Give to Gain Gala for Special Olympics

08/14/2014 12:27 AM

08/14/2014 12:28 AM

We shop for a reason: to buy things we need. Or want. But, sometimes, we don’t know the level of our desire until we lay eyes on something. Then there’s no stopping us.

If you’d like to channel those impulses into something good, plan to spend the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14, at Give to Gain, a gala and silent auction hosted by the Business Development Club of Columbia to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina.

Need more ammunition? Here are four more reasons to attend the gala:

• Ticket purchasing and bidding are easier than ever, thanks to your smartphone. “When you purchase your tickets, you can download an app that allows you to bid online,” says communications director Leigh Cheatham. “You can even set it up to alert you when a competing bid is made on an item you want. You can raise your bid without losing your place in the food or bar line.”
• You’ll be supporting Special Olympics South Carolina. “South Carolina now has 22,593 athletes competing in Special Olympics,” says Cheatham. “That makes out state the eighth largest program in the country.”
• You don’t have to spend a lot to help – there are a number of cool items that will go for well under $100.

And speaking of cool items, here are a few that will be available:

• A football signed by Jadeveon Clowney
• A baseball signed by Hank Aaron
• A New York Yankees baseball cap autographed by Derek Jeter
• A chance to drive a specially equipped BMW around the company’s Spartanburg test track

Tickets to the gala, which will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, are $50 per person/$80 per couple. For more information, visit so-sc.org

Katie McElveen, Special to The State

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