Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Patrick

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Q: How long have you lived in Beaufort?

A: Eight years. I got transferred here with orders in December 2004 from Charlotte, N.C.

Q: What organization do you represent?

A: I am currently active duty Navy, however I am involved with a variety of organizations that I donate my time to including Main Street Beaufort, HELP of Beaufort, Chain Free Beaufort, and an annual holiday toy drive that I host. I also coach a Beaufort Volleyball club 17U girls volleyball team.

Donna Patrick
Donna Patrick

Q: How did you first get involved with these organizations? 

A: Main Street Beaufort, USA, was given my name by a fellow co-worker when they were looking for a logistics coordinator and I did my first Shrimp Festival in 2011; I have been a part of most of their events ever since. I met Kim Bonturi, the head of Chain Free Beaufort, and we became friends after I DJ’d her niece’s wedding and I started volunteering her with fundraisers and parades. HELP of Beaufort is all Steve Curless’s fault. The annual toy drive is something that Steve Curless and I started together after a group of local DJ’s held a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims.  I love volleyball and some local youth talked me into coaching.

Q: Describe one of your most memorable experiences as a volunteer?

A: Honestly my most memorable experiences as a volunteer are the great people I have met, the amazing things that I have seen people from all walks of life come together and accomplish and the lifelong friends I have gained.

Q: When not volunteering, what other activities do you enjoy?

A: Doing things with my children such as playing sports, (especially volleyball and softball), traveling, and listening to music.

Q: What do you like best about Beaufort?

A: The beautiful surroundings, the locals who become your “family” and the fact that I can wear flip flops and shorts for the majority of the year.