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2021 GALA

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2022 GALA

May 21, 2022

7PM - 11PM

Patriots Point Pavilion at The Golf Links

Join us Saturday, May 21st for our second annual Going Places Gala and help us support our mission "to provide disadvantaged kids with their most basic childhood right - A right to Joy."

SweetGrass Capital presents, Going Places' Gala, "N Night Under the Tent", Powered by REV Federal Credit Union, will be a special evening where we will be reliving your favorite childhood memories of Joy.

We will have the aerial bartender back, music from Flash Mob, open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live and silent auction, and plenty of surprises throughout the evening!

Attire: "Formal Cocktail" Attire

Our "A Night Under the Tent" is certain to bring you back to relive your favorite memories of childhood Joy!!!

Tickets are limited so don't wait, get yours ASAP!!

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We have to postpone the in-person gala {again} from the rescheduled date of Sept. 26, 2020 due to (as I'm sure you can guess) Covid-19.


As much as we are disappointed, it is our number one priority to keep the community safe and so we have come to this difficult decision. The new, rescheduled in-person gala date is Saturday, May 15, 2021!


You can expect all of the same amazing entertainment previously scheduled for the gala! Any previous ticket holders and sponsors will be transferred to the May 15, 20201 date! But in the meantime, join us for a FREE, live, virtual, fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020!


WHEN: 7pm-7:30pm

WHERE: From the comfort of your own couch!

HOW: Register for FREE here (anyone in the country can attend!):

WHAT TO EXPECT: A lot of fun! Magic! Auction! Hear from Jawan, the little boy who started it all! Hear from our Founder and Executive Director, Katie Blomquist! See our new branding video! The silent auction will run from 12am on Sept 21st - 6pm on Sept 27th! (link to auction coming soon!)



The Joy Outreach Team is back for year two of fundraising!


We are so honored to have these amazing eight people fundraising for Going Places during the entire month of August! Everyone has selected their own fundraising goal to meet during the month of August! Follow along to see what virtual raffles, collaborations, and fundraisers they each have going on during the month!


Collectively, our goal is to raise a minimum of $20,000 so we can help fund our 7th and 8th grade schools in 2021!

Head to to learn more! Scroll to the bottom to check out each person's fundraising page!


2020's Joy Outreach Team:

Lynn Snyder, Carolina One

Leyla Gulen, Fox24

Whitney McDuff, Whitney McDuff Consulting

 Kara Hicks, The Boulevard Company

 Donna Ashton, Donna Ashton Coaching

Christian Senger, Holy City Sinner

Hannah Roberts, Virtuall Health and Wellness Coaching

Bob Mattie, W!



We have been thinking about how we can spread Joy NOW to the disadvantaged kids who are quarantined at home due to Covid-19 since we can't give out our bikes.


We decided to create ""Bundles of Joy"" which are bags filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy together! Each bag will have (use an emoji in front of each line item):

4 coloring books

2 packs of crayons

6 pack of different card games

Mini Terrarium (generously provided by Wonder Works)

either legos or a mini Jenga


We will go to one of the largest food pick up locations at a school where 120 families come through daily (1,000's of people make up the member of those families) and give out our ""Bundles of Joy,"" one to each family. People can purchase the items needed to make the Bundles of Joy from our Amazon wish list:


We need these items purchases ASAP so we can give out the bundles by the end of the month!"

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Interested in being a sponsor at the gala? Email us!

Have an item to add to our auction? Email us!

A little boy named, Chase, decided to do a fundraiser for Going Places to help raise money for kids his own age who can’t afford what he loves most; a bike! His “Chase’s Cookies for a Cause” raised over $300! If you want to donate to Chase’s fundraiser or you or your child want to create your own fundraiser, 

​check out our CrowdRise account.


8th grade service project​:​ Beads for a PURPOSE, Spreading Joy with Bikes! Ryley Dengler​ has selected Going Places for her 8th grade community service project! When you make a donation through her CrowsRise fundraiser to Going Places of $25 or more​, you will receive a handmade beaded bracelet from her!

​Check out her CrowdRise account.


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SweetGrass Capital's is hosting Going Places in a holiday cocktail party! Last year, they had over 200 guests and we expect this year to be even bigger!!!! They have pulled out ALL the stops and you WON'T want to miss it!! Plus, this open to the public party will benefit Going Places!


Top shelf open bar, light snacks, Saluda Shoals will be performing all night, Santa (because adults never get to take pics with Santa), and MORE SURPRISES! Donations made at the event will be matched, dollar for dollar by SweetGrass Capital!!


You DON'T WANT TO MISS this party all while supporting a great cause!


~cocktail party attire

~open to the public

~adults only

~parking in lot in the back but we suggest an uber/lyft

~this is an outdoor event in a tent, pls dress accordingly Exciting childcare opportunity for the event!! The indoor playground/parents club/childcare facility, Skip and Sully in Mt Pleasant is offering childcare during the event!

~$40 for the first child, $20 for the second and free for the 3rd child

~Ages 2+ only ~From that fee, Skip and Sully will donate 25% back to Going Places!!

~There will be a holiday pajama night for the kids with a themed craft and snack for the Little Ones

~Offer runs 7:30pm-11:30pm


What day brought you the most JOY as a kid? FIELD DAY!

We are so excited to host our first BIG fundraiser, ADULT FIELD DAY! Grab your friends or coworkers and get a team together!

Click our EventBrite link for details on the day!


For every $500 teams raise prior to the event, they will enter the day with 1 point towards winning! Want more info on how? Email: Interested in being a sponsor at the event?





We are so thrilled to be hosting in this wonderful event by The Harbour Club and Andrew Larson with Primerica! Come get your drink on while supporting the disadvantaged kids who live in our community!


The money raised at this event will help buy the 500 bikes needed for EVERY child who attends Sanders-Clyde Elementary!



We have WCBD News 2 meteorologist, Josh Marthers as our MC for the event!



~$10 CASH ONLY gets you into the event

~When you buy your drink ANY TIPS left will go to GOING PLACES

~Enjoy complimentary appetizers

~(AMAZING) Silent auction items

~Live music by local musician, Eric Vaughn

~Cocktail attire

~The event will be outside in a partially covered area so please dress accordingly

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Support your Favorite Local Charity by purchasing a chance to Win a Two Year Lease on an Award Winning 2019 Subaru Crosstrek from CREWS Subaru of Charleston. Crews Subaru will cover taxes and fees, and include 2 year standard maintenance on the vehicle. 

Choose the quantity of tickets that you would like and make sure to tag the Charity of your choice at checkout.

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Ghost Monkey Brewery Fundraiser

August 4, 2018 — Ghost Monkey Brewery hosted Going Places in a fundraiser where they donated 15% of all beer sales from the day and several local businesses donated to the raffle, all raising $1,200 for Going Places!"

Photos courtesy of Jess Wood Photography


July 2018 — Join us at The Brick: Charleston's Favorite Tavern during the month of July becasue when you order the charity burger of the month, a portion of the proceeds is donated to Going Places!


June 20, 2018 — The Shelter Kitchen + Bar teamed up with New Belgium Brewing to raffle off a Limited Editon New Belgium Bike that Going Places' dear friend, local Charleston Realtor, Jon Stroud, had previously won. New Belgium donated beer for The Shelter to sell, proceeds going to Going Places and getting you a ticket to enter to win the bike! Going Places also had several local businesses donate to the raffle, all together raising $1,000 for Going Places!" Photos courtesy of PBG Virtual


Belk has an amazing program to give back to charities and Going Places is excited to participate this year!! THE DEAL: -Buy this ticket from Going Places for $5 -The ticket now becomes your $5 gift card to Belk! (They reimburse you for your donation in the form of a store gift card!) -Participants get up to 75% while shopping -Our tickets are valid at ANY Belk in the country! (In-store only) -Want to buy several tickets and write it off? Ask for the ticket back at check out and use it as your tax receipt! Want to buy one? Send us an email and we will get one in the mail to you! 

Monday, February 26th, starting at 5 p.m., Sorghum & Salt will be hosting Going Places in a fundraising dinner; Chef Tres Jackson of Sorghum & Salt is partnering up with Chef Nate Whiting of Juliet, to create 10 signature dishes and two dim sum items!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! There will also be a special dish, spicy Heritage Foods pork ragu, house made spaghetti, collard kimchi, and Parmesan, that will be available on the menu at Sorghum & Salt for all of February, with the proceeds benefitting Going Places!!

With this ongoing campaign, Chef Jackson and Chef Whiting will be helping to purchase 300 bikes, made by Affordabike, locks, and helmets for the surprise bike reveal at Mt. Zion Elementary School on May 1st!!!!

Check out articles by The Charleston City Paper, Holy City Sinner, Eater Charleston, and ABC News 4.



Mount Pleasant's Pivotal Fitness Red Zone hosted Going Places in a charity workout December 16, 2017 led by Coach Rob Spragis! The largest donation went home with an Athleta Gift Card!


Athleta and Barre Code teamed up with Going Places and during Barre Codes pop up workout in the Athlea Store, any gifts you wanted wrapped, Going Places wrapped them in exchange for a donation made to us.

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