Southern Beaufort County's premier community service award this year went to two individuals who have helped make better -- in ways big and small -- the lives of thousands of people.
Betsy Doughtie, executive director of The Deep Well Project, and Ida Martin, founder and former director of Bluffton Self Help, were named recipients of the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award for selfless service Saturday at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce annual ball.
They and their organizations embody the standards of service to others the award seeks to encourage and recognize. The two private social services agencies have for decades provided a hand up for people who have fallen on hard times. Their work to feed, clothe and help shelter the less fortunate among us may never have been more important than they have been in the past several years. The ways in which Deep Well, founded in 1972, and Bluffton Self Help, founded in 1987, have helped others in the community are almost too numerous to list.
It is especially poignant that Betsy Doughtie receive the award, which was named for the sister of her late husband, Tim. The Alice Glenn Doughtie award, first presented in 1971, was created by her family in her memory to recognize a life in service to others. It was an example Alice Glenn Doughtie, who died at age 22, set early in her all-too-short life.
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Deep Well founder Charlotte Heinrichs, her successor Betsy Doughtie and Bluffton Self Help's Ida Martin also set an example we all should follow. When they saw need, they didn't wait for someone else to help. They got to work. As a result, our community as a whole has benefited.
Here are the other outstanding individuals and organizations recognized at the annual ball:
Congratulations and thanks to all from a grateful community.