"At Hilton Head Heroes we are making a difference...one child, one family, one week at a time...."
Lindy Ellison Russell, President & Director

Our mission at Hilton Head Heroes is to bring families with children between the ages of four and eighteen suffering from life threatening illnesses to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for a resort vacation. Children are referred to our program through doctors, healthcare providers and hospital administrators.

Accepting Applications for
2017 Hero Vacations

Our mission is to bring children between the ages of two and twenty years old who have been diagnosed with a serious illness, and their families to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for a resort vacation.

To apply for a 2017 Hero Vacation, please click here to submit your application.

The families are housed in the Hilton Head Island HERO house located in Sea Pines Resort. (click here to view photos!) They are given gift certificates to local restaurants, grocery stores as well as island amenities.

Founded in 1998 by longtime island resident and family entertainer Gregg Russell and his wife Lindy, Hilton Head Heroes was born out of a desire to help very ill children and their entire family enjoy a vacation that would not be ordinarily possible.

Online Donations

We've recently launched an online page to simplify your donations to Hilton Head Heroes. Please click the button below!

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"...we are in the business of helping children
gracefully become angels, while unselfish acts of love
and kindness help everyday people become Heroes.
I am so grateful for being in the presence of both...."

Gregg M. Russell, Founder & Public Awareness

With a strong Hilton Head Island Board of Directors made up of local business people and the support of serveral high profile Honorary Board Members such as Corey Pavin of the PGA tour, Jim Nantz of CBS Sports and former Wimbledon Champion Stan Smith, Hilton Head Heroes has been fortunate to receive donations and support from many individuals and corporations.


Organization of the Year
Presented by the Hilton Head Island/ Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
Hilton Head Heroes

Established in 1976 to honor "contributors to the well-being of the overall Island community," the Outstanding Organization Award recognizes a group which has exhibited continuous dedication and outstanding service to others. This year's recipient embodies these qualifications.

For the past decade they have touched the lives of families and children with life's most wonderful forces….the power of compassion, hope, love and acceptance.

They reflect how a group of people coming together to ease the burdens of others and offer respite and renewal can profoundly impact individuals in unparalleled ways.

Families are the tapestry of life…the weaving together of hearts and love that serve as a bond unbreakable in life and beyond. They selflessly serve to strengthen the bonds of family one child at a time and to give unto others without expectation, but with a selflessness uncommonly found.

Their name reflects who they become in the lives of those they touch…heroes in every sense of the word.

Their ability to lead families to laughter and love when it matters most is their gift to others and their legacy to all.


On behalf of the Board of Directors of Hilton Head Heroes, we would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for recently honoring our program as the 2009 Organization of the Year. We know that there are dozens of other wonderful organizations that have an amazing impact on our community that could have been honored this year, but we are especially grateful to have been chosen. This award is proudly shared by all of our Board members, both present and past, who have faithfully guided this program for over ten years. It also recognizes a plethora of local businesses and volunteers for their heartwarming generosity and critical support. But mostly, it honors the hundreds of families who have made our incredible island their home for a week...in many cases, saying goodbye to one of their brave young children against the beautiful backdrop of sunsets, playful dolphins, quiet bike rides and beach walks..feeling safe and welcomed by the loving embrace of a very special caring and giving community. Our mission is to "help create memories that will last a lifetime". We will personally cherish the memory of being honored with this award forever.

Gregg & Lindy Russell
Hilton Head Heroes


Birdies for Charity
April 10-16, 2017
Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Heroes is again participating in the Heritage Classic Foundation's Birdies for Charity program. Each year we collect pledges based on the number of birdies scored by PGA professionals during the RBC Heritage Golf Classic presented by Boeing on Hilton Head Island.

More Information | Download Pledge Form

TidePointe Elegant Evening and Silent Auction
November 3, 2017
6-9 pm
Cocktail attire
$100.00 per person
Cocktails, dinner, music and silent auction all included. Music by the John Brackett Trio. Call Lindy Russell for further details or if you wish to have an invitation mailed to you.

Download Flyer

Christmas Dessert Party
December 10, 2017
2-4 pm
Hilton Head Hero House
Guests are asked to bring a grocery gift card to Publix to share with our Hero Families.

Post Office Box 6689, Hilton Head, SC 29938


General Information: Hilton Head Heroes

Contact Us

Click here for our online contact form

Each individual or family that donates at least $1,000.00 to Hilton Head Heroes in a calendar year will become part of our 100 HEROES group. This group will be invited to several parties annually to celebrate the success of Hilton Head Heroes, including a Christmas party in the HERO House. 100 HERO members will also be given first opportunity to purchase tickets to upcoming HERO events.

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Hilton Head Heroes | Po Box 6689, Hilton Head, SC 29938
843-422-6343 |

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