Carnival Cruise Lines hosted a first-ever post-race wedding ceremony at the 2011 Cooper River Bridge Run this weekend, the culminating event in the Race to the Altar contest and fundraiser which resulted in a $10,000 donation to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
Carnivalâ€™s Race to the Altar contest was part of the lineâ€™s sponsorship of the annual 10K run, which is the third largest 10K race in the U.S. Following a nationwide search, Carnival selected Andy Cook and Tina Berwanger as the winning couple based on their inspiring personal story.
Immediately following the 10K run, which the couple ran in custom-designed wedding attire, they were married in a beach-themed ceremony in Charlestonâ€™s Marion Square, complete with sand, calypso band and signature Carnival slushy drinks. For every slushy served, Carnival donated $1 to MUSC Childrenâ€™s Hospital for a total $10,000 donation.
The day prior to the race, at the Kidâ€™s Fun Run in Charlestonâ€™s Hampton Park, Carnival Cruise Director Malcolm Burn led the crowd of children and their families in forming Charlestonâ€™s largest conga line.
Carnivalâ€™s sponsorship of the Bridge Run was part of a yearlong partnership with MUSC Childrenâ€™s Hospital, which includes in-kind and monetary donations, and fundraising events, as well as quarterly hospital visits by crewmembers from the Carnival Fantasy, which is based in Charleston year-round.
As winners of the Race to the Altar contest, Cook and Berwanger received a five-day Bahamas honeymoon cruise aboard Carnival Fantasy.