COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Chili cook off a great recipe for charity

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306February 2, 2014 

Members of the "Jet Fuel Chili" team, sponsored by the Columbia Airport, prepare dishes during the recent Chili Cook Off.

PHOTO COURTESY OF FIVE POINTS ASSOCIATION

— The charitable aroma of the recent Five Points Annual Chili Cook Off continues to flow across the community.

Organizers of the 27th annual cook off recently donated $9,415 from this year’s proceeds to Camp Kemo and $2,000 to The Hope Center.

The November event that attracted more than 4,000 visitors featured more than 45 cooking teams that prepared 50 varieties of chili.

“Over the years, it has remained the Chili Cook-Off Planning Committee’s goal to give as much back to the community as possible,” said Amy Beth Franks, executive director of Five Points Association. “Expanding to The Hope Center and Camp Kemo, we were able to donate over $11,000 this year and plan to continue efforts of supporting our local non-profits.”

Camp Kemo is a weeklong summer camp for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings staffed by Palmetto Health physicians, nurses and volunteers. The Hope Center offers support to people with disabilities.

For the love of reading

Members of Pelion High School’s Breakfast Book Club and building construction classes recently teamed up to provide a Little Free Library of Pelion for the community.

Students in Patrick McNatt’s classes assembled the library kit, and book club members stocked the Little Free Library with various books they thought would interest the community.

The school received a $350 Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Bright Ideas Grant to fund the library, which is in Pelion Park near the walking trail, across from the police station.

Community members are encouraged to stop by the library, choose a book that interests them and then return the book or add to the collection.

Care packages of support

The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division recently donated more than 134 boxes of personal care items to various domestic violence shelters statewide during its annual Women in Need Necessities Drive.

Members of the Young Lawyers Division’s Voices Against Violence Committee donated items to shelters in Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Orangeburg, Sumter and Spartanburg in mid-December. The items included paper products, canned goods and other food items, clothing, toys, cleaning supplies, toiletries and baby wipes.

“Our goal this year was to reach out to shelters in more remote areas that often get overlooked,” said Andrea Sancho, co-chairwoman of the Voices Against Violence Committee. “We would not have been successful without, and are so grateful for, the help of all of our participants YLD is honored to work with these shelters and hopes to continue providing support for those affected by domestic violence.”

The Young Lawyers Division includes all members of the S.C. Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years’ membership. The Voices Against Violence program is designed to engage young lawyers in efforts to generate awareness of the epidemic of domestic violence and provide support to local shelters.

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