The 29th Annual Carolina Clemson Blood Drive—a tiebreaker year for the competition with both schools securing 14 blood drive wins each—will be held Monday through Friday, Nov. 18-22, on both school campuses. All University of South Carolina and Clemson University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans are encouraged to participate.
The Carolina Clemson Blood Drive is held annually the week before the Carolina Clemson football game. The drive comes at the start of the holiday season when the blood supply typically weakens. Over the past 28 years of competition, the universities have collected more than 90,000 units of blood, potentially saving more than 270,000 lives.
The 2012 event was a very close competition, with a total of 7,189 donors presenting to give blood, 3,655 for Carolina and 3,534 for Clemson.
Donations may be made at the following:
Monday, Nov. 18:
Tuesday, Nov. 19 (USC Alumni Day):
Wednesday, Nov. 20:
Thursday, Nov. 21:
Friday, Nov. 22:
All presenting blood donors at the University of South Carolina will receive a commemorative blood drive T-shirt and a variety of free food. The coveted blood drive trophy will be awarded to the winning team at the game on Nov. 30 at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House gardens! The free Scarecrows in the Garden exhibitfeatures handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week.
Looking for a good bargain? You don’t have to look much further because the South Carolina State Museum is hosting its huge Garage Sale. There will be a variety of fun and unusual props and graphics from previous exhibits for sale, including Tutankhamun: Return of the King and Secrets of the Maya. There will also be framed panels from traveling exhibits as well as toys, books, furniture and more. At noon, purchase a black bag for $5 and fill it with anything leftover from the sale. Please note: There are no artifacts in the garage sale. All items in the sale are props and were produced to enhance exhibits. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.
Join us for Ladies Night Out, a celebration of women, fashion, and art, featuring fabulous food, local artisans selling their work, and the mind-blowing sounds of DJ Alejandro. Shop from our vendors, whose offerings include scarves by Alicia Leeke, purses by Mary Catherine Kunze, and jewelry by Cindy Saad, among others. Dont forget to take advantage of the CMAs deluxe gift-wrapping station. Attendees also have the opportunity to view the Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera exhibition. Guests are invited to enjoy hors doeuvres provided by Earth Fare. A cash bar will be available for wine, beer, and a specialty drink prepared just for the occasion. $10 / join or renew your membership that night and get in for free.
Learn more here.
4 pies from the fine folks of My Dessert Bar will be paired with some awesome beers on draft at Craft And Draft. Learn what beer will pair best with your thanksgiving dessert. Enjoy some tasty pie and hanging out with other beer loving ladies! There will be a small charge for the pie samples ($5 ish, we'll let you know closer to time) and a price for the flight of beer.
This year’s Fourth Annual Main Street Battle for Blood offers potential donors an opportunity to enjoy the upcoming Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) concert for free.
Presenting donors will receive a free Main Street Battle for Blood Tshirt, while supplies last. In addition, those who come to give blood on Nov. 7 at three Main
Street locations will be entered to win one of 50 pairs of tickets to the local TSO concert on Nov. 21.
Donors are encouraged to roll up a sleeve from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:
Agapé Conference Center, 1622 Main St., down the alley behind Michael’s Café and Catering
Contact: Carol Caulk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-391-3163
Capitol Center, 1201 Main St., first floor – lower level
Contact: Lynette Koon, email@example.com, 803-929-2043
Meridian Building, 1320 Main St., 17th Floor
Contact: Courtney Maass, Courtney.firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-255-9681
This year’s blood drive is sponsored by Agapé Senior, Edens, MGC Insurance Defense, Nelson Mullins, NBSC and Nexsen Pruet. Carol Caulk of Agapé Senior said Main Street businesses host the event to encourage employee participation and make a difference in the community.
To schedule a donation appointment, simply download the blood donor app, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code mainbloodbattle or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Or, contact one of the individuals listed above. Walk-ins are welcome.
A Hollywood Affair, the 1st Annual Fundraiser for Jillian's Cure, is a night of glitz and glamour with prizes for best Hollywood look-a-likes and a celebrity auction of memorabilia and one-of-a-kind experiences!
Jillian's Cure is a nonprofit founded as a branch of the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation to raise money and awareness to fund research for Autosomal Dominant Optic Atropy (ADOA). Jillian Nava, 4-years old, is battling this disease, which involves vision loss, hearing loss, disturbances in the nerves used for muscle movement and sensation, and muscle weakness.
For tickets and to learn more, click here.
The American Lung Association invites you to participate in a glitzy, glamorous evening among the stars! The 4th annual ‘Oxygen Ball: Midlands Dancing with the Stars’ competition will be hosted by the American Lung Association in South Carolina at 701Whaley in downtown Columbia.
The Oxygen Ball: Midlands Dancing with the Stars event is being presented by Land Rover Columbia again this year. In addition to great food and drinks, the entertainment for the evening features five local celebrities stepping out of their comfort zone and into their dancing shoes to perform a dance number for attendees. Each celebrity has paired with a local UNBOUND Dance Co. professional dancer for several instruction and practice lessons at the Columbia Music Festival Association to ensure they put their best foot forward!
This year’s celebrities will be:
Anderson Chambers – General Manager, Travinia Italian Kitchen
Ben Hoover – Award Winning Anchor, Host, Producer
Kortni Koutrakos – Midlands Personal Health Champion, Twisted Sister Boot Camp
Clare Morris – CEO, Clare Morris Agency, Inc.
Elizabeth Tuller – Midlands Community Advocate & Volunteer, Shine a Light Foundation
The celebrity that receives the most “votes” will be the winner. Votes may be purchased online at www.midlandsoxygenball.org leading up to the event, or the night of the Oxygen Ball as well. Oxygen Ball tickets may also be purchased online.
Each year, the American Lung Association in South Carolina area hosts events to raise money to support its mission: to improve lung health and prevent lung disease through research, advocacy, community service and education.
In our nation, lung disease is the single leading cause of infant mortality and is the third leading cause of death, affecting one in six people. Further, statistics indicate over 213,000 people were diagnosed in 2007 with lung cancer; 160,000 of whom died. That is more than melanoma, breast, prostate, kidney and colon cancers combined. In 2009, it was estimated that 13.1 million adults had COPD and 24.6 million Americans currently had asthma, including 7.1 million children.
For ticket and voting information, as well as our celebrity and professional bios, please visit the event website: www.MidlandsOxygenBall.org.
University of South Carolina College of Journalism and Mass Communications alum Leeza Gibbons is the special guest at the annual fundraiser for rescue group Pawmetto Lifeline.