Myrtle Beach is a top vacation destination full of exciting adventures, award winning oceanfront dining and non-stop entertainment. While most vacationers flock to the main tourist stops, there are a ton of charitable events happening this fall around the Grand Strand that are the perfect way to have fun while giving back. When you stay with Brittain Resorts & Hotels, here are just a few of the many charity events to check out during vacation that will leave you feeling great knowing you made a difference in a community you visited.
Brew at the Zoo
Brookgreen Gardens is a spectacular botanical garden filled with captivating sculptures. According to brookgreen.org, Brookgreen Gardens is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, conserve and exhibit figurative sculptures by American artists and the plants, animals and cultural materials of the South Carolina Lowcountry. It is one of America’s premier gardens and a wonderful place to spend the day exploring and interacting with both nature and art. There’s even a Lowcountry Zoo where you can see animals such as alligators, owls, river otters, bald eagles and red foxes, to name a few.
Throughout the year, Brookgreen Gardens hosts several fundraisers to help support their cause and organization. One of these events, Brew at the Zoo will be held Saturday, September 29th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Participants will be able to sample over 30 regional and national craft beers while enjoying live music by Paul Grimshaw Band. There will be games such as Jenga and Corn Hole, food trucks and of course you’ll be able to explore the zoo.
Wake Up Paddle Series
When you visit Myrtle Beach you’re normally splashing around in the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean, but there are other bodies of water to discover around the Grand Strand. One of such body of water, the Waccamaw River, is a hidden gem. See it in a whole new light this fall by kayak!
The Waccamaw Riverkeeper is hosting a series of kayaking trips, known as the Wake Up Paddle Series. There will be one on Saturday, October 8th in Ash, NC and one on Saturday, November 3rd at the Conway Marina. The paddles will be from 9 am to 11 am and participants will explore the Waccamaw River Blue Trail as guides discuss the issues facing the beautiful blackwater river. And if you don’t have a kayak – no problem – Black River Outdoors will provide one for paddlers that need one.
Waccamaw Heart & Stroke Walk
Join the fight to end heart disease and stroke by walking in the Waccamaw Heart & Stroke Walk on October 20 at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex beginning at 10 am. The mission of the American Heart Association is to promote and help build healthier lives, free of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. They do this through education, raising awareness, improving patient care and fundraising.
Participants are encouraged to help raise money for the walk that will be donated to the American Heart Association. Last year, more than 1,000 people took part in the walk and there will hopefully be an even bigger attendance this year. So grab your tennis shoes and get your exercise in for a good cause before you hit the beach!
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
In October, waves of purple will be seen in Myrtle Beach as the community takes the fight to end Alzheimer’s one step at a time. The 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be taking place on Saturday, October 27th at Grand Park in The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. The registration begins at 10 am, opening ceremonies are at 10:45 am and the walk begins at 11 am.
Participants around the Grand Strand are encourage to raise money that will go to the nonprofit organization, Alzheimer’s Association. Last year, the Myrtle Beach Walk raised over $116,000 and hopefully this record will be beat this year. According to Walk to End Alzheimer’s website, The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of the world’s largest events to raise both awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Surfrider Foundation Chilympics
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of nationwide chapters that are dedicated to preserving our beautiful oceans. The local chapters work within their coastal communities to bring awareness to issues facing our oceans, raise money as well as champion for policies and fight legal battles. The Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, which serves from Little River to Pawleys Island and encompasses both Horry and Georgetown counties strives to keep our local beaches clean as well as educate the public and protect our beach accesses.
There are two major fundraisers held during the year. One is an Oyster Roast and the other is a Chili Cook Off. On November 4th, the Grand Strand Surfrider Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Lip Rippin’ Chilympics at the Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet. This event is one of their largest fundraisers and features chili samples available to purchase from restaurants and self-proclaimed “Chilimasters” all over the Grand Strand. There are awards given out for Most Original, Best Theme, Best Use of South Carolina Products, Best Restaurant, Hottest, People’s Choice, and Best Overall. Local beer is provided by New South Brewing Company and there is plenty of live music and local art and craft vendors. The Surfrider Foundation really knows how to bring the heat when it comes to saving the Atlantic Ocean.
Whether you’re exploring the water by kayak, sipping on craft beer in a zoo or walking for a cause – there are plenty of charitable events to check out this fall in Myrtle Beach when you vacation with Brittain Resorts & Hotels.