COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT FOR PROJECT SAFE
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s board of directors voted to award a $500,000 multi-year grant to the Project SAFE fund. The Community Foundation is beginning a “Connect for Good” capital campaign to raise the remaining $2.5 million needed to complete the project by June 30, 2020. Project SAFE (Sewer Access For Everyone) is an initiative to provide grants for public sewer connections to qualified, low-income Hilton Head Island households that still rely on septic systems. Collaborating with the Town of Hilton Head Island and Hilton Head Public Service District, the Community Foundation is spearheading efforts to raise both awareness of the issue and the money needed to connect these homes.

WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPHY ANNOUNCES $83,000 IN GRANTS
Women in Philanthropy, a fund of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, announced grants recently totaling $83,000. Grants were awarded to five B aufort County nonprofit o ganizations that provide services to the local community that match this year’s grant theme: “Provide Safe Shelter for our Citizens: Crisis, Temporary and Permanent.” This amount tops the group’s 2015 grant total of $60,000 and is the largest in the history of the fund. Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity received a $50,000 grant toward a “Woman Build” Habitat home in The Glen section of Hilton Head Island. This home will be for a single woman and her family. Women in Philanthropy is proud to be the primary fund source for this home. The project will begin in September and is expected to take four to five months

Brantley and Michael KingNEW OWNERS TAKE OVER BILLY WOOD APPLIANCE
Brantley and Michael King are the new owners of Billy Wood Appliance. Both spent their high school years in the area and were graduates of Hilton Head High School. Brantley received her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and Michael from the University of Richmond. Mike went on to a 22 year career as a securities trader in Richmond, Baltimore and New York. The couple is happy to be back in the Lowcountry where they can share the lifestyle they knew and enjoyed with their three boys, aged 13, 17 and 19. 

ISLAND AMBASSADORUSCB PROGRAM CERTIFIES 500TH ISLAND AMBASSADOR

Congratulations to the USCB Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training on certifying its 500th Island Ambassador.  Island Ambassadors are certified upon completion of three seminars – Island Knowledge, Island Culture and Island Ecology.  The seminars educate the Ambassadors on the island’s rich history, vast amenities, diverse culture and natural treasures. Island Ambassadors provide quality guest experiences and ensure Hilton Head Island remains a world class vacation destination.

Deborah Lamp is the new owner of Flowers by Sue, a popular Hilton Head Island flower shop. Lamp makes the move after working 31 years in corporate America. The shop’s longtime staff has been retained. Find more information online at www.flowersbysue.com or by calling 843-842-8778.

New River Auto Mall congratulates fellow shareholder Ken Griffey Jr. on being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

From left; Coastal States Automotive Group Director of Facilities, Planning & Design Mary Kaye Peacock, Coastal States Automotive Group President & CEO Warner Peacock, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, and Coastal States Automotive Group shareholder Ken Griffey, Jr.

BARRY GINN MOVES TO RE/MAX ISLAND REALTY
You may see Ginn and his dog, Romeo (pictured) about town. They go everywhere together — the office, bank, shops and restaurants where the friendly, charismatic duo becomes the center of attention. A premiere real estate agent, Ginn has 34 years of real estate experience, including service to out-of-town buyers. He has streamlined the process of buying or selling a home through virtual tours, walkthroughs, texts, phone calls and email. Call him at 843-816-4029.

Don Ryan Center for Innovation Graduates Three Companies

Three companies have joined the growing list of graduates of The Don Ryan Center for Innovation and have launched businesses in the area.  A recent Graduation Ceremony at the Don Ryan Center for Innovation celebrated mobiPET, Page1 Media and Village Features – who have each  graduated from the new business accelerator program and are continuing to grow and expand their successful companies at locations throughout the region.

Engel Volkers

ENGEL & VÖLKERS OPENS FIRST SHOP IN LOWCOUNTRY
Engel & Völkers
, a European-based premium real estate brand, recently announced the opening of its first South Carolina shop, bringing the firm’s global network and exclusive level of service to residents of the Lowcountry. Rick Turner, who brings more than 40 years of experience in real estate, is the managing broker of the new shop and leads a team of eight experienced agents. Ken Hiatt joins Engel & Völkers as a Realtor, broker, buyer specialist, certified investor specialist and short sale/foreclosure specialist. Brenda Berry joins the team as an accomplished Realtor, broker and buyer specialist whose clients herald her as "the best Realtor in Beaufort."

HHIEDC ELECTS BOARD MEMBERS, OFFICERS FOR 2015-16

The Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation has re-elected Diana McKenzie and elected three new members to the organization’s board of directors. The four newly elected board members are McKenzie, Jeanne Antonuccio, Emily Johnson and Charles Sampson. The group also elected officers for the 2015-16 year. Elected for one-year terms are Maryann Bastnagel, Carlton Dallas, John Joseph and Steve Riley. HHIEDC acknowledges outgoing board chairman G. Thomas Upshaw and director Steve Carb for their service. The HHIEDC was incorporated by the Town of Hilton Head Island in June 2013 to help grow and diversify the Town of Hilton Head Island economy.  For more information, visit www.hhiedc.com.