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Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Good points all.

But I do have a suggestion for chefs, restaurants, and other small businesses: don't just wait around for the next freebie request. Have a philanthropy strategy. Know what you want to support and why, then stick to it. Be sure it aligns with your business plan (you have a plan, right?), then create a budget (how much you'd be willing to donate in any one year), then implement the plan. NOW you have a construct for what you will, AND what you won't support, and by how much and how often. This way the next time you have to say, "Sorry, can't do it," it's not because you're just burned out by requests. It's because you ARE doing your part in the community, without putting yourself out of business. Just a thought.

Posted by Jim Donahue on March 25, 2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Bipartisan 'disturbing schools' legislation passes an important procedural hurdle

I was bullied mercilessly in my class, in Prague, from 6th grade to 9th, when we escaped to Austria. I was being assaulted, slandered, ridiculed, by most of the boys in my class. It was hell, I was sometimes suicidal. They were criminals, they deserved to rot in prison. But we students had a no tattling policy, so the teachers did not know. The boys were all of them white. But they were vicious criminals.

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Posted by Tom Martin on March 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “8 taco places we found on our North Charleston taco crawl

Thanks for this article! so far I only knew of the taco truck, I gotta try all the others :)

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Posted by Jennifer Barbour on March 25, 2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

I work for a non profit ministry that helps sex trafficking victims and am responsible for marketing and soliciting businesses and churches for contributions. Donations and help from our community are vital to carry out our mission to help the women and children we serve. We do our very best to promote businesses who contribute to our cause. As a new and young organization with very limited funds we have to ask for the help of our local businesses and churches. And to expect something from us in return is not realistic and just wrong. Not all organizations can patronage at every restaurant that offers to help simply because their funds our limited as well. I give of myself and out of pocket to this ministry and other charities because it's the right thing to do and don't have any expectations for anything in return other than to help others. In the article I am hearing "what is in it for me as a business", and how "annoying" it is to receive X amount of request weekly... The bottom line for us, as a non profit, is that without organizations like ours and businesses willing to contribute to our causes, there will be countless women and children who won't get the help they need. So donations are crucial to it's survival. We need to focus more on what the charity stands for and who they will be impacting rather than, what it will do for my business, and my bottom line if I help. Also If restaurants and businesses don't have the money, time or have exhausted their resources they should simply POLITELY decline or ignore the request and leave it at that... Trust me we understand that you can't help everyone! As an organization we too have been asked to help other orgs and have had to respectfully decline some request because we have stretched ourselves thin. We ask for donations because our charities depend on them to live out our mission. And personally speaking we are grateful to all of the businesses that give of themselves so that the people we serve can get the help they need. It's a selfless thing to do. Acalades and profits for your business as a contributor are a bonus, but should always be last of expectations when giving fully of yourselves to help the community and our fellow man. Whether you have a business or not, giving back is what God has called us and purposed us ALL to do! It's everyone's responsibility to help those in need.

Posted by Jean McGee on March 25, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Chef Justin Pfau departs Harold's Cabin

No loss. One of the worst meals I ever had. There were 4 of us and we all but one thought terrible. The three desserts were terrible. They served this light green slime under beignets. We tasted it and had no idea what it was. It had a grainy texture. We found out it was " basil creme fraiche". What??? R u kidding me??? God awful. I make my own and know the consistency. That was not creme fraiche. I hope they find a better replacement. Just keep it simple!!! Make a great hamburger for goodness sake!!!

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Posted by lynnar on March 25, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Let's buy our way to a greener, cleaner planet Earth

Case studies of state spending lots of money on programs with unproven benefits. I feel like a program to get all the old appliances fixed could have translated to huge cost savings for everyone. There has never been a shortage of excellent appliance repair services

Posted by John Martin on March 24, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “John Hodgman weighs in on hot dog taco after one surfaces on North Charleston taco crawl

A hotdog on a bun, would be a form of sandwich in my opinion. The dog alone (or weiner) would constitute a meat, similar to other sausage link varieties, and alone, does NOT constitute a sandwich. Glad I could settle that for everyone.

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Posted by Jshicke on March 24, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The legend behind Charleston Boxing Club is ready to get his due

Hollywood was a big part of making my son the wonderful adult he's become. Made him make tough decisions like smoke or box, drink or box, party or box. Life is simple when you're in the ring: quit now and never fight again, get hit until they stop the fight or fight back with whatever you can find inside. Simple, but not easy. Thanks Al, for all those you steered right but haven't got around to tell you

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Posted by Mr. Cohenhead on March 24, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “James Island gains a fast/casual spot with Hen and The Goat

For as long as they took to open, I am not impressed by the menu at all. You know Sweetwater is right down the street, right? And they can do all that waaaay better.

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Posted by Emeraldcsr on March 24, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

I have been on both sides of this coin... and I find Ms. Postell's article irritating... this isn't "giving freebies to charities" this is supporting non profits that impact YOUR BUSINESS community, this is supporting your base. ...this isn't rocket science; As a business owner, if one doesn't know how to manage expectation or say no after your "giving budget" has been depleted one may need to look at how they are mismanaging other areas of their business equation.
You are being approached because you have made a good name for yourself and the restaurant ... it's the no good deed goes unpunished theory LOL BUT in the best scenario. If you are a desired commodity people will call... I always look at these requests as a compliment ... It takes me one minute to interrupt the caller or reply to the email noting "our charitable giving has been exhausted for this year, so sorry please feel free to email me info regarding your non profit so we can keep you in mind next year". DONE... OR sometimes it presents a magical opportunity to engage regions the business is not usually represented in. We have found our selection of charitable giving is a marketing strategy that is a win win for all involved

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Posted by Kim Bell on March 24, 2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “James Island gains a fast/casual spot with Hen and The Goat

Thanks for the clue about the music. We won't go anywhere in Charleston where the music is loud and annoying...that eliminates FAR too many restsurantd. What a mistake!

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Posted by Betsy Getsinger-Donlon on March 24, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Ask Ta-Nehisi Coates questions via social media in advance of his sold-out lecture tonight

Is there video or audio of this talk somewhere on line?

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Posted by Heidi Mehltretter on March 24, 2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

She wrote that post for her client and used it to defend herself. Grotesque for a PR agent. A huge disservice to her clients, and an embarrassment to the professional marketing and publicity field. Don't think this of all of us. We're charitable and we give, along with our clients, however we can, and decline when we can't. We don't eviscerate charities (of all things) in the paper, and we don't use our clients names in ill-conceived attempts to bring attention to ourselves. Word to the wise: *Never* use publicists whose first concern is publicizing themselves.

The ultimate slap in the face must be having to throw your self-aggrandizing self under the bus WHILE pretending to comment AS YOUR CLIENT, whose reputation you just destroyed.

Only one question for this person: Have you no decency? I'll accept Aaron Siegal's answer as yours since you're hiding behind his handle.

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Posted by Cat 1 on March 23, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

As a business owner, I never give donations in response to a letter or an email. I find it much harder to say no to someone in person.

Another "no-no" is for the person who asked for the donation to be the person redeeming the donation. I've seen this happen twice and it's just plain tacky even IF you "won" it fair and square in the silent auction.

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Posted by Karen Mott on March 23, 2017 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

unfortunate she wrote this article... looking through the likes/dislikes I think people have spoken. Even with the kudos from clients/former clients she made a mistake publishing this article. A professional would call this "crisis management".

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Posted by Jay 1 on March 23, 2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Perhaps the idea that every government program helping the arts of the needed should have its funding eliminated needs to go. No, we can't do it all with volunteers and donations. If you want a civilized community, basic needs should be met by programs everyone contributes to. The portion of the business community and population that is willing to give shouldn't be expected to insulate those who don't care from stepping over cold bodies on the sidewalk in the morning.

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on March 23, 2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Exactly - I work in wine and wrote this:

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Posted by Leeann Froese on March 23, 2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Pretty sure all who know Angel in the Charleston F&B world know she is an incredibly giving, creative, committed member of the community. It's not always easy to speak the truth, nor is it convenient to hear it. The fact that she got a conversation going here is great! Keep on Angel!

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Posted by Matt Licklider on March 23, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

So be prepared for our request for cash donations rather than product and staff time. Especially as the current administration proposes to slash access for social services for our state's poorest residents, we will turn to for-profit businesses and individuals more frequently to meet the basic needs of the poorest in our communities. Many of these are people who work in the hospitality industry with low wages and no benefits.

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Posted by Shelli Quenga on March 23, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop a former King Street retail business owner, I was all too familiar with the constant requests for donations...sometimes it was even down right annoying, but we decided who and what we wanted to give to. That said, to spend the energy complaining about it in an article seems really unnecessary and even damaging to the nonprofits that we are so grateful to have here in the Lowcountry. Let's face it. The Charleston F &B industry is one of the strongest in the country... this article is just petty.

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Posted by tollmag2 on March 23, 2017 at 12:05 PM
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