Saturday, May 4, 2019 started out with ominous dark grey clouds looming just across the Kiawah River, but the threatening rain stayed away for what turned out to be near perfect weather for the 5th Annual Gullah Celebration held on the Freshfields Village Green.
Over 800 hundred people visited this year’s event, the major fundraiser for the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF). Thanks to the generosity of so many, over $135,000 was raised to support the Foundation’s programs providing healthy food and clean water to families in need from Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.
Seabrookers were especially supportive of the festival with financial sponsorships, auction item donations and purchases, and ticket sales. In addition, nearly 100 volunteers sold tickets, served food and beverages, managed the silent auction, handled set-up and clean-up and made sure the event ran smoothly. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, talent and resources to make this event so successful.
Click here to view photos of this wonderful celebration!
The outreach projects supported by SIHAF include Water Wellness Mission, Sea Islands Blessing Basket, and Crockpot Cooking Class, as well as several other food distribution programs which are familiar to the many Seabrookers who volunteer so enthusiastically to make these efforts possible. To learn more about the outreach projects, click here. To learn about the food distribution programs, click here.
Sincere thanks to all!
-Submitted by Shirley Salvo
(Photo credit: Shauneen Hutchinson)