Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2023

39 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com Hunt was unanimously selected to serve as executive director by the Patriots Point Development Authority Board (PPDA) back in January. “Having been associated with Patriots Point for a number of years, Allison has a deep understanding of our mission, our museum and our real estate component,” said PPDA Board Vice Chairman Wayne Adams. “In her role with the Yorktown Foundation, she was intimately involved with enhancing our programs — from education to exhibits, maintenance and more. Her experience in public and private sectors is perfect for the wide-ranging responsibilities of our executive director and communicating with our diverse audiences.” Regarding the new position, Hunt said, “I believe that everything I have done in my career has led me to this role. I have had a long and varied career. I have served in leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, with public and private partnerships and governmental organizations, owned a business and worked in the real estate industry.” Hunt took her first steps onto the USS Yorktown when she was only 9-years-old, while on vacation in Charleston with her family. A resident of Mount Pleasant since 2013, she is passionate about the ways Patriots Point enriches the local community. “Not only do we have two historic ships full of engaging exhibits and artifacts, but we also have the entire Patriots Point property that is envisioned to be a world class destination,” stated Hunt. “In a single visit, you will be able to visit the museum, have a wonderful lunch overlooking the Charleston Harbor, shop, play golf, catch a Charleston Battery soccer match or a College of Charleston baseball game or tennis match—all without leaving Mount Pleasant.” The dedicated staff, engaged board members and generous volunteers bring richness to Hunt’s work in her new role, as does the enthusiasm of visitors from near and far. “We have so many people throughout our community from all walks of life that believe deeply in our mission and what our ships and the Vietnam Experience represent,” said Hunt. “I am inspired every day by our veterans who work and volunteer on the ship, our amazing staff and our visitors who come from all over the world. I truly love being on the ship every day.” Patriots Point is growing, seeing record attendance and attracting visitors from all over the world. Hunt and her team are working on a number of ambitious projects throughout the museum to continue investing in this local treasure. “We are continuing the restoration project of the 28 historic aircraft at the museum and will be working with the USS Yorktown Foundation for the next several years to complete this comprehensive program,” Hunt our town