10th Annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival

 The 10th Annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival returns to the Myrtle Beach area. Sample BBQ from local and regional barbeque cook teams as they compete in South Carolina's Official BBQ Competition. Admission is free both days. Events include: wing competition; burgers n brews competition; Myrtle Beach Car Club car show; fireworks on Saturday night; live entertainment both days; barbecue for sale both days; a cornhole tournament; arts and crafts exhibitors; a beer and wine garden; food vendors; and lots more! Team applications and vendor applications will be posted soon.


Event Location: Horry Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus Conference Center - adjacent to The Market Common


Mission Fundraiser for Diversified Ministries

 We will have a  Breakfast Special to raise money for A return trip to S. Asia for 6 months

3 French Toast, Home Fries, Bacon or Sausage $8.00 Lunch Special 2 Hot Dog Basket FF, Drink 1 scoop of Ice Cream $8.00 All money raised for these 2 special will go to All For Him Ministries


Event Location: Ocean Front Cafe (Blockade Runner Motor Inn 1910 N. Ocean Blvd North Myrtle Beach SC



The Myrtle Beach Freedom, in conjunction with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, will host it’s first Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 4 pm. at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C. The ceremony and open house will be the first public event for the Myrtle Beach Freedom and will include an indoor football demonstration and the opportunity to purchase season tickets. This event is free and open to the general public.  Live music and light refreshments will be available.


McDonald’s Buy One, GIVE One Happy Meal program

-- McDonald’s Launches “Buy One, Give One Happy Meals,”
Empowering Families to Help Feed those in Need in their Local Community through McDonald’s --


 McDonald’s restaurants in the Coastal Carolina Co-Op* are launching a new program that empowers families to give a meal to a local child who does not know from where his or her next meal is coming, with McDonald’s picking up the tab.  In January, the U.S. Census Bureau released that 16 million—or one in five children—were on food stamps in 2014, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008.** McDonald’s “Buy One, Give One Happy Meal” program inspires families to purchase a Happy Meal, and with that purchase, McDonald’s will donate a second Happy Meal to a local food bank organization to give to a local child who is food insecure.


 “Through Buy One, Give One Happy Meals, we at McDonald’s can do our part to provide these children in need with a meal, and also empower our customers to be part of the giving and understand the problem they are helping address, ” said Chris Valdes, local McDonald’s owner/operator.    


The Buy One, Give One Happy Meal program takes place on the first Monday of the month at all participating McDonald’s restaurants in the Coastal Carolina Co-Op** starting in April and running through September.  (Monday April 6th, Monday May 4th, Monday June 1st, Monday July 6th, Monday August 3rd, Monday Sept. 7th). 



For each Happy Meal purchase made on the first Monday of the month from April through September 2015,McDonald’s will donate Happy Meal redemption cards to several local non-profit organizations that collectively reach all counties the McDonald’s Coastal Carolina Co-Op.*


Children are encouraged to be part of the giving through Buy One, Give One Happy Meal by writing their name on a paper cutout which will be posted in the restaurant then provided to the partner organizations along with the Happy Meal redemption cards so families can “feel the love” from their fellow community members.


“No other product represents children and food quite like a Happy Meal, and now more than ever, Happy Meals provide wholesome choices such as apple slices, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat or fat-free milk,” said Valdes. “We are committed to being a good neighbor and because of our breadth throughout the area, we are in a unique position to help address this need in our community.”


McDonald’s of the Coastal Carolina Co-Op* will be giving away at least 30,000 Happy Meals over the course of the Buy One, Give One Happy Meal program. 



* McDonald’s of Coastal Carolina Co-Op includes restaurants in the Florence, SC Co-Op, Myrtle Beach, SC Co-Op, and Wilmington, NC Co-Op serving Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Florence, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson, Scotland, Williamsburgcounties. 


** United States Census Bureau press release “One in Five Children Receive Food Stamps, Census Bureau Reports



2nd Annual Golf Fundraiser To raise funds to do low-cost spay/neuters for cats and kittens in both Horry & Georgetown counties.

 Bikini Beach Cat Rescue Offers low-cost spay/neuters to the residents to cut down on the cat population, especially the homeless free-roaming cats.

Bikini Beach Cat Rescue is having their 2nd Annual Golf Fundraiser September 7th at O'keefe's Irish Pub across from the Inlet Square Mall starting at 5:30 pm.  We have gifts and prizes totaling more than $11,000 for auction: many restaurant gift pkgs, tickets to the Alabama Theater, The Carolina Opry, Brookgreen Gardens, 3 day/2 night hotel pkg in Murrells Inlet, Budweiser electric guitar, many golf course pkgs, and many gift baskets.  You can also join us for dinner for $10.00.  So come and enjoy, bid on items of interest and help the animals too!


Event Location: O'Keefe's Irish Pub



Red Cross blood drives planned in remembrance of Sept. 11


Red Cross blood drives planned in remembrance of Sept. 11

Red Cross partnership with 9/11 Day encourages people to give blood to honor those lost on 9/11

FLORENCE and MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Sept. 2, 2015) — The American Red Cross is partnering with 9/11 Day to offer individuals a chance to help others and commemorate the events of Sept. 11 by giving blood or platelets or volunteering their time with the Red Cross.

9/11 Day was launched in 2002 as an annual day of service to honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. Since then, it has evolved into the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the U.S. and was designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the U.S. Congress in 2009. Each year tens of millions of people observe the day by performing acts of service and good deeds.

“This annual observance increasingly resonates with people with each passing year, for the benefit of countless people and communities in need, and that’s surely gratifying,” said Jay S. Winuk, co-founder of 9/11 Day. “Those who participate are making a real difference. The Red Cross is an ideal partner to engage people to step forward, and we’re confident that blood donors, volunteers and organizations will answer this call for help while honoring the heroes of 9/11.”

Winuk lost his brother Glenn in the 9/11 attacks. Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney with Holland & Knight in downtown Manhattan, served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for almost 20 years. After helping evacuate the Holland & Knight law offices where he was a partner, he raced to the nearby World Trade Center’s south tower to help with rescue efforts. He died when that tower collapsed – a borrowed first-response medical kit was found by his side.

“Giving blood or platelets is a fitting way for people to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to honor the first responders who rose up in response to the attacks and those who serve and protect communities every day,” said Krystal Overmyer, communications manager of the Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region.

Blood donors of all types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – and platelet donors are encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type that can be transfused to patients of any blood type. It is often used to treat trauma patients and is always in demand by hospitals.

“The Red Cross is proud to partner with 9/11 Day and empower members of our communities to give blood and volunteer to commemorate this anniversary while making a profound contribution to community preparedness,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Giving the gift of life to someone else is a way to continue the healing process in the face of tragic circumstances Americans couldn’t imagine before that day.”

Those who would like to observe the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to make an appointment to give at one of the following locations:


Upcoming blood drive opportunities by county, Sept. 7-13:



9/8/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., McLeod Medical Center Dillon, 301 East Jackson St.




9/9/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., ACS Technology, 180 North Dunbarton Drive




9/12/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wal-Mart of Conway, 2709-A Church St.


Little River

9/10/2015: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., McLeod Seacoast Medical Center, 4000 Highway 9 East


Murrells Inlet

9/11/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wachesaw Conference Center, 4367 Riverwood Drive

9/11/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Waccamaw Community Hospital, 4070 Highway 17 Bypass


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About 9/11 Day

9/11 Day is the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the United States. Each year more than 40 million Americans and many others in 150 countries observe September 11 by performing good deeds that help others. The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, providing a positive, helpful way for people to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those that rose up in service in response to the attacks. We encourage everyone to observe 9/11 this year by putting aside their differences, if any, joining together to help those most in need, and working more closely to make our world better and more peaceful.


Sons Of Norway 1st meeting for the 2015 fall season

Calling all Scandinavians, young, old, to our first meeting for the 2015 fall season.

Sons of Norway is a faternal organization.

We meet every Sunday of the month.

Come join us for a sampling of imported cheeses,crackers,fruit and of course good friendship!

And learn the menaing of UFF DA!!!


Stand Down at the Beach welcomes help for all veterans

Stand Down at the Beach, a day to help veterans in need, is set for this fall.

At a press conference Wednesday, organizers announced September 18 as the event date.

Stand Down has many purposes, but the main goal is to end veteran homelessness, once and for all.

"The second is to give these veterans the benefits that they deserve and need, and the third is for those that we can't, and don't want to get off the streets, to give them the things they do need to survive on the streets,” AARP Director of Community Outreach Doris Gleason said.

The premise behind Stand Down Myrtle Beach is simply to provide services to veterans in need, that includes: dental, medical, counseling, and housing assistance, adding up to nearly 50 agencies available, that day.

There will also be food, non-perishables and even clothing vouchers.

Agencies involved expect about 100 volunteers. 

It's an event open to all veterans, but targeted to those without a place to live, or at risk of losing their homes.

This is the second year for the event, and those involved, including AARP, Horry Georgetown Tech, and Veterans Welcome home, to name a few, are hoping for continued success.

Last year, the event had about 200 vets show up and this year, organizers are expecting more.

The bottom line,  it's our time, to give back to those who serve our country.

"The give so much to us, they deserve it,” said Gleason.

If you want to donate, some items needed are:

non-perishable foods

white crew socks for men

ladies tank tops

baby wipes

travel sized personal care items

gently used clothing


Location :  U.S. Army Reserve at 3392 Phillis Blvd. at the Market Commons in Myrtle Beach.


Myrtle Beach Out of the Darkness Walk

  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Mission is to Save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP funds research, provides education, advocate for policies that will reduce suicide and improve mental health services and support for those in crisis and those left behind by the loss of loved ones.


 AFSP Community Walk to save lives, honor loved ones, and raise runs.  Help us create a world without suicide. Register at outofthedarkness.org


Event Location: Broadway at the Beach


Survivor's Soiree


The purpose of Tau Upsilon Alpha National Organization for Human Services Honor Society is to honor academic excellence; to foster lifelong learning, leadership and development; and to promote excellence in service to humanity.


We will be holding a formal event called the Survivor's Soiree in order to bring awareness to domestic violence. Tickets will be $20 and all proceeds will go to a nonprofit organization helping those who have been victims of domestic violence.


Event Location: Thomas C. Maesser Auditorium - HGTC Grand Strand Campus