Packet Thank You Letters for Aug. 22

August 22, 2011 

To library staff

I recently visited your beautiful island on vacation the week of July 31, and I write to sincerely compliment and thank you for the "above and beyond" service I received from the staff at the Hilton Head Island library, particularly that of Priscilla Tomazal and Stephen McHale.

I had the unfortunate (or fortunate) circumstance of having to prepare a case study for a job interview while I was on a family vacation. As I scrambled to accomplish this unexpected task, Priscilla and Stephen provided me a quiet place to work, access to print and on more than one occasion offered to help me with outside research.

In addition, I printed materials at close of business Monday night, and they were kind enough to keep it safe for me until Tuesday.

We live in times that are defined by a "go-go-go" attitude, where sadly many of us (present company included) forget to thank the people that help us. Priscilla and Stephen really went the extra mile for me at a time of need, and I didn't want that to go unnoticed.

In the end, they turned what could have been a difficult situation for me and my family into a pleasant experience.

Matthew Prout

Charlotte

To area groups

A little more than a year ago, Hilton Head Community Foundation provided Lowcountry Legal Volunteers (formerly Lowcountry Legal Aid) a grant to hire a bilingual paralegal. The Bargain Box then provided a grant to help in part fund the bilingual paralegal after the funds from the foundation were gone.

Because of these two grants and the hard work of our volunteers and staff, we have been able to increase our active caseload from 65 cases to more than 105 cases. The majority of these cases focus on the custody of children. Thank you to these organizations for making such a huge impact in our community.

Lowcountry Legal Volunteers does not receive any state or federal funding, so without the support of our community through these organizations and without the support from other organizations, such as the South Carolina Bar Foundation, United Way, the Coastal Community Foundation, Hargray Caring Coins, Calhoun Station Thrift, Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, St. Luke's Church, McNair Law Firm, Griffith Sadler & Sharp, the Hilton Head Bar Foundation, Stein-Bellet Foundation and South Carolina Bank and Trust, Lowcountry Legal Volunteers would not be able to continue its worthy mission.

We ask that as you make your decision of where to give this year, please consider helping all the great local agencies so that this community can continue to be the great place it is, this year more than ever, it will be vital to the local nonprofit organizations that you do give.

Ryan Mikkelson, executive director

Lowcountry Legal Volunteers

Bluffton

For eatery support

On Aug. 31, the Cornerstone Grill will open its doors for the last time.

It has been more than 14 years since Rick and I set out to open what we referred to as "our corner of the world." Little did I realize that what started out as our business would become our family. The Cornerstone Grill, its employees and customers have and will forever be one of the greatest joys and most enriching experiences of my life. Looking back, it seems as if our two boys, Brent and Brandon, grew up here; it is where so many of our dearest and most cherished friendships began. There are simply too many people to thank and so many incredible experiences to recount.

This decision was not reached easily, but I know now is the time to begin a new journey. While I cannot disclose the details, I can say only good things are to come, and I am eternally grateful to everyone who graced our tables, supported our causes and made Cornerstone Grill the place that it is today.

It is my hope that we have served both our customers and our community and that each of you know how appreciative I am for the support and love you have shown us over the years.

From all of our talented cooks, bartenders, servers, hosts, busers and dishwashers to our customers, our friends and our supporters, each of you have enriched our lives and from the bottom of our hearts we say thank you.

Beth Cooler

Bluffton

For Rotary grant

The volunteers, staff and board of directors extend grateful appreciation to the Bluffton Rotary Club for a 2011 grant award representing the club's hard work on behalf of Bluffton's Village Festival. It was indeed an honor to be a recipient.

The Bluffton Rotary Club members are strong supporters of the Bluffton community and continually demonstrate their mission to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, good will and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

As a recipient, Bluffton Self Help will use these funds to further its mission. Last year, we helped more than 22,000 people with food, clothing and financial assistance.

Thank you, Bluffton Rotary Club for helping us help our neighbors.

Lili Coleman, executive director

Bluffton Self Help

Bluffton

For class help

The board of the newly formed Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Alumni Association would like to welcome the 2012 Leadership Class and thank those who contributed to the Aug. 10 reception for the new class.

Thanks to Gabriele Hoffmann, Hilton Head Art League Gallery manager, and Kathleen Bateson, president of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, for the use of the art league's gallery at the Walter Greer Gallery for the reception.

Thanks to Alumni Association board member M.C. Strong and to the Harbour Town Yacht Club and Jeff Pufal, its food and beverage manager, for preparing and donating the delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Thanks to Alumni Association board member Barbara Clark and her company Ad-Vise, and to David Martin and Piggly Wiggly at Coligny Plaza for donating beverages and for bartending.

Thanks also to Alumni Association board president Janet Williams and to board members Myra Davis and M.C. Strong for setup and cleanup.

The purpose of the Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Alumni Association is to provide networking opportunities for alumni, promote education and service opportunities, and support the Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton program. Membership is open to alumni of the local program, as well as graduates of equivalent leadership programs of other communities. For further information about the association and other alumni activities, contact hhibluffton _leadershipalumni@yahoo.com.

We look forward to a successful and productive year for the Leadership Hilton Head Island Bluffton Class of 2012.

Ronni B. Silett

Board of directors

Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton

Alumni Association

Hilton Head Island

For clinic support

Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry for funding our clinic's primary care services.

The need for free medical care for those living in the greater Bluffton area who meet our eligibility criteria is overwhelming. With the rising costs of health insurance, so many families and individuals are not able to afford coverage. This sometimes leads people to avoid treatment, which can cause many additional problems, or prompt them to use the local emergency rooms for care they could receive at our clinic.

On behalf of our board of directors, our volunteers and especially our clients, I thank you for sharing our commitment to the health of the under-served people in the greater Bluffton area.

Jenny Haney

Director of development

Bluffton-Jasper County

Volunteers in Medicine

Bluffton

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