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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY AWARDS MORE THAN $345,000 IN GRANTS TO LOWCOUNTRY NONPROFITS
In its first competitive grant cycle of the 2022 fiscal year, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry awarded $345,401 in grants to seven nonprofit organizations. The funds were awarded to Hilton Head Island Deep Well Project ($122,300); Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity ($85,000); Mental Health America of Beaufort/Jasper ($18,351); Programs for Exceptional People ($18,000); Second Founding of America (formerly Reconstruction Beaufort) ($30,150); Second Helpings ($12,000); and Volunteers in Medicine ($59,600).

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND CITIZENS RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Karen Bittman, Carol Clemens, Mike Kelly and Mike Rudy received the Hilton Head Island Mayor’s Honored Islander Award in recognition of their service and contributions to community organizations.

“Our community is filled with amazing residents who unselfishly give back to help our organizations and others who live here,” said Hilton Head Island Mayor John McCann.

Bittman has been a volunteer with the Deep Well Project and participates in the All Saints Church Garden Tour; For 15 years, Clemens has been tutoring Hispanic children at the Boys and Girls Club and serving as an interpreter for Hispanic patients at Volunteers in Medicine; For more than 30 years, Kelly has cooked food sold at sports concession stands for the Hilton Head Gator football program. He also built a concession stand at a local high school; Rudy volunteers with the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. He spearheads the organization’s annual spaghetti dinner and golf tournament.

BORASKY’S CIRCUS RAISES FUNDS FOR POCKETS FULL OF SUNSHINE
Local golf group Borasky’s Circus donated proceeds from its golf tournament to Pockets Full of Sunshine. The event, which featured 48 participants, was held at Dolphin Head Golf Club (with lunch provided by New York City Pizza). More than $5,000 was raised. “ community connection ”

HILTON HEAD PLANTATION CRAFTERS RAISE MONEY FOR HOSPICE CARE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Hilton Head Plantation Crafters hosted its 26th crafting and bake sale to benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. The event generated over $16,000 in donations. The crafters began in 1980, and in 1995 Hilton Head Plantation Crafters partnered with Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and began holding annual craft and bake sales with all proceeds supporting the nonprofit organization. To date, these combined sales have generated over $260,000 in donations to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. To learn more about Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, visit to hospicecarelc.org.

SEA PINES RESORT ADDS PICKLEBALL COURTS
Six pickleball courts are part of the racquet sports’ offerings at Hilton Head’s Sea Pines Resort. Courts are available to resort guests and non-guests. Pickleball had a 650% increase in participation over the past six years, according to the USA Pickleball Association.

NEW EXHIBIT HONORS TENNIS LEGEND STAN SMITH
The Smith Stearns Tennis Academy is honoring Stan Smith’s illustrious tennis career and leadership. Staff members of the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy, in collaboration with the staff at The Shops at Sea Pines Center, created the Stan Smith Exhibit. Learn about highlights of Smith’s professional career, which made him a tennis legend on and off court and for Hilton Head Island. Smith won the U.S. Open Championship in 1971 and Wimbledon Championship in 1972.

HILTON HEAD SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY
TidePointe, A Vi Community, a Hilton Head-based senior living community, celebrated 25 years of operation in October. The celebration at TidePointe’s clubhouse featured a tapas presentation and entertainment by local jazz band, The John Brackett Trio. Two residents — one of whom is 101 years old — and four staff members were recognized for their 25 years with the community.

FOUNDATION AWARDS 19 GRANTS TO TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS
The Foundation for Educational Excellence awarded 13 Innovative Teacher Grants and six School Resource Grants to teachers across Beaufort County from 14 different schools. The grants totaled more than $26,000. This year’s learning projects range from producing a musical to creating a South Carolina fence garden and from cooking classes for Special Education high school students to a composting program at Bluffton Elementary School. For a list of all winners, visit foundationedexcellence.com.

WAHHI CELEBRATES RESILIENCE IN THE ARTS
The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island held its first indoor luncheon in two years on Dec. 9 at the Sonesta Hotel to celebrate “resilience in the arts” with a panel discussion that took the members behind the scenes to learn how live performances have survived and now thrives in the new normal. The panelists included Myla Lerner, Tony Award winning Broadway Producer and the President of the Board of the Lean Ensemble Theater in Hilton Head; Ron Tucker, President and CEO of the Beaufort Film Society; and Jordan Ross, Captain of Live Acoustical Taming and Talent Acquisition at the Roasting Room in Bluffton. Robyn Zimmerman, WHHI-TV host, moderated the panel. Women also donated over 200 toys for The Children’s Center and Bluffton Self Help.

LOW COUNTRY KAPPA DELTA AND SIGMA CHI ALUMNI CHAPTERS TO HOST BEACH WALK TO BENEFIT CAPA
The Low Country Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter and the Hilton Head Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter are hosting a benefit Beach Walk starting at 10 a.m. March 19 at Coligny Beach Park on Hilton Head Island. The Beach Walk will be followed by an optional, socially-distant picnic at Lowcountry Celebration Park. A minimum donation of $10 per person is suggested. All donations will benefit CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association) of Beaufort. For more, call 843-384-4612.