Packet Thank You Letters for Feb. 14

February 14, 2011 

For United Way gifts

Thank you to all of the Beaufort and Jasper county residents, workers, families, individuals, businesses, agencies and institutions who contributed time, money, talent and all kinds of special gifts to the recent United Way of the Lowcountry Annual Community Campaign.

The creativity, commitment and just plain hard work of 2010 campaign volunteers will long be remembered as a bright light in an otherwise difficult year. The responding generosity of local people who gave of themselves and their resources to help friends and neighbors in need will change the lives of thousands.

With gifts and pledges totaling $2,420,678, to this area's largest local annual fundraising drive, the United Way of the Lowcountry Board of Directors joins us in celebrating the hard work, tenacity and hope of people across our Lowcountry community.

We applaud you for helping us accomplish a miraculous success.

As the United Way campaign thermometers go back into storage, and as we carry on our work of organizing resources to meet the needs of our local community, our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who helped with and contributed to this year's campaign.

We are proud to have worked with an extraordinary group of giving and caring people. Happy new year, everyone. We couldn't have done it without you.

Tom Henz, chairman

Clarece Walker, president

United Way of the Lowcountry

Beaufort

To orchestra

Many, many thanks to Mary Woodmansee Green and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra for their spirited presentation of "A Night in Old Vienna" on Jan. 31.

Not only did the fine-sounding orchestra play favorites by Von Suppe and Strauss Jr., but they also presented an excellent young trumpet soloist, Austin Williams, performing the "Haydn Trumpet Concerto." This program also included the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Chorus and soloists performing excerpts from the Strauss opera, "Die Fledermaus." Audience members who did not leave early also were treated to two delightful encores from Green and the orchestra.

Robert Koenig

Bluffton

To Church Mouse

On behalf of Hilton Head Heroes, I want to thank The Church Mouse Thrift Shop for its generous donation to our organization.

Thanks to The Church Mouse, other wonderful organizations in our area and the support of the community generally, Hilton Head Heroes continues to maintain the Heroes House in Sea Pines. Hilton Head Heroes provides free, weeklong vacations for families with terminally or critically ill children.

This year, we have families scheduled in the Heroes House nearly every week. This past year, thanks to the Church Mouse and others, we have been able to take the few vacant weeks that were available to refurbish and upgrade the house. This is an ongoing effort and one for which we are most greatly appreciative of the financial and service support of our community.

Thanks again to The Church Mouse for assisting Hilton Head Heroes in our efforts to provide a respite to families very much in need.

Steve Wilson

Board of directors

Hilton Head Heroes

Hilton Head Island

For hunger help

I would like to thank South Carolina Bank and Trust of Hilton Head Island for designating the Hunger and Homeless Coalition as the organization that received money raised from its Bowl Soup and Bake Sale.

A special thanks to Yvonne Nuss, financial sales representative, who coordinated the program and worked so closely with the coalition.

The Hunger and Homeless Coalition, an ecumenical group, works to alleviate hunger in the elementary schools by providing food for the neediest children on the weekends through the Back Pack Buddies Committee. The Homeless Committee works to feed, clothe and house the homeless population on Hilton Head.

The money received will be well-spent in expanding both of these programs.

Judie Aronson

Hilton Head Island

For training help

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

This statement, made so passionately by one of history's most notable leaders, best exemplifies several local community professionals. Dennis Ittenbach of Island Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation coordinated an incredible health and fitness training session for a group of students at Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts.

The group of students, best known as the Strength Summed Up Team, has been learning about correct weightlifting techniques, exercises and stretches since August 2010. These students also take personal weights and body circumference measurements once a month in order to learn about body mass index numbers and how to stay healthy over a lifetime.

The Strength Team would like to thank Mr. Dennis, as well as Arnold Pagatpatan of Amedysis, Melissa Wagner of Horizon Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Shawn Stone of Foundation Fitness, and Kevin Breedlove, owner of Odyssey Health Club. Our students were in awe of the professional training they received, as well as inspired to continue to be the best they can be. Thank you for your inspiration and your dedication that went beyond your workday.

Jackie Wheeler

and the Strength Summed Up Team

Hilton Head Island Elementary

School for the Creative Arts

To Bollin family

Once again, David Lauderdale has honored some special folks in our community with his Feb. 6 column, "Ellie Bollin nourished our bodies and spirits."

While the Bollins catered out of the kitchen at First Presbyterian Church, we at St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church also enjoyed many mother-daughter banquets and churchwide events with the delicious food and smiling crew from Ellie and Bill's.

We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to the Bollin family and bid them God's blessings as they retire and seek what God has planned next.

Phyllis Brodie

Director of administration

St. Andrew By-the-Sea

United Methodist Church

HIlton Head Island

To Bargain Box

On behalf of the children, families and staff of the First Presbyterian Day School, I want to thank The Bargain Box for its continued financial support of our school.

For many years, funding from The Bargain Box has allowed many children whose families are in need of financial assistance to attend the Day School. The Day School provides a quality preschool program and developmentally appropriate care for 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children whose parents are employed in our community.

Karen Edwards, president of The Bargain Box, has guided this organization for the past four years. Her work and dedication is reflected in the generosity of the numerous volunteers who give many hours to the operations of this group.

The Bargain Box is a leader in our community and is the fourth largest donor in Beaufort County. The Bargain Box leads by example and its service to our community is extraordinary.

There is no doubt that The Bargain Box will continue its outstanding work under the capable leadership of its new president, Sheila Skhor.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Bargain Box.

Sissy Jarrell, Director

The First Presbyterian Day School

Hilton Head Island

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