As the Charleston community grieves the loss of nine lives from the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church, fundraisers for the church’s Hope Fund continue. Sermet’s Downtown and local cast members of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” will host a benefit dinner at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday, with all of the proceeds being donated to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.
The $100 ticket includes an open bar and a three-course dinner. There will also be a raffle for a fine-dining certificate, “romance package” and more, with cast members in attendance to greet guests.
After dinner, Charlton Singleton, local conductor and artistic director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, will entertain guests, along with the Joe Clark Band, a local swing/big band group. A special musical remembrance to honor and celebrate the victims and families will complete the evening.
The “Southern Charm” cast members have been actively involved in charitable causes in the past, including fundraising as a group for the Wounded Warriors Project and Caitlyn, the abused dog rescued by the Charleston Animal Society.
“When (this church) tragedy occurred, they immediately wanted to lend a hand in any way that they could,” said Lawson Roberts, the Bravo series’ event producer. “This dinner is a representative of a collective effort from both the entire cast of the show and their families ... I am blessed to have colleagues on the show that are so generous and so caring.”
JD Madison, owner of Sermet’s and occasional appearance-maker on the series, reached out to Roberts and the preparation got underway.
Other series’ regulars, including Thomas Ravenel, Cameran Eubanks, Danni Baird and Jennifer Snowden, as well as the restaurant’s staff and others sponsored all of the costs of the event so that 100 percent of the proceeds can be donated.
“I’m honored to be a part of something to help the families that lost so much,” said Snowden. “This event has been a tragic one, yet spiritually uplifting. Charleston is strong and Charleston will remain strong and I’m proud that it’s my home.”
According to cast member K. Cooper Ray, “JD called and said, ‘We’re putting this together will you join us?’ I said, ‘Anything for Mother Emanuel.’ ”
Tickets are still available for each dinner seating. For more details and to make reservations, call 853-7775 or go to www.sermetsdowntown.com.