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Apr 25 2016

Celebrate The Sea Islands Gullah Culture

By Donna Mundy for The Island Connection

Two fundraisers for the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation are being planned.

Two fundraisers for the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation are being planned.

Join the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation in celebrating the Sea Islands Gullah Culture with two exciting events. The Gullah Gala, a Reception to Meet and Greet Artist, Mary Whyte and her Johns Island models will be held on Friday, May 13, 6 to 8 p.m. at The Sandcastle, Kiawah Island. Heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chef from the River Course will be served. Tickets are $100.

On Saturday, May 14, 3 to 7 p.m. the Second Annual Gullah Celebration will be held at Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door (12 and under are free) Featuring Lowcountry Voices (gospel choir), Gullah Cuisine catered by the Stono Market & Tomato Shed Café, Sweetgrass Baskets, wine and beer and silent auction items featuring Jewelry, Fine Art, including a painting of Captain Sams Creek, by Sergio Roffo.

Please consider purchasing tickets, buying a sponsorship, and/or donating an auction item. For sponsorships or to donate auction items go to or contact Shirley Salvo at or 843.709.1406 or Amy Myers at or 260.417.1022.

The Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation is a non-profit organization working year round to provide food to Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island residents of all ages who have difficulty providing food for themselves. Volunteers assist in growing nutritious produce, picking up donated food for distribution, preparing meals and delivering food to families with children, the elderly, those with disabilities and veterans in their homes. Currently, there are over 23,000 residents on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands, of which 3,700 are at or below the poverty level. The most disturbing statistic is that 90 percent of the children on these islands are living below the poverty level.

SIHAF organizations are:

Backpack Buddies of Seabrook

Hebron Zion Presbyterian Emergency Food Bank

Holy Spirit Catholic Church Food Pantry (fully funded by Holy Spirit Catholic Church)

Meals on Wheels of Charleston (meals to the Sea Islands)

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Food Pantry

Rockville Presbyterian Meals on Monday

Stono Baptist Blessing Basket

Sweetgrass Garden Co-op

In addition SIHAF has developed three new outreach programs:

Crock Pot Cooking Classes

Elementary school students on the Sea Islands are excited about learning to prepare nutritious, tasty food in a crock pot. SIHAF volunteers meet with students for six weeks after school. At the last class, each student receives a crock pot, measuring cups/spoons, spices, a Crock Pot Recipe Booklet and a certificate.

Frierson Elementary Garden, Wadmalaw Island

All grade levels have their class plots planted with strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, spinach etc. Students are planting rows of corn, watermelons, beans, two plum trees, a lime tree and a pear tree. Students have planted flower seeds inside to transplant outside later.

Sea Islands Water Wellness Mission

Recently the organization learned there are families on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands who do not have clean, safe drinking water. SIHAF will provide assistance with new wells, repairs to existing wells and/or water filtration systems. For additional information, please contact Bill Britton, Project Coordinator, or 843.421.6360.

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