January 2014

Charity Corner: An Evening with Our Stars

Author: Rebecca Edwards

Hilton Head Island native Tyler Magnin is a tenth grade piano prodigy at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina. Unlike today’s stereotypical teen, he looks forward to going to school. “I have the opportunity to be immersed in a school that allows me to follow my passion,” Magnin said.

Ranked nationally by Newsweek magazine as “one of the top one percent schools,” SCGSAH’s achievements include an SAT composite score of 1711, two 2013 National Merit finalists, and admissions to the top colleges in the country. In honor of the school and talented youths like Magnin, on November 16, Hilton Head Island played backdrop to “An Evening With Our Stars,” a fundraising gala for SCGSAH at Leslie and JR Richardson’s home.
The event got a standing ovation. “We raised over $90,000,” said event chair Liz Macleod. “It was an amazing night.” This the second year in a row the gala sold out and, thanks to the money raised, Hilton Head Island will substantially help a school that has contributed so much to our youths since establishing its first summer program in 1980.

Event caterers included the Sage Room, Vine Restaurant, Lori Craven Catering, South Carolina Yacht Club, Susan Mason and OKKO Restaurant. And though the food and décor were beyond lovely, the students stole the show. “The party is meant to be intimate,” Macleod said. “That is why it is limited to 100 people and held at a private home rather than a large banquet facility. Select students perform and visit with the guests, which makes for a fun, meaningful evening. Since the event benefits scholarships, it is fantastic to be with students and listen to their talent.”

Magnin first heard about the Governor’s School when SCGSAH music students visited his eighth grade classroom. It was a life-changing encounter for him. “The Governor’s School has taught me so many things, and to be surrounded by other like-minded students is a benefit too few get the opportunity to experience,” Magnin said. 

To learn more about SCGAH, please visit scgsah.org or call Cathy Jones, executive director of the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, at (864) 271-8808.

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