Untitled-2“Thank you for the river and the stars and every house in Beaufort”. – Pat Conroy.  His stories will be in the fabric of America for many, many years and in my heart forever.

As we mourn Beaufort’s beloved prince, Pat Conroy, I am reminded of how his talents have helped shape our community. Through his many novels, he helped the world see our little piece of heaven here in the Lowcountry.  Tourists from all over visit our area today because of his books.

Two years ago, we honored Pat’s contributions through an award in his honor, The Pat Conroy Palmetto Achievement Award, which is presented during our Annual Civitas Awards Gala.  The award recognizes individuals who embody the Lowcountry spirit, demonstrate community pride and a lifetime of contribution to their peers, show a love for Beaufort and have made a positive impact on the Lowcountry.  We will certainly miss him being with us at the awards this year but are comforted in knowing that his passion and talent will live on in his writing for generations to come.

In addition to naming the next recipient of the Pat Conroy Palmetto Achievement Award, we are looking forward to honoring outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals who make our community a wonderful place to live and work at the 2016 Civitas Awards Gala on June 3.  We hope you will save the date and plan to join us for this special event.  Thank you for your continued support.

All the best,




Blakely Williams

Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO

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