Community Spotlights: Greenville High School, Set Free Alliance Gala, and more

GHS Spirit Week 2016


Greenville High School has selected SYNNEX Share the Magic as its 2017 Spirit Week fundraiser beneficiary. Funds raised will help SYNNEX Share the Magic continue its work to help children facing challenges such as life-threatening illnesses, abuse, neglect, or developmental delays. Spirit Week kicked off Sept. 9 and concludes Sept. 15. Greenville High School and J.L. Mann hold a series of fundraising events, competing with each other to raise the most money for their respective charities. A check presentation will take place during halftime of the Greenville High School vs. J.L. Mann football game Sept. 15. Greenville High School students have raised more than $1.3 million dollars since 2008.

Greenville Technical College participates in Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and there are many events planned to celebrate. Greenville Technical College is scheduled to participate in the Hispanic Heritage Month opening night sponsored by the Hispanic Alliance on Sept. 14 in the Clemson One Building. The event featured a panel conversation focused on the central role of Hispanic youth in the global competitiveness of the Upstate with leaders including Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College. Artwork created by area high school students was sold during the event to raise money for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student scholarships. Dr. James P. Clements, president of Clemson University, served as keynote speaker. Panel participants included W. Carlos Phillips, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber, and Fernando Fleites, senior vice president of human resources for St. Francis Bon Secours Health System. Anne Marie Stieritz, chief impact officer for Liberty Fellowship, served as panel moderator.


Tickets and sponsorships available for Set Free Alliance Gala
Set Free Alliance (SFA), a nonprofit organization based in Simpsonville that helps rescue children in India from slavery, will hold its third annual Keys to Freedom Gala on Sept. 28 at the TD Convention Center, with special guest speaker Praveen Chakravathy and featuring local artist Jared Emerson. Chakravathy began rescuing children from slavery in his home country of India 11 years ago. Chakravathy has rescued more than 14,000 children who were orphaned, abandoned, or kidnapped. The theme of this year’s gala is REUNITED, which will focus on stories of families who were once torn apart, but have now been reunited through the work of Chakravathy and SFA. Last year, the gala raised more than $500,000. Table sponsorships are still available and individual tickets are $75. For more information, visit


Local dog trainer releases e-book
Connie Cleveland, a leading dog trainer recognized for her work with family dogs and dogs involved in obedience and field trial competitions, as well as dogs exhibiting challenging behavioral problems, has released her first online e-book training product, “Home Study for Your New Puppy: Teaching the Basics.” Cleveland, whose physical facility, the Dog Trainers Workshop, is located in Fountain Inn, is a highly regarded presenter at dog training seminars in both North and South America. The new online e-book includes eight text lessons with 29 training videos featuring Cleveland training puppies of various breeds, demonstrating the topics in each lesson. A free chapter is available for review (no registration is required) at



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