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Meet Joanie Heyward

Joanie Heyward is a former Sister of Mercy and math teacher. After leaving the Convent, Joanie enjoyed a successful career with New York Life. She has spent the last 28 years in Bluffton, championing for historic preservation and the under served. Joanie helped lay the financial foundation for Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine, which helps provide medical care for the uninsured and underinsured in Bluffton and Beaufort and Jasper counties. Additionally, she was a former Bluffton Historical Preservation Society board member and is a crusader for preservation of Bluffton structures and sites. The Bluffton Historic Preservation Symposium was Joanie's brainchild, and she also recently helped champion to save the Nathaniel Brown House. Joanie is the widow of Thomas Heyward, a life-long resident of Bluffton, who was a descendant of Thomas Heyward Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Joanie's video is sponsored by Mingledorff's.

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Make a donation in Joanie's honor

We hope you are as inspired by Joanie Heyward as we are and would consider making a donation to the Telfair Mammography Fund in her honor. The goal of the Mary Telfair Women's Hospital and the Mammography Fund is to ensure that all women have access to mammography, even if they have no insurance and cannot afford it. The SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Telfair Mammography Fund to meet this goal since its inception over a decade ago. 

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Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry continues to dazzle with its latest donation to SmartWomen. For just $25, you can purchase a ticket to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a beautiful diamond ring courtesy of Harkleroad. This stunning ring is a 2 CTW baguette and round diamond band in 14K white gold with a diamond quality of G-H SI1-SI2. It's valued at $6,500. The drawing will take place Oct. 2, 2020.

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