Wild Side Event raises $100K for S.C. Environmental Law Project
November 14th, 2018
By Clayton Stairs
Amy Armstrong, executive director of the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, said that for the first time ever, the group’s annual Wild Side event, held on Nov. 3 at Hobcaw Barony, raised more than $100,000.
“We had the largest turnout to date and it was the first time we sold out and had to turn people away,” she said. “We are thrilled to hit the $100,000 mark. A lot of work goes into this event and many volunteers stepped up to make it a success.”
Celebrating the “Year of the Turtle” the 9th annual Wild Side event included a schedule full of activities including a silent auction, Hobcaw lore, boat tours, nature talks, food and drinks, live music and silent auction. The special guest and featured speaker for the event is Mary Alice Monroe, a New York Times bestselling author of several books celebrating the many wonders of the Lowcountry, including the Beach House series that popularized the year-long dedication of volunteer turtle patrols on local barrier islands.
“Mary Alice Monroe is a well-known author with a solid following,” Armstrong said. “A lot of people came because she was our featured speaker.”
She said the event, which was started after SCELP founder Jimmy Chandler died in 2010, has grown every year. She added that the $100,000 raised helps with the group’s total expenses of about $750,000.
“It equals about 13 percent of our budget,” she said. “It is very significant and very critical.”
All proceeds from the event are for general support, including the group’s efforts to protect the natural environment in South Carolina.
“In addition to the ongoing work on the proposed limestone mine near Andrews and various projects, including another proposed mine in the upstate, in the spotlight are the new round in the Captain Sams Spit saga and our escalating fight against encroachment on the public beach,” said SCELP Program Manager Filippo Ravalico said.”Last but not least, we have obviously been gearing up for the imminent fight on seismic blasting permit, which with the midterm election behind are now expected any day.”