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Local Citizens Presented Honored Islander Awards For Their Community Service

November 30, 2022

Congratulations to Mary K. Noonan, Dr. Joseph Black, Angie Greenfield, and Don and Terri Brashears on receiving the Hilton Head Island Mayor's Honored Islander Award for their volunteerism.

"Hilton Head Island thrives because of the dedicated individuals living in our community. One of the best gifts is volunteering your free time to support great causes. On behalf of our Town leaders and staff, I thank and celebrate each of these honorees for their commitment to helping others who are less fortunate and for their selfless service to our Island," said Mayor John McCann.

Hilton Head Island proudly celebrates local art, music, and culture, which thrive through passionate individuals like Mary K. Noonan. Mary has lived on the island for over 35 years and has dedicated her time to Island organizations focused on music. Her impact began with her role in starting the Hilton Head Orchestra League and continued as she served on the Hilton Head Island Symphony Board. For the past 15 years, Mary has graciously opened her home to orchestra members coming from out of town to perform with the symphony. She was also instrumental in starting Women in Philanthropy, helped raised $1.2 million in funds to build the first permanent home for the Deep Well Project, and served as president of the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club.

When it comes to volunteering, Dr. Joseph Black is best described as a "go-getter." He has served on a variety of boards including the Seabrook non-profit board, the Eagle Scout Board of Review, and the Hilton Head Island Boys & Girls Club, whose facility he was instrumental in building. He dedicated his time to help form the Ethics Committee at Hilton Head Hospital and founded the Journal Group at Hilton Head Hospital. This group brought current and retired Hilton Head Island doctors together to share experiences and ideas, including the formation of Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). Dr. Black worked diligently with VIM founder, Dr. Jack McConnell, to get VIM off the ground as a free clinic. So committed to helping others, Dr. Black even crossed borders to lead medical missions to Haiti with First Presbyterian Church.

Dedicated individuals like Angie Greenfield help Hilton Head Island flourish as a caring community. Angie has lived on the Island for over 35 years and has volunteered with many local causes. She had a key role in helping to establish the Hilton Head Island Volunteers in Medicine Clinic (VIM), which became a national model, and eventually served as its first executive director.  Once she stepped away from that role, she continued to support the clinic as a volunteer. As such, she helped start a healthy food program for VIM clients. She also helped to create the community youth choir program, Adventures in Music (AIM), which introduces the joy of music and performing to children. The choir travels to senior citizen homes to sing to residents.

With their involvement on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, Don and Terri Brashears are exceptional examples of what it means to serve your community. They are members of the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club and have both served as club president. Don also has served as a board member and chairman for the Literacy Center and for several homeowners' associations. Terri has been involved with Hopeful Horizons as a board member and board chairperson. She's also Rotary Club's liaison to Hilton Head Island Elementary IB School.

About the Mayor’s Honored Islander Award Program
The Mayor's Honored Islander Award Program publicly recognizes Hilton Head Island residents who make a significant sacrifice of their time, talents and/or resources, to better the community without compensation or significant public or media attention. A committee of individuals appointed by the mayor reviews nominations and selects individuals to receive the award. Anyone or any organization may nominate individuals for the award. For more information or for a nomination form, visit

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Carolyn Grant, Communications Director