To the Editor:

Thank you to all Julie’s Mission sponsors, supporters and team members who worked so diligently to make our eighth annual Sun City BBQ fundraiser a success. The March 26 event featured a delicious barbeque meal; a silent auction of lovely hand-crafted items; live music; and a jewelry sales corner.

Special thanks are extended to the following local businesses for their support:

Our sponsors, Jim ‘n’ Nick’s BBQ, of Bluffton, John Haire, Brandon Stewart, Cathy Shearouse, and the entire Jim ‘n’ Nick’s staff; Golden Corral of Bluffton: manager David Dulaney; Sam’s Club of Hilton Head Island;

Thanks to Dr. Paul Longo for the great entertainment, and to Sandy and David Jenkins of Elegant Fun Jewelry for their generous donation of a portion of jewelry sales at the BBQ and throughout 2015.

Established as a 501(c)(3) charity by six women in the Sun City’s Riverbend neighborhood, Julie’s Mission is 300 members strong today.

We could not accomplish our goal of helping critically ill infants and their families without the support of our friends, members, and local sponsors. Your support, time and financial assistance has enabled us to ship over 25,000 handcrafted nursery items to Neonatal Intensive Care Units throughout the country.

All proceeds from the BBQ Fundraiser go directly to the support of Julie’s Mission in fulfilling hospital requests for our handmade nursery items. Volunteers are always needed and welcome, no needlework skills required.

For information on how to join, email me at

Dee Brantley


Julie’s Mission

To the Editor:

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina wishes to thank the following supporters for assistance with our recent three-day residency program with the internationally renowned Martha Graham Dance Company.

With grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bargain Box, South Arts, South Carolina Arts Commission, New England Foundation for the Arts and private family donations, we were honored to present this award-winning dance company in performance and provide educational programs for youth and adults, including school field trips and a Master Class with scholarships provided by Island School Council for the Arts.

Thank you to our underwriters and our audiences who help us fulfill our mission, “to enrich and benefit the community through the arts.”

Linda S. Bloom

Sr. Director of Development

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

To the Editor:

The Bluffton Area Community Association would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all who played an intricate participatory role in the All Sports Clinic. The event was held in memory of Sam “Bosie” Bennett Jr., who started the Bluffton Eagles semi-pro baseball team back in the ’60s on our community field that is named after him off Buck Island Rd.

The second annual Sam Bennett All Sports Clinic was held March 29, blessing 50 youth, ages 6 to 16, who attended. The clinic was held at a new location this year – Bluffton High School, on the baseball field.

These youth got an opportunity to experience a taste of each of the following sport on that day: lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball and tennis.

Watching the excitement in those youth’s eyes as they participated with each coach and maneuvered through each sport was totally euphoric.

This clinic could not have happened without the support of the following:

Sponsors: Liberty Tax, Messex One Stop and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Volunteer coaches: Bill Ball, Carrie Frazier Brown, Akil Brown, Bryant Kitty, Keith Hamilton, Dwon Field, Clint Van Aswegen, Rodney Sturgis, Ryan Fedorkowicz and Steven Stewart

Healthcare provider: Donna Lowman

Volunteers: Kyenna Hamilton and Lisa Kitty

Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Coach Bryant Kitty, head baseball coach at Bluffton High School, for partnering with us and hosting our clinic at the school baseball field.

Sharon Brown

Event Coordinator