We were on furlough from the statehouse last week, so will comment on some local happenings. Despite the blustery weather, the Heritage was a huge success. The challenges put up by Mother Nature notwithstanding, the golf was exciting, the hospitality tents were warm and full, and tens of thousands of visitors found their way to our gorgeous part of the Lowcountry. The Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce leveraged the event masterfully. Bill Miles and his crew managed to put together a beautiful ad featuring not only our delightful spring scenery, but including a voiceover by Sea Pines co-founder Charles Fraser. Millions of viewers worldwide were reminded that coastal South Carolina has everything to make a perfect vacation, vacation home or even a second or third career business for those with an unquenchable entrepreneurial spirit. In that spirit, it was good to see Governor Haley huddling with business leaders looking to relocate to South Carolina. I had a chance to chat with old friend Greg Robinson, an islander who is currently the Director of Economic Development for Orangeburg County. Also good to see my friend, Senator Tim Scott, making his way around the course. The Heritage was successful in no small part because of the thousands of volunteers who put in their time and energy to make it all come together. I also want to personally thank the Bluffton High School football team for spending their
entire weekend on trash duty. They really made a difference.
Recently, we were blessed with the opportunity to host the Lowcountry Legal Volunteers 3rd Annual Wild Women”s Tea Party at our home on Myrtle Island. This local group does great work in the community raising money to advocate for local women and children who are unable to afford non-criminal legal representation. As usual, my bride had the house and yard ready for the 150 ladies, the alleged wild women, who enjoyed refreshments, a great fashion show put on by Gigi”s of Bluffton, as well as the entertaining Master of Ceremonies, Pink Magazine publisher Elizabeth Millen. Your representative served as Master of the Golf Cart, keeping the coolers full of ice, hauling trash, and transporting the wild women to and from their vehicles parked along Myrtle Island Road. Kudos Dersom du bare er ute etter a ha det goy kan spilleautomater pa nett v?re et godt valg. to my wife Rose, along with Karen Wessel, Clair Craver, and their entire leadership team for a fun, productive event for a great cause. That evening was spent at neighbor Peggy Parker”s Myrtle Island home celebrating the decades of service to the Bluffton community by the Jerry and Mary Reeves. These lovely folks have not only been the creator and benefactor of the Children”s Center, they have been the mainstay of the local historic preservation effort and its focal point, the Heyward House. In addition to their many charitable works, they have provided jobs for the bulk of Bluffton residents for forty years or more. Peggy was the consummate hostess, even providing an incredible May River sunset. The stars of the evening were, of course, the honorees, Jerry and Mary Reeves.
Bluffton has been blessed, over the years, by many capable and talented women, whose efforts have underpinned the civic, social and political order of our community. None was more generous or gracious in her offerings than our recently departed friend, Nancy Roe. From the days of their legendary Kentucky Derby parties at Windy Knoll Farm, to her recent meet and greet in support of my statehouse run, Nancy and husband Bill were prime movers and contributors to the society and politics of the region. She was the embodiment of the genuine southern hostess. We will miss her.