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Upstate Giving, Sept. 18, 2017

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SunTrust Foundation to donate $500,000 for Hurricane Irma disaster relief

The SunTrust Foundation will commit $500,000 to various disaster relief and recovery efforts in support of the communities and businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Immediately, the SunTrust Foundation is giving $250,000 to the American Red Cross to aid first-responders as they bring relief to those who’ve lost their homes and need food and shelter. An additional $250,000 is earmarked to assist other organizations as ongoing needs are identified, according to a news release.

“The American Red Cross needs immediate assistance, and our grant of $250,000 will go toward initial recovery efforts to ensure everyone’s safety,” said David Fuller, president of the SunTrust Foundation, in the release. “As we continue to assess the outcome of the hurricane, we will provide additional grants to local non-profits to help people rebuild and ensure their well-being.”

Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and primarily focuses grants and activities on advancing financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants.

SunTrust Bank also will accept financial donations for American Red Cross relief efforts in branches through Oct. 13.


Ford Motor Credit funds 800 meals for Meals on Wheels of Greenville

Ford Motor Credit recently presented Meals on Wheels of Greenville with a check for $4,000. The funds will provide hot, nutritious meals and a volunteer visit to 800 homebound clients. The check presentation was a part of the 2017 Ford Model Teams Community Building Accelerated Action Day on Friday, during which Ford Motor Credit volunteers spent time volunteering at Meals on Wheels and packed nearly 1,500 meals for the homebound.

“We are truly grateful for the continued support of Ford Motor Credit,” said Amanda Osborne, director of development at Meals on Wheels of Greenville. “They not only provide valuable financial support to fund meals for our clients, but also invest their time and energy volunteering throughout the year to personally make an impact in the lives of their neighbors.”

Since 2008, Ford Motor Credit employees have volunteered 2,495 hours to Meals on Wheels of Greenville. 


Commerce Club gala raises $45,000

The Commerce Club in Greenville, a member of the ClubCorp family of clubs, has announced that its 2017 Charity Classic Gala, held in August, raised more than $45,000. All proceeds will be donated equally to the three charity beneficiaries: A Child’s Haven, ALS Augie’s Quest and ClubCorp’s Employee Partner Care Foundation.

Commerce Club’s Board of Governors was the Presenting Sponsor this year. Other sponsors include Bank of Travelers Rest, Bryon Culbertson of Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner Commercial Division, Find Great People, Fluor Corp., Greenville Technical College, Premo Ventures, and Saulsbury Industries.

In 2016, the annual ClubCorp Charity Classic raised more than $3 million nationwide for the ALS’s Augie’s Quest and other charities. Locally, the Commerce Club raised over $40,000 last year.

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