By Barney Blakeney
The Charleston community is a busy one and I get a lot of stuff that’s not always enough for a full story. I figured I’d put some of that stuff together here:
- July 21, 2019, at Wesley United Methodist Church/Charleston, two scholarships totaling $3000.00 were awarded. The recipients were Jamison Bennison of North Charleston and Carena Grace Kelly, of Atlanta, GA. Jamison, the grandson of James A. Barr Sr., will enter Coastal Carolina University in Rockville, SC. as a freshman. He will pursue a degree in Biology. Carena, granddaughter of Mrs. Clara Point, will continue as a junior at South Carolina State University majoring in Nuclear Engineering. The Florie Tucker Hamilton Memorial Scholarship Fund is a memorial to the late Florie Tucker Hamilton for her entrepreneurial spirit, belief in education as a path to success, and faith in Wesley United Methodist Church’s mission to nurture and support the church and community. The Scholarship is sponsored by her grandchildren, Clarence B. Mitchell, III, and Kristie Mitchell DeWeever, MD. The goal of the scholarship is to support and encourage students pursuing higher education who have a passion for volunteerism and community service either through school-sponsored or non-school activities; and, who have been accepted to or are attending an accredited college, university, or community college.
- Also at Wesley UMC/Chas. two centenarians had birthdays this month – Mrs. Earsie Jackson Aug. 15 (102) and Mrs. Marjorie H. Howard Aug. 21 (107).
- S.C. State University 11 a.m. Aug. 28 at 35 Lee St. will host a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a 1890 Research and Extension building in Charleston. The 1890 Research & Extension Program at SC State University offers public service for rural, urban and suburban communities with a special emphasis on limited-resource families who are in need of the latest research-based scientific knowledge and sustainable practices in agriculture, financial management, business development, parenting, health, nutrition and technology. The event is open to the public. For more information about the groundbreaking, contact Delbert Foster, associate administrator of 1890 Programs, at (803) 536-8460, (803) 536-7102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Mayors’ Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing will sponsor the second annual Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert which will take place 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 25 at the Gaillard Center Performance Hall, located at 2 George Street. Concert proceeds will benefit the Homeless to Hope Fund, managed by the Palmetto Project, which helps persons transitioning from homelessness into permanent housing through a network of local service providers. Performances will include: Mayor John Tecklenburg on piano and Mayor Will Haynie on guitar; Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame inductees Blue Dogs; soulful vocalist Zandrina Dunning and BlackNoyze Band; percussive Rock band Rene Russell and the Bottom End; Singers from the College of Charleston Choir, Charleston Symphony Chorus and the Taylor Festival Choir under the direction of Dr. Rob Taylor. Last year’s Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert raised $135,000 in support of the fund.