Heritage Classic Foundation is Lowcountry Game-Changer
ADVOCACY AT WORK
Local Legislators Voice Support For Education Reform Bill
Business Golf Classic — The Perfect Hole in One!
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Business golf classic — The Perfect Hole in one!
The chamber’s annual Business Golf Classic took place Monday, March 11 at The Sea Pines Resort. Our golfers had the unique opportunity to play on the first course built on Hilton Head island—Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. The course was impressive. The weather was just right. The competition was friendly! Thank you to all who participated and helped make this year’s event another memorable one!
Thank You to Our Sponsors
A perfect day for golf, networking, and fun!
Prizes donated by:
Colleton River Club
Heritage Classic Foundation
Heritage Golf Collection
Long Cove Club
The Sea Pines Resort
Ready to get involved with the chamber's advocacy committees in 2019?
Contact Hannah Horne at HHorne@hiltonheadisland.org.
US Senator Tim Scott Focused on "Start-Up Slump" for Entrepreneurs
Federal Delegation Requests
Immediate Action for H-2B Visas
In an unprecedented move, more than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter addressed to US Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, requesting immediate action to release additional H-2B visas for the seasonal workforce. The H-2B visa non-immigrant program permits employers to hire foreign workers to come temporarily to the United States and perform temporary, nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload, or intermittent basis.
Among those signing the letter were SC Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, and Congressman Joe Cunningham.
Representative Jeff Bradley:
“I am delighted to see the State of South Carolina begin to address the chronically deficient outcomes of our education system. While not perfect, I believe this bold new legislation will ultimately improve educational outcomes for South Carolina children. With reduced testing, teachers have more time to teach. If we have increased teacher pay, we have recognized the vital link between the Technical College System and the workforce needs for business, reduced waste and the recognition of the importance of reading at third grade level before children advance to the next grade, maybe our outcomes will start to improve."
League of Women Voters Hosts
Local "Meet Your Mayors"
Representative Weston Newton:
“This is the year South Carolina begins our educational transformation. Years of relative inattention to the educational needs of the bulk of our young people have left us with some of the lowest test scores and some of the most severe teacher shortages in the country. The reasons for this are many and embarrassing, but at this point, they no longer matter. What matters is how we are going to put this unacceptable state of affairs behind us. I was pleased to co-sponsor and support the passage of SC Education, Career, Opportunity, and Access for All Act in the House last week. We increased teacher pay, eliminated several mandatory tests, and we strengthened the “Read to Succeed” program. While the Bill is not perfect and will likely be amended through the legislative process, it is heartening that the Governor and the House decided education reform now is a necessity. We owe it to our young people, who must have a solid education to have a good chance at a bright future. We owe it to our teachers, who deserve compensation commensurate with their education and training, as well as relief from unnecessary and burdensome paperwork and finally we owe it to our state employers, who cannot fill their current 76,000 plus unfilled jobs with educated or trained workers.”
In what has become the main focus of policy discussions in Columbia, local legislators are voicing support for a massive 80+ page Education Reform Bill. The legislation increases teacher pay, and reduces testing and burdens of paperwork on teachers’ time in the classroom. Two of Beaufort County’s legislators are voicing support for the bill.
ADVOCACY AT WORK
Local Legislators Voice Support For Education Reform Bill
The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area invites the public to meet HHI Mayor John McCann and Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka. The two Mayors will speak on the state of their towns.
Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m.
HHI Public Service District
21 Oak Park Drive, Hilton Head Island
For more information on the League of Women Voters, visit www.lwvhhi.org.
Get Engaged: Attend a Meeting!
Town of Hilton Head Island Council Meeting April 2 | 4 PM
Chamber Public Policy Committee Meeting April 5| 8 AM
Beaufort County Council Meeting
April 8 |6 PM
Town of Bluffton Council Meeting
April 9 | 6 PM
Beaufort County Council Meeting
April 22 | 6 PM
Town of Hilton Head Island Council Meeting April 23 | 4 PM
The Town of Hilton Head Island Outlines Goals/Priorities for Upcoming Year
During the town’s recent 2-day strategic planning session, the Town of Hilton Head Island Council and Staff discussed goals and priorities for the upcoming year.
The vision was determined as, “The Town will focus on revitalization and modernization of its economy and infrastructure while building an inclusive and diverse community. “
Strategic goals, initiatives, and those tactics needed to achieve them were also presented in a recent report available to the public. Click here.
SC Senator Tim Scott has launched a bi-partisan Entrepreneur Caucus in the Senate aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing entrepreneurs and serves as a forum for collaboration and coordination. Democrat Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined Senator Scott in creating the initiative. SC Senator Lindsey Graham is a co-chair. The effort is linked to concerns over start-up rates that have fallen to near four-decade lows.
“As a former business owner, I know the tough battles many face when trying to go from the drawing board to the boardroom. However, small businesses and entrepreneurship are the backbones of the American economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus to ensure that we can create a financial and economic environment where every idea can come to life.”
The PGA TOUR’s Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder worked side by side with Second Helpings volunteers to load food trucks at the Shelter Cove Kroger on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Pazder also presented Second Helpings with the PGA TOUR 2018 Charity of the Year award. He was joined by Heritage Classic Foundation Trustees, Second Helpings Board Members, Volunteers, and Town Officials.
The award comes with a $30,000 grant from the PGA TOUR to assist Second Helpings, which will be used to further help its efforts to combat hunger in South Carolina. The grant may be used to bolster Second Helpings’ recently-launched Healthy Food Initiative which supplements donations with fresh produce and proteins.
With a mission of alleviating hunger by excelling in the ongoing development and management of a distribution channel between food donors and charitable food providers, Second Helpings is doing its part to help end hunger in South Carolina. Specifically, Second Helpings rescues food that would be discarded by grocery or other stores and distributes it to agencies and churches, who in return serve the needy and challenged in the South Carolina Lowcountry area. Since its formation in 1992, Second Helpings has distributed over 30 million pounds of food to the needy.
PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Web.com Tour tournaments support a range of charities and causes. With the support of more than 100,000 volunteers annually, and the vast majority of its tournaments structured as non-profits, the PGA TOUR is able to assist approximately 3,000 charities each year. In 2018 alone, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments made a charitable impact of $190 million, bringing the all-time total generated for charity to $2.84 billion.
For more information on PGA Tour charitable initiatives, visit www.together.pgatour.com.
Volunteers Make The Difference
Each year, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing Golf Tournament would not be possible without its dedicated team of amazing volunteers. Their hard work and professionalism have earned one of the PGA TOUR’s highest ratings, year after year. The generous support of the RBC Heritage Volunteer Team makes it possible for the Tournament’s general sponsor, the Heritage Classic Foundation, to consistently make substantial contributions to local charities.
In addition to being integral to the success of South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event, volunteers provide tremendous benefit to the local community. The professional attitude of our volunteers helps ensure a top-quality Tournament year after year in the eyes of the Tournament staff, players, spectators, sponsors, and viewers.
Sure, defending champion Satoshi Kodaira will never forget his $1.2-million dollars for winning the 50th RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, or Jim Furyk the nearly $4-million he’s won at Harbour Town Golf Links over the years. But, as the tournament embarks on its second half-century in April, the biggest winners, by far, every year at the RBC Heritage, are the folks already lucky enough to call the Lowcountry ‘home.’
Coordinated through the Heritage Classic Foundation, the tournament has raised over $41-million dollars in its 50-year run, with the financial curve bending sharply in recent years. In fact, the 2018 tournament alone handed out over $3.3-million to Lowcountry charities, one of which, Second Helpings, was named the PGA TOUR’s Charity of the Year for its work coordinating food donors to charitable food providers to distribute over 30-million pounds of food since its inception in 1992.
This spring, 10 Lowcountry high school seniors were the recipients of $176,000 in college scholarships that are renewable annually, and the Foundation also funds $10,000 in scholarships for students at USCB and $3,000 in scholarships to TCL. Since 1993, the Heritage Classic Foundation has awarded nearly $4.3-million in college scholarships to over 330 Lowcountry students. Talk about life-changing!
The tournament is also a game-changer for Lowcountry non-profit organizations through the operation of tournament concession stands and other support operations. The RBC Heritage doesn’t contract out its on-course general concessions to big food operations. You’ll see Island neighbors working the concessions and student volunteers handling parking, trash collection, and other operations to help their organizations.
The ’Green Bay Packers’ of the PGA TOUR couldn’t operate without complete community involvement. From the Birdies for Charity sponsorship component coordinating individual and small business donations, to the 1,200 volunteers who do everything from player transportation to marshalling to babysitting, the entire community gets behind the tournament, showing the Island’s best face to the 135,000 spectators (that’s more than 4-times the population of the Town of Hilton Head) and millions who watch around the world.
What’s the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing worth? All those numbers above, an estimated $96-million dollars to the Lowcountry economy, and one even more important number, the uncountable smiles it brings to everyone involved in South Carolina’s biggest Plaid Party.
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Heritage Classic Foundation is Lowcountry Game-Changer
The Heritage Classic Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives throughout the state of South Carolina. As the general sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, the foundation has distributed the millions of dollars generated from ticket sales and sponsorships to charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life for our citizens. Since its inception in 1987, the RBC Heritage and Heritage Classic Foundation have made a charitable impact of $41 million, with $3.3 million generated in 2018.
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Bob Davis Honored by Water Environment Association
Bob Davis, Hilton Head PSD Recycled Water Supervisor, has been honored with the Water Environment Federation’s William D. Hatfield Award from the Water Environment Association of South Carolina. The statewide award recognizes outstanding performance and professionalism in wastewater treatment plant operations. Named for Dr. William Hatfield, who was Superintendent of the Decatur (IL) Sanitary District, the award goes to treatment plant operators who have distinguished themselves through plant improvements and sharing of knowledge.
MEMBERS MAKING NEWS
Memorial Art Show Features Mary Ann Putzier Watercolor Paintings
A memorial art show featuring watercolor paintings of beloved local artist Mary Ann Putzier will take place April 1 - May 5 at The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton.
A memorial service for Putzier is scheduled for Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the SoBA gallery and the Center for Creative Arts, the building next door to the gallery. An art reception will follow from 3 - 5 p.m. The events are open to the public.
Putzier, who passed away in November, often referred to herself as a teacher first and an artist second. Over her 40-plus year career, she was an active member of many art organizations, including a long-time member of SoBA and All About Art. For more information, visit www.sobagallery.com.
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Horizon Home Inspectors Designated
Certified Master Inspectors
Brad Tholen and Tom Azevedo of Horizon Home Inspectors have achieved the status of Certified Master Inspectors as designated by the Master Inspector Certification Board. Certified Master Inspectors (CMIs)® are the best inspectors in the world.
CMI is a professional designation for qualified inspectors who have completed at least 1,000 fee-paid inspections and/or hours of training and education combined; have been in the inspection business for at least three years prior to becoming Board-Certified; abide by the inspection industry's toughest Code of Ethics; have completed professional education prior to being approved; and have agreed to submit to periodic criminal background checks.
Frankie Bones’ Diners Round Up to Support Second Helpings
Enjoy a great meal and support Second Helpings at the same time. That’s the idea behind the “round up” effort taking place throughout 2019 at Frankie Bones Restaurant in Main Street Village on Hilton Head Island. Frankie Bones’ managers selected Second Helpings as the charity they will encourage diners to support by rounding up their meal checks. The effort is part of a national effort, Round It Up America. The non-profit organization strives to make change across the country through “a simple, yet powerful charitable giving program.” Participating restaurants provide an opportunity for patrons to “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar.
Music & Taste on the Harbour Is in Full Swing
“Music & Taste on the Harbour,” now in its 11th season, will feature a variety of bands on select Thursday nights. The spring outdoor concert series, a free event open to the public, mixes live, local music with gourmet food, shopping, and sunset water views from 6 - 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings.
Attendees are invited to dance by the iconic Neptune Statue and enjoy the sunset water views in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, as well as enjoy specially-priced light appetizers, along with wine, beer, and cocktails from two featured Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants. Limited seating will be provided so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. Please bring a canned good donation for the Deep Well Project.
The spring schedule includes:
April 4 – Deas Guyz
April 11 – Target the Band
April 18 – Stee & the Ear Candy
April 25 – The Headliners
May 2 – The Hilton Head Plantation Big Band
May 9 – The Headliners
May 16 – Deas Guys
Learn more at www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com.
Hilton Head PSD Recognized for Excellence by State
Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD) has once again been honored with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Facility Excellence Award for the PSD’s Recycled Water Plant on Oak Park Drive. This is the PSD’s third straight year earning the award, which recognizes the plant for environmental protection and regulatory compliance.
The PSD’s Recycled Water Plant annually recycles about 1 billion gallons of treated wastewater, producing beneficial recycled water that is then used for golf course irrigation and wetlands nourishment, with zero discharge to area waterways.
Individuals or groups interested in touring the Recycled Water Plant can contact the PSD at (843) 681-5525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Imagination & Fabrication by Art Quilters of the Lowcountry" Opens at Art League Gallery
An exhibit titled Imagination & Fabrication, will open April 9 at the Art League Gallery, celebrating fiber art and its unique ability to create the illusion of a third dimension using various textures and quilting. The artist’s imagination creates the design while their skilled use of fabric, thread, dyes, embellishments, and quilting fabricates the final work of art. The exhibit at the Art League Gallery will run through May 4. An artist reception will be Wednesday, April 10, from 5 - 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.artleaguehhi.org.
Business Education Partnership Welcomes Suzanne Cook as Their New ?????
The Business Education Partnership (BEP) Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month. If you have an interest in participating, please email Hannah Horne at HHorne@hiltonheadisland.org to learn more.
Shelley Koop has joined the Colleton River Club as the Communications & Front Desk Manager.
Weichert, Realtors® - Coastal Properties Named Prestigious Premier Client Group
Weichert, Realtors® - Coastal Properties, with offices in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Okatie, was recently named to the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. prestigious Premier Client Group (PCG) for 2019.
The South Carolina-based affiliate is one of only 30—out of over 250 —companies from the Weichert® national franchise network named to this elite group of real estate brokerages, based on their contributions and outstanding performance in 2018.
Weichert, Realtors® - Coastal Properties is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate. The office serves the greater Hilton Head Island area.
Coastal Properties Owners/Brokers-
in-Charge, Joe and Karen Ryan, welcome new agent Barbara Zubaty.
Al Kennickell will serve as 2019 tournament chairman for the 51st annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
Ready to Join the 2020
Chamber’s Leadership Program?
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program is accepting applications through May 20 for the Class of 2020.
The Leadership program was created to inform, challenge, and educate class members about needs and opportunities in their communities. Each year participants attend meetings, tour businesses and community organizations, and hear from local and regional leaders. They also work on a community-focused class project identified and selected by the class. All activities help to build strong relationships that often last a lifetime.
Learn how you can join the 2020 Leadership Class:
Friday, April 5 | 9 - 10 AM
Bluffton Satellite Office – 216 Bluffton Road, Bluffton
Thursday, April 11 | 9 - 10 AM
Chamber Headquarters – 1 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island
Free, Open to the Public
For more information visit: www.leadershiphhib.org and follow us on Facebook.
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Receives National Recognition
The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking, and administration. The program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors as well as to their legal and financial advisors.
Since 1994, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has been connecting people, resources, and needs by helping build stronger communities and assisting donors in making a difference through charitable giving. With over 335 charitable funds, combined assets totaling $70 million, and grantmaking and scholarships reaching $68 million, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is the largest source of unrestricted philanthropic resources dedicated to Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.
For more information, contact (843) 681-9100 or visit their website at www.cf-lowcountry.org.
MEMBERS on the move
Wiseman Law Firm, LLC welcomes paralegal Brooke Messenger to their practice.
The Heritage Classic Foundation has hired Alexis Romero-Grove as the Director of Foundation Initiatives and Event Planning.
Stoneworks welcomes new Chief Executive Officer Max A. “Andy” Johnson.
On April 13 at 10 a.m., the public is invited to the dedication of “Sense Bluffton” at Oscar Frazier Park in Bluffton. Sense Bluffton is a sensory playground with equipment that differs from traditional play equipment that can often overwhelm or cause a hypersensitive response to children with autism or sensory impairments. The playground's design and equipment allow children to play independently with colors, sounds, and activities that explore and develop sensory stimulation.
This year’s Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class has been integral in the development of Sense Bluffton. As a group, they came up with the idea, raised funds for its completion, and coordinated the construction and dedication of the playground with the Town of Bluffton and Bluffton Rotary.
Please join the chamber, fellow members, and the community for this important dedication ceremony. The class is eager to share its project with fellow chamber members and the community to celebrate the fruition of their hard work and legacy project.
For more information on Sense Bluffton, click here.
Leadership Class Invites Community
to Sensory Playground Dedication
Outside Hilton Head Partners with
Volunteers in Medicine
Since 2012, Outside Hilton Head has hosted an annual giving event called Shop for Good, benefiting Volunteers in Medicine of Hilton Head. Thanks to the great community support, Outside Hilton Head raised over $3,000 on December 6th, 2018, bringing their total donation to Volunteers in Medicine since 2012 to almost $10,000.
For the event, Outside partnered with Barbour, a 5th generation family-run business with beautifully functional clothing, for a one-day trunk show with 20% of the day’s total sales going to Volunteers in Medicine. Lowcountry Kitchen provided food for the event, with Chocolate Bacon the star of the show. Barbour provided a Scotch tasting from their native English countryside. Plans are underway for this year’s event in December.
Master Pilates Trainer,
owner of Core Pilates & Yoga
Core Pilates & Yoga was opened in 2008 to help people with rehabilitation after surgeries or injuries, cross train athletes, and help everyday people feel better performing daily activities.
Who are your customers? Everyone! High school athletes to people in their 80s, men and women, people with chronic conditions, long time locals to snowbirds and vacationers…anyone who wants to feel strong and balanced.
What makes your business unique? We’re local, provide exceptional individualized attention, and really help nurture that vital mind-body connection in a way that only a Pilates practice can. As Joseph Pilates said, “In ten sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.”
Why did you join the chamber? To stay in the loop about community events, participate in more local charitable work, and expand our audience.
What do you enjoy most about being a chamber member? The community involvement is huge. Chamber events like Conversation & Cocktails and Taste of the Season, provide such great opportunities to network and enjoy the best of what Hilton Head and Bluffton have to offer.
Bluffton to Hold Meeting for Public Input
on the Calhoun Street Dock
The Town of Bluffton will hold a public meeting to gather community input regarding the Calhoun Street Dock. The meeting will take place Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Theodore D. Washington Municipal Building in the Henry “Emmett" McCracken, Jr. Town Council Chambers located at 20 Bridge Street, Bluffton. The public is encouraged to attend.
43 Key Seconds Campaign Focuses on Distracted Driving Education
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Town of Bluffton is partnering with the national Distracted Driving Campaign called 43 Key Seconds to educate and bring awareness to this danger that many Bluffton motorists participate in each day.
The 43 Key Seconds campaign was first launched in October of 2018 by the Lutzie 43 Foundation with the intention of creating a national symbol for safe driving. Mike Lutzenkirchen started the Lutzie 43 Foundation in 2014 after his son, star Auburn football player Phillip Lutzenkirchen, was killed in a car accident. Mike firmly believes if Philip hadn’t gotten into a car with someone who had been drinking and had fastened his seatbelt, Philip would still be here today.
The goal of the 43 Key Seconds Initiative is to change the narrative on unsafe and distracted driving and provide a symbol to remind drivers to conduct a safe driving checklist in the first 43 seconds in the vehicle
The distracted driver education initiative has received support from prominent names in athletics, including Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Cody Parkey of the Chicago Bears, and more. Additionally, the Lutzie 43 Foundation has partnered with companies, organizations, and local police departments to educate and create change within communities.
The Town of Bluffton will hold a press conference in April to announce some exciting steps in hopes Bluffton drivers will become safer drivers with the help of 43 Key Seconds.
Junior Leadership Class Learns About Local History
For the 33 high school juniors from 6 local high schools participating in our Junior Leadership Program, each class session brings something different. In March our class learned about our local history through a variety of speakers and tours including Coastal Discovery Museum, Mitchelville Preservation Project, Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, Gullah Heritage Trail Tours and Emory Campbell.
Business Education Partnership Looks at
English as a Second Language Program
For its April meeting, the Business Education Partnership welcomes Dr. Rachel Ward from Providence Presbyterian who will discuss the church’s ESL (English as a Second Language) program.
Open to the local Hispanic community, the program is free and offered as a community service, along with childcare, to help those in the community who want to better their English skills for placement or promotion in their jobs.
The meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the chamber headquarters on Hilton Head Island.
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Special Olympics Area 8 Spring Games Are Coming
May River High School in Bluffton will host the Special Olympics South Carolina Area 8 Regional Spring Games Friday, April 5. The event will kick off with a brief Opening Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the high school track. More than 400 Special Olympics athletes of all ages from Bluffton, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Hardeeville, and Ridgeland will compete in track and field events.
Special Olympics sports offer many levels of competition for athletes with different abilities, allowing athletes to improve skills and gain experience. Athletes compete according to their capabilities in assisted walks, independent walks, runs, and ball throws throughout the event.
The event is free to the public, and spectators are encouraged to attend to support our Special Olympians as they show their talents and enthusiasm. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries.
Lou Benfante’s Love of History Provides
a Legacy for Hilton Head Island
Heritage Library member, volunteer, and Board President Lou Benfante passed away on March 9, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and friendship, and a deep sense of loss felt all over Hilton Head Island. A first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Italy, Lou spent his career in supply chain management, working for firms such as Milliken, Estee Lauder, and Hilton Head Regional Healthcare.
Dedicated to the history of Hilton Head Island, Lou’s life was spent in the pursuit of telling stories, unearthing the past, and sharing the lessons learned. He served as a volunteer with The Heritage Library, putting himself in the shoes of historic figures like General Ormsby Mitchel and William Hilton as he guided tours of Fort Mitchel and Zion Cemetery. Lou also served as the library’s Board President, driving the organization forward through his passion. It was his tireless efforts and boundless enthusiasm that made The Heritage Library a critical part of Hilton Head Island’s cultural fabric, one fully embraced by the community.
Endlessly giving of his time and energy, and deeply devoted to sharing his love of history, Lou Benfante was a force for positive change on Hilton Head Island. He loved the history of this Island, and although he is gone, he will always be a part of it.
FSU Takes 2019 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Title
The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate took place March 8-10 at Long Cove Club’s newly-restored golf courses. Seventeen top teams from around the country traveled to Hilton Head to compete in the #1 women’s collegiate event in the country.
The field included: University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Baylor University, Duke University, Florida State University, Furman University, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, University of North Carolina, Northwestern University, Oklahoma State University, University of South Carolina, UCLA, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, and Wake Forest University.
No. 19 Florida State women's golf held on for the 2019 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate title on Sunday at Long Cove Club, carding a 285 (+1) to claim their first tournament win of the 2018-19 season. Florida State’s Frida Kinhult, a freshman, becomes the fourth freshman in eight years to win the individual crown, shooting a 204 (-9) for the tournament.
Host South Carolina and 13th-ranked Wake Forest (867, +15) tied for second place. No. 3 Duke (869, +17), Auburn (882, +30), and Vanderbilt (882, +30) rounded out the top five.
For the full list of results, visit the Golf Stat website. For questions or more information, email Lindsay Finger at email@example.com or call (843) 686-1074.
Lowcountry Phone Book Filled With Local Flavor, Fueled By Technology
The 25th edition of the Lowcountry Phone Directory has arrived in mailboxes in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton counties. Those receiving it won’t even have to look inside to appreciate technology’s impact on the directory —the cover photo of a sunrise above the Parish Church of St. Helena in downtown Beaufort was shot by Robert Gecy, using a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone.
In addition to dozens of photographs of local scenery, the phone book includes a newcomer's guide, tide charts, and hurricane tracking and evacuation maps. Several community members are also profiled, including:
Historian Larry Rowland, a Beaufort native who recently co-authored the third installment of a three-volume series chronicling the county’s history.
Ned Tupper, a longtime city of Beaufort municipal judge and partner in the law firm of Tupper, Grimsley, Dean, and Canaday, P.A.
Captain Woody Collins, a longtime local fisherman, and restaurateur, whose name still graces a well-known Hilton Head Island eatery.
Former 14th Circuit Solicitor Randolph Murdaugh, whose father and grandfather held the same elective office before him.
Insurance Services Office Public Protection Rating Upgrade For The Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue
The Town of Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue recently received the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of Class 2. This is an improvement from the previous rating of a 3 conducted in 2012. Fire Rescue’s improved PPC Classification is a result of the Town of Hilton Head Island’s continued commitment to providing quality services to its citizens and visitors.
ISO currently evaluates over 40,000 Fire Departments nationwide with only about 1600 earning the Class 2 Rating. The new Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating became effective on March 1, 2019.
Fire departments across the nation are rated by ISO to determine a PPC rating. This rating is published by the ISO and may be used by insurance companies to determine insurance rates. The ISO Schedule develops a PPC number on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the very best and 10 representing less-than-minimum recognized fire protection.
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Stewart Cink will be making his 20th consecutive start this year. He is a 2-time RBC Heritage champion, winning in 2000 and 2004. Cink has earned four additional titles on the PGA TOUR, including the 2009 British Open. In 2017, he was named the Payne Stewart Award winner.
Brian Gay will be making his 19th start at Harbour Town. In 1998, he won the 2009 RBC Heritage by a record 10 strokes, topping Davis Love III. Gay's 20-under 264 total broke Loren Roberts' previous tournament scoring record of 19-under in 1996. Gay has won four times on the PGA TOUR.
Davis Love III, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain and World Golf Hall of Famer, will be celebrating his 31st start at the RBC Heritage. He has earned 21 PGA TOUR victories, including five wins at Harbour Town Golf Links. In 2018, Love competed against his son Dru, making it the first time three generations have competed at Harbour Town since Love's dad played in 1969 and 1970.
Louis Oosthuizen will be making his second start at Harbour Town after finishing T7 in 2015. He is currently ranked #25 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Cameron Smith will be making his fourth start at the RBC Heritage. Smith is ranked #28 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Billy Horschel will be competing in his seventh RBC Heritage after finishing T5 in 2018. He is ranked #39 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Charles Howell III, ranked #47 in the Official World Golf Ranking, will be competing at Harbour Town for the 14th time.
Team RBC Ambassadors Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson, and past champions Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, and Brandt Snedeker are also vying for a chance to win another Tartan jacket.
For more information on the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and to purchase tickets, visit their website rbcheritage.com or call (843) 671-2448.
Tickets are also available at the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton chamber offices, or by calling the chamber office at (843) 785-3673 through April 18th at noon.
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Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town
Golf Links Moves to the Top
Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links has returned to the top of the rankings among Lowcountry golf courses as the “Top Courses You Can Play.”
The 2019 South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s biennial ranking of the state’s public and private courses named the site of South Carolina’s annual PGA TOUR stop, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, as the Best in the Lowcountry. The Pete Dye-designed golf course, built in 1969, regained the title after a multi-million dollar renovation that also included a new upscale clubhouse.
Other local courses to make the list include: May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff (Nicklaus); The Sea Pines Resort’s Heron Point (Dye) and Atlantic Dunes (Davis Love III); and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s Robert Trent Jones Course.
A total of 32 courses across the state were named to the list by members of the ratings panel, made up of about 100 media, golf business and avid player members. Read more.
Last year’s winner Satoshi Kodaira will be making his second start at Harbour Town Golf Links to defend his title at the 51st RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Kodaira made a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole of the 2018 RBC Heritage to defeat Si Woo Kim after coming from six shots behind in the final round for his first PGA TOUR victory. Kodaira’s 63 was the lowest round of last year’s tournament. The 29-year-old has earned eight international victories and his World Golf Ranking is currently 58. Other returning golfers include:
Electric Bikes Help Visitors Tour Palmetto Bluff
Pedego Electric Bikes are gaining momentum in the Lowcountry. Recently, Destinations DMC, Outside Brands group division, enjoyed hosting a large group from Standard Insurance in the naturally beautiful Palmetto Bluff setting. The group was taken on a two-hour tour for the largest Pedego Electric Bike Tour to date.
Twenty guests cruised through the live oaks, exploring our ecosystem and the history of the land. Three experienced Outside tour guides led the group around Palmetto Bluff, providing insight around the area's history.
Pedegos are just like a regular bike, only better. They operate at speeds up to 20 mph and include batteries that last 2 to 5 hours. Pedegos are designed as a fun way to go farther and faster, and are a great way for groups to spend time together outside.
Rentals are available from Outside Hilton Head in Shelter Cove Plaza, Outside Palmetto Bluff in Wilson Village, and The Moreland Bike Shop.
RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing Welcomes Returning Golfers
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Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse
Georgia Tech Savannah
Hilton Head Ice Cream, Inc.
Hilton Head Island Realty Plus
It's Greek to Me
Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar
Off The Hook Fishing Charters
OMBRA Cucina Italiana
Palmetto Dunes POA
Philly's Cafe & Deli
Rockfish Seafood & Steaks @Bomboras
Route 66 Classics
Southeast Funding Group, LLC
Conversation & Cocktails
International Women's Day
Now We're Talking Grand Opening
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Chamber Young Professionals
Meet Your Mayors
Happy Anniversary, Renewing Members
Chef Lynn Michelle
Chow Daddy's Bluffton
Daufuskie Island Ferry
Ellis Wealth Management
Island Head Parasailing
River Dog Brewing Co.
The Juice Hive, LLC
World Financial Group
Lava Fitness Grand Opening
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APRIL 5 - 11 | 9 - 10 AM
2020 Leadership Program Informational Coffee
April 5 at 216 Bluffton Road
April 11 at 1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. Drive (HHI)
The 2019 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is just around the corner. It’s time for our annual Plaid Par-Tee!
Join us at MidiCi Italian Kitchen
7C Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head Island.
APRIL 5 | 4:00 PM
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
68 Bluffton Road Suites 1 & 2 (Bluffton)
APRIL 24 | 3:00 PM
Grand Re-Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Lodge Beer & Growler Bar
7B Greenwood Drive #4, Hilton Head Plaza (HHI)
APRIL 13 | 10 AM
2019 Leadership Class Project Sensory Playground Dedication
Oscar Frazier Park
77 Shults Rd. (Bluffton)
APRIL 2 | 8:30 AM
Business Education Partnership
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
Speaker: Dr. Rachel Ward
Providence Presbyterian ESL
5:00 PM - Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for MidiCi Italian Kitchen
5:30 - 7 PM - Annual Plaid Par-Tee
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Calendar of Events - APRIL 2019
APRL 11 | 8:30 AM
Bluffton Regional Business Council
Bluffton Town Hall, 20 Bridge Street
Speaker: Trent Williamson, CEO, Don Ryan Center for Innovation and tour of new Bluffton Town Hall
APRIL 25 | NOON
GETSmart Business Education Series
Introduction to Accounting
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive training materials.
APRIL 5 | 8 AM
Public Policy Committee Meeting
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
Speaker: John O’Toole, Director Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation
APRIL 11 | 2:00 PM
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Cove Senior Behavioral Health Unit at Hilton Head Regional Healthcare - Hilton Head Hospital
25 Hospital Center Boulevard (HHI)
Reception 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Get Your Plaid on APRIL 4TH!
APRIL 5 | 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Chamber Young Professionals
First Friday Coffee
Java Burrito - 1000 William Hilton Parkway (HHI)
For young professionals 40 and under
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