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The Bluffton Book Festival, which annually aims to raise literacy levels in the Southeast, has gone virtual this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release. 

The festival’s fifth year will include 11 virtual events featuring bestselling authors. The event will move from its normal three-day schedule to a format with events taking place between Sept. 17 and Nov. 21. 

lightThe University of South Carolina Beaufort is celebrating the success of Theodora (Tedi) Light, who is the first USCB student to receive a Fulbright Student Award. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects abroad. Light (Class of 2020, B.A. in History and Spanish) will spend five to seven months in Spain researching the enslavement of indigenous people along the coast of La Florida in the 16th century.

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ALL SAINTS GARDEN TOUR 2020 CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHARITIES

Despite cancelling its May 2020 Garden Tour, the All Saints Garden Tour still made contributions to six charities. Twenty-four sponsors contributed $5,425. Fifteen people who purchased their tickets early contributed $700, and donations from parishioners and friends of All Saints contributed $4,900.

Thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals, the board contributed $1,870 to Family Promise of Beaufort Co., Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour, The Hunger Coalition of the Low Country (HHI Backpack Buddies), Antioch Educational Center (Jasper Co. Backpack Buddies), Crossroads Community Support Services (BackPack Buddies of Bluffton), and St. Stephens UMC Outreach Foodbank.

Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head become the youngest champion of the 89th South Carolina Amateur Championship. Griz, 16, shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round at Columbia Country Club. He finished 14-under par for the tournament. Griz is committed to compete in college at the University of Alabama.  

Scott F. Wierman has been named president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. He will start effective Jan. 1, 2021. Wierman is currently president of The Winston-Salem Foundation in North Carolina and will continue in that role until late fall of 2020. Wierman will replace Jackie Rosswurm, PhD, who has served as interim president and CEO since April. Wierman joined The Winston-Salem Foundation as senior vice president for donor services in 1988 and was named president in 1997.

Danielle Adams of Coastal Carolina Hospital has earned the Daisy RN Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Adams began her nursing career at Coastal Carolina Hospital in June 2018. She works in the Medical-Surgical Unit. Adams was nominated for the award by her colleagues. 

The Town of Hilton Head was awarded more than $378,000 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist low- and moderate-income families affected by COVID-19. The funds are specifically earmarked to address the prevention, preparation, response and recovery efforts related to COVID-19. To receive funds, the town submitted its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program, which HUD accepted. 

The Lutzie 43K Virtual 5K, part of the Town of Bluffton’s distracted driving campaign, raised more than $4,700. Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka accepted checks from the Kiwanis Club of Bluffton and CrossFit843 for donations collected in conjunction with the event. The Kiwanis Club of Bluffton presented a check for $2,535, and CrossFit843 presented a check for $1,000. The Mike Hostilo Law Firm contributed to the overall donations by advertising and promoting the event. 

The Beaufort County School District will temporarily adopt a full-virtual educational model when the school year begins Sept. 8. Superintendent Frank Rodriguez said the decision is in response to the rise in coronavirus cases. Rodriguez said he hopes to return to face-to-face instruction. “But before that can happen safely, conditions must be safer than they are today,” Rodriguez said in early August. The final day of classes is set for June 17.