Thursday, November 13, 2008

Shopping With Friends Returns Dec. 6

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 1:45 PM

From the release:

Shopping with Friends, the annual fundraiser for Lowcountry AIDS Services (LAS), is celebrating its fifth year of guilt free shopping for a great cause. Over 125 of the Lowcountry's most prestigious local and national stores have once again pledged to give 10 percent of their sales on Saturday, December 6 to LAS.

"We are so grateful to our Red Ribbon Retailers," says Karen Siegel, founder and co-chair of the event.  "In this time of economic uncertainty and tightened purse strings, our non-profit organizations have been hard hit. Shopping with Friends provides a unique opportunity to support a vital cause without taking even a penny out of your budget. Just make Saturday, December 6 your designated holiday shopping day and our generous Red Ribbon Retailers will make the donation for you."

Shopping with Friends begins with a kick-off party on Friday evening, December 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue on King Street. Come in and shop while sipping cocktails and enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen of Tristan's award winning chef, Aaron Deal. Ten percent of every dollar you spend will go to LAS. And you will leave with a fabulous gift from legendary fragrance designer Jo Malone.

The excitement continues on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to Noon at the official Shopping with Friends brunch held at the beautiful Riviera at Charleston Place. Hosted by Elle Magazine, Charleston Magazine and Lacoste, this full champagne brunch is every fashionista’s dream. Bid on original artwork by world renowned fashion designers including Tory Burch and Badgley Mischka. Win a trip to New York with front row seats to the Tyra Banks Show. Or watch the US Open from the luxurious Lacoste sponsor box this Fall. Visit Charleston Magazine's style editor Ayoka Lucas in her jeans clinic to find the perfect pair of jeans for your figure. And leave with an over the top swag bag of goodies provided by Elle Magazine. Tickets are $45, and include your chance to win one of Elle Magazine’s five "must haves" for Fall 2008.

South Carolina ranks ninth in the nation per capita for newly infected HIV/AIDS cases. In its first four years, Shopping with Friends has raised over $500,000 for LAS. Bradley Childs, executive director of LAS says, “Shopping with Friends is so important for Lowcountry AIDS Services. The organization has seen massive cuts in federal funding. The nearly $100,000 per year that Shopping with Friends brings us has literally saved lives. I can't begin to express my appreciation to the Shopping with Friends committee, our Red Ribbon Retailers and all of the caring shoppers who support them each year.”

Lowcountry AIDS Services is a nonprofit 501C3 social service agency serving people infected with HIV/AIDS in the Tri-county area. It provides support groups, financial assistance, case management, legal services, and education to more than 700 clients every year.

For more information on LAS or Shopping with Friends, or to purchase tickets for the December 6 brunch, visit or call 843-747-2273.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

The State: S.C.'s First AIDS Diagnosis

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

The State has an expansive package of stories on AIDS in South Carolina. One today includes the tale of Dr. Robert Ball, a Charleston physician who identified South Carolina's first case of AIDS back in 1982.

A young man covered with drug-resistant herpes sores — on his mouth, his skin, his genitals, his anus — visited Ball’s office in Charleston.

His treatment of AIDS patients led to the eventual decimation of his business.

Soon a third left his care, afraid to share a waiting room with those who had HIV/AIDS.

By 1987, Ball was working 100 hours a week but netting only $18,000 for the practice — insurance companies refused to pay many of his patients’ claims, and Ball still had to pay his staff.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Big Gay Beach Day

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Sorry for the late notice:

Big GAY Beach DAY

CHAMP (Charleston Area Mpowerment Project) is proud to announce the return of Big Gay Beach Day 5.0! This free event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday July 19th at Folly Beach, 11am – 5pm.  Along with informal volley ball games, prizes will be awarded in our sand sculpting contest, relay race, and Lube Wrestling Contest.  Our traditional Tug Of War men vs. women will end the day—last year the ladies won, so let’s see who’s got it this year!  Free Red Bull ™ will be available.  Donations are encouraged.  Please remember Folly rules: alcohol is permitted (no open containers, no glass—bring a koozie); no pets; park with your tires off the pavement going with the flow of traffic.  All are welcome!  The event is sponsored by Patrick’s Bar & Grille, Red Bull ™, and Hardee Marine Sheet Metal.

Directions: Drive down Folly Rd. to the only light on Folly Island. Take a left at the stop light, drive 2.2 miles (0.5 miles past the washout) and find on-street parking near the empty lot on East Ashley Avenue, 1600 block.  We’ll be right on the beach, so look for the flags!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dining WIth Friends

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

In this week's Cuisine section, The City Paper has a story on one Dining with Friends event.

Parties are going on all over town each year when Dining with Friends rolls around. Now in its 16th year, this mega-fund-raiser is easily one of the most recognizable events on the social calendar. Expect 80-plus parties on and around May 3 this year, with themes ranging from black tie to backyard barbecue, enough to exhaust even the most ambitious party crawler.

Didn't think it would hurt if we threw the information out here as well:

Dining with Friends

For info on participating:

Lowcountry AIDS Services

(843) 747-2273 ext. 206

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Silly Hat Party Thursday Night

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM


The Spring Silly Hat Party to benefit Lowcountry Aids Services is tomorrow night! Found this picture somewhere on the internet, but you know that if this guy knew about the party, he'd be there.

The party starts at 8 p.m. and proceeds from the door go to Lowcountry AIDS Services. The silliest, most outrageous hat will win a trophy and bragging rights. The night will be filled with dancing and music will be provided by DJ Jesse. Twenty dollars will get you in the door with a hat or $30 without a hat. Cash or check will be accepted at the door. Representatives will also be on hand to distribute information about Lowcountry AIDS Services.

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