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All that seafood you ate in February is giving Hilton Head Island kids some future fun

Andrew and Brian Carmines with $50,000 check for the Island Rec Center.
Andrew and Brian Carmines with $50,000 check for the Island Rec Center. submitted photo

The David M. Carmines Foundation, primarily funded through proceeds from the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, donated $50,000 to the Island Rec Center’s expansion project last week.

“The Rec Center benefits, in some way, every member of the community,” said Andrew Carmines, foundation founder, Seafood Festival host and Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks owner.

The donation kicked off a campaign by nonprofit People for Parks to raise $1.2 million for ongoing expansion and renovation for the Island Rec Center. People for Parks is the fundraising arm of the Island Rec Center.

The nearly $13 million project will expand the current center, at 20 Wilborn Road, from 14,000 square feet to 22,000 square feet.

The project is set to be completed by May 2018.

Carmines said Wednesday that the foundation has also given money to other local organizations since this year’s festival, including $5,000 to Coastal Discovery Museum, $5,000 to Port Royal Sound Foundation and $5,000 to The Sandbox children’s museum.

Teresa Moss: 843-706-8152, @TeresaIPBG

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