Hilton Head Institute begins fundraising, unveils name, logo, website

bheffernan@islandpacket.comFebruary 6, 2013 

Hilton Head Institute's new logo

  • Much of the plans for Hilton Head Island Institute are still being made, but the Hilton Head Island Institute has unvieled a website, www.hiltonheadislandinstitute.org, and a logo meant to be "a visual interpretation of diverse people from the four corners of the globe coming together to discuss and share," according to a new release.

    "We're very excited about it," executive director Jack Alderman said of the logo, which was designed by the Hilton Head's World Design Marketing. "I think it really conveys the idea of intellectual curiosity."

Fundraising is under way for a new lecture and panel series set to launch this fall on Hilton Head Island, and organizers also have unveiled a new website, logo and name.

The Hilton Head Island Institute plans the 10-day "Imagination 2013" in October -- precise dates haven't been set yet -- to promote intellectual curiosity with discussions about topics of world and local importance.

The organization, formed last year, seeks to raise enough money to fund the first three years of programs. It has about $125,000 on hand, including a $25,000 accommodation-tax grant from the Town of Hilton Head Island and a grant worth as much as $65,000 from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

The logo release and website launch correspond with a fundraising push for the organization's "Founders Circle" campaign.

"We're asking folks in the region -- on the island and off -- that would be supportive to the concept and have the resources to help us with the funding," executive director Jack Alderman said.

The institute still needs to raise "several hundred thousand" dollars to host the first event, much of which would be paid for by ticket sales, Alderman said. Ticket prices haven't been revealed yet.

In addition to hosting the lecture and panel series, the institute will host academic conferences and a community planning center "dedicated to Charles Fraser's high standards and innovative approach," according to the institute's website.

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