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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (March 20, 2015) – Continuing the festival’s longstanding tradition of supporting local nonprofits, East Cooper Habitat for Humanity (ECHFH) has been selected as the beneficiary of the 28th Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter.
Each year a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit who benefits the Mount Pleasant community receives the festival’s net proceeds, which are largely dependent upon event-day merchandise sales. The selected beneficiary is required to recruit and organize a minimum of 50 volunteers who contribute significantly to the festival’s success.
ECHFH assists families by building safe, well-constructed homes. Working in partnership with low-income families, ECHFH utilizes volunteer labor and donated funds to provide a “hand-up”, not a “hand-out”, on the construction of their home. Homeowners are chosen based on their ability to handle personal finances and their willingness to contribute at least 350 hours of “sweat equity” on their home.
“We are thrilled to support East Cooper Habitat for Humanity’s important mission and to have their help organizing the essential volunteers who make the festival possible,” said Special Events Planner Nicole Harvey.
"East Cooper Habitat for Humanity is honored to partner with the Town of Mount Pleasant for this worthwhile initiative in the community,” said Development Director Trish Elsie. “It is our hope that we will be able to raise the funds to support the cost of framing materials for our first home in our new Theodore Road community development in Northern Mount Pleasant.”
The Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival aims to promote local fishermen and the Town's seafood heritage, educate the public on the importance of supporting our local fishermen and buying wild-caught and local seafood, and to give back to our community by donating proceeds to a nonprofit that supports our residents.
Each April, local ministers bless the local fleet for a safe and bountiful season ahead. Each Shem Creek shrimping or fishing boat owner who participates in the blessing receives $500, totaling $5,000 in each of the last two years since this arrangement began.
For more information, visit ComeOnOverMP.com or EastCooperHabitat.org.