Marjorie Young Presented with Helen V. Head Award
The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Chamber of Commerce business awards banquet last month. Marjorie Young with Carriage Trade Public Relations was presented with the Helen V. Head award. Head was the first woman to serve on the Chamber of Commerce board, and she also owned and operated a CPA firm. Young, too, is known for championing small businesses.
“When our small businesses are strong, our community will be strong,” Young said.
Young stated that Savannah is blessed to have a helpful and productive small business community.
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their positive word of mouth in the community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Announces Celebration of Love Gala, Feb. 2
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter will hold its 2018 Celebration of Love Gala to commemorate its 33rd anniversary on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Landings Plantation Club on Skidaway Island.
The evening will start with dinner and a silent auction at 6 p.m. with Kristin King on harp and Sinisa Ciric on violin, followed by a recognition/award ceremony when the Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Volunteer of the Year will be announced.
“We look forward to celebrating another excellent year,” said 2018 gala chairwoman Betsy Bratz, who’s vice president of the Park Place Outreach board of directors.
Dinner is $125; a table for 10 is $1,200. Event partners and sponsors, as well as individuals and groups, are invited to participate in the silent and live auctions.
“We hope to have sports memorabilia, trips and donations similar to what we’ve had in the past,” Bratz said.
Park Place operates with funding from grants, community partners and sponsors who host fund-raising events. Past galas have raised as much as $48,500.
MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides temporary shelter support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers kids and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17 a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 who are in need and might not come in to the shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach, an equal opportunity provider and employer, has helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).
The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Announces 2017 Chili Cook-Off Winners
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway announces the winners of their 20th annual chili cook-off. During the event, families were entertained by a petting zoo, face painting, a magic show and music provided by a local DJ.
Twenty restaurants and community organizations prepared their best chili for the cook-off. There was a diverse mix of recipes and presentations. One thing each booth had in common was its ability to foster good conversation and an enjoyable atmosphere contributing to the overall success of the day.
A panel of judges and nearly 500 participants who cast ballots determined the final winners in multiple categories. Professional restaurant contestants and community contestants were split into two separate groups with winners announced in each.
The 2017 winners are:
Presidents Award Winner: Jalapenos (Restaurant) and Landings North (Community)
Presidents Award Runner-Up: The 5 Spot (Restaurant) and The Marshes (Community)
Judges Award Winner: Troy’s (Restaurant) and America’s Second Harvest (Community)
Judges Award Runner-Up: Village Bar & Grille (Restaurant) and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia (Community)
Hottest: La Nopalera (Restaurant) and Landings South (Community)
Best Presentation: Jalapenos (Restaurant) and America’s Second Harvest (Community)
People’s Choice Winner: Bow Tie Barbecue (Restaurant) and The Marshes (Community)
People’s Choice Runner-Up: Troy’s (Restaurant) and Landings North (Community)
A raffle of a new 2018 well-equipped Club Car golf cart was also held. Dennis Heath was the lucky winner.
The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway offered special thanks to Bobby Gillham, fundraising chair for the Kiwanis Club and this year’s cook-off organizer, and to the eight young men and women from Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Stewart who helped each booth stay tidy and stocked with supplies throughout the entire event.
After all expenses, net proceeds from the 2017 cook-off topped $17,000 to support agencies and programs that help at-risk kids in Savannah.
ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SKIDAWAY
Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is a service organization comprised of 125 men and women in the Savannah area. Since 1988, the club has raised and distributed over $1.4 million and invested over 300,000 service hours toward their mission of supporting children in our region.
For more information on the club, visit https://kiwanisofskidaway.com
Cinnamon Bear Stores Announces Winners of ‘Red, Write and Thank You Christmas Contest
One Family Taking New York City Christmas Trip Before Deployment
(SAVANNAH, GA) Ki Ventura, a fourth grader from Waldo Pafford Elementary School has won a writing contest sponsored by Cinnamon Bear Stores for military children and their families to win a trip to New York City.
A panel of judges consisting of the Cinnamon Bears leadership team, principal and vice principal at a local school and one respected English teacher selected Ki from among more than 50 entrants to win the two-day, one-night trip to New York City, $500 spending money and tickets to The Lion King musical.
The ‘Red, Write and Thank You Christmas Contest’ was open to children ages 6 to 12 who have a family member who will be deployed during the holiday season.
The children’s hand-written essays were submitted on one of the following topics: “I’m proud of my parent, grandparent, sibling because…”; “I would like to win this NY Christmas Trip because…”; “Christmas in the USA is special to me because…”.
“All of the contest entries we received were ‘wows,’ and it was increasingly difficult to choose a winner, which is why we formed the panel,” said Michael Snaid, co-owner of the Cinnamon Bear Stores. “Ki’s essay talked about his family history in the military and how he wants to honor that history. It was very moving.”
Gaby Kenard, a second grader from Savannah, placed second and received a $100 gift certificate to the Cinnamon Bear Stores. Jackson Daniel, a fifth grader from Fort Stewart, placed third and received a $50 gift certificate.
Ki and his parents will leave for New York on Dec. 10 from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
For more information, visit https://cinnamonbearstores.com
ABOUT THE CINNAMON BEAR STORES
The Cinnamon Bear Stores is a family-owned group of upscale gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years. With locations in Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Amelia Island, The Cinnamon Bear Stores feature award-winning gourmet products, gifts, toys and books along with a variety of ice creams, coffees and slushies. For more information, contact Michael Snaid at 912-492-6046 or Michael@CinnamonBearStores.com; Lynne Snaid at 912-484-0695 or Lynne@CinnamonBearStores.com; or visit online at https://cinnamonbearstores.com
Felder & Associates and West Construction Co. Receive ENR Southeast’s 2017 Award of Merit for Bouhan Falligant Building
(SAVANNAH, GA) Engineering News-Record (ENR) has selected Felder & Associates, a Savannah architecture and design firm, and West Construction Co. to receive its Southeast Region Award of Merit for the Bouhan Falligant building at 1 West Park Ave. Considered the design and construction industry’s leading publication since the late 1800s, ENR is a weekly magazine that provides engineering and construction news.
Felder served as the design firm for the structure that now anchors the south end of Savannah’s Forsyth Park and is the new home for Savannah’s oldest law firm. ENR recognized the $4.65 million project for being completed ahead of schedule in just nine months despite being impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 during construction.
“As you can imagine, there are at least dozens of entries from all over the region,” said Brian Felder, founder and managing principal. “This is a huge recognition in our world as ENR has been the design and construction industry’s leading publication dating back to the late eighteen-hundreds.”
ENR Southeast selects an independent group of judges to review submitted projects and determine final winners based on the size and scope of the project. This year’s judges reviewed over 90 projects before selecting winners which also includes SunTrust Park (the new Atlanta Braves Stadium), the Clemson University Football Complex, and the University of South Carolina School of Law Building.
West Construction Co. served as the Bouhan Falligant building project’s general contractor with Thomas and Hutton as the civil and structural engineer and Chatham Engineering as the MEP engineer, along with approximately 40 team members representing many trades and professions from across the local region. Working with Felder & Associates, this team helped deliver the project in a timely fashion.
“Receiving recognition from a respected publication like ENR is very rewarding for us, as well as for the team of subcontractors and vendors who worked tirelessly to meet the project’s challenging schedule,” said West Construction Company President Matt West. “We are very proud of the hard work the entire team put into this project, but most importantly we are proud of a successful project and a satisfied client.”
The awards were broken down by geographic region as well as by category. The team’s Award of Merit fell under the “Small Projects” category for construction projects under $10 million.
ENR also acknowledged Felder & Associates’ efforts to work within the constraints of Savannah’s height ordinance and design guidelines in its Landmark Historic District in the building’s design aspects: “Project team members opted for a detailed masonry exterior of brick and cast stone, with an interior featuring energy-efficient HVAC, LED lighting, impact-rated stainless steel entry door, structural steel framing and permeable pavers for parking.”
“One West Park has proven to be the perfect fit for our needs. It offers exceptional office and meeting spaces with state-of-the-art technology, all while fitting in with the surrounding historic neighborhood,” said Lea Holliday, managing partner, Bouhan Falligant. “We look forward to many years serving our clients in this building.”
Featuring Chicago-style architecture, the Bouhan Falligant building was completed one percent under budget and two weeks ahead of schedule.
“We’re really excited about this recognition, and it solidifies what we already knew — that this was a great project for a great client with a great team,” Felder said. “It was important to us to create a building that suited our image of the law firm. The building needed to fit the firm and its prominent location on the southern end of Forsyth Park. We are also very thankful for this client. They were a pleasure to work with, and helped us by making critical decisions in a timely manner, which made it easier for us to navigate the local regulatory processes.”
ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
Skidaway Kiwanis Awards Grants to Local Savannah Non-Profit Organizations
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway presented $56,000 to local charities during its annual awarding of grants event on Thursday, September 28 in the Plantation Ballroom, The Landings, 1 Cottonwood Lane, Savannah, Ga 31411.
“The Kiwanis Club is pleased that we are able to help local service organizations meet their needs this year,” said Ben Gustafson, Kiwanis President. “We care deeply about the children of Chatham County, especially at-risk children who need help to grow, learn, be safe and lead healthy, productive lives.”
The mission of the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is to help at-risk children in the Savannah area. The Kiwanians of Skidaway spend countless hours volunteering and raising money through events, member support and corporate donations to help those in need.
The organizations receiving a 2017-2018 grant include:
America’s Second Harvest — Kids Cafe
Backpack Buddies of Skidaway Island
Childhood Cancer Family Support Fund
Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center
Coastal Conservation Association
Congregation Agudath Achim (Back Pack Buddies)
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Family Promise of Greater Savannah
Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes
Greenbriar Children’s Center
Hesse K8 PTA
Local Outreach Volunteers Educators (L.O.V.E.)
Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire
National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter
Performance Initiatives Fitness Savannah
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah
Youth Challenge Academy
To learn more about Kiwanis Club of Skidaway, visit http://www.kiwanisofskidaway.com/about/.
ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SKIDAWAY
The Club has been serving Savannah’s kids since 1988. Skidaway Kiwanis raised and distributed over $1,400,000 and invested over 300,000 service hours in their mission of helping the children of Savannah. They currently have 134 members—men and women who meet every Thursday morning in the Plantation Club ballroom for breakfast, a brief business meeting, and a guest speaker. Each week, the speaker discusses some area of interest, such as local history, local or national events or issues, sports, art, literature, business, education or service opportunities. The club sponsors several fundraising events each year to support its charitable causes and has other fundraising programs that operate year-round. In addition, many of their members are involved as volunteers at youth service organizations in the area.
Savannah Jaycees Celebrate 75th Anniversary
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees have announced plans for their 75th Anniversary Gala set for Saturday, Oct. 21, in the ballroom in the Embassy Suites Hotel, 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, dinner and dancing.
As part of the event, the organization will present its Distinguished Service Award. This award was an annual tradition of the Savannah Jaycees for a number of years as a way to recognize a local resident who went above and beyond to embody the Jaycees creed “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life.”
“For the past 75 years, the Savannah Jaycees have played a role in building a stronger community through professional development, community service and educational efforts,” said Jaycees president Cynthia Wright. “We have a rich history and a long list of accomplishments to highlight during this anniversary celebration.”
In the 1950s, the Jaycees were one of the main supporters of the city council-city manager form of government that Savannah has today and played an integral role in the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County.
In the ‘60s, the group spearheaded efforts to build the Savannah Civic Center and raised funds for the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing home among other projects. The group, along with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Savannah Fire Department also launched the local version of the Marines’ Toys for Tots program.
In the ’70s, they held the “Jaycees Forum” on local television, as well as a weekly “High School Quiz Bowl” telecast. In the ’80s, the Jaycees raised almost $50,000 for the renovation of the Forsyth Park fountain.
More recently, the organization initiated the Leadership NOW program, a lecture series featuring prominent members of Savannah sharing insights on leadership, management and professional skills. The Savannah Jaycees also organized the annual Charity Date Night Auction, the Mayoral Forum, the Surging Forward Community Picnic after Hurricane Matthew and “Done in a Day” projects. This year, they also launched the Junior Jaycees Program for area middle school students.
The public is invited to participate in the 75th Anniversary Gala to join the Jaycees in their celebration of past accomplishments.
“This is a way for us to honor our alumni’s efforts, brag on our current members’ projects and look forward to what the future will bring,” said Wright.
The gala will be held in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites at 6 p.m. This event is black tie optional. Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-jaycee-75th-diamond-anniversary-gala-tickets-37148480104?aff=es2
Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the organization’s diamond anniversary and include tickets to the gala. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, 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. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with a vision to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees