A Tradition of Giving On Daniel Island
Each year, our small community harnesses its collective generosity to give back in a big way, and 2015 has been no exception. From the giving activity of the Daniel Island Community Fund to the growing list of fundraising events and initiatives that take place in our parks, schools and recreational venues, our community helps raise well over a million dollars for charity each year.
This year, the Daniel Island Community Fund distributed more than $500,000 in grants to non-profit organizations that serve our neighborhoods and surrounding communities. The Fund’s endowment comes from a transfer fee on all resale transactions, and its giving activities are directed by a board of residents and island business professionals. Non-profit organizations that received assistance in 2015 include the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Red Cross, Junior Achievement, East Cooper Community Outreach’s new Cainhoy center, Lowcountry Food Bank and many others.
Meanwhile, special island events like the Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure, Special Olympics Bocce Bash, Juvenile Diabetes Walk and many charity golf tournaments and galas at the Daniel Island Club bring residents and visitors together for a wide variety of important causes year after year. Some of this year’s highlights:
- The 14th annual Park Day on Daniel Island took place November 14, returning to its original location on the banks of the Wando River. Since inception, this annual day of giving has raised more than $300,000 for over a dozen charities, giving Daniel Island families a way to give back while enjoying one of the Lowcountry’s favorite fall festivals.
- The Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure took place on Daniel Island in October 17. This has been a signature island event for 13 years. Daniel Island’s “Shotgun Fairies,” a fundraising team led by island residents, was the top fundraiser for the second year in a row. In just two years, the team has raised over $187,000 for the cause.
- The 8th annual Abby’s Friends golf tournament, gala and auction took place at the Daniel Island Club on August 14. Started by a Daniel Island family, the event has raised over $1 million for Type 1 Diabetes research and support programs to date.
- The 8th annual Charleston Duck Race took place at Children’s Park on June 6. By offering ducks for adoption that “race” in the Wando River, this event annually raises over $120,000. The money is distributed by eight local Rotary Clubs to a variety of charities.
A tradition of giving back is just one of the many reasons that Daniel Island is such a special place to live. This holiday season, we’re thankful for the generosity of our island friends and neighbors and the countless organizations that serve the greater community.