Association of
Leadership Educators

ALE 2018
July 8-11 
Chicago, IL

Conference Service Project and Excursion

New to the 2017 ALE Conference is a service project.  See details below.

Service Project

Lowcountry Orphan Relief Service Project 

We are excited to announce that we will be collecting donations for Lowcountry Orphan Relief throughout the conference. The mission of Lowcountry Orphan Relief is to provide support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse, and/or neglect because “no child should be without the basic necessities in life, regardless of their life circumstances.” Since 2006, Lowcountry Orphan Relief has clothed over 22,000 children in the Tri-County area. Please bring an item or two to donate OR purchase an item to donate when you arrive in Charleston. Regina Sharpe, a representative from Lowcountry Orphan Relief, will be joining us for breakfast Wednesday, July 12 to speak and accept donations on the behalf of Lowcountry Orphan Relief. 


List of gently used donation items you can bring:

  • Children’s clothing - especially khaki and navy pants and solid color, polo-type shirts for school uniforms
  • Shoes- all sizes
  • Coats
  • Pajamas
  • Books
  • Stuffed animals

List of new donation items you can bring:

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Travel size toiletries
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • School Supplies
  • Book bags

Do you want to donate, but don’t want to travel with these items?  Shop at a store within 1/2 mile of the hotel.

  • MoonPie General Store (48 N Market St), 469 feet, 2 minutes
  • Five and Dime General Store (99 S Market St), .1 mile, 3 minutes
  • College Corner (1 Coming St.), .5 mile, 9 minutes
  • Walgreens (380 King St.), .6 mile, 12 minutes
  • CVS (59 George St.), .6 mile, 12 minutes

Conference Excursion

Having been built in 1849-50, the Charleston Music Hall has a rich and vast history as one of the oldest buildings on the block. Originally, the Charleston Music Hall was called The Tower Depot which was a large train station with a three-story tower. The Tower Depot closed down in 1853. After the Civil War, the Charleston Bagging Manufacturing Company bought the Music Hall, but was damaged on August 31, 1886 by the Charleston earthquake. The earthquake destroyed the three story tower and later, the rest of the building was either torn down or used for storage. The Bagging Company closed during the Great Depression and the building sat vacant until 1995 when the Bennett-Hofford Company transformed the building into an arts venue. The goal of the Music Company is “to create extraordinary musical, artistic, and theatrical experiences and promote the finest local, regional, and national acts while also encouraging local and communal participation.” We will be visiting the historic Charleston Music Hall on Monday, July 10 from 7 to 9 pm for a presentation on multicultural social challenges and using music to address systemic discrimination. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the facilities.


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