Sep 28 2015

Home Tour Helps Charleston Pro Bono

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News

Art on the Beach is returning this November with a new cause to support.

Art on the Beach is returning this November with a new cause to support.

For sixteen years the popular fundraiser Art on the Beach & Chefs in the Kitchen has drawn hundreds of visitors to Sullivan’s Island for an afternoon house tour replete with over 25 artists selling their creations, live music and tasty treats from chefs and food purveyors. On Sunday, Nov. 8 several architecturally significant houses, artists’ studios and an historic battery will be part of the tour benefiting Charleston Pro Bono Services which provides free legal aid to over 800 people in our community each year. With so many situations requiring a lawyer, Charleston Pro Bono Services ensures that the doors of justice are open to all, regardless of income. They match low income clients with attorneys to help solve problems ranging from custody to contractual issues to paternity.

Typical of their cases is “David” who, when he approached the agency, was living in a camper after losing his job due to years of severe bad health. The Social Security Administration had already denied his claim twice but with the help of a volunteer attorney from Charleston Pro Bono, David received a favorable decision that provided a monthly income.

Another client, “Mr. Morris”, came seeking visitation of his son. Since he was not married to the mother of the child, SC law had awarded the mother full custody. With the help of a volunteer attorney, Mr. Morris is now able to visit hisson weekly. Volunteer lawyers also helped “Ms. Betty” who was being harassed by a usurious loan company who had taken advantage of her poor mental health. With the help she received, the loans were resolved. Another client, Mrs. Guerrero needed a spelling error on her son’s birth certificate corrected. The error had created an avalanche of problems with school enrollment and obtaining a passport. After the resolution she said, “I’m very grateful to the attorneys who helped us so much.”

What may be a routine case for the volunteer lawyers is often critically important to the hundreds of clients who seek aid each year since the complexities of the legal system can often be confusing and frustrating.

Over 30 artists are scheduled to be on site during the tour to talk to patrons about and sell their creations ranging from wearable art to paintings. Many artists come every year including jewelry maker Marion Berry who said after last year, “Totally enjoyed being an artist at this event. Had a great time meeting everyone that came by and shopped with me.” The celebrated poster artist this year is John Michael Hoffman whose impressionistic paintings are full of vigor, vitality and texture. He will be meeting people at Sandpiper Gallery on Middle Street that day.

During the event, patrons can drive or bicycle around Sullivan’s Island using a map provided with their tickets. A new option this year offers a VIP ticket with party bus transportation.

Sponsors include Jerry and Cheryl Kaynard, Blalock Family and Urgent Care and area restaurants including the Old Village Post House, The Americano, Mrs. Sassards, Bull’s Bay Saltworks, Palmetto Brewery, Island Eye News, and The Granary. For more information, visit the Art on the Beach Facebook page.

Tickets for Art on the Beach and Chefs in the Kitchen are $40 in advance, $45 the day of the tour or VIP tickets for $100 which includes lively, comfortable transportation with libations and commemorative gifts. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.charlestonprobono.org, at Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island or at the ticket booth at Battery Gadsden (1917 I’On) on Nov. 8 starting at noon.

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