About Friends of Hunting Island


The Friends of Hunting Island organization began in 1993, dedicated to helping the park enhance the unique natural wonders and educational opportunities that exist on the island.


Friends has a current membership of nearly 800 volunteers and we continue to grow, matching the park's increasing need for help initiating and maintaining various projects and functions which otherwise might be scaled back due to fiscal restraints in the state of South Carolina.

We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization. We manage funds in multiple revenue streams that may reach over a hundred thousand dollars, including membership, grants, donations, and fundraisers. Our non-profit Board of Directors meets every other month, and the annual meeting is held in December. Several Board positions are up for replacement each year. Please watch this page to follow our growth and the changes to committees and the Board.


Awards & Recognition

civitas award

1998 Heritage Tourism Award by Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation For work on restoring the lighthouse complex. Restored two small buildings, arranged displays for complex.

2003 Ambassador of the Year by SC Parks Recreation and Tourism For contributions to the health and well-being of the state park.

2006 Civitas Award Non Profit Organization by Beaufort Chamber of Commerce For demonstration of enhancement of the quality of life and betterment of the community.

take pride in america award

2006 Take Pride in America Certificate of Appreciation US Dept. of Interior For outstanding stewardship and awareness efforts involving state lands & waters and cultural resources.

2007 Take Pride in America National Non Profit Organization Award US Dept. of Interior For our Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescue Program, Dune Building, & Oyster Reef Restoration.

2007 Certificate of Recognition Senate of the State South of Carolina. For our bringing national attention to our state through our programs.

DHEC earth day award

2010 SC DHEC Earth Day Award South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. For our Litter Control Program, Doggi-Pots, Monofilament Recycling, Beach Sweeps, and participation in Earth Day events we Make Every Day Earth Day. DHEC promotes and protects the health of the public and the environment.



Board of Directors for 2010

Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs

Contact any director with your questions.

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Bonnie Wright
President
838-5779

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John Dittmer
Treasurer
838-9252

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Jonathan Greene
Vice President
838-7822

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Nancy Grimali
Secretary
838-0822

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Merl Redfern
CPD, Construction
322-0289

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Alan Welch
Environment Chair
379-8377

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Karen Whitehead
Turtle Program
838-7627

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Tom Valentino
Trails Chair
379-4895

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Bruce Doneff
Public Relations
379-6583

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Terry Stone
Governments Liaison
(601)842-5428

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Neville Patterson
Nature Center, Docents
838-9966

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Denise Parsick
Education Liason
524-7249

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Walter Lee
Lighthouse Chair
838-5966

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Cyndi Follrich
Communications, Web
592-2322

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Vicki Anne Nestor
Litter Control
379-3389

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Carolyn Westman
Membership
838-7100

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Bobbi Weber
Social Chair
838-5959

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Peter Pearks
Db Manager
838-2506

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Faith Ayer
Newsletter Editor
(803)439-0900


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