YEScarolina Hosts Third Annual Fundraiser

By Jade McDuffie
Post & Courier
November 8, 2012

The grand total: $200,000. That’s how much YEScarolina raised in one night during its third annual gala last Thursday.

YEScarolina is a nonprofit organization that aims to teach youths across the state entrepreneurship skills.

“We’re giving back to the kids that want to do something with themselves. This gives them an outlet and something to achieve for,” board member Austin Stone said about the gala, “Under the Tuscan Stars,” which was held at Memminger Auditorium. Local businesses were donors for the live and silent auction, and dinner was directed by Bill Hall of Halls Chophouse.

“We realized there aren’t enough jobs to go around. It’s important to teach entrepreneurship at an early age so they have something to fall back on,” said Jimmy Bailey, founder and executive director of YEScarolina.

Bailey said the addition of the Motley Rice Charleston County Business Plan Competition and the Mark Motley Foundation Statewide Business Plan Competition were highlights of the year.

“The competitions help students work harder because they know there is a prize at the end. Without that, it would just be another boring school project,” Austin Nuttall, a senior at Wando High School, told The Post and Courier in September.

“It reinforces what the kids are asking for,” Bailey added.

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