Beaufort News

Gazette Thank You Letters for Oct. 11

For Lt. Dan Weekend

The final total raised for the Lt. Dan Weekend stands at $112,077.99. The final cost for the stage, band, veterans' travel and hotel and meal expenses is in the $90,000 range. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it looks like we are in the black.

Below is a quote we received from one of the disabled (what a misnomer) female artists, Leanna, whose painting is still up at the Charles Street Gallery:

"I had an awesome time and I wish it did not have to end. I already miss being near people that are like me."

You receive something like that and it highlights how meaningless dollars and spreadsheets really are.

Beaufort embraced these veterans with a warmth and love that exceeded all expectations. The community made a transformational difference in the lives of many of these veterans, like Leanna. Thank you is a gross understatement for what we lack the eloquence to properly convey.

Thank you, Beaufort, from all the volunteers who worked tirelessly the past six months to stage the biggest party this town has ever seen. (Who is in for next year?)

Steve "Luker" Danyluk


For golf tourney

The ninth annual Friends of Callawassie Island Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 18 at the Callawassie Island Club raised more than $19,000 for the Lowcountry's needy.

Winners were: Flight 1, Jerry Hetzel/Kathy Levin; flight 2, Ken Meyer/Marian Parrotta; flight 3, tie: Betty Fitzgibbons/Dan Peternell and Philip Kilian/Richard Yetter.

The real winners, though, are the organizations in Beaufort and Jasper counties that benefit, thanks to the commitment and support from sponsors, donors and players. We thank:

Golf sponsor: Callaway

Hole-in-one sponsors: Bay Street Jewelers; Club Car; Stokes Honda

Media sponsor: Bluffton Today

Gold sponsors: Andy and Maggie Mellen; Classic Party Rentals; Gary Leonard; McCarver & Freeman Wealth Management; Mike and Barb MacGee; Paul and Pat Kelly; Regions Bank; SCB&T; Termotto & Davis Dental Practice; the Duricks and the Roessings; and Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Silver sponsors: Autism, Inc.;; Callawassie Tennis Association; Carolina Air; Coastal States Wealth Management; Callawassie Women's Golf Association 9 Holers; Dave and Cindy Levy; Dave Carney; Don and Susan Zikmund; Glenn and Robin Hood; in memory of Bill Clark; John Mallett of State Farm Insurance; Mark and Betsy Lagakis; Megabyte Computer Service; Mike O'Hagan; Phil and Phyllis Kilian; Premier Garage; Sutcliffe Golf Cars & Carts; Tom Dudreck; and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-01

A special thanks to Callawassie's volunteers and staff.

Finally, congratulations to Mike Foody, who recorded the first hole-in-one in the tourney's history.

The Friends of Callawassie Island has raised nearly $285,000 since 2001 and awarded more than 190 grants to more than 80 organizations.

David Denton

Golf Tournament Chairman

Friends of Callawassie Island

For YMCA event

The first capital fundraiser for the Wardle Family YMCA was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone who helped make the evening so much fun and so rewarding.

Thank you to Chris and Maureen Butler and their staff for allowing Butler Marine to be transformed into a great venue for the event. Chris Butler and his staff moved boats and made it appear effortless when we all know better.

Tommy Olivia of Dockside donated his time and the food for a wonderful meal. Plums donated appetizers. Groupers donated desserts. Chick-fil-A donated the tea. Wine and Spirits donated the wine. More than 30 individuals and businesses helped sponsor the event and donated to the silent auction.

Mike Bostwick, CEO, and the Y staff were on hand to help with serving, greeting, clean up and anything else that needed to be done.

The committee was led by Kelly Collins, who deserves a big thank you for planning and executing this event with the help of the following committee members who worked so hard to make it a success: Lorin Siegel, Lori Elliott, Ty Reichel, Amy Roberts, Leigh Ann Pingree, Ryan Christian, Katharine Harrelson, Kim Durham, Wendi Lynn, Heather Midyette, Amy Pinckney and Shannon Holwadel.

The money raised will be go toward renovating and refurbishing the aerobics studio. About 60 classes take place in the aerobics studio weekly.

Mary Jane Martin