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Media Release

Mayor's "Honored Islander Award" Dinner

Release Date: May 18, 2015

Contact Information:
Lynn Buchman email icon , 843-341-4700


Mayor David Bennett will recognize six (6) Hilton Head Island residents at his semi-annual “Honored Islander Award” dinner being held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 6:00 PM.  The dinner is generously hosted by Brian Carmines of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, located off Squire Pope Road on Skull Creek. The Honored Islanders attending the dinner were recognized at Town Council meetings held on April 21, 2015 and May 5, 2015, and are as follows:

Kaye Black:

Kaye Black has been actively involved as a volunteer, officer and board member in organizations such as Zonta Club, Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Lowcountry, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Art League of Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Island Institute, Children’s Center, and was a founding member of Women in Philanthropy.  Applying her gift for communication, her energy, and expertise to these groups and others, has set her apart as a citizen who has impacted people, programs and projects benefitting our community in meaningful ways and for many years to come.

Emily Starry:

Emily Starry has the nurturing heart of a teacher, and has shared her commitment to children through her 27-year teaching career at Christ Lutheran Preschool.  But retirement only strengthened her resolve to help children read as evidenced by her volunteer efforts with the United Way’s Early Literacy Program, AmeriCorp, Born to Read, and Neighborhood Outreach Connection.  Emily has impacted countless Hilton Head Island children for decades and continues to do so, likely transforming their lives and the lives of generations to come by advancing literacy.

David Erdman:

David Erdman, or more affectionately known as “Coach E” to the 35 current high school rowers, has been instrumental in re-igniting the Youth Rowing Club on Hilton Head Island, as well as being one of the main driving forces behind the new Community Rowing and Sailing Center.  He gives unconditionally of his free time and talent, using the water around us to create rowing opportunities for the youth of our community, resulting in more successful college and career pursuits.  He has provided a significant impact on our youth while leading by example and being a good mentor.

Dorothy Law:

Dot Law has proven to be a powerful voice in the Native Island community, providing on-going leadership in organizing Property Owners Associations and currently serving as Chairman of the Chaplin POA, and by actively participating in discussions on the Town’s LMO rewrite and in the resolution of the open burning issue.  She has been a valuable advocate in bringing harmony and understanding among citizens of diverse backgrounds through the Bridge the Gap Committee.  As one of its most dedicated and consistently active members of the Board of Directors for The Mitchelville Preservation Project, she has shared its vision and history with groups and as an on-site host.  As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she helps improve the lives of young girls in our community.  Dot has established a needed role as a positive force for community improvement and citizen inclusion.

Everett Miles:

Since his arrival on the Island over 15 years ago, Everett Miles has been actively involved in community and youth development.  During his 5-year tenure as Chairman of the Native Island Business and Community Affairs, he successfully led the reorganization of its mission to focus more resources on preparing younger potential entrepreneurs.  The Gullah Celebration has also benefitted from his marketing and training strategies that have increased attendance. To develop the vital social, cultural, and business skills that young, low income male students will need, through the “Gentlemen’s Club” and “Building Bridges to Success” programs, Mr. Miles exposes them to new and formative educational experiences.  His presence as a prominent adult male figure in their lives helps ensure successful future entrepreneurs and continued leadership and vision for our Island.

Paul Lang:

When Paul Lang retired to Hilton Head Island over 15 years ago, fortunately for us, he did not stop working.  He re-directed his time, energy, and leadership talents to help local families with hunger and homelessness through a small church group called the “Bulls,” served as Board Member and Chairman for the Coastal Discovery Museum where he contributed to the development and growth of the museum, and currently serves on the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Board as a member of the Finance and Planning Committee.  Combining his love for golf with his desire to contribute to our community, Mr. Lang has served as President and Board Member for the Bear Creek Golf Club, and as President and member of the Board of Governors for the Senior Men’s Golf Association.  As a member of a volunteer group trained in the rating of golf courses, he has assisted in rating many of the area courses, helping to maintain our excellence in the golf arena and keeping our economy strong. 

NOTE:  Please note that a quorum of Town Council may result if four (4) or more of Town Council members attend this dinner.