In Our Community: Dancing, donations, charity & contests



Serving the homebound at the Sweetheart Charity Ball 

Meals on Wheels Greenville’s annual Sweetheart Charity Ball took place on Feb. 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown and provided over 50,000 meals to the homebound in Greenville County.

Dancing at the Meals on Wheels Greenville Sweetheart Charity Ball

For over 50 years, Meals on Wheels has enhanced the quality of life for homebound individuals across the country by providing nutritious meals, personal interaction, and independence.

Catriona Carlisle, Executive Director for Meals on Wheels Greenville thanked the organization’s sponsors, volunteers, and supporters for their time and resources. “The money raised at the Sweetheart Charity Ball will not only provide hot, nutritious meals, but also a daily personal visit to nearly 1,500 men and women in our community, many of whom are isolated and live alone,” Carlisle said in the press release.


Calling all young women writers!

The Junior League of Greenville (JLG) is looking for aspiring young writers for the 2019 Young Women’s Writing Contest. The seventh annual contest is open to all female students in Greenville County public, private, and home school in grades 6 through 12. 

One young woman will be selected to win a $500 scholarship award, an invitation to accept her award at the JLG’s Annual Meeting, and a publication of her essay in the Summer 2019 issue of VISIONS magazine, a bi-annual publication with over 4,500 readers.

This year’s essay topic engages girls on their worldview. JLG invites writers to think about what issue you, as a young woman in 2019, care about the most and how you are using your voice to elevate that cause.

Essays should be between 750-1,200 words and can be submitted to until March 20, 2019. For more information, please visit


Mattress By Appointment’s philanthropic efforts for a good night’s sleep for those in need

Greenville’s Mattress By Appointment (MBA) and CEO Edwin Shoffner donated a miraculous gift to a young woman and child. The two were in transition out of the foster care system and without beds. In partnership with Pendleton Place, MBA donated two mattresses to accommodate the two individuals in need.

The young woman and her daughter, both in the Connections Count program at Pendleton Place, were faced with the challenges of beginning a new life with no resources or necessities. Mattress By Appointment wanted to help this pair get back on their feet.

“With a history of foster care and limited social support, this young woman has been working tirelessly to earn a management position at her place of work and saved enough money to finally have her own space to raise her daughter,” Joshua Crocker, Independent Living Specialist, said. “Pendleton Place has been able to ease the financial strain on this family as they begin this exciting new chapter together through gracious local partners like Mattress By Appointment.”

Shoffner spoke on the need for quality sleep in the lives of everyone, especially children. “Above all, having a place to rest your head every night is profoundly important when the moments spent awake are especially trying,” Shoffner said in the press release. “At Mattress By Appointment, we couldn’t imagine not doing everything in our power to help individuals in need.”


New Opportunities for A Child’s Haven 

3M Foundation awarded over $41,000 to A Child’s Haven (ACH) for two initiatives in 2019: adopting the Incredible Years (IY) early childhood curriculum and adding 13 therapy spaces to the campus. 

The funding for IY programs will help further promote emotional, social, and academic competence while preventing and treating behavioral and emotional problems in children.

ACH will also renovate its facility with new therapy spaces to accommodate individual behavioral health needs of current clients and support the needs of families in the Berea and Traveler’s Rest area.

Executive Director Laurie Rovin thanked 3M Foundation. “A Child’s Haven is thrilled 3M Foundation is supporting at-risk children and families by investing in our program,” Rovin said in the press release. “We are constantly looking for new ways to provide better treatment to the families we serve.


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