Organization of the Year
Presented by the Hilton Head Island/ Bluffton Chamber
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
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.
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.
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
reflects who they become in the lives of those they
heroes in every sense of the word.
to lead families to laughter and love when it matters
most is their gift to others and their legacy to all.
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