Beaufort News

Gazette Thank You Letters for May 30

For croquet tourney

The 20th annual AMIkids Beaufort Croquet Tournament and Picnic was a great success, raising more than $80,000.

This year's grand marshal was state Rep. Shannon Erickson.

Special thanks to host Brays Island Plantation, our tournament sponsors, teams, area businesses and individual donors within our community.

Tournament sponsors: Brays Island Plantation; Bill Allen; SCE&G; and Howell, Gibson and Hughes.

Court sponsors: MCAS Federal Credit Union and Junior Service Business League and Dataw Island Croquet Club.

Sponsors: Beaufort Catering, Bill's Liquor Stores, Modern Jewelers, Buds & Blooms, Port Royal Landing Marina, Bond Street Imports, Harbour Town, Spring Island, Rhett Gallery, Chechessee Creek, Indie Danielle Harris Graphic Design, Williams Group PR, Harris Pillow Supply, Triangle Ice and The Rhett House Inn.

AMIkids-Beaufort (formerly Beaufort Marine Institute) was started in 1985 and is a nonprofit residential facility located in Lobeco, which serves as an alternative to prison for juvenile offenders ages 14 to 17 with a 75 percent non-recidivism rate since the inception of the facility.

Mike Ingram

Dr. Mike Harris

Tournament co-chairmen


From Hope Haven

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry held its seventh annual fundraiser, Lilies on the River, on May 7 at the Berkeley Hall Plantation Clubhouse. We would like to thank the many organizations and individuals that made this year's event such a big success.

The venue at Berkeley Hall was beautiful. Close to 100 people attended the lunch and bid on silent auction items, and more than 500 lilies were purchased in honor or memory of special women in their lives.

Thanks to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Aesthetic Dentistry, Twengy & Twombley Law Firm, Eugene A. Rugala Associates, Palmetto Electric Cooperative and The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette for contributing generously to sponsor this event.

We would also like to thank the Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island for providing the labor on the day of the event to take care of all the details in planning an event.

I would also like to say a special thank you to Hope Haven's board of directors, who gave generously of their time, talent and treasures to make this year's event another huge success.

The continued support of this community allows Hope Haven to thrive in its ability to offer critical services to child victims of abuse and adult victims of sexual violence.

Shauw Chin Capps

executive director

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry


To breakfast attendees

More than 130 Beaufort residents attended Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry's "Strengthening the Community Through Literacy" fundraising breakfast held at the Holiday Inn and Suites May 24.

Guests heard moving personal accounts of three current students, as well as remarks from Nancy Williams, our executive director, and Dick Stewart, founder and managing member of 303 Associates, a real estate development and management company. Their message was clear: Literacy is the hub of a healthy community.

For more than 38 years, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry has equipped thousands of adults in Beaufort and Jasper counties with the reading, writing, math and speaking skills they need to be successful and self-sufficient members of their families, the workplace and their communities.

For more information, visit our website at or call 843- 815-6616.

Dodi Eschenbach

associate director of development

Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry


To 'Mockingbird' cast

This month's stage performance of Harper Lee's classic "To Kill A Mockingbird" was brilliant and moving -- the kind of performance that one remembers for life.

Congratulations to the phenomenal cast and crew, and to directors Jeff Evans and Ian Sprague, for giving us a deeply memorable experience at the theater.

The Beaufort Theater Company is clearly here to stay, having given our community a performance that would receive rave reviews in any city.

To fellow residents who didn't get a chance to see the play: If an event has the Beaufort Theater Company's name attached to it, trust that event to be worth every penny of the ticket price. Bravo!

Tim Johnston

Lady's Island

For theatrical talent

Anyone fortunate enough to have seen the recent production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center was treated to a terrific performance.

The subject of racism in America still seems to be relevant, and the direction of Ian Sprague and Jeff Evans wonderfully expressed Harper Lee's story.

Standouts Michael Kane, who played Mr. Ewell, and 11-year-old Stewart Trask as Scout created a very professional feel to this dramatic performance.

And anchoring the show was a rather brilliant portrayal of Atticus Finch by Leo Gannon.

Community theater has never been better in Beaufort. Bravo.

Robert Hersh