Charities the GCRA Supports

Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc.*
Benefiting Charities

The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston Provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children. The Ronald McDonald House eliminates the financial burden of costly hotels and provides a homelike atmosphere where families can lead a life as normal as possible during their time of need. 90% of our families have children in intensive care units. 40% of our families have children undergoing open heart surgery and another 36% have babies in neonatal intensive care. Over half of our families return for a second treatment or surgery. While the majority of the families we serve are from South Carolina, we have served families from all 50 states and 12 foreign countries. The Ronald McDonald family room at MUSC provides a sanctuary at the hospital where family members can rest, read, shower or have a cup of coffee while still being close to their child.

The Hollings Cancer Center is the largest academic-based cancer center in South Carolina. The Hollings Cancer Center has united the best cancer treatment, research, education and shared resources in a single location on the MUSC campus. These resources are extended throughout South Carolina via partnerships with other healthcare organizations, ensuring that all South Carolina cancer patients have access to our innovative care. The Hollings Cancer Center also offers a number of cancer support services to help cancer patients know what to expect during the course of their cancer treatment.

The Omar Shrine Temple is a local, non-profit organization with jurisdiction over the 22 eastern most counties of South Carolina. The official philanthropic purpose of the Shriners is to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Shriners Hospitals for Children have a network of 22 hospitals offering state of the art care to children under the age of 18 for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip & palate needs regardless of the patient or patient’s families ability to pay for services.

The Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center enables the science teachers in the tri-county area schools to havethe tools and textbooks they need to educate the students to the best of their ability. The donation received from the Charleston Restaurant Foundation helps cover any funding shortfall that has occurred in the past.



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