For shrimp race
On behalf of Sea Island Rotary Club, I would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to everyone who helped support our recent shrimp race, held as part of the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.
We had excellent results in our shrimp "adoptions" for the race and everyone was most supportive of our effort in only the second year of what we hope will become an annual tradition on the Beaufort River.
With the community's help, we have raised enough money to donate thousands of dollars to the Child Abuse Prevention Association and the Independence Fund, as well as to a Rotary International water purification project. We will also be able to continue services we provide at Beaufort Elementary School, Battery Creek High School, and each of the middle schools in the greater Beaufort area.
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Special thanks to Craig and Cameron Reeves from Sea Eagle Market for helping load 5,000 rubber shrimp into their nets and dropping them into the current from their trawler.
We also thank LaNelle Fabian and all the hardworking members of Main Street Beaufort who allowed us to share in their festival for our biggest fundraiser of the year.
Mostly, we are grateful for all the individuals who "adopted" shrimp from one of the Rotarians or one of the members of CAPA.
It was a fun and exciting project that we enjoyed hosting, and I promise we will use every dollar in the spirit of "service above self."
Randall L. Wall
Sea Island Rotary Club
For great fest
We at the Old Village Association of Port Royal would like to extend our warmest thanks and appreciation to all of the volunteers, vendors and patrons who helped make our first "Festival of the Sea" such a tremendous and worthwhile experience.
In addition, we would like to sincerely thank our sponsors: the town of Port Royal, 104.9 The Surf, LowCountry National Bank, Orchid Salon, The Link, Ben Arnold Beverage Co., Southern Tree and Chavis U-Lock Mini-Storage.
Many months were spent planning the event, and it showed. Simply put, we could not have done it without you.
Next year's festival will be a challenge -- trying to equal the quality of this year's event -- thanks to you.
Nancy Harris Vista
Old Village Association
I would like to thank the city of Beaufort, especially Mack Cook and the city workers who transformed the little park on the corners of Bay, Church and Craven streets from an eyesore to a beautiful little spot to look at and enjoy.
People are now strolling through, or sitting on the bench to enjoy the space's tranquility or read a book.
Mary Ann Thomas