Through various fundraising events, Greer Commission of Public Works employees raised $15,472.24 for United Way of Greenville County. Photo provided.

NONPROFIT

Meals on Wheels of Greenville receives grant from Dabo’s All In Team Foundation

A grant of $5,000 was given to Meals on Wheels of Greenville to support its At-Risk Children and Homebound Seniors Meal Program. The money was given by Dabo’s All In Team Foundation. Meals on Wheels will use the gift to buy a Delivery Concepts Transportation System, a vehicle designed to transport large quantities of food at a controlled temperature. The vehicle will allow the organization to provide meals and snacks to multiple agencies aiding various groups, including at-risk youth.

“Purchasing this transportation system is a critical step in allowing us to serve at-risk children and seniors who desperately need the nutritional support,” Meals on Wheels executive director Catriona Carlisle said in a news release. “This grant from Dabo’s All In Team Foundation will not only support our vulnerable homebound clients but also make an impact in the lives of so many others in our community. We are tremendously grateful for their generosity.”

FUNDRAISER

CPW employees give generously during United Way campaign

Through hamburger lunches, a golf tournament, a silent auction, employee pledges, and other fundraising events, Greer Commission of Public Works employees raised $15,472.24 for United Way of Greenville County. “This year’s campaign proved that together we can do more,” CPW campaign chair Alison Rauch said in a news release. “It was a quick month-long fundraiser but made a huge impact with the donations we raised.”

Over the past eight years, Greer CPW has participated in the United Way campaign and has donated over $159,200. “We are thankful for the lifelong partnership with Greer CPW and the impact they are having in the community,” Alex Burnside, relationship manager with United Way of Greenville County, said in the release. “Much of the money raised will stay in the Greer area supporting organizations like Greer Relief to help neighbors with basic needs, make sure children are better prepared for school, and to set students up for post-high school success.”

HOLIDAY

Spinx launches 25 Days of ‘Spinxmas’ promotion

During the month of December leading up to Christmas Day, Spinx is giving customers and fans various in-store specials, social media giveaways, and chances to win prizes. The holiday specials are part of Spinx’s first “Spinxmas.” Daily surprises will be announced on Spinx’s Facebook page. The prizes range from $1 breakfast biscuits to free Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets and $50 to $250 Spinx gift cards.

“We’re so excited about this special promotion to bring a little extra fun and cheer to the holiday season at Spinx,” founder and board chairman Stewart Spinks said in a news release. “I hope all of our customers, friends, and fans visit our Facebook page and website to learn more about ‘SPINXMAS’ and participate in the holiday fun.”

EDUCATION

BJU programming teams excel at ICPC Mid-Atlantic USA Regional Contest

Competing at the Mid-Atlantic USA Regional Contest, the Bob Jones University Bruins intercollegiate computer programming teams placed fifth overall. The contest was held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. With three BJU teams entering the 168-team competition representing 58 colleges and universities, one BJU team was one of five teams to solve all eight contest problems. The contest included a five-hour time limit. The BJU team consisting of Nathan Collins, Samuel Henry, and Jacob Brazeal also placed first at the UNC-Chapel Hill site. Other BJU team members include Zachary Hayes, Carter Shean, Ryan Longacre, Jeremiah England, Steven Platt, and Erick Ross.

“Since we competed in a different region this year and regions tend to vary in their problem styles, we weren’t sure what to expect. Our students rose to the challenge and secured the highest ranking that we have achieved since our inaugural participation in 2003,” Jim Knisely, head of BJU’s Department of Computer Science, said in a news release. “It has been a joy to train this group, and the seniors have had a great four years representing BJU.”

ART

Artisphere receives grant from S.C. Arts Commission to support 15th anniversary festival

The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) awarded Artisphere a $30,080 grant for 2019 to help make the arts accessible to all Greenville residents and visitors. In 2018, the SCAC general operating grant allowed Artisphere to leverage over $400,000 from various corporations. The current grant will help underwrite the cost to promote the festival.

Since the festival’s beginning in 2005, SCAC has annually supported Artisphere, helping it become one of the country’s top art shows. During the 2018 Artisphere, about 88,645 patrons attended the festival and spent over $1 million to purchase original works. The festival made a more-than-$5.8 million economic impact on Greenville, according to a news release. The 15th Anniversary Artisphere of 2019 is scheduled for May 10-12 and is presented by TD Bank.

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