Local Scene: Happenings Around Town

Having a Ball

What: 2019 Southern Coast Heart Ball

When it took place: Feb. 2

Where: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Photographer: J.T. Smith

Highlights: The black-tie gala raised more than $290,000 for the American Heart Association. The evening festivities included dinner, a live auction and entertainment. Those in attendance got to hear the story of Lily Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects. Her father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also had a heart disease and was honored at the event.


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Young scholars

What: Heritage Classic Foundation Scholars luncheon

When it took place: Jan. 30

Where: Sonesta Resort

Photographer: Arno Dimmling

Highlights: Ten Beaufort County seniors were named Heritage Classic Foundation Scholars. Six will receive a $16,000 scholarship over the next four years. The four additional awards carry a $20,000 opportunity. Seniors selected were Battery Creek High School – Gabriella Morales; Beaufort High – Samuel Stewart; Bluffton High School – Elaine Guo, Caleb Kelly, Caleb Watkins; Hilton Head Island High School – Elizabeth Jordan, Justin Mlodzinski, Zachary Waters; May River High School – Faith Shupard, Joshua Yeddulayyagari.


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How sweet it is

What: Chocolate tasting tour

When it took place: Jan. 31

Where: The Pearl, Bluffton

Photographer: Babbie Guscio

Highlights: Award-winning, internationally trained chocolatier Oliver Kita of Oliver Kita Chocolates in Rhinebeck, N.Y., presented an exclusive chocolate tasting tour, co-hosted by The Store at The Pearl Kitchen and Bar. Guests learned about growing and harvesting cacao from around the equator and enjoyed a special tasting from five regions. Take-home samples also were given.


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Celebrating MLK

What: MLK Memorial March

When it took place: Jan 21

Where: Hilton Head Island High School parking lot

Photographer: Arno Dimmling

Highlights: Many locals marched in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Weekend. The parade was one of several events happening around the island, including a worship service, a service day cleanup project and a memorial program. All events were free and open to the public.


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