Packet Thank You Letters for Jan. 17

January 17, 2011 

For your support

On behalf of the entire Bluffton Self Help organization, especially the thousands of area residents we serve, we wish to gratefully thank The Island Packet for the holiday campaign you so prominently ran on our behalf. We are indeed fortunate to have a local paper so involved and so committed to the community it serves.

We also sincerely thank the hundreds of community residents who so generously donated a total of more than $60,000. Your support and contributions were truly overwhelming, and positive proof that Bluffton cares. These contributions will play a major role in helping us sustain our ever-growing role as a charitable organization for the less fortunate in the Bluffton area.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" -- in fact hundreds of them in Bluffton.

Peter Bromley, president

Bluffton Self Help

Board of directors

Bluffton

For your dedication

Congratulations to the wonderful volunteers -- cooks, carvers, servers, greeters, escorts, carolers, parking attendants, setup, check-in and cleanup at the annual Community Christmas Day Dinner. You enriched this birthday celebration by your friendliness, enthusiasm and dedication to your jobs.

Topping the list to receive kudos is my dream team of Lois Willig, handling the phone reservations, assigning the volunteers with job descriptions and nametags, purchasing food and supplies; Wally Willig, overseeing the food preparation and kitchen volunteers, transporting supplies and whatever was necessary; and Chris Doboszynski, Holiday Inn Oceanfront banquet manager, assisting with dinner plans, coordinating the presentation and the festive holiday ambiance, which said "welcome" to all. This is the third year that the hotel has embraced the dinner, and we are very grateful to the Holiday Inn corporation for making it possible to continue this community tradition.

This year, 1,070 diners sang, "Happy birthday, baby Jesus," and joyfully showed their appreciation by contributing $1,778 to Meals on Wheels and $1,472 to Second Helpings, which also collected dinner leftovers.

For the eighth year, our communities have come, hand in hand, toward the light of the special birthday candle, illuminating their compassion and their resolve to show kindness and to give hope to others. Volunteers, diners, donators all still feel the afterglow of this dinner, and it is eye-glistening and heart-swelling. Thank you one and all.

Barb O'Connor

Bluffton

To our sponsors

On Nov. 13, the Hilton Head Island Band Boosters and the Seahawk Band students held a fish fry dinner at the Hilton Head Elks Lodge No. 2773, with the Seahawk Jazz Band providing the evening's entertainment and the rest of our students serving our guests.

All proceeds from this event support the band program at Hilton Head Island High School. The Seahawk Band sends a big thank you to all our sponsors who helped us make this event a success.

We especially want to thank the Elks Lodge for hosting this event; our favorite restaurants and sponsors, the Market Street Cafè, Hudson's Seafood by the Docks, Captain Woody's, Old Oyster Factory, Tenet/Hilton Head Hospital, Sysco Foods, U.S. Foods, Concours d'Elegance, ATM Construction, Sam's Club, Harris Teeter, Bi-Lo, Piggly Wiggly, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, John's Music and the Sea Shack for their food and monetary donations.

We appreciate the kindness and generosity of all in the community who donated money to the band, bought tickets and helped support our event. Your continued support keeps the band program at Hilton Head Island High alive and growing.

Roberta Foss, president

Band Boosters

Hilton Head Island

For your protection

I would like to thank Coastal Security for the fine job they do taking care of Shelter Cove residents. All of the officers are friendly, polite and very competent.

Recently, I arrived home at 10 p.m. to find the elevator not working. I live on the fourth floor and needed to walk my 14-year-old dog who can no longer do stairs. I called security and Lt. P.J. DeCicco arrived immediately. He carried 55-pound Arlo up four flights of stairs.

All of the officers are always ready and willing to help us.

Patricia Thompson

Hilton Head Island

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