As a non-profit organization conduct appropriate solicitation and fund raising activities in support of cancer research, cancer patient support and public recreation.

Foundation Overview
Several months after we lost David in 2001, we began acting on our promise to create something in his memory. From my long association with the Island Recreation Association and executive director Frank Soule came the concept of producing a Festival of outdoor activities. We started with kayaking and have subsequently added tennis, golf, fishing, and bocce. The objective from the beginning has been two fold – host events that celebrate the outdoors and recreation and in so doing raise money in support of recreation, cancer patient support and cancer research.

The support we have received from the community of Hilton Head has been entirely gratifying. As we approach our 8th annual event we have raised over $200,000 and have donated to all our beneficiaries; the Island Recreation Association Scholarship Endowment Fund, The American Cancer Society, and the M D Anderson Cancer Clinic. We think David would be proud of our efforts/results to date.

Foundation Officers:

  • President – Brian Carmines
  • Secretary – Gloria Carmines
  • Treasurer – Andrew Carmines

Board of Directors:

  • Andrew Carmines – Chairman
  • James Wedgeworth
  • Frank Soule
  • Kathy Porter
  • Etta Delmar

Your time is also valuable to us and the David M. Carmines Foundation depends on volunteers like you to help make a difference.

For more information about volunteering to the David M. Carmines Foundation, please email ajcarmines@hudsonsonthedocks.com.

About David M. Carmines
David CarminesDavid McGee Carmines (1977-2001) was born and grew up on Hilton Head, the son of Brian and Gloria Carmines, the owners of Hudsons Seafood Restaurant. He attended local schools through the 9th grade, graduated from The Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA and from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Geology).

He loved the outdoors and from an early age focused that passion on mountain climbing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, surfing, skiing, and kayaking. He was a Kayak instructor/tour guide at Outside Hilton Head, and worked at West Bank Angler, in Houston, Texas and also at The Sun Valley Resort in Idaho. He also loved music and was an accomplished guitar, banjo, and mandolin player.

David presented with 3rd stage non-testicular germ cell carcinoma in December, 1998, and for the next 30 months courageously fought this disease through numerous surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation regimens. He died at the MD Anderson Oncology Center in Houston, Texas on March 10, 2001.

He was truly an exemplary young man much beloved by his family and his enormous circle of friends with whom he kept in close contact by e-mail throughout his fight with cancer, always closing his letters with “Keep the Faith”.