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Halloween was a screaming good time! The Hardeeville Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department hosted the fourth annual Trunk or Treat extravaganza behind City Hall and an estimated 400 to 500 kids filled their bags with candy.
Brittany Thomas, Programs and Partnership Manager, did a wonderful job planning and coordinating this event. Participating this year was the Student Government of USCB as well as the USCB baseball and softball Sand Sharks.
I am particularly happy with the evolution of this event. When I was elected to City Council in September 2015, my wife Beth and I rounded up about a dozen or so neighbors and launched the First Trunk or Treat in front of the old DPW building.
Our goal was to bring together different areas of the city and promote community spirit. Now, three years later, Brittany and the recreation department accomplished this mission on a scale Beth and I could never have envisioned.
Joining this festival were kids from 1 to 92 years old, students from kindergarten to college seniors, Ava Comer of the Greater Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce, and “trunkers” from Sun City, Hampton Point, Hilton Head Lakes and Margaritaville. We even had participants from Beaufort County.
Rhonda Cradle, the City Police Department and the Fire Department once again collaborated on a spookily-decorated vehicle. The costumes were great, the kids were polite and appreciative, the parents were friendly, and everyone had a good time. Best of all were the faces of happy children.
This was truly a total community event and I thank everyone who participated and the dozens of people who couldn’t come but donated bags and bags of candy. Congratulations to the winners of best costumes and best decorated cars. Judging the winners was toughest part of the night because there were so many deserving an award.
The fall fun doesn’t stop at the end of October. Jennifer Combs, PRT Director, is organizing another terrific event on Nov. 30. Hardeeville’s first “Battle of the Badges” Charity Softball Game will throw out the first pitch at 6 p.m. on the Richard Gray Complex Softball Field behind City Hall.
The game will benefit the Palmetto Chapter of JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) and National Diabetes Awareness Month; and will also decide bragging rights between the police and fire departments.
Admission is free but the city will gladly accept donation. Part of the proceeds will also go to the purchase of AED machines for our police vehicles as we continue to partner with the Arrhythmia Alliance to co-sponsor the event.
You can also contribute by buying a T-shirt or having dinner at the concession stand. Jennifer is looking for corporate sponsorships to help defray costs. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But most importantly, bring the family and have some fun as your First Responders try to relive their glory days on the softball field. There is even a rumor that your mayor may play. If so, we will surely have an AED on site.
One last note: November is the month when we give thanks for the many blessings that we enjoy and Hardeeville has had another wonderful year to be thankful for.
We are having a record year for new home building; new industries, such as Waste Management and Parker’s, have arrived; new commerce, such as the Hampton Inn at Exit 8 and Verizon in Okatie, will bring new jobs; and a new court room and a new Fire Station 81 are being added to keep our City safe. These are but a few of the developments that we can be thankful for in 2018 as Hardeeville continues to grow.
On behalf of the entire city staff and your City Council, we wish everyone and your families a Happy Thanksgiving, Hardeeville!
Harry Williams is the mayor of Hardeeville.