(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, July 24, 2017

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CLEAR THE SHELTERS: YAPPY HOUR
(HILTON HEAD, SC) Subaru of Hilton Head will host “Yappy Hour” in conjunction with the Clear the Shelters initiative on Wednesday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the dealership at the New River Auto Mall in Hardeeville, S.C. “Yappy Hour” is free and open to the public and their pets. Guests will enjoy food from Skull Creek Boathouse and live entertainment from Brad Wells and are encouraged to bring donations for local animal shelters. Animal rescue staff also will be on site with pets available for adoption. For more information on the event and wishlist donation items, visit the event Facebook page:

 COASTAL CANVAS PRODUCTS 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Canvas Products announces that Triet Bui has joined the company as operations manager. Triet Bui comes with a wealth of management experience and knowledge, having spent the last 30 years at The Landings Company.  Active in the Savannah community, Bui is the past President of the Benedictine Athletic Association and is a board member of the Benedictine Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Savannah Knights of Columbus.Coastal Canvas Products, founded in 1975 manufactures and installs custom canvas awnings, metal canopies, shade sails, fabric tension structures, walkway covers, motorized screens, cabanas, decorative metal railings, tarpaulins, porch curtains and similar fabric and aluminum products. Coastal Canvas Products also sells and installs various products for solar protection, hurricane protection, and insect screens. www.coastalcanvas.net

ENTERTAINMENT LAWSUITS MASK HIDDEN RISKS
(BOWEN LAW GROUP) Are you are facing a lawsuit or other legal issues with an entertainment deal? You may be at risk for more than just financial complication. Your job and reputation could be on the line. For more information, visit http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com/

TIPS FOR STRENGTHENING WEB PRESENCE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lauren Dingus, web and graphics designer at Speros, shares her top tips for small businesses looking to optimize their online presence and increase their website’s traffic. Read the full article here: http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2017-07-19/dingus-simple-tips-make-your-website-successful

Lauren Dingus

Lauren Dingus, Speros


PR STRATEGIES WITH A BIG IMPACT 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cecilia Russo Turner shares do-it-yourself public relations strategies that can have major impacts on businesses. Read the full article here: http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2017-07-19/turner-strategies-businesses-can-implement-themselves#Cecilia Russo Turner

SARAH JONES’ FAMILY VS. CSX

(SAVANNAH, GA/WSAV) CSX Railroad Company ordered to pay $3.9 to Sarah Jones’ family

PR PERSPECTIVE: DELTA VS COULTER

(FORTUNE) Public Relations experts weigh in on Delta’s response to Ann Coulter: http://fortune.com/2017/07/17/ann-coulter-delta-air-lines-twitter/?xid=newsletter-brief

DONATION OF OVER 6.5K TO BETHESDA ACADEMY 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Oglethorpe Driving Club (ODC) presented a $6,543.96 donation to Bethesda Academy. Collected during the ODC’s monthly “Coffee and Cars” meeting, this donation will be used to provide Bethesda Academy students with tuition scholarship money. For more information on Bethesda Academy, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376. For more information about the Oglethorpe Driving Club visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/186856591591/

Michael Shortt and Jim Piette Present Check to Michael Hughes of Bethesda Academy

Michael Shortt and Jim Piette Present Check to Michael Hughes of Bethesda Academy


TEACHING FELLOWSHIP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Teach the Future Fellowship is now accepting applications for interested educators from public and private schools in the Savannah area. The yearlong program connects educators with entrepreneurs and innovators from the local community. In addition, participants develop a network of colleagues to brainstorm and collaborate with around the future of teaching and learning. For more information, to sponsor a teacher, or to apply by

BUSINESS PROFILE: PLEASE MEET COURTNEY ZECHMAN 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Please Meet Courtney Zechman: Lead medical esthetician at Low Country Dermatology: http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2017-07-19/professional-profile-courtney-zechman-low-country-dermatology

Courtney Zechman, Licensed Esthetician, Low Country Dermatology

Courtney Zechman, Licensed Esthetician, Low Country Dermatology


GRIEF

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah will commence “Alternative Path to Grief” meetings for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. This group will explore creative, activity-oriented methods for processing grief. The first of four weekly meetings will take place on Thursday, August 10 at Full Circle, 6000 Business Center Drive from 6 – 7 p.m. The meetings are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call 912.303.9442 or visit http://www.hospicesavannah.org/fullcircle/

FAMILY STYLE
(BUSINESS INSIDER) Chick-Fil-A Rolling Out ‘Family-Style’ Meals

SECOND HARVEST SUMMER FOOD SERVICE 
(SAVANNAH, GA) America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is participating in the Summer Food Service Program until Friday, Aug. 28. Meals will be provided to all children without charge at First African Baptist Church at 23 Montgomery Street in Savannah from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and at Good Will Baptist Church at 167 Blandford Street in Rincon from 6:30-7 p.m. Learn more about second harvest at https://www.facebook.com/Help.End.Hunger.Ga/

DONATION DRIVE FOR ‘KIDS CAFE’
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield, of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, has announced her offices will be collecting donations in July and August for Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program, which helps feed area children who have limited food to eat during the school year. For more information, please visit

DEWITT TILTON GROUP DONATES ROOF 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm in Savannah, donated their services to the Savannah Jaycees to rebuild a BBQ pit roof that fell during stormy weather. Guerry Lumber, a Lumber Company that has served Savannah since 1927, and ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States, have also donated materials to the project.  For more information, please visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com  or http://savannahjaycees.com

Pictured (Left to Right): Kim Thomas, Chris Tilton and Andrew DeWitt of the Dewitt Tilton Group in front of the newly built BBQ Pitt Roof for the Savannah Jaycees.

Pictured (Left to Right): Kim Thomas, Chris Tilton and Andrew DeWitt of the Dewitt Tilton Group in front of the newly built BBQ Pitt Roof for the Savannah Jaycees.


BETHESDA ACADEMY FOOTBALL TEAM DONATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah dentist Angela Canfield, with Sandfly Family Dental, will donate custom-made mouth guards to the Bethesda Academy football team. Canfield will take impressions of the players’ teeth at Bethesda on Thursday, July 27. In total, Canfield will donate $19,360 to the football players of Bethesda. The warranty also pays $1,093.75 per injured or replaced tooth and up to a maximum total liability of $35,000 per incident. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

NEW PRESIDENT OF DEFENSE LAWYERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sarah B. “Sally” Akins, a partner at Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams in Savannah, was installed as the 50th President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association during the organization’s Golden Anniversary Annual Meeting. For more information, visit  http://www.gdla.org/  or https://epra-law.com/

Sarah Akins President

Sarah Akins Installed as 50th President of GDLA


LEARN HOW TO USE QUICKBOOKS ONLINE 

(STATESBORO, GA) The UGA Small Business Development Center in Savannah and the UGA SBDC at Georgia Southern will present a class on July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Developed for beginners and prospective users, this course provides a hands-on approach to learning the features and functions available to QuickBooks online users. For more information, visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/july-25th-quickbooks-online-statesboro/

‘BUSINESS ON THE MOVE’ TO MEET AFTER HOURS
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council’s quarterly Small Business After-Hours networking event, now Business on the Move, will be held Tuesday, July 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Polished Beauty Lounge, 107 Whitaker St, #A. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for guests. For more information or to RSVP: http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/small-business-council-presents-business-move-july-25/

RIBBON CUTTING
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will celebrate the completion of Juliette Gordon Low Elementary with a ribbon cutting this Wednesday, July 26 at 4 p.m. The new school is located at 15 Blue Ridge Avenue in Savannah. For more information, visit http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/default.aspx

SMILE
(TIME) Apple Releases New Emojis Coming Later This Year

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON 
(BLUFFTON, S.C.) The Ladies Lowcountry Luncheon – Summer Session will be held by Aunt Laurie’s in Bluffton at the Hampton Lakes Lakehouse on July 28. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lowcountry-ladies-luncheon-summer-session-tickets-35372967498

PARK PLACE OUTREACH DINNER PROGRAM
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a support shelter for at-risk children and teens, will launch a guest dinner program in August to connect its residents with community leaders.  To learn more about Park Place Outreach’s guest dinner program, visit

 THE BEST LESSON TO LEARN IN LEADERSHIP

(INC) How To Be Wrong

https://www.inc.com/quora/the-single-best-lesson-to-learn-in-leadership-and-.html?cid=hmhero


 NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 CLASS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia is seeking nominations for Class of 2018. Applications are due Aug. 4. Online form:  http://www.lsega.com/

SEE TURTLES HATCH

(SAVANNAH, GA) A Beachside Turtle-Hatching Experience: Ossabaw Island Loggerhead Turtle Overnight Trip is August 4 – 6, 2017.  www.ossabawisland.net 

LEARN HOW TO USE LINKEDIN TO BUILD INFLUENCE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The UGA Small Business Development Center in Savannah and the UGA SBDC at Georgia Southern present a class on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn from LinkedIn expert and UGA SBDC Business Consultant, Peter Williams, as he presents his national program teaching easy to follow steps to build influence, promote business expertise, and maximize effective networking. For more information, visit   https://www.georgiasbdc.org/using-linkedin-to-build-influence/

GOLF OUTING FOR A CAUSE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 14th annual Robbie Smith Golf Outing benefiting Hospice Savannah, Inc. will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The entry fee of $100 includes lunch, prizes and beverages on the course; $125 also includes two mulligans and more. For more information or to register to play, visit http://www.robbiegolf.com/. Learn more about Hospice Savannah at https://hospicesavannah.org

ADAPTING TO THE FUTURE

(MASHABLE) 5 Ways To Reinvent Your Career

WORKING WOMEN IN NEED ANNIVERSARY

(SAVANNAH, GA) AWWIN (Assisting Working Women In Need) will celebrate 17 years on Aug. 17 at the Coastal Georgia Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a day of inspiration. Keynote speaker is Ann Levett, Savannah Chatham schools superintendent. This is a free event, but RSVP is required. Vendor tables available at $75. For more info: 912-659-0241 website http://www.handsonsavannah.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=12902

WOMEN IN BUSINESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Helen Stone will present at the Sandfly Women’s Business Owners Coalition meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Bethesda Academy. To RSVP, contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

SPEED NETWORKING
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber will hold a speed networking session on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. with the program at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 for Chamber members only. For more information or to RSVP,  http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/making-connection-speed-networking-august-30/

SUBMIT TO THE TLC COVER PHOTO CONTEST

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Tourism and Leadership Council is looking for a cover photo for the 2018 edition of Savannah: A Southern Journey, a visitors guide for guests in Coastal Empire lodging properties. Submit photos that capture a distinctly Savannah scene by Sept. 1, 2017. For rules and submissions, visit www.tourismleadershipcouncil.com/southernjourneycover

WORKING WOMEN AWARDS GALA

(SAVANNAH, GA) “AWWIN Top Ten Working Women Of The Year” Awards Gala & Silent Auction will be Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum.Keynote Speaker-Brynn Grant (Chief Operating Officer of SEDA & VP of World Trade Center Savannah) MCs: Kim Gusby (News Anchor of WSAV TV) & Rob Langham (General Manager of Silver Lake Automation). For more info: 912-659-0241 website www.AWWININC.org

INTRODUCING BRILLO
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Brillo, a male corgi mix who is about 2 years old. Brillo loves to play, loves car rides, and loves people. He is a medium sized dog, 35 pounds. To view Brillo and any other pet available for adoption, view  http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2017-d-181-brillo/

How to Make Your Website Successful

How to Make Your Website Successful
By Lauren Dingus

Lauren Dingus

Lauren Dingus, Speros

Whenever I talk to someone about his or her business website, the conversation inevitably goes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Business owners receive countless emails from individuals claiming they cannot find their websites. What follows is usually a list of services, including a guarantee for first page Google rankings. This sets up an unrealistic expectation of how internet search and SEO works.

Unfortunately, there is no cut and dry solution to getting on the first page of Google, let alone achieving the coveted number one spot. Google determines what websites to serve first in a search based on algorithms that take into account a number of factors, including relevance, domain authority, and content quality. In order to make your website successful, you need to create and maintain a presence that your customers find valuable.

Quality Content above All Else

Do not phone it in when it comes to your website. Treating it as an afterthought or looking for the cheapest option available is going to cost you customers. Having a minimal web presence with your name and contact information, and a few keywords sprinkled into a brief list of services is not going to encourage anyone to do business with you. In order for Google to consider your website relevant, and in turn your customers, your website needs to serve as a source of information.

• Write Informative Articles

Customers nowadays are well informed and they are going to do their research before they invest in any product or service. Instead of coming to your business, or calling you, customers are putting their questions into their web browser. You know your customers best. Think of the most common questions your customers ask, or the services they are primarily looking for. Use those questions as topics for articles, or post step-by-step tutorials on how to use your different products or services. According to HubSpot, businesses that update their blog with new content 16 or more times per month get almost 3.5x more traffic than those who post 0–4 times per month. Build up a database of valuable information, and you will see an increase in quality traffic on your website.

• Outline the Benefits

Customers want to know one thing: what is in it for them. If your customers are not able to see themselves using your products or services on the first page, they are not going to click through the rest of your website. Too often business owners want to talk about their company history, experience, or awards they have won. Save that information for an interior page, and let your customers find it when they are ready. Engage your customers by marketing how your product or service can enhance their lives, as well as what they can expect when they choose to do business with you.

Optimize for Local Search

Your business would need to have significant brand awareness (think Target or Best Buy) to rank above every website on the internet for general search terms. Search engines take into account your physical location when they serve you search results, so it is common for a search phrase to include “near me.” Google has stated that 28% of searches for something nearby have resulted in a purchase. Make sure your city is in the page title, you have a local number prominently displayed, and that your address is in the footer of every page so Google knows where your business is located. Claiming and filling out your Google My Business listing will help as well.

Encourage Customers to Review You Online

Online reviews are the modern day word of mouth. Your customers will be reading those reviews, and using other people’s experiences, and your responses, to decide if they are going to do business with you. The only problem is people are more apt to leave a review if they had a negative experience with your business than if they had a positive one. If someone compliments your service, ask that person to consider posting his or her review on Google or Facebook. Just stay away from offering rewards for reviews. You want the feedback to be authentic.

Make Your Website Responsive

Mobile search has outpaced desktop search, so having a mobile-friendly website is necessary. Google also gives priority to mobile-friendly websites in mobile search. With the variety of devices, and subsequent screen sizes that are available, having a responsive website will ensure that your website adjusts to any screen without the need of a separate mobile website. This gives customers the best viewing experience, and prevents them from getting frustrated and leaving your website.

The important thing to keep in mind is that SEO is all about the long game. If you set out with the goal of ranking well, you are selling yourself and your customers short. Your website requires regular attention in order to be successful. Focus on creating a website that offers value to your customers, and you will set yourself up for success.

Lauren Dingus is the web and graphics designer at Speros, responsible for the website development division, including graphic design and branding, content writing, and consulting on digital marketing strategies. For information, contact Lauren at ldingus@speros.com or 912.354.8900

Column: Please Meet Courtney Zechman

Please Meet Courtney Zechman

Courtney Zechman
Lead medical esthetician at Low Country Dermatology

Courtney Zechman, Licensed Esthetician, Low Country Dermatology

Courtney Zechman, Licensed Esthetician, Low Country Dermatology

How long have you been in the profession?
I graduated from the Aveda Institute of Covington, La., in 2011, and have been in the esthetics business for about six years.

What motivated you to get into this business?
I’ve always had a love for beauty, especially making women feel beautiful through makeup. When I started school, my goal was to become a makeup artist and eventually work in television and movies. I quickly discovered that I loved teaching women how to improve their skin through integrated skin care. Treatments I provide include facials, waxing, chemical peels, dermaplaning, Laser treatments and microneedling.

What are you most passionate about?
Educating not only my clients but my friends and family on proper sunscreen protection. A lot of women think the spf in their makeup and moisturizer is enough to stop the damaging effects of sun exposure, and a lot of men think they don’t need spf because they aren’t sun bathing.

What has surprised you most about working with Low Country Dermatology?
Realizing the difference in over-the-counter beauty products versus in-office cosmeceuticals. For the same price as some of the department store skin-care products, you can achieve noticeable results with products found in an esthetics or dermatology office.

What’s the best thing to happen since you started working with Low Country Dermatology?
I can’t explain how proud I get when my clients tell me they are getting compliments on their skin all the time after having treatments with me. My schedule continues to grow each month. Knowing that my clients are talking with their friends and peers about their experience with me continues to surprise and make me feel so proud of myself.

What do you think will change about dermatology over the next five years?
Cosmetic treatments will outweigh dermatology treatments in the future. Thanks to social media and technology as a whole, people are more aware and cautious of the sun and getting too much exposure. Instead of skin cancer treatment and prevention patients may be more inclined to treat aging and other cosmetic issues.

What are three things that might surprise someone about you?
1. I attended 13 different schools and have lived in nine different states.
2. I live an hour away in a small town called Ludowici, and my two older sisters live within walking distance of me.
3. I am a single mom of one handsome six-year-old boy named Oliver Bryan who is the 10th of 20 grandchildren.

What do you do when you aren’t at the office?
You can usually find me at one of my sisters’ houses. We are always together on the weekends for birthdays, ball games, parties or some other family gathering.

Where are you from?
I was born in Tacoma, Wash., and raised in northern Kentucky, but I call Georgia home.

Who has been your professional mentor?
When I was getting into the world of beauty professionally, a woman I was so inspired by was Kandee Johnson who was a professional makeup artist, single mom and YouTube blogger. She was so positive and uplifting during one of the hardest times in my life.
Dr. Howington is another of my professional mentors. If I feel lost or stumped with my clients, she is always there to guide me in the right direction.

Who is your hero?
My heroes are my sisters. They have helped me through some of the hardest times in my life, they consistently help with my son and they never ask anything in return.

What motivates you to work hard?
When I first started at Low Country Dermatology, I did not have a lot of confidence. I was used to working in spas making people fall asleep during relaxing facials, not treating acne and aging with chemicals. My clients are the ones who made me feel like I was doing something right every time they would reschedule month after month. I have learned to believe in myself and I am continuously pushing myself to learn more and achieve more in my career.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family. I don’t know what I would do without them.

Contact information:
Address: 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406
Phone: 912-354-1018
Website: lcderm.com

7 PR Strategies Businesses can Implement Themselves

7 PR Strategies Businesses can Implement Themselves
by Cecilia Russo Turner

If you are a small business, you know the importance of building and maintaining a good relationship with the public. However, as a small business owner, it may not be fiscally possible for you to hire a firm to handle your public relations needs. Still, if you are willing to put in the effort and time, creating and managing your own PR program may not be out of reach.

1. Share your story
Storytelling can help identify your brand and create trust among consumers and your peers. You can tell the fascinating story of how your brand came to be and let your customers share the stories of their experiences with your business. Be sure to divulge the history of your brand: why your business exists, its values, how the brand evolved and the full picture of your business. Transparency can be key in earning the trust of your target audience.

2. Smart networking
In Savannah, there are plenty of networking opportunities each week. Don’t get burned out by trying to attend every single one and meet every single person. Create a plan for whom you’d like to meet and then figure out what events these individuals would most likely attend. Introduce yourself. Let them know why you think you may be a good business partner or referral contact. But be sure not to be too self-promotional in your comments. Remember: Do-it-yourself PR is all about being authentic and trustworthy.

3. Be prepared before you begin
Only start a PR campaign if your product or service is truly ready. One negative review early on can be detrimental to a start-up or small business. Not sure if you know what “ready” is? Get a small group of your trusted friends or colleagues together to test drive your services. This survey sample can provide insights into your business, website, operations and customer service to provide you with feedback that could help you make last-minute changes to your final product or service if needed.

4. Send your news to the right people
Create a media list and develop a short write-up about your good news. Be personal with any media outreach. Figure out whether the reporter or editor prefers using email, telephone or social media for communications. Keep your message short and to the point, and if via email, make sure your subject line is attention-grabbing and won’t be mistaken for spam. Furthermore, your message will be taken more seriously if it is objective. You might think your product or service is the best, but not everyone will agree. Stick to the facts and keep adjectives out of your content.

5. Create impactful content
Just because something is of interest to you doesn’t mean your target audience thinks the same. Check to ensure your content is newsworthy and engaging. Events, significant business changes or accomplishments are noteworthy items to include in a press release. If you have an exciting event coming up, it’s helpful to send a media advisory to local outlets as an invitation to cover the affair. News columns and videos are other useful media to share opinions, educational pieces or business news. No matter the platform, ensure your content is relevant and interesting.

6. Educational marketing
Share trending developments in your field. You need to be the industry expert. Set up Google Alerts and Twitter Mentions to be notified of certain keywords. Follow the top industry influencers on social media, and find out what your competitors are doing. Don’t just keep this information to yourself, though. Share your knowledge through videos, blog posts and speeches. Booklets and e-booklets are another easy way to educate your audience. Don’t forget to disperse the content on your social media platforms as well. This is a great way to build trust and credibility with key elements of the public.

7. Worthy cause marketing
Get involved in your community. Choose a local charity that you’re passionate about and set aside a portion of your resources and time for it. Donating your expertise or money to a charity can help the philanthropy spread their own message and will give you an opportunity to grow as an active member of their organization. Additionally, people want to support companies that align with their values and actively participate in their communities.

As you grow, there will be a point at which you could benefit from hiring a PR firm, but take that step when you are ready. If you follow these seven strategies, maintaining your day-to-day PR plan will be a realistic and viable option for you and your small business.

Cecilia Russo Turner is the owner and president of Cecilia Russo Marketing, specializing in reputation management strategies used to create and control businesses’ word-of-mouth in the community and online. For more information visit crussomarketing.com or email info@crussomarketing.com

Oglethorpe Driving Club Presents a Donation of Over 6.5K to Bethesda Academy

Oglethorpe Driving Club Presents a Donation of Over 6.5K to Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Oglethorpe Driving Club (ODC) presented a $6,543.96 donation to Bethesda Academy. Collected during the ODC’s monthly “Coffee and Cars” meeting, this donation will be used to provide Bethesda Academy students with tuition scholarship money.

Though typically “Coffee and Cars” is held at the Habersham Shopping Center, it was relocated this month to be held on the campus of the organization it was supporting.

“We greatly appreciate all that the Oglethorpe Driving Club has done,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “It is such a blessing to be able to provide students with scholarships to our school and it was a pleasure to see our lawn filled with beautiful cars.”

Check Presentation

Michael Shortt and Jim Piette Present Check to Michael Hughes of Bethesda Academy

During the event, car enthusiasts displayed their classic, vintage and exotic cars.

“We have great enthusiasm for our cars, but we also have a passion for giving back to the community,” said Michael Shortt of the ODC. “Bethesda is an important place to our organization, being that one of our members was adopted from here.”

The ODC is a fraternity of 50 sports car owners and those dedicated to the entertainment of auto racing and sports cars. The ODC was established in 2006 in order to honor the 100th anniversary of the first United States Grand Prix, which was held in Savannah on November 26, 1908. Generally, there are over 150 cars at ODC meetings.

As well as hosting the monthly “Coffee and Cars” meetings, the ODC commemorates its predecessor, the Savannah Automobile Club of 1904, by sponsoring rallies, racing competitions, advanced driving courses, Concours d’Elegance and other social events. Additionally, the organization actively works to improve the sport of motor racing in Savannah and to preserve Savannah’s illustrious auto racing heritage.

For more information on Bethesda Academy, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376. For more information about the Oglethorpe Driving Club visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/186856591591/

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
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.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Holds Ninth Annual Camp Buddy in Effingham and Chatham Counties

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Holds Ninth Annual Camp Buddy in Effingham and Chatham Counties

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) held their ninth annual Camp Buddy summer camps in Effingham and Chatham Counties.

The camp curriculum was designed by occupational, physical, special education and speech therapists with the goal of helping the children retain the educational milestones they achieved over the course of the past school year.

“We strive to help the children in our program bridge the gap created over summer,” said Savannah Camp Buddy Director Pam Hussey. “They will be better equipped to begin the new school year with the skills they gained in the previous year fresh on their minds.”

The Effingham Camp Buddy was held over one week at the Rincon Elementary School, located at 501 Richland Avenue in Rincon, GA. Chatham Camp Buddy was held over a two-week period at Marshpoint Elementary School, located at 135 Whitemarsh Island Drive in Savannah, GA.

Camp Buddy is sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and is made possible through the generosity of the community, friends and family of LDSS and events such as the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions.

For more information about Effingham and Chatham Camp Buddy, contact campbuddy@ldssga.org. For more information about LDSS, visit https://www.ldssga.org/

Pictured left to right: Thomas Nyce, Darcy Davis and Whitley Divine build friendships at Chatham Camp Buddy

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Camp Buddy 2017

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit https://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
cbogardus@ldssga.org

MEDIA CONTACT 
Marjorie Young
CarriageTrade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

The Dewitt Tilton Group Donates New BBQ Pit Roof to Savannah Jaycees

The Dewitt Tilton Group Donates New BBQ Pit Roof to Savannah Jaycees

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm in Savannah, donated their services to the Savannah Jaycees to rebuild a BBQ pit roof that fell during stormy weather. Guerry Lumber, a Lumber Company that has served Savannah since 1927, and ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States, have also donated materials to the project.

The Jaycees include young business professionals dedicated to leadership growth through community involvement. As the only Jaycees chapter in the state with their own office, the Savannah Jaycees use their building for meetings, events and leadership speakers.

The BBQ pit roof often serves as an outdoor shelter for the group’s community activities, such as the Surging Forward Picnic, which was held for first responders and firefighters during Hurricane Matthew cleanup.

Since it was damaged by the hurricane and the storms this spring, the Jaycees have been unable to reassemble and secure the roof. So The Dewitt Tilton group reached out to them and offered to rebuild and install a new roof.

“I have seen the culture of altruistic service and progressive thinking the Savannah Jaycees promotes in our community,” said Dewitt Tilton partner Chris Tilton. “They give so much to Savannah, so when the opportunity presented itself to give back to their group, we jumped on it.”

Jaycees president Cynthia Wright said the roof could not have been reinstalled without help.

“We are so thankful that the Dewitt Tilton Group saw our need and chose to show their support for our organization with a project that will serve us both now and in the future,” Wright said.

For more information about the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

Pictured (Left to Right): Kim Thomas, Chris Tilton and Andrew DeWitt of the Dewitt Tilton Group in front of the newly built BBQ Pitt Roof for the Savannah Jaycees.

Pictured (Left to Right): Kim Thomas, Chris Tilton and Andrew DeWitt of the Dewitt Tilton Group in front of the newly built BBQ Pitt Roof for the Savannah Jaycees.

MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

MORE ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
Celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, the Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island.

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com