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As this global pandemic continues to unfold, we find ourselves experiencing various stages of grief: shock, denial, anger, and depression. The effects on our economy are unprecedented. So many lives have been turned upside down; jobs lost, businesses closed, families destitute, with no clear end in sight. The feeling of helplessness can be overwhelming, but it isn’t until we travel through these stages of grief that we are able to move toward hope.

It is in this spirit of hope that the Watterson Family Foundation has partnered with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and a team of local leaders to create a stimulus program to help stabilize our local economy. People of the Lowcountry are known for their generosity and we know they will rise to the occasion but what makes this initiative different is its inclusivity. We have taken a collective approach to afford everyone the opportunity to participate in the rejuvenation of our economy. We are all in this together and together we will rise.



The Help 4 Hope Fund is providing economic support for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Lowcountry by feeding families, supporting restaurants, and saving jobs. Our goal is to raise $5,000,000 creating an economic stimulus program that will stabilize our local food-service industry.



  • Help feed families affected by this crisis
  • Support local restaurants by generating new business
  • Save jobs in the food-service industry




We are grateful to live in a community where generosity abounds. Thank you to each and every person who has worked selflessly to create a spark of hope amidst an impossibly dark situation. This initiative shows the true heart of the Lowcountry.



Billy & Brenda Watterson – Watterson Family Foundation

Pastor (Dr.) Jon Black – Campbell AME Church
Andrew Carmines – Hudson’s on the Dock
Charlie Clark – HHI/Bluffton Chamber
Chris Crowe – Consultant to Burnt Church Distillery
Fred Hamilton – Bluffton Town Council
Jean Heyduck – Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Christina Laios – Triad Brand Marketing
Rob Lembo – Triad Brand Marketing
Katherine Louw – Watterson Family Foundation
Chris McCorkendale – Hargray Communications
Bill Miles – HHI/Bluffton Chamber
Dan Mitchell – River City Elevators
Katherine Reeves – Watterson Brands
Emmy Rooney – Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Darlene Schuetz – Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
Scott Songer & Stephanie Santos – Kontrol Payables
Craig Whelden – Retired Major General, United States Army
Kia Williams – Relevant Solutions Group and Consultant to the Watterson Family Foundation



Mayor John McCann – Hilton Head
Steve Riley – Hilton Head Town Manager
John O’Toole – Beaufort County Director of Economic Development


Let’s work together to provide relief to our Hilton Head Island and Bluffton communities amidst COVID-19 and its aftermath.

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