By Exchange Club of Kiawah-Seabrook for The Island Connection
You might be aware of the Exchange Club of Kiawah-Seabrook by the American flags that are put out around the community for every patriotic holiday, or you might know the Club from the Exchange Club of KiawahSeabrook Handbook that is published and distributed throughout the community each year. What you may not know is that the club has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to deserving non-profit organizations that serve our less privileged neighbors on Johns and Wadmalaw islands. The Exchange Club of Kiawah-Seabrook is committed to community enrichment through the support and development of programs which focus upon four major areas, the prevention of child abuse, youth development and education, Americanism; and community outreach. Each year the club contributes more than $100,000 to organizations in these categories. Members of the club serve on committees that vet and review grant requests from different organizations before awarding grants to the programs that the committee feels were most deserving that year. Grants are awarded to recipient organizations at an annual banquet. The signature event for the club is its annual Angel Oak Award, which was established to recognize a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the people of John’s and Wadmalaw islands. As part of the award, the Club makes a $5,000 donation to the local charitable organization of the recipient’s choice. The award is also a great excuse for a party, and the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club likes to party, so the Angel Oak award is presented at an annual dinner event. The Club holds dinner meetings about every two weeks, providing an opportunity for fellowship and fun, along with a guest speaker discussing some aspects of life in the Lowcountry. Other activities include an annual holiday event and excursions to the Charleston Symphony throughout the year.