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LONG COVE FUND AWARDS MORE THAN $200,000 IN GRANTS TO LOCAL NONPROFITS

The Long Cove Fund awarded $209,600 in grants to 41 area nonprofit organizations. A grants awards presentation was held at Long Cove Club on Sept. 22 and included special guest speaker and lifelong philanthropist, Doug Hertz, who is the chairman and CEO of United Distributors in Atlanta, and a Long Cove Club member.  

longcoveThe Long Cove Fund provides grants to nonprofits in support of current needs in the areas of health, housing, hunger and education in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Since 2003, $1,560,241 in grants has been awarded. For a list of recipients, visit longcoveclub.com.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES COVID-19 FUND GRANT GUIDELINES

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced guidelines to distribute funds from the Hilton Head Island ARPA/SLFRF Covid-19 Fund. Grant distributions will comply with federal guidelines and will address negative economic impacts caused by Covid-19, including healthcare, housing assistance, childcare and education, rent and utility assistance and food insecurity. The maximum amount per grant is $50,000. Nonprofits eligible to apply for a grant include 501(c)(3) organizations providing services to low- and moderate-income citizens of the town of Hilton Head. Organizations must be able to verify the income level of program recipients. Contact Debbie Cahoon, Vice President for Community Investment, at dcahoon@cf-lowcountry.org or 843-681-9100.

VILLAGE AT WEXFORD RAISES FUNDS FOR NONPROFITS

community7Wine Down Wednesday, hosted by the Village at Wexford, helped raise $750 for both the Boys & Girls Club and Pockets Full of Sunshine. The final Wine Down Wednesday of the year is set for Dec. 8.

FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS GRANT

Battery Creek High School teacher Aimee Whitesell was awarded the Dr. Wayne Carbiener “Above and Beyond” Award by The Foundation for Educational Excellence. She received a $1,000 grant in recognition of being named Beaufort County School District’s Teacher of the Year.  

HISTORIC MITCHELVILLE DIRECTOR EARNS MUSEUM LEADERSHIP AWARD

Ahmad Ward, executive director of Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, is the recipient of the 2021 Museum Leadership Award presented by the Southeastern Museums Conference. The SEMC Awards Committee honors outstanding colleagues who help shape the world of museums. In 2017, Ward took the helm of Hilton Head Island’s Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, which seeks to preserve, promote and honor Historic Mitchelville, the first self-governed town of formerly enslaved people in the United States.

FIRE STATION DEBUTS IN BLUFFTON

firestationBeaufort County Emergency Medical Services and Bluffton Township Fire District held a grand opening Oct. 26 for Fire Station 31, which is at 31 Red Barn Drive in Bluffton. The station will serve the New Riverside and Pritchardville sections of Bluffton. The Bluffton Township Fire District, Town of Bluffton and Beaufort County EMS worked collaboratively to build and pay for the new 8,000-square-foot station, a news release said.

HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HEAD OF SCHOOL EARNS TOP LEADERSHIP AWARD 

Doug Langhals, head of school at Hilton Head Christian Academy, was honored with South Carolina Independent School Association’s top leadership award at its annual headmaster’s conference in Orangeburg. The Dr. Charles S. Aimar Educational Leadership Award is presented annually to a South Carolina head of school that exhibits outstanding leadership and personal dedication to their individual school community. Langhals was named HHCA head of school in 2016. 

HILTON HEAD, COASTAL CAROLINA HOSPITALS EARN ‘A’ RATING  

Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital earned the grade of ‘A’ in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. According to a news release, the Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.

MORRIS CENTER FOR LOWCOUNTRY HERITAGE RECEIVES TECHNOLOGY AWARD

The Ridgeland-based Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage received the 2021 Southeastern Museums Conference Silver Award for Applications. The SEMC Technology Competition recognizes excellence in the use of technology within Southeastern museums and celebrates the accomplishments of their work. 

Morris Center worked with TimeLooper to create a virtual reality app to highlight the Soul of the South exhibition. TimeLooper worked with Morris Center staff to offer 3D modeling within the application along with audio narration and background music. 

CONGAREE FOUNDATION AND COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY ESTABLISH SCHOLARSHIP

The Congaree Foundation has partnered with Coastal Carolina University to create the Congaree Foundation Scholarship for the university’s PGA Golf Management program. Beginning with the 2022-23 academic year, the Congaree Foundation Scholarship will be awarded annually to one incoming undergraduate student at CCU. Eligible students will enter the university as full-time, first-year students in the PGA Golf Management program, will have participated in Congaree Foundation programming, and must be South Carolina residents. For more information about the Congaree Foundation, visit congareefoundation.org.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PARTNERS WITH SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR SATURDAY LEARNING PROGRAM

A new Saturday Learning Program has kicked off at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, which is designed to assist children in grades 1-4 with supplemental educational support in reading, math and/or science. 

The program, a partnership between the Club and the Beaufort County School District, serves about 50 children. For more information, contact daniel.godsun@bgclowcountry.org or caroline.rinehart@bgclowcountry.org.