Use social media to bring the Gibbes Gator to life; take the Charleston Parks Challenge

Illustration of the Gibbes Museum of Art’s new mascot. Provided.

Two local nonprofits are hoping you’ll help them spread awareness through social media. One is literally a walk in the park and the other is as simple as taking a picture with a new mascot.

Gibbes Museum of Art has started a “Bring the Gibbes Gator to Life!” campaign to help raise money for a new mascot so it will be ready by the museum’s reopening. You can donate here on

The museum has partnered with Charleston County School of Arts sophomore Julia Dotson, who is building the costume in her own time.

To help spread awareness they’ve positioned cut-out gators around town encouraging people to take pictures and engage with the future mascot. You can post these pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #GibbesGator.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is challenging you to get out and explore some of the 120 parks in Charleston. They suggest visiting at least one new park a month and take a picture of yourself there and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ChsParkChallenge. The Conservancy will repost some of the pictures throughout the year.

Whomever visits the most parks by Nov. 10 will receive two free tickets to the 2015 Party for the Parks on Nov. 14.

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Are you up to the challenge? Find out which park you want to visit first here.

I also have a couple of updates on two nonprofit campaigns that I wrote about earlier this month.

- The Charleston Animal Society’s Firefighter calendar campaign continues to go strong. As of last week, the animal society has now sold a calendar to every continent, including Antarctica.

- Creative Chatter has partnered with Lamar Advertising to take its #UltimateSelfie campaign nationwide to more than 500 billboards across 21 states.