In this issue, selfless love is celebrated in our profile of Sheila Rivera and Cyndi Addison, good friends and foster moms who have welcomed children in need into their homes and their hearts. Cynthia Gorski-Popiel's love of classical music led her to serve the International Piano Competition and The Performing Arts Consortium. For Carolyn Grant, Tom Barnwell Jr. and Emory Campbell, the love of the Lowcountry’s Gullah culture — of which they are part — led to collaboration on a very special new book called "Gullah Days: Hilton Head Islanders Before the Bridge." Read these extraordinary love stories inside.

At Monthly, we also love the Gullah Celebration — the monthlong tribute to Gullah history, culture, food, art, crafts, music and dance that happens on Hilton Head Island each February. Since 1996, the nonprofit Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association has showcased the island's rich Gullah heritage, and the Gullah Celebration has become a major draw for visitors from around the region. See our story for an update on what’s new at the event this year.