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A Community United

The sounds of Charleston during the summer time are unique and easily recognized by tourists and locals. You can often hear the distinct hum of cicadas, the clop, clop of horse’s hooves on the pavement as they carry tourists through the historic district of our beloved Holy City, and the ringing of church bells on almost every corner. However, on the night of June 17th, all those sounds seemed to stop. Nine innocent men and women were shot during their regular Wednesday night bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church. The church lost their senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney and nine families lost their loved ones. Would the Charleston community ever be the same?

Only time will tell but in the days after the tragedy, Charleston emerged as a strongly unified city. Grief and anger turned to love. The sounds of singing, prayer and encouragement filled the air. The community of Charleston had not backed down in fear; instead, they united in love, inspired to find ways to help those affected and make a change in our community.

Almost over night, more than 50 restaurateurs and beverage purveyors, under the direction of Mickey Bakst, General Manager of Charleston Grill, came together to donate food and beverage for a fundraising event for the families.

The event is already being described as unforgettable. Being held July 9th from 6:30-9:30pm in the Belmond Charleston Place Grand Ballroom, A Community United Event will donate 100% of the proceeds to the families of Emanuel AME. The event is also hosting an auction, available to supporters around the world. Beginning July 3rd at noon and ending July 9th at midnight, the more than 250 items are as varied as a VIP Grammy ticket package, 8-night Cape Town and Safari camp package and more than 100 pieces of art. Additional auction items will be available during the event. The evening will include music by The Mark Sterbank Group and the Lowcountry Voices gospel choir along with a program featuring Charleston and AME Church leaders. 100% of proceeds from the auction and the event will be donated directly to the nine families whose lives were forever changed that night.

Tickets for the event are $200 and can be purchased here.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support by participating in the auction online. All bids can be activated directly from your mobile phone.  View items and bid.

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