The Charleston Animal Society’s Annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast

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Charleston, SC Animal Society

An experienced leader with a background in education, Ashley Hewitt most recently served as an accident and injury paralegal for George Sink, PA, in North Charleston, SC. In this capacity, she worked to resolve claim issues and helped clients understand their rights. Active in her local SC community, Ashley Hewitt supports such organizations as the Charleston Animal Society (CAS).

Dedicated to ending animal cruelty, the CAS has cared for animals since 1874. Over the years, the society has created and maintained numerous fundraising and awareness events, including the Annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast. Through past Chili Cook-Off events, the CAS has raised upwards of $300,000 thanks to the support of over 4,000 attendees.

Community members can attend the cook-off as guests, sponsors, or teams. Interested individuals can start or join teams online. Teams make the chili that is judged in the cook-off and raise donations. The CAS has created several videos and resources to help teams ask for donations. Money raised through the event helps the animals at the CAS. Entry to the event is granted for individuals who donate at least $25.

The 2016 Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast is scheduled for November 19, 2016. It will be held between the Old Navy Base and the Cooper River at Riverfront Park and will last from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Three Effortless Ways to Donate to Charity

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Amazon Smile

Experienced educator and paralegal Ashley Hewitt of SC most recently lent her talents to George Sink in his personal injury firm. Ashley Hewitt is a community-minded individual, and frequently donates to and volunteers with wonderful causes in the SC area.

There are several very easy ways to support the charities you love without spending any extra money. Consider these effortless ways to give back to the charities you love:

1. Clip Box Tops for Education when you purchase qualifying products. Many popular brands including Hefty, Betty Crocker, General Mills, and Ziploc participate in this program. Each Box Top you clip is worth 10 cents to your favorite local school, and they add up fast.

2. If you already shop on, sign up for AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of every Prime eligible purchase you make to a charity of your choice when you begin your shopping at

3. Link your various shopping rewards cards to your favorite charity. Many grocery stores, both large and small, will allow customers to connect their loyalty cards to their favorite charity, causing a small percentage of each purchase to be donated. Kroger stores and more than 20 regional grocers owned by Kroger participate in charitable programs like this.