value of Special Olympics for athletes
By ELIZABETH BENDER
Running coach, Special Olympics South Carolina
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
15, 2009 -- Special Olympics South Carolina is proud to celebrate
ten years of acceptance, generosity, courage and sportsmanship at
the 10th Annual Special Night for Special Olympics Gala from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Blackbaud Stadium. The 10th Annual
Special Night for Special Olympics will honor all the donors, coaches,
parents and volunteers who have given a decade of support toward
providing opportunities for children and adults with intellectual
disabilities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and
experience joy and friendship in a community.
Olympics running coach Elizabeth Bender (right) is pictured
with two of her athletes, Kylie MacFarland (left) and Whitney
Parker. (Photo provided by Elizabeth Bender)
the running coach for eight amazing athletes, I am thrilled to be
a part of this event and this rogram. I grew up with a sister with
Down Syndrome. When I was a kid, seeing her light up with her coaches
and on the awards podium meant the world to me. Now, as an adult,
I hope I can give that same encouragement and joy to my athletes.
Every time I am at practice or at a race, my heart soars to see
their smiling faces when they finish a run. They may not win, but
that does not lessen their accomplishment. Together we celebrate
their achievement, and neither they nor I go home sad. They are
amazing individuals with nothing but love and happiness to share,
and it is an honor to be "Coach" in their eyes.
the world, many special-needs people, young and old, go unrecognized
by those around them; they feel hurt, confused and discouraged.
Special Olympics gives them and all athletes the opportunity to
be a part of the community, be recognized and accomplish the impossible.
Events like the Special Night for Special Olympics provide funding
for my athletes, and all athletes, to participate in our everyday
practices as well as the regional, state, national and world games.
the past ten years, funds from the Special Night for Special Olympics
have allowed Charleston as a whole to grow from four sports to 13
sports offered; to send athletes overseas to compete in Special
Olympics World Games, as well as the first Winter World Games held
in the U.S. this past February; and to grow the program from 500
athletes to 2,000.
Special Night for Special Olympics Gala is a black-tie affair with
live and silent auctions, hors d'oeuvres, open bar, music and a
special "Be A Fan" of Special Olympics presentation. Tickets
are $75 per person or $150 per couple. I'd recommend purchasing
tickets early as the event fills up quickly. Tickets can be bought
online at http://www.so-sc.org or by calling 795-5316.
thanks to Paul Hulsey of the Hulsey Law Group, the Charleston Battery
and countless other supporters and volunteers for sponsoring this
addition to serving as a running coach for Special Olympics South
Carolina, Elizabeth Bender is the marketing and public relations
coordinator for the South Carolina Aquarium.
serves up a winner with 'U Cook with Chef Bob'
ANN THRASH, editor
15, 2009 -- Many of us who've had the pleasure of tasting Chef Bob
Waggoner's food have concluded that he's a natural at cooking. But
it's about to become clear to a very large audience that he's also
a natural at something else: teaching people about food, and doing
it in front of a TV camera.
this week at Akim Anastapoulo's Hollywood (S.C.) Studios, Waggoner
was totally at home in a TV kitchen as he taped one of the shows
in his new PBS series, "U Cook with Chef Bob." The shows
are expected to start airing on stations around the country sometime
after the first of next year.
show has a pretty cool format, one that's different from the cornucopia
of cooking shows on TV. Audience members are seated around small
restaurant-style tables with all the appointments - seasonal fresh
flowers, wine glasses, fine china, etc. - and Waggoner comes out
for a quick chat before diving right in to the menu. He makes a
quick appetizer, which he shares with three lucky audience members
who are seated on the stage. (It was a warm salmon salad the day
we were there, and we wish we'd been among the lucky three who got
to taste it - the aroma was divine.)
of Wagyu beef was the main course for a taping of "U
Cook with Chef Bob" in Hollywood (S.C.) earlier this
week. It was served with a red wine and cream sauce and white
asparagus. (Photo by Ann Thrash)
the centerpiece of the show, Waggoner takes a guest out of the audience,
sends him or her backstage to be outfitted with a chef's coat and
fussed over by the hair-and-makeup lady, then brings the guest back
on stage to help him cook the main course. Everyone in the audience
gets to enjoy the dish along with a glass of wine. On the day we
were there, it was a Wagyu beef ribeye with a red wine sauce that
also included shallots, cream, a bit of butter and a few grape tomatoes
- simple but mouthwatering stuff that proved the show's point: Anybody
can be a great cook with good, fresh ingredients and a little advice
from Chef Bob.
was so at ease with the crowd, the cameras and the cooking that
the show was taped virtually in real time. Only two very minor segments
required a "do-over," and in both cases the crew was quick
to say that it was a technical issue, no fault of the audience of
Chef Bob's. Everything flowed as smoothly as the wines.
you'd expect from a chef with Waggoner's talents and years of experience
- he worked at restaurants all over the world, trained with some
of the landmark chefs in French culinary history, and spent 13 years
in charge of Charleston Grill -- he can keep a lot of pots simmering
and a lot of things happening at the same time. But he also had
a great and very natural sense of humor on camera, joking with guests,
rolling with the punches and not missing a beat.
was also a treat to get a look inside the old Piggly Wiggly store
that "Judge Extreme Akim" Anastapoulo converted into a
TV studio for the filming of his "Eye for an Eye" TV series.
The majority of the work on the project was done by residents of
Hollywood and nearby communities, and Anastapoulo seems to be committed
to helping that part of Charleston County develop and prosper.
know the studio and Chef Bob will do Charleston proud on PBS, and
we wish them the best with the show. Whenever we get word about
air dates and times for "U Cook with Chef Bob," we'll
let you know.
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expands in response to demand for tickets
of the Lowcountry's first BarCamp added 50 spots to the number of
available tickets last week in response to growing interest in the
Oct. 24 event, and those are quickly running out, program sponsors
a BarCamp, attendees propose and lead all the sessions, so there
is no distinction between the presenters and the audience. The concept
began four years ago in the West Coast tech community and quickly
became a global phenomenon, encouraging hundreds of communities
to share expertise on a diverse menu of topics. Proposed sessions
for Oct. 24 range from tech subjects to crafts and cooking.
is the first one in the Lowcountry, so we really didn't know what
to expect," said event co-organizer Chrys Rynearson. "The
good news is, the social media networks around Charleston are proving
to be incredibly powerful at mobilizing support and spreading the
word. As organizers, we've had to hustle to keep up."
daylong event will be held at the Lowcountry Innovation Center,
1535 Hobby St., on the Old Navy Base, beginning at 8 a.m. Event
sponsors cover the cost of providing participants with T-shirts,
snacks, coffee, soft drinks and lunch. Unlike most conferences,
BarCamp CHS is free to anyone who registers.
say if you want to be kept posted about ticket availability in the
event that BarCamp sells out, e-mail them at email@example.com.
The event Web site is http://barcampchs.org.
can get free ice cream by earning good grades
Ice Cream in Mount Pleasant is letting Lowcountry students cash
in on their good grades in a sweet way. The Towne Centre store has
launched "Sweet Success," a program that rewards a free
ice cream cone to any Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester county
K-12 student who brings in a current report card with an "A"
in math or science.
two subjects are key to Discovery's secret ingredient: a robot ice
cream server (see last Thursday's CharlestonCurrents.com for more
on the robot). In addition to its resident robot, Discovery Ice
Cream features house-made ice cream in a variety of flavors as well
as coffee drinks, smoothies and frozen yogurt.
store is located next door to Belk in Towne Center and is open daily.
Call 216-7240 or visit http://www.discoveryicecream.com
for more information.
Art Annual to raise funds for high school programs
Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association will welcome avid art collectors
and renowned artists from across the country next month for the
association's 11th Charleston Fine Art Annual. The event also marks
the 10th anniversary of CFADA, which was established to promote
Charleston as a fine-art destination for passionate collectors and
art enthusiasts, and to support the artists of the future.
Charleston Fine Art Annual will be held Nov. 4, Nov. 6 and Nov.
7 and will feature more than 25 leading artists exhibiting at CFADA
member galleries and painting in Washington Park. Proceeds will
benefit fine-art programs in Charleston County high schools. Last
year's event raised more than $18,000 for high school programs.
CFADA began donating to schools in 2004, and has donated over $140,000
to art programs since then.
is the only organization in Charleston I know of that helps out
the art programs in the schools," says Wando High School art
teacher Cheryl Clair. "With the generous donations provided
by CFADA, we are able to provide all students, especially those
who may be disadvantaged, with high-quality materials for creating
art. Students are truly benefiting from having a creative outlet
through our art classes."
weekend kicks off on Nov. 4, with the first of a new three-part
lecture series, "Women in Art," organized by the Gibbes
Museum of Art. (Go to http://www.gibbesmuseum.org
for details). At 5 p.m. Nov. 6, there will be a free art stroll
through CFADA member galleries, with each gallery presenting works
by prominent local and visiting artists.
Nov. 7 starting at 9 a.m., a variety of artists will take part in
"Painting in the Park," a plein-air event where artists
will work on paintings that will be auctioned off that evening to
benefit the high school art programs. The event includes a contest
for high school students. The auction that evening will begin at
7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel, 68 Wentworth St.
Tickets are $50 and include a fully illustrated sales catalog.
tickets or details about any events, visit http://www.cfada.com
or call 722-0128.
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and West Indian Exposition
in Charleston from December 1, 1901, to June 20, 1902, the West
Indian Exposition followed world's fairs in other southern cities
such as Atlanta (1881, 1895), New Orleans (1884-1886), and Nashville
(1897). While many of the city's traditional merchants and bankers
were uninterested, the idea gained support from the city's progressive
Carolina Building at the Exposition
the leadership of Frederick C. Wagener, Charleston's Exposition
Company raised money through private and corporate subscriptions
to stock, a municipal bond issue, state government, and donations
of convict labor. The company acquired the lands of the old Washington
Race Course and the adjacent Lowndes farm, lying north of the city
along the Ashley River. The company hired Bradford Lee Gilbert,
a New York-based architect and the supervising architect of Atlanta's
Cotton States Exposition (1895), to oversee the design and construction
of the landscape and buildings.
goal of the exposition was to stimulate trade through the city's
harbor, where traffic had steadily decreased since the Civil War.
In the wake of the Spanish-American War, the exposition's proponents
sought to position Charleston as the principal port of exchange
between the United States and the Caribbean and Latin America. However,
the federal government did not give the exposition its formal approval
until just before the start, and no foreign governments sent official
exhibits. Poor weather, a late installation of many exhibits, and
a chronic shortage of funds all contributed to the poor financial
results of the exposition.
the end of the exposition, the city of Charleston acquired the eastern
portion of the grounds containing the formal court and main buildings
for use as Hampton Park. In the 1910s the state acquired the western
portion of the grounds along the Ashley River for the new campus
of The Citadel.
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too old to donate blood? Maybe it's being diabetic or a recent cancer
treatment that have kept you from rolling up your sleeve. Well,
it's time to put some myths to rest. Patrick K. Lamontagne, donor
recruitment supervisor for the American Red Cross' Lowcountry Chapter,
offers these five myths and realities about giving blood.
I can't donate blood since I am over the age of 65.
Truth: There is no upper age limit that will prevent you
from donating blood. As long as you meet all of the donation requirements
and are in general good health, you can be 100 years old and still
a diabetic and the Red Cross can't use my blood.
Truth: Diabetics are still eligible to donate blood as long
as the diabetes is controlled by medication.
I have to wait five years to donate since I have had a form of cancer.
Truth: Cancer survivors are eligible to donate blood again
one year after the cancer been treated or removed, as long as there
has been no recurrence of any cancer and it wasn't a blood cancer,
such as lymphoma or leukemia.
I just got a new tattoo and have to wait a year before I can donate
Truth: If the tattoo studio is in a state that requires single-use
needles and single-use ink to complete the tattoo, and the studio
is required to have an annual state inspection, there is no deferral
time after receiving a tattoo. Most states fall into this category,
including South Carolina.
If I need blood transfusion for surgery, I can donate it ahead of
time for myself.
Truth: This is true, but most blood recipients receive blood
transfusions due to severe illnesses that require large amounts
of blood or emergencies that are not planned. In these situations,
you don't have enough blood to cover what you will need to receive,
or you can't donate for yourself because you did not know you would
need it at all. Lastly, there is no long-term individual storage
plan for people to house their own blood for emergencies because
there is only a 42-day shelf life for a pint of blood.
wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some
of the time."
J. Peter, U.S. educator and writer (1919-1988)
Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15, Hutchinson Square,
downtown Summerville. The monthly Third Thursday event for October
features the bluegrass and gospel strings group Down the River,
along with extended evening hours at businesses around the square.
Sponsored by Summerville DREAM. More info: 821-7260 or http://www.summervilledream.org.
Fall Design Walk: Oct. 15, shops in the Upper King Street
Design District, downtown Charleston. The event is designed to showcase
the distinctive businesses in that part of the city. Charleston
Mayor Joseph P. Riley will launch the event at 5 p.m. at Seeking
Indigo at 445 King. Stores will offer special promotions, food,
guest artists, demonstrations and more. More
Shop Sale: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 17, Philadelphia Alley
next door to the Footlight Players Theater at 20 Queen St. The Footlight
Players recently cleaned out their vast costume shop and are selling
items to the public to benefit the theater. Items available will
include vintage hats, band uniforms, shoes, suits, evening and cocktail
dresses, everyday clothing and furniture.
Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 30
through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's Palmer Campus,
66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses celebrating
the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston style
and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals,
authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their
distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light
beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More
ONGOING AND SOON
Sustainable Seafood Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Wild
Olive Restaurant, 2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island. Sponsored
by the restaurant and the S.C. Aquarium, the dinner will include
classic sustainable seafood recipes paired with wines, as well as
information from Megan Westmeyer, the aquarium's sustainable-seafood
coordinator, on buying and serving fresh fish. Cost: $44 per person,
plus tax and gratuity. Reservations (required by Oct. 16): 737-4177.
Council Districts 8 and 12 Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Charleston
County Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St. Sponsored by League
of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce. District 8 candidates Yvonne Evans and Michael
S. Seekings are expected to take part, as are District 12 candidates
Craig T. McLaughlin and Kathleen G. Wilson. Free and open to the
public. Audience may submit questions at forum for candidates to
Forum: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Charleston Marriott.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerces Annual Growth Forum
will have recommendations from the city of Charlestons Green
Committee (CGC), which is advising the city in the creation of a
local action plan for climate protection and sustainability. Charleston
County Deputy Administrator Kurt Taylor will provide an update on
major road projects that are being funded through the half-cent
sales tax program. Cost: $45 chamber members, $60 nonmembers. To
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Great Presentations: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Center
for Women, 129 Cannon St. The Entrepreneurial Woman Series, which
focuses on helping women create, manage and build businesses, will
look at how to make a great presentation and maximize your time
in front of a client or customer. Debbie Cooler of Dale Carnegie
and Claire Gibbons of Powerspeak Communications will lead the program.
Cost: $20 for CFW members, $40 nonmembers. Register
City Council Districts 2 and 10 Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 21,
West Ashley High School, 4060 W. Wildcat Blvd. Sponsored by League
of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce. District 2 candidates William Blake Hallman
Jr., Rodney Williams and Stephen Ziker are expected to take part,
as are District 10 candidates Arthur L. Beane Jr., Dean C. Reigel
and Virginia (Ginger) Rosenberg. Free and open to the public. Audience
may submit questions at forum for candidates to answer.
in the Swamp: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and Oct.
24, Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner.
Haunted boat ride through the swamp at Cypress Gardens; participants
will be dropped off on a haunted walking trail through the woods.
Includes campfire and marshmallow roasting, storytelling, a game
room for kids, lighted pumpkin trail and music. Food will be available
for purchase. Event is not recommended for young children or those
with weak hearts. Tickets: $15 (includes general park admission).
More info: 553-0515 or online.
of Sleepy Hollow': 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 3 p.m. Oct.
24 and Oct. 25, Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Charleston
Stage opens its Piggly Wiggly Family Series with Washington Irving's
spooky classic story about a headless horseman and his ghostly ride
through the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. Family-oriented production
is described as "scary, but not too scary" by director
Marybeth Clark. Tickets: $19 adults, $15 students; call the box
office at 577-7183 or order
Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, Dill Sanctuary, 1163
Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed Supporters
(FANS) of the Charleston Museum will host their annual family picnic,
which includes nature walks, live bluegrass by the Eagle Creek Band,
a Lowcountry dinner (fried chicken, ham, red rice, etc.), a
touch tank with marine animals, games, hayrides and demonstrations
by experts from the Center for Birds of Prey. Cost (all-inclusive):
$15 FANS member adults; $20 nonmember adults; $7 for children; free
for ages 5 and under. Advance reservations are required; call 722-2996,
ext. 264, or register
online through the calendar.
Pleasant Voters Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Mount Pleasant
Municipal Complex, 100 Ann Edwards Lane. Sponsored by League of
Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro Chamber
of Commerce. Mayoral candidates Joseph M. Bustos, Gary K. Santos
and William D. Swails will make statements, and audience can ask
questions. The 19 Town Council candidates will make short statements.
Free and open to the public.
Graham Dance Company: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Gaillard Auditorium,
77 Calhoun St. The Charleston Concert Association opens its 73rd
season with the Martha Graham Dance Company, a modern-dance company
called "one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe"
by the Washington Post. Tickets: $25 to $99; on sale at the Gaillard
box office or order
online through TicketMaster. More info: http://www.charlestonconcerts.org.
Education Summit: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 28, the College
Center at Trident Technical College, North Charleston. The Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce's Education Foundation will host the 14th
annual Business Education Summit. The theme is "Building the
Pipeline" within the public schools so that all students graduate
equipped with the knowledge and skills to further their education
or go directly into the workforce. A representative from the Ford
Motor Company's Next Generation Learning Communities program will
outline its national model and discuss why the nine communities
in the Ford network have been successful in transforming their schools,
and why Charleston has been invited into the network. Cost: $50
for educators, $85 for others. Registration
is online here.
of Palms Voters Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Isle of Palms
Recreation Center, 24 Twenty-Eighth St., Isle of Palms. Sponsored
by League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce. Mayoral candidates Richard Cronin and
Jimmy Ward are expected to take part, as are City Council candidates
Barbara Bergwerf, Marty Bettelli, Ron Denton, Barbara Gobian, Sandy
Stone and Douglas A. Thomas. Free and open to the public. Audience
may submit questions at forum for candidates to answer.
Red Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 29, Old City Jail,
21 Magazine St. The American College of the Building Arts will present
the party, during which the always-spooky Old City Jail will be
transformed into a rich red venue. Attendees are asked to dress
in red and wear masks. The event features a raffle and silent auction
with items such as luxury trips to Africa and the Caribbean. DJ
Arthur Brouthers will provide music for guests to dance to on a
color-changing, illuminated dance floor. Open bar; food by Carolina
Catering. Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 at the door. To purchase,
call 577-5245, visit
online or e-mail
Trick or Treat in the Park: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30,
Hampton Park. Free event sponsored by the city of Charleston Recreation
Department. Kids up to age 12 can trick-or-treat in a safe, family-friendly
environment featuring hay rides, jump castles, magic shows and theme-decorated
vehicles full of candy.
at the Museum: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Charleston Museum.
A special Halloween-season edition of the popular event will feature
glimpses of rarely seen animal mounts, fencing demonstrations, a
colonial nautical touch table, new historical figures, and an elaborate
scavenger hunt. Kids will be able to make Halloween crafts, learn
about the Museum's funerary collection, and more. Costumes welcome.
Cost: museum members, $10 per adult, $5 per child; nonmembers, $20
per adult, $10 per child; under 3 get in free. A light pizza supper
is included with the ticket price. Registration (required): online
or 722- 2996, ext. 264.
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Instruments of Hope
Armas: Latin biz expo
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Women at Gibbes
new food show
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