November 2011: Editor's Note...
Author: Maggie Washo
I know October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I feel the need to mention an event that I was fortunate enough to witness last month. Eddie Andrews (director of marketing for Hargray) and Robert Irvine (owner of eat!) collaborated on a breast cancer survivor event to celebrate local women who have battled this horrible disease and are winning. Both men have had their personal run-ins with this disease. Eddie lost his father to pancreatic cancer and Robert’s father was diagnosed with breast cancer (and is a survivor!).
The marketing team at Hargray worked with Kelly Presnell and Dr. Virginia Herrmann at the Hilton Head Hospital to find breast cancer survivors to invite to a beautiful evening of dinner, pink champagne and thousands of dollars’ worth of giveaways. Patricia Owen, FACES DaySpa owner, treated every woman invited to a $75 gift certificate and makeup bag. (For more photos of the Hargray Hope Dinner on the “pink carpet,” see our Series of Fortunate Events on page 26.) When Dr. Hermann read a letter from a patient of hers about surviving the disease, there was not a dry eye in the place.
The evening made me proud to know all of the local people who donated their time, money and gifts to make this happen for women who have been through such a traumatic experience, and I just wanted to share it.
Speaking of women, this is our first annual Women in Business issue, and I hope you enjoy it. We were lucky enough to get a one-on-one interview with Nikki Haley, arguably South Carolina’s most famous businesswoman. She shares advice for young women on succeeding in the workplace.
Be sure to check out this year’s Bachelor of the Year contestants, and stay tuned for next month when we narrow it down to the top ten.