Packet Thank You Letters for Nov. 28

info@islandpacket.comNovember 28, 2011 

To cancer center

Kudos to Hilton Head Hospital's Breast Health Center.

I recently had rather complicated surgery under the newly accredited center's auspices and was very impressed by the expertise, professionalism, dedication and compassion shown to me by everyone I encountered at the hospital.

Dr. Virginia Herrmann and her team (including, in my case, plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Laughlin and specialist radiologist Dr. Jennifer Cranny) have worked hard to create a warm and caring haven for women with breast disease right here on Hilton Head Island so that we don't have to travel far from our homes for state-of-the-art treatment. The team spends time and effort explaining options, crucial for a woman facing breast disease, and I felt I was an individual to them all, not just a patient.

I believe this center is a gem on our small island, and I would recommend both the center and Hilton Head Hospital to anyone requiring their services.

Jo A. Thune-Larsen

Hilton Head Island

To show audiences

The most important element to any actor -- amateur or pro -- is his or her audience, without whom there is no reason to perform.

As a founder of the Sun City Hilton Head community theater's new "Old-time Radio Actors," we would like to thank our area's assisted- living facilities and area clubs and organizations who responded to the news item in The Island Packet asking for help obtaining audiences for our old-time radio shows. We now have audiences.

Also a sincere thank you to retiring director, producer, etc., Prosper Egan and her husband, Gary, (sound effects specialist) of Bluffton, who for years produced old-time radio shows in the Lowcountry, gave many amateur actors in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area a chance to perform again and have fun doing it. But mainly, thank you for bringing back the memories of old-time radio to hundreds of residents of assisted-living facilities from Estill to Savannah to Hilton Head and Bluffton. Thank you so much, Prosper and Gary Egan.

Karl Barons

Sun City Hilton Head

For 'paw-ty' success

The tails were wagging at Palmetto Animal League after our birthday "paw-ty" on Oct. 29, which marked our first year in the Adoption Center in Okatie.

Our generous community donated more than 1,600 pounds of dog chow, 560 pounds of cat-kitten chow, 600 cans of cat food and countless bags of pet treats, all of which will feed our dogs for several months, and cats for six weeks. In addition, 120 pets and their owners took advantage of PAL's low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic. Happily, 46 animals were adopted by loving families during our birthday week.

We are blessed to have talented volunteers who decorated the PAL Adoption Center and the parking lot, making everything incredibly festive. Fifty dedicated and hardworking volunteers planned and helped with our birthday paw-ty. We are indebted to a group of extraordinary Marines from Parris Island and the air station who assisted us all day long. PAL is extremely grateful to our sponsors: Lowcountry Paver, The Corkern Group, Beach Properties and The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette.

We also thank all the vendors who donated their time, products or services. For a list of participants check our website at

It is a privilege to live in a community which recognizes our duty to help all the innocent creatures that deserve a second chance at life.

Amy Campanini, executive director

Palmetto Animal League


For park launch

We had a wonderful turnout for our launching party, no doubt brought on by the beautiful weather and the lure of Kirk Glenn's delicious smoked-pork barbecue.

More than 200 people came to get a glimpse of the layout for the Park and the Boating Center. The crew serving the food kept things flowing, and there was plenty for all to eat.

Captain Woody Collins greeted old friends and spoke of the property's history, once the Seafood Co-op. Sam Campbell, a longtime shrimping buddy of Woody's and member of the co-op also spoke of the old shrimping days. Tom Barnwell showed us photos and newspaper articles of the days when the co-op was in full swing and the community's fight against building a BASF chemical plant at Victoria Bluff.

There were preliminary layouts of the park and boating center. Lu Strayer and David Erdman were on hand to explain the workings of the eight-oared rowing shells and the rowing programs for the high school crew and local rowers. Some of the school crew were there, as well as sailors who had gone through the junior sailing programs.

Paul Miller, Dave Wilson and Jim Vaughn described plans for the water access, docks and sailing programs. Thanks to everyone who participated.

The next step will be meetings with town planners, engineers, the Squire Pope community and the Hilton Head Island Rowing and Sailing Center group to work out the design, engineering permitting, financing and timing of the project.

John Rumsey

Community Rowing

and Sailing Center

HIlton Head Island

For walk support

I would like to thank everyone who came out Nov. 12 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation's first Walk for Wishes 3K.

With more than 65 walkers taking part in this great cause, the foundation was able to raise more than $3,000. It was our honor to have a "Wish Kid" and his family join us in sounding the air horn at the walk's start and then walking the course with all the other participants. Walk for Wishes is one of our local Make-A-Wish Foundation's biggest fundraisers.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Coastal/Lowcountry Fundraising committee is just over a year old. To date, it has brought in more than $27,000 that goes directly to funding the wishes of our local kids.

Special thanks goes out to all our sponsors, without them this inaugural event could not have happened. Castle Point Framing, Low Country Pavers, Sailer Stone, Matteo Family Chiropractic and the Pub at Old Carolina, all put this great event in motion. We look forward to the second annual walk next year and seeing many more of our local friends taking part. Together we are making a difference.

Andrew F. Wood


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