Grants offer a boost for the arts

brantin@thestate.com(803) 771-8306February 18, 2013 

Lake Carolina Elementary School students learn to play new recorders provided by the Central Carolina Community Foundation grants.

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— Arts in the Midlands received a significant boost in recent weeks when Central Carolina Community Foundation awarded $39,000 in grants to four nonprofit groups that serve the arts community.

The grants included $10,000 to the South Carolina Philharmonic to purchase 6,500 soprano recorders for its Young People’s Concerts.

The Philharmonic is partnering with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute again this year to provide an interactive curriculum and concert experience for students across the state. Through the program, students will receive a soprano recorder and learn about the instruments and sections that make up an orchestra.

“When the children walk into the Koger Center for our Young People’s concerts, their excitement is palpable. Then, when they raise their recorders to join the orchestra, there is a huge sense of pride and accomplishment,” said SC Philharmonic executive director, Rhonda Hunsinger.

Central Carolina also awarded $9,000 to the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, $10,000 to Columbia City Ballet and $10,000 to The Columbia Museum of Art.

The grants are provided through a competitive process from three different funds managed by the foundation — the Perrine & Hogtie Johnson Fund, Pied Piper Fund and Nell V. Mellichamp Fund.

Heroes Helping Heroes

Bojangles restaurants joined Special Olympics South Carolina and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association to kick off the 2013 Heroes Helping Heroes fundraising campaign last week.

The campaign seeks to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics South Carolina with a variety of events throughout the year.

Through May 30, statewide law enforcement officers will be selling special $1 buttons to raise $100,000 for Special Olympics South Carolina. Each button contains a coupon for a free small cup of Bojangles’ BoJo coffee and can be redeemed at participating restaurant locations.

Money raised through the campaign will provide year-round sports training for Special Olympics athletes.

A birthday donation

Lizard’s Thicket recently donated $3,000 to The Cooperative Ministry in recognition of the restaurant’s 35 anniversary.

The donation was made possible by Lizard’s Thicket customers who purchased special Lizard’s Thicket 35th birthday mugs.

“We chose Cooperative Ministry because the organization has proven to be valuable in helping others through hard times as well as helping them get back on their feet,” said, Lizard’s Thicket chairman, Bobby Williams.

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