In our community greenville women giving, tcmu, and more – greenville journal

The Fluor Foundation donated $27,500 to the Greenville Tech Foundation to provide scholarship assistance for students in the Quick Jobs With a Future program at Greenville Technical College. The program prepares students to enter career fields with openings in the Greenville market. After receiving job-specific training for three weeks to six months, students of the program may enter their new careers. From the $27,500 donation, $7,500 will be general scholarships, $7,500 will be scholarships for women pursuing construction skills, and $12,500 will create scholarships for veterans.

“Fluor has been a tremendous partner for our Quick Jobs programs for many years,” Ann Wright, vice president for advancement with the Greenville Tech Foundation, said in a news release.

“Their generosity has helped hundreds of students complete their training debt-free, many times within a few months, and enter or re-enter the workforce. The impact that these donations have made goes well beyond the Quick Jobs training, transforming the lives of students and their families.” FUNDRAISER

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will host a new fundraiser 6–10 p.m. Oct. 25 for adults only. Sponsored by RealOp Investments, “A Lowcountry Evening” will feature a Lowcountry boil and oyster roast. The event will also feature live entertainment from The Arcadian Wild in TCMU-Greenville’s outdoor exhibit space, Bib’s World, and adjacent tent. TCMU’s popular Tombola wall and several live auction items will be included at the fundraiser. Auction items include overnight trips, Southwest Airlines tickets, and 2019 Final Four tickets. The fundraiser will be held at TCMU-Greenville on Heritage Green. Individual tickets are $100. More information can be found at

“In years past, the museum has hosted formal, black-tie events, but this year we decided to take a different approach for community members and donors who prefer a more casual setting,”Jami Wood Emory, TCMU director of development, said in a news release. “We hope to create a fun and laid-back atmosphere for people who are interested in learning what being a TCMU supporter means to our Upstate community.” BENEFIT

Aloft Greenville Downtown recently featured its latest artist, Scott Thomason, during the Meet the Artist event held at the hotel’s W XYZ Bar. A portion of the proceeds from the artwork sold at the event benefited Cure Childhood Cancer, which funds research and addresses the needs of cancer patients and their families. Inspired by local landscapes and people of Greenville, Thomason’s artwork will remain on display and for sale at Aloft until November. Quarterly Meet the Artist events are held at the hotel to benefit a charity chosen by the featured artist.

A public ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1. “The Dedication to a Vision of Hope and Healing” will feature community leaders sharing the story about the creation of the park and plans for the Center for Hope & Healing, a space for community celebrations and survivorship programs. The ceremony will include recognition of the Greenville Health System, the David Cline family, and other contributors who made the park possible.

A free Cancer Survivors Day Celebration will be held at the park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Activities include walking tours of the park, yoga classes, arts and crafts, children’s activities, an art display, and light refreshments. A survivors recognition ceremony and photo are set for 2:32 p.m. atop the Celebration of Hope Pavilion. Registration is requested but not required.

“We are excited to be celebrating a significant milestone — the transformation of a challenged piece of property into a beautiful park. We still have much to do as we transition from bricks and mortar to a focus on incorporating the creative features, programs, and resources that are the essence of our vision — creating a space for hope and healing,” said Kay Roper, executive director of the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance.

Greenville’s Unity Park is an example of many of the current trends in building urban parks — a greater reliance on public-private partnerships, the conversion of postindustrial sites into green space, the reclamation of rivers and waterfronts, and construction of facilities that accommodate fluctuation in water levels to help water quality and flooding issues.

The city has earmarked $20 million in hospitality tax revenue for the new park over 10 years and wants private partners to contribute another $20 million, White said. Separate from the city’s fundraising efforts is one led by Community Journals’ chairman and co-founder Doug Greenlaw to raise money for a veterans memorial in the park. Greenlaw is a founder of the Upstate charter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Chicago’s Millennium Park was a result of a public-private partnership. Mayor Richard Daley originally proposed construction of a parking garage with a landscaped greenroof on land that had been parkland, Illinois Central rail yards, and parking lots. The original plan financing called for $120 million from parking revenue bonds and $30 million from private resources.

By the time the park opened in 2004, plans for the park had changed drastically. A cycle center provides heated bicycle parking, showers, and lockers for commuters. The Cloud Gate Sculpture, nicknamed “The Bean,” was installed. There are outdoor art galleries and a promenade. There’s a garden, a plaza with an ice rink, and the Pritzker Pavilion that hosts the Grant Park Musical Festival. Underneath the park is a 4,000 space parking garage.

City Park would also mirror the trend in other cities where postindustrial sites are turned into parks and green space. Many times, those sites are on waterfronts and riverfronts, areas that some cities turned their backs on and became nasty places to which people didn’t want to go. In Brooklyn, a waterfront cargo yard was turned into one of New York’s signature parks. The city redirects real estate taxes from residential and commercial developments in the project zone, creating a self-sustaining revenue stream that is far less dependent on concessions and permits for special events than signature parks in other major cities.