Staff Report for The Island Connection
He’s back, and this year he has brought some of his clients, friends, and fellow business owners to smash last year’s record of raising $8,800. This year’s goal is $22,000.
Last year, Mike Gorski, Owner of Island Transportation, launched this project to raise additional funds for the Bohicket Backpack Buddies Chili Cook-off. He is back with friends for this year’s Chili Cook-off on Saturday, March 17, 1-4 p.m. at the Bohicket Marina.
The Chili Cook-off benefits Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island and the Backpack Buddies Group of the Kiawah Women’s Foundation. Both organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofits whose missions are to feed local, hungry, school children on the weekend and during school holidays.
Children are supplied breakfast and lunch by the schools, but often were being left to fend for themselves on the weekends. Backpack Buddies currently feeds close to 400 local children each week.
Gorski has commitments from 11 local businesses to donate $1,000 each to collectively secure $11,000 of matching funds that will be used to match the donations dollar-for-dollar made by the residents of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. All donations are tax deductible, as permitted by law.
This year, the following companies have generously committed to provide the $11,000 matching fund: Island Transportation Services, Coastal Getaway of SC, Dolphin Architects and Builders, Fipps and Sons Auto Center, Kiawah Cares, Kiawah Partners, NV Realty Group, Pam Harrington Exclusives, Pelican Development, Timber Resorts Kiawah and Wells Fargo.
Making a donation is easy, just call Mike Gorski at 864.316.3894 and tell him your donation amount. He will provide the details for the different ways that you can donate.