Happy fall, #ourCOR!
If you’re like me, it feels like Labor Day was just yesterday and September flew by in the blink of an eye. But as the temperatures cool to that “just right” patio weather, I look forward to all our community has to offer, including some fun COR events coming up.
If you haven’t checked out our events calendar lately, take a look and mark your calendar. We have a great volunteer opportunity in partnership with the YMCA for their annual Pumpkin Run, Table for Six with some of our region’s most influential women leaders driving philanthropy and Activate at City Market’s Tiny Alley Concert. Join us, and don’t forget to invite your friends, colleagues and neighbors — sometimes that extra nudge can go a long way in opening a new door!
Not to miss — Time for Art, our signature philanthropy event, is returning this November with a brand new look and a new name! I am so excited! If you are reading this, you are of the first to know that we have refreshed the event to be called Time to Give. (Eeek!)
The concept is the same — attendees will bid on silent auction items with volunteer hours (not cash). New this year, we will expand the auction to include new, experiential items in addition to the local art pieces that the auction is known for. You might see items like a guided canoeing trip through Congaree National Park or free tickets to the CMA paired with a gift card to a local Main Street eatery. The goal is to broaden our silent auction offerings, as well as the range in volunteer hours needed, in order to increase our total service hours.
Time to Give is the only event of its kind in our region. It is a great opportunity to discover new experiences and local artists, meet new people and commit your talents to bettering our community. The event will be held Thurs., Nov. 11, 6-11 p.m. at Junction 800. Tickets are on sale now, and more information will be announced soon!
Another big change is coming this fall with the local municipal elections. This year we not only elect a new mayor, but also three seats on Columbia City Council. This pivotal election will take place Nov. 2. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to get to know the candidates. Check out this article by The Post and Courier for a great overview of all open seats and read this article from The State Newspaper for a breakdown on the four mayoral candidates. Meet the District 1 candidates here and at-large candidates here. (Not sure which district you’re in? Type in your address here to find out.)
Here’s to continued growth for our region!
Ashley Cady Elsey
COR Board Chair 2021-2022