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Upstate Giving, April 4

Molly Hulsey //April 4, 2022//

Upstate Giving, April 4

Molly Hulsey //April 4, 2022//

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The  Anderson Emergency Kitchen received $10,000 and a new Electrolux fridge from the Anderson company. (Photo/Provided)Anderson manufacturer responds to increase in food prices

Appliance manufacturer Electrolux donated a total of $45,000 to Meals on Wheels-Anderson and the Anderson Emergency Kitchen to feed those in need throughout the community as inflation drives up the price of a meal.

“We are committed to being at the forefront of sustainability and to fighting hunger in our community alongside our strong community partners,” Nolan Pike, head of Electrolux North America, said in a news release. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support our neighbors by providing access to food and fresh produce as food prices increase.”

According to the Consumer Price Index, food prices have increased 7.4% year over year and are expected to rise an additional 2% to 3% in 2022. In March, Electrolux donated $35,000 to Meals on Wheels and $10,000 to the Anderson Emergency Kitchen for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The manufacturer also will donate one of its refrigerators, which are made in Anderson, to help preserve the fresh produce longer at the kitchen.

Employees also participated in a “Hoopin’ for Hunger” basketball competition during March Madness to raise additional funds for the soup kitchen.

Countybank contributes to eye health at Greer school

Pictured (left to right) are Jack Lucas, senior commercial banker for Countybank; Alison Rauch, president of the Greer Centennial Lions Club; and Rudy Painter, division executive for Countybank Insurance pose with the donation. (Photo/Provided)  The Countybank Foundation, the charitable arm of Countybank and Greenwood Capital, recently donated $2,500 to the Greer Centennial Lions Club, which the organization matched for a total contribution of $5,000 toward a Title 1 elementary school in Greer.

The donation will go toward eye exams and glasses for about 20 students in need at the school, which has a large population of students below the poverty level, according to a news release.

“As a prior president of the Greer Centennial Lions Club, I am proud of our club members and financial sponsors in the greater Greer community who have made it possible for us to make a difference by addressing some of the needs of our community,” Jack Lucas, senior commercial banker for Countybank, said in the news release “It is a blessing to work for a financial institution that not only encourages its associates to be involved locally, but also backs that encouragement with financial contributions that can be used to help those in need.” 

BMW Charity Pro-Am recognized with regional award

The Carolina Recycling Association honored hosts of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD Synnex for their focus on sustainability with the 2022 annual Recycling Award.

Each year, the Carolina Recycling Association awards entities selected by a committee of industry peers for advancing waste reduction and recycling across the Carolinas.

The high-impact golf fundraiser was recognized for its commitment to operating as a zero-waste event and goal to become carbon neutral in 2022 through a tree giveaway program in partnership with TreesUpstate, according to a news release

In 2021, the tournament worked with Univar to prevent 47,360 pounds of waste from entering landfills in addition to keeping its overall emissions footprint to just 1,663 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, the news release said. The tournament also donated more than 500 pounds of premade and nonperishable foods to Loaves & Fishes and throughout the year, tournament volunteers cleaned up 2,260 pounds of litter in the community in collaboration with Greenville County’s Litter Ends Here program.

“The BMW Charity Pro-Am tournament staff, partners and volunteers set a new standard in sustainability in 2021,” Max Metcalf, manager of government and community relations at BMW Manufacturing, said in the release. “This year, we will continue to raise the bar using 2021 baselines to improve in key areas such as water consumption and carbon footprint. We will also expand onsite composting, increase the presence of our Green Team to assist spectators with recycling and add opportunities for onsite engagement through expanded sustainability education programming. We look forward to continuing to work with our many community partners to make a positive impact in the Upstate and beyond.”

The 2022 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD Synnex will take place June 6-12 at Thornblade Club and The Carolina Country Club.