Packet Thank You Letters for March 14

From clinic

On behalf of our patients, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to make the 2011 Lowcountry Soup Challenge a success:

The Mall at Shelter Cove and its terrific staff, Atlanta Bread Company and Panera Bread for delicious breads, and the owners, chefs and staff of this year's challengers -- Alexander's, Angler's, Buffalo's Palmetto Bluff, Captain Woody's, Catch 22, Chart House, Colleton River Plantation Club, Daniel's Restaurant & Lounge, Deli by the Beach, Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Hudson's, Island Bistro, Kenny B's Cajun Cafe, Mi Tierra, Moss Creek, Murphy's Irish Pub, Red Fish, Two Tomatoes Catering and The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa -- for their delicious soups.

VIM also wishes to thank Affairs to Remember and Blue Chip Expo for providing top-notch equipment and excellent service.

And finally, VIM extends our most sincere thanks to more than 90 of our volunteers for giving their time and effort to help plan and work the Soup Challenge. VIM would also like to thank the 1,000-plus guests who came to the mall to enjoy the soups. We have already begun planning next year's event, and we want to assure everyone that next year's will be just as much fun and enjoyable for our guests. We truly appreciate all your support not only for the Soup Challenge, but throughout the year.

Stan Stolarcyk

Director of volunteers

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic

Hilton Head Island

For cat's return

Someone once said, "Dogs have owners, cats have staff." I would like to add to the feline gamut the amazing community of Hilton Head Island:

Compassionate neighbors, friends and visiting families; Hilton Head Christian Academy students (who prayed hard for Tiki's return); utility, pool, golf and grounds maintenance workers; administrative, hospitality, and food and beverage (especially the Salty Dog, Planet Smoothie and Starbucks); local UPS and FedEx drivers; golfers, bikers and dog walkers; the Hilton Head Humane Association; and local veterinarian offices.

Earlier this month, we began a quest to find our beloved pet, Tiki, a timid Tonkinese cat. He came home two weeks later, semi-starved and with blistered paws and a tale we'll never hear.

Today, we know three key reasons we call Hilton Head Island our home: compassion, community and (you probably saw this coming) cat lovers.

Thank you.

Kim Kachmann-Geltz and family

Hilton Head Island

For amazing art

Have you visited the Art League of Hilton Head's gallery at the Arts Center of the Coastal Carolina? The exhibit that opened March 3 is spectacular.

This exhibit features artists Mary Sullivan and Kevin Eichner. Upon entering the gallery, you are welcomed by Eichner's statuesque bronze-colored metal sculptures and wall hangings.

These bold sculptures are surrounded by Sullivans' delicate, colorful abstract paintings of water media, inks and acrylic, just a delight to see in the soft lights of the beautiful Walter Greer gallery.

Included in this exhibit are many new artists who have recently joined the Art League, which now boasts more than 160 active artists.

Do not miss this show. Congratulations to the Art League and the arts center.

Rosemary Kimball

Hilton Head Island

For pantry donation

The youth group of the First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, led by the Rev. Sam Martin, participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday.

Their efforts resulted in a donation of $976 and was presented to the Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson, founder and director of the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry.

These funds will provide fresh fruit and vegetables to our children and diabetic clients.

The Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson


To Bargain Box

As the recent recipient of grant funding from The Bargain Box, Bluffton Self Help extends a heartfelt thank you for its continued support and generosity to the many nonprofit organizations in the community.

Funds received from The Bargain Box directly support the rental and utility assistance programs of Bluffton Self Help.

These programs enable working families, seniors and disabled individuals to remain in their homes and without the interruption of utility services when they have experienced a crisis or unbudgeted expense.

With many families struggling during the fluctuating economic times, we are proud to be able to help ease their worries with temporary financial assistance.

Thank you to The Bargain Box for helping Bluffton Self Help assist our neighbors who experience difficult situations.

We are so appreciative of the efforts of the dedicated volunteers who donate their time, talents and services to ensure that The Bargain Box is able to continue helping the many worthy community organizations and their causes. Your hard work helps so many.

Julie Del Guercio

Interim director

Bluffton Self Help


For TCL support

On behalf of the Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation and the students we serve, I would like to thank The Bargain Box for its generous donation to the foundation's scholarship fund.

The foundation's key mission is providing scholarships to deserving students in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties. Contributions, like the one made by The Bargain Box, aid students in bridging the financial gap that would otherwise separate them from fulfilling their educational goals.

These scholarship awards go directly to pay for students' tuition or book costs.

With the support of local businesses, organizations and individuals, TCL has been able to open doors for students seeking an affordable, accessible and quality education. Their lives have been changed because of the generosity of our community and its members, such as The Bargain Box.

The TCL Foundation awards more than $75,000 a year in scholarships to its students. The average award for tuition assistance is about $500. To learn more about how to help local students earn their education, go to

Thanks again to The Bargain Box and its many volunteers for supporting TCL and its students.

This donation helps TCL fulfill its vision of leading the region to economic prosperity by providing innovative work force solutions to the thousands of students the college serves.

Dianne K. Garnett,

executive director

Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation


For Frisbee tourney

Hilton Head Ultimate Frisbee is very impressed by the outreach in the community for our charity tournaments.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make our third annual "La Cucaracha" Tournament a success March 5 and 6.

A special thanks to all area Publix stores, the Walmart Supercenter in Hardeeville and the Piggly Wiggly in Bluffton. Without their contributions, our donation to Bluffton Self Help would not have been possible.

Thanks to the Island Recreation Association and Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services for use of the fields.

Also, thanks to all of the teams that came out from the entire East Coast and to all the coordinators of Hilton Head Ultimate for helping us have a fun and productive tournament.

Amanda Taylor

Carlos Chacon


From Heroes

On behalf of Hilton Head Heroes, I want to thank the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors for its continuing generosity in dedicating the funds raised by Realtors through Birdies for Charity to Hilton Head Heroes.

Longtime Realtor and Hilton Head Heroes board member Hutch Hutchinson spearheaded this effort for many years. Hutch has passed away, and we are very pleased that the Realtors are carrying on his legacy.

Thanks to the Realtors' Association, other wonderful organizations in our area and the support of the community generally, Hilton Head Heroes continues to maintain the Heroes House in Sea Pines. Hilton Head Heroes provides free weeklong vacations for families of children with life-threatening illnesses.

This year we have families scheduled in the Heroes House nearly every week. This past year, thanks to the Realtors and others, we have been able to take the few vacant weeks that were available to refurbish and upgrade the house.

This is an ongoing effort and one for which we are most greatly appreciative of the financial and service support of our community.

Thanks again to the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors for assisting Hilton Head Heroes in our efforts to provide a respite to families very much in need.

Steve Wilson

Board of directors

Hilton Head Heroes

Hilton Head Island