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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Cynthia Jenkins, Exec. Director, Historic Beaufort Foundation



Hundreds of guests mingled among the oaks and gardens of Pam and Drew Scallan’s historic home on Bay Street overlooking the Beaufort River May 11 for Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Lafayette Soiree.

The Scallans graciously shared their gorgeous setting with HBF to celebrate a year of successes and continued challenges in preserving and protecting Beaufort’s historic and architectural heritage. Our hosts, Katie and Matt Phifer and Katie and Scott Huebel, organized a fantastic evening for all.

This annual showcase brings together people from the Lowcountry to celebrate the work and mission of HBF in a casually elegant garden setting where we’ve been blessed with near-perfect weather in recent years.

This year’s Soiree helped raise funds and awareness of continued renovation and restoration of HBF’s flagship property— the John Mark Verdier House, ca. 1804, an essential part of Beaufort’s history and an integral part of Bay Street for 220 years.

On behalf of HBF, I’d like to thank the sponsors who helped make the evening such a success, led by Modern Jewelers, our presenting sponsor celebrating their 75th business anniversary. Bar Sponsors included Phifer Contracting Services, The Marjorie F. Trask Family, and Grayco.

Stage Sponsors were First Federal, JH Hiers, and George Trask, Graham Trask and Distant Island Company LP. Cocktail Hour Sponsors were Bay Point Dock & Marine, Bezilla Kinney Phifer Wealth Management, Harvey & Battey, The Kincheloe Family, Montgomery Architecture & Planning, Savannah Hardscapes, Tumlin Levin Sumner Wealth Management, and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

The Bluff Sponsors included Ty O’Farrell – Farm Bureau Insurance, Lyles & Assoc., Heubel Consulting & Events, HB Stems Floral & Event Design, Lowcountry Produce Market & Café, TideWatch Vacations, Patel & Company CPA and SouthState Bank. The Oaks Sponsors were Atlantic Asphalt, LLC, Kinghorn Insurance, Lynn & Wheeler, and SK Digital & Associates.  

The Marsh Sponsors included Alpha Graphics, Beaufort Carts, Bill’s Liquors & Fine Wines, The Open Land Trust, Sea Island Tree Care, Southern Palmetto, Southern Tree Services and Royal Restrooms.

Restaurant Partners included Beck and Call, Breakwater Restaurant & Bar, Chicken Salad Chick, Firehouse Subs, Hamby Catering, Maggioni Oyster Company, Plums, Saltus River Grill & Hearth, Q on Bay, Sweet Cakes Bakery, and The Kitchen.

We also recognize and thank the many donors to our Silent Auction and the hardworking partners who helped ensure the event ran smoothly – AMIkids Beaufort, Beaufort High ROTC, U.S. Marine Corps, RedCap, City of Beaufort, First Presbyterian Church, Parish House of St. Helena and Beaufort County. 

Finally, my special appreciation to the committees, volunteers, our Board of Trustees and Board Chair Rob Montgomery for their leadership throughout the year and with this event.

Cynthia Jenkins,

Executive Director, Historic Beaufort Foundation