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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.

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: http://townhallbrands.com/we-are-looking-for-a-wine-sponsor/

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

wow...as 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

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

I call BS. Respectfully say no if you want but get a write off and help a charity is a win win. Any small amount is good and the certificate may never be used. Still a win win. 10 requests a week. Oh, I am so sorry for your trouble. Restaurants aren't the only ones but they have the easiest way to help out. I was in the F & B industry. Giving creates good will and good will creates more business if handled correctly.

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Posted by Coach Hamm on March 23, 2017 at 11:39 AM

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

Send these emails to your spam folder, or quickly just delete them or say NO... get over yourself.

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Posted by CaptElaine on March 23, 2017 at 10:24 AM

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

Consider doing this.....
Ask your organization's benefactors to underwrite the acquisition of some of the bigger ticket or popular auction items. Use that seed money to purchase the premier items or services at a steep discount. A properly organized and conducted auction should generate a reasonable return for the organization. Leverage the seed money to bring a higher yield for the organization.

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Posted by JHArizona on March 23, 2017 at 10:21 AM

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

Angel's effort in behalf of Wine+Food was for the benefit of the F&B industry itself. That's a big difference. Go Angel.

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Posted by Guy Leonard on March 23, 2017 at 8:07 AM

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

Donations to most 501c3's are deductible.

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Posted by Saildude on March 23, 2017 at 1:45 AM

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

Well said. That same concept goes for media companies who give their time and effort year after year, incur business expenses, and organizations take total advantage of the situation. most people respect the product more if they have to pay something for it.

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Posted by Robert Smith on March 22, 2017 at 8:22 PM

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

Additionally, there are a few chef's in town who "throw their weight around" and expect "comp" meals, free meats, constituents, wines, etc. You probably know who they are.

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Posted by DaleS on March 22, 2017 at 8:10 PM

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

I recall many years ago Angel being the one to start Wine + Food. Didn't you ask for a lot of handouts from businesses to get your "cause" going? Is it still a problem to raise money for this non-profit (no, you now charge them to be a part)?

Now that it's successful, it seems you forgot where the roots were founded. No money, but a good idea, and asking for donations (specifically from the food industry) in order to gain a footing to make the event grow.

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Posted by TheodoreY on March 22, 2017 at 7:39 PM

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

Gross...would throw back at server...Woo Hooo....

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on March 22, 2017 at 6:10 PM

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

Its unfortunate that one of her clients has to post on her behalf. Anyone with access to the internet knows that Home Team BBQ is a community leader and contributes to multiple causes in a selfless manner. Her article didn't do the community any favors, in fact, it made those businesses that care look "p'sed off" that they get asked all the time. A professional wouldn't have made her clients feel the need to stand up for her should her message been conveyed correctly and with respect.

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Posted by Jay 1 on March 22, 2017 at 6:08 PM

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

In regards to the Charleston City Paper Article this morning, we at Home Team BBQ would like the opportunity to say that since our opening in 2006, we have welcomed the chance to be a part of the gracious and giving Charleston community. We are honored to have the ability to offer our goods and services for the benefit of those in need in the Lowcountry and across the country such as Hogs for the Cause, the Ronald Mcdonald House, Operation Home, St Andrews Parks and Playgrounds, Whitesides Elementary School, the Able Life Foundation and countless others. Inevitably, when asked to donate our goods and services, there comes a time when we have to decline assistance and is never a decision we take lightly. We have built our local business on giving since day one and we will continue to do so with pride in our hearts and smiles on our faces. We have great respect for Angel Postell and the amazing work she has done and continues to do for the Charleston community in countless charitable situations. She is a wonderful asset to our company and a great friend.

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Posted by aaron siegel on March 22, 2017 at 5:49 PM

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

Nonprofits need to ask for donations, and restaurants should give to their community. Took this and went a little deeper. Here's my take, if you're interested.

https://www.creativsocial.com/blog/2017/3/…

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Posted by Simone Bruderer on March 22, 2017 at 5:01 PM
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