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The Charity

Gavalas Kolanko Foundation

PO Box 1893
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
Tel: (843) 478-5001
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Shelby Smith
Administrative Director
Tel: 615-542-8441

Erin Kienzle Gigis
Media Director/Charleston James Island Connector Run

The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation (GKF) is a 509 (a)(2) public charity established to help students with disabilities reach their secondary educational goals.

Proceeds from the Charleston James Island Connector Run benefit the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation (GKF), a local charity that awards annual scholarships to students with physical disabilities. By awarding scholarship assistance to students each year, the GKF helps make “Education Within Reach” for South Carolina undergraduates pursuing a college education despite physical limitations. Since 1999, the Foundation has raised more than $800,000 and awarded 134¬†scholarships to¬† Lowcountry students attending College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, The Citadel, Trident Technical College, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and the Art Institute of Charleston.

Learn more about the GKF by visiting their website at