September 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012: CHARITY CORNER

Author: Courtney Hampson

Set along a picturesque street in Palmetto Bluff’s Garden District, the Palmetto Bluff Style Home is a fabulous community collaboration between local partners Palmetto Bluff, J Banks Design Group, and Shoreline Construction and Development and national partner Coastal Living magazine. Designed to showcase the work of the project partners (and the extended list of local contributing sponsors) the Style Home will feature the very latest in coastal inspired interiors and outdoor living spaces, fabulous decorating ideas, and smart design tips, for all who tour the home. Perhaps most intriguing however, is the community benefit the Style Home will bring to Bluffton.

On September 1, the Style Home will open to the public for tours, five days a week, through November 4. Tour-goers will contribute $10 per person to tour the home, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Bluffton Self Help and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton. Volunteers from both organizations will staff the home during the tour days, giving them an opportunity to tell their story to the anticipated 3,000 visitors, and making this effort a true partnership.

In addition to finally finding the inspiration to add throw pillows to the family room sofa or paint your master bedroom something other than white, your $10 contribution can truly go a long way. For example, at Bluffton Self Help, an organization founded in 1987 with a mission to help Bluffton neighbors in critical need of food, clothing, and short-term financial assistance, $10 can stock the food pantry with the following:
• 10 dozen eggs for clients to use for breakfast, lunch, dinner or hard-boiled for a snack. At two eggs per serving, that’s 60 servings.
• 11 cans of canned beans, pumpkin and chicken broth, which can be mixed up to create a hearty soup for up to 10 days of meals.
• Two 42-ounce canisters of oatmeal ($3.69 each), yields 60 servings.
• 20 pounds of bananas, at 49 cents a pound. Bananas cost less than most fruits and are healthier than granola bars.
• Two five-pound roasting chickens ($5 each) can yield two dinners each; that is four dinners for $10. .

The Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton works each day to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, citizens. Executive Director Molly Smith talks about the vast number of art supplies that can be purchased for $10. “Art is a vital key to learning, and our art program enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing,” Smith said. The club will put your $10 contribution to good use, providing the following:
• Enough paper, markers, paint, and crayons for crafts for one child to create for a full month.
• Weekly transportation to Fred Astaire Dance Studio for ballroom dance lessons.
• Printing ink and photo paper for members of the photography club.
• Entry fee for one child in the National Fine Arts Competition.

Mark your calendars and make it a date to tour the Style Home, chat with local volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to these two wonderful organizations, maybe splurge for a spa treatment or head to Buffalo’s for lunch (if you do, I suggest a calorie splurge on the Buffalo Burger!). Make a day of it, all the while knowing that your $10 tour will indeed go a long way. And, if you don’t believe me, believe Coleman who said, “Bluffton Self Help feels very privileged to be one of the charities to benefit from the Style Home. This partnership will provide much-needed resources to our clients and help us stamp out poverty and hunger in our community.”

IF YOU GO:
September 1-November 4
Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sundays noon-3 p.m.
For more information, visit palmettobluff.com

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