Like most nonprofit organizations, Communities in Schools of Glynn County has to rely on fundraising for a portion of its operating expenses. Unlike most organizations, however, CIS was recently the beneficiary of a significant gift from a group of generous teenage girls.

The Pirates of the Spanish Main, a community-service organization established by Sea Island founder Howard Coffin, recently held a pancake supper to raise funds for their spring dance.

“It was for Crush, the spring formal for Pirates,” said Ansley Wood, a senior at Glynn Academy and president of the Pirates of the Spanish Main.

The club was so successful with their fundraising, they had a significant amount of money left over after meeting the formal expenses.

Wood, whose mother is a CIS board member, said the group was looking for an organization to help, and after the Pirates learned about CIS they voted to make a $1,500 donation to the dropout prevention program.

“Since we’re going to school with these kids every day, we wanted it to have a direct impact,” Wood said.

CIS Executive Director Lynn Love said that money will be added to the total raised by the fourth annual Sham Rockin’ event to be held from 6-10 p.m. March 17 at Bennie’s Red Barn. Tickets are $45 per person and $80 per couple, and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres donated by area restaurants, two tickets for a signature drink and entertainment by Roy Gentry and the Hired Guns.

Love added that sponsorships will be available until March 10.

Many of the grants the organization receives, Love said, are restricted as to for what they can be used. The Sham Rockin’ proceeds, however, will go into the group’s unrestricted fund.

“The money will be used for supplies — school supplies, food, clothing,” Love said. “Things pop up here and there — athletic fees, field trips, college application fees, prom. We do everything we can to help them.”

Detra Brock, co-chair of the event, said one function of the fundraiser is to make CIS more visible in the community, and added that 100 percent of the proceeds remain in the community.

For more information on the event, visit the Sham Rockin’ Facebook page, or contact Communities in Schools of Glynn County at 262-3420.