Packet Thank You Letters for Nov. 20

info@islandpacket.comNovember 21, 2011 

Working in animal welfare, one can quickly become disheartened with the human race. Then an opportunity presents itself that changes your outlook and provides reassurance.

Such was the case on a recent weekend when Brooke's Haven Animal Rescue hosted a yard sale to benefit the shelter. The generosity of the public and our volunteers was amazing to behold. As the day of the big event approached, more and more people called in support of our efforts and brought in boxes and boxes of trinkets, goodies, furniture and clothes. The sale of these many wonderful items will provide medicine, medical assistance and food for the dogs and cats in our care.

So to all of you who donated your time and gently used items, we send a resounding "thank you" from all the humans at Brooke's Haven Animal Rescue and a heartfelt slobber and purr from the four-legged inhabitants.

In fact, the sale was so successful we are going to have a sale every Sunday at the kennel. So please keep those items coming and feel free to stop by and shop. Every little bit helps the rescues go from surviving to thriving.

Elise Ayers

Hilton Head Island

On Nov. 3, my parents and I had the privilege of attending Hilton Head Preparatory School's performance of "The Sound of Music." And what an outstanding show it was. The acting, the singing, the orchestra, the sets -- everything was superb.

What a way to restore my faith in the great U.S.A. If these talented adults -- Benjamin Wolfe, director; Lauren Stuligross, leader of the music; and Patti Maurer, choreographer, et al. -- can lead these students to create so magnificent a production (and in just two months since the school year began) I believe our country will be in good hands with these future adults.

A performance of this magnitude and excellence exemplifies what can be accomplished when a group works together for a common goal, and has the support of all the others, in this case all the school officials, the parents, and the additional island adults (e.g. the orchestra), all backing the talented, enthusiastic students in order to turn out a tremendous product.

Lois L. Miller

Hilton Head Island

On Oct. 8, a total of 157 people cleaned up Mitchelville Beach Park and collected 387 pounds of trash in two hours.

This incredible event was made possible by community members, parents, students and businesses who supported the Kids Helping Kids Help the Environment Organization.

The following people and businesses also gave their time, expertise, and talent to make the day a success: Rachel Heaton of The Island Packet, who wrote a wonderful article to help publicize the event; Cory and Amy Tressler, Natalie Hefter, Carlos Chacon, Robin Swift and Michael Marks of the Coastal Discovery Museum who supported this cause; students from the School for the Creative Arts Strength Team and their sponsor, Powerhouse Gym; students from Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head Island Middle School, and the constant support from the teachers at the Heritage Academy.

I'd also like to thank Chick-fil-A of Bluffton and Ashley Beebe, unit marketing director, who generously donated coupons. A huge thank you to chef Glenn Keller of Frankie Bones and the SERG Group for generously donating fruit kabobs.

Finally, Christy Painter from Big D's Royal Tees in Okatie; James Barron, lead facilities technician for the Town of Hilton Head Island; and the Rothwell family, Keisha Lofton and Kim Castillo.

This event proved that together, we can help others and make a difference.

Nicholas Wheeler

Hilton Head Island

Our hats are off to the Jiva Yoga Studio for providing a wonderful community service by offering a one-hour yoga session specifically addressing the needs of people with Parkinson's disease.

The weekly sessions are offered at a nominal fee. Kaitlen Groetzinger leads the class through many wonderful stretches, as well as balancing and strengthening exercises, with humor, sensitivity and caring. We extend our warm thanks and appreciation to her.

The Parkinson Support Group of Hilton Head meets at 2:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Parkway. The meeting provides those with Parkinson's and their spouses or caregivers the opportunity, in a congenial setting, to share in each other's experiences in dealing with this disease.

Rose LoBue

Parkinson's Support Group

of Hilton Head Island

The volunteers and board of directors of Meals-on-Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head would like to thank St. Luke's Outreach program and the Faith and James Knight Foundation for their generous donations this year.

Meals-on-Wheels will use these funds to help offset the expense of the meals and their preparation so we can continue to fulfill our primary mission of delivering meals to the elderly or disabled people who are unable to prepare their own meals at home.

This year Meal-on-Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head will deliver almost 25,000 meals to an average of 93 clients a day with a 100 percent volunteer driver base.

Thank you again to both St. Luke's Outreach and the Faith and James Knight Foundation for allowing Meals-On-Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head to continue its mission of serving our friends and neighbors.

Sean Ryan

Board of directors

Meals-on-Wheels

Bluffton-Hilton Head

On behalf of the Hilton Head Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank The Lodge for sponsoring our first Relay Rocks! Happy Hour fundraiser. In particular, Justin Adkins and Paul Rabe from The Lodge, Orchid Paulmeier from One Hot Mama's and Chris Spargur from the SERG Group went out of their way to make sure our event was a success.

The food was excellent, the location was wonderful, and the drinks were delicious. The beer was donated by Sweetwater Brewery, but the wine and mixed drinks, as well as the appetizers, were donated by The Lodge. We raised close to $1,000 in just one evening. Who knew fundraising could be so much fun? We are so pleased and grateful for everything they did for us.

Susan Hughson, co-chairwoman

Hilton Head Relay For Life

Hilton Head Island

On Oct. 17, the Men's Club Of Congregation Beth Yam of Hilton Head Island held its fifth annual charity golf tournament at the Hampton Hall Golf Club to benefit the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton communities. We are happy to submit that this was our most successful tournament, with a record number of golfers, as well as contributions received from the community. We would like to thank our 18 hole sponsors, prize contributors and the players for having participated in this our most successful event.

Over the past five years we have been able to contribute approximately $21,000 to numerous charities in both communities. This year, as in the past, our major commitments were made to The Deep Well Foundation and Volunteers in Medicine, and we have also increased our contribution to Bluffton Self Help, Red Cross Bluffton, Backpack Buddies, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, Treat the Troops and five other charities in the community.

Also, many thanks to the volunteers from Congregation Beth Yam who continue to support us in our efforts.

We are looking forward to a another great event next October.

Nelson Adelman

Hilton Head Island

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's eighth annual Tee Off Fore the Arts golf tournament at the Wexford Golf Club, raises funds for education and outreach programs. This past year, we provided 11,483 education services and to date have provided more than 190,000 services since we opened 16 years ago.

Our heartfelt thanks to our golf tournament chairwoman and chairman, Heather and Bob Cherichella, for their unwavering support these past four years.

Our title sponsors, Mortgage Network's David Crowell and Torrey Glass, deserve special recognition for setting a standard for giving back to the community.

A special thank you to our tournament sponsors: Merrill Lynch's Stuckart-Ruckno & Associates, ServPro of Beaufort County, Billywood Appliance, McNair Law Firm, Coastal Plains Insurance/PURE Risk Management, Quality Builders Warranty Corp., Bob and Heather Cherichella, Merrill Lynch's RJ Partners, Hilton Head BMW, Club Car of Hilton Head, Nix Construction Company, South Island Square Shopping Center, RCH Construction, Bomboras Grille, Catch 22, Chocolates by the Sea, Flowers by Sue, MSweet, Fresh Market, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Vagabond Cruise and Starbucks.

Sincere thanks to the Wexford Golf Club, with its exceptional newly designed Arnold Palmer signature course, outstanding staff and administration who worked closely with us. And a well-deserved salute to our staff and volunteers for their invaluable assistance. To all who donated prizes for our silent auction, thank you for your exceptional goodwill toward this fundraising event.

On behalf of the children and educators who benefit from your generosity, please accept my deepest appreciation.

Kathleen P. Bateson, president

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Hilton Head Island

On behalf of Hilton Head Aquatics, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors and local businesses for helping our team raise more than $10,000 in our 2011 Swim Marathon Fundraiser.

First, we would like to thank the following businesses and families who became corporate Sponsors: Precision Imaging, Franklin Bolgan, Palmetto Medical Group, The Field Family, Pure Insurance, Player's Club and McNair Law Firm.

Next, we would like to thank the following local business for helping make our picnic and silent auction such a huge success: Jack Frost, Field's HVAC Services, Bella Italia, Hilton Head Island Fire Fighters Association, Hilton Head Dermatology & Skin Cancer Care Center, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, AMF Main Street Lanes, Dr. Tom Morse, Fresh Market, Midas, Northridge Movie Theater, TJ's Take and Bake, Steven Ley, The Bike Doctor, Diamond Springs, Palmetto Vending of the Low Country, Batter's Cage, Moe's, Augusta Swim Supply, Diva Hair Styles, Lettrs, Gem Signs, Concours d'Elegance, Hog Heaven, Island Recreation Center and the Player's Club.

It was a great day of fun for all of our families. Thank you for all of your support in helping us make it a memorable day for our swimmers.

Colleen Rzeczycki, president

Hilton Head Aquatics

Hilton Head Island

On behalf of the children, families and staff of the First Presbyterian Day School, I want to thank Celebrity Golf of Hilton Head Island and their council of trustees for their continued financial support to our school. Since 1996, funds from the Celebrity Golf Tournament have 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.

The Celebrity Golf Tournament is held Labor Day weekend each year and provides an opportunity for celebrities and local golfers to enjoy the competition and game of golf as well as the spirit of our community. It is always amazing to see the volunteers who come together with a sense of dedication and pride on behalf of many children's charities. This is a tribute to our community and its willingness to serve. We give a special thank you to Kim Capin and Carol Kavanaugh, tournament producers, for their leadership and organization to the Celebrity Golf Tournament.

The Presbyterian Day School was established in 1984 and has used funding from this event to provide tuition scholarships to our families in need. Our program helps young children acquire readiness skills for lifelong learning. There is no greater gift that we can give to our future citizens. Thank you, Celebrity Golf, and we look forward to 2012.

Sissy Jarrell, director

First Presbyterian Day School

Hilton Head Island

It is good to know that there are young people who are grounded in the values that have made our nation great.

Recently, a young teenager, Jacqueline Nahman of Congregation Beth Yam, chose to do a service project in honor of her bat mitzvah. She requested that her guests donate much-needed school supplies for children in the Backpack Buddies program in the three public elementary schools on Hilton Head Island

Thank you to Jacqueline on behalf of the recipients of the supplies, as well as to all young people learning to give back to their community.

Janet Weingarten, chairman

Backpack Buddies

Hunger and Homeless Coalition

Hilton Head Island

Celebrity Golf has funded May River Montessori's scholarship fund for many years.

The organization's hard work and perseverance to keep helping so many organizations in our community is key and inspirational. Kim Capin and Carol Kavanaugh are exceptional leaders and advocates of so many worthy causes.

Thank you for supporting our school and community.

Sharon Haag, director

May River Montessori

Bluffton

This was my first year to enjoy the Hilton Head Oyster Festival. The food was well prepared and the crowd in good spirits. I have one suggestion for next year. Please have the music a bit lower so we can converse with one another without shouting. I am looking forward to those scrumptious local oysters and shrimp next November.

Virginia Van Amburgh

Hilton Head Island

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