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LDSS 9TH ANNUAL NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will host its 9th Annual Night of Champions on Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The event will recognize differently-abled Savannah area employees who excel in their workplace and their employers. The evening will include dinner, a silent auction and a cash bar, with Jamie Deen and Allyson Harvin serving as the night’s emcees. Business professional attire is requested. Individual tickets are $50, and tables of ten can be reserved for $500 at https://nightofchampions.org/.

SOUTHEASTERN GUIDE DOGS WALKATHON 
AT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) In support of Southeastern Guide Dogs, Peacock Automotive is hosted a walkathon. The event was kid friendly and will have local firefighters and a fire truck for children’s interaction throughout the day. People were encouraged to bring their dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services include breeding and training dogs, on-campus instruction and lifetime follow-up for graduates. They’re provided at no cost to students and veterans. In line with the mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs, the Lions Club was on site with free vision testing for anyone who is participating in the walkathon. For more information about the walkathon, visit https://guidedogswalkathon.org/savannah. Visit the dealership online at www.peacockusedcars.com or call 843-208-1400.

GROUND BLESSING CEREMONY 
FOR CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
(SAVANNAH, GA) A group of Catholic faithful in the Pooler area, the Pooler Catholic Community, has been raising money to build a facility in the Pooler area. Corpus Christi Catholic Mission kicked off the eight-month construction process with a ground blessing and a groundbreaking. The ceremony, led by Bishop Gregory John Hartmayer, OFM, Conv. of the Diocese of Savannah, was held at the construction site located at 1745 Benton Blvd. off Pooler Parkway. The $4.2 million project is expected to be complete by early December 2018. Felder & Associates was selected as the lead architect and R. W. Allen was chosen as a commercial general contractor for the project. For more information, visit http://www.poolercatholiccommunity.org/home.html

or www.felderassociates.net


AMERICAN RED CROSS HONORS CECILIA RUSSO TURNER
(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia hosted its fifth Youth Heroes Awards Breakfast at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. in downtown Savannah. This event recognized local students who are giving back to their communities by volunteering at school and for religious organizations, various non-profits, camps and more. It also honored Cecilia Russo Turner for her volunteer work in the community, as well as her philanthropy and advocacy. Learn more at http://www.wtoc.com/clip/14289392/american-red-cross-honors-youth-heroes

JUNKLUGGERS E-WASTE RECYCLING 
AT EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s annual Earth Day Festival was held in Forsyth Park. Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire had a special exhibit where they collected electronic waste, such as computers, televisions, monitors, printers, fax machines, small household appliances, and cell phones. The Earth Day Festival also included free workshops, including one from Trevor Hess, the owner of Junkluggers, presenting “Waste to Wealth: How to Use the Three R’s (Reducing, Reusing and Recycling) to Your Advantage.” For more information, visit www.earthdaysavannah.org

ENCOURAGE HEALTH GRANT PRESENTED 
TO LOOP IT UP SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) At the first of four presentations during the 2018 Encourage Health Education Series, Loop It Up Savannah was presented with a $1,000 grant to be used for art supplies and food for after-school programs. At the luncheon, Dr. Luke Curtsinger discussed The Blue Zone and how its nine life-guiding principles can promote longevity, well-being and overall happiness. During each presentation, a local nonprofit organization will receive a $1,000 Encourage Health grant to support their programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education. For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/enmarket-encourage-health-series/

HAPPY SCHOOLS 
(SAVANNAH, GA) You are invited to an evening of Indian culture, cuisine and music, and to hear about the new Happy Schools Foundation, founded by local Rotarians with a mission to drastically improve the lives of children in need in government schools in India. Learn how to make a difference on Tuesday, April 24 from 6 pm to 8 pm at 7 Country Club Drive, Savannah 31410 (Whitemarsh Island, home of John Neely). Suggested Contribution: $30/person. For more information, please visit http://www.jimbruce.org/District6920/Donations/donation.php or call John Neely at 912-657-1778.

INC.’S FASTEST-GROWING COMPANIES
(INC MAGAZINE) Apply for the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. https://www.inc.com/apply?cid=hmsub3

PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES DONATION
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter has received a donation of $3553.59 from 100+ Women Who Care, an organization dedicated to helping our community by finding at least 100 or more women to each contribute $100 on a quarterly basis to charities located in the Savannah/Chatham area. To learn more about Park Place Outreach and how it puts donations like these to use, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.

WORKSHOP BY DEWITT TILTON GROUP
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group will host a luncheon workshop on May 3 at the Savannah Golf Club for a presentation on “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.” The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is intended for realtors, business owners, individuals in commercial construction and anyone with an interest in the field. Space is limited. For more information on the luncheon or on commercial construction, call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

HUBBARD JOINS HOSPICE SAVANNAH FOUNDATION 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah Foundation recently named its officers and directors for 2018-19. Sam Hubbard, founder and managing director, Coastal Capital Management, joins the non-profit board. Hospice Savannah provides services and resources on living with a life limiting illness, dying, death, grief and loss. For more information on the non-profit, visit http://www.savannahnow.com/business/20180413/newsmakers

FREE ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS IN APRIL
(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon will offer free oral cancer screenings throughout the month at both of her offices. These exams normally cost up to $80. The oral cancer screening is noninvasive and takes less than 10 minutes. By using a VELscope to shine a visible blue light in the mouth, Canfield’s staff will be able to detect suspicious tissue that is abnormal. While the screenings will be free, an appointment is necessary. For more information visit https://carriagetradepr.com/free-oral-cancer-screenings-in-april/

ENMARKET ASSUMES OPERATIONS OF 34 E-Z SHOP STORES IN S.C.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket has assumed operations of 34 E-Z Shop convenience stores located throughout South Carolina. The Savannah-based company recently bought the stores from Brabham Oil Company, Inc., based in Bamberg, S.C. The purchase includes Brabham Oil’s wholesale fuel distribution company as well as eleven Subway franchises. It marks the second major purchase in recent months that, together, have doubled Enmarket’s store count. For more information, visit www.enmarket.com

HOW FACEBOOK LIVE CAN GROW YOUR BUSINESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Is your business using Facebook Live? The social tool offers big marketing opportunities for large and small companies alike! Join us THIS Wednesday, April 25, at noon for our April session of Open for Business where we will be discussing a full guide to Facebook Live. Read the article beforehand and join the conversation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/602993156706721/

SCORE’S INFLUENCE IN SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH,GA) Reality, not theory. An independent annual Client Engagement Survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, has found that, in 2017, the Savannah Chapter of SCORE helped establish 166 new businesses and create 213 new non-owner jobs in the Savannah area. For more information about Savannah SCORE or to schedule a free mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE mentor, please go to https://savannah.score.org.

LEADERSHIP
(SAVANNAH, GA) Applications for the 2018-2019 Leadership Savannah Class are currently being accepted.  This will be a one year class. To apply go to www.leadershipsavannah.org and click on the Apply button.

NEW MEMBERS TO PARK PLACE OUTREACH’S STREET OUTREACH TEAM

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter has added two team members to its Street Outreach program, Jamal Choice and Pamela Franklin. The Street Outreach Program (SOP) finds and offers assistance to Chatham Country’s runaways, homeless and street youth. Choice and Franklin will coordinate with local agencies and programs to meet the needs of these teens and young adults, as well as advocate for them in the surrounding community. For more information visit https://carriagetradepr.com/new-members-named-to-park-place-outreachs-street-outreach-team/

AMAZON BOOK REVIEWS 
(INC MAGAZINE) The Most-Highlighted Book on Amazon Is 11 Years Old and Was Rejected by 27 Publishers: https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/the-most-highlighted-book-on-amazon-is-11-years-old-was-rejected-by-27-publishers-heres-what-its-author-says-now.html

PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION

(SAVANNAH, GA) In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention month, Greenbriar Children’s Center and Park Place Outreach recently planted 120 blue pinwheels in front of the Forsyth Park Band Shell which serves as a visual representation of the freedom that is desired for each child. In addition, Mayor Eddie DeLoach signed a proclamation in honor of the contributions made by these two non-profits toward the prevention of child abuse in Savannah. Learn more about either organization or ways to volunteer at http://www.greenbriarchildrenscenter.org/ and https://parkplaceyes.org/

LDSS ANNOUNCES 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce its 2018 board of directors. Officers include Tom Kenkel, president; Dr. Ben Spitalnick, vice president; Michael Holton, Jr., secretary; Brian Hussey, treasurer; and Candy Bogardus, past president. They are joined on the board by Jason Ambrose, John Bogardus, Jamie Deen, Joe Marchese, Harris Martin, Kristin Nyce, Traci Shreck, and Stephen Greene. LDSS has grown from a group of four families who banded together in April 2006, with a shared experience of having a family member with Down syndrome, to a society that has attracted thousands of parents, children, advocates, community volunteers and corporate supporters. For more information visit https://carriagetradepr.com/lowcountry-down-syndrome-society-2018-board-of-directors/

HISTORIC DISTRICT STATUS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Contrary to some recent news coverage, the National Park Service has confirmed that Savannah is not in danger of losing its National Historic Landmark status. Read City Manager Rob Hernandez’s editorial in the Savannah Morning News which clarifies the omissions, weaknesses of and exaggerations about the report at http://www.savannahnow.com/opinion/20180406/savannah-city-manager-column-historic-district-assessment-insult. The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce encourages its members to share their input on the study to the National Park Service at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=86899 by June 30, 2018.

RAMBAM 5K
(SAVANNAH, GA) Rambam Day School presents the Memorial Day 5k Run/Walk at Kensington Park in Savannah, GA. Event starts at 8am. $35 to Register. To sign up:

LSEGA SESSION 4: BULLOCH COUNTY
(BULLOCH COUNTY) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a regional leadership development program, held its fourth of five sessions, focusing on educational and workforce factors that impact the region. The session, held in Bulloch County, also addressed agritourism and its impact on the local economy. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

TEDx SAVANNAH – MAY 11th
(SAVANNAH, GA) Spend a day with us at TEDxSavannah. On May 11, the event is at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center’s Oglethorpe Auditorium. Art, science, history, technology–all are explored by speakers with unusual perspective. Ferry over from downtown or enjoy free parking. Get tickets and learn more at

SCCPSS STUDENT FILM AND MEDIA FESTIVAL SELECTS CHARLES BOWEN AS EMCEE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen will emcee the first annual SCCPSS Student Film and Media Festival announced for May 16th at 6 pm at the Yamacraw Center for Performing Arts. This festival will showcase student films from elementary, middle and high school students throughout SCCPSS who won at the state level for the Georgia Student Film and Media Festival. Charles is the founder of The Bowen Law Group, the Savannah Film Alliance, and Southern Gateway Production Services. For more information, contact Mary Ann Rogers Lamberth at maryann.lamberth@sccpss.com and by phone at (912) 682-2651

WOMEN’S NETWORK

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will be held on June 1st at EmployAbility in Savannah. The event is intended to help support local women owned businesses and to help women network in effort to grow personally and professionally. Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at

SUMMER 500 PROGRAM
(SAVANNAH, GA) Returning for the third year this summer is Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach’s student intern program, Summer 500. Students will begin the program with a week of career skills training on Monday, June 4 and be ready to work June 11. Learn more at http://www.savannahga.gov/1856/Summer-500-Businesses

DAWN’S DAUGHTER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

(SAVANNAH, GA) All rising 10th or 11th grade girls in Chatham, Liberty, Bryan or Effingham Counties are invited to apply for the 2018-2019 Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy. The sessions will be held June 11-15, 2018.  Two additional sessions will be held during the 2018-2019 school year. Through interactive workshops & field trips, students will learn the skills you need to become successful in their personal & professional lives. Applications are in all school counselors’ offices NOW.For more info., call 912-721-7388.

WINE, WOMEN & SHOES
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire announce plans for Wine, Women & Shoes on Thursday, May 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown Savannah. The evening includes wine tasting, savory hors d’oeuvres, designer shopping, raffles, and more. Proceeds from the event support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. General admission tickets are $75 and may be purchased at  http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/event/savannah/ 

SAVE THE DATE: GIRL SCOUTS OF HISTORIC GEORGIA TO HOLD SECOND EPIC SUMMER QUEST
(SAVANNAH, GA) This July, Girl Scouts from around the country will once again travel to historic Savannah for an adventure unlike any other. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (GSHG) is hosting QuestFest, a weekend of fun adventure, challenges and entertainment from July 12-15, in the historic home of Girl Scouting. Last year, there was over 1,000 Girl Scouts in attendance. For more information, visit

GIRL SCOUTS HIGH AWARDS CEREMONY

(GIRL SCOUTS OF HISTORIC GEORGIA) High Awards Ceremony will be held on May 6, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Please RSVP for either the AugustaAlbanyMacon,  ColumbusSavannah, or Athens location. There is limited space in some areas, so to avoid duplicate registrations, please confirm whether your troop leader has registered your girl before making your reservation.

SIMON SEEKS FOREVER HOME

(SAVANNAH, GA) Simon is a male akita mix who is about 1.5 years old. He seems to always have a smile on his face and loves life. Simon is great with kids and other dogs. TO view Simon and any other pet available for adoption, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-d-140-simon/


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