By Jeannie Colson for The Island Connection
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will host the Love Your Neighbor Auction from 1-4:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. Guests will enjoy an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres while bidding on luxurious items such as a guided quail hunt for two at Pinetop Plantation, a private five to seven course tasting menu with wine pairings at the James Beard House in New York City for 12, or a six-night Fairmont Resort getaway in Banff, Calgary and Lake Louise with airfare for two and much more during our silent and live auctions.
For the second year, OLMCOS is presenting the Love Your Neighbor Award to showcase the long-term impact an individual, organization or company makes in our community, bringing our mission to help those in greatest need reach self-sufficiency, to life. This year’s award will be presented to Mickey Bakst. Maître D, foodie, fundraiser, philanthropist, career restaurateur, mentor and Charleston ambassador – these are just a few titles bestowed upon Mickey Bakst. Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach has had the privilege of seeing the impact of Bakst’s work daily through the consistent support he provides to our downtown location, Neighborhood House. His latest charitable effort is Dining for a Cause, which raised over $500,000 in 2018 for three area organizations.
“Mickey is an example of the impact one person can have on many when they share their blessings. He is a dynamic change agent in the Charleston community, and we are honored to have him as a champion of our mission and to honor him for putting community first in all he does,” says Ericka Plater, executive director of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach.
Tickets are selling quickly and can be bought online at OLMOutreach. org. For more information, contact Hannah Finley, development manager, at 843.559.4109 x109 or hannah.finley@ olmoutreach.org. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the mission of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach to encourage and support self-sufficiency and self-worth for people in need through education, wellness and outreach services.
Founded in 1989, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach provides educational, health and direct outreach services to more than 5,000 people each year in the Lowcountry. With the support of volunteers and donations, community members receive dental and pre-natal care, emergency food, clothing and financial assistance, lunch five days a week at Neighborhood House, and diverse educational and capacity-building opportunities such as after-school programs, money management, GED and ESL classes, workforce development, and more. The two locations include Johns Island on Brownswood Rd, serving the needs of James, Johns and Wadmalaw Island residents and the Neighborhood House in Charleston that serves Eastside-area residents. For more information, visit OLMOutreach.org