Savannah Rotary “Play It Forward” Concert to Benefit Rotary Foundation and Centennial Playground Project

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Rotary announces the 5th Annual “Play It Forward” Concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at The Ships of the Sea Museum from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. “Play It Forward”, a jazz concert tribute for the late Ben Tucker, will benefit the Rotary Foundation and the Centennial playground project.

Benjamin M. “Ben” Tucker, an American jazz bassist, played on albums by Art Pepper, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Hank Crawford, Junior Mance, and Herbie Mann. His home was Savannah, GA. Tucker wrote the original instrumental version of the song “Comin’ Home Baby!”, first issued on the album “Two Feet in the Gutter”. He died on June 4, 2013.

Festivities for the “Play It Forward” Concert include a silent wine auction, for which the Savannah Rotary will be soliciting donations of wine on or before May 23. There will also be food, beer and wine for attendees to enjoy. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Coastal Georgia Center will be provided.

Over the past 4 years, “Play It Forward” has raised funds for the Rotary Foundation and rotary initiatives. Eighty percent (80%) of all funds raised by our club this year will go toward the Centennial playground project and twenty percent (20%) will go to the Rotary Foundation. For more information about the “Play It Forward” Concert, visit

Sponsorship positions are still available at the $250, $500, $1000 and $2500 levels. The title sponsorship at the level of $5000 is also available. The deadline to be included in the program as a sponsor is April 30. Please contact for more information on sponsorship.

On January 5, 1914, the Rotary Club of Savannah met for the first time at the DeSoto Hotel. Founded by John S. Banks and a group of local businessmen, this was the second Rotary club established in Georgia. The nation’s first service club, Rotary began in Chicago in 1905 and promotes community and economic development projects at home and abroad. The Savannah club sponsored the formation of eight others around the state. Together, they championed local and regional developments including: completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia, and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Furthering the goals of Rotary International, the club has also supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication, and other global health initiatives. For more information of the Rotary Club of Savannah, visit


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