March 2019

This & That: March 2019 Edition

Author: Special to CH2

Lowcountry Clean Care Honors Key Employees
John “JT” Moseley has been employed with Lowcountry Clean Care for 13 years. He is the lead technician and will go out on jobs on his own. He is a hard, reliable worker and states that working for Lowcountry Clean Care is exciting because the job changes on a day to day basis. Some days he may be cleaning carpet and upholstery and the next he may be cleaning rugs. Moseley has a background in construction, which helps on structural drying jobs.

Jessica “Jessi” Ohl has been with the company for four years. She is the one that you will most likely speak to if you call the office. She is the office manager and scheduler, and helps repair rugs, among many other tasks. When it comes to the rug repairs, she is self-taught with some input from owner, Gerald Brant. And if you have had rugs cleaned, you may have received a gift bag that she put together.

“Lowcountry Clean Care is a team that works well together to provide the best care for our customers,” Brant said.

WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Coastal Properties welcomes Jana Halas, a former cosmetologist and successful business owner, to the agency’s sales team. Halas, who was born and educated in Prague, Czech Republic, is a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors® and is based in the Bluffton office.

Village Park Homes is pleased to announce that Debbie Borth will be leading the sales efforts for a new semi-custom, build-on-your-lot division called Village Park Signature Homes. She began her career in new home sales 23 years ago and has been recognized by her community both in Atlanta and in the Lowcountry as a woman of integrity and intellect.


Berkeley Hall Club has garnered the pinnacle of excellence, listed among the Top Platinum Clubs of America for 2019-2020 by Club Leaders Forum. The most highly respected acknowledgement bestowed in the Private Club industry, the private golf club community was listed No. 54 among the nation’s top private clubs.

Berkeley Hall Club also holds the distinction as a Distinguished Club, awarded in recognition of its superb level of Member Experience, attained by only the finest clubs in the world.


Chef Brandon Carter of FARM named a 2019 South Carolina Chef Ambassador by Governor Henry McMaster
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has named the 2019 South Carolina Chef Ambassadors. Chef Brandon Carter of FARM in Bluffton was among the chefs selected to serve.
This year is the fifth year for the South Carolina Chef Ambassadors program, which is designed to highlight those chefs at the forefront of South Carolina’s food scene—both in the quality of their provisions and in their dedication to locally grown ingredients. This year, five chefs will represent the state as a top culinary destination: Chef Brandon Carter, FARM in Bluffton; Chef Jessica Shillato, The Spotted Salamander in Columbia; Chef Marc Collins, Circa 1886 in Charleston; Chef Tania Harris, The Lazy Goat in Greenville; and Chef Kelly Vogelheim, Town Hall in Florence.

“It’s an honor to be selected alongside other likeminded chefs who are passionate about their local ingredients and supporting our state’s farmers and purveyors,” Carter said. “I’m excited about representing our special community and the amazing ingredients that our area produces each season.”

Wine Dinner to Support Children’s Relief Fund
Rose Fotia, founder and chair of the Children’s Relief Fund, has planned a new event for this year’s fundraiser. An Evening in Italy wine dinner will be an intimate and elegant event at the new Venue 1223 on May River Road in Bluffton. On Friday, March 15, Chef Ryan McCarthy will create a multi-course dinner paired with fine wines in an exciting and glamorous venue. The evening will include dining, wine pairings, live music and a limited live auction. All proceeds raised by CRF, now in its twenty-seventh year, benefit the Lowcountry’s special needs children and their families. Programs that are supported include Area 8 Special Olympics, Heroes on Horseback, SOAR, Fishing with Friends, Pockets Full of Sunshine and the Island Rec Center.

CRF fulfills both tangible and intangible needs for families, providing funding for much-needed equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics and medical supplies, and financial support for physical, occupational, behavioral and speech therapies as well as life-enriching programs.
Reservations for the wine dinner are $250 per person and can be made online at Please email seating requests to

Personal and corporate donations/sponsorships for Children’s Relief Fund are gratefully accepted.


CENTURY21 Diamond Realty welcomes three new associates. Tracy Cochran brings 17 years of experience as a former licensed real estate agent/broker with CENTURY 21 Allard & Merrill, the top CENTURY 21 Agency in NH, which later was sold to Coldwell Banker. Additionally, she worked as a notary closing agent for Appletree Title & Closing and numerous nationwide loan and title companies. Robin Fout, originally from Akron, Ohio, fell in love with South Carolina while vacationing in the Lowcountry. Intrigued with the real estate industry, she is a natural, bringing over 20 years of knowledge in sales, management and customer service. Amanda Gossett is a real estate specialist with 15 years of marketing experience in the advertising industry. Her marketing strategy and connections allow her to market your home to a broader audience; ask about special programs for veterans.


The Competition Team from Energy Gymnastics competed in the eighteenth annual Hilton Head Island Gymnastics Invitational at the Marriot Resort and Spa on Monday January 21. Congratulations, gymnasts.


Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s board of directors has appointed Christopher F. Kerrigan as the organization’s next president and CEO. Kerrigan succeeds Denise Spencer, who is retiring later this spring. Kerrigan has 30 years of experience in not-for-profit fundraising, administration, marketing and service delivery.


The Seahawk Support Circle wishes to extend a huge thank you to the community, parents, and teachers who supported their Holiday Bag Project in 2018. Generous monetary contributions, gift cards, and other donated items enabled them to send over 120 large bags home with students in need at Hilton Head Island High School.


Brad Tholen and Tom Azevedo of Horizon Home Inspectors have achieved the status of Certified Master InspectorsÆ as designated by the Master Inspector Certification Board. Tholen has been a professional home inspector in Beaufort County since 2000 and has conducted nearly 7,000 residential and commercial property inspections. Azevedo joined Horizon Home Inspectors in 2014 and has conducted in excess of 1,600 home inspections.


StoneWorks recently announced the promotion of Brian Baltzegar to sales manager. Baltzegar has been at StoneWorks for 18 years in design, sales and fabrication.


Every student at St. Helena Elementary School (S.H.E.S.) will have the opportunity to learn to read and play music, thanks to the donation of a keyboard laboratory by The Junior Jazz Foundation (JJF) in the fall of 2018. S.H.E.S. set an ambitious goal of introducing all students to the language of music and sought support from JJF to help achieve this goal. Working with music teacher Jenna Fisher, The Junior Jazz Foundation purchased a state-of-the-art Yamaha Keyboard Laboratory and installed the lab in a dedicated music classroom at S.H.E.S. The Junior Jazz Foundation is proud to fund this project and support the next generation of musicians.


Jaume Plensa: Talking Continent at Telfair Museums
Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by the internationally celebrated artist Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955) [pronounced ZHOW-ma] titled Talking Continents, opening to the public Friday, March 1 and on view through June 9.
Plensa is widely known for both his large-scale public artworks, and his intimate and meditative installations that aim to unify individuals through connections of spirituality, the body, and collective memory. A firm believer that art has the capacity to transform our lives, Plensa has stated that Talking Continents represents the concept of globalism without judgement.
In addition to Talking Continents, Telfair Museums presents a gallery spotlighting Plensa’s stone sculpture and drawings that explore perspective and illusion through the flattening of form. In the selected Slumberland portraits, the subjects have their eyes closed—Plensa’s conceptual metaphor for dreaming. Installed as a group, imposing yet peaceful, the works create a meditative, spiritual space.
For more information, visit or call (912) 790-8800. 


Put your paws up for the winner of CH2’s Most Adorable Pet contest, Orion. This lucky pup came to CH2’s Intergalactic headquarters to pick up a $200 gift certificate to Tail Wiggles and have his photo made for the magazine. Orion came to his owner Kristy by way of Rogue Rescue, who found him neglected and abused, chained to a tree, and weighing only 13 pounds at a year old. We showered him with Pup-Peronis and carrot cake cupcakes at his shoot, and when he left, he was headed to the Village at Wexford to pick out some special treats.
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