2020 Mike Gorksi Backpack Buddies Challenge

The Mike Gorski 2020 Backpack Buddies Challenge Has Begun!! The response for sponsorships for the 2020 Backpack Buddies Challenge was overwhelming.  Mike Gorski, owner of Island Transportation Services, launched this project 4 years ago to help raise additional funds at the Backpack Buddies Chili Cook-off The Tidelines post was among several sources that resulted in new friends (sponsorships) being added for a total of 28 friends (sponsorships.)  The complete list appears below.

As a result of this year’s lofty goal of $50,000, Mike is starting to take donations now. The friends (sponsorships) are matching your donations dollar-for-dollar.  All donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law. The Chili Cook-off, along with The Gorski and Friends Challenge, benefits Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island and the Backpack Buddies Group of Kiawah Women’s Foundation. The two organizations are both 501(c)(3) nonprofits whose mission is to feed local hungry school children on the weekend and during school holidays. These children are supplied breakfast and lunch by the schools but often were being left to fend for themselves on the weekends. They are currently feeding over 530 local children each week.

Making a resident donation is very easy. Just call or text Mike Gorski at 864-316-3894 and tell him your donation amount. He will provide all of the details for the different ways that you can donate.

Mike says, “Thank you in advance for your support and please, island residents, don’t forget to get your donations matched dollar-for-dollar by making your donations today!”

  • Mike Gorski and Friends 2020 Challenge for the Backpack Buddies Sponsors
  • Returning friends from last year:
  • Island Transportation Services
  • Carolina Girl Promotional Products
  • Coastal Getaways of SC
  • Emery and Nick Macpherson Akers Ellis Real Estate
  • Fipps & Sons Garage
  • Holy City Construction
  • Kiawah Cares
  • Kiawah Partners Townsend and Stephanie Clarkson
  • Pam Harrington Exclusives
  • Pelican Development
  • S. Bogan Designs
  • Timbers Kiawah
  • Wells Fargo
  • Will Shiver & The Island Company
  • And the new friends that are joining this year’s great and worthy cause are:
  • A O Smith Corporation
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous-Kiawah Island
  • Anonymous-Seabrook Island
  • Barbara and Vin Lewis
  • Bob and Linda Fetch
  • Design Gaps, Inc.
  • Dolphin Architects and Builders
  • Dunes Properties
  • Jessica Jones Charitable Fund
  • Pierce Distribution Services Company
  • Seabrook Island Real Estate
  • The Naples Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley
  • Vincent’s Drug Store
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