Community Spotlights: Habitat for Humanity, Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, and more

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PHILANTHROPY
South Carolina organizations raise funds for the purchase of AEDs

The South Carolina Racquetball Players Association, Sportsclub Fitness and Wellness, and the OB Hospitalist Group will host the Sweet Caroline Open racquetball tournament, held on Jan. 26-28, for both professionals and amateurs. The 2018 tournament will focus on heart health education, prevention, and emergency treatments for those suffering heart attacks. This will include raising funds to purchase 40 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for organizations in South Carolina that directly impact the community. A number of the AEDs will be provided to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and City of Simpsonville Police Department for use in their patrol cars and buildings. For more information on the Sweet Caroline Open or the AED fundraiser, contact Lynette Froelich at 864-430-8810.

NONPROFIT
Habitat Greenville kicks off the 2017 Women’s Build

The 2017 Women’s Build brings together women from across businesses and experience levels to fundraise and build a home with Habitat for Humanity. The project kicked off Nov. 9 with a wall-raising for the future homeowner, Talaya Holland and her son, Carter. The participating women will donate both time and money to ensure the completion of the construction. Around 300 women will volunteer with the Women’s Build over the course of the project. The Women’s Build is a national initiative that empowers women to help families in their area while also learning construction skills. In addition to this build, Habitat Greenville will also participate in the National Women’s Build Week, which is held in the spring.

CHARITY
Five Greenville organizations awarded funding from Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded $147,750 to 50 organizations in their fall funding session. Five local organizations – Meals on Wheels of Greenville, North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry, Safe Harbor Inc., Step by Step Ministry Hope Project, and Taylors Free Medical Clinic – were awarded Caritas grants. These grants are named after one of the guiding principles of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, in omnibus caritas, which means “in all things charity.” These grants are awarded to organizations that are making a difference in the lives of individuals in South Carolina.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Antonakos Foundation Awards 2017 recipients

The Antonakos Foundation has announced the recipients of its third annual scholarship fund, totaling $12,000. The scholarships were awarded based on application and evaluated on academic success, awards and honors, school involvement and activities, community involvement, athletics and employment, and a personal statement, as well as references. The following individuals were the recipients of the 2017 Antonakos Foundation Scholarships: Davis Crews (Eastside) for Vanderbilt University, Alaina Riordan (Wade Hampton) for University of Tennessee, Megan Keech (JL Mann) for Clemson University, Adam Engasser (Greenville) for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anna Lee Henry (JL Mann) for Clemson University, and Will Williamson (Greenville) for Presbyterian College. The Antonakos Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that honors the five members of the Antonakos family who died in July 2013 and provides scholarship funds to qualified recipients.

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