Cyclists participate in the 2019 Wheels for Meals Charity Ride. Photo by Michael Gibbons.


Wheels for Meals Charity Ride provides nearly 25,000 meals in Greenville

The 13th annual Wheels for Meals Charity Ride on April 27 raised enough funds to supply 24,850 meals for the homebound clients of Meals on Wheels in Greenville. The charity ride at Trailblazer Park drew a crowd of over 400 cyclists for the event’s five rides — a 10-mile Family Fun Ride, 25-mile, 50-mile, 72-mile and 100-mile English Century. The event ended in a post-ride celebration.

Cyclists begin their ride at Trailbazer Park. Photo by Michael Gibbons.

“Each year, we are grateful for the support of the cyclists, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and donors who support the Wheelsfor Meals Charity Ride,” Amanda Osborne, MOW of Greenville’s director of development, said in a released statement. “The funds raised through this event make a significant impact in the lives of the homebound individuals throughout Greenville County.”


Greenville golfer comes 14 feet from $1 million

Greenville local Bryan Fowler won the top prize at Laurens Electric Cooperative’s Million Dollar Hole In One Shootout on April 26 and 27. He won $1,000 from the fundraising event. No one hit a hole in one in the finals, but Fowler was just 14 feet from winning

Bryan Fowler of Greenville came 14 feet from winning $1 million. Photo provided.

$1 million. Steven Eckstein placed second and won $500, and DJ Bowman placed third, taking home $250.

Volunteer and participants enjoyed the shootout event at the Haas Family Golf Center to raise money for The Cooperative Caring Emergency Relief program, the Pay It Forward program and the Community Impact Initiative.


The new Community Impact Initiative provides grants of up to $2,000 for individual projects chosen by Chambers of Commerce in Laurens, Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Fountain Inn.


Coldwell Banker Caine to host artist reception featuring Dianne Bagnal

The artwork of local artist Dianne Bagnal will be on display in the Coldwell Banker Caine Spartanburg office. In conjunction with Spartanburg’s Art Walk, Coldwell Banker Caine will host an opening exhibit for the resident artist on May 16 at 6 p.m. The reception is free to attend and open to the public.

Bagnal has a strong passion for art, especially watercolor paintings. She uses light and color techniques to create abstract pieces, landscapes, and more, calling her artwork “impressionistic spontaneity” or “creative realism.”


Chapman Cultural Center receives support from SunTrust Foundation

Chapman Cultural Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the SunTrust Foundation to support National Youth Art Month. The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month, which encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety. The program brings recognition to the skills developed through art such as problem solving, creativity, observation, and communication.

“Youth Art Month is a wonderful time to celebrate the thousands of talented students and teachers across Spartanburg County in one big exhibit,” Ava Hughes, Chapman Cultural Center education director, said in the release. “Thanks to the support of SunTrust Foundation, thousands of people across all Spartanburg visit the Chapman Cultural Center to see their young artists’ works displayed. We are grateful to SunTrust Foundation for helping to make these lifelong memories possible!”

As a part of National Youth Art Month in March, Chapman Cultural Center displays art from youth representing Spartanburg County, culminating in a celebratory reception. Photo provided.


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