Outgoing Grand Marshal earmarks two charities for donation

November 10 is the last day to send in nominations for 2020 Grand Marshal

As the close to the nomination process for the 2020 Grand Marshal nears, outgoing Grand Marshal Rusty Hughes selected the charities that will receive the $1,500 donated in his honor by the Daniel Island Community Fund and The Daniel Island News.

Hughes, who is broker-in-charge of the Carolina One Daniel Island office, chose two charities to share in the donation: the Special Olympics and the Charleston Basket Brigade.

“I chose the Special Olympics because honestly it is quite inspiring to see the participants and their accomplishments,” said Hughes. “To see the determination, strength and courage which the people with intellectual disabilities show is very inspirational.”

Hughes said he selected the Charleston Basket Brigade, which he has supported in the past, because, “It is truly a powerful opportunity to provide families a traditional Thanksgiving meal that would not otherwise enjoy. Watching all the volunteers pack the meals and the stories of how humble and grateful the receiving families are make this a truly unique charity,” he said.

While being able to donate to a charity he supports is a great benefit of being the grand marshal, there are other enjoyable aspects to the position. Hughes explained, “I mostly enjoyed getting the opportunity to talk about our amazing community. It was wonderful to be able to meet so many people at the various events and to be involved in furthering the spirit and culture of Daniel Island by participating in things like the judging at the Concert in the Park or speaking at the Easter Egg hunt,” he said.

But the best part? “Of course, my kids liked the VIP treatment and most especially the convertible ride leading the 3rd of July parade!” he said.


Being grand marshal is a learning experience and an opportunity to represent your community. Nominations for the 2020 Grand Marshal are still being accepted, so email sdetar@thedanielislandnews.com by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Please include “DI Grand Marshal” in the subject line of the email and include the nominee’s name with a brief description of why he or she is being nominated.

Hughes said, “Being the grand marshal allowed me to further appreciate the awesome community we live in. There really is no other place like it in the Lowcountry (and I know because I am in real estate). Being allowed to participate in so many island events, that support so many local charities and organizations, and to see all the great people that support our community was truly special.”

When asked to share advice for the next grand marshal, Hughes said, “Enjoy the opportunity to represent this amazing community. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to participate and be involved as well. There are many things you might not have attended in the past that will allow you to have a new view on our little home town.”

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