In Our Community: Running, painting, grilling, and more



Running to make a change 

Nearly $25,000 was raised by the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina in its Upstate Run & Roll 5K and 1-mile walk on March 30. Almost 250 people participated.

The association helps people with brain injuries through research, education, prevention, and advocacy.

Joyce Davis, the group’s executive director, thanked the participants. “With this support, we will be able to continue our mission to help individuals with brain injuries and their family members in the Upstate,” she said in a news release.

The 5K event included special guests such as brain injury survivor Tyrone Johnson, as well as Stacy and Bill Halstead, parents of Tripp Halstead, who died from a brain injury last year.


An opportunity to continue learning

A new program with Converse College will allow adults who started college but never finished to complete their undergraduate degrees. The coeducational Degree Completion Program at University Center in Greenville will begin in June.

The program, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, is open to students who have previously earned at least 48 hours of undergraduate college credits.

Converse created the program to combine face-to-face learning with online coursework. Krista Newkirk, Converse president, believes the program will make an important and positive impact on the Upstate.

“It is an excellent fit with Converse’s academic strengths and we are thrilled to make it available through the University Center in Greenville,” Newkirk said in a news release.


Slow cookin’ for a cause

Project Host will host its 10th annual BBQ Cook-Off & Festival on April 26 and 27.

The fundraiser will take place on the Reedy River at 320 S. Hudson St.

Friday night, there will be an “Anything Butt” competition. On Saturday, there will be a barbecue and rib cooking contest as well as live music, food trucks, and games.

Project Host’s mission is to use food as a tool to nourish the hungry and train the unemployed. Last year, 37,889 meals were served in the nonprofit’s soup kitchen.


Celebrating a resident artist 

Coldwell Banker Caine will host an exhibit opening for its next resident artist, Starr Haney, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Starr works full-time as an artist, working with large, figurative pieces. Her work features traditional subjects with contemporary backgrounds. She experiments with color, light, and texture.

After living in Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Colorado, she now lives and works in Greenville.

The reception is free and will take place at the Coldwell Banker Caine Main Street Real Estate Gallery at 428 S. Main St., Greenville.

Work from Starr Haney





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