COMMUNITY

NONPROFIT
The Greenville Humane Society announces 7th annual Mutt Strut

The Greenville Humane Society’s seventh annual Mutt Strut, presented by Papa John’s, will take place on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 am. The event is a 2-mile walk/run through downtown Greenville, and the proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society. The Mutt Strut begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market at Falls Park and will conclude with free pizza from Papa John’s along with a fun festival for pets and their owners. There will be caricature artists, face painters, balloon artists, live music, and entertainment for the dogs as well. Attendees do not have to bring a dog to participate, but last year over 1,700 dogs and 2,000 owners participated in the race. To register for the race as an individual or a team, visit the GHS Mutt Strut website at www.ghsmuttstrut.com.

PHILANTHROPY
United Community Bank gives back to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas

United Community Bank has donated $2,185 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas’ Adopt-A-Room program. The funds for the donation resulted from the sales of gloves and socks through their sponsorship of Ice on Main’s seventh season. The room is named in honor of the rink. The Adopt-A-Room program presents the opportunity for donors to sponsor a specific guest room in the Ronald McDonald House. The sponsor is able to maintain the room throughout the year from painting to fixtures to bedding and television.

NONPROFIT
Prevent Cancer Foundation comes to the Upstate 

Prevent Cancer Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit dedicated solely to cancer prevention and early detection, brought its message to Greenville in February. The Houser Family Foundation hosted an event for the Prevent Cancer Foundation at the Poinsett Club. The event celebrated February as National Cancer Prevention Month. Guests traveled from across South Carolina to learn about reducing the risks of cancer from Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of Prevent Cancer Foundation. Attendees learned about Dr. Susan Steck’s research at the Medical University of South Carolina funded by the organization in 2014, as well as other research efforts around the area.

EDUCATION 

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
School holds ribbon-cutting for $4.2M building

St. Joseph’s Catholic School held a ribbon cutting on their new three-story UKnight building on March 22. The addition connects the academic building to the gymnasium and houses two state-of-the-art science laboratories, meeting space, classrooms, four new locker rooms, and athletic department offices. The new building also has a hallway-length mural showcasing the history of the school’s athletic program. The school community raised $2.7 million for the project. A $1 million anchor gift was given by Dr. Joseph Moon, husband of one of the founding members of the school, Margaret Ann Moon.

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 
College to host 91st annual science meeting

Presbyterian College will host the 91st meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science and the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science on Saturday, April 14. The event will bring approximately 600 graduate, undergraduate, and high school students to the Presbyterian College campus. The two organizations bring together scientists from all over the state. Students of all ages will be on campus to meet with and learn from research scholars and industrial and government scientists. Many students will present papers and posters. Those who have conducted exceptional research are eligible for the Dwight Camper Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award. There are several other awards in for student presenters as well as teachers. Dr. Anthony Cammarato, an assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of physiology at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver this year’s plenary address.

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