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31 May 2016

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Keeping the Holy City Holy: Justin Gaeta


April 08, 2016 in

Written by Robin Howard and photo by Mark Stetler

Justin Gaeta is the quintessential Charleston guy. Raised on the Isle of Palms, he is an avid surfer, sailor, scuba diver, and Ultimate Frisbee pro. He is a graduate of Bishop England and College of Charleston, and he is working on his MBA at The Citadel. Justin knows and loves Charleston like nobody’s business, which is why he has literally made it his business to keep the Holy City…well, holy.

As the Director of Vocational Activities and Promotions for the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Justin’s job is to help people listen for God’s voice and find their God-given vocations. “I tell people that there’s one universal vocation: We are all called to holiness, which means knowing, loving, and serving God. Then we each have a holy vocation.”

Helping people discern what God would have them do with their lives is Justin’s holy vocation, as is sharing a love of the Catholic faith and the traditions of the Catholic Church. He does this through his work with the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, but also through more progressive and non-traditional channels. Justin is well traveled and has even spent time living in India and France. As a result of a broader worldview, he’s embraced modern methods of sharing the Catholic faith.

One of his favorite progressive projects is the Catholic Surfing Ministries, a faith-based surf camp on the Big Island of Hawai’i that integrates surfing with authentic Christian living. Another is through his video company, Thursday Night Productions, which creates custom videos for the Catholic Church.

“I’ve traveled the world fairly extensively, and I’ve always loved Charleston above all the other places I’ve visited. The history, the beaches, the food. I’d like to do my part to keep the Holy City holy in spirit.”

The Water Bearer: Phillip Davis


Written by Ann deSaussure and photo by Adam Chandler

Phillip Davis is rethinking how Charlestonians drink water.

While in medical school at MUSC, Phillip discovered that more than one billion people worldwide suffer from vitamin D deficiencies. He decided to change that statistic. Vitamin Ddavis deficiency is often associated with increased risk of disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders, just to name a few. So Davis started to work on something to remedy this problem. His solution? Shine Water. This water is naturally sweetened, infused with vitamin D, and is packed with antioxidants to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Phillip started small. He cofounded Shine Water with his wife, Angel, simply as a means to provide more vitamin D to the local community. But Shine Water quickly turned into a philanthropic powerhouse with an entire team working to make a positive difference around the world.

While taking an MBA class at The Citadel, Phillip was introduced to Pat Manna, the school’s Entrepreneur in Residence. Manna connected Phillip with Fresh Hospitality, which provided the financial backing Shine Water needed to get off the ground. Once Shine Water was in stores across Charleston and Nashville and available for sale on Amazon, Phillip realized he could also affect change internationally. He and Angel then partnered with Palmetto Medical Initiative to donate 5 percent of each bottle sold to provide life-saving vitamins to women and children in Africa and Central America.

Shine Water and Phillip’s philanthropic efforts mirror his philosophy on modern medicine: to stop the illness before it becomesan illness. He believes in a healthy lifestyle as a method of prevention. According to Phillip, living well and taking the proper vitamins can and will make a world of difference.

When asked how he and Shine Water have both gotten to where they are today, Phillip had one piece of advice. “Be persistent,” he says, “because a lot of people will tell you no.”

Luckily for Phillip, for Shine Water, and for all of us who need a little more vitamin D in our lives, he refused to stop until a lot of people told him yes.

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