UPDATE: Since publication of the below story, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G) has announced a $100,000 contribution to Emanuel AME Church, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina announced a $75,000 contribution to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.
“In an effort to give back to those who have given so much, SCE&G is pleased to contribute $100,000 to promote healing, lift spirits and contribute to the role this historic congregation will continue to play in South Carolina's future,” said Kevin Marsh, Chairman and CEO of SCE&G.
In the wake of last week's tragedy at Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church, local businesses are stepping up to support the victims' families.
The Mother Emanuel Hope Fund was set up last week by the City of Charleston to provide direct financial support for the funeral and burial expenses of the nine victims of the tragedy.
Boeing stepped up immediately by announcing a $100,000 donation to the fund.
"Our teammates, all of The Boeing Company, and our nation have heavy hearts today for what has happened, but we also have hope for the future and for healing," wrote Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, in a Facebook post. "And it’s in that spirit of hope that Boeing is announcing today a donation of $100,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund established by the City of Charleston to help the families of the victims. Our commitment to this community is deep and strong, and we share in both our community’s grief and resolve."
Joining Boeing in contributing $100,000 to the fund is Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers.
"Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals," wrote Richardson in a letter accompanying the contribution to the Fund.
In addition, several area restaurants have or will be donating portions of their profits to the Fund, including:
- Edmund's Oast
• Leon's Oyster Shop
• St. Alban
• Closed for Business
• Bay Street Biergarten
• Lewis Barbecue at Revelry Brewing
• Glass Onion
• Queen Street Grocery
• Upper Deck Tavern
• Cru Cafe
• Charleston Sports Pub
• AutoBahn Food Truck
• The Sparrow
• Taco Boy (downtown location)
• The Macintosh
• Oak Steakhouse
• The Cocktail Club
• Zero George Cafe
• Cannon Green
• Roti Rolls
• Hominy Grill
Businesses and individuals can contribute to the fund by visiting: http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1330