May 25 2020

Backpack Buddies

By Theresa Widuch, Terry Weaver, and Bill and Pat Greubel for The Island Connection

Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island and Kiawah Women’s Foundation Backpack Buddies are overwhelmed with gratitude for the results of the 2020 Gorski and Friends Challenge!

For the fourth year in a row, Mike Gorski of Island Transportation and his sponsors have surpassed their fundraising goal. Generous donations from residents of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Island kept coming in right until the last day. The total amount raised in the 2020 Gorski and Friends Challenge was $80,425.

Words cannot express how grateful we are for every donation, large and small.

Combined, our organizations provide food to more than 540 children who are food-insecure on the weekends. Given the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we anticipate the numbers of children in need growing dramatically.

 With the help of our volunteers, we are continuing to get food to hungry families, even though schools are closed.

To all our donors, we say thank you. Rest assured that your donations will be put to very good use.

To Mike Gorski, your dedication to feeding hungry children is above and beyond amazing.

We sincerely thank you.


  • Anonymous – Kiawah Island
  • Anonymous – Seabrook Island
  • Anonymous – Seabrook Island
  • A.O. Smith Foundation
  • Carolina Girl Promotional Products
  • Coastal Getaways of SC
  • Design Gaps, Inc.
  • Dolphin Architects and Builders
  • Dunes Properties
  • Bob and Linda Fetch
  • Fipps & Sons Garage
  • Holy City Construction
  • Island Transportation Services
  • Jessica Jones Charitable Fund
  • Kiawah Cares
  • Kiawah Partners, Townsend and Stephanie Clarkson
  • Barbara and Vin Lewis
  • Emery and Nick MacPherson of Akers Ellis Real Estate
  • Naples Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley
  • Pam Harrington Exclusives
  • Pelican Development
  • Pierce Distribution Services Company
  • S. Bogan Designs
  • Seabrook Island Real Estate
  • Will Shriver & The Island Company
  • Timbers Kiawah
  • Vincent Drugstore

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