March 2, 2016
Beaufort, SC – The Santa Elena Foundation and Hargray Communications announced today a multi-year partnership in which Hargray will provide leadership support of the Santa Elena History Center in downtown Beaufort.
With the fast approaching April 2016 grand opening of the Santa Elena History Center’s new exhibit, Hargray leaders decided now is the right time to help bring America’s Untold Story to the community and help the Foundation fulfill its mission to discover, preserve and promote the “lost century” of American History, much of which occurred in present-day Beaufort County.
“The efforts of the Board, volunteers, and supporters of the Santa Elena Foundation over the past two years have focused on opening the Santa Elena History Center and showcasing the inaugural exhibit,” says Dr. Andy Beall, Executive Director. “To have the support of a leading community organization like Hargray to give us a final push at this critical point, is truly remarkable.”
In addition to the Santa Elena History Center ribbon-cutting and grand opening, April will host the 450th commemoration of Santa Elena’s founding in 1566. The month will begin with a regatta for the Jean Ribault and Pedro Menendez Cups, hosted in Port Royal Sound by Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Then on April 15, scholars from around the United States will confer on Beaufort to provide a day-long Scholars Conference supported by Beaufort County at The Arts Center of Beaufort. Finally, at the end of the month, on April 30, the ribbon will be cut, the public will enjoy the Inaugural Exhibit, and a BBQ Festival and Celebration will be held at the corner of Bladen and North Streets.
Representatives from Hargray will be present to help cut the ribbon and are working closely with the Santa Elena team to further promote the History Center as a key cultural destination in Beaufort County.
“What an important story and unique opportunity for our community,” says Chris McCorkendale, Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development for Hargray. “Our team is proud to partner with the Santa Elena Foundation and help make the History Center a success so that students, residents, and visitors can enjoy access to such a rich resource.”
To learn more about the Santa Elena History Center, visit https://santa-elena.org.
The Santa Elena Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The mission of the foundation is to expand the story of European colonization of North America through discovery, preservation and promotion of Santa Elena, a 16th Century Spanish settlement and colonial capital in the present-day United States.
Hargray Communications is a leader in the telecommunications industry, dedicated to meeting the communication needs of our residential, business, large enterprise and resort customers. The mission is to envision and deliver customer delight through a team of more than 350 employees, including 100+ service technicians, who all live, work and contribute in our Lowcountry community. Hargray is committed to excellence, delivering the most advanced technology and the best customer service.