Raise money for the PAC: Annual Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast

This year the Annual Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast will benefit the S.C. Builders PAC. All proceeds from the event will go to the PAC and support your HBA’s government affairs program.

What: Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast
PAC Fundraiser
When: Thursday, September 8, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Atrium, Woodside Conference Center, TD Convention Center
Event Hosts: GBS Building Supply, Clark’s Services, Dillard-Jones Builders, Gallivan White & Boyd
About the Chili Cook Off
The Annual Chili Cook Off is anticipated by members all year. HBA members and friends compete for the best chili, enjoy steamed oysters, an assortment of sides and desserts, and adult beverages.
The chili will be judged by attendees to the event for the winner of the coveted “People’s Choice Award” for the best chili. Participants “purchase” votes on their favorite chili for $1 per vote, and all of the money will benefit the PAC. As they say in Chicago, vote early and often!
New this year will be the “Top Hot” award, judged by one of our local elected officials.
Elected officials from around the Upstate have been invited to attend.
First Annual Corn Hole Tournament
Also new this year will be the first annual Corn Hole Tournament. You know the game: toss a corn bag from 27 feet away into a small hole. Teams will enter to earn the top prize: The Corny! All entry fees will benefit the PAC.
Event Hosts and Presenters
Event Hosts and Presenters make it happen. Of course you can buy a ticket and attend. But consider doing more. Everything benefits the PAC.
Event Host: $250 includes 3 tickets to the event
Event Presenter: $500 includes 10 tickets to the event
You also can support the PAC by contributing a door prize.
Support South Carolina Builders PAC, have a good time networking and socializing with your fellow members, enjoy good food and drink, and judge the chili contest. That sounds to us like the perfect way to enjoy a Thursday evening in the Upstate!

Carolina First Center changes name to TD Convention Center

The Carolina First Center has a new name: the TD Convention Center made its debut this month as the conversion of the Carolina First brand to TD Bank continues throughout the Carolinas. Carolina First had a multi-year naming rights sponsorship of the convention center, which TD Bank assumed with the acquisition of the bank.
The Carolina First Center, now TD Convention Center, is the home of the Southern Home and Garden Shows, produced by the Home Builders Association of Greenville. It is also the location of several of the HBAs membership meetings throughout the year.
“We are pleased to have this relationship with TD Bank that has once again shown its commitment to our community,” said John Castile, Greenville City Manager. “As host to hundreds of events, both consumer and corporate, each year, we feel the TD Convention Center will be a great asset to the bank as they strive to expand their footprint and brand in this region.”
“TD Bank is excited to support this key venue in the state,” said Rob Hoak, Regional President for TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. “TD Bank remains dedicated to making a meaningful and positive contribution to the communities in which we do business, and we feel having our name on this signature facility is a great way to do so while also sharing our brand.”
The TD Convention Center is one of the region’s largest convention and meeting facilities and has a long history as one of the top meeting places in the Southeast. Though the current building was constructed in 1964, the tradition of industry leaders meeting in Greenville began in 1915. That tradition continues today as the TD Convention Center hosts more than 450 events and 270,000 people from across the state and the nation each year.
Originally the Palmetto Expo Center, the facility was purchased by the City of Greenville in 2001. In 2007, of the facility was renamed the Carolina First Center after Carolina First purchased the naming rights as part of the city’s $22 million renovation of the facility.
The Carolina First Center is managed by SMG, a facilities management company that oversees more than 200 arenas, stadiums and convention centers around the world.