Rotary art show to raise funds for Water Mission

How you can help 1,000 people get safe drinking water on May 18

The historic downtown Rotary Club of Charleston continues its quest to positively impact others by raising funds for our global water crisis. To help the club’s goal of raising $10,000, world-renowned and local artist James Pratt has donated his beautiful palette knife art for a fundraiser. All proceeds generated through this event, hosted at the Reinert Art Gallery, will go directly to a Water Mission project.

Statistics show that approximately 2,300 people die every day due to inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene. The Rotary Club of Charleston has partnered with Water Mission in North Charleston to provide clean drinking water for communities in Peru because every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 to $34 return.

The Rotary Club of Charleston raised more than $8,000 in 2016, under the leadership of Rotarian Don Oswalt. At the time, Rotary District 7770 and Rotary International matched funds for a total contribution of $55,000. The funds were used to install 52 latrines and a water filtration system for two towns in Peru. The project positively impacted the lives of 875 people by providing safe, clean water. This art show fundraiser event is a continuation of the 2016 water system project.

“In today’s modern society, it makes sense to do whatever we can to help provide the simple but needed resource of safe water,” said Alissa Lietzow, club president.

You can help contribute to this fundraiser by attending this special Art Show.

Already booked during that time? Reach out to Digit Matheny ( or Courtney Plotner ( for details on purchasing art outside of the event or to make a donation.

This event is open to the public. Enjoy wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres as you view the 18 paintings showcased for purchase.

Media contact:  Joy Capps, 843.730.3857