Daniel Island group, credit union, ‘Southern Charm’ benefit among latest to donate after church shooting

Donations continue to come in after the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.

Donations to different funds continue in the wake of the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church that left nine worshippers dead.

The Daniel Island Community Foundation on Monday donated $127,600 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund

In the days following the tragedy at the downtown Charleston church, the foundation issued a challenge, pledging to match the first $50,000 donated by island residents and businesses. Islanders and businesses more than met the challenge.

Other fundraising events and donation efforts on Daniel Island have included lemonade and treat stands set up by children living on the island, as well as funds raised by the Daniel Island Flying Fish swim team, the Charleston Battery, the Daniel Island Shuttle, Peace Love and Hip Hop, and the Music Battery.

Blackbaud software company and benefit management firm Benefitfocus, both on Daniel Island, also made sizable contributions to different funds earlier.

Altogether, efforts by island businesses and residents have raised more than $314,000.

“There has been just an overwhelming outpouring of support from our community,” said Jane Baker, administrator of the Daniel Island Community Foundation and vice president of community services for the Daniel Island Property Owners’ Association. “We are so fortunate to live and work in a community that makes giving back to our neighbors in need a priority.”

Also, a benefit at Sermet’s restaurant Sunday hosted by the cast of the Charleston-based Bravo TV show “Southern Charm” raised $17,500. The money went to the Community United Fund, which guarantees proceeds go directly to family members of the victims.

Also, South Carolina Federal Credit Union donated $10,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, which the church can use to help victims’ families and the church. The money was raised through an employee drive and corporate match.

“It is with great sorrow that we recognize the events of June 17 and pay tribute to the precious lives taken in this tragedy,” said Scott Woods, president and CEO of South Carolina Federal. “If any good can stem from this heartbreak, it is the unity and strength built and demonstrated within our Charleston community.”

On Tuesday, Dee Nilsen from James Madison University will represent the David Klein Entrepreneur Group and present a cash donation of $620 to the church as well as an Island Sunrise canvas.

The 3-foot-by-2-foot canvas shipped from Florida includes the phrase, “It is a divine gift to find the light inside while in the midst of despair.”

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