The Gorski and Friends Challenge

2021 UPDATE

OUR COMMUNITY ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE!!

 

The Mike Gorski and Friends Challenge has surpassed the 2021 goal!  Kiawah Women's Foundation and Seabrook Backpack Buddies Programs say thank you to all our generous donors.  A special thank you goes out to all of you--our volunteers--for making this happen every week all school year for these children.  The bar was raised high this year and this incredible outpouring of donations exceeded our wildest dreams.  Our goal was $100,000.

 

                                   THE FINAL RESULT OF THE 2021 CHALLENGE IS $138,260!!!!!!

 

Many thanks to all for their contributions.  Looking forward to seeing all of you soon.

 

It’s a win-win for both Backpack Buddies programs which are Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island and the Backpack Buddies Group of Kiawah Women’s Foundation. The two organizations are both 501(c)(3) nonprofits whose mission is to feed local, hungry, school children on the weekends. These children receive breakfast and lunch at school but are food insecure on weekends and school holidays. As you can imagine, they have had to adjust their distribution efforts to provide weekly bags of food to hungry children to include in person students along with also trying to reach virtual students.  They are currently providing approximately 400 weekly bags to children on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.  At the request of community social workers they are also assisting 30 of the most “at risk” of hunger households with weekly large family bags of groceries.  As more students begin to go back to school, we anticipate our weekly bag count to return to 600 plus level.

Mike Gorski, Owner of Island Transportation, launched this project 5 years ago to help raise additional funds for both Backpack Buddies’ programs. Each year the Challenge has proven to be more successful to raise funds for these 2 separate programs that serve so many children in need.  Here is the yearly recap:

 

2017 - $  8,800

2018 - $28,000

2019 - $40,000

2020 - $80,000

2021 - $138,260

 

 
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Past and Present Events

The Chili Cook-Off - 2016 to present

The Gorski and Friends Challenge - 2017 to present

The Food Truck Rodeo and Silent Auction - 2014 to 2018

Vacation Raffle - 2018

Back to School Bash - 2019

J. McLaughlin Black Friday Sip and Shop - 2013 to present

Lilly Pulitzer Black Friday - 2018 to present

Jersey Mikes - 2020

Seawah Furniture - 2020