(St. Helena Island, SC) – Residents of Dataw Island will be joining the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity for an official groundbreaking ceremony for two new houses to be built at the Penn Village home site on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. The “Dataw House” is sponsored by residents of Dataw Island who collectively raised $50,000 last year to assist in the campaign to build four more houses for the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity. The other home is being constructed by the Spring Island community.

“Dataw Island is very proud to be a part of this program for the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity,” said Ted Bartlett, general manager and chief operating officer of Dataw Island Club. “Our residents worked very hard to raise the money for this worthwhile project in order to make a difference in other people’s lives. The home will serve as a lasting reminder that our ‘island of friends’ encompasses more than just Dataw Island and that we care about the community at large and the entire Beaufort area.”

“We are so appreciative of the efforts by the Dataw Island community to make construction of a new home for a deserving family possible,” said Brenda Dooley, executive director of the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity. “It’s charitable people like those at Dataw Island, and others, who embody what Habitat for Humanity is all about and they allow us to fulfill our mission to assist those in need with affordable housing.”

The Penn Village home sites are located on Ernest Drive on St. Helena Island near the intersection of Club Bridge Road and Lands End Road. Space is limited, so people planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (843) 522-3500, or at info@lowcountryhabitat.org. A short ceremony at the site will be followed by light hors d’oeuvres and entertainment at the Penn Center cafeteria on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

The two homes being sponsored by Dataw Island and Spring Island are the 34th and 35th homes built by the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity since its inception in 1990. The LowCountry Habitat for Humanity builds affordable housing in partnership with volunteers and responsible families in need.

About LowCountry Habitat for Humanity
LowCountry Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Homes are sold to qualified families in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individuals, churches and businesses provide money and materials to build Habitat homes. Program families invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and homes of others. Mortgage payments are deposited in a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more homes.

Founded in 1990 to serve Northern Beaufort County, the affiliate has built 30 homes to date. For more information, call (843) 522-3500 or email info@lowcountryhabitat.org.

About Dataw Island
Located just outside of the antebellum town of Beaufort, S.C., Dataw Island combines a life of privacy and luxury. Recognized as one of the top coastal residential communities in the Southeast, this secluded 870-acre gated community offers residents the best in South Carolina Lowcountry living. Adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and lush marshes, the Dataw community provides residents with the finest amenities in the southeast; two of the finest golf courses, eight Har-Tru tennis courts, championship croquet lawns, indoor and outdoor pools, community and fitness center, boat marina and a wide selection of dining options. For more information, contact Dataw Island at (866) 683-2829.

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