Sweet & Savory 2017


Save the Date for April 27th, 2017! 

SC State Museum- Planetarium Lobby, 301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201 6:00-9:00 PM

Help us celebrate 40 years of service at Sweet & Savory! Our annual chef’s competition is the only event where you can find sweet treats and savory hors d’oeurves from the Midland’s most talented chefs! Join us for a night of tasty treats, live music, and friendly competition. Let your inner foodie out and be the judge – vote for your favorite sweet and savory dish!


Tickets are $40 for individuals or $75 for couples. You can purchase tickets at the door or online. To purchase individual tickets click here. To purchase couples tickets click here.

Attire is everything from business attire to cocktail dresses, suits to khakis & polos.


About Palmetto Place

Palmetto Place has cared for more than 7,000 children and teens in the last 40 years. We are a safe haven for teens who find themselves living on the streets with no one to turn to and children who have been abused or neglected. We provide love and support and give our residents an opportunity for a brighter future. Despite the tragic stories, our home is filled with the laughter of new friendships. It’s where teens learn to drive, get their first job, and go prom. It’s where kids make the honor roll, play in the park and have the chance to just be a kid. Palmetto Place is home and family for many of the state’s most vulnerable children and teens.

By attending Sweet & Savory, you’re showing these kids the community they live in cares about them. You’re showing them hope for a brighter future. Help us celebrate the last 40 years and 7,000 children and teens who called Palmetto Place home, and help us look forward to new possibilities and the next 7,000 children to call our house home.


Chef Lawrence Wright, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina– Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice Grits Cakes, Braised Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork Cheeks, Charred Tomatillo, Pickled Sweet Corn

Chef Vinnie Livoti, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina – Leg of Lamb over Crunchy Potato Cake

Chef Ben Perzan and Chef Arie Shenkar, the Mediterranean Tea Room – Beef Brisket Sliders

Chef Dave Grillo, Cantina 76– Braised Beef Short Rib Mini Taco topped with Fried Garlic Aioli and Pickled Red Onions

Chef Dave Grillo, Za’s Brick Oven Pizza– Mini French Silk Pie

Chef Charlie Young, – BBQ Sliders and Slaw

Chef Yasmeen Bull and Chef Brenda Perry, Southern Foodservice Management – Fried Baby Back Ribs over Oriental Slaw

Chef Robert Stegall-Smith, Performance Foodservice Florence – Salted Caramel Truffles and Palmetto State Pork Belly

Chef Brian Dukes, Sysco – Certified Angus Beef “Knuckle Sandwich” with Brussel Kraut

Chef Britney Jerome, Sysco – Ricotta and Lingonberry Tart


If you are a chef interested in competing in Sweet & Savory please email grace@palmettoplaceshelter.org for more information.


Gold Sponsors:


BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina


Allstar Financial Group


Southern Foodservice Management


Lambert Architecture and Construction Services

Chef Station Sponsors: 


D’s Trees




Hoffman Mechanical Solutions


Gibson & Associates

Bronze Sponsors:

Hood Construction

Bar Sponsor: 

Sowell Gray

Haynsworth Sinkler and Boyd, P.A.


Comer Distributing Logo

Comer Distributing Company, founded 1971, in Rock Hill, SC by H. Leon Comer Sr.  Our initial products were from Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., but over the 45 years in business several other major domestic, imported, and craft brands have been added to the portfolio, along with additional territories.  Servicing several counties in the Upstate and Midlands, Comer Distributing takes great pride in service and excellence, and in exceeding all expectations of our customers and suppliers.


Topper’s Rhum- Locally Owned and Imported into the USA – Handmade in St. Maarten –  The World’s Best Tasting, Award Winning, Premium Rhum.


Banner Sponsors: 

First Citizens Bank


Our events are nothing without our sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring this event please email grace@palmettoplaceshelter.org for more information.

Our musical guests, Not Even Brothers, is Pat Phillips and Guy Workman. Their driving acoustic guitars, tight harmonies and unusual mix or original songs and obscure classics has set them apart from other “Top 40” style bands. They know when to be soft and mellow with acoustic guitar and flute or drive the dance floor with full percussion, LED Lighting, rhythm and lead guitars. For more info on Not Even Brothers visit: facebook.com/NotEvenBrothers/

Not Even Brothers Band

Special Guest Judges:

Jacquelyn McHugh – Jacquelyn is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Edible Charleston & Edible Columbia. She received her degrees in Sports Medicine & Nutrition, all the while spending almost 10 years in the food & beverage industry. Her experience in Hospitality and Wellness paved the way for her to ‘make the world a better place’ through food and education. As a mother of two young boys, sharing the importance of sustainability and wholesome food has become her priority, and through Edible she embraces the opportunity to share this vision with the Lowcountry & Midlands.


Elizabeth McHugh – Elizabeth is the Director of Sales at Edible Charleston & Edible Columbia. Working in restaurants the past 5 years and growing up with a Greek mother, she adopted a love for food and all things tasty. Her background in psychology, neuroscience and health & wellness coaching fuels her passion for creating community, especially in regards to good food, understanding where it comes from, and creating the relationships to foster this.


Ron McHugh- Weighing in at 260lbs with over 25 years of eating experience, Ron brings an eclectic palate to the table (literally). With 10 years in the hospitality industry, he has had the opportunity to experience a variety of cuisines globally. As a former chef, Ron specializes in traditional American fare. His favorite dish to savor is a cheeseburger with crinkle cut fries. Currently, Ron spends time in his own kitchen while supporting Edible Charleston and Edible Columbia in various capacities.columbia-Black-Logo-square Charleston Black Logo

Let us know if you’re attending by visiting our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/679355682226471/

A Zip Line Adventure

On Tuesday our teen house was invited to The Gorge in North Carolina with Generation Next SC and got to experience something truly thrilling; zooming along 11 zip lines spanning 1.25 miles, and descending more than 1100 vertical feet. America’s steepest and fastest zip line canopy tour begins on the rim of the Green River Gorge and plunges into untouched wilderness.


Our staff were able to attend with the teens and said this experience was so much more than a once in a lifetime opportunity, it helped them build lasting, trusting relationships with the residents. Staff members Courtney Tidwell and Jill Lawson were by the kid’s sides each step of the way. Courtney shares her story:


“Standing on the first ledge your nerves tell you to panic, but you don’t look down and focus on the guides instructions. We were only attached to the zip line by a harness and a few hooks. As my group of teens approached the edge I could see the nerves in their eyes and I’m sure they could see it in mine. We were taking a leap of faith together. Each of my kids have mustered the self-confidence to jump and now it’s my turn. 1, 2, 3… and I’m flying above the canopy at nearly 30 miles per hour.  At first the panic sets in and I can only focus on the guild instructing me when to break. But before long the views of the old growth forest grab my attention and the panic leaves. Gilding though the stunning landscape looking out at the mountains and valley in the distance and creeks and rivers below was one of the most thrilling things I’ve ever done. I’m so grateful I had to opportunity to experience this with the teens. “


April Needs List

April is here and we are so excited! We’re got a lot going on this month from Easter to Sweet & Savory and all kinds of fun activities in between. Now that spring has sprung our teen house is getting ready for a deep spring cleaning. They need your help collecting cleaning supplies before the 13th. Can you pick up any cleaning supplies for our teen house? Anything from bathroom spray, kitchen cleaner and Windex, to mops, brooms and gloves.

We’ve also put together our monthly needs list for each house

April Needs

Teen house

  • Grab-n-go breakfast item
  • Snacks
  • Flat iron/ hair straightener
  • Laundry soap
  • Bleach
  • Dove soap
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Conditioner
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clorox wipes
  • Highlighters
  • Sharpies
  • Dry erase markers
  • Easter decorations

Children’s shelter

  • Tissue
  • Dish cloths/towels
  • Dove soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Windex
  • Clorox
  • Lysol spray & Wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Aluminum foil
  • Umbrellas
  • Yard table and chairs
  • Yard umbrella
  • Barrel charcoal grill
  • Deep fryer
  • Wisk
  • Electric and manual can opener
  • Bikes for teens
  • Storage containers
  • Rocking CHAIRS
  • Cutting board

National Professional Social Worker Month at Palmetto Place

The month of March may conjure up thoughts of Spring, St. Patrick’s Day and other cheerful feelings. However, the month of march is also a time of admiration and praise for the thousands of social workers across the United States and beyond. Working in the social services sector is no easy task, it involves confronting some of the most challenging and heart wrenching situations that communities, families, children and so on go through on a daily basis. National Professional Social Worker Month is an opportunity for social workers, and those in the social services field, to be recognized for their relentless efforts to make this world a better place.

One professional in the social services field is Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter’s own Case Manager, Ms. Essence Jackson. She has worked with the Palmetto Place’s residents for 2 years, on a day-to-day basis to assess any of the children’s needs, whether that be personal or concerning their case, any challenges that they may be having and their goals and successes. Her job also includes working as the liaison with different departments of social services staff, Richland County Guardians Ad Litems, teachers and administration and other resource agencies such as The Department of Social Services, planning and implementing nontraditional therapeutic approaches based on each child’s needs, crisis management, implementing psycho-educational and independent living groups, and a multitude of other services.

I was given the opportunity to do an interview with Ms. Jackson on her experiences in the Social Services Sector and personally how Palmetto Place has impacted her, find our conversation below!

What personally made you want to go into this line of work?

“Initially it started back with my grandmother, who became a kinship caregiver for some of our family members. From there, seeing her deal with the foster care system and adopting other children inspired me to be involved.”

What motivates you to do the job that you do?

“Knowing that many of the kids that we serve essentially come to us with no sort of support or support system. To see Palmetto Place become that over time, even with something small or simple, just knowing that they have someone who they can depend on, even if it is for a short period of time is what motivates me.”

Other than professional skills, what kind of personal characteristics do you need to work in the social services sector?

“Patience. Especially when dealing with teenagers who want to be like every other teenager that is not in foster care. Patience in working with the foster care system in general and understanding that all though you are dealing with kids in foster care, at the end of the day they are “normal” kids.”

What are some skills that you build along the way while working in the this field?

“Realizing that every case is different, so you are not going to deal with every kid and their needs in the same way, so you have to constantly adjust.”

What is one of the most gratifying things about working at Palmetto Place?

“When you realize that you have made a certain connection or bond with the kids. It gets to a point that they are not just seeking you out during a crisis, but they just want to talk to you about their life and positive things that are going on.”

If you could give any advice to someone wanting to enter this line of work, what would it be?

“You should definitely make sure that your heart is in it and know you might not be able to change the world or the system, but you can change one kids world. You can knock down barriers by taking things one step at a time.”

What do you hope to accomplish at Palmetto Place?

“Overall the goal is for each kid that comes through Palmetto Place to feel safe, at home and comfortable. They have people who not only care for them, but about them.”

What does working with children, like the kids you work with here at Palmetto Place, mean to you?

“It means a lot for me to know that I make an impact everyday I go to work.”


Midlands Gives

Save the Date: Midlands Gives is May 2nd and Palmetto Place is participating!

If you’re new to the Midlands or haven’t been involved in previous years, you may be asking, “What is Midlands Gives?”
Hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation, Midlands Gives is a 24-hour online giving event that brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties.
In just three years, Midlands Gives has generated $3.8 million in gifts for the Midlands community. In 2016, more than 12,000 gifts totaling $1.6 million were given to benefit more than 380 local nonprofits.
The fourth annual Midlands Gives event will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, beginning at 12:00:01 am and ending at 11:59:59 pm at MidlandsGives.org.
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In the last 40 years Palmetto Place has been a home to more than 7,000 children and teens. In 2016 we were able to not only expand our original house, but also our programs for homeless teens. We now have two homes with 55 beds total, allowing us to have an even greater impact on the communities we live and work in. More beds mean we’re able to move more teens from the streets to stable housing, but we need your support.
We have a very generous donor who has agreed to making a $1,000 donation, IF we get 100 donors during Midlands Gives. When you encourage your friends, family and coworkers to support Palmetto Place you’re not just increasing the impact of your donation, you’re increasing the impact Midlands Gives has on our communities! Let us know you’re planning on giving by joining our Facebook event today!
Stay tuned for more information on how you’re donation will be used to help homeless teens and children who have been abused or neglected, details on our very own headquarters, and other prizes that will make your donation go further!

The Promise of Spring

We love watching the seasons change and spring in South Carolina might be one of our favorite things. Even after the hardest of winters, the trees and flowers begin to bloom and give new life once again. For the kids and teens we help every day, it’s a visual reminder that life might not always be easy, but when you’re determined it eventually brings change.

For the 10 teens in our care who are preparing for high school graduation, this spring brings a lot of change. We’ve been helping them with college applications, taking them to tour campuses, and walking them through the financial aid and scholarship processes. Last month we held a higher education workshop for our underclassmen to help them begin the college planning process. We’ve already been able to celebrate a few acceptance letters too!

Trevor has lived at Palmetto Place since November 2015. Before coming to Palmetto Place he didn’t have stable housing and was bounced from one school to another. This put him a full year behind his other classmates. It was discouraging for him not to graduate on time, but with the support from our staff he set new goals.

In the last year he has worked hard to find and maintain a job, pass his driver’s test, and even get his own car. Once he knew he was stable in his new school, he was able to get more involved with the school band and with the help from the community we were able to provide him with his own trumpet. This spring he was recognized as a Legend in the Making by his high school and has accepted a band scholarship to SC State.

Our other graduates are looking into programs at Midlands Tech and Greeneville Tech and a couple have received confirmation that they’ll be joining our country’s Armed Forces. We are so proud of all the hard work and dedication from all of our residents. This spring is certainly a reminder that in time, all things change.

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Palmetto Place Celebrates March Madness

Spring is finally here and the teens at Palmetto Place could not be more excited! It might be the promise that spring break is around the corner and warmer weather is on its way, it might be the fact that our local college teams are in the NCAA Playoffs. For those who love basketball, spring is not just the season that follows winter. For them, spring marks a start of the March Madness and offers another shot at predicting the perfect bracket; a task that has remained unaccomplished throughout the entire history of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The excitement and buzz of March Madness bonds communities together behind their favorite teams. Every year, millions of Americans make predictions for all 67 games included in the season and fill in their brackets; all hoping they have created the first ever, perfect bracket.
This year the University of South Carolina is part of the big dance and we’re hoping to cheer them on at the championship game on April 3rd! We’ll be celebrating the championship game at the Buffalo Wild Winds on Devine Street in Columbia and hope you’ll join us for an Eat Wings, Raise Funds event! Tell your server that you and your friends are celebrating with us and Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10% of your meal to Palmetto Place.
So, come out and see for yourself exactly how Palmetto Place celebrates March Madness. There’s not an easier way to support your championship pick AND the kids Palmetto Place than to enjoy Buffalo Wild Wings’ legendary atmosphere and delicious gameday food!
For more information regarding our celebration, visit our Facebook event. 

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CrawDaddy Dash Helps Homeless Teens


Want a great way to kick-off your visit to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival? Come run the CrawDaddy Dash with 1,000 other Cajuns-at-heart through Columbia’s Rosewood neighborhood! Registration includes a signature race t-shirt, delicious post-race Cajun fare and FREE entry to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival ($12 value)! Awards will begin at 10:30 a.m.


A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Palmetto Place to provide services for homeless teens and children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.


Registration is $30 if you sign up before April 1st, $35 from April 1st to May 5th and $40 on Race Day: May 6, 2017.

NEW! Running is more fun with friends! Groups of three or more SAVE $5 per person with their new group discount. Only available until 5/4! To register click here.

Schedule of Events:

Packet Pickup:

Friday, May 5, 2017
2 – 6 p.m.
City Roots
1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205

Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Start Line (intersection of Commerce and Airport Blvd)

Crawdaddy Dash

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Awards Ceremony

10:30 a.m.

Rosewood Crawfish Festival

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Interested in having your business or organization involved as a sponsor? Click here for more information or email us at grace@palmettoplaceshelter.org! To learn more about the CrawDaddy Dash visit crawdaddydash.com today!

March Needs

The first day of spring is right around the corner and our kids can’t wait for warmer weather to do more activities outside! In the meantime, here are some of the supplies we’ll need this month.

Children’s Shelter:

Net for the basketball hoop
Bookshelves- we could use at least one more
End tables/night stands
Laundry soap
Shampoo and Conditioner for ethnic hair
Dove body wash
Paper Plates
Paper Towels
After school snacks
Food gloves
Barrel charcoal grill
Waffle iron
Deep Fryer
Electric can opener
Manual can opener


Teen House:

Toilet Paper
Paper Plates
Plastic Utensils
Body wash/soap
Laundry Detergent
Poster boards
Art supplies
Hot & Cold beaded eye mask



Dream Makers present an Elton John Tribute Concert by Tokyo Joe Productions


The door is open to a child being carried in because he was rescued from an abusive environment with only the clothes on his back – no shoes – no coat – no one that he knows to receive him. This is common place at a children’s shelter.
In a 12 month period, 3219 children entered foster care in the state of South Carolina!
These children arrive at Palmetto Place and Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelters at all hours of the night and day. Some are hungry and dirty. Some are sick, or have injuries requiring medical treatment. All are emotionally traumatized and in need of much more than a roof over their heads to make them feel safe again. They have suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment, at the hands of those they most trusted.
Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter is a safe haven for abused and neglected children and homeless teens throughout the state of South Carolina. Children are provided a safe and nurturing environment where they have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. Services are provided that concentrate on personal healing and development including medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment, and transitional counseling. Children are given the opportunity to succeed by receiving support to improve their grades and to stabilize their behaviors.

All children’s shelters have one main goal, to make a difference in the life of each child who come through the door. You can help the Dream Makers of GFWC-SC support these two great shelters and make a difference in the life of a child in crisis. Join them on February 25th as they present an Elton John Tribute Concert by Tokyo Joe Productions benefiting the Nancy K Perry Children’s Shelter and Palmetto Place!


Tokyo Joe


Tokyo Joe Productions was formed in 1996, has independently released 5 CDs and performs an average of 200 shows a year in the Southeast. Greg Bickley is the spotlight of the entertainment. For more information/history, go to the Internet at www.tokyojoe.net You may preview a sample of the show on the Internet at: www.rocketmantribute.com

February Needs

Last month we didn’t have much on our needs list- the donations we received in November and December had completely filled our storage spaces! But, we use more than 25 rolls of paper towel 5 gallons of laundry detergent each week! In January we used a good bit on the items that were donated in the months before.

This month we have a brand new needs list for you :
Teen House Needs:
Laundry Baskets
Laundry Soap*
Scrub Brushes
Disposable Shower Caps
Dish Washing Liquid
Paper Towel
Bath Towels
Dish Towels
Ramon Noodles
Canned Ravioli/Spaghetti

Children’s Shelter Needs:
Room Spray

Bath Towels
Laundry Soap*
Paper Towel

Door Hooks (for WIDE doors!)
Book Shelves

Tension Rods for Curtains (4)

*We prefer scent and dye free laundry soap.

February Needs

A huge thank you to Vivian Benefield for organizing the storage closet at the Children’s Shelter! Now it’s easier to tell what our greatest needs are. Check out these before and after shots:




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