Thanks to the Duck Race, Palmetto Warrior Connection, a local charity that serves veterans, received a check from area Hendrick auto dealers, who registered their ducks in the name of the charity. Pictured are Jermaine Husser, Executive Director of Palmetto Warrior Connection; Dawn Goldys, Hendrick Customer Relations Manager; and Jack Morgan, General Manager of Hendrick Toyota North Charleston. #RotaryDuckRace
Sea Island Rotary distributed funds to four local Beaufort charities at our June 2 meeting. President Larry told club members that this is one of his favorite duties, as we share the proceeds of our fundraising efforts. The charities that received checks at this meeting include CAPA (Citizens Against Child Abuse), Thumbs Up (after-school tutoring for at-risk students), Port Royal Sound Foundation, and the YMCA. Our program was by another charitable organization Dragon Boat Beaufort, which uses races between paddling teams to help raise funds for cancer patients and survivors. A great cause!
Last year Sea Island Rotary Club, along with others from District 7770, participated in a friendship exchange with several clubs from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, District 9370. We recently learned that the Kloof Rotary Club has been trying to find funds to install an addition at the Esibusisiweni Orphanage and Creche (pre-school). This facility is short on space and also needs a kitchen and toilets. Because of this need and our relationship with the District 9370 Rotarians, Sea Island Rotary has allocated a portion of our charitable giving this year to this project.
The Rotary Club of Daniel Island delivered 140 Easter meals to the Cainhoy Community Center for families most in need in the Cainhoy/Huger area. Pictured with Miss Ella Chisolm of the Community Center are Rotary Club members Bill Thielfoldt, Mike Sudzina, Russ Long, Bob Wood, Larry Wetzel, Bill Stevens, Peter Mumola, Jerry Bacon, and Cecil Mills.
Helping Hands for Harvest Hope Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club members showed they “have a heart” in February by volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank. Nearly 20 Rotarians from Capital Rotary Club helped pack groceries for distribution to the needy and elderly in lieu of a weekly club meeting. Harvest Hope is headquartered in Columbia but works to meet the needs of hungry people in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of the state. It feeds more than 35,000 people weekly. In the first picture below, bagging donated drinks are (in background from left) Blake DuBose, Jay von Kolnitz, Mark Bokesch, Trey Boone, John Guignard and Ann Elliott, along with (foreground left) Ione Cockrell and Denise Holland (foreground right).
South Carolina native Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving.
After caring for her mother who battled Alzheimer’s disease, Leeza created what she wished she and her family had. She opened Leeza’s Care Connection (http://www.
leezascareconnection.org), a community support center offering free programs, services and resources for family caregivers encouraging them to call on their courage and summon their strength for the long caregiving journey ahead. Recently, she joined the cast of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice in order to raise funds and awareness for Leeza’s Care Connection, winning as project manager multiple times. Because of her winning streak on the show, Leeza recently announced that she will be opening a new caregiver support center this year in her hometown.