May 2007

Pineland Station Hosts Easter Fundraiser

Author: Melinda Copp

Easter weekend was chilly by Hilton Head standards, but that didn’t keep islanders away from Pineland Station’s Habitat for Humanity fundraiser on Saturday, April 7. Even the Easter Bunny made an appearance for the event, which was sponsored by the Pineland Station Merchants Association.

The event featured a display of classic cars by Concours d’Elegance, an Easter egg hunt for kids and adults with over 400 eggs, a bake sale filled with delicious Easter treats, a silent auction of items donated by Pineland Station merchants, and food and beverages provided by Vic’s Tavern. Parents brought their cameras to get pictures with the Easter Bunny, whose costume was donated by Atlanta Costume. And the Barbershop Quartet and the Dixieland Band performed live in the Pineland Station courtyard.

“Habitat is doing a lot of great things for the community, and the least we can do is return the favor,” said Sylvia Overcast, the event organizer and owner of Tradewinds Ladies Apparel in Pineland Station.

Habitat for Humanity is a national nonprofit organization that works to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness, and break the cycle of poverty fostered by inadequate housing conditions. The Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity affiliate was founded in 1990, and is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. By the end of 2007, the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity will have built over 75 affordable houses in the Hilton Head and Bluffton area, providing homes for over 300 people in need.

The Easter Weekend Fundraiser was Pineland Station’s second charity event this year. The first was a fundraiser for the Hilton Head Humane Association, which took place in February. The Pineland Station Merchant Association raised over $6,000, and several orphan pets were adopted to loving families. According to Overcast, all the proceeds from the event benefited the Humane Association—the merchants didn’t even cover their expenses.

“Everyone was so generous,” said Overcast. “With that success, we thought we’d follow up with the Easter event.”

Marco Polo, Island Bath Boutique, Tradewinds Apparel, Tanner, Vic’s Tavern, Yenny’s Handbag Boutique, Hilton Head Art League, Nail Tech, Beach First, Il Carpaccio, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Children’s Clothing Company, Idyllic Endeavors, Island Baskets, The French Bakery, Mid-Island Chiropractic, Heritage Fine Jewelry & Gifts, ABC Hearing, Le Bistro Mediterranean, and Bonnie Rothwell, DMD all participated in the Easter weekend fundraising event.

Insty-Prints printed all the fliers. Carole Galli of Jazz Lovers, Elizabeth Peltosalo of Habitat for Humanity, and Mike Hastilow, the Pineland Station manager, helped organize the event, and a number of merchants donated their time to man the booths.

These two fundraisers are the first of many to come to the Pineland Station shopping center, said Overcast. The Pineland Station Merchants Association is already planning their next event to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, which will take place this summer.

For more information about Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity, call 757-5864. Visit Pineland Station at 1 Mathews Dr., or call 681-8907 for more information.

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