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Issue 3.51 | Thursday, May 5, 2011 | Boy are we ever late today!

SHIPPING EXHIBIT: Maersk Line's Climate Box, an interactive exhibit housed inside a prototype container that gives the community insight about the effects of global shipping, will be available to the public in Charleston from May 10 to 15 at the Charleston Maritime Center and the VELUX 5 OCEANS Race Village, which also is the site of the Charleston Harbor Fest 2011, May 12-15. The Maersk Line Climate Box exhibit educates visitors about greenhouse gas emissions generated by transporting cargo, eco-efficiency improvements in ship design and operational decisions made to use resources more efficiently. A special "cash register" lets visitors scan the CO2 footprint of everyday goods. The Climate Box will be open daily during the Charleston Harbor Fest event.

:: Big attention for Louie's Kids


:: My how things have changed

:: Five kinds of stuff

:: PeopleMatter gets big funding

:: Library help, Magnolia, more

:: Musician Brook Benton


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Louie's Kids gains national attention, expands scope
Louie's Kids
Special to Charleston Currents

MAY 5, 2011 - Hundreds of calls came in from communities across the United States, Canada and Japan after an article about the Louie's Kid's Run Buddies Program appeared in the April issue of Runner's World.


The response was nothing short of extraordinary for the organizers at the Charleston-based Louie's Kids, and it ignited their plans to take the Run Buddies and Fit Club programs to fight childhood obesity across the South and beyond.

Run Buddies is an athletic mentorship program, matching adult running mentors with aspiring young runners at risk for childhood obesity. Currently, there are more than 25 successful partnerships in Charleston. To learn more, visit

Fit Club is a custom tailored program that incorporates ongoing support in an after-school environment through collaborative efforts with local school administrators. The 4-month plan includes nutritional education; a daily regimen of physical activity; family engagement; weekly group therapy sessions with a contracted clinician; and meetings at the school for encouragement and support.

Louie's Kids partnered last month with COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education) to host an inaugural Yoga Marathon in historic Forsyth Park in Savannah. More than 100 devoted yogis showed up for an afternoon of down dogs, headstands and mountain poses to raise more than $16,000. The money raised will benefit COPE, which will be utilizing the funding to support a Louie's Kids' program in Savannah this fall.

"The response in Savannah was so amazing for us as an organization and for me personally," Louis Yuhasz, founder of The Yoga Marathon, Run Buddies and Louie's Kids, said. "I am so indebted to the yoga community. It is such a blessing to take this event on the road to benefit other areas with our programs."?

On June 4, Louie's Kids will host another Yoga Marathon in Charlotte's Freedom Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can register by creating a personal fundraising page. Friends and family can support their individual efforts to complete 108 Sun Salutations. Sponsors also can donate money for each Sun Salutation or minute of yoga completed. The Yoga Marathon will benefit and launch a Run Buddies program in the Charlotte community.

Plans are in place to expand the Run Buddies program in Atlanta and other cities across the South. The Charleston Yoga Marathon is set to take place on Oct. 8.

To find out more about participating or becoming a sponsor in the Charlotte, Atlanta or Charleston Yoga Marathons, visit or contact Ashley Gunnin at 843-901-0431.

Louie's Kids is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that has raised more than $515,000 since 2004 for programs that benefit overweight and obese economically disadvantaged children in Charleston. Childhood obesity afflicts 25 million American children, and Louie's Kids works to find the best treatment options to meet the needs of each child.

Ashley Gunnin is director of development for Louie's Kids. She can be reached at 843-724-9267.

My, how things have changed
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

MAY 5, 2011 -- Sixty years ago, segregation was the common practice of the South as blacks and whites had different water fountains, sections of restaurants and school systems.

Fifty years ago, black families traveling in the South more than likely packed food to take on long car trips so they didn't have to encounter segregationists or stop to find a restaurant that would serve them.

Then 40 years ago, integration arrived across much of the small-town South. In August 1970, my new teacher was Frances Scott, a stout and powerful African American woman who instructed the 26 students - 20 white and six black - in my fourth grade class in Jesup, Ga., a town of 10,000 notable for its pulp mill, farming and forestry.

My, how things have changed.

These days, students across the South attend integrated classes filled with an array of white, brown and black students. Although some schools may be more white or black than others, integration is accepted and has become part of our culture - so much so that stories of racism are considered abnormal.

Today, a black family or professional can travel -- even at night -- without worrying about being refused a hotel room or a place at a restaurant's table. In fact, a Charleston friend who arrived in Birmingham at 3 a.m. just this week had trouble finding a hotel not because of his skin color but because so many rooms were occupied by tornado survivors.

On Tuesday, former Congressman Bob Inglis of Greenville and I discussed the enormous changes made in the South over the last 40 years. He recalled moving from a white elementary school in Bluffton in the fifth grade to an integrated one the following year where he was one of three white kids in a class of 25.

Inglis, who lost a reelection bid last year in the GOP primary, sat in his office at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he is has a prestigious fellowship for the spring semester. A convert for the need to deal with global warming, Inglis is teaching a class on energy policy.

In talking for more than an hour, we marveled by how much things had changed -- by how our children will be adults in a South not obsessed with race.

"I think my kids and their kids won't notice what race somebody is," he said. "Part of that comes with their learning experiences."

But just because today's young Southerners have a more color-blind childhood than people of 50 or 100 years ago, we should ignore challenges that still exist.

Inglis recalled being with a black House staffer several years ago as the two of them waited to catch a taxi to an evening meeting. The staffer said, "Boy, am I glad with you." When Inglis asked why, the staffer said some cabbies wouldn't stop for a black person -- even near the Capitol.

Talking about race with others this week in Boston, we observed how other parts of the country still need to work to eradicate racial prejudice. I reminded folks that Cambridge - smack dab in the middle of where some of the smartest people in the country work -- is where one of the nation's biggest recent racial clashes occurred. Remember when a prominent black Harvard professor clashed with a white Cambridge police officer in a racial misunderstanding that took a president to quell over a "beer summit?"

In the South, we seem to have come far relatively quickly in dealing with race. Perhaps that's because we had a long way to go. And yes, racism still exists here as elsewhere. But also recall that in the South, whites and blacks have been living with each other for generations. Then when the rules changed with integration, we started seeing something more in each other than skin color and started checking some preconceived notions at the door.

Today as Southerners who have been dealing with race, we also want people from other regions to check their preconceptions about the South at the door. Outsiders need to understand how the South has grown up over the last two generations. Everyone here is not a hackneyed version of a character in The Dukes of Hazzard.

While we need to keep working to accept everyone for who they are instead of what skin color they have, we should be thankful that the virulent racism that once characterized the region is no longer accepted or acceptable. And a large part of the reason is because we integrated our schools. Let's keep what we learned alive.

Andy Brack, publisher of Charleston Currents, can be reached at:

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PeopleMatter lands $7.2 million in funding
By PETER LUCASH, contributing editor

MAY 5, 2011 -- Charleston-based PeopleMatter this week announced that it has secured $7.2 million in Series B funding: The company has now raised $14.2 million in venture capital money, making it the largest VC funding in Charleston. The round was led by Noro-Moseley Partners, with participation from previous investors C & B Capital, Intersouth Partners and Harbert Ventures.

The PeopleMatter products bring together HR software tools to hire, schedule, learn and engage the hourly workforce for convenience stores, hospitality, retail and foodservice industries

Innovation Summit speaker on Shark Tank
Jason Lucash (disclosure - my nephew) was the leadoff speaker for the Chamber's Small Business Innovation Summit last November. He and his partner are appearing on the ABC show "Shark Tank" this Friday, May 6 at 8PM. Here's a promo spot for the show that features the partners -- "Shark v. Shark" leads to "tension in the room."

Tech after 5
Next up: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 15 at Southend Brewery.

Library business events in May
SCORE Workshop: Should You Start a Small Business? The workshop will be held for an hour starting at 10 a.m. May 21 at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, and 6 p.m. May 23 and the main downtown library. For more information, email or call the Mount Pleasant Library at 849-6161 or the Main Library at 805-6930.

SCORE counseling dates for May
Counselors will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 11 and May 25. If you have questions for SCORE, you can contact the organization here.

Peter Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that works to improve the business management of organizations. You can read and subscribe to the full edition of the Business Indigo blog here.

Friends of Library vying for new Prius

The Charleston Friends of the Library is one of 500 finalists in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public beginning May 9.

Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota's Facebook page, Visitors to the page can vote once a day for the organization that they feel is most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle. The Charleston Friends of the Library will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on Aug. 3, 2011.

Local residents are encouraged to support The Charleston Friends of the Library and their quest for a new Toyota Prius. If the Charleston Friends of the Library receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will be used for visits to all of 16 branches, community outreach, and transporting materials to and from book sales.

Go on a musical Lowcountry spiritual journey

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble performs A Low Country Spiritual Journey at historic First Scots Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., downtown Charleston on May 9 at 7 p.m.

This performance is free and open to the public; freewill donations will be accepted.


Director Nathan L. Nelson will lead the 35-member ensemble in highlighting the legacy of the Spiritual and its historical significance to the South Carolina Low Country. The ensemble has been performing together for three years; this is its first visit to First Scots.

"This congregation is one Charleston's oldest and most active and is known for its appreciation of many forms of music. Acoustically, First Scots is one of the best settings in Charleston. Having an opportunity to performing spirituals in such a beautiful space will be quite a treat and an honor for the singers," Lee Pringle, ensemble founder and president, said.

Nelson said, "I have chosen a unique group of spirituals sure to trigger many reflective moments throughout the evening. We thank First Scots Presbyterian and Dr. Jeeyoon Choi, minister of music, for inviting us to perform."

Magnolia offers free admission Friday

As part of its participation in the third annual National Public Gardens Day, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has invited 400 school children to the gardens on Friday for nature and history programs.

In addition to the public and private school students, more than 1,500 garden lovers also are expected to visit Magnolia to celebrate the special day set aside to bring the nation's attention to public gardens.

The American Public Gardens Association has designated Friday as National Public Gardens Day to raise awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and plant and water conservation.

The association's membership includes some of the nation's most prestigious gardens, such as the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University and Callaway Gardens at Pine Mountain, Ga. Magnolia, the oldest public garden in the United States, is a member of the association and the only garden in South Carolina participating in the nationwide observance.

Tom Johnson, Magnolia's director of gardens, said, "This is the first year that Magnolia has participated. We are honored to be among some of the nation's best gardens as they open their doors to allow Americans to experience a public garden free of charge.

"Given the demands on teachers and the budget cuts facing South Carolina educators, we also see this as an opportunity to enhance the educational experience for our students." Johnson said. "The educational programs we are offering have been designed to match the standards being taught in social studies and science."

For more information about National Public Gardens Day, visit

Aquarium to release 6 sea turtles Saturday

It's been a busy week at the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital, with three new strandings being cared for at the facility and six turtles cleared for release.

A record 22 turtles are receiving treatment, and the release on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Isle of Palms County Park will open up some much-needed space for the new patients.

The public is invited to be there as three loggerheads, Pirate, Palmer and Hilton, and three endangered Kemp's ridleys, St. Catherine, Hyde and Guardian, are released back into the Atlantic Ocean after a successful recovery at the Sea Turtle Hospital.

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Camden's Brook Benton crooned 23 Top-40 hits

Brook Benton, a musician, was born Benjamin Franklin Peay on Sept. 19, 1931, in Camden. His father was a bricklayer and choir director of a Methodist church. The young Benton delivered milk for a local dairy, sang with his father's choir and the Camden Jubilee Singers, and began writing songs.


Benton moved to New York in 1948 and worked at a variety of odd jobs, performing with several gospel and rhythm-and-blues (R&B) groups and recording "demos" of his and other writers' songs. He and partner Clyde Otis wrote hits for Nat King Cole ("Looking Back") and Clyde McPhatter ("A Lover's Question"), among others. In 1959 Benton recorded "It's Just a Matter of Time," the first of twenty-three Top Forty hits in the next five years and the first of his eighteen million-sellers. "Endlessly," "So Many Ways," "Thank You, Pretty Baby," "Fools Rush In," and "Kiddio" followed within the next eighteen months. A 1960 pairing with the temperamental Dinah Washington was personally difficult, but "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" and "Rocking Good Way" made the Top Ten. Some of Benton's other hits looked back to his gospel roots ("Shadrack") and cashed in on the folk-music craze ("Frankie and Johnny," "The Boll Weevil Song").

After the "British Invasion" by the Beatles and other groups, however, Mercury Records let Benton's contract lapse. He recorded several unsuccessful albums with different companies - one included "San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)," "Ode to Billy Joe," and "Stick-to-it-ivity" ("a philosophical saga of Sam and Curly, two dissimilar frogs") - and he covered hits by other artists ranging from Frank Sinatra ("My Way") to Johnny Cash ("I Walk the Line") in genres ranging from country to disco. His only major hit after 1965 was his memorably languid version of "Rainy Night in Georgia" (1970), recorded for Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records. He remained a popular nightclub and concert performer on the oldies circuit, however, especially in Great Britain.

Benton will be remembered for some of the songs he wrote and for his stylish delivery. Opinions differ about the lush strings that often accompanied him-roughly the R&B equivalent of the "Nashville Sound"-but his rich, gospel-inflected baritone recalled predecessors such as Billy Eckstine and set the stage for the explosion of "soul music" in the 1960s. He died in New York City on April 9, 1988, and was survived by his wife, Mary, and their four children.

-- Excerpted from the entry by John Shelton Reed. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)


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Five kinds of stuff

As you clean out your closets for spring, remember that Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is preparing its stores for a flow of fresh new inventory -- your stuff! Spring donations provide an enormous amount of support to the Goodwill mission of job training and employee development.


"We always encourage people to donate," said Goodwill President and CEO Robert Smith. "But we want to send out a special reminder during the spring season. Don't throw away those old clothes and household wares, donate them and help people in your community find work."

Keep these items in mind when preparing to donate:

  • Computers: Through the Dell Reconnect Program, many Goodwill locations now accept computers regardless of condition. Dispose of old computers and accessories in an environmentally responsible way and receive a tax deduction. Visit this site to learn more.

  • Mobile phones: Donate old mobile phones to Goodwill and keep them out of landfills.

  • Books: Donating your books frees valuable shelf space and makes room for the new bestseller. Outgrown children's books and old cookbooks might be another person's newfound treasure.

  • Clothing: Still staring at those jeans that never quite fit? Or that sweater that was never quite your style? Goodwill retail stores gladly accept donations of gently used clothes.

  • Household wares: It's time to part with that backup toaster that's been in storage since the new one came out of the box. Goodwill accepts donations of household appliances and wares, so now you know where to store all those kitchen utensils inherited from your mother-in-law.

Donations of gently used clothing, household wares and electronics help Goodwill provide job training and community-based services to more than 22,000 people in the Lowcountry.

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"The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it."

-- Doug Larson

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North Charleston Arts Festival: The city of North Charleston's Arts Festival continues this week with dozens of lectures, concerts, displays and performances. Admission to these events is free. Go online for a complete listing. A few highlights:

  • Flavor Cutz, works by Conrad Guevara, 10 Storehouse Row, 2120 Noisette Blvd., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 6. View colorful, innovative paintings and sculptural objects achieved through experimentation with nontraditional materials.

  • From Our Cities to Our Seas, works by Karson Photography, Golf Club at Wescott Plantation Clubhouse, North Charleston, through May 8. Kip Bulwinkle presents a two-dimensional exploration of our man-made and natural surroundings in this dynamic photographic series.

  • Heavens, works by Deborah Meyer, 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through May 7. North Charleston's Artist-In-Residence Deborah Meyer will display large scale skyscapes and "heavens" paintings in oil inspired by Psalm 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

Small Business Lunch: noon, May 5, Halls Chophouse. The King Street Marketing Group and the Hall Family are launching "Small Business Lunch at Halls," a forum for business leaders to be held the first Thursday of each month. The events will be ticketed, with a maximum of seating for 50 attendees at $28 per person. Parking is included in the ticket price. The launch event on May 5 will feature Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, who will discuss opportunities the Port of Charleston presents to area businesses, development plans for Union Pier Terminal and the newly formed Cruise Business Council. Tickets are available online.


(NEW) David Mamet's "Race": 7:30 p.m., May 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 2 p.m., May 22. PURE Theatre's production of "Race" by David Mamet will be presented at PURE Theatre at Ansonborough Square Shopping Center, 334 East Bay Street, Unit I. Multiple Award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Tickets are available online or by phone at 866-811-4111. Also, the box offices opens half an hour before showtime.

(NEW) Leslie McCravy 5k: 8 a.m., May 14, Edwin S. Taylor Pier, Folly Beach. Registration: $30 for adults, $15 for children on The 3rd Annual Leslie McCravy Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Top 3 overall Men and Women and top 3 Men and Women in each age group will win prizes, including makeup sessions at Stella Nova, Dinners at O-ku and Oak Steakhouse, tickets to visit the South Carolina Aquarium, one night stay at the Water's Edge Inn, a men's tie from Vineyard Vines, and more. After party begins by 11 a.m. at Blu Restaurant & Bar. Register online.

Golf Marathon: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 16, Daniel Island Golf Club. HALOS will host its 2nd Annual Hundred Holes for HALOS Golf Marathon and Tournament to raise funds for local abused and neglected children. Marathoners will golf all day and attempt to play 100 holes. Teams of four begin the 18-hole course at noon. Each team or marathoner will raise $1,000 to participate. Breakfast, lunch and on-course refreshments will be provided all day. Visit here to register and learn about sponsorship levels.

Trees and Tree People: 6:30 p.m., May 22, 297 East Bay St. "Trees and Tree People: Greening Ourselves, Saving the Planet" with Jean Shinoda Bolen. Her words will lead us from knowledge of what trees are and what they do, to the symbolic, sacred meaning, soulfulness and wisdom of trees. To read more and register, go online.


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7/25: Keelor: Berkeley hospital
Williams: Biz training
Trotta: Bike ride for kids
Read: NOLA art trip
Stanko: First Day Festival
Brown: Getting outside
Jones, Derreberry on cruises
MacIntyre: Thomson Park
Bender: Use new "r" word
Cooney: Preventing burns
Vaughn: Crosstown work
Waldman: N. Chas health
Roberson: Email coupons
Lesemann: Red Cross survey


4/14: First shots fired
Student vs. instructor
War prep offsets horseracing


7/25: Time for Ard to go
Camp Ho Non Wah
Higher ed flexibility
A different Eden
Numbers tell story
6/22: Kansas state of mind
New West bio
6/9: Why I'm running
Haley, drama queen


4/21: Supercharging economy
RiverDogs' date
Grab your paddle
80,000 feet here
Don't be shocked
Being Irish for 1st time
Honoring givers, adventurers
Watching Charlie, selves
Oysters, pigs, chickens
Law student's brief
Simple act of beauty
1/3: Spoleto plans

12/27: Hunger, homeless
11/11: Veterans Day
10/21: Charleston: good performer
8/19: How many med schools for SC?


4/21: AITP event
Enviro firm, more
April tech events
Networking about blogs
Internet addresses
2/10: Companies at conferences
1 /27: Levelwing head to speak
1/13: Health care reform
New filing procedure
You said what?
787 problems for awhile?
Eggers joins Blackbaud
Restorative Physiology, ArborGen
Finance, accounting class
Busy with meetings


4/14: Green economy moving
New offering
Recycling more
Veggies profitable
Companies at conferences
1/20: Green initiative
Green initiative
Saving water
Geothermal home
Dry cleaners' set-aside
Googling on superhighway
Shredding together
Saving money
Energy standards needed


4/18: Brock on TV
G&G food brackets
Market counting
Wine + Food
Frozen Frogmore stew
Home cooking
SEWE 2011
Dry-erase board of shame
Restaurant Week


7/25: Google Analytics
Book sale 5
Glowing gracefullyl
Optimism falls
5 in Georgetown
Pesky #!*$&! mosquitoes
On immigration forms
PGA fun facts
Helping Special Olympics
5 reasons to read more
5 summer festivals
5 ways to help turtles
Nutrition tips
Completed projects


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