East Cooper Meals on Wheels Receives New 2018 Subaru Outback

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – East Cooper Meals on Wheels has won a 2018 Subaru Outback from Subaru of America Inc. On Nov. 16, Crews Subaru of Charleston presented the Mount Pleasant-based nonprofit with the vehicle as part of the annual Share the Love event, a national effort that donates to causes in the local community.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the company’s “50 Cars for 50 Years” vehicle donation program allows East Cooper Meals on Wheels to deliver nutritious meals and moments of companionship to even more people.

“We are thankful to Subaru of America and Crews Subaru of Charleston for their dedication to the Charleston area community,” said George Roberts, CEO of East Cooper Meals on Wheels. “This new Outback will allow our organization to serve even more individuals in Mount Pleasant who are homebound – regardless of age or income.”

“Thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers, East Cooper Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers more than 400 meals per day, 365 days per year,” Roberts said. “So, we will definitely put some miles on this new Subaru Outback.”

This fall, 50 new 2018 Subaru Outback vehicles will be donated to select Meals on Wheels programs throughout the county. Those vehicles will help deliver an estimated 53,000 meals to an additional 3,700 individuals across 39 states. The donation also addresses the Meals on Wheels network’s growing demand for fuel-efficient, versatile and safe delivery vehicles.

“Crews Subaru is proud to be a part of the Charleston community. We are dedicated to serving and supporting the causes closest to our hearts, right here in our neighborhood,” said H. R. Hicks, general manager at Crews Subaru of Charleston. “This comes directly from our local owner Robert Crews, who encourages us to give back, be a positive partner, and be there for the community that has given us so much. We continue to be blessed.”

The Subaru and Meals on Wheels partnership is part of Subaru Loves to Help, a pillar of the automaker’s larger Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment effort dedicated to making a positive impact on local communities across the country. Each 2018 Subaru Outback donated will be delivered to local retailers and wrapped with Meals on Wheels America and Subaru Loves to Help co-branding.

Subaru of America Inc. has supported Meals on Wheels for the last nine years through Share the Love, contributing more than $12 million to Meals on Wheels America and providing more than 1.7 million nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks to people in communities nationwide.

About East Cooper Meals on Wheels
East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers daily nutrition to residents within its service area (Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Cainhoy or Wando) who are homebound or unable to provide their own meals. Recipients have physical or mental limitations or short-term physical limitations (such as recovery from surgery or chemotherapy). The organization also advocates on behalf of recipients whose needs exceed the scope of its program. For more information, visit www.ecmow.org.

For more information, contact:
Melissa Nelson, Fisher Creative 843-312-2950 melissa@fisher-creative.com Ken French, Crews Subaru 843-224-3222 kfrench@crewssubaru.com


What To Do With Your Leftover Solar Eclipse Glasses

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Solar eclipse glasses. We all have them. The big event is over, so what do we do with them now? We came up with a few ideas for you.

What to do with your leftover Solar Eclipse Glasses

  1. Turn them into your new sleep mask.
  2. Keep those eyes super shaded when sunning on the beach or at the pool.
  3. Ensure whomever is “it” is not cheating while counting during hide-n-seek.
  4. Donate them to kids in South America. (Yes, it is a real thing! astronomerswithoutborders.org)
  5. Cut the dark lenses out and wear the cardboard frames as a super cool pair of “shade-free” shades.
  6. Tuck them away until the next solar eclipse. 2024 is not that far away.
  7. Use them to correct that slightly off kilter bar stool.
  8. Add them to your hangover kit for maximum darkness.
  9. Proudly display them in a frame to commemorate the 2017 event.
  10. Turn them into a picture frame by replacing the lenses with your favorite eclipse photos.


Have any more ideas? We would love to hear them!? Please leave a comment below.

BJ’s Wholesale Club Announces $100,000 Grant to the Lowcountry Food Bank

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Grant will help secure, store and distribute fresh, healthy food to people facing hunger?

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Aug. 14, 2017)BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced a $100,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to the Lowcountry Food Bank, a Feeding America? member food bank. The donation will help the Lowcountry Food Bank secure, store and distribute fresh, healthy food for the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina.

The Lowcountry Food Bank is one of nine Feeding America member food banks to benefit from BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s $1 million donation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. BJ’s $1 million donation to Feeding America is the foundation’s largest single donation to any organization to date.

“BJ’s is bringing a fresh approach to nourishing communities and helping families thrive, and we’re proud to support the Lowcountry Food Bank,” said Kirk Saville, executive director of the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “No one should have to worry about where to get their next meal, and we know that food banks face challenges in storing and distributing perishable foods. Our strategic partnership with Feeding America is focused on building capacity for fresh food at local food banks so we can work together to put an end to hunger in our communities.”

BJ’s $100,000 grant will support the Lowcountry Food Bank’s purchase of a 24-foot insulated, refrigerated truck to expand its new Fresh Xpress program and increase its distribution capacity for bulk quantities of fresh, nutritious produce. The Fresh Xpress program assists local agencies in distributing produce utilizing a farmer’s market-style distribution model, empowering families with the opportunity to choose the types of produce and quantity that meets their needs, instead of receiving a pre-packaged box.

“At the Lowcountry Food Bank, we strive to create a more food secure future for our neighbors in need, and we’re grateful to have BJ’s support in leading the fight against hunger in our community,” said Pat Walker, President and CEO of the Lowcountry Food Bank. “Each year, we distribute more than six million pounds of fresh produce to families, children and seniors in the Lowcountry. With BJ’s generous donation, we will be able to increase that number to distribute fresh, nutritious and healthy food to a wider and more diverse audience.”

Since 2009, BJ’s has provided ongoing support to Feeding America through the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and BJ’s Feeding Communities? program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider and more diverse audiences.

In addition to capacity building grants from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, BJ’s has secured over 50 million pounds of donated food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items through the BJ’s Feeding Communities? program.

To learn more about the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and its Feeding Communities Program, visit bjs.com/charity.

To learn more about the Lowcountry Food Bank, visit lowcountryfoodbank.org.


About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 215 clubs and 132 BJ’s Gas? locations in 16 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms? and Berkley Jensen? brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About the Lowcountry Food Bank

The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and aims to distribute more than 25 million pounds of food each year.? The Lowcountry Food Bank is a clearinghouse for donated food products that are distributed to a network of nearly 300 member feeding agencies including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank is a member of Feeding America? and is committed to educating the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger as well as advocating on behalf of our neighbors who experience hunger.? For more information, please visit www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.

About Feeding America?
Feeding America? is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

Andrew Pinckney Inn Collects School Supplies for Teachers’ Supply Closet







The Andrew Pinckney Inn is partnering with the Teachers’ Supply Closet (TSC) to help get school supplies to local children for the 2017 school year. Now through Labor Day they will be collecting new or gently used school/office supplies in our lobby at 40 Pinckney Street. As a way to say thank you to our guests for supporting our cause, if you bring in at least three supplies we will offer one free night of valet parking during your stay*.

Teachers’ Supply Closet eliminates the need for teachers to pay for the products. They are a nonprofit affiliate of the national Kids In Need Foundation that provides free school supplies to teachers in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties who work at schools where at least 81% of the students are on the free or reduced meals program. In 2016 they provided 27,550 children with free school supplies.

Top 5 Needs: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
-Composition Notebooks
-Copy Paper
-Hand Sanitizer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?.
-Glue Sticks

Other Wish List Needs:
-Pink Erasers
-Washable Markers
-Pocket Folders

Drop Off Location:
Andrew Pinckney Inn
40 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC

*Free valet parking is to be used during your current visit only and it is nontransferable. Good for one night only of parking, in exchange for a minimum of three separate school supplies.

Teacher Supplies Closet Mission: To serve children in the Tri-County area in meeting their educational and creative needs by providing free supplies donated by businesses and individuals.

BJ’s Wholesale Club Surprises Teachers in Charleston, Summerville and Area Towns with Donation of $100,000 through DonorsChoose.org

CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —?BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced that it funded all classroom projects listed by teachers in Charleston, Summerville and neighboring communities through crowd-funding website DonorsChoose.org. The $100,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation fulfilled 141 teacher-led projects, benefiting 846 students in 65 local schools.

“At BJ’s, our commitment to our members extends far beyond the outstanding value and quality found at our Clubs,” said Kirk Saville, senior vice president, corporate communications, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We’re pleased to make this donation to celebrate our entrance to the Summerville community, and we’re thrilled to be able to help enrich learning in Lowcountry classrooms through our partnership with DonorsChoose.org.”

BJ’s donation supports a diverse variety of projects in Summerville, Charleston, North Charleston and the surrounding area. Projects funded include:

  • Supplies to increase digital reading experiences at home and to print students’ published writing and portfolio projects
  • Basic essentials such as new backpacks to help students carry their supplies to and from school each day
  • Outdoor musical instruments that will allow students to use creative thinking abilities and fine motor skills to produce different types of music during recess and academic arts time

“We are so grateful for the support of BJ’s Wholesale Club as they celebrate the opening of their new Summerville location,” said Rianne Roberts, partnerships manager at DonorsChoose.org. “Their support will bring learning to life for so many students in the communities of Summerville and Charleston.”

As part of its Adopt-a-School program and collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, BJ’s has contributed more than $2 million to help equip teachers at over 2,500 public and charter elementary schools with the resources necessary to create innovative lesson plans and meet curriculum objectives.

The BJ’s Wholesale Club is scheduled to open in Spring 2017, and will be located at the intersection of Interstate 26 and North Main Street,?Summerville’s?primary retail corridor. The Club will be the first in South Carolina, expanding BJ’s footprint to 16 states and marking club #215 for the company. The Club will also feature a BJ’s Gas? station, saving Members even more.

Charleston Based Ingevity raises more than $1,000,000 in Trident United Way campaign


Ingevity employees recently presented a check totaling $1,012,146 to Trident United Way, representing donations made by the company and 228 of its Charleston area-based employees. Ingevity is the sixth company in the history of South Carolina to donate over $1 million to Trident United Way. This year’s donation marks the third consecutive year that Ingevity has raised more than this amount for the organization.

“This donation represents an investment in the education, financial stability, and health of the community,” said Michael Wilson, president and CEO, Ingevity. “We are happy to play a role in helping to improve the quality of life for our neighbors.”

Trident United Way is a catalyst for transformative community change, working with the community to identify the most pressing needs, and finding the resources to address them. Monies raised by Ingevity directed to Trident United Way will assist in providing support including grants, infrastructure and guidance in the areas of:

  • convening and integration;
  • education;
  • financial stability;
  • health; and
  • connecting the community.

Ed Rose, executive vice president and president, Performance Chemicals, Ingevity, and chairman of the board for Trident United Way, stated, “Giving back to the community is an important component of who we are at Ingevity. We are proud of our employees, and continue to be impressed by their generosity.”

“We are so grateful for Ingevity and its employees who are committed to making Bold Community Change locally by giving of their time, talent and treasure,” said Chris Kerrigan, president and CEO, Trident United Way. “For the third year in a row, we are amazed by Ingevity’s achievement and dedication to Trident United Way’s mission.”

Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance

Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, printing inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,500 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NGVT). For more information, visit?www.ingevity.com.

Charleston Girl Perfume Goes “Wild” This Holiday Season by Helping Animals in Need

charlestongirlFor Immediate Release Contact: Caroline Capozzi/Susan Sonner
Creative Edge Public Relations, Inc.
(516) 655-1916
Createdge1@aol.comCharleston Girl Perfume Goes “Wild” This Holiday Season
by Helping Animals in NeedCharleston, SC – Charleston Girl Perfume, a “scent-sational” fragrance and body collection, created by Charleston native Kelly Gaskins, that captures the essence of “Southern Charm and Style”, is giving back this holiday season by donating a portion of their sales to Keeper of the Wild.

Beginning on Black Friday, November 27, 2015 through New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016, Charleston Girl Perfume will donate 5% of all online sales to Keeper of the Wild. This non-profit organization cares for sick, injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife with the intention of returning them to appropriate habitats in the wild. “I wanted to choose a charity for our holiday promotion whose cause I strongly believe in and this was the perfect fit. Keeper of the Wild has a special place in my heart as they have helped me rescue injured wildlife,” states Gaskins, a true animal and wildlife lover herself.Charleston Girl Perfume is a sultry, enticing fragrance that opens with a burst of sparkling fruity top notes, weaves a delicate and sensuous floral middle and finishes with a soft, amber and sandalwood dry-down. The Charleston Girl fragrance and body collection consists of Eau De Parfum (1.7 oz $46), the newly launched line extensions, Body Lotion (8 oz.$28), Shower Cream (8 oz. $22), Rollerball ($22) and special holiday gift sets Southern Spa Indulgence ($70 ) and Charleston Charm ($66).

To purchase the Charleston Girl Perfume collection or learn more about the Keeper of the Wild holiday promotion visit www.charlestongirlperfume.com.

Coming Soon:? Learn about Kelly Gaskins, the visionary behind Charleston Girl Perfume in an upcoming profile story.