Charleston’s Culinary Community Unites to Fundraise for Families


A Community United will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on July 9.

On Thursday, July 9, over 50 Charleston restaurants and a dozen beverage purveyors will come together for a massive fundraiser called A Community United. The event is a unified effort to raise funds for the families of those who lost their lives in the Emanuel AME Church massacre that took place June 17.

Organized and hosted by the Belmond Charleston Place, the event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and is $200 per person to attend. The Mark Sterbank Group and the Lowcountry Voices gospel choir will provide music featuring Charleston and AME church leaders. There will also be an auction that people can bid online or at the event. The evening will also include food and beverages donated by the 50+ venues and vendors, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated directly to the families via the Community United Fund. The organizers are also donating 250 tickets to the Emanuel AME Church to distribute to their members.

Mickey Bakst, a key organizer of the event, said, “Charlestonians are coming together in remarkable ways in the wake of this tragedy. The desire to take part in this is so profound, not a single individual has turned down our invitation to participate. In fact, more want to help than we can accommodate.”


For tickets or to register for the auction, click here.