Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS SOUTH CAROLINA YACHT CLUB HAS BEEN A ‘SPECIAL’ PLACE FOR MEMBERS

BY MARK LETT | PHOTO SUPPLIED

As a globetrotting broadcaster and sailing commentator for the America’s Cup, Tucker Thompson has seen hundreds of boat clubs and yacht clubs.

So, when it came time last year to have his family of four join a club, which did he choose?

ROTARY CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND NAMES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Each year the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island selects two students to receive a scholarship of $4,000 per year, offering each student $16,000 in scholarship support. Jehanne Marie Arnal from the Heritage Academy and Harper Krimm from Hilton Head Christian Academy are this year’s winners. Arnal will attend The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business where she will major in business with a focus on entrepreneurship. Harper will attend Anderson University, majoring in music with concentrations in voice and commercial music.

The Hilton Head Island Airport has received $12 million in additional funding for the estimated $53 million terminal upgrades in the South Carolina State budget. The project is estimated to begin in the winter of 2022 and be completed in mid-to-late 2025. The project will include approximately 43,000 more square feet of terminal space, three jetways for passengers, new parking, security upgrades, an all-new baggage claim, a new grand hall, and a four-lane passenger drop off and pick-up area.

FOR THE BEST LEVEL OF CARE

BY HILTON HEAD MONTHLY

ENJOY THE GOLDEN YEARS

The idea of senior care has evolved, encompassing a wealth of options as diverse as the seniors who live them. Opportunities abound, whether that means continuing to live in your own home or taking advantage of more specialized care to suit your particular medical needs.

Learning for everyone

Technical College of the Lowcountry

Campuses: Beaufort, Bluffton, Culinary, Hampton
Type: Two-year community college
President: Dr. Richard Gough
Phone: 843-525-8207

PLENTY OF OPTIONS FOR YOUTH SPORTS

BY HILTON HEAD MONTHLY

Another sports season is set to begin, and parents looking for athletic options can find plenty in the Lowcountry.

The Beaufort County Parks and Recreation Department and the Island Recreation Center offer myriad youth sports programs.

BY CLAY BONNYMAN EVANS | PHOTO BY RITTERBECK PHOTOGRAPHY

BLUFFTON’S JAMM WISE HAS ‘INDESCRIBABLE’ PASSION FOR THE FLORIDA GATORS

Jamm Wise is a friendly guy. So, when religious solicitors knocked on his door a few years back, Wise invited them into his Bluffton home.

One of the men looked down to see a University of Florida doormat and knew he’d stepped into a swamp. Gator gear and memorabilia — helmets, blankets, wall hangings, toys and more — were everywhere.

1. HILTON HEAD NAMES ADVISOR TO TOWN MANAGER

Benjamin Brown, a community development professional, has been named senior advisor to the Hilton Head Island town manager. Brown has 20 years of experience in community development and planning. He was director of planning and property operations for the Palmetto Dunes Property Owner’s Association, where he was involved with a $50 million capital improvements program and other priority projects.

HILTON HEAD MAN TRAVELS TO WAR ZONE TO HELP RESCUE PETS

BY TONY KUKULICH | PHOTOS BY MADISON ELROD

It’s reasonable to wonder how the co-owner of a successful dog-grooming business on Hilton Head Island found himself more than 5,000 miles from home helping animals in war-torn Ukraine.

As it turns out, the answer is remarkably simple. Jeff Prekop, who owns and manages the popular Groomingdales along with his wife, Jen, felt he was called to go there. So, he did.

TIPS FOR FINDING TUITION ASSISTANCE

BY NINA GREENPLATE

Financing a college education can be a challenge. In 2022, collegeboard.org determined in-state tuition averages $10,740 annually for a four-year public university, with out-of-state students paying well over twice that amount.

SIGNE’S HEAVEN BOUND BAKERY & CAFÉ CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

BY AMY COYNE BREDESON | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

It all started in August 1972, when a young mother from Guilford, Conn., decided to open a food emporium in Harbour Town, selling fresh juices, protein drinks, salads and sandwiches to residents and visitors of Hilton Head Island.

Now 81 and just as hardworking as she was five decades ago, Signe Gardo is celebrating 50 years in business.

CHARLESTON CARRY SISTERS CREATE CUSTOM-MADE SOUTHERN ACCESSORIES

BY NICOLE CRAM | PHOTOS SUPPLIED

It all began in 2014 when Kathie Hall Rainsford was planning her wedding with a little help from her sister, Karen Hall Caraway.

One of the first engagement gifts Kathie and her then-fiancé received was a beautiful sweetgrass basket created by artisans in Charleston’s renowned City Market.

COLLINS GROUP REALTY NAMED NO. 1 IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Collins Group Realty was named one of America’s most productive sales teams as a part of RealTrends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, a ranking report produced by RealTrends and Tom Ferry International. The team was ranked the number No. 1 large team in South Carolina for the second year in a row, by sales volume. The real estate group is also ranked the No. 36 large team in the nation, by volume. RealTrends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals ranks over 18,500 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2021.

TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL HELP KEEP YOUR PROPERTY SECURE

BY DEAN ROWLAND

There’s no place like home, especially when watching the nightly news. Local TV coverage peeks around the neighborhood corner to show shootings, lootings, robberies, law enforcement/civilian showdowns and home invasions.

Leading real estate professionals who produce the highest results year over year share the same characteristics that sets them apart: passion, dedication, personal integrity, professional skills, years of experience and a strong team behind them.

SANDOVAL | BALLARD WEDDING

Katy Sandoval and Zach Ballard were recently married at First Presbyterian Church and had their reception at the Sea Pines Country Club. They met as students at Hilton Head High School and both graduated from Clemson University. They live in Madison, Wisconsin, where Zach is a bio-medical engineer with Epic and Katy is a neonatal nurse at UnityPoint-Meriter Hospital. Photos by Ashly McCoy | ashlymccoy.com

HOW TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING DAY ECO-FRIENDLY

BY AMY BARTLETT

Google eco-friendly weddings (or green, sustainable, ethical, zero-waste), and the most common advice is one we know and love here in the Lowcountry: Keep it local.

Couple travels to exchanges vows at Sea Pines

BY NICOLE CRAM | PHOTOS BY PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE

On a breezy day in May 2021, lifelong friends Jenna Hall and Joey Roberts exchanged vows on the 17th green in Harbour Town in front of family and friends who traveled from near and far to celebrate the happy couple.