September 2018

Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Darlene Schuetz

Author: Special to CH2

Darlene Schuetz
Occupation: Director of Community Relations
Home Town: Ridgefield, CT

First thing you do every morning?
Snuggle with my boy and twirl his years (I love floppy ears). Did i mention that “my boy” is a Great Dane named Cosgrove?

What is something unusual about you?
I lived for almost 30 years in Yosemite National Park

Who is your life do you trust the most?
My son, Blake.

What are you afraid of?
A world full of hatred and bigotry… also monsters under my bed!

What motivates you?
The feeling that I am in some small way helping someone.

If you could switch places with someone for a day who would it be?
A toddler. Completely carefree, skip instead of walk, sing loudly, cry hard, giggle uncontrollably, and look at life through innocent eyes.

If you could leave right now, where would you go?
Somewhere I’ve never been before

Where is your favorite spot in Hilton Head or Bluffton?
The beach at sunset or my porch at sunrise.

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?
We used to have many, but having lost both of parents and he fact that my family is spread across the country, I never know what each holiday will bring. The most important thing is taking the time to reach out to family and friends and let them know that I am grateful for them and love them.

Would money buy you happiness?
Indirectly, yes because it would give the freedom to do more thing that make me happy.

What are two of your strengths?
Self-deprecating humor humor and the ability to walk a giant Great Dane!

Person you most look up to?
My Dad.

How do you spend you free time?
Free time? Going out with friends, going to the beach, biking, boating (when i get the opportunity) working out, and of course time with Cos.

Are you spiritual or religious, if so how?
Yes, both. my spirituality come from within, and my religion is in my belief in God, which was how I was raised.

Do you have a pet? If, so what kind and name?
We’ve covered this! Great Dane named Cosgrove AKA Cos

Heels or Flats? My closest friends will tell you that I love both!
Cook or Eat Out? I like to cook if it is with someone.

Drink of choice?
Water, coffee, Titos & Soda

Give us three words your friends might use to describe you?
Honest, Adventurous, and Funny

What wold you say your greatest accomplishment thus far is?
As cliche as it may sound, raising my son.

Would you say your are a leader or a follower?
Both, it is situational, I may lead when needed, but am happy to follow the lead of someone better qualified.

There is a mandatory evacuation for the Lowcountry- what do you not leave home without?
Cosgrove, a few old photos that i have not scanned (keep meaning to), passport and my favorite pair of jeans.

Favorite local bar or restaurant.
Ruby Lee’s South

Charity you would like to play for:
Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

Why does his charity mean so much to you?
Years ago a good friend was a at the end of his battle with cancer. He told me that we are all dying, the difference was he had been given a more specific time-line in which to say the things he needed to say. Hospice offers not only comfort from pain and symptoms, they provide dignity at end of life. They bring families, they help with bucket list wishes, and honor lives. Hospice can help people keep living right up to the moment they die.

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