Review Category : Lowcountry Social Diary

Prom Night 2015 benefits HELP of Beaufort

Enjoy these photos from the recent HELP of Beaufort called Happy Days For HELP Prom Night 2015. HELP offers clothing assistance, family assistance, mobile meals, financial assistance, and more to more than 8,000 local residents. Since photos don’t lie, lots of fun was had at their annual fundraiser. There are many ways for you to Help HELP. From volunteering, to donating household items they need, to running a fundraising drive.
It all helps. Thank you to everyone who came out and made Prom Night 2015 such a success.

Photos by Captured Moments Photography

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Refreshments, fun company & wonderful local shops

Island Girls Night Out was hosted by Thibault Gallery, the Craftseller, Greenfish Gallery & Monkey’s Uncle!  Held in conjunction with First Friday, there were yet again wonderful door prizes and fabulous libations along with yummy treats!!!!  Thank you to all who came out share in the event once again.

Ever hear “I never win door prizes or raffles” from your friend? Well, 15 lucky ladies shattered that myth during the Island Girls Night Out. Here are the winners and the wonderful stores that provided truly wonderful gifts:

It’s Me, Beautiful Fashion Scarf to Debbie Slazyk
Monkeys Uncle T-Shirt and Monkey’s Uncle Gift Certificate to Jane Webb
Thibault Gallery, 4 wine glasses to Gina Allen
Land’s End Kayak Tours and Bike Rentals, Gift Certificate to Christine Devine
The Kitchen, Gift Certificate to Charlotte Nelson
Guys and Dolls, Hair Cut Gift Certificate to Megan Love
Fabulous Girl Boutique, Gift Certificate to Linda Self
Salt, Johnathan Green Calendar to Theresa Kanlyn
Coastal Carolina Rei-ta, Gift Certificate session to Nancy Steeve
Surrey Up, 1 hr. Pedal Gift Certificate session to Jeamie Blomquist
Low Country Store, Gift Certificate session to Glenda Stecki
Yoga with Glenda, Gift Certificate session to Nancy McHale
Greenfish, Gift Certificate session to Susan Rushton
The Craftseller, Gift Certificate session to Caroline Carmody
Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, Gift Certificate session to Judy Klawe

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Bands, Brews and BBQ a success!

Despite the cold weather, Bands, Brews and BBQ continued to be a great success for Friends of Caroline Hospice. 26 cook teams, more than 200 volunteers, 100+ judges, and 20+ sponsors and staff all came together to make it happen.

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Third annual CODA Run for Love

More than 200 runners and walkers braved the chilly air on Saturday to help raise money during the Citizens Opposed to Domestic Violence’s 3rd annual Race For Love on Cat Island. According to Kirstin Dubrowski, executive director for CODA, between $8,000-$10,000 was raised through the run and some very generous sponsors, including Eugene Rugala and Associates in Beaufort and Coral Resorts on Hilton Head Island. Also on hand to help with the festivities was Ron Parker, defensive back for Kansas City Chiefs. Parker was a stand out athlete at Beaufort High School in 2005.

Photos by Bob Sofaly

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Mardis Gras benefit for HELP of Beaufort

Approximately 100 people gathered at  a Mardi Gras party hosted at Old Bull Tavern this week to raise funds for “HELP of Beaufort”.  Mardi Gras costumes with masks and beads were sported by attendees.  The band “The Bull Grapes” played zydeco and Mardi Gras music.  A Kazoo parade marched around the parking lot!  Canned goods, pantry staples and cash were donated.

Photos by Eric Smith

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Cupid hits the bullseye with new ICU

The 26th Annual Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Annual Valentine Ball was a smashing success! Over 600 people attended this year’s black tie fundraising event which was chaired by Dr. Andy and Laura Beall and Dr. D.J. and Ryan Christian (Ryan).  The “Winter Garden” theme had the second floor of the LifeFit building sparkling, and the 17 South band kept the dance floor full to the end! Since its inception in 1990, the Valentine Ball has raised nearly $4.5 million for the not-for-profit hospital. Proceeds from this year’s event will help finance the renovation and much-needed expansion of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the second floor of the hospital.  The new unit will be able to accommodate 50% more patients, equipped with state-of-the-art cardiac monitors, lift equipment, and special ICU beds.  It will also include thoughtfully designed family consultation and waiting rooms.

Photos by Bob Sofaly and Paul Nurnberg

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Chilly Bean 5k/10k race and Chili Cook-off

The second annual Chilly Bean Run and Chili Cookoff was held this weekend at Coosaw Point neighborhood on Ladys Island, Beaufort. Organized by the Parents Association of Beaufort Academy and always held on the Saturday of Superbowl Weekend, the Chilly Bean Run started off at 10:30 Saturday morning, followed by a Chili Cookoff after party featuring live music from the Bull Grapes. The event benefits The Bee Cause Project, whose mission it is to “stimulate curiosity in young people about the importance of honey bees in our lives and the need to understand and embrace them and to care about their well-being through the installation of bee hives in 1,000 schools.”

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Valentine Ball Kick Off Party

The Beaufort Memorial Foundation honored many of its major supporters at the annual “Valentine Ball kick-off” party last week. Hosted by the hospital as its way of thanking the committee chairs and dinner party hosts who enable the ball to be so successful year after year, the event was held in the brand new home of Drs. Jennifer Wallace and Aaron Sarathy. Amy Geier and Jessica Long headed the committee that planned the party, always a culinary extravaganza featuring an extraordinary “live buffet” where most items are prepared on-site by the hospital’s food services staff under the direction of Executive Chef Eric Sayers. Guests always ask who catered the event – and are astonished to learn that it’s the hospital itself.

The 2015 Valentine Ball will be held next Saturday, February 7 at the hospital’s Medical & Administrative Center across from the main campus. For more information visit

Among those attending this year’s kick-off party:

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Beaufort Film Society wine dinner

The Beaufort Film Society hosted its annual wine dinner at Saltus River Grill on Thursday, January 22 to unofficially kick off the 9th annual Beaufort International Film Festival, which will be held February 11-14. For a schedule of film screenings, please visit Photos courtesy of Susan DeLoach Photography.

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A Masquerade on New Year’s Eve

A Starry Night, Masquerade Ball was held at The Shed in Port Royal on December 31st for COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association) in honor of Jessica Mattson, a Beaufort-area woman who had a double lung transplant. 36-year-old Jessica Mattson received a double lung transplant at MUSC in Charleston, SC. Funds were raised to assist with transplant-related expenses. Photos courtesy of Susan DeLoach Photography.

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