Letters to the Editor

Beaufort County thank-you letters, October 2015

Community thank-you letters:

Food Lion Feeds awarded a "Pantry Makeover" to the Deep Well Project in September, helping greatly in setting up our food pantry at our new location on 80 Capital Drive.

A big truck arrived at our facility containing a brand new double-door refrigerator along with a large glass-topped freezer. All shelving was provided by Food Lion, and their crew of 15 store associates assembled it in record time.

We at Deep Well could not believe our eyes as five huge pallets of food came off the truck! Tuna, peanut butter, beef stew, pasta, rice, vegetables, cereal and frozen meats will fill our pantry.

The generosity of Food Lion has gotten us off to a great start in our new Deep Well home.

Betsy Doughtie

executive director

Hilton Head Island

Often, when things go well, they go unnoticed. Our family wants to make sure that the excellent care provided by Beaufort Memorial Hospital does not go unnoticed.

From the emergency room and PCU to the surgery team and the rehab facility, the entire staff -- from food service assistants to nurses and doctors -- provided outstanding, professional care to our loved one during a difficult time. On every occasion, we were treated with compassion and respect. The Beaufort community is extremely fortunate to have such a high-quality hospital.

Renee Levin and the Julian Levin Family


Thanks to the many donors at the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Carteret Street United Methodist Church in October.

You donated 43 units (pints) of blood to help save lives. Many donors braved the rains and winds of Hurricane Joaquin to come and donate. Thanks to the United Methodist Women who always provide home-baked goodies.

ARC blood is distributed anywhere blood can save lives.

The next blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the church Fellowship Hall. Mark your calendars. Or go to www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

For further information, contact Merle Hoagland at 843-522-2073 or merle13@earthlink.net.

Dick Clarke


Neighborhood Outreach Connection, its board of directors, staff, and volunteers, together with the children we serve, is thankful for two generous grants.

A grant from the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation allows us to provide ongoing computer-based learning and tutoring in our after-school program at our Avalon Shores Program Center in Bluffton.

A Long Cove Club Community Endowment Fund grant helps fund after-school and summer programs at Cordillo Courts on Hilton Head Island.

It is through community support and involvement that we are able to continue making a difference in the lives of those in need.

Narendra P. Sharma

Board chairman

Hilton Head Island

The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation. This grant will help us provide child abuse and neglect awareness and education in Bluffton elementary schools. The goal of the foundation is to help nonprofits improve lives by funding projects that address the basic human needs of the most vulnerable residents of the Bluffton community and neighboring Beaufort County.

Thank you to the residents of Berkeley Hall and the participants in the 2015 Memorial Day Charity Cup for making this award possible. Your support makes our community a better, safer place to live.

Christina Wilson

executive director


On behalf of the board, volunteers and the charities we serve, Second Helpings thanks the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Landry Charitable Fund and the Hilton Head Island Area Association of Realtors for generous donations.

Their financial support enables us to help feed thousands of people in this area every week.

Our partner agencies are seeing an increase in demand for food and we believe that no person in our community should have to worry about whether or not he or she will have enough food to eat. These donations will keep our trucks on the road, allowing our volunteers to pick up and deliver nutritious food to those who need it.

Maureen Korzik

executive director

Hilton Head Island

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry is grateful for the support and philanthropy of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, the Long Cove Club Community Endowment and Charitable Fund within the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, the players Amateur 2 Club tournament at Berkeley Hall, the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, and the Caring Coins Foundation and its generous Hargray Communications customers.

Their very generous grants will allow us to do many things, including implementing Electronic Medical Records so that we can take advantage of new technologies to improve patient care.

This will allow our staff to reduce time spent on administrative tasks and charting, thereby increasing the percentage of their time doing what they love: Providing compassionate care to our patients and families. We thank the foundation for its partnership in providing exceptional end-of-life care to our community.

Jenny Brasington

executive director


Pregnancy Center & Clinic of The Low Country wishes to publicly acknowledge the continued financial support of the Long Cove Club Community Endowment Fund. Our friends have been in our corner for approximately nine years.

We are especially grateful in 2015 for the gift of $5,000. The funding has enabled us to maintain free prenatal care for the first 16 weeks of gestation to the uninsured/underinsured/underserved populations residing in Beaufort and Jasper counties.

We also thank the Church Mouse Thrift Store for a grant of $1,820. It will be used to increase awareness of our activities and services.

Vera Bailey

executive director

Hilton Head Island

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's 12th annual "Tee Off Fore the Arts" charity golf tournament was held at Wexford.

As title sponsors, Mortgage Network's David Crowell and Torrey Glass, deserve special recognition for giving back to the community.

In addition, we thank our dedicated tournament chairman Bob Grassi and vice chairs Mary Ann and Ron Soldo.

A special thanks to our tournament sponsors, who are so valuable to our success.

Sincere thanks to the outstanding staff at Wexford and our Arts Center volunteers.

We thank all who donated items or services for our silent and live auctions.

Lastly, we can't forget our amazing players who have continued to support our tournament every year.

Kathleen P. Bateson


Hilton Head Island

The board of directors, staff and members of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island are grateful for the support of the Sunset Rotary Club through its work at the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing.

We also thank the Hargray Caring Coins Foundation for its recent grant for member scholarships.

These gifts support our operations comes at a time of great need because more than half of our members' families struggle to cover the minimum of daily living costs. The club is the place where their children can enjoy a safe and happy environment for after-school activities.

Kim Likins

unit director

Hilton Head Island

In October, I had the misfortune of tripping on a city sidewalk. My fall was observed by three people who came to my aid. They provided me a strong arm, allowing me to become upright and stand. There were words of comfort. Rides were offered but I declined, hoping to regain my pride. I want to let them know I did arrive back at my car without incident.

Beaufort is not only beautiful but it is populated by the kindest of people. My thanks to you all. I will pass it on.

Carol Ann Gretsch


The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton hosted its annual Day for Kids in September, welcoming nearly 500 children and adults to enjoy free food, fun and quality time together.

The club wishes to thank the following vendors for their participation: All-Pro Tire and Service, Beaufort County Election Commission, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Best Buy, Bi-Lo, Bluffton Police Department, Bluffton Township Fire District, Chick-fil-A, Diabetes Self-Management Education, Family Promise, Health Smart Health Store, Juice Plus, Kona Ice, Lois Brown Puppetry Ministry/Lady Yesha, Longhorn Steakhouse, Marriott's Barony Beach Resort, Olive Garden, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Powerhouse Family Fitness Gym, Ronald McDonald House Mobile Dentistry, Rotary Club of Okatie, SAM'S Club, Town of Bluffton, Vineyard 55, Walmart and Yolkie and Company/Detroit.

Claryce Allen

volunteer coordinator


The generosity of our Hilton Head Island community never ceases to amaze me. Thank you to the local businesses and the volunteers who helped support the Professional Tennis Registry Wheelchair Tennis Championships.

A few island residents also sponsored players, making it possible for them to attend.

I would like to publicly thank the following businesses for their support of this unique event: Hilton Head MotorCoach Resort, The Pro League, Island Recreation Center, Carrabba's, Kennickell Communications, Subway, Spinnaker Resorts, Moe's, Chick-fil-A, Player's World of Sports, The Litter Box, Mangiamo's, Dayle Thomas Photography (smartypantspix.com), CVS, Van der Meer Tennis Center, Dr. Bryce Young and Linda LeClaire.

Julie Jilly

tournament director

Hilton Head Island

On behalf of Memory Matters, I thank the following shops, restaurants and galleries for another successful art show benefiting our center of excellence in dementia care:

Camellia Arts, Four Corners Bluffton, Pink House Gallery, All About Me Day Spa, The Avid Gardeners, Carolyn's Landscaping, Floras Italian Cafè, Hilton Head Island Helicopter Tours, Island Liquor Store, Outside Hilton Head, Olive the Above, Phyllis Doyle (Mary Kay Cosmetics), author Pat Branning, Savor the Low Country and Studio B Market Place.

Also, local artists Chris Billman, Susan Everett, Pam Gabso, Amos Hummell, and MK Long, and our volunteers, board members, and staff.

Also, my team, Pat Coghlan, Ann Conlon, Bernie Doupona, Sigi Rutherford, Peg Walczak and Jane Wexler and Paul Longo for the music and Two Tomatoes Catering.

Cathee Stegall

program director

Hilton Head Island

Family Promise of Beaufort County is very grateful for the recently received grant from the Long Cove Club that will assist in moving families from homelessness to sustainable housing more quickly. The grant will be used with families who reside in our shelter program who have obtained full-time employment and are ready to move into housing of their own. The funds will be used to provide security deposits, utility startup costs and other fees necessary to get set up in rental housing.

We are very appreciative. Please visit our website at www.FamilyPromiseBeaufortCounty.org for more information.

Leith Webb

board chair


The volunteers and board of directors of Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head Island would like to thank the Colleton River Plantation Club Operation Santa Claus Fund via the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry for its generous donation this year.

We also thank Calhoun Station and the Hargray Caring Coins Fund for donations.

With the support of others, we can continue to fulfill our mission of delivering meals to the elderly or disabled people who are unable to prepare their own meals at home. This year, we will deliver almost 25,000 meals to an average of 95 clients per day with a 100 percent volunteer driver base.

Sean Ryan

board member

Hilton Head Island

On behalf of the families we serve, our staff and board of directors I would like to thank Long Cove Club Community Endowment Fund for awarding Memory Matters a grant to support our art therapy program.

As dementia progresses, cognitive abilities decline, making it a struggle to complete sentences and express emotions, causing a heightened feeling of failure and loss of self-worth. Through art therapy, clients receive the gift of self-expression and the opportunity to be successful and to feel a sense of accomplishment. Many non-verbal clients "come to life" when a paint brush is put in their hands. They can "tell their story" through art. It is designed to unlock one's creative expression, reduce anxiety, lift depression and increase self-esteem.

Edwina Hoyle

executive director

Hilton Head Island

Program for Exceptional People (PEP) would like to thank our presenting sponsor, basketball coach Jim Calhoun and his wife, Pat, from Connecticut; our contributing sponsor, Tad Gygi of Salt Lake City; all of our sponsors; the Italian Club of Hilton Head; our community partners; all the volunteers; and the Sea Pines Country Club who together made our recent Fall Gala a sellout and a major success.

We would also like to recognize Whole Foods of Hilton Head, which recently supported PEP as a community partner and donated 5 percent of its sales.

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary in December and start our next 20 years, we realize we could not be successful without the support of all.

Pete Ungaro

Hilton Head Island

The Island Recreation Association would like to thank the Bargain Box for its generous support of our 2015 Challenge Camp designed to integrate children with special needs into our summer camp program.

The children had a lot of fun with different experiences each week.

We know in our community there are many choices when it comes to charitable giving. We will continue to earn this support by serving our community with opportunities for a healthier, happier life for everyone.

Leah Arnold

Island Recreation Association

Hilton Head Island

S.C. Lowcountry SCORE wishes to thank our co-sponsors, the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance and United Way of the Lowcountry, and the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce for their support and participation in our latest series of nonprofit roundtables.

More than 100 people representing 40 area nonprofit organizations participated. Topics included strategic direction, board development, and revenue generation. We are particularly appreciative for the involvement by our outstanding panelists: Ben Boswell, Farhanna Mather, Christy Turner, Bob Taylor, Kim Likins, Charles Davis, Fred Leyda, Linda Piekut, Sarah Eliasoph, Jenifer Gajdalo, Michael Tucker, Deborah Edmonson and Michelle Frier.

Gene Sherman


Hilton Head Island

It was a dark and stormy night. We octogenarians were close to the bridge when the car began to falter and die. We turned onto a dark side street, where it sputtered to a halt.

It would be a 90-minute wait for a tow, so we were just dialing a taxi when Joe Sullivan, the owner of Mulberry Street Trattoria, came by, let us park in his lot, arranged for a morning tow he would supervise, swept us into his SUV and drove us home. We ate at Mulberry Street the next night. A great meal. A great guy. Thanks, Joe.

Carmen Cunningham

Hilton Head Island

In August, my husband was traveling on U.S. 21 near Gardens Corner and his tire blew out. After he fought to loosen the lug nuts, a man stopped and asked him if he needed any help.

Cpl. Antwan R. Faison, currently stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, proceeded to change the tire and told my husband, who has several health problems, to stay under the tree and try to cool off. He would not accept any money for the deed and even offered to follow him back to Beaufort to be sure he got to the tire store.

We are blessed to have young people who think of others before themselves.

Joan Tidwell

Fripp Island

Beaufort County EMS would like to thank all of the public safety agencies and their personnel for attending or assisting in the memorial service for Julie Williams.

Special thanks go to the Beaufort County EMS staff that worked so hard to make this happen. Thanks to the Baptist Church of Beaufort. Thanks to the Bluffton Township Fire District honor guard unit.

Thank you for remembering Julie Williams and celebrating her life.

Danny Tinnel

Beaufort County EMS


The volunteers, staff and board of directors extend appreciation to two grants recently awarded to Bluffton Self Help.

Hargray Caring Coins supports our financial assistance program, which supported more than 600 families this past year.

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry helped us fill a development position to help prepare our agency for future growth and stability.

We would also like to thank all the Hargray customers who make the Hargray Caring Coin grants possible, and residents who support the work of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

Lili Coleman

Executive director

Bluffton Self Help

The Sandalwood Community Food Pantry was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation.

We are grateful that Food Lion recognizes what we do through our food pantry. We appreciate them as our community partner, and this donation will help us reach our neighbors who are struggling with hunger.

We are committed to closing the gap on hunger throughout our community, and this grant will help provide nutritious, healthy and organic meals to Beaufort County residents.

Nannette Pierson


Hilton Head Island

The board of Hilton Head Heroes and founders, Lindy and Gregg Russell, wish to thank St. Luke's Church for its donation.

Its outreach program is a generous supporter of a number of wonderful causes in our community and we wish to recognize and thank the members of St. Luke's for their continuing support for our community and the families we serve.

Thanks to the generosity of our community and our tireless volunteers, we are able to bring children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to the island for free, week-long dream vacations at the Heroes House in Sea Pines.

Steve Wilson

Hilton Head Heroes

Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head Island, sponsored by the Hunger Coalition of the Lowcountry, is grateful to the merchants of Main Street for sponsoring a concert to support both Backpack Buddies and the Deep Well Project.

A special thank you also to the band Deas Guyz for its support. Those in attendance opened their pockets to help Backpack Buddies in feeding the children in Hilton Head public elementary schools.

Another thank you goes out to the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head for providing a venue and help in distributing weekend food to the children attending their summer program.

Finally, thank you to All Saints Episcopal Church for choosing us to be a recipient of a 2015 Garden Tour grant.

Janet Weingarten

Hunger Coalition chairperson

Hilton Head Island

The Longest Day is an event established by the Alzheimer's Association to honor the strength and endurance of those living with Alzheimer's.

Earlier this year, I attended a Longest Day reception hosted by the Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaufort to honor caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. The ladies hosting this event showed incredible concern and support for me and other caregivers, leaving me touched.

They stressed that we are not alone and it's easy to feel alone and isolated when caring for a loved one with this disease. I would like to thank the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the church for hosting the reception and their help in increasing awareness about Alzheimer's.

Norma Hammons

St. Helena Island