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Lady’s Island column omitted information

Why did the Island News edition of March 16-23 cut short Bill Rauch’s article: “Time to get out front of the pathways?”  

Was it because of space constraints, or did the city of Beaufort edit and shorten his article?

Several important topics on costs were omitted which require our attention:

• The projected cost of building the pathways and bike ways due to the high cost of right-of-way acquisition (tell Walmart to give up their road frontage). Also the cost of a stoplight at the recycling center for safe vehicle access. Or the weight and size restrictions of vehicles on the new Harbor Island bridge.

• The ongoing cost of additional county sheriff patrols as the traffic continues to increase and pedestrian and bike usage increases.

• The additional cost and increased manpower of first responders for the distressed bike riders and pedestrians, as well as frantic Walmart shoppers.

 These and other additional costs will fall to the county, since the city of Beaufort can’t even provide enforcement of the Woods Memorial Bridge restriction of “NO vehicles three axles or more,” or the speed on Carteret Street or the drivers who don’t move to the right lane at Craven Street to go straight.

I guess the meters at the only “Pay to Read Library” in the county, and the parking meters along Carteret Street must be generating enough revenue that other enforcement is no longer needed.

I am sure Mr. Rauch would have also included discussion as to why, with a larger population than the city of Beaufort, Lady’s Island has no medical facilities, no public library, no public parks, no adequate public schools, no post office, etc.

He also would point out that Lady’s Island has inadequate and unreliable electrical power, no natural gas service, limited potable water supply, and yet someone on the other side of the river has approval authority of all new housing developments and permitting. (Think infrastructure first)!

Last but not least, with all the traffic studies, surveys, proposed fixes, new roads, etc., to ease traffic problems, no one will man up and face the $50 million elephant (problem): the two-lane approach to a two-lane swing bridge that is failing and should be replaced with a four-lane road to a four-lane draw bridge with hourly openings only.

Maybe in future issues you will publish Mr. Rauch’s priority list of projects, their projected cost as well as estimated completion time frames so that he and Mayor Keyserling can safely ride their bicycles to Walmart and home again with all their purchases without incident.

Walter Quackenbush
Lady’s Island

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Contact your reps about business license program

You may have heard that a bill has been introduced in the SC House of Representatives that will have dramatic impacts on the way that municipalities operate their business license program. 

A conservative estimate indicates the impact on the city of Beaufort’s budget would be a shortfall of $1 million. The bill gives special exemptions to large corporations, while leaving local businesses and property owners to make up revenue shortfalls. 

We urge you to contact the sponsors of this bill and your local representatives, and express your opposition to this proposal.

For a fact sheet prepared by the Municipal Association of SC, visit bit.ly/2lkdwyL.

We urge you to contact the city’s state Rep. Shannon Erickson and express your concern about this bill and the impact it would have on your local government and small businesses. 

Erickson can be reached atshannonerickson@schouse.gov or 803-734-3261. 

We also suggest you share your thoughts with the city’s state Sen. Tom Davis at TomDavis@scsenate.gov or 803-212-6350. 

Please contact Kathy Todd, finance director, or me, with questions or for more information. 

I can be reached at landerson@cityofbeaufort.org. Todd can be reached at ktodd@cityofbeaufort.org.

Thank you for your support.

Libby Anderson
Planning Director
City of Beaufort

Lady’s Island growth needs long-term plans 

I attended the Lady’s Island Corridor Study meeting at Lady’s Island Middle School. I must say that I was a little more than surprised. 

First, the meeting was opened by the mayor of Beaufort. There was no statement by any official of Lady’s Island or Beaufort County. Are they just following and not leading? Do they not care? Is it a pre-gone conclusion that the prime areas of Lady’s Island have already been given the OK to annex by the city?   

Second, three different traffic proposals were made and each of them was based on a residential increase of only 1 percent per year between now and 2038. This was confirmed by the study presenter. 

Really??? Do we think that Walmart would spend millions on a new store for only a 1-percent population increase per year? If we do, then I feel sorry for the local businesses, because it means that most of Walmart’s business is going to be taken from them. 

While I believe that the proposals will provide some relief, it will be only short-term. The corridor study appears to be a shallow attempt to do something with minimal pain instead of providing a real comprehensive plan to get ahead of the situation and a real solution for the future growth of Lady’s Island. 

Let’s bite the bullet now rather than try and play catch-up over and over again.

John Stevenson
Newpoint, Lady’s Island

Robotics team needs financial support

On behalf of the Lady’s Island Middle School Robotics Team, I am writing this letter to request for your support. 

One of our teams has been selected to compete in the prestigious US Open Robotics Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in April 2017. Teams from all across the world are selected to participate in this unique event. 

The competition spans all ages with numerous competitions, allowing for our students to participate in a global educational experience.

Our robotics team, affectionately called “The Janitors,” has made great strides over the past few years working together to help build a quality robotics program at LIMS and the Lady’s Island Community. 

The program is important to us as a school, and is not only a curricular activity for our students but also an extra-curricular activity. 

Our robotics teams participate in numerous competitions throughout the year and consistently are recognized for their talents and dedication to the program. 

We are asking our local businesses to support our endeavors as we continue our efforts for a high quality, global technology program that strives to prepare our students for the future. 

Money raised through your sponsorship will go directly towards the cost of travel, meals and lodging for our students. With a $200 donation by March 15, we will include your business on our T-shirts. We welcome any donation.

Please consider making a contribution today. Checks may be made out to Lady’s Island Middle School and sent to Greg Hall, Lady’s Island Middle School, 30 Cougar Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907. 

Gregory Hall
Principal
Lady’s Island Middle School

Senator’s comments on ACA are misleading

The only reason Sen. Tim Scott can headline his misleading column (The Island News, Feb. 9) with “We are building a better healthcare system” is because citizens and medical care providers work hard at it, and because the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) beat him to it. 

The successes of the ACA are widely documented with testimonials about finally getting care despite pre-existing conditions, and in the numbers. The uninsured rate is down from 41 million people in 2013 to 28.5 million people in 2015. So there’s still work to do. 

Instead, in his editorial the senator continues on with complaints meant to mislead rather than heal. 

“President Obama’s mantra that if you liked your doctor you would keep them,” claims the senator. 

The ACA does not determine your network of providers, that is a business agreement between insurance companies and hospitals and doctors. 

Insurance companies, however, have been narrowing the networks as a way to save themselves money and water down the benefits we pay for out of our pockets and with our taxes. 

Insurance companies are furthermore often incapable of telling patients what is in and out of network, which leads to balance billing, cutting people off from specialists and delaying and interfering with medical decisions. These failures are also a major cause of bankruptcies. 

Scott complains about the costs of reform and healthcare in general. Yes, it’s really expensive, and yes, it would be more expensive now without the stewardship of proper reform, and yes, I agree, there’s room for improvement in the ACA. 

So let’s be positive about it instead of divisive, and forward-thinking instead of hissy-fitting. 

Healthcare is a best use of our tax dollars. South Carolina has awful, and awfully expensive, rates of diabetes, infant and maternal mortality and more. Then there’s security issues like Zika, ebola and mental illness and guns. Walls are nothing to bullets and germs. 

A sincerely managed healthcare system means a lot: that all children are healthy enough learn to the best of their abilities, and it means well-paying jobs, innovation and technology and hope. 

If healthcare was not tied to employment — because it doesn’t have to be — workers would have the freedom to choose jobs suited to their skills and ambitions, and employers would not be responsible for the profit margins of insurance companies. 

“In the Palmetto State,” Scott claims, “insurance companies have fled the marketplace exchange, and many of our constituents are left with only one option for healthcare.” 

This is true because Gov. Haley refused to expand Medicaid and grandfathered in the state health plan, essentially preventing taxpayers from shopping for their own insurance. 

She also spread the same “alternative facts” as Scott is now. 

Follow the money to BlueCross BlueShield. More significantly, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida turned off the Risk Corridor program of the ACA, which forced numerous insurance companies to close in South Carolina and nationally. Now, those insurance companies are successfully suing the federal government because a little man who wanted to be president needed to score some political points. In South Carolina, patients were cut off from their specialists mid treatment; the Post & Courier covered their stories well. 

Insurance companies and politicians are not patient-centered. Consumers are still getting ripped off. 

Keep in mind that the ACA is not for everyone. No one has to shop at marketplace.gov; it’s simply a resource for people who need or choose to. 

The “repeal and replace” plans are big, expensive, deliberate steps backwards, steps taken to personally profit certain politicians and the many middlemen known as insurance companies. 

As our new president tweets: Sad. 

Lisa Rentz
Beaufort

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Thanks to all who supported monument

That a group of local citizens supported by our representatives in Washington managed to get President Obama, in his final days in office, to designate four sites in Beaufort County as part of a national monument to Reconstruction is simply amazing.  

It brings to mind the following final portion of Edgar Albert Guest poem “It Couldn’t Be Done”

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

That “couldn’t be done” and you’ll do it.

To each individual who led the campaign, signed a petition or contacted an elected representative to allow it to happen, thank you. 

Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association

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County lags on reporting financial information

The Wall Street Journal (Jan. 30) reports “Earnings reports this week from more than 100 of Americas biggest companies —.”

This is just about a month after their fiscal year closed.

I checked the Beaufort County website the morning of Jan. 30. Still no annual financial report. The county fiscal year ended June 30. Seven months later and still no report.

Corporations get their reports out in around 30 days, while Beaufort County has had about 210 days without getting any report to the taxpaying public.

Who is managing county finance reporting?  Why does the Beaufort County Council ignore such problems? Its job is to set policy and then monitor compliance with policies.

Jim Bequette
St. Helena Island

TCL looks back on progress in 2016

The Technical College of the Lowcountry plays a critical role in the economic infrastructure of our region. Our mission of education and workforce development helps to sustain and drive our local economy.

It is my responsibility to ensure that the college not only keeps pace with current workforce demand but also anticipates the future workforce needs of our business and industry.

To that end, the college accomplished a lot in 2016. We launched the Automotive Technology program and significantly expanded our Aviation Maintenance and Structural Mechanics programs. These are important achievements, but we need to do more. I have four priorities for the college:

1. A Lowcountry Culinary Institute to train a much-needed culinary workforce.

2. A Regional Workforce Training Center to train local residents for jobs in the fast-emerging diversified manufacturing industry.

3. The expansion of our Health Science Programs to meet the exploding workforce needs of the healthcare industry.

4. TCL College Online to make it easier for working students and our military to earn a degree or career certification.

I believe in the human and economic potential of the Lowcountry. Community-based education and workforce training not only expands economic opportunity for our residents, but will do more to strengthen the local economy than anything else a state or local government can do.

By providing access to education and skilled trades training, TCL turns potential into reality for individuals, families and communities.

TCL is the community’s choice for career-oriented education and university transfer programs. We value access and inclusion and are committed to the success of our students and the communities we serve.

Technical College of the Lowcountry, our name says it all.

Dr. Richard J. Gough
TCL President

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Many unanswered questions on referendum

I have reviewed a copy of the referendum ballot that the Beaufort County School District wants the citizens to approve in November. This would enable collection of a 1 percent sales tax for a period of 10 years. Its purpose is to provide approximately $313 million for the district to spend on new buildings, modifications, major repairs, gifts and … ?.

They have provided a list of items without estimated costs identified to them. Prior cost sheets that were circulated indicate spending “needs” of $217 million. This would leave a major slush fund of just under $100 million dollars.

After the nepotism rule changes, admission of ethics failures by the superintendent, and failure of  any punitive action by the school board,  who in his or her right mind could vote to provide a million-dollar slush fund for this board and superintendent?

The board had discussed publicly many times about reducing the debt millage rate if this referendum is passed. There are no specifics in this referendum language except a meaningless broad statement concerning debt millage.

This document the board wants approved by voters is without equal in its lack of legal specifics. It does not even appear to have been prepared by a qualified attorney, but by someone who wanted details kept from the voters.

Jim Bequette
Retired CPA and major corporation financial executive
St. Helena Island (Dataw)

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Thank you Representative Mark Sanford

It caught my eye last week that Rep. Mark Sanford scored the highest in the delegation based on his votes related to reigning in government and spur economic growth from the Club for Growth…what also caught my eye is the fact that his opponent got an F from that same organization in the state house. It’s one thing to say you’re going to vote with the taxpayer in mind; it is quite another when a politician actually does so. And for that, I’d just like to say thank you, thank you for doing what you said you would do when we elected you…

Joseph S. Iaco
Okatie, SC

Huge thanks from AMIkids

Under blue skies with comfortable temperatures, several hundred people joined AMIkids Beaufort at Brays Island on May 7 for our Silver Anniversary Croquet Picnic. It was our pleasure to welcome as Grand Marshal State Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, who has helped our program immensely over the past two years.

Thanks to generous donations throughout the weekend, we raised more than $110,000 to directly benefit the at-risk young men we serve at our AMIkids Beaufort program. The money will be used for our welding program, which helps our young men earn certificates to help them find jobs.

We offer a special thank you to Brays Island, which for 25 years has generously shared part of their golf course and driving range for our croquet. We appreciate all our supporters – without you our croquet fundraiser never would have made it 25 years!

Jimmy Boozer
Chairman, AMIkids Beaufort Board of Trustees

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A huge thank you to the Bluffton community

The Bluffton Area Community Association and The Bluffton High Bobcat Baseball Team would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for ALL the LOVE and SUPPORT we received from those who gave their time, talent and monetary donations that made this 5th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt the best one ever.

It was held in the Bluffton High School baseball stadium and the rain held off and provided us gorgeous weather so the children could hunt all those plastic and hard boiled eggs. We would especially like to thank the Carolina Ballers AAU team for spreading out over 5000 eggs onto the baseball field and around the fence. In addition, we thank Mr. Bold Frazier for being our cook for the day and Mr. Jack Frost who provided free flavored Ice for the event.

There were loads of fun activities for the kids to win prizes: Tug –A-War, Hula Hoop Contest, Face Painting, and Sack Race, Egg Race and free food and drinks. Our grand finale was a visit from Mr. Peter Cotton Tail who took the time to take photos with the children.

We are truly thankful and grateful to the businesses, churches and individuals who supported this event. Without your contributions we would not be able to offer this event for our youth in the community so until next year we say “Thank you for a caring and sharing heart!”

Sharon Brown, Event Coordinator
Lenora Grayson, Board Member
Bryant Kitty, Bobcat Head Baseball Coach

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Close encounters with Conroy

For many years I worked at publications in Beaufort, and my job as editor of The Island News afforded me the opportunity to write about events that author Pat Conroy attended and to admire him and his literary talents from a close distance.

Author Pat Conroy, right, was taking a break from signing books to watch the Water Festival Parade along Bay Street in 2011.
Author Pat Conroy, right, was taking a break from signing books to watch the Water Festival Parade along Bay Street in 2011.

The news of his passing earlier this month saddened legions of fans across the nation who felt connected to this talented writer through his passionate prose and gift for storytelling. And as a Beaufortonian who experienced first-hand his role as a champion for the Lowcountry and our beautiful little town, I felt an intense sorrow too. But I recalled my encounters with him with sweet fondness.

My first memory of meeting Pat Conroy involved me covering a parade in downtown Beaufort for the paper. I was taking pictures of floats and families, and as I passed the locally owned McIntosh Book Store on Bay Street, I noticed a table set up outside. Conroy and fellow local author John Warley were signing books for enthusiastic passersby.

I lingered around, looking for a chance to take a photo, but Conroy got up to watch the parade. He was talking to the owner of the bookstore, and I debated whether to say something (and not sound like an idiot) and finally gathered the courage to introduce myself. He was friendly and personable and I still remember trying to contain that giddy feeling inside that was screaming: “PAT CONROY IS TALKING TO ME! HE EVEN READS OUR PAPER! DON’T FREAK OUT. JUST BE COOL!! THIS IS SO COOL!”

I asked to take a picture for the paper, and he willingly agreed and was pleasant. While this might sound like the anecdote of a star-struck young journalist — which, admittedly, it is — I would like to think of it as a testament to his character as someone who, despite his worldwide fame, was generous with his time and had a kindness and sense of humor that made him beloved by those who were fortunate enough to meet him, however brief.

While the contributions Pat Conroy provided to Beaufort — from supporting local artists to helping preserve the area’s natural environment — deserve recognition, my second story may pale in comparison to his lasting accomplishments, but it is intended only for comic relief.

Every week at The Island News, the staff would have lunch at a local eatery and then I would write about it in a column called “Lunch Bunch.” Among the many awesome restaurants in Beaufort, Griffin Market stands alone for its authentic northern Italian cuisine and an exceptional dining experience. It was well known that this was one of Pat Conroy’s favorite restaurants in town. He even wrote a lengthy article about it in another local publication; of course it was amazingly crafted and, really, what more publicity could a small business ask for than to have Pat Conroy not only vouch for, but heartily endorse, your restaurant?

Not long after his article ran, the Lunch Bunch was invited to dine at Griffin Market. As the person writing the review, I felt pressure for two reasons:

One, to try to accurately describe how seriously delicious and memorable the food is within a short amount of space.

And two, because pretty much the only other person who had written about that restaurant was Pat Conroy. The absurdity of this is not lost on me.

As if this pressure as a novice writer wasn’t enough, on the day we ate there, at a large table nearby sat Pat Conroy with a group of family and friends. It was a humorous predicament to be in: Small town newspaper editor and young mom (yes, I brought my 8-month-old daughter with me to this intimate, upscale restaurant) versus this best-selling author and iconic figure of the literary world. I have no illusions about comparing my article to his, but I still laugh when I think of the whole situation.

After hearing similar stories from friends and colleagues documenting memorable interactions with Pat Conroy, I hope the fact he was the source of so many treasured tales would make this master storyteller smile too.

 Pamela Brownstein

Is the sky really falling?

In preparation for the development of The Village at Oyster Bluff the property was clear cut of timber, Walmart, Harris Teeter, probably a Taco Bell and other similar businesses are coming to Lady’s Island.  Each of these will involve site preparation and to varying degrees the removal of trees and will impact traffic.  All of these projects are signs that growth, both commercial and residential, is returning to Lady’s Island and the Beaufort area.  Is life, as we who live on Lady’s Island presently enjoy it, doomed to extinction by this growth?

Before delivering a eulogy for our community perhaps we should pause and look at where we have been and what has been done in preparation for this and future growth.   For example, the present zoning for Lady’s Island was specifically designed for the island by the Community Preservation Committee and became law in 1999.  Over the next 15 years that zoning guided the construction of 1,511 new homes and the arrival of almost 4,000 new residents to the island. Lady’s Island was the fastest growing residential area in northern Beaufort County.  However, it was not the fastest growing commercial area due to sky rocketing prices of commercial property in the Village Center.

Today, zoning wise, the 14,000 acres of Lady’s Island is divided into 4 primary areas- 28% (4000 acres) is Community Preservation or residential (2 units per acre), 14% (2000 acres) is designated for existing Planned Unit Developments, 46% (6,500 acres) is Rural which allows one unit per 3 acres, 3% (451 acres) is commercial and 5% (over 700 acres) is under some form of conservation easement denying or limiting development.  This zoning will allow growth but even with the fastest rate of growth ever experienced on Lady’s Island it would take over 20 years for the island to reach anywhere near its capacity. Simply stated, the basic zoning that has been in place since 1999 has stood the test of intense residential growth. Can it be improved – certainly and should be in response to identified problem areas such as posed by the clear cutting of the Village of Oyster Bluff and the new Walmart site with its 20,000 truckloads of fill dirt. But the basic zoning of Lady’s Island has proven to be tested and valid.

The arrival of businesses such as Walmart and Harris Teeter on Lady’s Island is going to happen and with their arrival, regretfully, we will lose some forest and natural wildlife habitat. Walmart, Harris Teeter and other similar national commercial businesses are going to continue to be attracted to Lady’s Island by the 13,000 homes, with an average household income of $71,882, located within a 5 mile range of the commercial portion of the island.  As a result of these and similar demographics new businesses are going to seek to establish a presence on Lady’s Island. In most cases they will be allowed to do so, not because of incompetence on the part of planners or a lack of moral fiber on the part of elected officials, but rather for the simple fact that, as a general rule, we do not attempt to pick and choose which type of businesses may be established in the commercially designated portion of Lady’s Island.  However, we can establish better and more enforceable rules and regulations for such things as to what these new businesses will look like (design and style), where they can be located in regard to the road and amount of allowable impact on existing roads and the environment.

With this new interest in Lady’s Island by national retailers and developers we (county and City of Beaufort) are going to have to revisit the manner in which we authorize and permit the construction of their buildings and developments.   As H. G. Wells said “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.” What we have today that we did not have in the past is the fact that, thanks to the Northern Regional Plan, we no longer suffer from the annexation wars and the county and municipalities do work together on matters such as saving our natural assets while still allowing growth. In the effort to save and protect those qualities that make our community special we will lose battles (Walmart) which will require modification of existing ordinances to preclude future similar losses. But with the most tested zoning and regulations of any general area in northern Beaufort County, elected officials who communicate and work with each other, a municipality that will work with us and a community that strongly supports saving those qualities that make Lady’s Island special it is entirely too early to have discussions as to having reached the end of life, as we presently enjoy it, on Lady’s Island.  The sky is not really falling but growth is returning and we do have to adapt to the new challenges which this growth brings with it.

Jim Hicks
Chairman
Lady’s Island Community Preservation Committee

What’s in a name?

Whether it is called a Recycling Center or lovingly called the “Garbage Dump” it is what I found to be for me, and many others who visit this Lady’s Island location, a treasure.

Delores Nevils (left) at the Lady's Island Recycling Center/the "Garbage Dump."
Delores Nevils (left) at the Lady’s Island Recycling Center/the “Garbage Dump.”

Particularly for two ladies named GaGa and Snooks. They look forward to going there on the days when they go shopping.

When they get phone calls from people they know, they are asked “What’s going on in Beaufort?” They reply, “The most exciting thing going on is we’re going to the garbage dump where people of all colors and races talk to one another, exchanging coupons and recipes, and generally have a nice time together.”

The workers make sure that we go to the right bins for disposal. And we want to applaud these hard working, under-appreciated, county workers and let it be known that all good work should be respected and appreciated. And that GaGa and Snooks are not these ladies real names, but as they are serenaded by the music of jazz musicians playing among the discarded, the masquerade is over for GaGa and Snooks after these wonderful workers read this letter.

Delores Nevils
St. Helena Island

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PAL praises generosity of Lexus dealerships

Palmetto Animal League (PAL) is immensely grateful for a significant donation from Hilton Head Lexus/Chatham Parkway Lexus as a result of their December to Remember campaign. The dealership donated $100 to PAL for every new car sold or leased during December. PAL was thrilled to receive $3,900 from Hilton Head Lexus and $3,600 from Chatham Parkway Lexus.

Their generosity did not stop there. In 2015, Hilton Head Lexus also held a car wash/pet adoption event raising $440. In addition, they sponsored our annual charity golf tournament with a donation of $2,000, bringing their total contributions for the year to an astounding $9,940.

We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Hilton Head Lexus/Chatham Parkway Lexus and their dedication to improving the lives of the animals in our community. Their donations will allow PAL to provide vital care for hundreds of abandoned cats and dogs. Palmetto Animal League is a private, non-profit animal rescue organization that relies solely on donations, fundraising events and the PAL Thrift Store in Sheridan Park to give every animal a second chance at life. PAL also operates an Adoption Center and Community Clinic in Okatie where we provide all animals with food, water, shelter, veterinary care, emotional support, enrichment, socialization and much more as we prepare them to be adopted into a loving home.

The tremendous success of Hilton Head Lexus/Chatham Parkway Lexus’ fundraising efforts is a true testament to the caliber of this company as a whole. All of us at PAL, especially the animals, are grateful for the chance to be partnered with such an outstanding company.

Most sincerely,
Fred Liebert
Chairman of the Board
Palmetto Animal League

Thank you animal and art lovers for successful PAL fundraiser

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Palmetto Animal League’s 2nd Annual Artisans Fur Animals event on October 10, 2014 was a huge success thanks to our animal-loving community.  About 250 attended the event held at the Hilton Head Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram showroom at the New River Auto Mall and raised over $20,000 to support PAL’s No-Kill Adoption Center and Community Clinic located at Okaties’s  Riverwalk Business Park. 

The highlight of the evening was the live auction of 24 unique cat and dog sculptures created by SCAD Professor and Ceramicist, Jessica Broad.  Thank you to our compassionate and talented local artists who painted and decorated the sculptures : Doris Beedie, Barbara Bothwell, Jessica Broad, Clair Buckner, Chris Clayton, Art Cornell, Pam Davis, Jean Drake, Peggy Duncan, Peggy Ellis, Amiri Farris, Lynne Graham, Annabel Lee Hammet, Carmen Kayser, Georgina Kimbell, Dennis Lake, Candace Lovely,  Brooke and Mark Melko, Nancy Mitchell, Patti Moscowitz, Joyce Nagel, Lynne Patti, Mary Ann Putzier, Mary Segars, Marci Tressel and Glenda Watson.

We thank the artists who donated to the magnificent array of art, photography, sculpture and jewelry items that were sold in the silent auction as well as those who donated the beautiful  gift baskets. We are grateful to Gallery 95 Auction who donated their services for the live auction. The food was provided by Sigler’s Rotisserie and sweet treats were donated by Teresa Brandow of Stella Snacks and craft beer was donated  by River Dog Brewing Company.

Palmetto Animal League is especially grateful to the Sponsors who supported this event: Presenting Sponsor – Hilton Head Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram; Dream Maker Sponsor – Energy One America; Life Saver Sponsors – Beach Properties and Hull2 Planning Group of Raymond James; and Guardian Angel Sponsors – Gene & Ellen Schraeder and Mortgage Network.  Additional sponsor: Robinson Grant.

We want to thank the Hilton Head Art League for having the 24 sculptures displayed at the Walter Greer gallery at the Art Center 10 days prior to the event.  At a private preview party at the gallery, Two Tomatoes catering provided the food, and wine was donated by Saltus Grill.

The great success of this ambitious event would not have been possible without an army of volunteers and we thank them all.  We are particularly grateful for the time, effort and dedication of the three Co-Chairs: Barb Sommers, Silent Auction; Marilynn Glacken, Live Auction and Sculptures; and Linda Kehoe, Event Logistics; as well as PAL board members Pam Dyer and  Wendy Schlegel.

All of us at Palmetto Animal League, especially the animals, appreciate your attendance and the community support for this unique fundraiser.

Fred Liebert, Board Chairman, Palmetto Animal League

 
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