Throughout the year, Hilton Head Island Mayor, David Bennett, presents the Honored Islander Award to a select few Hilton Head Island residents. The award is presented to residents who make a significant sacrifice of their time, talents, and resources to better the community. The recipients of this Hilton Head Island award are judged on the basis of their service to others, professional excellence, civic and professional recognition, and community activities. These individuals’ volunteer endeavors have made and continue to make an impact on the Hilton Head Island community.
It is no surprise that Charles Sampson, of Charter One Realty, was among the recipients of this year’s award. For over four decades, Charles has graciously served the community including holding leadership roles at First Presbyterian Church, on the Board of Directors of Coastal Discovery Museum, Experience Green, and the Hilton Head Symphony. He has also served as Chairman of the Lowcountry Community Development Corporation and the Beaufort County Consortium on Affordable Housing. Charles has always been willing to give of himself, especially in times of need. Most recently shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Charles took photos of residents’ property, informing them of the status of their home, and even put his chainsaw to use, clearing debris from roadways and Lowcountry homes. As a former recipient of the Chamber of Commerce’s Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award in 2006, Charles has been added to the Honored Islander Award list. Comunity giving runs in the Sampson family, as Frances Sampson, also a Charter One Realty sales professional, received this award in 2005 from then Mayor, Tom Peeples. The town of Hilton Head Island graciously thanked Charles Sampson, Shirley Peterson, and Paul Walter on April 18th, 2017, for their efforts to make Hilton Head Island a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.