Looking for a fun way to honor the first responders and local leaders who stepped up during and after Hurricane Matthew? Shelter Cove Park on Hilton Head Island has you covered.
The park will be the site of an event called the Welcome Home Celebration, scheduled for noon Dec. 10.
The free event will include public acknowledgment of the storm recovery efforts performed by local governments, law enforcement agencies, utility companies, and medical personnel; ice skating; and live music from local bands, including the marching bands from both Hilton Head Island and Bluffton high schools.
Monty Jett and Daniel Cort will serve as masters of ceremonies for the event, which will be immediately followed by continuation of the Dove Street Festival of Lights.
“The effort that was put together by all the first responders was miraculous,” Mary Lynn Finn, one of the event’s lead organizers, said earlier this week.
“Our towns — both Hilton Head and Bluffton — did such a fabulous job,” she said. “I wanted to do something special for them.”
Food, drinks, and commemorative shirts will be on sale at the celebration.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Disaster Relief Fund.
The fund was established in 2004 to collect donations which are then distributed to local nonprofit organizations and charities involved in storm recovery, said Emmy Rooney, the foundation’s vice president for development and donor services.
Until Hurricane Matthew struck in October, “we had been fortunate enough to not have to utilize the fund,” she said.
“We are so thankful for groups like (the supporters of the Welcome Home Celebration) who take it upon themselves to organize events like this,” Rooney said. “Its shows the strength of our community.”