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News Release

Local Citizens Chosen for Honored Islander Awards

Release Date: March 27, 2019

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618


Four Hilton Head Island citizens received the Hilton Head Island Mayor's Honored Islander Award in recognition of their service and contributions to community organizations and projects.

At a recent dinner hosted by Brian Carmines of Hudson’s Seafood House, Mayor John McCann presented awards to Islanders Jerry W. Cutrer, Patricia Kenworthy, Pauline Ross and Richard "Skeet" Williams.

Jerry W. Cuter

When Jerry W. Cutrer moved to Hilton Head Island 16 years ago, he jumped into a varied group of community service activities that has kept him busy. He has served on the board of governors, golf committee and grounds committee for the Country Club of Hilton Head, and the board of directors and other committees for the Hilton Head Property Owners’ Association, the Greater Island Council and the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head. He also served as coordinator of ushers for St. Andrew by-the-Sea United Methodist Church and on several committees for the Town of Hilton Head Island. Most recently, he was appointed to the Town's U.S. 278 Gateway Corridor Committee.

Pauline Ross

Volunteers are the foundation of the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head Island, and it is volunteers like Pauline Ross that help the clinic to thrive. Pauline, a registered nurse, joined the clinics troop of volunteers in November 1992 - just months before it officially opened its doors the next year. She serves as the triage nurse during the Friday morning clinic hours. Pauline helps walk-in patients with whatever condition they present with, whether it’s a cold, sore throat or something more serious. She is enthusiastic about the clinic’s mission and genuinely cares about the patients. Pauline is compliant with all clinic policies and procedures, and her behavior and work ethic are an excellent example for other volunteers, particularly the medical and nursing student interns.

Pat Kenworthy

Pat Kenworthy's calendar is jam-packed with volunteer work for a number of local nonprofit organizations that in turn serve the community. Although she is retired, she is perhaps one of the hardest working persons around. For at least 10 years, she was a volunteer and respected interpreter for the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. She has served on United Way of the Lowcountry's Community Impact Committee and the board of directors for the Deep Well Project. She chaired Deep Well's Children's Committee, which handled school uniforms and supplies and the annual Santa Shop toy program, and helped with translation needs. But, Pat is not just an all work and no play kind of person. She's very active on the local scene for the United States Tennis Association. She plays and has served as a captain on a number of 4.0 level teams for the last five-plus years, and has led the Hilton Head Plantation InterClub tennis team.

Richard "Skeet" Williams

Behind the scenes, Richard "Skeet" Williams promotes and preserves Hilton Head Island's Gullah culture. He is a native of Hilton Head Island and a dedicated member of Central Oak Grove Baptist Church, where he serves as a leading usher. He is often the person who greets and welcomes numerous visitors attracted to the church's worship service. In connection to another historic visitor attraction, Richard has been a leader in preserving and maintaining his family’s historic Braddock's Point Cemetery at Harbour Town. For more than ten years, he has partnered with part-time islander and cemetery enthusiast, Wendell Grayson, in restoring and maintaining this Island landmark. His knowledge of family history and close relationship with elders resulted in a biographical sketch of each of the deceased and the mapping of all grave sites at the cemetery. This work is published in a composition booklet, "Braddock Point Cemetery," enlightening visitors on the history of this important Island landmark. It is available to the public at the Harbour Town Lighthouse.


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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 http://hiltonheadislandsc.gov/boards/boarddetails.cfm?DetailID=CITIZEN