B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) is a GuideStar Platinum-rated nonprofit advanced driver training program taught by professional instructors who train the F.B.I., Secret Service, and state highway patrol. Photo provided.

JUNIOR TENNIS

Four Greenville Country Club junior tennis players place in tennis championship

The USTA South Carolina Closed Clay Court Tennis Championship was recently held at Greenville Country Club’s Tennis Center. Four GCC junior tennis players placed in the Level 2 sanctioned event, which had 120 players and 17 events. 

Annie Jennings became a Girls 16 and Under Doubles champion, defeating opponents 8-1 in the finals. Caroline and Sidney Mitchell became the Girls 14 and Under Doubles champions, defeating opponents 8-6 in the finals. Caroline Mitchell also placed third for Girls 14 and Under Singles. Sidney Mitchell also placed second for Girls 12 and Under Singles. Earle Russell became a Boys 16 and Under Doubles Champion, defeating opponents 8-2 in the finals. He also became the Boys 18 and Under Singles champion at the Tennessee State Open Junior Clay Court Championships.

“With their hard work and discipline our junior tennis players continue to prove why they are some of the best players in the South,” Molly Weinandy, GCC assistant director of tennis, said in a news release. “The GCC tennis staff is constantly encouraging and rooting for our juniors as they travel across the country participating in tournaments. The junior tennis program at GCC encourages players to develop a love of the game while challenging them to accomplish new skills and goals.”

CHARITY GALA

RMHC of the Carolinas Hearts & Hands Gala raffles round-trip ticket

The Hearts & Hands Gala, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas’ 19th annual gala, will feature an “Evening in Paris” theme. Guests will experience French cuisine and entertainment as they are transported to Paris on Nov. 30 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.

In celebration of the gala, RMHC is raffling off two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets. Participants must purchase a gala ticket or secure a sponsorship by Sept. 14 to be entered into the raffle. The winner’s name will be drawn at random and announced at the gala. The domestic tickets are compliments of Southwest Airlines and are valid through Jan. 1. Tickets may be purchased by emailing Kate Sanders at kvenuto@rmhcarolinas.com.

NONPROFIT

BRAKES advanced national driver-training program partners with Jackson Marketing

Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe — BRAKES — is a GuideStar platinum-rated, nonprofit, advanced driver-training program taught by professional instructors who train the FBI, Secret Service, and state troopers. The nonprofit chose Jackson Marketing, Motorsports & Events of Greenville to provide public relations, media relations, social media management, and website and event support.

“It’s a privilege to be chosen as the agency partner for BRAKES,” Jackson president and CEO Darrell Jackson said in a news release. “We’re excited about the opportunity to help raise the awareness of the organization and its mission and to assist BRAKES with continuing growth.”

After losing two sons in a car crash, National Hot Rod Association drag racing champion Doug Herbert founded the program to reduce the likelihood of crashes. Since 2008, more than 30,000 teens and their parents in 43 states and three countries have completed the BRAKES training. The program is a free weekend event that includes four four-hour sessions. “We’ve been fortunate to expand the BRAKES program nationally with strong word-of-mouth advocacy and an active and engaged digital following,” Herbert said in the release. “We believe Jackson’s expertise in experiential marketing and media relations will help us continue to grow our brand and strengthen our program.”

FOSTER CARE

International expert, author headlines Thornwell Foster Care Conference

International foster-care expert and author John DeGarmo, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Thornwell Foster Care Conference, slated for 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Simpsonville.

DeGarmo’s keynote address, “Facing Challenges and Reaping Rewards,” will highlight the various challenges that foster parents face, and examine the rewards of being a foster parent. The purpose of the presentation is to reassure, motivate, and inspire foster parents to continue to care for children in need.

“Foster care is in crisis in our nation,” DeGarmo said in a news release. “There is an increase in the number of children being placed into foster care not only in South Carolina, but nationwide, due much in part to the opioid crisis that is strangling our country.” Currently, there are 1,459 children in foster care in the Upstate and only 616 foster homes, according to the release. More than 500 additional foster homes are needed.

“The critical need for foster homes prompted Thornwell to start a new foster care program last year to recruit, train, and support foster families in Upstate South Carolina,” Thornwell’s president Elliot Smith said in the release.

The complete conference pass is $40 and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, and full access to DeGarmo’s online training. Tickets for the keynote luncheon only are $20. Registration is available at www.thornwell.org/conference.

MINISTRY

Reidville Road United Methodist Church plans to expand campus

Good City Architects of Greenville will design the expansion of Reidville Road United Methodist Church, which serves the communities of Moore, Duncan, and West Spartanburg. Good City Architects helps churches in the Carolinas and Georgia make wise decisions about their ministry spaces.

The church was founded 25 years ago and covers almost 12 acres at Reidville Road and state Highway 417. The expansion will accommodate growth in contemporary worship services and young families, and will include the Reidville Road Readiness Center, the church’s weekday preschool ministry.

“We have seen amazing growth in our church and community since our founding. We want to plan for how we can best serve this area of Spartanburg County,” pastor Danny Wiley said in a news release.

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