Lupita Gomez, one of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s 2021 scholarship winners, mentioned during the scholarship presentation that she loved music and played the viola in the honors orchestra at Hilton Head Island High School. When asked if she would continue that at college, she said she would not be able to as she doesn’t have her own instrument and has been using the viola at high school.
While she was still speaking and before the end of the meeting, texts were flying around the room. With the Club’s orchestra contacts (Mary Briggs, retired CEO of Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra [HHSO] and Mario Incorvaia, COO of HHSO) a brand new viola, bow, and case was secured from the first chair violist in the orchestra who also has a shop that sells string instruments. The viola was purchased with the money donated ($950) and picked up by Mario Incorvaia.
A presentation to Lupita was arranged with the manager of Starbucks (where she works). Her parents were notified and along with her mother and father, about 20 other Rotarians showed up and surprised Lupita with this wonderful gift of love. Miracles upon miracles, Mary Briggs arranged for a reporter and cameraman from WSAV-TV to be there, and Club Executive Secretary Linda Neff was able to contact her personal friend David Lauderdale from the Island Packet who arranged to have a reporter actually attend and cover the presentation as well.
The story aired on the Friday, May 21 6:00 p.m. newscast on WSAV-TV and on the Saturday, May 22, 11:00 p.m. newscast on WJCL-TV. It was also the front page story on Monday, May 24’s edition of the Island Packet. Click on the links to see the coverage. Another of the great things Rotarians do when they see a need.
Here are some photos from the viola presentation…