In Our Community: Rose Ball application; Petco holiday grant; King Legacy Week; and more

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Rachel Kirby and pet Tilly won $5,000 Petco Foundation grant for Greenville Humane Society. Photo provided.

APPLICATION

Charity Ball Board of Greenville opens grant application process for 2019 Rose Ball

Qualifying nonprofit organizations may send letters of intent to the Charity Ball Board of Greenville to receive funding from the 2019 Rose Ball. The letter-of-intent form is online and should be submitted via email to roseballgrants@gmail.com by Jan. 15. After the Rose Ball Beneficiaries Committee reviews all letters, it will select agencies for grant consideration.

Agencies eligible to apply must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Full guidelines can be found online. Rose Ball proceeds are given back to the community with 50 percent of the funding going to St. Francis Health System and the other 50 percent going to the selected nonprofits. The 2019 Rose Ball will take place on Sept. 20 at the Poinsett Club.

GRANT

Local woman wins $5,000 Holiday Wishes grant for Greenville Humane Society

As part of Petco Foundation’s 2018 Holiday Wishes campaign, Greenville Humane Society received a $5,000 grant thanks to Rachel Kirby. Kirby submitted a pet adoption story about her dog, Tilly, from Greenville Humane Society. Born with a neurological disorder, Tilly is now thriving with her pet parents — a special education teacher and a physical therapist assistant.

Kirby’s story helped win the grant for her favorite animal welfare organization. She and Tilly were also awarded a $50 shopping spree from Petco. Since 1999, Petco has invested more than $230 million in animal welfare work.

LEGACY

Rainbow PUSH Coalition Greenville presents 2019 King Legacy Week

In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rainbow PUSH Coalition Greenville is hosting four events during King Legacy Week on Jan. 12-21. On Jan. 12 at 10 a.m., Tom Joyner of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” and the Tom Joyner Foundation will be the guest at the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Fair held at Bethlehem Baptist Church Family Life Center. The fair is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., the 2019 King Legacy Gala will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville. The elegant evening is a fundraiser to support the other free events. Gala tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/2019KingLegacyGala. Two additional free events include Millennial Entrepreneurs Power Hour at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Commerce Club and the PUSHTECH2020 STEAMStart at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at the West End Community Development Center. Details can be found at rainbowpushgreenville.org. 

NONPROFIT

Project HOPE Foundation announces successful fundraising event 

The 2018 Hope Relay recently raised $50,010 for autism services. Funds from the run/walk help support the services provided by the nonprofit Project HOPE Foundation. More than 280 donors contributed to 33 fundraising campaigns. “The money raised at the HOPE Relay is critical to the work we do at Project HOPE Foundation,” co-founder and executive director Susan Sachs said in a news release. “The rate of autism in children has risen to one in 59, so the need for our services is urgent.”

The 2018 “Friends Give HOPE” relay held at Hartness Development had 400 participants and more than 60 volunteers. “This event brings together families living with autism and the community who cares about them,” Project HOPE Foundation co-founder and executive director Lisa Lane said in the release. “The HOPE Relay is a chance for friends, therapists, teachers, and all of their supporters to come together in a show of solidarity.”

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