Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas announces a new location for 14th Annual Golf Classic

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas’ 14th Annual Golf Classic will be held Wednesday, April 11, at the Cliffs Mountain Park. The tournament kicks off Tuesday, April 10, with a Pairings Party at the soon-to-open expansion of the Ronald McDonald House, which will give attendees a chance to see the new, 17,000-square-foot addition of the house. This expansion is the first time in the House’s history that it has added guest rooms onto the existing house of 12 rooms, and it will double the capacity to 24 guest bedrooms. The pairings party will feature a sneak peek of the House, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks.

The tournament kicks off Wednesday morning at the Cliffs Mountain Park course with 18 holes of golf. Golfers are invited to breakfast prior to the 10 a.m. tee time and lunch on the course, followed by a Bacon & Bourbon Wrap Up event afterward. Last year, the Golf Classic helped provide over 650 nights for families to stay at the House.

Sponsorships and tickets are available for purchase at For more information on the 14th AnnualRMHCC Golf Classic, contact Samantha Bauer, communications and events director at RMHCC of the Carolinas, at

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County dedicates home to veteran and single mom

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County dedicated a home to a veteran and single mom, Ebony Adams, and her three children on Friday, March 2. The home was purchased and rehabilitated by Habitat Greenville as part of a capital campaign in the Grace Point neighborhood with a focus on affordable homeownership for veterans. Adams has completed 25 hours of homeownership education classes as well as 200 hours of “sweat equity,” helping rehabilitate her home and build homes for other Habitat homeowners. She will pay an affordable, zero-interest mortgage for the home. Adams was also presented with a Quilt of Valor. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to “cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” Adams served in the United States Army for eight years.

Topside Pool Club opening March 17 for 2018 season

Topside Pool Club is opening for the 2018 season on Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m. Topside was developed last year for Greenville residents to enjoy luxurious views of downtown while relaxing by the pool. It is on the seventh floor of Falls Park Place on Main Street. It is a members-only club, with full bar service, members-only events, and exclusive pool access. Topside is offering two open house events for potential members on Friday, March 23, and Friday, April 13, from 4-8 p.m. You can RSVP via Topside also has corporate memberships available for those looking to host events. Previous members-only events at the club have included yoga sessions, trivia nights, and themed parties. Members can expect to see more private events throughout 2018. Topside is also open for private event rentals for members and nonmembers. Information on memberships and venue rental can be found on their website.

Cinema students place in national film competition

Several Bob Jones University cinema production students recently placed in the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRD) 24-Hour Christian Vision Film Challenge held at the end of February. The competition was divided into two categories, an online competition and an onsite competition held at the 2018 NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Participants in both competitions were asked to create an original short narrative film that was three minutes or less.

BJU’s onsite team placed first and received a $5,000 prize. The team members were senior Caleb Murphy of Fort Thomas, Ariz.; senior Stephen Dysert of Madrid, Spain; junior John Surrett of Raleigh, N.C.; and sophomore Nicholas Yasi of Piedmont. Three teams from BJU competed in the online completion, two of which were awarded first and second place. BJU’s first-place team, which received a $2,000 prize, consisted of junior Emily Butler of Lapeer, Mich.; junior Rebekah Lloyd of Moore; junior Christopher Boshinski of Lake Ariel, Penn.; and freshman Nathaniel Long of Winston Salem, N.C. BJU’s second-place team consisted of junior Jamie Gelzleichter of Easley; junior Trevor Kolman of Simpsonville; sophomore Matthew Seest of Greenville; and junior Nathaniel Wolfe of Milan, Penn.

In addition, three 2017 BJU cinema graduates were presented with awards for the iNRB Student Production Awards competition for their senior films. Luke Brubaker received first place in short film and best overall student film production. Candace Burkett received second place for documentary. Abby Cole received third place for narrative film.

Student earns grand champion title at high school welding competition 

Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville, the largest welding school in the U.S., welcomed more than 300 high school seniors from across the country for its annual welding competition. Jesse Wagner of Greer High School was named the grand champion. Each participant received $500 in scholarship to continue their training and education at the Welding School. Wagner walked away with a full-tuition scholarship. The competition itself was a timed arc welding test that required participants to use various positions and techniques to complete, and contestants were graded on their ability to adhere to procedure, the quality of the weld, and final competition time.

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