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On Wednesday, May 11, Second Helpings board members and staff gathered to honor Beaufort-based volunteers in Washington Street Park.  More than 40 people enjoyed the music of The Jazz Biscuits Band and BBQ catered by KC Mike’s.  Second Helpings board members served food and drink to honor the attendees.

Dave Graybeal (pictured), a truck volunteer and team leader, was named Beaufort Volunteer of the Year.  He received nearly a dozen nominations from his peers, who described his willingness to make himself available, the caring nature he presents, and his ambassadorship on behalf of Second Helpings.

Also recognized at the event were the following Beaufort volunteers:

Pete Bongiavanni and David Manning received a Second Helpings model truck, commemorating their more than 250 trips since joining Second Helpings.

Denny Burnette – Gold Fork (between 200 and 250 trips)

Donald Dashiell, Luther Goode, Jack McGill, Michael McKeown, Dwayne Smalley and Mark Young – Silver Fork (between 150 and 200 trips)

Paul Monroe – Gold Spoon (between 100 and 150 trips)

Tom Hlaban, Rod Kesting, Dave Moore, Dorian Phillips and Randy Schmid – Silver Spoon (between 50 and 100 trips).

The Beaufort event was the second of three Volunteer Appreciation Events.  The  Bluffton Volunteer Appreciation Event will be held on May 18 in Sun City.

This year marks Second Helpings’ 30th anniversary.  We have gone from 14 volunteers in 1992 to more than 325 today, and have delivered more than 40 million pounds of food delivered to agencies to feed the hungry in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.

Congratulations to the honorees – and a huge thank you to all the volunteers who enable Second Helpings to assist the less fortunate in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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