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Ronald McDonald Red ShoesLook at me! I was recently given the opportunity to try on the Ronald McDonald House big, red shoes!

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. The house provides a temporary home for the families of seriously ill children while the child is at a nearby hospital. Staying at the house helps relieve families of hotel and traveling expenses during these hard times.

For the anniversary year, they have been recruiting local celebrities including: Mayor Joe Riley, Bill Walsh, Darius Rucker, Tony the Peanut Man, and Brett Gardner to pose in the big, red shoes and help the community get involved with the house. You can see these billboards all around town. The Francis Marion Hotel is very excited to have their gala in December in our beautiful Carolina Ballroom overlooking Marion Square.

If you would like to donate to the Ronald McDonald House, please visit the following websites:
To visit the Ronald McDonald House website:
To visit the Big Red Shoes website:

360 Concord St #201 Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-2628

I had a blast this July 4th Holiday!

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than to take a ferry over to visit Fort Sumter, a National Monument of South Carolina!  I hopped on the Ferry at Liberty Square downtown, right next to the South Carolina Aquarium, and enjoyed a relaxing 30 minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter.

As I boarded the ferry, I was greeted by a very friendly National Park Service Ranger who led me through the ship’s three levels where I found my perfect seat on the top deck. With the sun on my cheeks and the wind in my whiskers I was ready to set sail.  On our journey to the Fort we learned about many events which led to the beginning of the bloodiest war in America’s History. On April 12th, 1861 the first shots of the American Civil War were fired on Fort Sumter.

It’s hard to believe right here in our own backyard we have such a remarkable piece of history, preserved and waiting to share her stories of triumph and loss.   On the Fort we had an hour to tour the area and visit the very informative museum with historic artifacts and a souvenir shop.  As I stepped back in time and visualized Lincoln and Brig. Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard, I couldn’t help but be thankful for all the battles that have been fought and lives lost to make our country what it is.

I’m proud to be an American Fox.  Don’t forget to see Fort Sumter the next time you are in Charleston.

Check out the website for all tour departure times and rates as they vary by season

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