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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Generation Charleston to Share Its History & Future

Generation Charleston’s leadership will be looking back and looking ahead during the group’s February meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Charleston Area Alliance.
Co-Chairs Emily Bennington and Kate McCoy plan to speak about Generation Charleston’s history, future, purpose and relationship with the Charleston Area Alliance.

“Generation Charleston’s growth since the beginning of 2008 has been tremendous, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done in the community and the group we’ve brought together,” Bennington said. “However, we still see misconceptions about what exactly the group is and what we do. The point of this meeting is defining Generation Charleston and hopefully attracting more people to the group.”

Generation Charleston is the voice of the Capitol City’s emerging leaders. The Charleston Area Alliance formed the group Young Professionals in 2006 to create opportunities for the region’s young generation, allowing them to get connected and make a difference.

The ultimate goal is making the Charleston area more attractive for current and prospective residents.

At the beginning of 2008, the group’s name changed from Young Professionals to Generation Charleston to allow inclusiveness. Membership increased dramatically, and today more than 500 people are involved.

During the Feb. 25 meeting, YWCA of Charleston Director Deb Weinstein will talk about Generation Charleston's impact in the community. Last year, Generation Charleston volunteers worked at YWCA facilities for a day, painting, sorting clothes and serving food. Other community outreach projects included building a trail at Cato Park, raising money for the Secret Santa Foundation, sponsoring the annual MS Society fundraiser Fiesta Verde and participating in a Habitat for Humanity build. Earlier this month, the group raised $2,500 to sponsor a child at the Childhood Language Center.

In addition, Generation Charleston’s Housing Team organized last year’s Loft Walk, which attracted more than 100 people. The event included tours of downtown loft space, both developed and undeveloped, and called attention to the need for affordable, downtown housing, a feature that could make Charleston more appealing to a younger demographic.

“We take great pride in these accomplishments,” McCoy said. “We feel like we are truly affecting change in Charleston, but to continue this work, we must get more people involved and make Generation Charleston an effort that spans a variety of professions, backgrounds, viewpoints and age groups. We want to share what we’re all about, and we’re confident people will like what they hear.”

For more information, contact Danny Forinash at (304) 340-4253 or


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