Boundless: the Campaign for the College of Charleston
About Boundless

Boundless is the promise of our students, the distinction of our faculty and the enduring spirit of our friends, supporters and alumni. Boundless represents the next era of national distinction at the College of Charleston.

Vision

President Glenn McConnell

As an alumnus of the Class of 1969, I can attest to the power of the nurturing environment that our faculty and staff provide to our students. I know that any success I have enjoyed throughout my legal, business, and legislative careers began with the excellent liberal arts education that I received at the College. It was my privilege to experience the transformative power of a College of Charleston education, and it is my honor to help ensure the same quality of education for future generations of students in my role as co-chair of Boundless: The Campaign for the College of Charleston.

I am excited to be leading our comprehensive campaign with my co-chair, Class of 1989 alumnus Steve Swanson. Our campaign is an important opportunity to reflect on our past, declare our intentions for the future, and position the College for an even greater role locally, nationally, and internationally. Boundless: The Campaign for the College of Charleston will help shape the next era of the College by helping grow our culture of philanthropy, which will directly support the unique assets of the College for the benefit of our students, our faculty, our staff, and the Charleston community.

I invite you to partner with us so that working together; we can support the students, faculty, staff, and academic innovations that will lead our great institution forward.

In Cougar Pride,
Glenn F. McConnell ’69
President

Leadership

Many thanks to members of the Campaign Steering Committee who are leading this historic and important effort, and to the thousands of volunteers who are devoting their time and energy to this campaign.

President Glenn F. McConnell ’69

Campaign Co-Chair

Steve Swanson ’89

Former CEO/Co-Founder Automated Trading Desk, Campaign Co-Chair

Renee Dobbins Anderson, Ph.D.

Vice Chairman, Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation

Steve Osborne ’73

Executive Vice President, Business Affairs

Keith Sauls ’90

President, Apple Gold Partners

Catherine Smith

Trustee, Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

Hilton Smith

President and CEO, East Bay Company, Ltd.

George P. Watt, Jr.

Executive Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Anita Zucker

CEO, InterTech Group

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Priorities

Boundless: The Campaign for the College of Charleston is a comprehensive fundraising initiative and our opportunity to shape the next era of national distinction for the College. This historic campaign is an investment in our future while staying true to our 240-year liberal arts and sciences mission. Read the College’s case statement for more details.

What makes it different from other campaigns in higher education is our focus on engaging our 57,000 alums and thousands of parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the College.  And, yes, we also plan to far exceed $125 million in total commitments by the time we finish in June of 2016. You have an opportunity to invest in one or more of our five strategic priorities:

Priority 1: Scholarships

Competitive scholarships that attract and retain exceptional students and enhance the College’s affordability, accessibility and inclusivity.

Priority 2: World-class Faculty

World-class faculty who create new knowledge, collaborate across disciplines and inspire national student research.

Priority 3: Student Experience

Academic and campus-life programs that embrace our history, culture and location and provide unrivaled opportunities for research and personal growth.

Priority 4: Modern Learning Spaces

State-of-the-art facilities that support creativity, collaboration and innovation in learning and research, as well as enhanced sports facilities for our student-athletes and fans.

Priority 5: Annual Giving Funds

Annual giving funds support the College’s most immediate needs and priorities and build a culture of philanthropy.

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Boundless: the Campaign for the College of Charleston

“The opportunity to study at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York transformed my professional identity and provided international arts experience.” – Emily Farris ’15, 2014 Summer Study Award recipient (left) with former CofC faculty member Lori Kornegay of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

The College

With our stellar location, vibrant student life and devoted faculty, the College of Charleston is truly one of the nation’s great public liberal arts and sciences universities.

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Join the conversation!

On Thursday, March 31st, the College of Charleston will welcome Bryan Stevenson for a lecture

On Thursday, March 31st, the College of Charleston will welcome Bryan Stevenson for a lecture on American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference. Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His presentation, Stevenson will speak about defending some of America’s most marginalized people. The stories he will tell are heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and will motivate audiences to make a change.

Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction. He was also named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. Stevenson is a tenured law professor at the New York University School of Law. His memoir, Just Mercy, is he story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice.

This speaker series is presented by the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) at the College of Charleston. The RSJI’s mission is to promote public awareness and dialogue about race and social justice issues in the Charleston area, the state of South Carolina, and beyond.

In late June 2015, the Avery Research Center, Addlestone Library, African American Studies, and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative at the College of Charleston received a major grant from Google to launch the RSJI in response to recent tragic events in the Charleston area. With this support, RSJI is working with numerous partners to facilitate public events, exhibitions, and various projects that promote awareness of the history and ongoing struggles of racial injustice throughout the United States. To stay connected as new events and projects develop through the RSJI, please visit go.cofc.edu/rsji.

Join us on Thursday, March 31, at 6:00 PM at the Sottile Theatre for Bryan Stevenson’s Lecture and Book Signing. This event is free and open to the public.

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Nonprofit in Charleston’s East Side started by CofC alum

Samantha Sammis ’11 began her involvement with Charleston’s East Side community during her time as

Samantha Sammis ’11 began her involvement with Charleston’s East Side community during her time as an undergraduate student at the College.  She, along with a group of friends, would spend a few hours every Friday playing basketball with local youth at Mall Playground, part of Hampstead Square in the heart of the East Side community. With each game of basketball, Sammis and her friends began to build relationships with the kids and families of the East Side neighborhood and even went on to organize additional events beyond basketball, such as cookouts and a Vacation Bible School.

When Sammis graduated from the College in 2011, with degrees in sociology and religious studies, she moved to Boston to participate in a one year urban education program called Match Corps and planned on starting her life in the Northeast. On a brief trip back to Charleston in the spring of 2012, her friends encouraged her to go back and visit the neighborhood kids and families of Charleston’s East Side. Sammis quickly realized that the local kids were thrilled to see her and begged her to return to Charleston.  Although she initially thought that part of her life was over, Sammis was confident that she could make an even bigger impact in the East Side community and relocated to Charleston as soon as she could.

Sammis and seven others occupied a house on Columbus Street and now devote their time and energy to empowering East Side residents by becoming a part of the community themselves. It was then that Loving America Street was born.

Samantha’s passion for this local neighborhood fueled the growth of Loving America Street, which finally gained a 501(c) 3 status in 2014. Although it is labeled as a nonprofit organization, Sammis states it is not like other nonprofit organizations because it is a “relationship-based nonprofit”. The philosophy for Loving America Street is simple, build genuine relationships with those people in the neighborhood and “take the strengths of the neighborhood and use those to empower people”, says Sammis.

In May 2015, Loving America Street undertook its biggest challenge yet by taking ownership of the old, run down community laundromat located at 51 Reid Street.  Although it was in terrible condition, it was the last standing laundromat within walking distance for East Side residents. Sammis felt it was essential to preserve it.

Even without a background in the business of nonprofit management, Sammis was undaunted. Her group raised $50,000 in three months to purchase six new washers and four new dryers, and recruited volunteers to help repaint and decorate the space, which is now renamed Laundry Matters. Laundry Matters has become much more than just a laundromat however, its bright green walls, inspirational paintings and cheerful music has created a welcoming place for neighbors to gather for bible study on Thursdays and other community activities throughout the week.

“People are people, not projects,” Sammis shares. “Instead of treating the East Side like a low-income service project, I wanted it to be my home. I wanted these people to be my neighbors and my friends.”

To learn more about Loving America Street and the work they are doing in the East Side community, visit their website.

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March Matchness

March Matchness is back, and this year with a whole new twist! Alumnus Jeff Kinard

March Matchness is back, and this year with a whole new twist! Alumnus Jeff Kinard ’77 and Clyde are in the race, with $20,000 at the finish line, and calling on all alumni to give back to the College during the final months of the BOUNDLESS Campaign.

This month long challenge hopes to inspire at least 262 alumni donors to make a gift, and if that goal is reached alumnus Jeff will add an additional $20,000! Do your part in our March Matchness challenge by giving to the College of Charleston Fund, and you will also help us reach our milestone goal of 10,000 alumni donors during the entire BOUNDLESS Campaign.

As a reminder, The College of Charleston Fund provides immediate resources for scholarships, faculty, and alumni networking opportunities and is essential to the College and its future. Your gift will contribute to enhancing the College of Charleston for students and alumni.

So are YOU ready to accept the baton and race Clyde to the finish line? Alumni, NOW IS OUR TIME to come forward and make an impact on the College. And remember, by making a donation in the month of March you will help to secure an additional $20,000!

This campaign ends on March 31, 2016, so don’t wait. Be a part of March Matchness today!

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C2C Hosts LinkedIn Workshop & Networking Event

Committed to Charleston (C2C) was founded in 2013 is the first ever student giving organization

Committed to Charleston (C2C) was founded in 2013 is the first ever student giving organization on campus. Last year, more than $15,000 was raised for student scholarships thanks to student donations and Johnnie Baxley ’92 giving a match gift of $10,000. C2C aims to help build strong connections within our campus and within our alumni community so to strengthen the overall College of Charleston Network.

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, C2C hosted a LinkedIn Workshop and Networking with Alumni Event in collaboration with Alumni Career Services and Alumni Affairs office. Erin O’Dea, assistant director of alumni career services, presented a LinkedIn workshop to more than 30 students. O’Dea provided students with the tips on how to introduce themselves and present themselves through a professional online network, such as LinkedIn.

A panel of alumni gave students their top networking tips and advice. The panel included: Johnnie W. Baxley, III ’92 and Stacey L. Bailey ‘08. These alumni shared insight on their experience in their specific career field and gave their top 5 networking tips. Baxley advised, “Remember you are always marketing and selling yourself. You have no idea when that can happen. Always act in a way that you can be proud of what people see.” Bailey stated, “I like to think of networking especially in relationships, as the long game versus the short game. You’re trying to cultivate and nurture these relationships. Eventually you will start to form these relationships and they will want to connect with you.” After the workshop, the students practiced what they just learned in a networking session with other local alums. The other alumni participants included: April Adams ’11, Justin Gaeta ’09, Taylor Kemp ’05, Ryan Morris ’08 and Brad Rustin ’75.

For more information on Committed to Charleston and details on upcoming events, please visit the Committed to Charleston Facebook page. Interested in sharing your expertise in your field with our students? Sign up today to meet students and share your experiences.

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Tracey HunterDoniger

Creativity in and out of the classroom. EDEE 403 students and STEAM. #cofcboundless #boundlesscofc https://t.co/XmPWuX8QP3

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Dynepic

Get your tickets for this Friday to hear @dynepic CEO speak about entrepreneurship and starting two companies here in Charleston. #womenintech #chs #InternetofToys #IoToys #iOKids #SpiralStrength #getagrip #leanin #swe #womeninbusiness #Repost @cofc_schoolofbusiness In honor of #internationalwomensday don't forget to sign up for the March 18th Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit at go.cofc.edu/cwe ... Takes place at the Sottile Theater, right on campus! Free for students, faculty and staff. #womENTREPSchs #chstech #femalefounders #boundlesscofc

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Cofc Climbing Club

Climbing club spring breakers 2k16 #cofc #cofcclimbingclub #climbing #rockclimbing #rocks #bouldering #adventure #springbreak #cofccampusrec #boundlesscofc #crush #beta #sendit

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CofC School of Business

In honor of #internationalwomensday don't forget to sign up for the March 18th Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit at go.cofc.edu/cwe ... Takes place at the Sottile Theater, right on campus! Free for students, faculty and staff. #womENTREPSchs #chstech #femalefounders #boundlesscofc

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Computer Science At CofC

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Did you know that 31% of #CSatCofC are female! That's up 25% from last year! Go lady cougars! #iwd2016 #boundlessCofC #cofc #WIC #chstech

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CofC School of Business

Kesha Rainey '16 is celebrating her birthday in Brugge, Belgium today, as she is learning about global logistics in Belgium, Holland and Amsterdam over spring break. #sbstudyabroad #boundlesscofc #belgiumbirthday

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Emily

While everyone is relaxing this #weekend, Clyde is on his #RaceToTheFinish. Make your gift today for #CofCMarchMatchness and Jeff Kinard '77 will donate $20,000 if we reach 262 donors! http://gvcmp.us/lvx55r @cofcalumni #BoundlessCofC @collegeofcharleston #CollegeofCharleston #thecollege

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CofC Alumni

March Matchness Challenge: 262 alumni donate, Jeff Kinard '77 will add $20K. https://t.co/PaC4z77lgl #BoundlessCofC https://t.co/tYf9Md9v1N

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CofC Alumni

Introducing the 2016 BOUNDLESS Edition of March Matchness! This year, if 262 alumni join Clyde and donate in March, alumnus Jeff Kinard '77 will add $20,000! #RaceToTheFinish #CofCMarchMatchness #BoundlessCofC marchmatchness.cofc.edu

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CofC School of Business

We did it - we reached our goal of 140 donors in the #givetowhatyoulove initiative. A huge thank you to those who participated and made a gift. We are feeling the ❤️! #boundlesscofc

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Computer Science At CofC

T-shirts arrived just in time for tomorrow's #2016HSPC! We're hosting 20 #coding teams from high schools across SC, NC, & GA! #CSatCofC #boundlessCofC #cofc #code #programming #STEM #chs #charleston #harborwalk #acm

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CofC School of Business

Did you #givetowhatyoulove? We only need 25 more donors! Help us reach our goal! #boundlesscofc

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Tracey HunterDoniger

STEAM Fest at the College of Charleston. We put the A for art in the STEM. #boundlesscofc https://t.co/8W1wULg6xC

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Cofc Climbing Club

Shout out to all of our climbers repping us at WCU last weekend! #cofc #cofcclimbing #cofccampusrec #adventures #rocks #rockclimbing #bouldering #boundlesscofc #cofcclimbingclub #crush #firstplace #winning #sendit #wcu #comp #climbingcomp

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Committed To Charleston

Hey Seniors! Join C2C by donating a gift of $17.70 and receive VIP access and a discounted ticket to "A Charleston Affair"! All donations much be made by February 22nd to be eligible for this exclusive opportunity! #boundlesscofc #c2c #senior

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Politics on Campus

Hosting political events is not new to the College of Charleston. Over the last several

Hosting political events is not new to the College of Charleston. Over the last several years, elected officials, such as mayors, senators, governors and even presidential candidates have stepped foot on campus. During this presidential primary season, the College of Charleston will again serve as the host of several political events.

On February 9, 2016, CNN hosted a focus group in TD Arena’s McAlister Suite that was televised live from 7:30 pm until 10:00pm. More than a dozen South Carolina voters, including several College of Charleston students, discussed several topics as the results of the New Hampshire primary were announced.

The College of Charleston’s Bully Pulpit Series provides a platform for political dialogue by encouraging and facilitating participation throughout the campus community. Since 2008, The Bully Pulpit Series has hosted numerous events such as town halls with political candidates, voter registration drives, student debates and media events. It has hosted over a dozen presidential candidates and eight major media events during presidential election seasons.

On February 11, 2016, the College welcomed POLITICO to campus, as part of CofC’ s Bully Pulpit Series. POLITICO hosted two caucuses on energy, economy and the Election in South Carolina, which were held in Randolph Hall. These events featured local and national experts who highlighted energy issues and ecomonic policies facing the next president of the United States.

The Series’ also collaborated with ABC News 4 on February 15, to host the South Carolina Primary RoundTable, in the Wells Fargo Auditorium, which was broadcasted from 7:00 to 8:00pm. The event featured Congressman Mark Sandford (R) and surrogates from several presidential campaigns and provided a platform for conversation so that South Carolina voters can be more informed before heading to the polls to vote in the South Carolina primaries.

As the election year continues, the College will host more events for the campus and Charleston community.

For more information about The Bully Pulpit Series and details on upcoming events, please visit The Bully Pulpit website. 

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#GiveToWhatYouLove Campaign

Each year on Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the people we love with tokens of our

Each year on Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the people we love with tokens of our affection. So why not also share the programs and initiatives that we love and are important to us?

Inspired by the month of love, the School of Business launched the #GiveToWhatYouLove Campaign which gives donors a chance to share their love with the School of Business throughout February.

This month –long campaign has a goal of 140 donors (centered on February 14th) and allows people to give to any School of Business major, program, or center that is meaningful to them.  This includes majors such as Hospitality Tourism and Management, Business Administration, Accounting, and International Business; programs such as Global Logistics and Transportation, Schottland Scholars, Honors, MBA, Study Abroad, or the School of Business Investment Program; and Centers of Excellence such as the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Carter Real Estate Center, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Technology (ICAT).

This mini campaign is your chance to give to what you love and ensure that today’s business students have BOUNDLESS opportunities.

The #GiveToWhatYouLove Campaign runs from February 1st to midnight on Monday, February 29th.

To learn more about the #GiveToWhatYouLove Campaign, or to make a gift, visit the campaign website. 

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Campaign Milestone Reached

On the morning of February 12, 2016, the College of Charleston community came together to

On the morning of February 12, 2016, the College of Charleston community came together to celebrate the achievement of not only reaching, but surpassing, the $125 Million BOUNDLESS campaign fundraising goal. This campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the College’s 246-year history and has raised over $127 Million since it began in October 2009.

President Glenn F. McConnell ’69 announced this historic accomplishment in Alumni Hall to a room filled with students, faculty, staff, friends, alumni, and donors. “Our donors understand the value of a College of Charleston education and have expressed their vote of confidence through their giving. Campaigns like ours are about strengthening both our present needs while also laying a strong foundation for the future”, said McConnell.

Already, through the BOUNDLESS campaign, we have been able to create and award more scholarships than ever. Since 2009, we have grown student aid and scholarship support for the College of Charleston Foundation by more than 70 percent – thus making the dream of the College of Charleston education a reality for many more of our students. At the same time, the College’s endowment has grown more than 60 percent, which means the College will benefit from the successes of this campaign for many years to come.

During McConnell’s announcement, he took a moment to publicly recognize 10 donors who represented faculty, students, staff, alumni, parents, friends, corporation and foundations. The 10 donors represented a fraction of the nearly 23,000 donors that have invested in the College during this campaign.

McConnell made a clear call-to-action to his fellow 60,000 alumni, encouraging them that to step forward to be a champion for the College.  Speaking to them directly McConnell stated, “now is our time to come together. Right here, right now, we all have an opportunity-in our own special way, no matter the size of the gift- to have a real impact and transform the future of this special community.”

With more than 9,500 alumni donors who have already given to the BOUNDLESS campaign, President McConnell shared that an alumni roll call will be taken at the close of the BOUNDLESS campaign on June 30, 2016, with the hopes of reaching a goal of 10,000 alumni donors. Reaching this goal of alumni support would be an accomplishment never done before at the College.

“It’s an amazing achievement and important milestone,” said McConnell, “But we are not done! Not even close. The 125 million dollars was simply one of the goals we had set for ourselves, and we need to continue this momentum and carry it all the way through to the campaign’s end on June 30th and well beyond.”

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Answering the Call

For Cougar Callers, students who work at the College of Charleston’s Cougar Call Center, it

For Cougar Callers, students who work at the College of Charleston’s Cougar Call Center, it pays to give back to the College of Charleston. These students hold more than just an on-campus job; they help raise funds that support scholarships, faculty and staff retention, and immediate campus needs.

Each year, the Cougar Call Center employs 25 to 30 students from different majors and backgrounds to call alumni, parents, and friends of the College of Charleston. These students answer questions, provide updates about the campus, and secure donations to the College of Charleston. So far this year, Cougar Callers raised over $40,000 for the College through over 400 donations.

This job allows students to build valuable communication and professional skills that will help them in their future careers and learn about the importance of philanthropy – all while connecting with people all over the country who share their love of the College of Charleston.

Jessica Coleman, a senior public health major, loves knowing that she is helping the College by being a Cougar Caller. “Being able to raise money for the school I love is an amazing opportunity.  I can’t imagine the impact the donations are making to ensure the success of students likes me!” she says. Jessica enjoys having a flexible job that allows her to give back to the school while strengthening her resumé.

We hope that the next time your phone rings, you answer the call. It may be a College of Charleston student on the other end!

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Computer Science At CofC

#CSatCofC graduate student, Liz, teaching #binary and #code to local middle school students! Come see us at TD Arena for Lady #Cougar #STEM Day from 9:30-11am! #cofc #boundlessCofC #womenincomputing #WIC #computerscience #chs #charleston

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Best Buddies CofC

We are so thankful and excited to announce that our President Glenn McConnell has agreed to be a part of our upcoming End The R Word campaign! #BoundlessCofC #BestBuddiesCofC #BBCofC

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CofC Alumni

#TBT to #CharlestonAffair; the best party of the year! Be sure to make a donation to the CofC Fund by February 22 in order to get a discount on your tickets, and be a part of the #BoundlessCofC 10,000 alumni donors. #10ThousandStrong #NoOneThrowsAPartyLikeCofC #71DaysTillACharlestonAffair

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Tracey HunterDoniger

Freshmen working on their "present-self" as based on McAdam's philosophy of the narrative self. #boundlesscofc https://t.co/oY4gWwue2q

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CofC School of Business

Yep, that's right. You go to school in the #1 city in North America, at least according to @travelandleisure! #SBReadyToWork #BoundlessCofC #numberonecity #Repost @charlestonsc ・・・ Travel and Leisure readers just voted Charleston as the Best City in North America! Bravo! #CharlestonSC #TravelAndLeisure

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