Beaufort News

Gazette Thank You Letters for Jan. 3

To our sponsors

The Lions Club of Beaufort recently sponsored a fish fry as a fundraiser for Love for Therapeutic Riding. Their work helps us enhance quality-of-life experiences for special needs children.

We certainly appreciate the great effort and dedication of the Lions Club members and those who prepared and served the meal. We sincerely thank all those who purchased tickets.

With heartfelt love and gratitude, we honor and thank all of our volunteers (including equine) who help Love provide therapeutic exercise along with the joy of horseback riding for our special children.

Patricia Walker

Board vice chairwoman

St. Helena Island

For your time

What a wonderful gift Mike Murphy and Preservation Tree Care have given to the community. Anyone who knows Mike knows he has volunteered considerable time and energy to help this community develop rules and regulations aimed at protecting this wonderful natural resource.

His gift of trimming trees for those in need couldn't have been more timely, considering all the consternation and heartburn many residents experienced this past year as SCE&G's out-of-town contract "ax murderers" violated the beauty of these resources in the name of progress.

How wonderful that they used their time and talents to help homeowners who have to worry about electric bills and mortgage payments before they can take care of their trees.

Lolita Huckaby

Beaufort

To our volunteers

On behalf of the Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling team, I would like to thank all those who help keep our community beautiful, especially these volunteers:

Adams Street Baptist; Al Whitley Photo; All Joy Buzzard Brigade; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Air Traffic Control Marines; Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, MCAS; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Ann Fripp community; Ball Park Road community; Ballenger Realty; Barnwell Resources; Battery Creek ROTC; Battery Point POA; The Beaufort Gazette; Beaufort High Interact Club; Beaufort Kayak Tours; Beaufort Rotary; Bethesda Christian Fellowship; Boles Academy; Burton Masonic Lodge No. 9; Boys & Girls Clubs; Bluffton Today; Bermuda Bluff residents.

Church of Jesus Christ LDS; Church of the Palms; Carolina Dreamers Car Club; Church of the Harvest; Coosaw Island residents; Cub Scout Pack 212; Dataw Island residents; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Faith Memorial Baptist; Frederick and Frederick; Friendship Holiness Church; Friends of Coffin Point; Friends of Hunting Island; Friends of the Rivers; Fripp Island POA.

Girl Scout Troop 597; Grays Hill community; Habersham Land Owners; Harbor Island POA; Hunting Island State Park; Lady's Island Baptist Missionaries; Lands End community; Limestone College Lowcountry Alumni; Lowcountry Rotary; Lord of Life Lutheran; Lowcountry Community Church; MALS 31 Stingers; Marine Corps League; Moss Creek; Mossy Oaks Elementary School.

Naval Hospital Beaufort; Navy Federal Credit Union; Oaks community; Old Church Road community; Oldfield Plantation; O'Quinn Marine Construction; Perry's Daycare; Pleasant Point POA; Port Royal Baptist; Preservation Tree Care.

Riverbend residents; Riverview Clubhouse; St. Gregory Catholic; St. John's Lutheran; Sea Island Rotary; Set It Off Bike Club; Shanklin Elementary; Shell Point Baptist; Sons Of Beaufort Lodge No. 36; Stone Works; Sun City Cyclers; Sun City Lions; Sun City Veterans; Thumbs Up!; Unanimity Masonic Lodge; VFW Post 8760 and the Ladies Auxiliary; Wallace community; Walling Grove; Waters Edge United Methodist; Evans Heyward; Lady D; Ms. Lillian; Mrs. Tanner; Ms. Joanie; Pat Green; Willisola Rice and Jacqueline Simmons.

Veronica C. Miller

Coordinator

Beaufort

For boat parade

The Beaufort Light Up the Night Boat Parade was a great success with numerous boats and hundreds of spectators. Whether you were on a decorated boat, ground crew, contributor, organizer or spectator, you all made the boat parade a magical event.

Our announcer, Ed Johnson, did an outstanding job as did judges Rep. Shannon Erickson, Port Royal Mayor Sam Murray and Beaufort City Councilmen Mike Sutton. Strings & Things provided the sound system and Beaufort Water Search and Rescue kept the decorated boats safe along the parade route.

Because of the generous financial contributions of the Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron, Port Royal Marina, Hand & Tanner, Sweetgrass Restaurant and Sea Island Best Western Inn, we were able to give monetary prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners in both power boat divisions.

We made a liberal donation to the power squadron, which provides an invaluable service to the boating community. Our squadron will use net proceeds to further the education of the community by conducting safe-boating classes, water-safety demonstrations and seminars. Only through education can we make our local waters safer for everyone.

The winners of the best-decorated power boats under 25 feet were: Christmas Boat Capt. Wallace; Picture Perfect White Christmas, Capt. O'Quinn; Let it Snow, Capt. Geier. Best-decorated boats over 25 feet were: The Grinch, Capt. Volsbury; Frosty the Snowman, Capt. Clark; Wrapped & Ready, Capt. McKeown.

We hope next year's parade will be even bigger and better.

Thank you all for your participation and support.

Kay P. Summers

St. Helena Island

For your generosity

Once again, the Beaufort community's wonderful generosity made it possible for the Franciscan Center to bring some Christmas cheer to more than 1,326 families and individuals this holiday season.

Santa Claus distributed toys to 480 children at the center's annual Christmas Party on Dec. 18, and 60 seniors at the Leroy Brown Senior Citizens Center were each given a set of bath towels earlier in the month.

Holiday food baskets and grocery store gift certificates were distributed to 400 senior citizens, and local groups and individuals provided food, clothing and toys to 20 "adopted" families facing medical or financial hardship.

Very special "thank yous" are extended to Angel Tree Projects of St. Peter Catholic Church, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Chapel, Dataw Island Garden Club, and a number of clubs, golfing groups and individuals on Dataw Island and Fripp Island and from the Beaufort area.

We would not have been able to do it without our dedicated volunteers who devoted hundreds of hours during the holidays to bring much joy and happiness to our recipients.

Our heartfelt thanks to all those in this wonderful community who gave so generously and helped us help others. We extend our deepest gratitude and all best wishes for a blessed 2011.

Sister Sheila Byrne

Sister Stella Breen

Franciscan Center

St. Helena Island

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