Sisters of Charity grants take aim at poverty

Five Midlands-area charities are among 15 statewide to receive $214,578 in Community Enrichment grants from The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

The foundation has given grants to the nonprofit groups committed to lifting S.C. residents out of poverty.

The Midlands agencies included Oliver Gospel Mission, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, Camp Discovery, Columbia Oral Health Clinic and Trinity Housing Corporation.

“It is a great blessing to have the opportunity to provide funding to these very worthy organizations,” said Tom Keith, Sisters of Charity Foundation president. “These groups are working daily to serve individuals and families living in poverty in our state and we are honored to support them.”

The remaining agencies include East Cooper Community Outreach (Charleston, Berkeley counties), Engaging Creative Minds (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester counties), Grace Ministries (Horry, Georgetown counties), Hope Haven of the Lowcountry (Jasper, Beaufort counties), and Miss Ruby’s Kids (Georgetown).

Rounding out the most recent list were New Directions of Horry County, Teach My People (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton and Orangeburg counties), Trident Literacy Association (Charleston County) and Turning Leaf Project (Charleston County).

Golf event supports cancer patients

The 5th Annual Rainbow International Charity Golf Classic has raised more than $40,000 to support two young mothers battling late-stage cancer.

Rainbow International of Columbia sponsored the event last month at the Cobblestone Park Golf Club to support The Sparkle Caps Project, which provides support for women undergoing cancer treatments.

One hundred forty golfers and 43 sponsors took part in the event.

“All of us at Rainbow International of Columbia are grateful for our success and are always looking for opportunities to give back to our community,” said owner Reed Mattingly. “We couldn’t do this every year without the heartfelt support from businesses and individuals in this community who share the common goal of supporting these young mothers and their families.”