Packet Thank You Letters for Jan. 10

To hospital staff

I spent several days at Hilton Head Hospital recently having my knee replaced.

My grateful thanks go out to Dr. Nicholas Mehelic for his surgery on my knee. All went so well. It is doing fine. I have had no pain and am getting around very well. I just want to thank Peggy and all of his staff for their good work getting me in the hospital and getting me home again. I spent a few days with my mom but am so happy to be back in my own bed again.

Thanks also go to Betty McLeod, who should be named nurse of the year at Hilton Head Hospital. There was nothing Betty did not do for me that I needed, and thank you for a job well done. My special thanks to everyone there who took such good care of me.

Dianne Reynolds


To thrift store donors

The Church Mouse Thrift Shop would like to take thank all of our shop patrons. They are the best as are the donors of goods to our shop.

As a result, we are giving more than $94,000 to local organizations and charities, as well as missions around the world. The groups include Memory Matters, NAMI of Beaufort County, Lowcountry Legal Aid, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Beaufort County Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless, Programs for Exceptional People, Second Helpings, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Church of the Cross Food Bank, Hilton Head Heroes, Sandalwood Food Pantry and Bluffton Self Help.

In addition, the shop has donated more than $30,000 in goods for families in need through our partners, such as CODA, Family Promise and the Department of Social Services.

We also want to thank our volunteers, who sort, clean and price goods. They are priceless.

We strive every day to make our shop a clean, bright place to shop, provide useable goods for a reasonable price and give you a taste of God's grace.

Stop by and see us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at 19D Dunnagans Alley. Also, check us out on Facebook and at

Phyllis Neville

Hilton Head Island

For Bark Park support

The annual Bark in the Park fundraiser was a grand success. The Bluffton Dog Park board of directors wishes to thank the following sponsors: ArtWare, Petco Foundation, Camp Green Dog, Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, Epperson Service Experts, Bluffton Today, Low Country Business, Tidbits of, Music by Jack Jones and the Treetop Flyers, Sauls Funeral Home, Coastal Waste Services, Classic Party Rentals and Weichert. A very special thank you to all of our silent auction donors, whose generosity can never be overstated.

The Bluffton Dog Park on Buckwalter Parkway will soon be a reality thanks to these wonderful people. We are a 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible. Go to our website at

Babbie Guscio


For tournament success

On behalf of the Hilton Head Island High School boys and girls basketball teams, we would like to thank everyone who helped make the 28th annual Hilton Oceanfront Resort Seahawk Holiday Classic such a success. This three-day basketball tournament involved 16 teams (eight boys and eight girls) from five different states. Its success is once again due to the unselfish efforts of so many in the Hilton Head community.

In particular, we would like to thank the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, which again agreed to be our corporate sponsor. This tournament would not be a reality without the generosity of the Hilton in general and in particular the work of Flo Wiggins and the Hilton's staff, including the front desk personnel and housekeeping staff who helped make the tournament enjoyable for all who came so far to participate.

Through their tireless efforts, numerous volunteers upgraded the entire atmosphere of the tournament. In particular, we want to thank Shawn Zink (our athletic trainer), Ron Costello, Guy Malool, Cathy Duane, Mike and Sally Maneseotis, and Steve and Janelle Dill for their tireless efforts to make the tournament such a special event. Finally, we could never give enough thanks to the staff, parents, and students at Hilton Head High who gave up so much of their personal time to help us make this tournament a positive experience for everyone.

It is humbling to be part of a community event that makes everyone on the island proud.

Ken Updike

Boys varsity basketball coach

Dave Greenberg

Girls varsity basketball coach

Hilton Head Island

For great fundraiser

Thanks to many people for the huge success of Special Olympics "Razzle Dazzle" fundraiser held Nov. 20 at Indigo Run Golf Club.

Thanks to golf club for hosting such a wonderful dinner.

Thanks to our sponsors: Palmaccio Management Group, Hargray, Beach Properties of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Automotive, Mazzana Lawn Service, Tom Cramer's Home Services, G&J Equipment, Bluffton Auto Body, Professional Landscape, Island Getaway and Paper & Party Plantation.

Thanks to our vendors: En Vogue; Island Fudge Shop; Harbourtown Toys; Hook & Feather Frames; Iron Art by Kevin; Harbourtown Christmas; Digital Watercolor by Kirk Taylor; Special Olympics Athletes; Pampered Chef; Tastefully Simple Gourmet Foods; T's Trinkets, Teresa Youmans; Scentsy; Home Made, Rebecca Bredemeier; Barnwell Health & Fitness; and Silpada Jewelry.

We also appreciate our donors: Indigo Run Golf Club; Country Club of Hilton Head; Main Street Inn; Heritage Collection of Hilton Head; Ruth and Larry Correll; Katie O'Donald's; Holiday Inn Oceanfront; Carrabba's Italian Grill; Home Depot; Doug Weaver; Outback Steakhouse; Moss Creek Golf; Palmetto Dunes Golf; Bi-Lo; Walmart; Ocean Tides Spa; Wild Wing Cafè; Pat Latimer, Hilton Head Designs; Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon; Tail Waggers; Faces; Kurama; Fresh Market; Bistro 17; San Miguel's; Parrott Cove; La Hacienda; The Black Marlin; Wine Times 4; Casey's; Salon 5200; Reilley's; Main Street Lanes; Classic Cuts; The Jazz Corner; Kinghorn Insurance; and Applebee's.

Thanks to everyone who attended the event and to the hard-working committee members who made everything come together: Crystal Concino, Cheryl Duren, Jen Hagen and June and Stan Sadowski.

Cherie Taylor


Kathy Cramer

Hilton Head Island

Special Olympics Area 8 directors