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The Rural Mission Evening at Vanderhorst Plantation was a fete marked by elegance, grace, and humility, in keeping with the character of the organization. Guests entered the property along an oak-lined drive that ended dramatically with a beautiful view of the restored plantation home.

Everyone made their way to the backyard along a brick path punctuated with boards that introduced Rural Mission’s current projects in need, setting the perfect tone for the evening. Dinner guests were then invited to enjoy a glass of wine and mingle on the back patio by the reflecting pool, which ended in sweeping views of the Kiawah marsh.

Then Scott and Anne Darby Parker greeted guests and welcomed them into the Vanderhorst Plantation for a tour. The mansion boasts amazing views from both sides of the house, a gorgeous front porch, many exquisite bedrooms, and even a ghostly occupant. “It’s not haunted, it’s a benevolent spirit,” hostess Anne Darby Parker explained with a laugh.

After touring the house, it was back out to the patio to enjoy some tasty appetizers before making one’s way over to dish up some of renowned chef, author, and storyteller Ben Moise’s legendary Frogmore Stew, coleslaw, and cornbread. While enjoying the savory meal, partygoers listened avidly to Moise’s humorous Lowcountry anecdotes before the Rural Mission staff reiterated their mission statement. Guests noshed on sweet bites while watching the sunset and saying their goodbyes, most lingering at what was yet another wonderful Rural Mission affair.

Rural Mission is a non-profit focused on serving the people of Charleston’s Sea Islands by fostering a multitude of programs, most notably the Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation (the Health Clinic) and the Johns Island Rural Housing Project.