MeetingPoint to look at how faith communities can serve society

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – For centuries, faith communities have been the epicenters of compassion and charity.

Yet, building a congregation that focuses outward toward the well-being of the larger community does not come naturally. When a congregation does nothing, where is its faith in its creed? If a congregation does a little, how can it ever do enough? How can a commitment to economic/social justice be built into the fabric of God’s house?

This timely discussion is the focus of the MeetingPoint’s July “Getting our Stories Straight” series features Father Patrick Tuttle, the pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Church and School in Greenville. The MeetingPoint events are community engagements to learn and dialogue about relevant topics in the interfaith community.

The event will take place at Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville on Thursday, July 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free with no reservations required.

Tuttle has been with St. Anthony’s for a decade. During that time, the parish has grown from 150 members to more 1,200 with an additional 330 congregants at Furman University and the Monastery of St. Clare.

The school, which serves students from age 3 through sixth grade, has doubled its enrollment during that time.  And St. Anthony works hard to meet more than the spiritual and educational needs of the residents in the church’s distressed neighborhood. The congregation has refurbished more than a dozen run-down homes in the community. Its food pantry distributes 250 bags of groceries each day.

About MeetingPoint:

MeetingPoint is a United Interfaith Community, drawing together people of goodwill in prayer, study, fellowship and compassionate service. MeetingPoint is a direct outgrowth of Greenville’s Year of Altruism (YOA), which has taken our community to new heights of compassion, civic awareness, and social action. Learn more at www.facebook.com/MeetingPointSC.

The Insurance Source hires new agent

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GREER, S.C. – The Insurance Source has added Kendra Heyward as its newest agent.

A Charleston native, Heyward brings more than a decade of experience in the insurance industry to The Insurance Source team, said Guy Furay, the firm’s president and owner. In her free-time, Heyward enjoys volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels and other local charitable events.

“With her experience, she will specialize in the areas of health, life, disability, vision and dental insurance,” Furay said. “Ultimately, she strives to make insurance easier.”

 

About The Insurance Source

The Insurance Source is an independent brokerage specializing in health, life, disability and dental insurance. The Insurance Source has helped others protect what matters most since 2005 and is located in Greer, South Carolina. Learn more at www.theinsurancesourcesc.com.

The Old Cigar Warehouse to recognize Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality with special ceremonies for LGBT couples

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Old Cigar Warehouse will be hosting six, free wedding ceremonies this Saturday, July 4, in honor of the Supreme Court’s ruling that fully legalized same-sex marriages.

The ceremonies are on a first-come, first serve basis and include flowers, a wedding officiant, music by a DJ, cupcakes and a celebratory champagne toast, said Tammy Johnson, owner of The Old Cigar Warehouse. Couples are able to bring up to 20 guests with the ceremonies taking place in 30-minute blocks starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m.

“We are partnering with other wedding vendors to share in this historic Supreme Court ruling because for so-long LGBT couples have not had this opportunity,” Johnson said. “This is also a great opportunity for those who have already had a commitment ceremony, but now would like to have a legal ceremony.”

The wedding package includes:

  • 10 minute ceremony from Danielle Baker, Your Wedding Lady.
  • Indoor ceremony location with seating for 20 guests at The Old Cigar Warehouse.
  • Free ceremony photography from Todd Williams with Magnolia Studios.
  • Ceremony music and sound from Uptown Entertainment.
  • Your choice of two bouquets or boutonnieres from Tailor & Table.
  • Congratulatory champagne toast and cupcakes from Liquid Catering and Couture Cake.

People wanting to learn more about the event can go to www.oldcigarwarehouse.com/lgbt-wedding.html or call 864-305-4144. Slots are being given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Couples should sign up no later than Wednesday, July 1.

“We feel that this is a great moment for us to show support to these couples and let them celebrate without fear of intolerance or prejudice,” Johnson said.

About The Old Cigar Warehouse:

Located at 912 S. Main Street across from Fluor Field in the West End, The Old Cigar Warehouse features more than 7,000 square feet of event space, an open catering policy and full event support, allowing the venue to deliver a seamless event.

The Old Cigar Warehouse was built in 1882 and historically used as a warehouse for cigars and cotton. With 45-foot-high ceilings, exposed brick and stained floors, the warehouse is sure to inspire the most creative of events.

Learn more at www.oldcigarwarehouse.com.

ReWa launches new website

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Greenville, S.C. (June 29, 2015) Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) has launched a new website, www.rewaonline.org, to better serve our customers, business partners, stakeholders, and community.

The website includes a wide range of information about ReWa and our water quality initiatives. “With a modern and clean look, enhanced content, improved search functionality, and optimization for mobile devices, ReWa’s new website serves as a dynamic resource for the community.” said Stacey Flax, Customer Service/ Contract Manager for ReWa.

Vendors are encouraged to explore the website for new opportunities, while community members are encouraged to learn more about ReWa through our website and our educational campaign websites:

www.befreshwaterfriendly.org

www.pipepatrol.org

www.ariverremedy.org

We hope our websites serve as a valuable source of information for you!

Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) ReWa’s goal is to promote a cleaner environment, and to protect the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways, while providing and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure for the growing economy. ReWa serves more than 400,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens Counties.

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Clients in the News

It’s been a hot week for our team  – and we’re not just talking about the weather! Keep reading for the latest on Complete PR clients.

The media has had a lot to say about Habitat for Humanity in the past few weeks. Governor Haley recently signed a bill to grant tax exemption on construction materials to nonprofits who build homes for low-income citizens. The Upstate Business Journal, the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg and TWC News of Charlotte all covered the story. In local news, Habitat Greenville was featured on WYFF and FOX News for celebrating the 330th Habitat Build in the Upstate. The Greenville Journal also shared pictures from the Wells Fargo Build on page 22 of this week’s issue.

ReWa was featured on WSPA’s Studio 62 with Jamarcus Gaston to share tips about their Be Fresh Water Friendly campaign.

WYFF hosted the Old CigarWarehouse to talk about their upcoming Bridal Open House. The OCW also popped up in the Greenville News.

The Greenville News shared information about upcoming MeetingPoint events, as well as a contribution from Rabbi Marc Wilson in an article about the Charleston shootings.

The Greenville News also published an oped from Chris Manley of Engenius and a great story about It2Pi.

 On the home front, the Upstate Business Journal published an oped from Kaitlyn with advice for recent college graduates.

Could your business use some results like these? Give us a call at 864-289-9772.

Jamon Meredith’s Upstate Offensive Lineman Academy moving date and location

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Due to a scheduling conflict with the Tennessee Titans, former Hillcrest and University of South Carolina star Jamon Meredith and the Wyatt Sports Academy is moving the Upstate Offensive Lineman Academy to Saturday, July 25 at Hillcrest High School.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Meredith and the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame, the cost of the camp has been cut to $25.  There are still scholarships available for individual campers who need assistance. Donations for scholarships can be made at www.wyattacademy.com.

For those who had pre-registered, Jamon Meredith is contacting each of them personally and is offering extra individual training sessions with them in addition to their entrance to the camp in July.

 

What:   The Upstate Offensive Lineman Football Academy is geared toward offensive lineman who are playing football as rising 8th graders to rising seniors. We will start with the basics and work through the techniques and take the group as far as they want to go given the time allotted so all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

When:  Saturday July 25, 2015. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the event goes until noon. Lunch will be provided after instruction is completed.

Where: Hillcrest High School, 3665 S. Industrial Dr. Simpsonville, SC 29681

Who:     Jamon Meredith is a product of Hillcrest High School, who then played collegiately at the University of South Carolina. A three-year starter for the Gamecocks, Meredith was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He has played in more than 50 games in the NFL as an offensive lineman including having started games with the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and currently with the Tennessee Titans where he started three games in the 2014 season.

The Wyatt Sports Academy(WSA) is a division of Wyatt Sports, LLC, where it specializes in individual and group position training from beginners to pro, as well as managing various youth football camps for former and current high profile professional football players.  The company is based in Greenville, SC. You can find out more about the WSA at www.wyattacademy.com.

 

Why: Meredith and a select group of coaches with college and professional pedigrees will work with athletes on fine tuning aspects of their pass blocking and run block techniques.

Cost: $25 Scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance and can be applied for at http://www.wyattacademy.com/wyatt-scholarship-application/.  Cost includes t-shirt and lunch for participants.

Registration Information: Pre-Registration and payment is preferred to allow for a quick check-in process the day of the camp and to provide accurate attendance. Space is Limited. Register at http://www.wyattacademy.com/clinics/jamon-meredith-clinic-july-25/

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Rebuild Upstate breaks yearly record in six months

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – An Upstate nonprofit organization has broken their previous yearly record for accomplished projects in only six months.

Rebuild Upstate helps low-income homeowners with home repairs and accessibility improvements to create safe, livable housing in existing homes and neighborhoods. The organization’s current record is 62 home-improvement projects completed in one calendar year.

Rebuild Upstate is currently working on the organization’s 63rd project of 2015.

The home to break the record belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Algood. Robert has lived in the home for nearly 20 years and was joined by his wife, BJ, after the two were married. Improvements to the Algood’s home include new siding, roof and porch repairs, electrical fixes and fresh paint.

“We are amazed by what Rebuild Upstate has been able to accomplish on our home,” said Mrs. Algood. “We recommend their services to anyone in need of improvements. They are a blessing.”

“This tremendous growth is a testament to our amazing staff and volunteers,” said Chris Manley, Executive Director of Rebuild Upstate. “We look forward to continued growth through the second half of 2015 and beyond.”

About Rebuild Upstate:

Rebuild Upstate is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Upstate South Carolina low-income homeowners with home repairs and accessibility improvements to create safe, livable housing in existing homes and neighborhoods. Learn more at http://www.rebuildupstate.org.