January 2019

This & That: January 2019 Edition

Author: Special to CH2

Ballet Memphis:Celebrating the Human Spirit
Breathtaking. Awe-inspiring. Elevating. Ballet Memphis was the vision of Artistic Director Dorothy Gunther Pugh, who, in 1986, founded this now nationally lauded, professional dance company, which has become known for its innovative, classically-based repertoire. Now, see this dynamic company when they perform at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Friday, January 18 at 8 p.m., for one show only.

Pugh’s dream has always been to create a company like none other in the Memphis area, or across the country, by actively seeking to create, present and teach ballet in a way that celebrates the human spirit. To that end, the company has built an acclaimed original repertoire that speaks of the cultural significance of the area, which they have shared with audiences around the globe and at home.

Ballet Memphis has received rave reviews in Paris, New York, Washington D.C., Houston, and Quebec, performing in venues including The Joyce Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

Associate Artistic director Steven McMahon has created more than a dozen ballets for Ballet Memphis, including his first full-length ballet, Wizard of Oz. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, McMahon was also a dancer with Ballet Memphis, joining the company after completing his training at The Ailey School in New York City.
Additionally, Ballet Memphis partners with artists from around the globe for collaborative and original works. The Ford Foundation lauded Ballet Memphis as a “national treasure.”

From its original company of two dancers, Ballet Memphis now soars onstage at the Arts Center January 18! Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at www.artshhi.com.

Sponsored, in part, by South Arts.

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Taylor Lomprez, previously in the fitness industry, is now using her newest certification along with her MA in communication to pursue her dreams of helping people buy and sell homes. Lomprez has joined Keller Williams Realty – The Joan Kelly Group, and specializes in the Bluffton, Okatie, Hilton Head area.


Bob Milot has joined the Bluffton office of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate. A Bluffton resident for four years, Milot has more than 30 years of experience as a sales and marketing executive, directing key field operations and central office assignments for General Motors.


Bishop Eye Center welcomes optometrist Dr. Emily Bollin to its growing practice. Bollin previously practiced optometry in her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia and has been practicing on Hilton Head Island and in Okatie since 2007.


Haig Point is thrilled to announce the addition of Tom Beavor to its Realtor team. Beavor and his wife Toni have resided full-time on Daufuskie Island since January 1995 and are Haig Point members; the couple jointly started Daufuskie Properties of SC, Inc. in 1998 closing over 70 million dollars in real estate business spanning all of Daufuskie Island.


Campbell Elizabeth Harmon was delivered on November 30th, 2018 at 7:51 p.m. to parents Ashton (our very own sales director) and Steve Harmon! She was 5.3 pounds and very healthy!

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The Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee
The Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee will be accepting applications starting January 15, 2019 for grants that will be made this year to 501©3 nonprofit organizations in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. To be considered, organizations should have plans for a project to improve health, housing, hunger or educational issues. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2019.

The application and all pertinent information can be found at www.longcoveclub.com under the “People” tab and “Caring Community.” For questions on how to locate the grant application, contact Jordan Potter at jpotter@longcoveclub.com or (843) 686-1070.

All who received grants in 2018 should submit your interim report prior to the March 31 deadline to be considered for a grant in 2019. In 2018, the LCCCAC hit the $1 million mark in grants distributed since its inception in 2003.

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All Saints Garden Tour Grant Recipients
Annually, all the net proceeds from the All Saints Garden Tours are donated to charities that focus on hunger, homelessness, literacy or aging with budgets of less than $650,000 in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. These charities are identified in the fall prior to the Tour, and the grant is awarded the following year after the tour is completed. During the past 31 years, over $500,000. has been awarded to local charities.

The 2018 grant recipients included The Antioch Educational Center, Backpack Buddies of Bluffton, Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Safe Harbour and St. Stephen’s Outreach Foodbank. These charities recently received their awards from the 2018 Garden Tour.

The thirty-second annual All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour is scheduled for May 18, 2019. The Garden Tour board recently announced the six charities that will benefit from the 2019 Tour proceeds: Jasper Backpack Buddies (Antioch Educational Center), Backpack Buddies of Bluffton, Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head Island, St. Stephen’s UMC Outreach Food Bank, Hilton Head Safe Harbour, and The Literacy Center.

For more information about the 2019 Garden Tour is available at www.allsaintsgardentour.com.

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