January 2013

Jan 2013: A Series of Fortunate Events


Politicians in Training
SERVPRO of Beaufort County recently presented a check to Bluffton High School’s Youth Government Class to help the class travel to Columbia, SC where they will participate in a statewide Model Legislature and Court Conference.

Alzheimer’s is Scary
On Friday, October 26th, Salon Karma opened its doors to their First Annual Salon Karma “Halloween Haunt” in an effort to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. The two-story salon located in the Promenade of Old Town Bluffton was decorated to the max and the team raised over $2000.

Happy Anniversary
Kathy Deringer, owner of Kathy’s Closet Consignment Boutique, celebrated her store’s one-year anniversary on December 8th, and looks forward to many more years of bringing uptown fashion to Old Town Bluffton.

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…
The Special Forces Association Parachute Team from Fort Bragg North Carolina jump-started the “Fore The Troops” benefit at Bear Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation on October 13th.

They are a team…at home and at work!
Kati Schroeder, formerly an educator for over 12 years, has recently joined her husband, Charlie Schroeder, at Foundation Realty as a Realtor.

A New Team Member
Master Stylist Christine Smith has joined House of Color salon in Bluffton. Christine is a certified colorist and Great Lengths extensionist, formally of Salon Karma

New Head Pro for Bear Creek Golf Club
Brett P. Heisler recently joined Bear Creek Golf Club as Head Golf Professional.

T’lene Sanders and her daughter, Sarah Sanders, opened Little Sprouts Christian Childcare Center located in Sheridan Commons near Jim ‘N Nicks Barbecue.

Way to Go Melody!
The designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) has been conferred upon Melody Graves, Personal Lines Account Executive of BB&T Carswell Insurance Services in Hilton Head SC, after successful completion of five, one-day courses covering all areas of insurance risks and exposures, followed by extensive examinations.

A New Hire
Refreshment Services of the Lowcountry is proud to announce and welcome Alison Kessler as the company’s new Director of Communications.

This past September, the generous community members of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island came together in an astonishing way to help care for its tiniest members by participating in the third annual Diaper Drive.

A New Venture
Hilton Head Properties(SM) announces its opening at 12 New Orleans Road across HWY 278 from the Village of Wexford. Broker-Owner, Robbie Bunting brings almost 30 years of experience as a REALTOR®. His accomplishments include the successful sell out of many communities on Hilton Head and Daufuskie. Bunting was previously licensed with Dunes Marketing Group for the last 26 years. Together with his assistant and a licensed REALTOR® Jane Hyers, they have worked together and under the same roof for over 8 years.

The Storybook Shoppe’s October Reader of the Month was Connor Campbell, who lives in Beaufort with his parents, Jacqueline and Steven Campbell.

Palmetto Sands Vacation Rentals announces a new Marketing Manager, Lisa Kunkle-Meyers.

New Team Members
The International Spa Institute, located near historic downtown Bluffton, is pleased to announce that Jeff Byington has joined the team as Director of Sales & Marketing and Lindsay Neese has joined the team as a Massage Therapy Instructor.

An Evening with our Stars
BY:Rebecca Edwards

“Help them follow their art.” That is the objective of Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, an organization established to support the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Like a well-performed piece of work, these words transformed into a compelling, emotional journey as SCGSAH President Dr. Bruce Halverson addressed Hilton Head Island residents during An Evening With Our Stars—a GSA Foundation event—and spoke about SCGSAH junior music student Nick Schrantz.

Schrantz, a gifted cello player with a bright future ahead of him, might not have ever realized his full potential musically if not for SCGSAH.

“After hearing about SCGSAH from a school representative speaking to his middle school class, Nick auditioned and was accepted to both of our Academy and Discovery summer programs,” says Halverson. “Now Nick is in his first year of our high school program. Thanks to the new experiences offered as an SCGSAH student, Nick expresses an interest in continuing his music studies in college and hopes to attend Harvard.”

As Schrantz tunes into his talent, so do the people that matter most to him.
“Nick had the opportunity to attend the Greenville Symphony Orchestra along with his mother, Brenda. It was the first time his mother had seen an orchestral concert,” said Halverson. As a result, Schrantz’s mother was more able to appreciate her son’s aspirations and better support him.

Halverson’s anecdote about Schrantz further enriched An Evening with Our Stars, a Lowcountry laden affair complete with southern hospitality and Spanish moss that raised over $80,000 for the GSA Foundation.

According to Halverson, GSA Foundation donors have made it possible for hundreds of students to participate in the school’s residential program, despite their family’s inability to pay the school’s fees. Approximately 30% of the students who attend the residential school and the summer programs apply for full or partial scholarships.

To learn more about SCGSAH, visit www.facebook.com/scgsah, www.scgsah.org, or www.gsafoundation.net.

New Team Members at PBA
Sabina Sister and Lori Padgett have recently joined Photography by Anne as a Photographer’s Assistant and 2nd Photographer for Weddings & Events.

Welcome to Hilton Head Island
Engard Real Estate Company is pleased to welcome Donna Lane as their property/office manager and sales assistant.

Happy Feet
Sandro Virag, owner/instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio and his nine-year-old protégé Gabriella Marshall, placed first in smooth (waltz, foxtrot, tango & Viennese waltz) and first in their Showcase number at the NC Classic Ballroom Dance Competition.

A.B.C. Art, Bubbly & Cakes
Celebrity Chefs & Celebrity Artists teamed up again for a fun night of fabulous art, cakes and a little bubbly at Picture This Gallery.

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