October 31, 2013

Neck Notebook | Gospel celebration to honor Georgetown County teen who had bone marrow transplant

A two-day gospel celebration will honor a Georgetown County teenager who had a life-saving bone marrow transplant last month, and who is still receiving daily treatment.

A two-day gospel celebration will honor a Georgetown County teenager who had a life-saving bone marrow transplant last month, and who is still receiving daily treatment.

The Carolina’s Coastal Campmeeting Choir, known as C4, will perform to raise funds for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Matt Rucker, whose family needs roughly $50,000 to pay for transplant-related expenses. The Ruckers have been accepted to receive assistance from COTA.

C4 is comprised of residents from throughout the region, and is led by Timothy H. McKenzie. This is the choir’s fifth anniversary performance and past attendance averaged about 500 people per night.

The gospel concerts will be Nov. 9-10, both starting at 6 p.m. at Georgetown Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2515 N. Fraser St., Georgetown. Tickets are $10 for each night and additional donations for COTA will also be accepted. To purchase tickets in advance, call 546-8642 or stop by the church’s office.

Donations to the COTA fund for Matt can be made online at or mailed to: Children’s Organ Transplant Association for Matt Rucker, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403.

Events planned for First Steps

The Georgetown County First Steps will hold their annual meeting Nov. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the JB Beck Administration Building, 2018 Church St., Georgetown. The event includes food, prizes and keynote speaker Debbie Robertson from S.C. First Steps to School Readiness. RSVP at 520-1830.

First Steps will also hold a fundraiser with the help of Books-A-Million all day Nov. 7. Each item bought at the Inlet Square Mall during store hours will go towars GCFS, as long as the fundraiser is mentioned to the cashier at checkout.

Halloween events for all

Tricks and treats abound across the Waccamaw Neck, and there are plenty of events scheduled for kids, adults and costume fanatics of all ages.

•  Huntington’s Haunted Halloween: Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Huntington Beach State Park. $10 for adults, $7 for children 6-15, children 5 and under free. S’mores station, carnival games, crafts, local ghost stories and popcorn. For more info, call 235-8755.
•  Trunk or Treat: Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at South Strand Assembly of God, 3507 U.S. 17, Murrells Inlet. Includes games, candy and inflatables. Call 651-0152 for more information.
•  Fall Festival: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church, 4449 U.S. 17 Bypass S. There will be a book sale, bake sale, flea market, and hotdogs and hamburgers. Call 651-3751 for more information.
•  Halloween on the Marshwalk: Trick-or-Treating and a costume contest starting at 5 p.m., with contest judging at 6 p.m. at the pirate statue behind Drunken Jack’s Restaurant. Beginning at 7 p.m., adult festivities start, including a costume contest with over $2,500 in cash and prizes awarded. Final judging at 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 497-3450.

Optimist club to honor safety officers

The South Strand Optimist Club will recognize public safety officers at their monthly meeting Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m.

The program seeks to honor firefighters, EMS and rescuers who have significantly impacted the lives of youth in the south strand community.

“We are excited about the opportunity to recognize the youth of our community and those that assist them,” said Marty Waltemyer, president of the club.

The meeting will be held at Applewood House of Pancakes, 14361 Ocean Highway, Litchfield Beach. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend.

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