Hold on to your HEARTS

Our fearless and faithful leader, Hope Caldwell, tried to warn us. But when we saw the photos - and read the bios - of the two young benefactors of our most recent clubhouse build, our tickers were toast.

Both boys have a smile that will incite a concurrent melt and flutter, and learning of their loves - from baseball to best friends - will spur a soar. But it’s the struggle they share in common that will threaten to nearly break any heart: in the fall of 2017, both were diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). To consider the despair and anxiety over such a diagnosis is just the beginning of that heartache. Learning of the very real, daily battle being fought by Milo Sligh and Gaige Hernandez is to understand how they are being robbed of the carefree childhood each so deserves. Infusions, injections, and biopsies. Scheduled clinic visits, unplanned inpatient stays, and emergency room admissions. School absences, playdates missed, and holidays in the hospital. It is more than any of the youngest among us should be asked to bear.

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So we are called to try to restore a little bit of the splendor of childhood by constructing clubhouses for kids like Milo and Gaige. And on February 28, we partnered with Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) to plan and co-sponsor a truly extraordinary build day for these two “clubhouse kids.” Members, clients, and employees of the global sales organization had traveled to Charleston to experience the Lowcountry luxury of their newest member property, Hotel Bennett. They also came to make some real social impact, and on introduction of their scheduled event, we had 60 eager hearts well before we had 60 sets of hands.

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For over three decades, ALHI has been linking meeting and incentive marketplace professionals to a portfolio of more than 250 of the most esteemed hotels, resorts, cruise ships, and travel partners on the planet. With a mission to match top industry talent with distinctive independent properties and emerging luxury brands, it is apparent that ALHI’s strategy is a thoughtful one. So it is no surprise that the organization’s associates and members would bring that same level of conspicuous care to a cause and an event like this.

 

The group enjoyed and celebrated the splendor of Hotel Bennett - from the luxurious guestrooms to the exceptional cuisine and cocktails - and marveled at the surrounding city. Then, under a perfectly cloud-studded late winter sky, the ALHI team gathered for an afternoon in Marion Square. Lowes provided many of the supplies and gear, and Other Brother Entertainment kept the beats just above the sound of drills and saws. In just two energetic hours, a pair of clubhouses were constructed, as precious as they were sturdy. Gaige and Milo were right there to not only bear witness to the build and accept its gifts, but to experience a day dedicated to putting something back into their childhoods.

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To meet these tender warriors was a blessing, and to lovingly build and present to each of them a dream clubhouse - a special space of their own - was an honor for us and for our incredible partners at ALHI.

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A Profound Winter Turnaround

A full belly.

A sheltered body.

An optimistic soul.

 Needs may be basic, but not always simple. Fulfillment of one may mean comfort for an hour, while achievement of another can last a lifetime. But all have requirements, from the procurement of modest means and resources to the gifts of compassionate service and philanthropy. It is a very special organization that can gather – and galvanize – all that is required for the breadth of human needs. Here in Charleston, that organization is One80 Place.

 For nearly 35 years, the nonprofit that began as a small interfaith ministry has been feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and bolstering the underserved in the Holy City. In that time, its staff and volunteers have served over 2.5 million meals, set more than 40,000 warm beds, and saved over 9,000 Charlestonians from a lifetime of homelessness. From immediate comfort to a long-term path forward, One80 Place meets critical human needs – and we couldn’t be more honored to provide partners in their effort.

 Our most recent partnership was with Leo Pharmaceutical. The company brought 140 team members to Charleston in early February, and KLH Group organized and facilitated a dynamic service event to benefit One80 Place. The gathering at Charleston Place kicked off with team-building (disguised as balloon popping) and trivia, followed by heartfelt addresses from Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg, Leo Pharmaceutical leadership, and a trio of One80 Place employees. Then it was time to get to work (disguised as play).

 As a way to smooth the transition from temporary shelter to permanent home, One80 Place has a tradition of providing “move-in kits” to those they aid. Essential items from cleaning supplies to kitchen gear are collected, packaged, and presented at each special “homecoming.” On that afternoon two weeks ago, our visiting friends from Leo Pharmaceuticals were charged with assembling 180 move-in kits. The catch? They had to procure every item – with the assistance of ten representatives from One80 Place – by way of a scavenger hunt. It was in this quest that a spirit of teamwork and culture of generosity was further cultivated.

 Truth be told, we sometimes so lose ourselves in the fun experienced during these events that we momentarily forget the real impact of the service. But perhaps that’s how it should be. The effect is still profound, and we’ve helped to fulfill more intangible - but nevertheless basic - needs that connect us all:

 

A feeling of joy.

A spirit of camaraderie.

A sense of purpose.

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What the Heck are Social Impact Events?

This fall we had the opportunity to participate on a panel discussion at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. The topic was on “Success Through Service”. Hope had the pleasure of working with John Fikany, a 13 year Microsoft Veteran on developing a talk centered around humanizing corporate America.

Take a peak at this quick 2 min video to get a sense of Social ImpactEvent.

Second Quarter Roundup

Scholars and scientists assert that kindness, social connection, and gratitude are key drivers of happiness.

They could have used KLH group as a case study, because we are goose-bumped with good vibes and grinning ear to ear after the second quarter we just experienced. Here's a recap:

 

social impact:

How do you package 110,000 meals in 90 minutes? You partner with a fabulous corporate client to host the kind of affair that draws 800 guests. With so many hands making light (and life-changing) work, relief for residents of disaster-stricken areas and schoolchildren in developing countries were fed more expeditiously by way of our first big second quarter event.

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The needtobreathe classic 

Later in the spring, another powerhouse collaboration further propelled the effort for worldwide sustainable healthcare. It was with great pleasure  that we partnered with Grammy-nominated NEEDTOBREATHE on the golf classic bearing their name. Benefiting OneWorld Health, the annual tournament and concert event has, to date, raised over $1.2 million to build and operate medical centers in Africa and South America.

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something to celebrate!

Capping off such a tremendous season, we were overwhelmed to receive the 2018 Social Impact Entrepreneur Award. Presented by Local Choice, the award recognizes businesses “creating stronger, prosperous communities” – without question, that is our aim.

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With no shortage of great places to party and great people to toast in Charleston, it seems the celebrations comes easy around here. Still, it is only with time, creativity, and a bit of muscle that each of our shindigs come together. Spring of 2018 was highlighted first by the production of a high-touch corporate outing at a five-star Lowcountry property. We had our hands in everything from the fine linens and décor to the incredible live music and oyster roast, and we made sure each guest was on the golf roster or the spa schedule. But the gorgeous nightly sunsets? That was all Mother Nature. And she smiled on us again in May as we presented The Harbor Entrepreneur Center’s 2018 Founder’s Ball. Blue skies were the backdrop at Pacific Box & Crate for some semi-fancy fun (craft cocktails meets cornhole), as more than 200 local entrepreneurs were represented. Considering the innovative talent in attendance and the cool urban venue, we figured a champagne-pouring aerialist was only fitting. Indeed, our event production cup overfloweth.

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A GIANT THANK YOU

We feel it in our hearts more than our heads are able to say.

From the planning meetings with partners to the culminating big event… from the “typical” office days that run like clockwork to the frantic logistical hiccups that somehow find resolution… we look around us and feel gratitude every day, without exception.

To the clients who put their faith in us, the vendors who share their efforts with us, and the partners who take the journey with us: thank you.

We are collectively proud of the road behind us, and positively giddy about the road ahead.

Social Impact Event at Seamark Ranch

We don’t just dare to dream — we dare to act. This comes from our innate desire to find a better way and succeed...We execute every day, without ever taking our eyes off the possibilities ahead. We know that nothing great can be accomplished without courage. That’s why we roll up our sleeves, test our limits and dare to be bold in all we do.
— Newell Brands

When given the opportunity to partner with a company like Newell Brands, everyone rolls up their sleeves and the dreams get big and real, quickly. Looking to connect this incredible team of volunteers with a larger and incredibly powerful social impact opportunity, KLHGroup delivered in spades creating a day of service at Sea Mark Ranch.

Seamark Ranch, located on a beautiful 468-acre campus in Northeast Florida, opened in 2007 and has since served over 100 children with its homes, on-campus school, and extensive childcare programs. Through the equestrian program, farm care, and the provision of a safe and loving home, each child is set on a journey towards healing, while developing life skills to support their future independence as adults.

KLHGroup’s exceptional team took care of all the logistics and preparations so that the teams of volunteers from Newell would be able to install shelving units in the pantry, re-furbish and update the physical buildings and the grounds through painting, pruning and planting, as well as have enough time to play kickball and provide a listening supportive ear to the children and staff at Sea Mark. “It was amazing to have everyone out here, we don’t get that very often. The people that came out were amazing people, I really appreciated having them here to talk to.”-SeaMark Ranch Resident

With the fundamental vision of “Dream Big, Dare to Act” driving both Newell and KLHGroup, the success of this event was like watching the grand finale of the fireworks at 4th of July- you leave in awe of what you saw and experienced!

Catching Up after a very busy Fall

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.

KLHGroup created its own mosaic of successful and incredibly meaningful events throughout the Fall 2017 season. As always, the interwoven constant to each event is the incredible people with whom we get to collaborate. Hope and her team continue to make taking what could be an ordinary logistical plan from paper to a work of art look easy, here is a sampling of our fall at KLHGroup.

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The Governor Thomas Bennett house provided the most exquisite backdrop for an intimate “Give Back” community event in early November. With Event Works luxurious table settings and on point setup, they set the Good Food Catering up for the delicious southern inspired meal to shine. The addition of this beautiful meal to the event allowed for the hard working team to break bread together and cheerfully celebrate what happens when you put aside your own needs for the day and invest in a project bigger than yourself.

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The BusShed in Downtown Charleston provided the perfect space and ambiance for the highly anticipated and exciting annual Low Country Hoedown.  Annual events are the kind of fun that leave you fulfilled and yet eager to be back again for the next one. The Low Country Hoedown is definitely this type of event. This year 1500 eager attendees enjoyed 2 incredible bands, and food and drink from over 40 vendors. Each competing for the famous taxidermy squirrel! Can’t wait until next year!

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Returning to a favorite event destination of KLHGroup, Mingo Point, Hope and her team, enjoyed the pleasure of planning and executing an intimate wedding for a couple whom were a delight to work. Focused on intimate details of showcasing their union and the family that they have become, KLHGroup was honored to be a part of the “Blessing of the Family” and the celebration that followed. 

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This year has brought many fresh faces and creative work to KLHGroup. We enter the holiday season, hearts full and thankful to the incredible clients who elevate what we do from work to a joy, to our new team of dedicated employees committed to ensuring that each event is as successful as possible, and to our vendors who bring the special magic to make each event shine. Look forward to hearing from you in 2018 at our new office 78 Line Street, Charleston, SC.

A Dreamy Escape

Draping live oaks, majestic southern reds, and ancient pines envelop the entry way into Palmetto Bluff, delivering you into an untouched preserve of rich sea landscape and a magical journey from the busy world of demands and deadlines to a quiet respite of luxury and relaxation.

Fall in the LowCountry is one of my favorite times of year, with the coolers air settling in and the surroundings in full bloom. Using the land to guide the design, respecting and maximizing the topography and miles of marsh and river’s edge, Hope and her team paired each location with exquisite lighting, furniture, and food. Guests were swept from one movie-esque scene to another, experiencing luxury at its highest caliber. From the unique outdoor lounge, to the folk sounds of a local bluegrass band, to delicious food and drink, guests left begrudgingly, for why would you ever want to leave.

"Daring to Dream" A New Promise of Socially Conscious Events

What’s inspiring about Hope’s story is that her journey into owning a business is fully grounded in what lights her up. She brought together her passion for producing high-end events, with a deeper purpose of giving back and creating change in the world.
— Hilary Johnson, founder of Hatch Tribe
                                           Daring to Dream is available now on Amazon

                                           Daring to Dream is available now on Amazon

When Purpose and passion collide, magic happens. In her very first book, Daring to Dream with KLHGroup, Hope Caldwell masterfully describes what CSR (Corporate Social Responsible) events could be, why she is committed to their success, and how they stand to revolutionize the event planning industry and the very fabric of corporations and communities alike.

Hope writes- “Hands-on community service projects are an opportunity to give back to the community, not to mention inspire guests, bond them together, and give them something worth talking about when they return home.”

Getting her story printed and published has allowed for the magic that typically occurs exclusively in real time at events, to jump off the pages of this book. Her story, founded on the mission to build a culture of generosity, is one of growing momentum.

Invited to participate in podcasts and speaking engagements, Hope delights audiences with her wit, detailed stories and magnetic personality, as she shares her journey to develop the KLHGroup and Doors to Dream. 

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TEAM PAIRS WITH DOORS TO DREAM

As a company of leading brands and great people, we realize that being innovative and successful in the global market requires collaboration externally as well as internally.
— Newell Brands
We had the huge privilege of working with Hope and her team on and event we were organizing for a large FMCG organization. I have organized many ‘team builds’ as part of events we have done with global leadership teams, but this was something very special! Team activities are often great fun, but have little lasting impact. This is not the case with Doors To Dream. The participants were truly moved and felt the importance of the work they were doing for the children from the moment Hope started to speak to them. Not only that but they realized that work with purpose can transcend many obstacles and they used that thought for the rest of the event and way past it. Working with Hope and her team was also a dream, she is super professional and very courageous. We were inspired, our client was inspired and we will work with Doors to Dream as many times as we can! You should too
— Chris Pote, MDC Event Group

Partnering with Doors to Dream and KLHGroup, Newell Brands was able to offer their employees an afternoon of memories to last a lifetime. Accepting the “clubhouse challenge”, a corporate social responsibility experience, Newell elevated their vision of building a strong foundation from the philosophical to the literal. The Newell Brand employees arrived to their “worksite” at Mingo Point, Kiawah Island, to find pallets of materials and smiling faces of 20+ deserving children eager to watch the creation of their very own clubhouse. The magic happens in the making of these houses into homes. In teams of 10-12, Newell’s incredible employees collaborated with the children to build a “mini-house” fashioned after classic Charleston single family architecture. The smiles and confidence on the children’s faces, the shouts of glee, and giggles of excitement enhance the musical score of live music, hammering, and drilling, while participants work together with growing inspiration to work hard without complaint or any personal gain. With heads held high, standing tall, these children look to a future that includes a new open door, one that cancer doesn’t close, offering them a customized space to imagine and play without abandon, providing lasting memories for their siblings and parents alike.

NEEDTOBREATHE PRIVATE EVENT

“KLH Group raises the stakes, taking events to the next level, enhancing events with unique ideas and opportunities to raise awareness, funds, and experiential memories.”

KLH Group rocked out with Grammy award winning band, NEEDTOBREATHE, to standing ovations. Partnering with One World Health, a global non-profit organization empowering impoverished communities to have sustainable healthcare, KLH struck exactly the right chord for spreading awareness and raising funds for One World Health. Sophisticated design and thinking allowed each detail to create the perfect harmony for a highly successful night with lasting memories.

Charleston Wedding

Showcasing the historic charm of Charleston, with its blooming azaleas and cobblestone streets, KLH had the honor of producing an intimate wedding for 25. When Hope first met Leah & Jonny she knew they were of similar personalities – a perfect fit for a couple & wedding planner. Their style and laid back approach to all the details allowed for KLH to step in and customize the personal details of this intimate affair.

A southern ceremony at White Point Garden followed by a stroll down the Charleston Battery, finally arriving to a reception at an antebeullum home, allowed for guests to experience a quintessential evening in Historic Charleston creating memories that will last a lifetime.

MOVIE PREMIERE

A night to celebrate the legacy of medicine and heroism, Hacksaw Ridge Movie premiere at Cinnebarre was a night to remember. KLHGroup was thrilled to work with local Charleston Orthopedic Surgeon and founder of Walk Nicaragua, Dr. Del Schutte, to raise awareness, funds, and celebrate a cinematic masterpiece based on the courageous WWII Army Medic Desmond T. Doss. Uncle Desmond's inspirational commitment to serve during the Battle of Okinawa, refusing to kill, earned him the first Medal of Honor without firing a shot in American History. Dr. Schutte continues the legacy of his uncle, through his work with the surgical mission organization, Walk Nicaragua, established in 2015, to create a sustainable joint replacement program in Nicaragua. With 60 successful joint replacement surgeries under their belt, Walk Nicaragua is off to a strong start and the legacy continues. 


Thank you so much for all you did to create and pull off a most special evening! Several times a day I hear from someone whose life has been changed by the evening. We are looking forward to an even bigger future!
— Dr. Del Schutte, Charleston Institute for Advanced Orthopedics