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Greenville Humane Society Hosts Record Breaking Mutt Strut

The Greenville Humane Society is proud to announce that the 2016 Mutt Strut, presented by Papa John’s, was a record breaking event for the organization. The fifth annual Mutt Strut, which took place on Saturday, August 27th, at the Greenville Tech campus and along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, had 2,000 participants and raised nearly $80,000 for the organization. 1300 dogs joined their owners in the race.

All proceeds from the Mutt Strut directly benefit the Greenville Humane Society. This event enables the Greenville Humane Society to vaccinate, spay/neuter, feed, house and provide medication to over 6,000 animals entrusted to their care.

Sponsors for this year’s event included presenting sponsor Papa John’s, as well as Corley, ScanSource, Camp Bow Wow, Fairway Subaru, Spinx, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Snoozer Pet Products. Graphic Cow, Pepsi, Garner’s, Clif Bar, the Greenville News, Trader Joe’s, My 102.5, Garrett’s Golf Carts, and Dobson Towing also supported the event.

To learn more about the Greenville Humane Society visit www.greenvillehumane.com

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Community Foundation of Greenville Announces $600,000 in Anniversary Grants

The Community Foundation of Greenville is proud to announce the local recipients of $600,000 in signature anniversary grants in honor of the Foundation’s 60th year. The South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Camperdown Academy and Greenville Center for Creative Arts received a total of $600,000 – $100,000 for each decade that the Community Foundation has been giving back to Greenville.

“The Community Foundation of Greenville is honored to have played a role in making Greenville what it is today, and our commitment to this community is as strong today as it was sixty years ago,” said Community Foundation of Greenville President Bob Morris. “These four organizations are making a huge difference in the lives of our citizens. We are proud to provide these gifts to allow them to further their missions.”

For the past 25 years, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre has been entertaining, educating and enriching the minds of young people, serving more than 43,000 children and families annually and growing to be the largest children’s theatre in the state. The Community Foundation of Greenville awarded SCCT $250,000 to support SCCT’s capital campaign to build a permanent theatre arts campus for children in Greenville.

“We’ll have our own 300 seat theatre, numerous classrooms, all of the support areas for the theatre and we’ll all be back home in one place again,” said SCCT Executive Director Debbie Bell. “A gift this public is a tremendous catalyst to continue in our fundraising efforts. It is such a strong endorsement of our organization and validates our plans and aspirations for the future.”

The Greenville Free Medical Clinic promotes wellness and provides caring, quality primary medical care and dental services, health education and prescription medications without charge to eligible low-income uninsured Greenville County residents. The Community Foundation of Greenville awarded the clinic $125,000 to increase the comprehensive medical care available to their patients in outlying areas of Greenville County who face transportation obstacles as well as access to care barriers.

“We were just delighted to be asked to be a part of this 60th Anniversary and to be recognized with a grant,” said Greenville Free Medical Clinic Executive Director Suzie Foley. “It’s always exciting. We can buy more medications. We can do a lot more for our patients.”

Since 1986, Camperdown Academy has enabled students with average to above average intelligence, who also experience learning difficulties in the areas of reading, organization, language processing and written expression, to reach their maximum academic potential. The Community Foundation of Greenville awarded Camperdown Academy $125,000 to support their capital campaign to build a facility with adequate learning and play space that is designed to serve specialized needs, is cost-effective to maintain, provides space for  teacher training and offers accessibility from the interstate.

“We plan to build a building that is about twice the size of what we currently have,” said Head of School Dan Blanch. “Camperdown is not a school of want, it’s a need. And with the help of the Community Foundation of Greenville, we’re going to solidify our foundation and hopefully touch more people”

Founded by a dedicated group of artists, teachers and community leaders, the Greenville Center for Creative Arts is the anchor for Greenville’s visual arts community, providing classes, exhibitions and opportunities to cultivate art appreciation while experiencing Greenville’s growing art community. The Community Foundation of Greenville awarded $100,000 to support the center’s capital campaign to buy the Cloth and Cotton Warehouse buildings to establish a permanent home for the visual arts in Greenville.

“To have a large organization that has a significant impact on the life of Greenville recognize our efforts and validate us and say we want to support the vision that you’re creating is an amazing thing,” said GCCA Executive Director Cherington Love Shucker. “We need a permanent home for the visual arts in Greenville and are so pleased that the Community Foundation of Greenville agrees with us.”

The anniversary grant recipients were announced at a special celebration at The Poinsett Club Thursday evening hosted by Greenville Women Giving and sponsored by United Community Bank.

“United Community Bank is proud to partner with an organization that fills such an important role in this community. We congratulate all of award recipients and look forward to their continued growth and success made possible by these grants,” said Michelle Seaver, president of United Community Bank – Greenville County.

Greenville Women Giving is a special initiative of the Community Foundation of Greenville committed to strengthening the community through the collective resources of its members. It was established with the help of a grant given by the Community Foundation of Greenville in honor of its 50th year. The philanthropist who made that grant possible, the late Jean Harris Knight, was also recognized at last night’s celebration.

“As a philanthropist dedicated to furthering women’s issues in our community, we know Jean Harris Knight would be pleased to know her gift helped establish an organization as impactful as Greenville Women Giving,” said Morris. “Unrestricted gifts allow us to give as we see needs unfold in our community. We are thankful to Jean for settings such an inspiring example for others to follow.”

For more information on the Community Foundation of Greenville, please visit www.cfgreenville.org.

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Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes Hosts 15th Annual Grief Seminar

Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes is pleased to announce Michelle Post as the speaker for the 15thannual grief seminar that will take place on September 20th and 21st at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. The three seminar series is a public outreach project sponsored by Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes that aims to provide a resource to those experiencing grief in their personal and professional lives.

Michelle Post, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Continuing Education Provider,  will speak at the two day event, which helps attendees understand how to cope with death and bereavement. Michelle Post internationally consults and trains in areas of grief, death notification with children and teens, stress & burn-out prevention, group facilitation, ASIST suicide prevention, executive leadership and team-building. As Manager of Donor Family Aftercare for OneLegacy, she provides staff & community training and bereavement services and is the former chair AOPO Donor Family Services Council and former board member and secretary for National Alliance for Grieving Children. She has been a faculty member for the Global Leadership Symposium hosted by the American Academy of Bereavement and she is also a member of Dr. J. William Worden’s SoCal Bereavement Specialist group.

The seminar begins on Tuesday, September 20th with “What to Do About the “S” Word – Suicide CPR & First Aid” from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. This seminar is geared towards school professionals, teachers, nurses, social services, and administrative staff.

Designed specifically for the general public, Ms. Post will present “What Have You Done for YOU Lately? Stress Management for Grievers” on September 20th from 6:45pm – 9:00pm.  This seminar is designed to provide coping mechanisms for anyone experiencing stress in their life as a side effect of the death of someone close to them.

On Wednesday, September 21st, Ms. Post will present the professional caregivers’ workshop “Understanding Young Hearts: Tips, Tools and Techniques to Heal Grieving Children and Teens.” This six hour workshop, which takes place from 8:30am – 4:00pm, will explore the process of grieving in a way that includes children and teens. This session is designed to help anyone who cares for bereaved children, teens and their families.  Funeral directors, social workers, nurses and chaplains will receive six continuing education hours for attending this session.

For more information on the 15th annual grief seminar, or to find out more about Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, please visit www.thomasmcafee.com.