Packet Thank You Letters for Feb. 21

February 21, 2011 

For Christmas donations

A heartfelt thanks goes to the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island residents and visitors who rallied to support not only the 2010 community Christmas dinner, but those who have already donated for 2011.

Last year's $1,370 debt opened the hearts of business people, too, and we are very grateful for their generous monetary offerings and donations of goods and services.

Many thanks to: Chris Doboszynski, Kevin Anderson and the Holiday Inn Oceanfront's kitchen staff; Jeremy Orr of Hilton Head Housekeeping; Mike Warnock of Royal Cup Coffee; Ameriprise Financial Advisors; Atlantic Community Bank; Bluffton Biscuits; Cookies by Design; Bob Krugel and Scott Entrup at the Crowne Plaza Resprt; DBA Interstate Battery Systems; Hilton Head Naural Medicine Center; Farrington Home Improvement; Lauren Teague at Hampton Hall; Hargray Communications; HHI Inc. Roofing Contractors; Hudson's, Monster Pizza, Smokehouse, One Hot Mama's and Redfish restaurants; Palmetto Exterminators; Marsha Harrison; Betty Nemec; David Parillo; MSC Waterworks; Okatie Food Lion; Rick Ingersoll; Paul McGovern; Second Helpings; Signe's Bakery; Southern Automotive; St. Luke's United Methodist Church; Tribute to the Stars; Van Landingham Rotary Club; and Walmart.

This is the first year many of these businesses have helped illuminate the joyful celebration of this community tradition. Their generosity and that of the other benefactors and volunteers will be remembered and their kindness appreciated by the 1,070 diners and the local beneficiaries of the $3,250 donated to Meals on Wheels and Second Helpings.

Thank you to The Island Packet for timely coverage.

Barb O'Connor


To area firefighters, EMS

Around 2:45 a.m. Jan. 30, we were awakened by our smoke detectors. A frantic call to 911 was rewarded with immediate results. Two deputies arrived just minutes after the call. They were followed by multiple firetrucks, firefighters, fire chiefs and Beaufort County EMS. They checked initially to be sure we were safe, then they began to fight the fire. As we and our houseguests watched from the safety of our truck, we observed competency, professionalism and experience.

Smoke billowed from the soffits and eaves. We watched in amazement and gratitude as the firefighters used the ladder truck to cut a hole in the roof to let the heat and smoke escape. For two hours they worked to save the house.

The chiefs repeatedly asked about our well-being and gave us updates on their efforts. After the longest two hours of our lives, they reported that the fire was contained. When we repeatedly asked what we could do to repay them, their response was always the same: "Nothing. It's our job. We are glad to be of service."

We consider ourselves lucky: The house can be reclaimed, and we are safe. We are grateful to live in a community with professional, educated and caring first responders. Our many thanks go to the shift one fireghters in the Bluffton Township Fire Department and to Beaufort County EMS.

Richard D. Ennen

Gascoigne Bluff

For Bargain Box support

The board of directors of Main Street Youth Theatre, along with the staff and volunteer actors would like to thank The Bargain Box for its continued generous support of the theater.

As a recent recipient of a Bargain Box grant, the Main Street Youth Theatre continues to be able to fulfill our mission of exposing youth to a true theatrical experience, and whether on stage or in the audience, to enlighten and educate them through the power of live performance.

The money from this grant will help purchase new wireless microphones and their associated antenna boosters. These new microphones will enable us to meet the new regulation requirements of Homeland Security that no microphone operate in the band from 698 to 806 MHz.

The dedication and commitment of all Bargain Box volunteers makes the success of our efforts possible. It is because of you that we are able to enrich the lives of all the children who participate in and attend the theatre. Bravo for all you do.

Kim Likins, executive director

Main Street Youth Theatre

Hilton Head Island

To our troops

On Feb. 3, the third annual Big 10 Valentine's Day Cookie Project was held, with leadership provided by the University of Michigan Club of Hilton Head.

The project is a part of the Treat The Troops Program ( Area Big 10 alumni baked, packaged and mailed 207 dozen cookies -- along with candy -- to military deployed to Afghanistan. Contained within each box was a letter of gratitude to the troops for the service they are rendering to our country and for the sacrifices they are making in doing so.

Alumni from the following Big 10 universities participated: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State. Alumni from the University of Pittsburgh contributed, as well. Thanks to all for a job very well done.

Bill Raisch, president

University of Michigan Club

Hilton Head Island

For uplifting tribute

To all of our friends, thank you for being so kind and sending your cards and condolences and being there for my family and me.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the following vocalists and musicians who lovingly paid tribute to my husband, Don Powers, on Jan. 5.

The Hilton Head Vocal Jazz Project, Leon Rivchun, Alan Waitley, Ted Druhot, Al Cox, Bob Alberti, Ben Tucker, Bob Mastellar, Delbert Felix, Steve Butter, Will Snyder, Lavon Stevens, Al Balkin, John Emerson, Gianna Rini, Sybil Stewart, Chris Collins, Terry Herron and Martin Lesch.

Thank you so much. Your performance was so uplifting. The island has been a wonderful place for me, and it is -- and has always been -- because of the people on it.

Teri Rini Powers

Hilton Head Island

For Safe Harbour help

Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour would like to thank the Hilton Head Firefighters Association for a grant that will enable us to provide items to its members to improve their safety.

We would also like to thank The Bargain Box for awarding our organization a grant that will assist us in purchasing a sign and other needed equipment for our new office.

We are most grateful to both of these organizations for recognizing the worthiness of our mission. Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour helps Hilton Head residents stay in their own homes, as long as safely possible, as they age. We provide volunteer services such as transportation to doctors, stores and social events; assistance with grocery shopping and household chores; regular phone calls and visits; and respite for caregivers.

Ronni B. Silett

Director of development

Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour

For fundraiser success

On behalf of The Children's Relief Fund, I would like to thank everyone who attended our 2011 fundraiser "Straight From The Heart."

The evening was amazing, and everyone had a wonderful time helping us celebrate our 15th annual fundraising event and 20 years of service to the special needs children in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area.

The video production by Crescent Moon Pictures was amazing and Show Services did an awesome job with our audio-visual presentations. Special thanks to Capt. Fuzzie Davis and Debbie Lynes for hosting our event. A special thank you to all of our committee members who worked tirelessly to make sure every detail was taken care of. Thank you to all our sponsors and friends who support our efforts year after year to assure that our special needs children have all the tools they need to live happy, productive lives in our community.

Reflecting back over the past 20 years, I realize what a wonderful caring community we have in the Hilton Head-Bluffton area. I am grateful for the privilege to serve our special needs children and the blessings they bring to our lives. With heartfelt thanks, "Straight From My Heart."

Rose Fotia, founder

The Children's Relief Fund

Hilton Head Island

For tourney triumph

The Knights of Columbus Thomas D. Reilley Sr. Council 10668 of Hilton Head Island would like to thank all who participated in the second annual Robert B. Killenberger Memorial Golf Tournament on Feb. 15.

This is our fourth annual Knights of Columbus Fraternal Golf Tournament to raise funds for local charities, including Programs for Exceptional People and Special Olympics.

We would also like to thank our host, Golden Bear Golf Club, and our sponsors and supporters which included: Street Meet, SERG Group Restaurants, Stellini's, Skull Creek Boathouse, Up The Creek, Williamsburg American Express Travel Services, Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country, Country Club of Hilton Head, Notre Dame Club of Hilton Head, Bob Freibert of Freibert Advertising, Hilton Head Sign Company and Sears of Moss Creek.

Pete Ungaro

Tournament chairman

Hilton Head Island

We would like to thank The Bargain Box for its wonderful generosity to our community's nonprofit organizations and to The Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum.

The Bargain Box is a wonderful community-based organization that has been very successful and very generous for many years.

Through the leadership of Karen Edwards and the support of more than 300 volunteers, The Bargain Box has made a profound impact on our town and those in need. We thank The Bargain Box for supporting The Sandbox and making it possible for us to provide interactive play and learning opportunities to all of the children and families in the Hilton Head area.

The Bargain Box is supporting our Family Fun Night program, which is free to all of the children and families in our community. Each event includes entertainment, interactive play, crafts, food and free admission to the museum. Family Fun Nights are held at 5:30 p.m. so that all parents, including working parents, can have an opportunity to come and enjoy the activities with their children. Thank you to The Bargain Box for your support of our museum and the thousands of lives we touch.

We congratulate Sheila Shkor on her new presidency of The Bargain Box board of directors and wish her a very successful year.

Anne Finn

The Sandbox

Interactive Children's Museum

Hilton Head Island

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