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Cooper River Bridge Run Grants Program of Coastal Community Foundation Announces 2016 Awards

January 21, 2016 by CCF

More than $23,000 awarded to support healthy lifestyles in schools and communities across Tri-County

CHARLESTON, SC – January 21, 2016 – The Cooper River Bridge Run (CRBR) Grants Program has announced its 2016 grantees in advance of the CRBR on April 2nd. The program awarded $23,379 to 31 organizations, as well as 279 free entries to the CRBR and Kids’ Race. These in-kind donations will help funded organizations promote healthy lifestyles and get residents involved with their community.

Funded organizations are community nonprofits or public schools. This year’s grantees include:

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center: People with mental illness are at a higher risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, so CDMHC started a nutrition group for clients as preventative care. Grant funds will purchase exercise clothing and equipment for members of the nutrition group so they can participate in weekly walking groups or yoga classes.

Lambs Elementary School: Lambs started a wellness initiative in the 2010-2011 school year to help the more than 50 percent of their students with a BMI over 75. Working with volunteers from Joint Base Charleston, faculty, staff and parents have established a fitness program to train for the CRBR. Their grant will support 26 race entries and team t-shirts.

Lowcountry Autism Foundation: This grant will support 8 scholarships for the Piece It Together (PIT) programs in partnership with Wando High School and MUSC’s Wellness Center. PIT helps promote regular physical activity, nutrition education, stress reduction and socialization for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Participating Wando students can earn a “Wellness Certificate” by engaging in sustained fitness activities, and race participants will receive special recognition. Former participants will be invited to mentor current ones.

Beginning their fund with Coastal Community Foundation in 2006, the Cooper River Bridge Run Grants Program provides grants of up to $1,500 to non-profits that promote “continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity.”

For more information on the Cooper River Bridge Run Grants Program, please visit https://coastalcommunityfoundation.org/grants/list-of-grants/ or contact Danica Whitney at danica@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.


2016 Grantees – Cooper River Bridge Run Grants Program

Advanced Studies Magnet – West Ashley Middle School

American Lung Association of the Southeast

Beech Hill Elementary

Berkeley Alternative School

Berkeley County First Steps

Berkeley-Dorchester Head Start

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

Boy Scouts of America, Coastal Carolina Chapter

Camp Rise Above

Charles Pinckney Elementary School

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Charleston Youth Marathon (Youth Endowment for the Arts)

Chucktown Squash Scholars

Hanahan Elementary School

Haut Gap Middle School

James Simons Elementary School

Jennie Moore Elementary School for the Creative Arts

Lambs Elementary School

Laurel Hill Primary School

Lowcountry Autism Foundation

Marrington Middle School of the Arts

Matilda Dunston Primary School

Meeting Street Academy

Midland Park Primary

Murray Lasaine Elementary

MUSC Lean Team – Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness

Nexton Elementary School

Our Lady of Mercy Outreach

R3, Inc. – Real Talk, Real Action, Real Results

Rein & Shine

Rollings Middle School of the Arts

Summerville High School – Health & Wellness Committee

Westview Elementary School – Wellness Committee

Zucker Middle School


About Coastal Community Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation empowers individuals, families and organizations to make a lasting impact through permanent, endowed funds for charitable giving. The Foundation serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties. To learn more, go to www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 723-3635.


Media Contact:
Monica Tanouye
(843) 723-3635 • monica@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

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