Category: Award

Carriage Trade Public Relations® Marks 25th Anniversary

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. observed its 25th anniversary on March 6, marking a quarter of a century of service to the region’s small business community.

As a lead-up to the anniversary, the company’s owner and president Marjorie Young will publish “Reputation Matrix,” a step-by-step guidebook to help small businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in the community and online. Once released, the book will be available on Amazon.

“I started my own company after helping turn my father’s publishing and printing company around. I learned the power of public relations and wanted to make it accessible to other business owners,” said Young.

Marjorie Young, Founder

Marjorie Young, Founder

“Throughout the 25 years, it has been a mission of mine to help small business owners realize that PR creates powerful word of mouth in the community and online. According to Nielsen, Over 90% of referrals and new business comes from word of mouth, PR helps to create that positive buzz,” said Young.

“In 1998, Google launched, and that was a game-changer, realizing everything can go online,” Young said. “We were really the first in the region to understand you could put up a press release and have people find it and read it. You know, it’s easy to forget these tools weren’t always there and that even when they did become available, people had to learn how to use them.”

In addition to growing a company and pioneering the power of the internet, Young has been active in the community, having served as president of the Small Business Chamber, chair of the Small Business Council and chair of Savannah SCORE. Other past and present board involvement include Leadership Savannah, Hospice Savannah, Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy, Small Business Development Center Advisory Board and Rotary Club of Savannah.

She has also won numerous awards; Business Advocate of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Small Business of the Year and Savannah Community Star Award from the Savannah Morning News and Buy Local Advocate of the Year from Buy Local Savannah.

She holds a certification in crisis communications from the Public Relations Society of America and hosts frequent PR boot camps and webinars to empower business owners and nonprofit organizations to take control of their reputation, brand and message. Community Headlines, the local NewsWire, was launched in 1997. Her online business education show, Open For Business was launched in 2000.

Carriage Trade is currently in a collaboration with Cecilia Russo Marketing, a work-share arrangement that enables both principals to improve their work/life balance. Cynthia Cradduck was named a junior partner to both firms three years ago.

Young is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism and a minor in fine art. In her spare time, Marjorie enjoys hiking and painting, and in 2016 she hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a 500-mile trek. Her daughter just graduated from Georgia Tech with a Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premier reputation management company founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in their community and globally online through its proprietary REPUTATION MATRIX method. For more information, contact www.carriagetradepr.com. 912-844-9990

Two Bethesda Academy Teachers Earn “Master Teacher” Status Awarded by SCISA

Two Bethesda Academy Teachers Earn “Master Teacher” Status Awarded by SCISA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Two teachers at Bethesda Academy, a private day and boarding school for young men grades six through 12, were granted “master teacher” status after evaluation by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA).

Craig Sherman, Bethesda Academy

Craig Sherman, Bethesda Academy

Jennifer Gilmour, Bethesda Academy

Jennifer Gilmour, Bethesda Academy

Craig Sherman and Jennifer Gilmour are the recipients of this honor. Sherman teaches social studies and history. Gilmour is a science and mathematics teacher, as well as a cottage teacher, whose responsibilities include ensuring all students staying in the cottage complete homework assignments, finish chores and are in bed on time.

“This is a major accomplishment for Mr. Sherman and Mrs. Gilmour, as well as for Bethesda Academy on several counts,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda. “Firstly, an amazing amount of work goes into the application, so it is a lengthy and arduous process. Additionally, it is very rare for one school to have two master teachers named at once.”

The application process includes meeting rigorous teaching qualifications and submitting an entire portfolio for evaluation by a peer committee. It also entails presentations and exhausting interviews, endorsement letters from school officials and sample lesson plans.

“In their evaluation, SCISA staff also noted a ‘surge in professional development and teaching quality at Bethesda,’ because two of our teachers, Kim Godbee-Glisson and Elizabeth Peek, had been recent finalists for Teacher of the Year,” said Hughes. “This recognition is a tribute to our entire faculty and staff. Each consistently personifies Bethesda’s commitment to ensuring students receive a superior education that will enable them to mature into young men with the potential to lead exemplary lives.”

Having formerly been affiliated with the Georgia Independent School Association, Bethesda Academy has been a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association since 2014. SCISA is a non-profit voluntary association of independent schools responsible for establishing accreditation standards, coordinating athletic and academic competitions and providing professional development opportunities for member schools.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding 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 college preparatory 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 Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Chris Gignac Recognized as an FPC Platinum Plus Recruiter in Production

Chris Gignac Recognized as an FPC Platinum Plus Recruiter in Production

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Gignac, with FPC of Savannah, has been recognized by FPC National as a Platinum Plus Recruiter for her success in placing top-level candidates with companies that are the best fit.

Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah

Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah

Since 1990, FPC of Savannah has served the city as an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of top-tier business professionals. This year, the firm was recognized as the top producing office among 65 franchises nationwide.

This marks the third time Gignac has made the list of Platinum Recruiters in only her fourth year with FPC of Savannah. In 2018 she became the top FPC recruiter nationwide and is projected to rank within the top 10 again this year.

Gignac, who joined FPC of Savannah in 2015, specializes in recruiting for supply chain and procurement positions after spending 13 years coaching college basketball, including a stint as the women’s basketball coach at Georgia Southern University.

“I was attracted to a career with FPC of Savannah because the skills from my basketball coaching career actually proved transferrable,” said Gignac. “I wanted to keep recruiting, but starting a young family made following my career all over the country difficult, and I have loved being able to settle down here.”

She received a master’s degree in English literature from the University of New Hampshire. Gignac has an undergraduate degree from Providence College, where she played collegiate basketball and graduated with honors.

“Those years on the basketball court taught me invaluable business lessons,” Gignac said. “Among them managing relationships, juggling multiple obligations simultaneously, prioritizing, as well as the importance of hustle and competitiveness.”

Gignac and her husband Marc are parents to two sons, aged 5 years and 18 months.

ABOUT FPC OF SAVANNAH
Founded in 1990, FPC of Savannah is an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of top-tier business professionals. Nationally, FPC is listed as one of Forbes Top 50 Executive Search Firms. In 2018, FPC of Savannah was recognized as the top producing office in the nation out of the 65 franchises. The firm is owned by Mort Shor and operates out of two offices, both located in Savannah’s historic district and his team of recruiters specializes in placing executives in a variety of fields including: distribution and logistics; engineering and project engagement; environmental, health and safety; finance and accounting; hospitality; human resources; lean and six sigma; legal; operations and senior management; quality; sales and marketing; athletics; educational systems; healthcare; specialty chemicals; and supply chain For more information, visit https://www.fpcsav.com/

Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil

Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah chiropractor Michael Vaughn focused on the facts and fictions of CBD oil during the third presentation of the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, held at the Charles H. Morris Center.

Union Mission received the nonprofit grant, which is awarded at each Encourage Health lecture. A healthy lunch was provided to all attendees by Enmarket before the lecture.

Enmarket Encourage Health Series CBD Presentation

Enmarket Encourage Health Series CBD Presentation

Cannabidiol oil, better known as CBD, is a heavily trending product derived from non-intoxicating elements of marijuana or hemp and sold over the counter for the treatment of a variety of health problems. In his talk, Dr. Vaughn covered the history of the cannabis plant and gave a brief overview of the human endocannabinoid system before providing examples of the believed benefits of CBD: improved sleep, anxiety reduction, and relief from musculoskeletal pain, brain injury and epilepsy.

Dr. Vaughn also discussed CBD’s legal status, safety and marketing. Studies on long-term effects have yet to be completed, but he shared some insights on this developing field.

“This is a fascinating subject that holds the potential to be of great benefit to many people, but the jury is still out on many aspects of CBD oil,” Vaughn said. “I believe many people can find relief through CBD products, but I realize it is poorly understood by the public and that many in the medical field are skeptical.”

Dr. Vaughn has practiced chiropractic medicine in Georgia for decades. A product of Savannah Christian Preparatory School and Armstrong State College, he graduated from a chiropractic program at Parker College in Dallas, Texas. He completed post-grad work leading to diplomat status with the American College of Chiropractic Neurology. He has worked with world-class competitive athletes, including serving with the USA Weightlifting Federation and serving as treating chiropractor for the Greece Olympic track team during the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He is currently in private practice at Savannah Chiropractic Center, where he specializes in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation. In addition, he continues to serve in a variety of educational and regulatory roles in his profession.

The Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series is a wide-ranging presentation of diverse health topics. Previous subjects this year included meditation for stress relief and food insecurity issues in Savannah. The upcoming October presentation will focus on the value of strength training at any age. The popular free series is presented in a lunch-and-learn format, with each session offering the community the opportunity to hear local experts discuss health-related topics in a non-commercial atmosphere.

This marks the sixth year for the series in partnership with Healthy Savannah, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, David’s Dry Cleaners, the City of Savannah, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, St. Joseph’s/Candler and WRHQ.

For more information, visit healthysavannah.org/encourage-health-education-series-august-27-2019/

 

 

 

 

ABOUT ENMARKET
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 and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team

State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Blazers’ track and field team celebrated their state championship victory during a ring ceremony held at Bethesda Academy.

Thirteen state championship rings were presented to the athletes on the 2018-2019 team which won the state honor in the South Carolina Independent School Association Class A/AA competition at the end of last school year. Several private schools along the South Carolina/Georgia border, including Bethesda Academy, are members of SCISA.

Two graduated seniors from the team returned to their alma mater to accept their rings. Five coaches led by the athletic director Antwain Turner watched as the seniors along with the rest of the track and field team were honored.

“I can’t express how proud of these young men I am,” said head track coach Clevan Thompson. “It’s an honor to hold this title and to coach these outstanding athletes. I’ve watched this team make tremendous strides physically and personally to get to this point, and I can’t think of a more deserving team.”

For more information on Bethesda Academy, please visit www.bethesdaacademy.org

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 Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah

A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah
By Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

When it comes to the movie industry, Savannah is no Hollywood. Why? Because it is far better! For the past two years, the state of Georgia has been the world’s most popular filming destination (as evidenced by the ever-present Georgia Peach logo at the end of so many films and television shows). While the majority of these productions film in the Atlanta area, Savannah is the second-most popular destination in the state.

That’s right. Move over Los Angeles and New York. Over the past decade, Savannah has enjoyed record-breaking year after record-breaking year as a location for some of the most well-known productions in the film and television industry.

In 2018, more than 200 professional movie and television productions and 147 student projects were filmed in the Savannah area. According to the Savannah Regional Film Commission, these productions accounted for $120 million in direct spending locally and had a total economic impact of well over $250 million in FY 2018 alone. These figures shattered the record set in 2017 of $65 million in direct spending with $138 million in total local economic impact.

It would seem a celebration of Savannah’s rightful place in the television and film industry is long overdue.

As if right on cue, enter a glitzy new event on Savannah’s social calendar with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. Developed to recognize and honor several key local professionals for their invaluable contributions to the Savannah film and television industry, the event will make its debut this September.

The Gala will be open to the public so that everyone in town has the opportunity to experience an evening of Hollywood glamour right here in the Hostess City of the South. It also affords a chance for local businesses to show their support for an industry that is now intrinsic to our area’s present economy and financial future. It will honor Savannah’s rightful place as a key player in today’s film and television world while also giving a fun nod to the industry’s history through its theme of “Old Hollywood.”

The people who are doing great things to ensure Savannah’s rightful place in the film industry will be recognized and honored for their contributions. The Gala will not only be wildly entertaining, but it will shine the spotlight directly on many of the industry members who are quickly becoming shining stars (not to mention economic drivers) in our community.

The Gala will also feature an immersive theater experience whereby guests will interact and engage with live entertainers at an old Hollywood “High Society” gathering. There will be amazing food and drinks, special guests, live musical performances, and many other surprises. The goal is to give every attendee an experience they will remember for a long time.

Unfortunately, threats of a Georgia boycott have dominated the news recently. It’s time to wipe away the negativity. The Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala aims to shift the focus to all of the entertaining, fun, and positive aspects of the local entertainment industry.

The inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Gala will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street. All of the details can be found at savannahfilmalliance.org.

Charles Bowen is an entertainment attorney and founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Got an idea for a unique, exciting new product or service? Then consider entering Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ entrepreneurial competition. A kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank”, aspiring Savannah area entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their new business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and professional business services to help launch their new business.

Proposed businesses must be new start-ups or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah/Chatham County business license after March 1, 2018. Winners must locate and operate their business within Chatham County and launch by January 1, 2021. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Complete Rules and the Online Application are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com. Applications will be accepted through midnight, July 29, 2019, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.

Eight finalists will be chosen to pitch their business ideas to the panel of judges at Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” event on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4-6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street, Savannah. It will be free and open to the public.

The five judges are:

“BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE in partnership with the following sponsors and professional services donors:

The City of Savannah; Savannah Economic Development Authority; Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Assistance Corporation; UGA Small Business Development Center; The Creative Coast; MassMutual; Wells Fargo-The Private Bank; BB&T; Savannah Morning News/GateHouse Media; HunterMacLean; Kenkel Design; Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.; Salesdialers.com; Advertising Specialty Services; Habersham Beverage; and Sand Dollar Accounting.

The competition rules and online application are available at https://bizpitchsavannah.com. For more information, visit the website or contact Savannah SCORE at bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.

About SCORE 

SCORE is the nation’s largest provider of business mentoring and educational services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Savannah SCORE has been named SCORE’s 2019 Mid–Market “Chapter of the Year”. To schedule a free business mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE mentor, go to https://savannah.score.org or call 912-652-4335.

Inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala to Recognize Film and Television Professionals

Inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala to Recognize Film and Television Professionals

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s calendar of social events gets a glamorous new entry this year with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. The Gala will recognize and honor several key professionals for their invaluable contributions to the local film and television industry. The theme of the event will be “Old Hollywood” and will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street.

 

Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala

 

Entertainment will be the focal point of this red carpet event. The Savannah Film Alliance (SFA) will invite its membership of filmmakers, musicians, and actors to show off their talents throughout the night.

There is also an immersive theater experience planned for the event, whereby guests will interact and engage with live entertainers at an old Hollywood “High Society” gathering. “The immersive experience is designed to transport event attendees back in time into a glamorous alternate reality,” said Charles Bowen, founder of the SFA. “This is the cutting edge of live theater and I think people will remember this night for a long time.”

The entertainment industry is a force to be reckoned with in Georgia as it has grown in the last decade from $240 million in 2007 to almost $10 billion in 2018 with 30 to 40 productions underway in the state at any given time. In Savannah alone, the economic impact from motion picture and television productions has risen from $26 million in 2012 to $254.6 million in 2018.

While threats of a Georgia boycott have dominated the news recently, the SFA Honors Gala aims to shift the focus instead to all of the positive aspects of the local entertainment industry. “I am especially excited for the opportunity to recognize and reward all of the hard-working professionals that have transformed Savannah into one of the most sought-after filming destinations in the world,” said Bowen. “The Gala will not only be wildly entertaining, but it will shine the spotlight directly on many of the industry members who are quickly becoming shining stars – not to mention economic drivers – in our community.”

VIP tickets to the Gala are $150 and will include valet parking, early entry at 6:30 p.m., private performances and meet and greets, a professional photo on the red carpet, a special award, and a VIP swag bag.

General admission tickets are $75 and will allow entry when the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

All attendees will enjoy live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. The honors ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. and an onsite after party will last from 9:30 until 11 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities, including the title sponsorship, are available at several levels.

For more information on tickets and sponsorships, visit www.SavannahFilmAlliance.org.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
www.thebowenlawgroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.856.9075
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy’s 2019 Scholarship Gala was held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on Friday, May 10, at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The Bethesdaclass of 2019 will graduate the following day.

The speaker for the scholarship gala was Robert L. Brown, principal/owner of R.L. Brown and Associates, an Atlanta architectural firm. Brown is a native of Dublin, Georgia, who worked on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airportin the late 1970s.

He later founded his own firm. Its portfolio includes such projects as the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academics Building at Morehouse Collegeand the Birmingham Civil Rights Institutein Birmingham, Alabama, along with numerous other scholastic and public structures.

“We are excited to be able to bring a speaker of such accomplishment as Robert Brown,” said Bethesdapresident Michael Hughes. “He can demonstrate to our students that privilege is not a requirement when you have hard work, focus and leadership skills on your side. That’s not just how you build a career, but, as Brown has demonstrated, how you build a legacy.”

Bethesda’s class of 2019 has 15 members. Eleven plan to attend college and were accepted by 14 different colleges and universities. One future graduate plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Forceand another will attend an EMT course to enter the medical field. Two others hope to enroll in Georgia Ports Authority’s Y.E.S. program, a mentor-based program that transitions graduates into careers at the port.

Bethesda Academy Class of 2019

Bethesda Academy Class of 2019

Thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program with Point University, many of the college-bound graduates will start their college careers as near sophomores.

“In our junior and senior classes, one in three students is dual enrolled, meaning they are completing high school and at the same time taking college courses for college credit,” said Hughes. “This is not only a testament to the quality of our academic program, but in this day of staggering student-loan debt, it represents fiscal responsibility, leading to solid savings for students and their families.”

Twelve juniors and seniors are involved in joint enrollment classes.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis 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 college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala to Set Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala to Set Stage for Graduation

(Savannah, GA) Bethesda Academy’s 2019 Scholarship Gala will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on Friday, May 10, at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The Bethesdaclass of 2019 will graduate the following day.

The speaker for the scholarship gala will be Robert L. Brown, principal/owner of R.L. Brown and Associates, an Atlanta architectural firm. Brown is a native of Dublin, Georgia, who worked on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airportin the late 1970s.

He later founded his own firm. Its portfolio includes such projects as the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academics Building at Morehouse Collegeand the Birmingham Civil Rights Institutein Birmingham, Alabama, along with numerous other scholastic and public structures.

“We are excited to be able to bring a speaker of such accomplishment as Robert Brown,” said Bethesdapresident Michael Hughes. “He can demonstrate to our students that privilege is not a requirement when you have hard work, focus and leadership skills on your side. That’s not just how you build a career, but, as Brown has demonstrated, how you build a legacy.”

Bethesda’s class of 2019 has 15 members. Eleven plan to attend college and were accepted by 14 different colleges and universities. One future graduate plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Forceand another will attend an EMT course to enter the medical field. Two others hope to enroll in Georgia Ports Authority’s Y.E.S. program, a mentor-based program that transitions graduates into careers at the port.

Thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program with Point University, many of the college-bound graduates will start their college careers as near sophomores.

“In our junior and senior classes, one in three students is dual enrolled, meaning they are completing high school and at the same time taking college courses for college credit,” said Hughes. “This is not only a testament to the quality of our academic program, but in this day of staggering student-loan debt, it represents fiscal responsibility, leading to solid savings for students and their families.”

Twelve juniors and seniors are involved in joint enrollment classes.

Tickets to the scholarship gala are $150 and are available at http://www.bethesdaacademy.org/giving/special-events/scholarship-gala/.

Bethesda Academy Logo

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis 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 college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah Presents Over $7,500 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah Presents Over $7,500 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire
Proceeds Raised from Royal Flush Casino Night

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannahpresented $7,896.48 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empireto support their mission to provide a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at nearby hospitals.

The funds were raised during the organization’s inaugural Royal Flush Casino Night attended by more than 200 people on Feb. 28 at the Savannah Station.

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Bill Sorochak, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire (left), accepts a $7,896.48 check presentation from Sherry Daniel, CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah (center), and Shantina Ferguson-Waldburg, Operations Coordination Department Manager (right), from proceeds raised at the 2019 Royal Flush Casino Night.

“The stress of having a child in the hospital combined with the expense of daily living while trying to be close and emotionally strong for their child can be overwhelming,” said Roto-Rooterowner Sherry Daniel. “I’m so thankful and proud of our community who came out to support this event, ‘the house really did win’.”

Bill Sorochak, executive director of Ronald McDonald House, praised the contribution.

“This is not only a wonderful gift from Roto-Rooter, but it is a tremendous contribution to the community,” Sorochak said. “Every donation helps ensure we can stretch the dollars that support our 13-bedroom house in Savannah to better serve the families who depend on us.” “We are grateful to know that this annual event will continue to support the children, families and mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Savannahfor years to come.”

The goal of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empireis to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates on a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

For more information, visit https://www.rotosavannah.com

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empireis a registered 501©3 non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone program is the Savannah Ronald McDonald Housethat provides more than 4,170 family night stays each year with a “Home away from home.” Other core programs include the Ronald McDonaldFamily Rooms in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Ronald McDonaldCare Mobile, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations, care to underserved, school-aged children in Beaufort County, S.C.

ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH
Roto-Rooter plumbersin Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooters Plumbers of Savannahoffers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooteris the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbersstand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Warner Peacock Named Jasper’s Business Person of the Year

Warner Peacock Named Jasper’s Business Person of the Year

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Warner Peacock, chairman and CEO of Peacock Automotive, has been named the Jasper County Chamber of CommerceBusiness Person of the Year.

The announcement came during the chamber’s March 28 banquet at the Chelsea Plantation. The event marked the 60th annual installation and awards banquet for the group, as well as the 29th annual Jasper on the Move Celebration.

Jill Jauch, advertising and marketing manager for Peacock Automotive, accepted the award on behalf of Peacock, who was in Florida on business.

Warner Peacock Headshot

Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive

“I am excited and humbled by this award,” said Peacock when informed of the honor. “Jasper County has always been a very welcoming environment for our dealerships, and we are excited to be part of a vibrant and growing business community. The location is absolutely perfect, easily accessed from Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and Savannah.”

The Jasper County Chamber of Commercepresents its business person of the year annual award to an individual judged to exhibit “the qualities of a model business person.” The award criteria call for the honoree to be an executive for an established business with a substantial history, one that exhibits growth in the number of employees and an increase in sales, responds effectively to adversity and contributes to community projects.

Peacock’s company, which operates over a three-state area, is headquartered at Peacock Auto Mallon U.S. 278 in Jasper County.

His business investments include, in addition to auto and motorcycle dealerships, casual dining restaurants, bank branches, residential communities, shopping centers and lifestyle properties. Peacock serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of The South Carolina Jobs and Economic Development Authorityand is a board member for the Southern Carolina Alliance.

He and his companies take an active role in community charities. Recently, Peacock was named an ambassador at the Congaree Club, a Jasper County-based national philanthropic organization.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 19 automotive dealerships representing 14 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah and South Carolina. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, S.C., Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Attorney Charles Bowen Honored by Georgia Senate Resolution and Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award

Attorney Charles Bowen Honored by Georgia Senate Resolution and Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award

(ATLANTA, GA) A resolution passed by the Georgia State Senate has recognized Savannah attorney Charles “Bo” Bowen for his services to both the state’s entertainment industry and to its legal profession.

In addition, Georgia Secretary of StateBrad Raffensperger honored Bowenas an “Outstanding Georgia Citizen.”

The Senate resolution was sponsored by State Sens. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) and Ben Watson (R-Savannah) and praises Bowen’s role in promoting Savannah’s growing movie and television industry. The resolution cites, in part, the reasons for the recognition: “Bo founded the Savannah Film Alliancein 2015 to foster cooperation and collaboration within the local entertainment industry; he is also the founder and president of Southern Gateway Production Services, which provides support to all out-of-town productions coming to the region; and he is the co-founder of Aeroscope Studios, the author of three eBooks on business and entertainment law, and currently serves on numerous corporate boards and councils.”

The resolution also recaps business honors Bowen has received. They include being named “Business Advocate of the Year” by the Savannah Morning News, winning the “Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerceand receiving additional accolades from the legal profession.

The full text of the resolution can be found here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20192020/183638.pdf.

Bowenfirst met with Governor Brian Kemp before heading to the Senate floor. Sen. Jackson then read the resolution aloud and invited Bowento address the Senate. He was then named an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Georgia Secretary of State.

The recognition from the Secretary of Statereads: “May this Outstanding Citizen be afforded every courtesy as a Goodwill Ambassador from Georgia in his travels to other states, to nations beyond the borders of the United States of America, or wherever he may hereafter travel or reside. Thank you for your service to our State.”

Charles Bowen

(Left to Right): State Sen. Lester Jackson, State Rep. Craig Gordon, Alayna Bowen, Charles ‘Bo’ Bowen, State Sen. Ben Watson and Alexandra Bowen.

Bowen’s two daughters accompanied him to the Georgia State Capitol. In his remarks before the Senate, Bowenstated: “I am deeply honored, and I am very grateful that my two teenage daughters could be here today to see firsthand that working hard in your profession and trying to help others succeed does not go unnoticed. I know that is a lesson they will carry with them into adulthood. I also want to thank all of you, the leaders of the State of Georgia, for the tremendous work you have done in promoting the entertainment industry and helping ensure every year that Georgia remains the greatest place in the world to conduct business.”

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowenis a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law. Bowen attended Mercer Universityin Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown UniversityLaw Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowenhas received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Groupis located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Groupon Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Society of Colonial Wars Present $3,000 Donation to Bethesda Academy

Society of Colonial Wars Present $3,000 Donation to Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Society of Colonial Warsin the State of Georgia presented a $3,000 donation to Bethesda Academy. Representatives of the organization, Allen Williams, Governor General, and Robert Groves, Deputy Governor General, presented the check to representatives of Bethesda Academy, Dr. Michael Hughes, President, and John Reddan, Director of Institutional Advancement.

The Society of Colonial Warsin the State of Georgia has a long history of supporting Bethesda Academy. Back in the early 1900s, the organization donated all of the pews that are located in the George Whitefield Memorial Chapel, a gift that was made in honor of all of the founders of Georgia.

The Society of Colonial Wars of America Present Check to Bethesda Academy

CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) John Reddan, Director of Institutional Advancement of Bethesda Academy, Allen Williams, Governor General of the Society of Colonial Wars of America, Dr. Michael Hughes, President of Bethesda Academy, and Robert Groves, Deputy Governor General of the Society of Colonial Wars.

Bethesda Academyis so grateful to the Society of Colonial Warsfor literally over a century’s worth of support,” said Hughes. “This support directly benefits the scholarship program. We are an independent school now, and all of our boys and families pay tuition. This donation will give a student a chance to have a Bethesdaeducation.”

The Society of Colonial Warswas founded in New York in 1892 for the purpose of furthering the interest in, and study of, America’s Colonial history for the period between the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia on May 13, 1607 and the battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis 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 college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075
www.crussomarketing.com

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Calls for 2019 Night of Champions Nominations

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Calls for 2019 Night of Champions Nominations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) is asking for nominations for its 10th Annual Night of Championscelebration scheduled for May 9.

Low Country Down Syndrome Society Night of Champions Logo

The event recognizes employees with different abilities in the Savannah area who excel in their workplace and their employers who have come to understand the value and importance of inclusive employment.

Night of Championscelebrates employees and their employers whose dedication and leadership shine a light on the possibilities and benefits of inclusive communities and work spaces,” said Night of Championschairperson Tom Kenkel.

Employee nominations may be submitted online at https://nightofchampions.org/nominations/until Friday, March 29.

Selected employees and their employers will be invited as special guests to the Night of Championsdinner that will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Savannah Civic Center.

Last year’s honorees included Elissa Brown, Kroger; Caroline Campbell, Zaxby’s; Herbert Hudson, Back in the Day Bakery; Marquis Smith, SCAD’s Byte Cafe; Jabari Tukes, Pooler Karate; Iyaona Weathers, Grainger Honda & Nissan.

In addition to dinner, the evening will include a recognition ceremony, a silent auction and a cash bar, with Jamie Deen & Allyson Harvin serving as the night’s emcee. This year’s key note speakers are John & Mark Cronin, owners of John’s Crazy Socks. Amy Wright, the owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, is this year’s President’s Award Winner. Business professional attire is requested.

Individual tickets are $50; tables of ten can be reserved for $500 at nightofchampions.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and offer a range of benefits. For more information, call 912-436-3626.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSSencourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSSis an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org

CONTACT
Kayla Johnson
Executive Director
kjohnson@ldssga.org
912-436-3626

Park Place Outreach Receives Federal Grant for Transitional Living Program and Hires New Program Director

Park Place Outreach Receives Federal Grant for Transitional Living Program and Hires New Program Director

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place OutreachYouth Emergency Shelter has announced the launch of a new transitional living program and the hiring of Cheri Dean as the Program Director.

Cheri Dean, Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Savannah

Cheri Dean, Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Savannah

The Transitional Living Program is an 18-month residential program that prepares homeless, runaway, and at-risk males ages 16 to 21 for independence and self-sufficiency.

To fund the program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Youth Services Bureau, has awarded Park Place Outreachan annual grant of $180,000 for the next three years.

“Adding this program to our array of services fills a significant service gap by providing housing, long-term stabilization and support services to runaway and homeless young men who cannot immediately be reunited with their families and need support to achieve independence,” said Executive Director Julie Wade.

Wade said as many as five young men would be able to participate in the program at any one time. They will live in a furnished three- or four-bedroom home within a short walk of both the home and public transportation. Staff will provide on-site supervision, and each young man will receive an individualized service plan that identifies his specific needs, strengths and interests.

“Our goal is to ensure each young man will be able to achieve a personal level of well being, positive and permanent connections, educational advancement and gainful employment,” Wade said. “We further expect the transitional living program to reduce costs to the community through savings in social service programs, incarceration and mental health treatment.”

Park Place Outreachpartners with a program in Brunswick, Ga., to provide similar services to runaway and homeless females.

All services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school. The expanded transitional living program addresses a critical need for a longer-term program that serves young males.

As the Program Director, Dean will be responsible for providing oversight and management of the program and its daily activities, management of staff and volunteers, ensuring the conditions of housing and the grounds are maintained, as well as, monitoring security and conducting inspections in the living quarters. She will also serve as the Personal Development Life Coach and support participants with academic and career goals, personal growth, behavior modification and practical skills for success.

“By working with a dedicated team, these young men will gain essential life skills, case management services, and aftercare services that will help them experience and sustain a purpose-filled life,” said Dean. “I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to this important work at Park Place Outreach, and our Savannah community is always invited to join us partner with us in addressing homelessness in our city.”

Previously, Dean has served as the Executive Director of Blooming Hearts LLC, a licensed Maryland Assisted Living Facility. She also served in various sales, marketing, corporate branding, project management and recruitment roles in several Fortune 500 companies, including General Mills, Nestle, Kimberly-Clarkand the Ford Motor Company.

Originally from Savannah, Dean is a graduate of St. Vincents Academy, who went on to earn a BA in Economics at Spelman College, an MBA at Duke University, and an MPH at Johns Hopkins University. She has been appointed to the 2019 SEDA(Savannah Economic Development Authority) board of directors.

For more information, please contact Dean at cheri@parkplaceyes.org.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services, 514 E. Henry St., supports runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth, ages 11-21, through a variety of residential and after-school programs. Serving teens since 1984, Park Place’s mission is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. The Emergency Shelter is open 24 hours a day and provides a safe, secure, and loving environment. Park Place Outreachis the only facility in Savannah where youth can self-admit without an agency referral. Park Place Outreach’s other programs include the Street Outreach Program to identify homeless and nearly homeless teens and young adults and provide them with support services to get off the streets, Family Preservation for Teens to help teens remain safely in their homes to maintain family stability, and the new Mission: Possible Transitional Living Program for males ages 16-21.

Park Place Outreach– Youth Emergency Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelterhas helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.orgor find us on Facebook.

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048Fax 912-651-3621
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Public Invited to Nominate Local Non-Profit Organizations for 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Grant Donations

Public Invited to Nominate Local Non-Profit Organizations for 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Grant Donations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The public is invited to nominate nonprofit organizations in the Savannah area to be one of four grant recipients in the 2019 EnmarketEncourage Health Educational Series.

Nominations can be submitted through a Facebook or Instagram posting, and each winner will receive a $1,000 grant from Healthy Savannahduring the health series.

Encourage Health

Any Savannah area registered 501©3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education is eligible for consideration.

To apply:

  • “Like” Enmarket’s Facebookand Instagram pages;
  • Create a post on Facebookand/or Instagram to explain why the nominated organization should be chosen;
  • Tag Enmarketin your social media nominations;
  • Use the hashtag #EncourageHealth2019.

Entries must include how the nonprofit organization inspires or promotes healthy living. The total number of “likes,” comments and shares on individual posts will be considered for the final selection.

Enmarket’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations. Enmarket’s Instagram page can be found by searching “Enmarket.” Entries will be open on Friday, Feb. 1. The deadline to apply is midnight on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Winning organizations will receive their grants during the EnmarketEncourage Health Education Series presentations, and each winning organization will be asked to host Enmarketrepresentatives for a service day.

This is the sixth year for the EnmarketEncourage Health Education Series in partnership with Healthy Savannah.

The four lunchtime presentations will offer tips from local experts on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Speakers have not been announced at this time.

For more information and to participate, visit www.enmarket.com.

ABOUT ENMARKET
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 and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarketcurrently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 123 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Elizabeth Poole
Director of Communications
Cecilia Russo Marketing
elizabeth@crussomarketing.com
912.695.4791

Bethesda Academy President Receives Georgia GOAL Advocacy Award

Bethesda Academy President Receives Georgia GOAL Advocacy Award

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Programrecently presented Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda Academyin Savannah, with the GOALAdvocacy Award.

The award acknowledges individuals who have displayed passion and perseverance when appealing to legislators to preserve, protect and expand the program’s scholarship opportunities.

Bethesda Academy President Michael Hughes Holds GOAL Award

Bethesda Academy President Dr. Michael Hughes Holds GOAL Award

“Dr. Hughes is a true believer in providing educational choice for families, as his day job can attest to that fact,” said Lisa Kelly, president and executive director of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program. “He is head of a school whose mission is all about lifting up young men who are capable of achieving greater heights.”

The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Programmakes it possible for Georgia taxpayers to redirect a portion of their tax liability each year to receive an equal tax credit on their Georgia tax return. GOALawards provide partial scholarships to students in 137 participating private schools throughout the state.

“Dr. Hughes happens to be in a district whose state lawmakers were essential to our effort to raise the cap,” Kelly said. “His specific and very timely outreach on multiple critical occasions was spot-on and essential to the overall effort. All these efforts were almost immediate, and very passionate, each and every time we made the suggestion.”

In May, Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 217 into law, thereby increasing the annual cap on the Georgia Education Expense Credit Program from $58 million to $100 million for the next decade. The signing of HB 217 marked the largest expansion of this program since its inception in 2008.

“The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Programis an incredible opportunity for Georgia taxpayers to help students to attend Bethesda Academywho might otherwise not be able to attend without any cost to the taxpayer,” said Hughes. “Additionally, the increase in the cap on Education Expense Credits will provide a greater opportunity for Savannah area parents to choose Bethesda for their children.”

Since 2008, GOALhas awarded 34,482 scholarships worth $128.2 million to 14,340 students, with an additional $28.6 million being obligated and reserved for the funding of multi-year scholarships that have been awarded or for the awarding of future scholarships. The average value of the scholarship awarded to each student has been $3,718, with the balance of tuition costs being paid by scholarship families together with other financial aid provided by the participating private schools.

To learn more about the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, please visit www.goalscholarship.org.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis 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 college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075
www.crussomarketing.com

Savannah Maritime After Hours Donate $2,000 to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Sponsors of Savannah Maritime After Hours Donate $2,000 to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the fifth consecutive year, Savannah Maritime After Hourspresented a holiday donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. This year, the donation was increased by $500, for a total of $2,000, which will be used to support the growing needs of the House and their residents.

Maritime After Hours Donates to Ronald McDonald House

(Left to Right) Larry Hearn (Savannah River Logistics), Ryan Faulk (Savannah River Logistics), Jed Young (Port City Logistics) and Ben Goldberg (JIT Warehousing and Logistics) present $2,000 from the Savannah Maritime After Hours group to Bill Sorochak (far left), Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

Maritime community leaders, Ben Goldberg of JIT Warehousing and Logistics, Larry Hearn and Ryan Faulk of Savannah River Logistics, and Jed Young of Port City Logisticspresented the check to Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald Mcdonald House of the Coastal Empire.

Each year, members of the Savannah Maritime After Hoursare able to raise these funds through networking events held on the first Wednesday of each month.

“A small donation during the holidays can make a big difference for these families during such a stressful time,” said Ryan Faulk, Partner of Savannah River Logistics. “We believe families are stronger together and a sick child heals faster when they are surrounded by love and support. And we are extremely grateful to all of our members who make this annual donation possible.”

For more information on this donation or on how to get your organization added to the recipient list, contact Billy Robinson at billy@portcitylogistics.com.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE© OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
One of 365 Ronald McDonald Housesworldwide, each House is an independent non-profit, 501©3 community organization. The Savannah House is governed by a 16-member board of directors and managed by a full-time staff of four. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities© of the Coastal Empireis to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The Savannah Ronald McDonald Houseprovides a “home away from home” for critically ill and injured children and their families who are receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire. Since the House first opened its doors 30 years ago in 1987, over 10,200 families have been served. The house currently serves approximately 290 families each year. Although the average length of stay runs 16 days, some families stay much longer.

CONTACT
Billy Robinson
CEO, Port City Logistics, Inc.
billy@portcitylogistics.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Recognizes Cecilia Russo Turner with Community Impact Awards

Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Recognizes Cecilia Russo Turner with Community Impact Awards

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing has been recognized as a recipient of the 2018 Community Impact Award by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

Cecilia Russo Turner Receives Award from Ronald McDonald House

Cecilia Russo Turner Receives Award from Ronald McDonald House

The community impact awards program began in 2014 to recognize long-time contributors, businesses and volunteers for outstanding achievement in serving local Ronald McDonald House children and families.

Turner, who has served as a board member for seven years, has supported the Ronald McDonald House through marketing and fundraising support of various events, including the Chef of the House Challenge, Wine and Fries, The Red Shoe Run and Wine, Women and Shoes.

“It is a great honor to assist the families and staff at the Ronald McDonald House,” said Turner. “I’m so pleased that several of my family members and close friends are also involved with the organization, often serving at special events and seeing first-hand the impact that the house makes in our community.”

Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, praised Turner for her efforts as a volunteer.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of our House, and Cecilia has been invaluable in providing comfort for the families who find refuge and support here while their children receive medical treatment at our nearby hospitals,” Sorochak said. “Because of outstanding volunteers, we can keep our focus on helping children heal faster, cope better and stay healthy.”

The Ronald McDonald House helps families of seriously ill, hospitalized children cope with the stress and expense of daily living while trying to be close and emotionally strong for their children.

This marks the second time Turner has received the award. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is a registered 501©3, non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone program is the Savannah Ronald McDonald House that provides more than 4,170 family night stays each year with a “Home away from home.” Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations, care to under served, school-aged children in Beaufort County, S.C.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

CONTACT
Bill Sorochak
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of the Coastal Empire
bill@rmhccoastalempire.org
t. (912) 350-7641 ext. 304
f. (912) 350-2309
c. (864) 906-8496
www.rmhccoastalempire.org 
4710 Waters Avenue
Savannah, Georgia, 31404

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo Turner
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
crusso72@gmail.com