Jewels and Jeans

A Very "Fund" Event

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What “best kept secret” non-profit has a great party in early March? Their name sounds kind of “stuffy,” yet their work is making a significant difference in the education of our children in Beaufort County. They are the Foundation for Educational Excellence and they are successfully raising money to help our children learn through creative and innovative methods.

One of the best ways you can learn about them and support their work is to attend their annual “Jewels and Jeans” event, taking place Saturday, March 4th from 6:00 to 9:30 at the Country Club of Hilton Head. This is a fabulous party with a great blend of community supporters, teachers, parents and the general public, all coming together for fun to raise dollars to help our children. It’s a high-energy dance band—Deaz Guys—a silent and live auction, fabulous food, from oysters to prime rib, prepared by the chefs and catering staff at the Country Club of Hilton Head.

The fun part of the evening? Everyone wears his/her favorite jeans and skips the formal wear! You can sparkle up your outfit and show off your own sense of style by wearing your favorite jewelry or fashion accessories. And, we see it all at this event: From overalls with a sequined tube top to custom designed jeans all making for a grand evening of relaxed fun.

A special part of Jewels and Jeans is the presentation of the "Peggy May Inspiration Award." Each year the Foundation recognizes a leader in the community who demonstrates extraordinary dedication to his or her work and who serves as an inspiration to the students of Beaufort County. This year, the Foundation is recognizing an entire family: The Esquivel family has been selected as the recipients for their long time work helping to bridge the cultural gap on Hilton Head and throughout the Lowcountry. The family represents multiple generations, many who have gone through the Beaufort County School system and chosen to stay in our area in their respective careers. Other previous recipients include 2013 American Idol Winner, Candice Glover and Food Network contestant, Orchid Palmeier. Last year’s recipient was Dr. Narendra Sharma, founder of the Neighborhood Outreach Connection.

So, come to this “Fund” event, support this great cause, and meet the members of the Foundation for Educational Excellence. They are a group of passionate, local volunteers, consisting of retired educators and business trailblazers, who are pioneering distinctive ways to support and provide a competitive advantage for students in Beaufort County. Proceeds from Jewels and Jeans, other grants and contributors, which include The Bargain Box of Hilton Head, the Rotary Club of Okatie and the Friends of Callawassie Island, have allowed the Foundation to award more than $140,000 in grants to teachers and students in the Beaufort County public school system over the last nine years.

For more information or for tickets,
visit or call 843-415-2331.




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