STANDOUT. This cardinal is trying to hide in the verdant greenery of a live oak tree. But being red, it's just hard for him to do so. Moments later, he skittered away, only to land on nearby grass about a hard from another male cardinal. A brief fight ensued. Then they flew in opposite directions. (Photo by Andy Brack).
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MAY 12, 2011 -- Hootie and the Blowfish founding member Mark Bryan traded in his guitar for a golf club to support the Annual Spirit of Caring Golf Tournament to benefit the Roper St. Francis Healthcare Nursing Scholarship Fund. The event took place Tuesday at the Ralston Creek Golf Club on Daniel Island and raised more than $45,000.
This is the fourth year for the Spirit of Caring Golf Tournament and our biggest yet with 34 teams participating. We've held this popular event during National Nurses Week and, over the course of four years, we've raised more than $175,000 toward educating nurses, many of whom will remain in the Lowcountry.
The tournament raises money to help address the national nursing shortage and minimize its impact on our local community by offering scholarships to students. The scholarship program, funded through the Roper St. Francis Foundation and initiatives such as the Spirit of Caring Golf Tournament, is open to anyone entering the profession who has been accepted to a nursing school as well as to any current Roper St. Francis employee seeking an advanced nursing degree.
Since the fund's inception, 185 nurses have received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The scholarships provide financial assistance to students currently in nursing schools as well as professional nurses pursuing advanced degrees in the field.
A nursing program at a two year college costs approximately $5,200, according to CollegeBoard.com. And the same source shows this year's undergraduate college student paying between $9,000 and $40,000 for tuition and fees in 2011.
The majority of the people who receive our scholarships stay in our community providing compassionate, professional healthcare services. Currently, Roper St. Francis Healthcare supports dozens of scholarship recipients in accredited nursing programs at schools including the Medical University of South Carolina, Clemson, University of South Carolina, Lander University, Charleston Southern University, Trident Technical College and more, with nearly $130,000 awarded to the 2010-2012 graduating classes.
We're especially grateful to all our sponsors, including the underwriting sponsor, Morrison Healthcare Food Services. Other sponsors include:, Carolinas HealthCare Systems, CMS Imaging/Club Habana, Bon Secours St. Francis Nursing , Efficient Capital Corporation, Bon Secours Health System Inc., Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Studer Group, as well as Allied Barton Security Services, First Federal, Reliable Medical Equipment, FreemanWhite Inc., Anderson & Associates, Communication Management, Inc., CAB Receivables Management Company, The Post and Courier and Roper Radiologists, PA.
Wherley is director of imaging at Roper Hospital.
Piccolo Spoleto to offer 700 cultural events
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
MAY 12, 2011 - With 700 events on tap during the city's coming Piccolo Spoleto festival, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
"Piccolo is so important because it gives the opportunity to our local artists to be showcased against the backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA," said Ellen Dressler Moryl, head of the City of Charleston's Office of Cultural Affairs at a Tuesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Charleston. "These two festivals provide a stunning economic impact which benefits the entire state of South Carolina."
The festivals, which start May 27 and end 16 days later, pump more than $85 million in business into the Charleston area economy, according to a 2007 study.
"Cultural tourism is very important to the state of South Carolina and we can also take pleasure in knowing that supporting the arts even makes good business sense."
Not only will there be outstanding and affordable opera, theater and visual arts, but the festival will have a wide array of musical shows including classical, contemporary, jazz and the blues. Highlights include a Sunset Serenade at the Customhouse (5 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 27), the Children's Festival (daytime, May 28 at Marion Square), a Block Party (7 p.m. to 11 p.m., June 4, Marion Square) and a finale devoted to "Motown Madness" (6 p.m. to 10 p.m., June 11, Hampton Park). To see the schedule and learn more, visit this Web site.
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I feel like a bonehead for not including the Battery in Monday's Seven Wonders of the Lowcountry. Even after talking with several people and getting their input to help develop the list, the Battery slipped by.
Oh well. The Battery, including iconic Rainbow Row, really needs to be on the list because, as Currents reader Sally Magdovitz wrote, "You can't come to Charleston without visiting the Battery including the park and all of the amazing homes that line it and the water. My grandparents' home was 60 Murray Blvd. Even though it's no longer in our family, my memories of that home remain fresh!"
Among other suggestions from Magdovitz: her family's Read Brothers store on King Street; the Meeting Street Piggly Wiggly ("Each time I go there I'm reminded of Harold's Cabin which used to be housed inside. You can still find many of those wonderful items there that Harold's Cabin used to offer!"); and beaches on Folly and Sullivan's islands and the Isle of Palms.
Reader Sara Dwyer of James Island also suggested Boneyard Beach, the Santee Cooper locks, Morris Island Lighthouse and Francis Beidler Forest.
If you have any suggestions for the Seven Wonders of the Lowcountry, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
have to include the Battery in your letter. I've learned my lesson.)
To Charleston Currents:
Upon reading the feature entitled "Better way needed on road-building", one only needs to travel I-26 between Ridgeville and Columbia to see a local stretch built section by section by various "politicians".
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. This issue's featured underwriter is the Charleston RiverDogs. The Lowcountrys leader in sports entertainment, Charleston RiverDogs baseball is an attractive, affordable medium for your group or business. The RiverDogs develop the next major league stars for the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees at one of the finest ballparks in Minor League Baseball -- Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Three short words sum up the every day approach taken by the Charleston RiverDogs front office. The brainchild of club President Mike Veeck, the nine-letter phrase Fun Is Good is meant to be a guideline and daily reminder of how employees should approach their jobs and in turn capture the imagination of the fans to turn them into repeat customers. Call them today at (843) 723-7241 or visit online at: www.RiverDogs.com. The season's underway!
Charleston could win $1 million if its metro area shows the greatest increase in the number of post-secondary degrees granted per capita over the next three years.
Through the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston is one of 50 U.S. cities that is officially part of the competition, which is being awarded by CEOs for Cities. The group calculates that if the nation's cities increase the number of college graduates by just one percentage point, national earnings would go up a staggering $124 billion.
Locally, the Chamber is collaborating with several regional organizations, including the Education Foundation, Trident United Way and Charleston Regional Development Alliance, on the Graduate Charleston initiative. For more information on the prize, which can be used to launch a national promotional campaign on talent development, go here.
Charleston to hold five public redistricting meetings next week
The city of Charleston is hosting five public forums next week to discuss proposed new council districts required every 10 years after population changes reported by the U.S. Census.
The 2010 Census showed that the city grew by 23,433 residents - more than any other community in the state. The U.S. Constitution requires each of the 12 council districts to have about the same number of people. In Charleston, that translates to about 10,000 per district.
City council and city staff have developed a preferred plan and some options. People who want to comment have opportunities next week at five forums:
More info: http://www.charleston-sc.gov/redistricting
Charleston Pride Festival kicks off today
If the success of last year's inaugural Charleston Pride Festival is a good barometer, then expect more than 4,000 people to attend this year's three-day festival in North Charleston starting today.
The event, sponsored by Absolut Vodka, will offer an art walk, film festival, music, vendors and the Charleston Pride Parade along East Montague Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
There's also a "Catch the Wave of Equality" rally starting at noon Saturday at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Among the performers will be Brooke Collins, who will serve as grand marshal; Thunderkings, Elke Kennedy, Heyrocco, Melissa Moor and Blynd Snyper, as well as a special appearance by Jujubee from RuPaul's Drag Race. Learn more by clicking here.
Run Forrest Run set for May 21
You can lace up your jogging shoes at the Joe at 5 p.m. May 21 for the 8th annual "Run Forrest Run 5K Race and Fun Run." When you're done, sit back and watch a great night of RiverDogs' baseball.
This year's event, which will benefit the MUSC Storm Eye Institute, will feature chip timing for quick and accurate results. The course is TAC certified and features split times at each mile marker.
race is fun for all ages and caters to every type of participant,"
said RiverDogs Special Events Director Melissa McCants Azevedo. "Our
5K race begins in front of The Joe and finishes at home plate where runners
are greeted by RiverDogs players."
Law students' group recognized as top in the world
The Charleston School of Law chapter of the nation's first professional fraternity and oldest legal organization has been named the top in the world.
The Pinckney Inn of the Charleston School of Law is the 2011 International Inn of the Year, according to Tim M. Wheat, executive director of the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. (An "inn" is similar to a chapter, but named after the old English Inns of Court.)
"The members of the Court of Appeals [competition judges] are typically faced with a difficult decision each year," Wheat said of the competition to name the best student Inn. "This year, however, the unanimous choice of the justices of the Court of Appeals was Pinckney Inn at the Charleston School of Law."
The local organization is named in honor of Charles Pinckney (1757-1824), a South Carolina signer of the U.S. Constitution, governor, U.S. senator and ambassador to Spain.
Among the key events over the past year for members of the Pinckney Inn were hosting a Pop Culture Palooza, hosting a two-hour ethics forum, and collecting and donating more than a ton of food to the Lowcountry Food Bank.
are thrilled to see one of the most respected legal organizations in the
country present this award to our students for giving back to their communities,"
Associate Dean of Students Abby Saunders said. "Every year, our students
give thousands of hours in free help to community organizations locally
and throughout the state."
Beauregard prepares city,
replaced by Anderson
After the Confederate occupation of Fort Sumter, many in Charleston were overly optimistic about the future relations with the federal government. William H. Gist, the governor of South Carolina from 1858 - 1860, predicted, "Two battles will end the war and our independence will be acknowledged." Others were surprised that any war should occur, believing that the Southern states had a constitutional right to secede.
Governor Francis Pickens and General P. G. T. Beauregard were at odds over how to best defend the South Carolina coast. Pickens, who fancied himself as a military strategist, believed that defenses should be erected along the entire coastline. Beauregard, keenly aware of his limited resources, believed that the focal point of the Confederate defense should be Charleston.
New defensive fortifications were constructed to protect the mouth of the Stono River between Folly and Kiawah Islands. Fort Pickens, named in honor of the governor, was constructed on Battery Island, and Fort Palmetto was constructed on Cole's Island. At Pickens' insistence, fortifications were also planned for islands on the North and South Edisto Rivers. Eventually, Beauregard submitted a plan for the defense of the coast calling for batteries from the North Edisto to the Broad River near Georgetown. Beauregard also ordered Colonel L. M. Hatch to place obstructions in most of the navigable channels along the coast to prevent entry by any enemy vessels.
On May 27, 1861, Beauregard received orders transferring him from Charleston to the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia. As he traveled by train, Beauregard received a hero's welcome at train stations along his route. Once in Virginia, he was given command of the "Alexandria Line," defenses being organized to meet an impending Federal offensive at Manassas.
Charleston, Beauregard relinquished command of the state volunteer forces
in South Carolina to Governor Pickens. He placed Colonel Richard H. Anderson
in command of the Confederate forces in the Charleston region. Anderson,
a native of Stateburg, South Carolina, was a graduate of West Point. As
an officer in the US Army, he distinguished himself in duties in the Indian
Territory and in the Mexican-American War. After South Carolina seceded,
Anderson resigned his commission with the US Army and accepted a commission
as colonel of the 1st South Carolina Infantry Regiment.
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Top motivational sayings
If you visit with local insurance agent David Gilston, there's a good chance you'll leave his office with a motivational book - or two.
But Gilston isn't
a man who thinks leadership is simply handing out books and quoting an
inspirational saying or two. He's living the words he reads and has built
a successful career based on the principles he's put into practice for
almost 50 years. Here are five of his top motivational sayings:
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"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."
-- Mick Jagger
10th Annual It's In The Bag Purse Auction: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., May 13, City Gallery at Waterfront Park. A wide variety of artists and others create purse designs that are auctioned at this popular fundraiser for the Center for Women. Tickets available here: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
What You Need to Know About Divorce: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 14, Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. This free workshop is designed to help you take the next step, no matter where you are in the process of untying the knot. Trained professionals deal with the legal, financial and family and personal issues of divorce. Presented in conjunction with S. C. Collaborative Law Institute.
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.
Leslie McCravy 5k: 8 a.m., May 14, Edwin S. Taylor Pier, Folly Beach. Registration: $30 for adults, $15 for children on www.active.com. 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.
(NEW) After Hours with the RiverDogs: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 14, Riley Stadium, Charleston. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours will be with the Charleston RiverDogs. Cost: $40 for non-members; $20 for members. Register.
Kickin' It for a Kidney: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 15, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium. Local Cougars radio commentator and television talk show host Everett German needs to raise the funds for a kidney transplant. Kickin' It For a Kidney will have food and beverages, live music, jump castles, giveaways and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the transplant surgery for this father of two. Admission is $20. Also, an account has been set up at South Carolina Federal Credit Union. If you would like to make a donation, you can drop it off at any SCFCU location, and make checks payable to "Friends of E".
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
Charleston Arts Festival: The city of North Charleston's Arts Festival
continues through June 13 with dozens of lectures, concerts, displays
and performances. Admission to these events is free. Go
online for a complete listing. A few highlights:
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.
(NEW) Running Well workshop: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 21, at Trident Tech's main campus. The school will offer this course that uses the physiology of running to assess and achieve optimal running form. To register or learn more, click here or contact Steve Price.
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.
in the Movies: Myths and Misconceptions: 6:30 p.m., May 26,
Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. This fascinating
presentation shows how the portrayal of slavery in movies has changed
over the years. Presented by Donel Singleton and Nate Johnson of Fort
Sumter National Monument.
Law Seminar: Immigration Law: 6:30 p.m., May 26, Dorchester
Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road. Robert A. Condy will lead
the seminar with a lecture followed by an open discussion.
My Father, Myself: Creative Resilience in Aging: 6:45 p.m., May 31, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Can art save us from the ravages of dementia, or transform the experience of aging? Jerald Winakur discusses how art can help the aging and their caregivers cope with the changes in their lives. Winakur is the author of Memory Lessons: A Doctor' Story which chronicles his life as a geriatric doctor and his experiences caring for his father, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. A book signing will follow the lecture; books will be available for sale.
(NEW) Chamber's Annual Meeting: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 2, Francis Marion Hotel. The Charleston Metro Chamber's annual meeting will feature Scott Lillie on Inside the Magic: Leadership Principles from a Life at Disney. Cost: $179 for non-members; $129 for members. Register.
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