Mike Gorski & Friends Challenge is Back!

The 2022 Goal of the “Mike Gorski and Friends Challenge” is $140,000 Plus for the Backpack Buddies!!

Mike Gorski, Owner of Island Transportation is back once again with more friends than ever before for the 2022 Challenge! The Challenge directly benefits two programs, the Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island and Backpack Buddies of the Kiawah Women’s Foundation. This year, Mike has set the goal with the help of his friends at $140,000 plus for this great and much-needed worthy cause.

Mike launched this project 6 years ago to help raise needed additional funds for both Backpack Buddies’ programs. Each year the Challenge has proven to be more successful than the prior year and he expects the same for this year! Here is the yearly recap:

2017 – $8,800,
2018 – $28,000,
2019 – $40,000
2020 – $80,000
2021 – $138,260

To achieve the goal of $140,000 plus this year, Mike needs to secure 4 more new friends (sponsors) at a $1,000 pledge. His plan is to secure 70 total friends (sponsors) creating $70,000 in matching monies. He will now begin to start asking the residents of Seabrook Island, Kiawah, and Johns Islands to donate. These donations will then be matched by the sponsors’ monies dollar-for-dollar. He only needs 4 more friends (sponsors) to help achieve this goal. Please call Mike if he can count on you to be a “Friend”.

Look for future articles for a complete friends (sponsors) listing. Many of those listed include Mike’s Island Transportation clients, personal friends, and fellow business owners. Their sponsorship is greatly appreciated and needed to make this Challenge a success.

Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island and the Backpack Buddies of Kiawah Women’s Foundation 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. Both groups are currently providing over 500 weekly bags plus a food pantry at the High School to children on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.

While Mike is finishing up securing a few more friends (sponsors), he is starting to take donations now to obtain this lofty goal. As already stated, the friends (sponsors) are matching your donation 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.

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 keep a running total of donations and provide all of the details for the different ways that you can make your donation.

-Submitted by Lynn Baker