May 2008

All Aboard: 4th Annual Yacht Hop to benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

Author: Linda S. Hopkins | Photographer: Leslie Sayers

Strolling about the yacht basin at Harbour Town, do you ever wish that you could peek inside the luxury vessels docked there? Now’s your chance! On Sunday, May 4, from 6-9 p.m., you are invited to hop aboard 20 elegant yachts for an up-close and personal look at the lavish lifestyle and an evening of food, fun and fellowship. But that’s not all. By attending, you will be making a contribution to one of our area’s most compassionate and most crucial organizations: Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.

Let’s go to the Hop
You’ll want to be comfortable for your night on the town, so don your casual island attire and boat shoes and head for the docks. Sip your favorite libation and drink in the atmosphere of world-renowned Harbour Town while mingling with friends and making your way aboard each participating yacht. On your tour, you’ll be greeted and treated by the area’s most beloved chefs, serving gourmet surprises for your enjoyment. Meanwhile, you’ll want to take part in the silent auction, ongoing throughout the event.

The grand finale begins with Mother Nature’s magnificent sky painting. As the sun sets over Calibogue Sound, the boats will sound their horns—your signal to make your way to the famous Liberty Oak where dessert will be served and a live auction will take place. Items up for bid include vacations, original art, a personal photo session with a New York fashion photographer and more. As an added attraction, the island’s favorite show band, The Headliners, will perform all your listening and dancing favorites.

According to David Warren, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry spokesman and Yacht Hop chairman, it is the unique venue and format that sets this event apart. “It’s different in nature from the golf tournaments, the big balls, the open houses,” he said. “All of those are wonderful, and we do all of them. But it’s the access to these magnificent boats and to these chefs that you wouldn’t normally get that makes this event stand out. There’s an excitement and anticipation going from boat to boat.”

Have a heart for hospice
Many people mistakenly believe that hospice is all about dying. According to Warren, at Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, it’s all about living. The services provided help those with terminal illnesses spend their last months, weeks, days and hours in the best possible way, with minimal pain and discomfort and maximum fulfillment and enjoyment. At the same time, families are given the opportunity to spend quality time with their loved one and make the transition together. “It’s an opportunity to leave this world in a graceful manner,” said Warren.

“People tend to think of hospice as a last resort, when really it is a positive option,” said Lynne Hummell, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s director of community relations. Hummell urges healthy people to learn about hospice and understand what services are offered. By doing so, when faced with a life-limiting illness, you can make an informed decision concerning the care you need and live out your life to its fullest.

“Yacht Hop is a good example of the community supporting this really critical thing,” said Warren. “Like many other things, it’s because of the kind of people who started Hospice Care of the Lowcountry that where we live is such a special place.”

Come for the fun and come for the cause. Live it up at this year’s Yacht Hop, and show your support for this valuable service organization.

Yacht Hop is open to area residents and visitors. Admission is $100 per person and includes all yacht tours, food tastings, entertainment and activities. A cash bar will be available. Proceeds go to patient services and programs of Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, a 501 © (3) organization. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For reservations or more information, call 843-706-2296 or visit www.hospicecarelc.org.

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