Packet Thank You Letters for Jan. 31

For your support

The nonprofit Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island would like to express heartfelt thanks to all those who attended, our tireless volunteers and those who supported us in our successful Jan. 15 fundraising event, "Preserving the Gullah Culture through Art: Honoring Amiri Farris, Laura Campbell and Arthur Orage."

Thanks to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Bluffton Oyster Company, Candace Woodson and The Domino Theory Band, J. Costello Gallery, Gullah Tours, Sonny Huntley, Harris Teeter Supermarket, John Ivans, PictureThis Gallery, Publix, Spanish Wells Golf Club, Wayne Williams and all the museum's board members. Money raised will enable our organization to continue phase two of preservation projects at the museum site on Gumtree Road at the intersection of Georgianna Drive. Please go to for details and updates.

Carrie Hirsch, treasurer

Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island

For your donations

The Bargain Box's commitment to our community, its hardworking volunteers and its unwavering faith in our school are so appreciated.

For many years, The Bargain Box has given May River Montessori scholarship money, and it truly has touched the lives of so many children and their families. Thanks once again for funding the incredible gift of a Montessori education.

Maria Montesorri said, "Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future."

Sharon Haag, director

May River Montessori


For participating

Hilton Head Island Elks, Lodge 2773, recently sponsored its "Hoop Shoot" contest at the Hilton Head Island Boys & Girls Club.

The Elks wish to thank all the participating schools, (including Okatie Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary, Hilton Head Middle, Hilton Head Elementary School for the Creative Arts and Hilton Head Elementary), the physical education instructors, the teachers, the volunteers who donated time and effort and the parents of the contestants.

In addition, a big thank you to the Boys & Girls Club for the use of its facility and to the north-island Walgreens and Harris Teeter for their generous donations.

The first-place winners are now eligible to attend the Elks South Carolina State Tournament on Feb. 19 in Lugoff. Many thanks to all the contestants and good luck at the state tournament to those attending.

Bob Peterson

Elks Hoop Shoot director

Hilton Head Island

For sponsoring

This letter is to express the gratitude of the board of the YANA Club of Hilton Head to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

The money provided us by the foundation will help in preserving the anonymity of the hundreds of area residents who attend the various 12-step meetings held at the clubhouse. Anonymity is one of the primary principles of any 12-step program and without the guarantee that it is protected, many who suffer from the diseases of alcoholism and addiction would not feel safe in reaching out for the help that is available to them.

We are looking forward to spring when we can begin installing the new landscaping and hope that you will be as proud as we are of being a part of such a necessary and valuable asset to the Hilton Head Island community.

Theresa Lacey

Hilton Head Island

To our helpers

Once again, on behalf of the board of directors, the staff and volunteers of The Deep Well Project of Hilton Head Island, I would like to thank The Island Packet for its generosity in publicizing our recent Christmas campaign. Since a major portion of our funding comes from this campaign each year, it is especially important that we are able to tell our clients' stories to the residents of the community so that they may see how their donations help our less fortunate neighbors. The Island Packet has always been extremely supportive in helping us get this message to the community.

Hilton Head residents responded generously to the Packet's stories and to the requests for donations to The Deep Well Project. We thank you all for trusting that Deep Well will use your donations to help our clients to the best of our ability.

Deep Well remains committed to serving the needs of the working poor, disabled and the sick. Thank you Island Packet and our Hilton Head neighbors for your support of our campaign this year.

Barbara Clark, president

The Deep Well Project

Hilton Head Island

For your hard work

Keep Beaufort County Beautiful would like to thank all those involved in successfully grinding 3,100 Christmas trees this season.

We would like to thank Michael Murphy of Preservation Tree Care, a division Bartlett Tree Experts, for providing equipment and manpower to four of the grinding sites. Michael has volunteered his staff, equipment and time for more than 15 years for this event.

We are also grateful to Paul Trask Jr., Merritt and Steve Patterson, the town of Port Royal, the Town of Hilton Head Island, the Family Tree Christmas Tree Farm, the city of Beaufort and Beaufort County for volunteering site space for many years.

The project would not have been successful without the work of volunteers like Laura Lee Rose and Charlie Williams, who endured frigid weather. Others included members of the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry, the Beaufort High School Interact Club, and 11 of our military families from the Beaufort Naval Hospital.

Bartlett Tree Experts of Hilton Head helped for the first time at the Coligny Beach parking lot. Beaufort County Public Works employees worked to grind trees and restore sites, clearing them of artificial trees, decorations, wreaths and plastic bags.

The media did a great job getting the word out to the public, and we very much appreciate the good work of our local newspapers, radio and television outlets.

Once again, this collective effort helped to save county tax dollars, landfill space and our environment.

Here's to a happy, clean, safe and beautiful Beaufort County.

Veronica C. Miller

Keep Beaufort County Beautiful coordinator