Review Category : Lowcountry Social Diary

Your Invitation to the Ball

It’s the most anticipated invitation of the year—the annual Valentine Ball, the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s major fundraiser.  In order to get those invitations out in a timely manner for the February 7 black tie gala, 26 dedicated volunteers took the day off from Christmas shopping and holiday planning in order to hand address over a thousand envelopes at the home of co-chair, Ryan Christian.

Tickets to the Valentine Ball start at $150 per person and may be purchased online by visiting www.valentineball.org or by calling (843) 522-5774. In order to be included on the guest list for one of the 50 private dinner parties that serve as the warm-up for the main event, be sure to RSVP by January 15.

The fundraiser will begin with the dinner parties, followed at 9 p.m. by the gala to be held at the Beaufort Memorial Medical & Administrative Center (BMAC) on Ribaut Road across from the main hospital campus. At the ball, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy decadent desserts and coffee, dance to live music and participate in a silent auction.

Proceeds from the 2015 event will help pay for the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit from eight to twelve beds. Other improvements will include state-of-the-art cardiac and invasive monitors, lift equipment, special ICU beds and thoughtfully designed family consultation and waiting rooms.

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Reception honors Beer

Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling held a reception at his home on Sunday, Dec. 7, for outgoing City Councilwoman Donnie Beer in recognition of all the hard work and service she has given the community. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Donnie Beer, center, served as a Beaufort City Council member for many years.

Donnie Beer, center, served as a Beaufort City Council member for many years.

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A doubly special day

A 60th birthday celebration for Dusty Conner turned into a surprise wedding when he and Brad Ballington were married Saturday night, December 6, at the Coosaw Point River Club. Officiated by Beaufort City Councilman Mike McFee, the couple’s marriage was witnessed by about 75 of their closest friends and family members. Guests arrived from as far away as New York, and all were encouraged to dress in white for the themed birthday party. The Sweet Grass Angels performed, and a special birthday song was written and performed by friend Corrie Frohnapfel. Photos by Captured Moments Photography.

City Councilman Mike McFee officiates the wedding between Dusty Conner, left, and Brad Ballington, right.

City Councilman Mike McFee officiates the wedding between Dusty Conner, left, and Brad Ballington, right.

All the guests dressed in white at the celebration for Dusty Conner and Brad Ballington.

All the guests dressed in white at the celebration for Dusty Conner and Brad Ballington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dusty Conner and Brad Ballington

Dusty Conner and Brad Ballington

 

 

Corrie Frohnapfel, left, plays guitar and performs a special birthday song for her friend Dusty, who turned 60.

Corrie Frohnapfel, left, plays guitar and performs a special birthday song for her friend Dusty, who turned 60.

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Don’t let a disability, or the weather, keep you off the golf course

It was it cold last Saturday, Nov. 8, but that didn’t stop 13 dedicated Adaptive Golf participants who braved the “polar vortex” at the Legends of Parris Island. In spite of the 37-degree morning, the PGA instructors had a lot of activities for the participants, and temperatures did get into the 50s by the time they finished 18 holes.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Legends at Parris Island host the free event on the third Saturday of each month to introduce individuals with physical disabilities to techniques and equipment they can use to enjoy the game of golf and the therapeutic benefits it offers.

The next Adaptive Golf event will be held Dec. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information or to register, contact either physical therapist Steve Giammona at 843-522-5850 or Sgiammona@bmhsc.org, or PGA professional Andy Hinson at 843-228-2240 or hinsonca@usmc-mccs.org.

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‘Novel’ event features wine, food, artists, authors

The Second Annual “Novel” Wine Tasting, Arts, and Literary Festival was held on Saturday, October 25, at September Oaks Vineyards in Ridgeland. September Oaks is owned by Grady and Evie Woods, and managed by Ted and Louisa Videki. The festival was founded by Beaufort authors Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier. This year’s special guest was Miss South Carolina 2014 Lanie Hudson.

Gorgeous weather last weekend drew crowds to the Second Annual “Novel” Wine Tasting, Arts and Literary Festival at September Oaks Winery in Ridgeland, SC. Photos by Captured Moments.

Gorgeous weather last weekend drew crowds to the Second Annual “Novel” Wine Tasting, Arts and Literary Festival at September Oaks Winery in Ridgeland, SC. Photos by Captured Moments.

Gannon and Williams-Barnier are also contracted authors under PDMI Publishing of Albertville, Alabama. They began the Festival last year as a local venue for local authors, new and veteran, to meet the public and make new friends and fans. This year the Festival was expanded to add creative arts and music. As a result, over 70 authors and artists from not only Beaufort and Jasper counties but from across the state and the eastern half of the United States set up booths on the winery’s main public grounds between rows of grapevines.

Saturday’s festival brought in approximately 1,000 visitors to meet authors, painters, photographers, artists who create works by using wood or metal or glass or gems, historic re-enactors, musicians, chefs, and more, and especially to participate in wine tastings within the September Oaks winery. Teenage classic violinist Murphey Alexandra from Lexington serenaded customers who relaxed in the outdoor room of the winery and banjoist Maggie Rogers of Beaufort performed a variety of songs at the main stage gazebo.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Charles Jones Colcock Camp 2100 of Ridgeland not only participated in the living history on the grounds but also sold lunches to festival attendees. The 54th Massachusetts Regiment Company 1 of Charleston joined in the living history and regaled the audience with stories.

For more information, visit www.jandcwordsmiths.com or www.septemberoaks.com.

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Tim Johnston, local author

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Beaufort Academy celebrates with Golden Gala

What a fantastic evening for the BA family!  Beaufort Academy sparkled at the Golden Gala, on Saturday, October 18, which was filled with stories and memories from alumni speakers.  They were sentimental, thankful, informative — and, let’s be honest, hilarious! What a night to be an Eagle.

BA’s 50th school year is a time for reflection as well as for planning for the future. The Golden Gala was not only filled with alumni, parents of alumni, and former faculty, board members, and headmasters, but also current parents, faculty, board members, and the new headmaster.  It was an evening of telling tales of the “Then”, hearing hopes and dreams from the “Now”, and planning for the “Always.”

Event co-chairs Jodi Bush Miller, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aimar Jr.

Event co-chairs Jodi Bush Miller, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aimar Jr.

The evening kicked off with a warm welcome from event co-chairs Charles Aimar, Jr. (BA ‘80) and Jodie Bush Miller (BA ‘97). It was then turned over to the MC for the evening, Bob Bundy (BA ‘94), who in turn introduced the pairs of speakers, respectively: Ricky Akers (’81) and Robert Trask (’81), Ginny Meeks Fowler (’87) and Sydney Meeks Shuman (’89), and Colin Crumpton (’04) and Bill Dalton (faculty since ’94 and current parent). Headmaster Stephen Schools introduced an inspiring video featuring current BA students, and then turned it over to Garrett Wreden (’01).  Garrett is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees, as well as the Co-Chair (with Bill Hatcher) of the Capital Campaign, which he unveiled at the end of the Golden Gala. The campaign for these exciting changes and additions will be introduced publicly soon.

The evening, complete with a multi-course meal and set in a gym transformed into an elegant black tie setting, ended in perfect birthday fashion with the cutting of a 50th School Year cake by Stephen Schools and the special guest speakers.

Beaufort Academy is especially grateful to:

Alumni cheer

Alumni cheer

Event Co-Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aimar Jr. and Ms. Jodie Bush Miller.

Supporting Vendors: Amazing Events, Burris Family; Artistic Endeavors, Tei Tober and Priscilla Trask; Bill’s Liquor and Fine Wines, Massalon Family; Brown Sugar Custom Cakes; Coleman Creative Design Studio, Louise Coleman; JLK Events, Liz and Jamie Bodie; Plum Productions, Jodie Miller; Saltus River Grill, Lantz Price; and Michael Jones, Vick Varner.

Speakers: Ricky Akers, Bob Bundy, Colin Crumpton, Bill Dalton, Sydney Meeks Fowler, Ginny Meeks Shuman, Robert Trask.

Volunteers: AMI Kids, Marjorie Gray, Gracie Guest, Michelle Hiers, Tracey Hines,  Anne Lindsay, Wendi Lynn, Maggie Mitchell, Julie Musselman, Ellen Nicks, Virginia Rhodes, Shannon Roberts, Laura Roddey, Christy Schools, Vivi Verity, Alice and Carl Young.

Speakers Ginny Meeks Shuman and Sydney Meeks Fowler

Speakers Ginny Meeks Shuman and Sydney Meeks Fowler

MC Bob Bundy

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Fripp for a Cure features golf, Glover and goodwill

This year’s FRIPP FOR A CURE was especially exciting.  After a tremendously successful “Las-Vegas style” golf scramble on Tuesday, October 14, islanders welcomed back “their own” Candice Glover. Sunday evening’s performance by Glover, 2013 American Idol Winner and a former Fripp Island Excursions employee, was the culmination of months of planning and the perfect finale to the week’s activities.

Beaufort Memorial President & CEO Rick Toomey, Foundation Executive Director Alice Moss and Foundation Senior Associate Brenda Molony are presented a check by special guest Candice Glover, representing the proceeds from this year’s Fripp for a Cure. Glover’s Sunday evening concert at the Fripp Island Beach Club was the highlight of the annual fundraising event.

Beaufort Memorial President & CEO Rick Toomey, Foundation Executive Director Alice Moss and Foundation Senior Associate Brenda Molony are presented a check by special guest Candice Glover, representing the proceeds from this year’s Fripp for a Cure. Glover’s Sunday evening concert at the Fripp Island Beach Club was the highlight of the annual fundraising event.

This year’s co-chairs Anne Hoyle and Diane McGarry couldn’t have been more pleased. Although contributions are still being tallied, the event has already raised over $55,000 for the Beaufort Memorial Keyserling Cancer Center — a cause that is near and dear to the community’s heart.

“Each year we are reminded just how special and generous the people are that live on Fripp Island,” said event co-founder Bev Fineis.

Co-founder Chris Assaf remembers when a friend on Fripp was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.  She and several others took turns driving their neighbor to daily radiation treatments in Savannah.  And as they drove down Ribaut Road, her friend pointed wistfully to the Keyserling Cancer Center in Port Royal — under construction at the time — and said, “If they were open now, I could go there.”

That’s when Assaf realized what a difference the Keyserling Cancer Center would make in the lives of people who live in this community. It’s hard enough to fight cancer without a three-hour daily commute for treatment.

At the same time, the Fripp Island Women’s Golf Association was holding their annual charity golf tournament.  As that event grew in scale, Assaf and Fineis proposed changing the name to FRIPP FOR A CURE and designating the Keyserling Cancer Center as the beneficiary.

And what a difference that has made. In the last five years, FRIPP FOR A CURE has raised nearly $200,000 for the Keyserling Cancer Center.  These donations have helped continue the Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Rich Assaf and Rick Toomey with 2014 co-chairperson Diane McGarry.

Rich Assaf and Rick Toomey with 2014 co-chairperson Diane McGarry.

Foundation’s tradition of underwriting at least half of all building, equipment and enhancements to the eight-year-old facility.

“Fripp for a Cure has jump-started the accumulation of funds we will need to keep the Foundation’s half of the bargain,” said BMH Foundation Executive Director Alice Moss, noting that the need for significant equipment replacement and expansion are inevitable in the not-too-distant future.

“We are in awe of the passion and the effort put forth by our Fripp Island friends to make such a significant impact,” said Moss. “Their efforts will help Beaufort Memorial to continue to use the very latest technologies and provide the very best care for our cancer patients.”

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Shark Tooth Fairy creates fun scavenger hunt

By Bob Sofaly

Thousands of people crammed onto a tiny spit of beach at high tide last Saturday, Oct. 11 at The Sands in Port Royal to wait for Mike Harris, the Shark Tooth Fairy, to drop about a half a ton of shark teeth and other fossilized bones back into the water to be found. Harris, a Port Royal resident, and a few friends sprinkled the artifacts into the water then let the public go after them. Some folks were very deliberate in their search and came equipped with buckets for their finds. Others were just out to have some fun in the sun on a beautiful October day. Whatever their reasons, most came away with something in hand, and a chance to play in the water one more time before fall weather sets in for good.

This little guy, equipped with a plastic bag, peers into the water as he looks for shark’s teeth at The Sands in Port Royal.

This little guy, equipped with a plastic bag, peers into the water as he looks for shark’s teeth at The Sands in Port Royal.

 

Jeremy Wahman-Gargo, 9, shows off some of his shark teeth found on Saturday at The Sands in Port Royal.

Jeremy Wahman-Gargo, 9, shows off some of his shark teeth found on Saturday at The Sands in Port Royal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elle Bougan, 7, found it was more fun to play in the water with the colander than sift for shark teeth, but she did find a few small teeth.

Elle Bougan, 7, found it was more fun to play in the water with the colander than sift for shark teeth, but she did find a few small teeth.

Mike Harris, the Shark Tooth Fairy of Port Royal, displays one of the many fossilized teeth he gave away. Harris re-deposited teeth and other fossilized artifacts along the beach of The Sands in Port Royal for other people to find.

Mike Harris, the Shark Tooth Fairy of Port Royal, displays one of the many fossilized teeth he gave away. Harris re-deposited teeth and other fossilized artifacts along the beach of The Sands in Port Royal for other people to find.

 

 

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‘Best Picnic’ prize

Last weekend at the Annual Rotary Charity for Polo held at Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton, the Dataw Island table took first place for Best Picnic.

The award-winning team, from left to right: Ron Jacobs, Donna Klein, Bob Welborn, Kathy Welborn, Jayne Krebs and Bill Krebs.

The award-winning team, from left to right: Ron Jacobs, Donna Klein, Bob Welborn, Kathy Welborn, Jayne Krebs and Bill Krebs.

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Beaufort Shrimp Fest blessed by beautiful weather

By Pamela Brownstein

Last weekend marked the 20th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival sponsored by Main Street Beaufort, USA. Although the Friday night concert saw rain, the show still went on and a dedicated crowd enjoyed the live music.

But by Saturday morning, the rain had cleared and beautiful blue skies and cooler temps blessed runners at the Shrimp Fest 5K. The gorgeous weather last all day and Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park was packed with families and community members listening to music, touring shrimp boats, playing in the children’s activity

People of all ages participated in Saturday’s Shrimp Festival 5K. Here, runners make their way over the Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge toward the finish line on Bay Street. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

People of all ages participated in Saturday’s Shrimp Festival 5K. Here, runners make their way over the Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge toward the finish line on Bay Street. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

area, taking part in the Rotary Adopt-A-Shrimp Race, and most of all eating the delicious food offered by local restaurants. Of course, shrimp was the featured ingredient, and there were so many tasty and creative dishes. Here are some of the winners:

BOOTH DECORATION

Tie for Second place: Foolish Frog and Southern Graces

1st Place: Sea Eagle Market

BEST SHRIMP DISH

3rd Place: Sea Eagle Market

2nd Place: Gilligan’s

1st Place: Southern Graces

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

3rd Place: Sea Eagle

2nd Place: Emily’s

1st place: Foolish Frog

SILVER CUP

3rd Place: Foolish Frog

2nd Place: Sea Eagle

The winner of the 2014 Beaufort Shrimp Festival Silver Cup is Southern Graces.

Young runners wait for their trophies after the Beaufort Shrimp Fest 5K last Saturday, Oct. 4. Photo by Captured Moments.

Young runners wait for their trophies after the Beaufort Shrimp Fest 5K last Saturday, Oct. 4. Photo by Captured Moments.

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