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South Carolina Yacht Club has set itself apart as a premiere, boutique club that provides opportunities for the entire family to socialize and make new, life-long friends. Its leading ladies, seen here, play a large role in creating that atmosphere.

1. THE LANDWORKS GROUP NAMES NEW PRESIDENT 

Shannon Boyles has been named president of The Landworks Group. A Hilton Head Island local, Boyles has more than 16 years of experience in the landscape industry. He previously held the position of sales and estimating at the Landworks Group.

HHIPC Pianist Illia Ovcharenko performs in support of his home country

BY VICKIE MCINTYRE | PHOTOS COURTESY THE FRENCH GUY STUDIO

The war in Ukraine seemed closer to home last month when 20-year-old Illia Ovcharenko, a native of Chernihiv, in northern Ukraine and only 110 miles from the Russian border, arrived for the 2022 Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

His host family, Van and Lauren Schwiebert of Hilton Head Plantation, wanted to welcome and support him. Apparently, their neighbors did too.

AMERICA’S BOATING CLUB HILTON HEAD, DAUFUSKIE ISLAND GULLAH HERITAGE SOCIETY PARTNER TO RESTORE GULLAH SITES

BY HILTON HEAD MONTHLY | PHOTOS SUPPLIED

America’s Boating Club Hilton Head has partnered with the Daufuskie Island Gullah Heritage Society to assist in the cleanup and restoration of Gullah historical sites on Daufuskie Island.

There are five Gullah cemeteries and multiple Gullah historic home sites on Daufuskie that need substantial amounts of work.

HHSO HOSTING ESTEEMED INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

BY AMY COYNE BREDESON | PHOTOS SUPPLIED 

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will host its 27th year of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition this month.

The prestigious piano competition features a three-year rotation of events — an adult competition for pianists 18–30 years old one year, a young artist competition for pianists 13-17 years old the next year, and the third year a festival showcasing past competition winners and other acclaimed pianists.

1. THE GREENERY WELCOMES NEW BRANCH MANAGER
Gary Ostroski has been named The Greenery’s branch manager at the Hilton Head Island Commercial branch. Ostroski will be responsible for the success of the Hilton Head Island Commercial business unit including business development, account management, people development and operational excellence. Ostroski has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from York College (Pa.) and an MBA from UMass-Amherst.

LOCAL FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO MAKE A NATIONAL IMPACT

BY AMY BARTLETT | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

When Jesse Spina was a pre-teen battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, his eye was on a prize bigger than his own struggles: “helping his friends from the hospital.”

COMPETITION DIRECTOR MONA HUFF RETIRING

BY AMY COYNE BREDESON | PHOTO BY RUTHE RITTERBECK

Before retiring and moving to the Lowcountry in 2006, Mona Huff taught high school math and worked as director of technology for a school district in New York. When she and her husband, Joe, moved south, Mona began volunteering with the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Just a few years later she became the competition director.