He’s back once again and this year he has brought back most of his clients, friends, and fellow business owners to smash last year’s goal of raising $40,000.
This year’s goal is going to be a whopping $50,000…yes, that’s right, $50,000 for Backpack Buddies.
Mike Gorski, owner of Island Transportation Services, launched this project 4 years ago to help raise additional funds at the Backpack Buddies Chili Cook-off. Each year, thus far, has proven to be more successful in raising funds for this great and worthy cause that serves so many children in need. He is back once again with most of his friends from last year. To achieve this lofty goal of $50,000, Mike needs to secure only 4 more new friends (sponsorships) at $1,000. His plan is to secure 25 total friends (sponsorships) creating $25,000 in matching monies. He will then ask the residents of the islands, as in the past, to donate. Each donation will then be matched by the sponsorship monies dollar-for-dollar. He only needs 4 more friends (sponsorships) to help achieve this goal. Please call Mike if he can count on you to be 1 of the 4 needed.
Making a resident donation is very easy. Just call or text Mike Gorski at 864-316-3894 and tell him your donation amount. He will provide all of the details for the different ways that you can donate.
To see those sponsors participating so far this year, click here. A great big thank you goes out to these companies for their generous contributions to the cause.
The Chili Cook-off itself along with the Gorski and Friends Challenge benefits 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 weekend and during school holidays. These children are supplied breakfast and lunch by the schools, but, often were being left to fend for themselves on the weekends. They are currently feeding over 530 local children each week. For the residents of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands, because of this year’s lofty goal, we are starting to take donations now. Remember, the friends are matching your donations made dollar-for-dollar. It’s a win-win for both Backpack Buddies’ programs on the islands. All donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law.
Thank you in advance for your support and please, island residents, don’t forget to get your donations matched dollar-for-dollar by making your donations today!