Hinesville Housing Authority Launches New Website Created by Speros

Hinesville Housing Authority Launches New Website Created by Speros

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Hinesville Housing Authority in Hinesville, Ga., is pleased to announce a rebranding of the agency and its non-profit entities as well as the launch of its new website, http://hinesvillehousingauthority.org.

Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the site has been refreshed with new and innovative features to offer better connectivity and service to the community.

“Since the world is connected by social media, it was logical to launch a new website and accompany it with other social media resources to stay connected to our residents, the community and potential business partners,” said Melanie Thompson, CEO of the housing authority.

“The updated website will assist the authority in accomplishing its mission and vision of being the housing solution provider within Liberty County by continually providing updated information of the wonderful work that we are doing and the extensive housing development opportunities that will create more sustainable communities,” Thompson said.

The site has been equipped with increased security protocols to protect vital account information and provides more easily accessible information to the operations of the housing authority and its governing board, she said.

“I see this as an important tool in empowering our residents and being able to keep them informed,” said Joe Ford, chairman of the authority’s board of commissioners. “We want the local community to explore our website and be informed about the great asset that the housing authority is and the vital role we play, not just in the lives of our residents but in the community as a whole.”

The upgrade was coordinated by regional director, Chip Adams, of the company’s Hinesville office, which was opened in 2015 to provide technology solutions for businesses in Liberty County and surrounding areas. The Hinesville office is located at 933 Elma G Miles Pkwy, Suite 104, and offers a full range of Speros services, including telephone systems, information technology, surveillance systems, web design, branding solutions and cloud computing. Adams worked alongside web and graphics designer, Lauren Dingus, who developed the new site and facilitated the transition process.

Speros was accommodating and respectful of our budget and timeline,” said Krystal Hart, the housing authority’s public relations and marketing consultant. “If we were in need of assistance with photography, design work or third-party tools, they stepped up and offered those services as well. There were times we had to pause the project because we didn’t have the necessary information, but Lauren was patient and guided us through everything.”

Since its creation in 1959, the Hinesville Housing Authority has been striving to improve the quality of life for those in the community by ensuring that everyone regardless of race, age, background or socioeconomic status has place to call home. Its mission is to be a creator of viable housing solutions and to aggressively evolve into a premier provider of housing options in Liberty County.

The Hinesville Housing Authority is located at 100 Regency Place in Hinesville, GA 31313. For more information, call (912) 368-3466 or visit online at http://hinesvillehousingauthority.org/

Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

Lauren Dingus
Web and Graphics Designer

Chip Adams
Regional Director, Hinesville

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.


Join the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society in Wearing Mismatched Socks for World Down Syndrome Day and St. Patrick’s Day

Join the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society in Wearing Mismatched Socks for World Down Syndrome Day and St. Patrick’s Day

By Joe Marchese

My daughter, Ella, loves to celebrate. She considers everyone a friend and I don’t think I’ve ever met a better dancer. In addition to her outgoing and loving personality, she also has an extra copy of her 21st chromosome pair (TRISOMY 21. 3-21), more commonly known as Down Syndrome.

Some may consider Ella to have a disability. At the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), we see her as having different abilities and realize that all people are uniquely created and bring different contributions to the world.
Wednesday, March 21st (3/21) is World Down Syndrome Day. As part of that day, I would like to personally invite you to join us in celebrating the fact that “We are all different…that’s what makes us the same.”

On Saturday, March 17th, our beautiful hostess city, Savannah, will be focused on St. Patricks Day. The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will once again have a float in the parade and we will all be wearing mismatched socks to show that being different is a good thing and to make people aware of the upcoming World Down Syndrome Day.

Please help us to celebrate by:

• Wearing mismatched socks on March 17th and on March 21st and explain to anyone who notices that we appreciate and celebrate differently abled individuals and how their differences make the world a better place.

• Posting a picture of your socks to your facebook page. Tag the photo using #LDSS, #differentabilities, #WorldDownSyndromeDay.

• Challenging two friends to join in the fun.

These simple, small steps can change our community and the world!

We rely on individual donations from people just like you to support the events we hold through the year, such as the Night of Champions, where we honor employers and their employees with different abilities, and the Buddy Walk, that raises awareness of the unlimited potential of all people. In recognition of World Down Syndrome day, we are also collecting $2.00 donations, one for each mismatched sock, or any other amount at www.ldssga.org.

For those of you unfamiliar with what we do. The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is a support group to benefit local people with Down Syndrome and their families through leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. We envision a world in which all people with different abilities have the opportunity to create their own path in order to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of a welcoming community.

As I always say, I hope that Savannah will become known as the “most inclusive city in the United States.” Maybe a pair of mismatched socks can help spread that message. I hope you ‘ll join me.

Please stop me and say hello on St. Patricks Day; I’ll be the guy wearing the striped and polka dot socks. So roll up your pant legs and join in the fun.

Joe Marchese Low Country Down Syndrome Society

Joe Marchese of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Joe Marchese
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society board member 
Proud parent of Katie, Ella and Lucy
Cell: 912-213-9999

The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Location in Bluffton

The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Location in Bluffton

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry held a ribbon cutting in front of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry, an environmentally friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal, will serve Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances.

“We opened Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire last October, but we quickly realized that the Hilton Head area had a huge demand for our services as well,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “We decided to open a new business to specifically serve this community.”

Junkluggers of the Lowcountry hauls away items people no longer want or need and strives to donate and recycle as much as possible with the goal of keeping items out of landfills. Customers receive a tax-deductible receipt for anything the company is able to donate on their customers’ behalf.

“Our mantra is donate first, recycle next and avoid landfills as much as possible,” Hess said. “Everything we put on the truck is sorted for donations, recycling and disposal with the landfill always being the last stop for any items removed.”

While keeping items out of the landfill is the company’s number one goal, Hess and his wife, Misty, are also focused on the impact the company can make in the local community.

“We partner with a lot of local charities that help a variety of causes,” Hess said. “From aiding those with special needs to helping formerly homeless veterans furnish their new apartments, we are extremely proud of the good we are able to do right in our own backyard.”

Junkluggers also plans to announce the opening of its Second Chance Store later this year.

This up-cycling retail facility will offer gently used furniture at deeply discounted prices as well as repaired items that otherwise would have been destined for the landfill. Proceeds will help benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free housing for military and veterans’ families while their loved one is receiving treatment at military or VA medical centers.

For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.

Junkluggers of the Lowcountry Cuts Ribbon on Bluffton and Hilton Head location

Junkluggers of the Lowcountry Cuts Ribbon on Bluffton and Hilton Head location

The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry and its sister company Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serve as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina and Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia. The company offers same-day and next-day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained and the company is insured with 100 percent property damage protection. The company is also committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and re-purposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.

Trevor Hess
The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Announce Speakers and Benefiting Nonprofits for 2018 Encourage Health Education Series

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Announce Speakers and Benefiting Nonprofits for 2018 Encourage Health Education Series

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket and Healthy Savannah are pleased to announce the speakers for the 2018 Encourage Health Education Series, which will begin in April and end in October.

The series will feature four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who will share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for healthy living.

Each presentation is free and open to the public.

During each presentation, a local nonprofit organization will be presented a $1,000 Encourage Health grant to support their programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education. The selected benefiting nonprofit organizations include Loop it up Savannah, Flux Nourishment Community, Savannah Derby Devils, and Chatham County 4-H Club.

Speakers for the series and their dates, each of them on a Tuesday, include:

– April 17: Luke Curtsinger III MD on Blue Zone, Loop It Up Savannah
Dr. Luke Curtsinger is a highly experienced plastic surgeon and has performed well over 20,000 operations on both children and adults. Dr. Curtsinger is the current President-Elect of the Georgia Medical Society and practices out of Savannah Plastic Surgery.

Enmarket 2018 Encourage Health Education Series Speaker Luke Curtsinger

Dr. Luke Curtsinger


Loop It Up Savannah is a community art non-profit which brings creative art workshops to over 5000 kids throughout Savannah each year. They serve a healthy snack and dinner to 30-40 children with their after school programs at the Yamacraw Community Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.- June 26: Dr. Evelyn Higgins, DC on Prescription for Life 4 Pillars of Health, Flux Nourishment Community
Dr. Evelyn Higgins is an international expert on fitness, diet, health and wellness. Dr. Higgins trademark “4 Pillars of Health” looks at health as more than the absence of disease by investigating the physical, emotional, intellectual as well as spiritual elements of a person.




Dr. Evelyn Higgins


Flux Nourishment Community, aims to change the trajectory of health in communities by educating individuals on making nourishing lifestyle choices. Flux uses community based participatory research, work with community leaders in all populations; including indigent and minority populations, to bring the message of empowering health through nourishment, and providing services to those in need of nutrition education and wellness coaching.- August 28: Janet McCarthy on Fitness in the Work Place, Savannah Derby Devils
Janet McCarthy has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a health science focus from Georgia Southern University. Ms. McCarthy is certified by Interactive Fitness Trainers of America in personal training, aqua aerobics, and Spin.

Janet McCarthy


Savannah Derby Devils are a women’s flat-track roller derby league that organizes practices, fundraising events and training clinics to promote female athleticism and the growing sport of roller derby. Through a recreation league and annual boot camp, they encourage adults to exercise through skating. It is their mission to empower women of all shapes, sizes, and walks of life, in developing their full potential, whether they are a skating athlete, staff support, or event volunteer.- October 30: Marija Djekic-Ivankovic, PhD on Bone Health Safe Guards, Chatham County 4-H Club
Dr. Marija Djekic-Ivankovic is an academic with extensive background in pharmacology, biochemistry and nutrition, including over 10-years of experience in the design and execution of molecular, preclinical and clinical research studies.


Dr. Marija Djekic-Ivankovic


Chatham County 4-H is all about exploring, discovering, encouraging and challenging. Georgia 4-H assists youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. 4-H’ers learn through hands on learning experiences focusing on agricultural and environmental issues thru awareness, leadership, communication skills, food, nutrition, health, energy, conservation, and citizenship.This marks the fifth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Clover Health, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News and Savannah Magazine.

Each of the presentations in the 2018 Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Demere Center for the Living, located at 6000 Business Center Dr, Savannah, GA 31405.

To RSVP for the lectures, visit healthysavannah.org. Seating is limited to 90 people. For more information, visit www.enmarket.com


Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Previously known as Enmark, it launched a rebranding initiative in 2015 to better align with its commitment to fresh food and health. Enmarket completed the acquisition of 35 Clyde’s Markets on December 1. The addition of the EZ-Shop stores will bring the company to a total of 122 operating stores, making Enmarket the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

Matt Clements
Director of Marketing

Bethesda Academy Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newly Renovated Pavilion

Bethesda Academy Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newly Renovated Pavilion by the Barnbuilders

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Barnbuilders, a local volunteer group, will finish work in March on a newly renovated pavilion for students and guests at Bethesda Academy. The school will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed structure on Monday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public and a light lunch will be served.

The Barnbuilders are doubling the size of the pavilion and adding a screened-in area. The group built the picnic pavilion in 2000 and have been expanding and improving it since.

The pavilion will be used for school functions and will be available for guests to rent for events.

“The Barnbuilders have a special place on Bethesda’s campus,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “Our students and faculty have watched this group dedicate Monday mornings to our school for the last 20 years, and these men are a true example of hard work and genuine character for our young men.”

The Bethesda Barnbuilders have met at Bethesda Academy every Monday since 1998. On average, 12 men work on various projects at the school each Monday between 8 a.m. and noon. The group consists primarily of retired men who live on Skidaway Island. This year, the group received a grant from the Landings Landlovers to offset costs of the pavilion renovations.

As Bethesda’s Maintenance Director, Beau Lynah did an analysis a few years ago to value the work completed annually by the Barnbuilders and believes a conservative estimate is right around $200,000 each year. Projects completed by the Barnbuilders include, among others, a repair of the alumni cottage, an athletic trainer suite and new football lockers for the JV team.

Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Fox & Weeks Donates Chromebooks to Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

Fox & Weeks Donates Chromebooks to Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

(SAVANNAH, GA)The center provides educational and advocacy services to children and families affected by autism and other similar developmental disorders in the Coastal Empire and throughout southeast Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.matthewreardon.org/.

The donation was made possible through Fox and Week’s partnership with the Matthews Children’s Foundation and was combined with a grant awarded in 2017 through the foundation to enable the center to buy Chromebooks for all of its upper school students.

“Fox and Weeks and the Matthews Children’s Foundation have been particularly generous to us, and we are very grateful,” said Patti T. Victor, president and CEO of Matthew Reardon Center for Autism. “It’s fascinating to observe a non-verbal student compose complete sentences with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation on these devices when no other means of communication seems to be effective.”

Victor said autism brings its own set of challenges, but it also can bring out particular abilities. For example, she said, technological aptitude seems to be common among several of the center’s students and technology can enhance a student’s ability to learn and to more adequately communicate and interact within their environment.

Chromebooks fit into that category, she said, and are particularly popular for educational use as they offer affordability, built-in security, automatic updates and a variety of classroom tools.

Fox & Weeks has now awarded nearly $40,000 in Matthews Children’s Foundation grants since 2012. Each time a family buys a casket at Fox & Weeks, a portion of the cost is donated to the Matthews Children’s Foundation (formerly the York Children’s Foundation) in the name of the deceased. The accumulated funds are then distributed quarterly through an application process to area non-profits that benefit children and children’s causes.

Fox & Weeks is the only funeral home in Savannah that actively participates in the Matthews Children’s Foundation. Since its inception in 1992, the foundation has granted nearly $4 million to community-based, nonprofit children’s organizations nationwide.

“This support, along with other generous gifts will enable the center to continue increasing our day school enrollment capacity in 2018, along with the depth and breadth of support services offered,” Victor said. “We also plan to expand ages served starting at 16 months through preschool this Fall.”

To qualify for a Matthews Children’s Foundation grant through Fox & Weeks, an application must be submitted and an organization’s activities must be primarily directed toward the welfare and benefit of children. Contact Fox & Weeks at (912) 352-7200 with any questions.

Fox and Weeks Donate Chromebooks to Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

Patti Victor & Scott Weeks

MRCA operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 800 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,000 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. The organization was incorporated in 2000 and serves 22 students through ADVANCE Academy. They have eleven full-time employees and operate in a 6,000-square-foot suite at 6602 Abercorn St #200, Savannah, GA 31405. Website: http://www.matthewreardon.org/

Patti T. Victor, President and CEO
The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, Inc, and Advance Academy
912-355-9098 (office)
912-352-2460 (fax)

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire Fifth Annual Wine Women & Shoes Fundraiser

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire Announces Fifth Annual Wine Women & Shoes Fundraiser Set for May 3

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Fifth Annual Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 3 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Savannah, located at 2 W Bay St. This major fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire benefits families of seriously ill and injured children.

“Last year we raised more than $150 thousand and we have worked hard to help make this year’s fundraiser supporting the Ronald McDonald House our best ever,” said Bill Sorochak, executive director. “We are expecting a sell-out crowd of more than 600 guests for a fabulous evening of sip-sational wines, fabulous shopping, charming ‘Shoe Guys’ and savory foods.”

Kicking off at 6:00 p.m., VIP ticket holders will be allowed early access to the Hyatt’s Harborside Room (the glass room on River Street) to peruse items for sale and get first dibs on the coveted Keys-to-the-Closet and Key-to-the-Cellar raffles. Then, at 7:00 p.m., the doors will open for everyone else to join the festivities.

“We say that this event can change your shoes but its real mission is to change lives,” Sorochak added. “One hundred percent of the funds raised in the Coastal Empire stays here to help our residents cope with the stress and expense of daily living while trying to be close and emotionally strong for their child. In 2017, we provided 4,270 family night stays at the Ronald McDonald House. An event like this can provide 1,600 of those family-night stays.”

Sorochak projects proceeds from this year’s Wine Women & Shoes may top previous years due, in part, to the continued support from local McDonald’s restaurant owners and operators as well as the dedication of partners since the event’s inception – Ameris Bank, Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology and Cecilia Russo Marketing.

Tickets are now on sale and sponsor opportunities are also available. For tickets or more information, contact Bill Sorochak at bill@rmhccoastalempire.org or visit http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/savannah.

Wine Women & Shoes is the brainchild of Napa Valley vintner, Elaine Honig. While chatting with a girlfriend about the growing popularity of wine and food pairing events, they jokingly said, “Wine and shoe pairings would be a lot more fun!” And they were right. WW&S events are now in 50 cities across the country, and they have raised more than $22,000,000 for women and children’s causes. Wine Women & Shoes fundraisers create an opportunity for partnerships between charities, wineries, shoe and accessory retailers, corporate sponsors and women in the community. In addition to raising money, these events raise awareness for charities, increase sales for wineries and retail partners, and provide community outreach for corporate sponsors. For more information, visit http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/savannah

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The Savannah Ronald McDonald House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The House provides a “home away from home” for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at Memorial Children’s Hospital, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire.

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing