Mayors’ Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing Announces Details for Second Annual Benefit Concert (Charleston, S.C.)

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  • Sandy Morckel – Executive Producer, Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert
  • 614.306.8856

Charleston, S.C. —The Mayors’ Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing today announced the performance lineup for the upcoming second annual Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert, which will include recent South Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee Blue Dogs, soulful vocalist Zandrina Dunning and BlackNoyze Band, percussive Americana Rock band Rene Russell and the Bottom End, and singers from the College of Charleston Choir, Charleston Symphony Chorus and Taylor Festival Choir under the direction of Dr. Rob Taylor, with special musical appearances by Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie.

The Commission also announced that Humanities Foundation founder Tracy Doran will be honored at the concert as the 2019 Honoree of the “Homeless to Hope Award for Enduring Contributions to Alleviating Homelessness.

”The Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in the Gaillard Center Performance Hall. Proceeds will benefit the Homeless to Hope Fund, which helps citizens transitioning out of homelessness by providing support through a network of community organizations and service providers.

Tickets are available for purchase at

Raffle tickets can also be purchased onlinefor a chance to win either two VIP tickets and backstage passes to the Hootie & the Blowfish Group Therapy Tour Concert, or a guitar singed by Darius Rucker, members of Hootie & the Blowfish and Edwin McCain.

Mayor Tecklenburg said, “On behalf of my fellow mayors, I’d like to say how happy we all are to be a part of this important event and to thank all of the entertainers who will be giving up their time to share their music with us. This uplifting evening brings together our region’s service providers to honor them and raise funds so they can continue providing much needed services to our citizens experiencing homelessness.”

For more information on the Homeless to Hope Fund, visit

Colorado priest to walk from Charleston, S.C. to San Francisco, CA raising money to benefit youth

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[Episcopal News Service – Boulder, Colorado] Has God placed a dream on your heart? For the Rev. Peter Munson, the answer is “yes.” In February, Munson, 61, will resign as rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church here in South Boulder – a church he’s served for more than 17 years – to walk 3,600 miles from Charleston, South Carolina, to San Francisco.

“I believe, if you’re a person of faith, we’re all called,” said Munson, during an interview with Episcopal News Service in a downtown Boulder coffee shop, where he shared his 11-year dream.

His cross-country journey is set to begin on Monday, March 4.

Follow Munson’s journey on Facebook and Instagram.

Along the way, Munson hopes to speak to faith and secular organizations about his dream and his journey and to find hospitality – lodging and meals – while raising money through his nonprofit 6 Million Steps for Kids to benefit four charitable organizations serving youth and young adults: REMAR Children’s Home and School in El Salvador; Street Fraternity, a mentoring program for 14- to 25-year-old males from refugee families living in Denver; Episcopal Relief & Development; and the Episcopal Church in Colorado’s various children’s programs.

On Nov. 20, 2008, Munson was hiking alone in Rocky Mountain National Park – a park he’s hiked in for years and where as a student at the University of Colorado he worked as a guide – and as he descended from Sky Pond in Glacier Gorge, the idea came to him to walk across the country, writing and speaking about his experience and to raise money for disadvantaged children and young adults.

“‘The place God calls you to is the place where your deep passion and the world’s deep hunger meet,’” said Munson, paraphrasing Presbyterian theologian and writer Frederick Buechner.

If you or your parish would like to invite the Rev. Peter Munson to speak at your church or offer him hospitality, email

His estimated eight-and-a-half-month, 3,600-mile journey begins in Charleston, where he grew up, and will cross South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and, eventually, California. At least in the Midwest, he expects to average 20 miles a day, six days a week. As he gets out West, the mileage will likely decrease, especially in western Utah and Nevada, where he’ll have a support vehicle following him through the high desert.

Accustomed to adventure, Munson served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dominica, a small Caribbean island nation located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, teaching biology and math from 1982 to 1985. A law school graduate, Munson never practiced law and instead became an Episcopal priest. In August 2001, he became the rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in South Boulder.

After the vision came to him in Rocky Mountain National Park, an excited Munson returned home to tell his wife, Julia, about his idea. She supported him, he said, but cautioned, “‘Just be aware it may not work out as planned.’”

Four months later, Munson presented his idea to his parish’s leadership. Although Munson has hiked and climbed most of Colorado’s 14ers – peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, of which there are more than 50 – he’d never hiked and backpacked, as one woman pointed out. She suggested he first backpack the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango, a distance of 500 miles, and he did so, hiking it over three summers beginning in 2011. The first year, he hiked 250 miles. In 2012, it was 50 miles because of a bad wildfire season, and in 2013, he hiked the remaining 200 miles in 16 days.

While walking the Colorado Trail, he read “Wild,” Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking 1,000 miles of the 2,653-mile Pacific Crest Trail alone, without any training or preparation. When Munson, then in his 50s, started his hike, his backpack weighed between 45 and 50 pounds. His third day on the trail, he met a 22-year-old male who’d hiked the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. The young man offered to go through Munson’s pack with him, discarding nonessential items like bear spray and a bear canister (not necessary in high altitudes) for storing food. By the third year, when Munson finished his hike, his pack weighed 28 pounds.

All the while, Munson’s dream of walking across the country kept returning to him, and he kept talking about it with his parish and then at a clergy conference, which led to pulpit exchanges with Episcopal priests on Colorado’s Front Range. Munson walked from his home in Arvada, a Denver suburb, to his church in Boulder, to Longmont and Frederick, all along state highways to the pulpit exchanges.

Eventually, he and his parish decided together that, rather than make the journey as St. Ambrose’s rector, Munson would resign and make the journey on his own.

He thought about delaying his journey until he’s eligible to retire in four years but decided against it.

“There’s a lot to be said about waiting until 65 … it’s just not what I’m hearing,” he said, with his dream and aging in mind.

For others, he asks:

“Is there something God has put on your heart? Are you going after it? What are you telling yourself about that thing? Is God calling you to do it? Are you going to get to the end of your life and say, ‘I didn’t do that thing I was really supposed to do’?”

– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. She can be reached at

Soldier’s Angels Marks the 15th Anniversary with a National Fund Raising Event

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15 Years Of Support Be Part of the Celebration

2018 marks the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers’ Angels. To commemorate this milestone, we are hosting an anniversary celebration in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, October 26, 2018— otherwise known as?Day of the Deployed.

Volunteers, sponsors, donors, military service members, veterans, wounded heroes, military families and civilians will come together to show their support for deployed service members and veterans of all eras by packing 15,000 care items in 15 hours: 5,000 Care Packages for Deployed, 5,000 Hygiene Kits for Veterans at VA Hospitals, and 5,000 Box Lunches for homeless veterans and for VA Caseworkers to hand out to veteran patients who may not know where their next meal is coming from.

Join us virtually for this one-of-a-kind opportunity by helping us collect the necessary funding and in-kind items needed to complete our goal. Click the buttons below each thermometer to donate cash or shop for items that will be shipped directly to us for the packing event.

Click Here to Donate, Participate or Sponsor

NEEDTOBREATHE Golf Classic a Stroke of Luck for OneWorld Health

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Proceeds provide funding for medical care in Nicaragua and Uganda
Stormy skies didn’t dampen spirits at the sixth annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic held April 23 at the Daniel Island Golf Club in partnership with Commonwealth Cares Foundation. The golf outing, which featured athletes, musicians and pro players, raised more than $200,000 in support of the international nonprofit OneWorld Health.

In 2013, the Commonwealth Cares Foundation partnered with NEEDTOBREATHE on the foundation’s annual charity golf tournament with hopes of creating something special. The focus was on developing an event that not only raised valuable funds but also increased awareness of the mission of OneWorld Health, a nonprofit organization based in Charleston that aims to bring sustainable quality healthcare to developing communities in Central America and Africa.

The partnership resulted in a first-class two-day event that combines the best of golf, music and giving. To date, more than $1.2 million has been raised to start and sustain two NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Centers in Tola and Jinotega, Nicaragua.

Slogging it out on the fairways until heavy rain forced players back to the clubhouse were Gamecocks Sterling Sharpe and Connor Shaw, Clemson Tiger Kevin Youngblood, three-time GRAMMY winner TobyMac, country artist David Nail, friends of the band including John Mark McMillan and Jon McLaughlin, and five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes, who performed with breakout country star Devin Dawson.

The Charleston-based foursome that makes up NEEDTOBREATHE is lauded for their humanitarian efforts and widely acknowledged by music devotees and media tastemakers for their anthemic, alt-rock dynamic. Brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bassist/vocalist), and Josh Lovelace (keyboardist/vocalist) have earned those accolades through musicianship and innovation.
Their forthcoming collection of songs, Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions), has garnered attention after the release of the first track, “Bridges Burn,” and is the title of their 37-city headlining tour that kicks off Aug. 10 with stops at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, the Greek in Los Angeles, and a likely third career sell-out at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo. The tour ends on Oct. 7 with a performance at the Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island.

NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina, comprised of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals). Their most recent album H A R D L O V E released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, their greatest debut yet. H A R D L O V E is the follow-up to 2014’s Rivers In the Wasteland, which debuted at #3 overall on the Billboard 200 and spawned the RIAA-certified Gold single “Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw).” The hit earned the group their first GRAMMY nomination as well as a pair of Billboard Music Award nominations. NEEDTOBREATHE, well known for the aggressive touring schedule and impressive live show, celebrated three consecutive sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as sell outs at Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Ascend Amphitheatre (Nashville), Aragon Ballroom (Chicago), Verizon Theatre (DFW) and more. NEEDTOBREATHE will release their 4-track EP – Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) – on July 13 and embark on the 35+ city “Forever On Your Side Tour” this summer and fall. For more information, visit

Incorporated in 2007 as the charitable arm of Commonwealth Financial Group, the Commonwealth Cares Foundation is a tangible manifestation of our corporate VISION. The Foundation initially provided gifts and raised awareness for local organizations through our annual charity golf event. Today, the Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, is an active member in the community. Through outreach efforts and generous giving by dedicated volunteers and corporate sponsors, we’ve had a lasting impact on people and organizations close to our hearts. …Winston Churchill once wrote “we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

Our vision is to see impoverished communities take ownership in a sustainable healthcare model, so that they become empowered to bring about long-term change and tangible improvements in their health and quality of life. Our mission is to provide quality, affordable healthcare to people in need. We have developed a model that provides affordable healthcare to the communities who need it most and does not require ongoing support to keep the doors open. Each OneWorld Health medical center offers a full scope of healthcare services to the community, delivered by trained nationals and offered at a price point that is affordable to the overwhelming majority of the population. Patient fees offset the costs of running the clinic, eventually meeting or exceeding the total monthly operating costs.
Photo attached: Pictured are NEEDTOBREATHE band members, from left, Bo Rinehart, Bear Rinehart, Seth Bolt, Josh Lovelace



Charleston Loses One of the Kindest Human Beings and the Family Needs Your Help

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Mike Miller, a gentle father and husband, caring friend, avid Yelper, lover of life, dancer and storyteller.? A true ambassador to the goodness of life.

Click Here to Support the Family

The Story

My name is Kayce James. I have known Jackie and Mike Miller since about 2008 when I worked at the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center. Jackie took me under her wing and was like a mother to me while I worked there. I got to know Mike through Jackie, who would invite me to go to swing dance lessons with them (despite my two left feet). I have since moved from the Charleston area to Alaska, but every time I came back to visit, Jackie and Mike have been more than welcoming. They often referred to me jokingly as “their Alaskan daughter.” I feel like although I only got to see the two of them every couple of years, everytime I came back to visit, we could pick back up where we left off.

As many of you already know, Mike had a massive stroke last Friday. Things seemed hopeful for a few days, but Jackie has sent me a message saying that he will be taken off life support within the next day. I know she is devastated, as anyone would be in this situation. If you know Jackie, she is not the kind of woman who would ask for help, but the fact is that there will be many expenses that she needs to cover during these hard times. On top of everything, Jackie had two surgeries a month or two ago (on her right wrist and left hand) and the medical bills were already starting to roll in before Mike had his stroke. I am hoping that the funds raised through this site will help relieve some of the stress associated with this sad turn of events. It will also allow her to take some time for grieving before returning to work. Any donation is welcome. I know Jackie and Mike are loved by so many people.

If you have any stories on how Jackie and Mike have graced your life, please share those as well. I know my experiences with the two of them are just the tip of the iceberg.

Also know that you don’t have to go through this website to donate funds. If you see Jackie and can make a donation directly, I am sure she would be grateful. I will keep everyone as updated as I possibly can if there are any other fundraisers going on for her.

Fund Raising Details


Follypalooza Cancer Benefit Raises Over $29,000 For Local Cancer Patient

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?Folly Beach, SC – On Saturday, October 21, nearly 7,000 people headed to Folly Beach for the 10th Annual Follypalooza Cancer Benefit to help raise money for local cancer patients. The festival featured over 80 arts, crafts and food vendors, live music from six local bands, a kid’s zone, beer garden, date auction and more.
From the beautiful weather to the crowd, it was the perfect Saturday on Folly Beach,” explains Kelly Russ, Director of Follypalooza. “It’s so rewarding to see our community come together to help Folly locals in need and we couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s support.”
This year’s event raised $29,148 to support Folly Beach locals, who due to medical ailments, are in dire need of financial support. Over the past ten years, Follypalooza has raised over $96,000 and has directly helped over 35 Folly locals through their fight with cancer or other medical ailments. In addition, the financial support has helped at least 5 of the beneficiaries on their journey to become cancer free.
To learn more about Follypalooza Cancer Benefit, please visit

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.

Local Celebrities Help Raise $80,000 for The ARK’s Respite, Support Programs (Summerville, SC)

Local Celebrities Help Raise $80,000 for The ARK’s Respite, Support Programs

Photos attached; please credit: Jamie Lucarelli of Old South Weddings

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – On March 11, 450 people attended the seventh annual Dancing With The ARK’s Stars, raising $80,000 for The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, in Summerville. Proceeds from the event support The ARK’s work providing essential services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Serving five counties, The ARK offers respite care, support groups, caregiver consultation, education, resource referrals, community learning programs and rural services development.

Eight local celebrities were paired with professional dancers from Elite Dance International Studio in Mount Pleasant. Couples performed at the event for a chance to win one of two titles: the Judge’s Award or the People’s Choice Award voted on by the audience.

Judges’ Choice Award Suzanne Morgan and Artur Malakyan

Dr. Roland Fulcher from Lowcountry Orthodontics won the 2017 People’s Choice Mirror Ball Trophy and raised $15,000 for The ARK. This year, two dancers took home the Judges’ Choice Award. Suzanne Morgan from TowneBank Mortgage won for her Tango performance with professional dancer?Artur Malakyan. Also wowing the judges was Fulcher for his Foxtrot performance with professional dancer?Melody LoDuca.

“It was amazing to see the support of the community for such a great cause,” said Megan Severn, special events coordinator for The ARK. “All our celebrity and professional dancers did fantastic.?The?celebrity dancers did a great job fundraising and creating awareness about The ARK leading up to the event.”

Key community partners and sponsors have allowed this event to flourish, Severn added. For the seventh year, Pinewood Preparatory School has allowed The ARK to transform its gymnasium into a ballroom. Plus Elite Dance International Studio provides professional dancers, training and rehearsal space for weeks leading up to the event.

The other celebrity dancers were Katie Arrington, ?vice president of operations at Dispersive Technologies; Rebecca Holtzclaw, ?cosmetologist/owner of Signori Mani Salon & Day Spa; Skipper Kress, ?beverage director at Red’s Ice House; Billy Penn, ?captain of the Summerville Fire & Rescue Department; Thomas Taylor, chiropractor at Alignment Specific Chiropractic Clinic and Hannah Wimberly, ?state trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

This year’s judges were Matthew Orosz, 2016 celebrity dancer; Nancy Deitch, winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award; and professional performers Brad and Jennifer Moranz of Moranz Entertainment.


Based in Summerville, The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. For more information, call 832-2357 or visit

People’s Choice Mirror Ball Trophy and Judges Award Winner Roland Fulcher and Melody LoDuca


Wine Tasting Wednesday Wars: Profit vs. Charity – A Charleston Dilemma

Tomorrow two of Charleston’s newer establishments are having Wednesday Wine Events:? Mercantile and Mash and The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl.? One is offering the event for profit, while the other is partnering with a local non-profit organization.

Let us look at the differences in offerings.? Maybe this is a metaphor for distinct differences in Charleston’s culture and economic separation.

Mercantile and Mash is from 6 PM – 7 PM – Tickets are $25.00 plus tax (4 Wines)

The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl is from 6 PM – 8 PM – Tickets are $5.00 with $3.00 going to the Florence Crittenton Program and 5 Wines


Sometimes these are the trials and tribulations we have to deal with in Charleston

Wine Tasting to Benefit Florence Crittenton!

Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8 pm at
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

The Eclectic Cafe?is a new?vinyl emporium, coffee shop, bistro café, newstand and wine &?craft beer?bar in the?Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood of downtown?Charleston.

Eclectic Cafe will be having a Wine Tasting this Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8pm to benefit Florence Crittenton!

Come sip for a good cause – Only $5 to try 5?wines!
$3 of every wine tasting purchase?goes to FCP.

Thank you?Mr. Garrett Garnos & Friends at The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl?for being a wonderful community partner!

Summer Reds Wine Social Tomorrow – Mercantile and Mash

Wednesday, August 3

6?to 7?p.m.


Discover the best red wines to cope with the summer heat at Mercantile and Mash’s next wine social!

Vonda Freeman, wine director, will lead a tasting of the following red wines perfect for summer sippin’:

Domaine du Prieure Bourgogne Rouge, France
Point North Pinot Noir, Oregon
Domaine Rimbert “Cousin Oscar,” Languedoc, France
Marcel Lapierre “Raisins Gaulois,” Beaujolais, France

Tickets are $25 per person plus tax

We sold out last time, so click here for tickets and more information!


Junior League of Charleston helping the community with one Whale of a Sale

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

On Friday and Saturday, November 13-14, 2015, The Junior League of Charleston will be hosting a Whale of a Sale at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant. Now in their 40th year, this sale has become a local tradition in Charleston. As you make your way through the exhibition hall, you will find carefully categorized treasures to ease your shopping experience. Additionally, there are a few things you should know about this event.

Each year, local community partners are selected to benefit from the dollars raised during this event.

  • Along with the fundraising dollars, Junior League members volunteer thousands of hours annually to local non-profit and charity organizations.
  • The volunteers you will meet throughout the hall have volunteered since Monday to help make this event a reality. Some have put in between 60 and 80 hours this week.
  • This event is a six months planning and development process.
  • The Junior League was formed on February 20, 1923 and is now in its 91st year in the Charleston area.
  • Each active member has dedicated a minimum of two shifts this week to provide each and every visitor with the best possible experience.
  • Items available for the sale include: bikes, sports equipment, kitchenware, frames, furniture, children’s toys, clothes, books, DVDs, antiques, collectibles, glassware, candles, pillows, wedding dresses, lamps, holiday decor and so much more.

Volunteerism and community are engrained into the mission of each and every member of the Junior League of Charleston. During my time with Gibbon and Stephanie and the rest of the volunteer staff working diligently to prepare for tomorrow, it was clear how dedicated this group is to helping the community. Their passion is a testimony to 90 years of tradition.

We invite you to come out early and find your own personal treasures. While you are there, thank the many volunteers in blue and red that have given so many hours to making this event a success. Remember that each dollar you spend will be converted to helping a local program in the Charleston area.

Omar Shrine Auditorium
176 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM