In order to drive lasting behavioral change and therefore lasting cultural change, you must have the following components. We call this the C.O.R.E. process of producing exceptional results:

C ommitment – From senior leadership and key players within the department and the city. The City of Charleston and the CPD are ALL IN

O n Target Training – It must be applicable, realistic, relevant, and immediately actionable. It also must be immersive and interactive. CHECK

R einforcement – 90% of what is learned is forgotten within 30 days without reinforcement, it is called learning decay. The CPD and TSW have partnered to bring the significant reinforcement resources TSW has to be utilized in combination with internal masterminds and facilitators trained by (TSW) to keep training, keep reinforcing and creating true ownership of this crucial program


E xceptional RESULTS

John Gregory Vincent
The Submarine Way
+1 828-202-7639

Dorchester Seniors: Still Making Strides during the Pandemic

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Dorchester Seniors, Inc, a non-profit organization based in Summerville and St. George, has been working through the COVID-19 pandemic, providing meals to seniors across Dorchester County. From March to May, Dorchester Seniors has distributed 23,183 meals, and still has six days remaining in the month with meal deliveries.

Dorchester Seniors prepares all meals within the Summerville location and distributes them out at both centers via the home delivered meal program. Monday through Friday each week, seniors receive a hot nutritious meal, 1/3 RDA approved, and two additional meals for the weekend. Currently, Dorchester Seniors has 12 routes delivering meals, nine in Summerville and three in St. George. “Having the ability to provide daily personal contact through this isolation period is very important,” stated Jean K. Ott, Executive Director, “that is why we have decided to continue daily meal delivery rather than one delivery weekly.” This allowed Dorchester Seniors to assist seniors with basic needs such as toiletry items, nonperishables, and paper products through the pandemic. The organization is proud to say following CDC guidelines and safety protocol, they have remained open through the COVID-19 closures.

Through closings due to social distancing and quarantine, Dorchester Seniors has followed CDC guidelines on contactless deliveries for seniors at home. Partnering with LowCountry Food Bank, Joy Campbell and I Serve With Joy, and Trident Area on Aging, Dorchester Seniors has been able to provide commodity boxes, cereal, and nutritional education to seniors while they are safe at home. “The greatest of all things,” says Ott, “is our dedicated volunteers, who have assisted with packing meals and delivering them in the community during this time.”

Remaining cautious, the Summerville location has opened to limited public for wellness and fitness classes. These classes are practicing social distancing and must be enrolled through the 50+ Fit program. With group dining not being available, Dorchester Seniors is still providing meals to seniors through their homebound meal program weekly and are always looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer in the Summerville or St. George area, please call (843) 871-5053.

Due to the amount of seniors being served during this pandemic, anyone can donate items to Dorchester Seniors through Amazon Smile and their website wish list at .


Our Mission is to provide opportunities to all senior citizens of Dorchester County to enhance their educational, mental, social, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

To achieve this goal Dorchester Seniors, Inc. will work cooperatively with other community agencies and organizations through advocacy for senior citizens and interagency coordination including outreach assessing needs and planning actions.

To learn more or make a donation:

MUSC COVID-19 Epidemiology Intelligence Report – Detailed look at COVID in the Charleston Areas

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MUSC global health epidemiologists and scientists are modeling the effects of COVID-19 in our region. Data is updated regularly and the latest insights include:

The current 7-day average growth rate of new cases is 0.64 percent. This is a very low rate, although zero is desirable.

There have been 35 new cases reported since 5/13/2020. Given the size of the population in the Charleston Tri-County, this is a low value.

The number of reported deaths in the Charleston area totals 29 since the initiation of the epidemic. There were 2 deaths since 5/13/2020.

View Full Charleston Area Dat

The SC Aquarium Re-Opens Today (May 23, 2020) – There are some changes

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We’re Reopening!

We are thrilled to announce that the Aquarium is reopening to the public on Saturday, May 23

In order to ensure the health of all guests and staff, we are limiting the number of guests allowed in the building at one time and using advanced reduced-contact online ticketing.?To keep a limited capacity throughout the day, all guests will need an advanced ticket with a confirmed date and time slot.?You can reserve your date and time below. If you are having technical difficulties purchasing a dated and timed ticket, please call our Customer Service Center at (843) 577-FISH (3474).


Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Blackbaud Releases Eighth Annual Employee Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility Trends Report

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Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today releases its eighth annual Industry Review, which provides key learnings and trends in employee philanthropic behavior and companies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. The 2020 report analyzes data from a subset of Blackbaud customers, 150 companies and nearly 4.5 million employees, collected between January and December 2019 within Blackbaud’s YourCause CSRconnect? and GrantsConnect? solutions.

“This review tells a powerful story of companies that seek to deepen the connection they have with the people who walk through their doors – literally and virtually – every day,” said Rachel Hutchisson, vice president, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, Blackbaud. “Although the data was collected before the COVID-19 pandemic, this time has emphasized how important it is to align around social impact and the important role companies play in driving change and inspiring and empowering employees to support the causes they care about.”

Key findings from this year’s Industry Review include:  

  • Employees are more likely to engage when companies offer both giving and volunteering opportunities – 75% of companies that offer both giving and volunteering opportunities for their employees have twice the engagement of companies only offering one or the other. 
  • Employees who donate are more likely to donate again – Once employees become donors, 87% of them will become returning donors year over year. 
  • Connection is key – Employees who work from a company’s headquarters location are engaged in giving 2.5 times more than remote employees. 
  • Companies on opposite ends of the employee size spectrum are alike in giving behaviors – Companies with under 1,000 employees and over 100,000 employees are donating the most. 
  • Bringing like-minded employees together can be effective – Companies that offer employee groups through CSRconnect see an approximate 12:1 employee engagement rate ratio when compared to companies that do not offer groups to employees. 
  • Think globally – More than half of companies evaluated have a global giving and/or volunteering element to their program, and when comparing 2018 to 2019, the average annual donation amount per global employee jumped 32%. 

This year’s Industry Review provides data-driven insights for CSR and employee engagement professionals to benchmark their programs and learn from others, so they can continue to expand and maximize the effects of their philanthropic efforts. The robust report looks at programs and employee engagement by geographic region – both in the U.S. and globally – and also analyzes companies of all sizes to provide a holistic view of the current industry.  

Read the full Industry Review here and learn more about Blackbaud’s solutions for CSR

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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