YMCA of Greenville to Benefit Reedy River through $80,000 Grant from Duke Energy
YMCA of Greenville has announced that it received a $80,075 grant to continue its commitment to environmental stewardship of the Reedy River, which is a priority for the YMCA of Greenville under its social responsibility focus area. Environmentally friendly removal of invasive plants and trees leading to the Reedy River’s shoreline is already underway. A terraced walkway going down to the river will lead to a new half-moon shaped granite council ring, which will serve as an outdoor classroom right on the river. Additionally, new science stations will also be installed. The project is expected to be completed late summer 2017 in time for 3,000 day camp participants in YMCA of Greenville’s environmental educational programs. The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million commitment from Duke Energy.

Buncombe Street United Methodist Church awards $260K in grants for 2017
Buncombe Street United Methodist Church (BSUMC) and the Sisk Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce the recipients of Sisk Grants for 2017 with awards totaling $260,000. The Sisk Foundation was established in 1985 in response to a magnificent legacy gift from the estate of J. Kelly Sisk. The 2017 grants went to Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Child Development Center, Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Crisis Ministry, Center for Developmental Services, Compass of Carolina, Feed & Seed, Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Greenville Literacy Association, Kellie Rynn Academy, Loaves & Fishes, Neighborhood Focus, North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry, Rebuild Upstate, Safe Harbor, Salvation Army, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, Step by Step Ministry Hope Project, Thrive Upstate, and United Ministries.


Blue Ridge Cooperative announces total raised from Blue Ridge Fest
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce that the 20th Annual Blue Ridge Fest raised a record-breaking amount of $215,000 to benefit local nonprofit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. The charities receiving funds in 2017 include Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Collins Children’s Home, Dot’s Kitchen of Westminster, Feed a Hungry Child, Helping Hands of Clemson, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Meal on Wheels of Anderson, North Greenville Crisis Ministry, Oconee Disabilities & Special Needs Board, Ripple of One, The Dream Center of Pickens County, and United Christian Ministries.


Publix presents year of free groceries to Duck Derby winner
Publix store manager at the McBee Publix, John Mulligan, recently presented the award of groceries for a year to the first-place winners of the Reedy River Duck Derby, Daniel Poole and his girlfriend, Laura Pedersen. Poole, who moved to Greenville from Cincinnati two years ago, lives downtown and shops at the McBee Publix every Sunday. Pedersen has been in Greenville seven years and has attended many Duck Derbies, but this was Poole’s first year attending.


Dillon Peters

Eighth-grader Dillon Peters of Hughes Academy Science and Technology is the 2017 South Carolina state champion of the American Scholastic Challenge.


With the assistance of teacher Misty Swiney, Washington Center student Alejandro Rodriguez sells baked goods to staff member Gail Metcalf.

School holds annual craft day fundraiser
Washington Center recently held their annual craft day school-wide fundraiser. Students and teachers created a variety of items to sell to the public, ranging from baked goods to jewelry. The event included an opportunity to renew friendships with alumni students and staff who were special guests. The proceeds from the sale will go to classroom funds to support student needs and activities.

Area teens selected to participate in Riley Institute’s Emerging Public Leaders program
The Riley Institute at Furman University has announced its 2017-2018 class of Emerging Public Leaders (EPL). Launched in 2002 by the Riley Institute, EPL is an intensive, statewide service-oriented leadership program for rising high school seniors. Among the 18 rising high school seniors from across South Carolina that EPL has accepted for its 15th class are several Upstate students, including Mitchell Beard of Mauldin High School, Jackson Bingham of Dorman High School, Farehaa Hussain of Riverside High School, Ronak Malde of Southside High School, Ellery McNeil of Carolina High School, and Mary Laurel Patrick of Greenville Sr. High Academy.

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