Kelly Brown Bulak, or “Bea” as we fondly called her, was more than just a team member at Mitchell Hill. She was a talented designer, a spreadsheet aficionado, and a wonderful friend to us all. Her outgoing and bubbly personality made a lasting impression on everyone she met, from the clients she helped to the vendor customer service reps who asked about her long after she left Mitchell Hill. Bea held a special place in so many people’s hearts.
In August of 2020, Bea left Mitchell Hill to pursue her graduate degree in Clemson University’s Historic Preservation program here in Charleston. In the same month she started her studies, she received the devastating news that she had stage IV lung cancer. Despite this immense challenge, she never lost her spirit. She continued to work toward her degree while living life to the fullest by doing things she loved like traveling and spending time with friends and family. It broke our hearts when we learned Bea passed away in November 2021.
To honor her memory and continue her legacy, Bea’s parents, James S. Bulak and Pamela Brown Bulak, and her friends, Katherine B. Frazier and Sarah Horton Ruffin, established the Kelly Brown Bulak ’22 Memorial Annual Fund for the Study of Historic Preservation. Bea had a vision of building sustainable, inclusive communities while preserving important parts of the past, and this endowment will allow students to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on the world, just like Bea did.
As dear friends and colleagues of Bea, we invite you to join us for an evening in support of this endowment. Together, we can fund a cause that was close to Bea’s heart and honor the incredible person she was.
If you can’t make it and would like to help: