Gazette Thank You Letters for June 28

June 28, 2010 

From Garden Club

On behalf of the Beaufort Garden Club, I would like to thank the community for its support of our free garden tour project.

For 15 years, Garden-A-Day has invited local gardeners to open their private gardens to the public.

This year, we welcomed a record 1,235 visitors into our seven featured gardens.

We charted visits from 22 local communities as well as 16 states and three foreign countries.

We were told time and again that people set aside the first full week in June every year in order to attend our tour. We are thrilled that our project has become a destination for Beaufort.

I would like to thank especially the generous homeowners who opened their gardens, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and Master Sgt. Teddy Binette for his aid with traffic-control equipment and all the Master Gardeners who were stationed at every garden to answer questions.

We are already lining up gardens for next year. Please mark your calendars and join the fun.

Judith G. Sheppard

Beaufort

For helping library

Every year, the Friends of the Beaufort County Library budgets approximately $40,000 to support library services. In addition, this year the Friends made a leadership gift of $20,000 to help purchase shelving for the new Beaufort District Collection room.

The only way we can maintain this level of financial support is through raising funds at our book sales. Donations are down this year, and we're putting out a special plea for your used books, CDs, DVDs and VHS's.

Donations can be dropped off at the library on Scott Street. They can be left in the donation book-drop right inside the library foyer or at the circulation desk. We'll even come and get them. It is never too late to bring in donations. If we don't use them for one sale, there is always the next sale. Your donations always count and are always appreciated.

Please call Geni Flowers-Buquet at 843-522-8605 if you have any questions or would like to take advantage of our free you-call-we-haul service. Hope to see you Sept. 24 to 26 at the Waterfront Park. Thank you.

Geni Flowers-Buquet

Book sale chairwoman

Friends of the Beaufort County Library

Beaufort

For Gullah Festival

We are doing the "Great American Loop" and reserved a space at your downtown marina for May 27. While we were there enjoying your beautiful, historic town we learned of the Gullah Festival that started May 28. We wanted to experience the festival so we made reservations for an extra night. We are so happy we extended our stay because we enjoyed participating in the event and learning about the culture of some amazing people.

We enjoyed fried chicken and shrimp for lunch. We listened to the music during the day and then were delighted to be entertained by the group Deaz Guys. We are from Kansas City, and we are used to going to various festivals, but we were so impressed with a function that was so family-oriented and that did not serve alcohol. Everyone was so respectful of the beautiful grounds. We met lovely couples as we enjoyed dancing with them to the great old tunes.

We were welcomed like we were family and the beautiful part was it didn't matter the color of our skin. We were saddened by residents' lack of participation. This is an event Beaufort should be proud of and encourage. We intend to tell the "Loopers" (America's Great Loop Association) of the 25th year of the Gullah Festival in 2011. What an educational and enjoyable festival this will be and we hope to see more participation of all of Beaufort turn out for this event.

Thanks again for an enjoyable stay.

Fred and Sue Huse

Lenexa, Kan.

For support

The Battery Creek Class of 1996 Scholarship Corporation wishes to thank the following businesses and people for helping us make our fourth annual "Clash of the Classes" basketball fundraiser the most successful and entertaining ever. We are happy to announce that the men's and women's alumni teams won by small margins and can't wait to reward the proceeds to next year's scholarship recipient.

Thank you to all current Battery Creek High School players, cheerleaders, teachers, administration, custodial staff, alumni and students in attendance.

Thanks also to: The Beaufort Gazette, Elsie Mufuka of Mufuka Works Dance, The Sportsman Shop, Gilligan's, Principal Burnes, Coach Drafts, Coach Bryant, Coach Youmans, Coach Sanders, Diane Murray, Jermaine Jenkins, Duane and Janelle Gilbert, Amanda Colantonio,Charita Davis, Joy Murphy, Trina Daniels, Stephanie Morton, Katherine Tolbert, Sarah Hayes, Jessica Hayes, Brittney Daniels, Tasha Evans, Chriseena Cohen, April Myers, Kimberly Nicholson, Mark Hazel, Greg Gilbert, Juon Pinckney, Joveco Scott, Lamont Robinson, Vonnie Rivers, Charles Evans, Woody Rivers, Rodrick Givens, Tramaine Spencer, Emily Gault, Luther Young and K.J. Washington.

Jeremy Way, secretary

Battery Creek Class of 1996

Scholarship Corporation

Beaufort

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