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Celebrating The Beaufort Fund

January 17, 2017 by CCF

On January 12th, hundreds of community members gathered to celebrate the success of The Beaufort Fund’s 2017 grant cycle. A competitive grant fund of Coastal Community Foundation, the Fund gave out $588,000 to nonprofits serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Since its founding, The Beaufort Fund has awarded $8 million of support to nonprofits in the Southern Lowcountry.

The theme of the evening was “Shining The Light“, paying a tribute to the nonprofits who are a beacon of hope for so many in our community. Beaufort Fund staff members Danica Whitney and Gloria Duryea, Advisory Committee Chair Fred Washington, Jr. and President & CEO Darrin Goss, Sr., all delivered remarks at the reception, where dozens of grantee representatives were present.

This past year proved the critical role nonprofits play in the local community during Hurricane Matthew, a point touched on during the remarks. Organizations like Human Services Alliance worked closely with United Way of the Lowcountry to immediately assess and address community needs, with United Way serving as recovery hotline headquarters. As of last week, the hotline had received calls from more than 1,000 individuals, and with the leadership of agencies across the community, nearly $3 million in FEMA assistance has been distributed through its Individual and Housing Program. Beyond organizational efforts, individuals across the community gave their time, talent and treasure to the recovery, including 900+ volunteers registered through United Way.

The Beaufort Fund reception united dozens of grantees serving the community in diverse ways, from preservation to education, community development to arts and culture. We were proud to celebrate them then and to continue doing so now.

 

The reception took place at Tabby Place at The Beaufort Inn

The reception took place at Tabby Place at The Beaufort Inn

 

Representatives from Hampton County Literacy Council

Representatives from Hampton County Literacy Council

 

Catering was provided by Whole Foods in Mt. Pleasant

Catering was provided by Whole Foods in Mt. Pleasant

 

CCF Board members Herbert Drayton, Shawan Gillians and D.C. Gilley with Charley Webb, member of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee

CCF Board members Herbert Drayton, Shawan Gillians and D.C. Gilley with Charley Webb, member of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee

 

James and Marguerite Neary

James and Marguerite Neary

 

Before remarks, guests gathered to enjoy food and beverages with fellow grantees and community members.

Before remarks, guests gathered to enjoy food and beverages with fellow grantees and community members.

 

First time grantee Extra Mile Club of the Lowcountry was represented by Chris and Gaynelle Dantzler.

First time grantee Extra Mile Club of the Lowcountry was represented by Chris and Gaynelle Dantzler.

 

Tish Lynn from the Center For Heir's Property (and former CCF staff member) with Angel Johnson-Brebner, Executive VP at CCF.

Tish Lynn from the Center For Heir’s Property (and former CCF staff member) with Angel Johnson-Brebner, Executive VP at CCF.

 

Darrin Goss, Sr., President & CEO, with Jim Marks, former CCF board member and current member of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee

Darrin Goss, Sr., President & CEO, with Jim Marks, former CCF board member and current member of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee

 

Janie Lackman and Chet Houston representing grantee LowCountry Habitat For Humanity

Janie Lackman and Chet Houston representing grantee LowCountry Habitat For Humanity

 

Danica Whitney and Gloria Duryea, staff members for The Beaufort FUnd

Danica Whitney and Gloria Duryea, CCF staff members for The Beaufort Fund

 

Frank Biermann and Vicki Verity, member of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee

Frank Biermann and Vicki Verity, member of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee

 

Rev. John Dortch from Circle of Hope Ministries with Danica Whitney

Rev. John Dortch from Circle of Hope Ministries with Danica Whitney

 

Members of CCF's Management Team: Edie Blakeslee, VP of Grantmaking & Community Leadership; Darrin Goss, Sr., President & CEO; Betsy Kinsley, VP of Development & Stewardship; Angel Johnson-Brebner, Executive VP

Members of CCF’s Management Team: Edie Blakeslee, VP of Grantmaking & Community Leadership; Darrin Goss, Sr., President & CEO; Betsy Kinsley, VP of Development & Stewardship; Angel Johnson-Brebner, Executive VP

 

The audience during remarks by Darrin Goss, Sr.

The audience during remarks by Darrin Goss, Sr.

 

Representatives of the 2017 grantees of The Beaufort Fund

Representatives of the 2017 grantees of The Beaufort Fund

 

Betsy Kinsley with CCF's stewardship officers, Keisha Myco and Gloria Duryea

Betsy Kinsley with CCF’s stewardship officers, Keisha Myco and Gloria Duryea

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