The Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce held their annual ball Saturday night. Amid all the hoopla and fancy dresses - it was a Mardi Gras theme - they recognized some wonderful members of our community.
The top award, the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award for the first time was presented to two honorees; Ida Martin and Betsy Doughtie. Ida Martin, who created Bluffton Self Help in her garage in 1987 also most recently was awarded the Presidential Citizenship Award by President Obama in Washington, D.C. Betsy Doughtie serves as Executive Director of Deep Well; an organization that was created by Charlotte Heinrichs to address the lack of adequate drinking water and now provides assistance to thousands of Hilton Head area residents.
For such a small geographic area we are so fortunate to have these wonderful people with generous spirits committed to making lives better.
Another award winner, a friend and fellow Realtor, Gloria LaCoe was named the Zonta Woman of the Year. Gloria founded the annual Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas teen party at the Boys and Girls Club, and because it appears she has a few moments left, has recently partnered with St. Andrew by the Sea Methodist Church to create a soup kitchen.
As well as the organizations above we have Volunteers in Medicine, Cancer Thrift Store, the Litter Box, and of course Rotary, United Way, Goodwill, Salvation Army and more - plenty of organizations that would love your help.
If you live here, join in continuing to improve Hilton Head and Bluffton; if you are thinking of moving here, you'll become a valuable member and much appreciated partner!