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Bob Kulbacki, Operations and Maintenance Manager, Nick Bohl, General Manager, of COGENTRIX / Effingham County Power, Bonnie Rachael founder and executive director of Faith Equestrian Therapectic Center, and Lori Middleton, Plant Administrator of COGENTRIX / Effingham County Power
COGENTRIX / Effingham County Power Donates $7,000 to Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
(EFFINGHAM COUNTY) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center received a $7,000 donation from the Effingham County Power on December 19, 2017.
The center helps to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through the power of the horse. The program serves children ages 4 to 18 with all types of challenges including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders.
“Fundraisers and donations cover all the costs for a child to participate in our program,” said Bonnie Rachael, the program’s founder and executive director.
The therapeutic center opened in 2006 with only two students, three horses and a $25,000 budget. Today, the program has expanded to serve more than 125 participants from Chatham, Effingham and surrounding counties. It has a $200,000 budget, eleven horses, two instructors and more than 60 volunteers.
The center is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.), which reports some of the benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies on their website (www.pathintl.org).
“We are excited to donate this check to Faith Equestrian because we believe in the work that they do in bettering the lives of children with challenges in our community,” says Nicholas Bohl, General Manager at Effingham County Power.ABOUT COGENTRIX
Cogentrix is a leading independent power producer with a long track record of successfully acquiring, developing, constructing, operating, improving and divesting power generation assets. Consistent with its engineering origins and culture, Cogentrix maintains a disciplined and well-designed approach to asset improvement.
ABOUT EFFINGHAM COUNTY POWER LLC.
Effingham County Power was commissioned in 2003 and is a 525 MW two-on-one combined cycle power plant. The combustion turbines are General Electric 7FA units; the heat recovery steam generators were supplied by Nooter/Eriksen and the 190 MW steam turbine was supplied by Toshiba.
ABOUT FAITH EQUESTRIAN THERAPEUTIC CENTER
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, located at 243 Appaloosa Way in Guyton, GA. 31312. For more information, visit https://faithetc.org. (912) 728-3728
Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Supports National Reading Day at Hancock Day School
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield and The Sandfly Women Business Owner’s Coalition will promote literacy efforts on National Reading Day, Tuesday, Jan. 23, by spending time at Hancock Day School reading to first- and second-grade students at 1 p.m.
“Our hope is to gather other entrepreneurs in the area to join us for this worthwhile cause,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member. “We are excited to share our love for reading with these young students, and what better gift can we give to our children than the encouragement of literacy?”
National Reading Day is an annual event held across the country to celebrate and encourage reading by younger children. A key part of this effort is to find business partners for local schools and encourage guest readers to visit classrooms.
Please contact Cynthia Wright at email@example.com or 912-856-9075 to participate in the upcoming National Reading Day at Hancock Day School. For more information on National Reading Day, visit https://national-reading-day.org/
ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She practices at and owns two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA, 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center To Host “Building Local ‘Buzz’ For Your Business” in Savannah
(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia will host “Building Local ‘Buzz’ for your Business” at the University of Georgia – Small Business Development Center in Savannah on Jan. 30. Marjorie Young, an experienced public relations consultant and president and CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations, will present “Five Secrets to Creating Positive Word-of-Mouth in Your Community.”
Attendees will learn to create a repeatable tagline, to develop your referral board, to position yourself as an authority, to pursue awards and to deliver hard news about your business.
Participants will also develop a media release for their business.
“Businesses have so many great stories and do so much good, but no one ever knows about it,” said Young. “You have the content. Now all you need to do is share it.”
Young founded Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. in 1995. Her firm creates positive word-of-mouth for businesses in the community and online by using reputation management strategies. She is also the founder of the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method, which helps businesses create year-long public relations plan.
In 2017 the Savannah Chamber named Young as the Helen V. Head, Small Business Advocate of the Year. She currently sits on the Savannah Rotary and Hospice Savannah board of directors. Past boards include Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Savannah, Buy Local Savannah and Small Business Chamber.
The program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 30 in Suite M at the University of Georgia – Small Business Development Center, 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave.
The program costs $79. Interested parties can register at http://www.georgiasbdc.org/training/?center=southern%20coastal
For more information on the event, please visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/building-local-buzz-for-your-business-jan-30-2018-savannah/
ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
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.
Sponsors of Savannah Maritime After Hours Donates $1,500 to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire
Maritime community leaders, Ben Goldberg of JIT Warehousing and Logistics, Larry Hearn and Ryan Faulk of Savannah River Logistics, Billy Robinson and Jed Young of Port City Logistics, presented the check to Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald Mcdonald House of the Coastal Empire.
The donation was raised through after-hours networking events held the first Wednesday of each month. The donation was increased this year by $500 to support the growing needs of the House and their residents.
“We are incredibly thankful for Savannah Maritime’s annual donation,” said Sorochak. “This year’s monetary increase will allow our organization to help our families even more, and I can’t stress to the public enough that, really, every penny means something to us.”
For more information on this donation or on how to get your organization added to the recipient list, contact Billy Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE© OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
One of 365 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, 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 Empire is 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 House provides 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.
CEO, Port City Logistics, Inc.
Savannah Architecture Firm, Felder & Associates, Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary
(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates is celebrating its fifth year of bringing clients’ visions to life. Specializing in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building, and neo-traditional building, the firm has an extensive background working with owner-occupied- private, commercial and residential properties.
“It all began with four employees back in 2012,” said managing principal Brian Felder. “Now we have seven, soon to be eight, employees. We’ve worked on dream houses, corporate headquarters and restaurants. Our design efforts revolve around bringing to life that person’s, couple’s or company’s vision.”
The staff of Felder & Associates are LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability and have been recognized with a number of awards. In 2017 alone, the firm received the ENR Southeast’s Award of Merit for the Bouhan Falligant building along with two preservation awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for work on two restaurants, Atlantic and Vic’s on the River.
Civically, Felder serves Savannah in a number of ways. He was recently elected as chair of the Historic Savannah Foundation Board of Trustees and also serves as chair of the Revolving Fund which is used to purchase and protect historic structures throughout the City’s historic districts.
“We’re thankful for the progress that we’ve made this year and the things that we’ve been able to accomplish,” said Felder. “We’re looking forward to another year of remaining a small and committed firm to all of our clients in and around Savannah. New projects include a new office building for Speros, the Savannah African American Art Museum, Metro North Presbyterian Church in Goose Creek, and a new sanctuary for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vidalia. Spreading out into the region has provided us with even more opportunities.”
The Virginia Beach, Va., native graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor of architecture. He and his wife, Denise, have three children and live in Savannah.
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 Bouhan Falligant corporate office building at Forsyth Park. 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
Peacock Automotive Delivers Maserati and Alfa Romeo Luxury to the Lowcountry
Peacock Maserati has opened as the first and only dealership in the Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, S.C., area to offer the luxurious car-buying experience of the signature Maserati brand. The new 18,000-square-foot dealership will offer a large selection of new and pre-owned Maserati luxury vehicles, including parts and service.
Maserati is recognized as the largest luxury car manufacturer in the world. Headquartered in Modena, Italy, and owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Maserati has designed custom, luxury automobiles since 1914. Its vehicles are popular for their blend of luxury and class, as well as for their high-performance standards. The Maserati brand is also well known in the racing world, having participated in various forms of motorsports from Grand Prix to Formula One, sports car racing and touring car racing since the 1920s.
Peacock Automotive is also pleased to announce that Peacock Alfa Romeo has opened at the Peacock Auto Mall, joining Alfa Romeo of Savannah, located at 10 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah, in offering premiere sales and service of the signature luxury vehicles. Founded in Italy in 1910, Alfa Romeo is known for sporty vehicles and has been involved in car racing since 1911. In 2007, the Alfa Romeo brand became a subsidiary of Fiat Group Automobiles, now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Italy.
“We are pleased to offer the luxury Maserati brand for the first time in this area, as well as to offer a new Alfa Romeo dealership at the Peacock Auto Mall,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “These, our fourteenth and fifteenth brands at the Auto Mall, along with the renovations and expansion at our 7.5-acre property in Savannah has allowed us to offer a greater selection of vehicles and services to automotive purchasers and owners than ever before.”
Dominic Turnock is general manager of the new Peacock Maserati and Peacock Alfa Romeo dealership, located next to Hilton Head Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat at Peacock Auto Mall.
For more information, visit http://www.peacockmaseratihiltonhead.com or http://www.peacockalfaromeohiltonhead.com,or call 843-208-1500.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 660 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Jeff’s Beverage Hired The Dewitt Tilton Group to Build New 12,304-Square-Foot Facility
Groundbreaking Ceremony on New Project in Richmond Hill Held Dec. 19
(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Jeff’s Beverage is building a new 12,304-square-foot store for the Richmond Hill area. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at 3945 Hwy 17 in Richmond Hill.
Jeff’s Beverage will occupy 8,104 sq.ft. of the new building with the remaining 4,200 sq.ft. of space available for lease. “This building is directly located on Highway 17 in very close proximity to Interstate 95 with excellent road frontage, visibility, high traffic counts and is easily accessible from the highway,” said Kathy Nielsen, who owns the store with her son, Jeff. “The building has been designed for a multitude of occupants and we are looking for the perfect business to attract local residents as well as those traveling north and south on I-95.”
Jeff’s Beverage will have an open floor plan with a humidor, custom coolers and storage along with office space, restrooms and a private second story conference room. The space available for leasing will remain unfinished for a future tenant.
“With this new facility, we are expecting to bring new inventory, new jobs and economic growth to one of the Southeast’s largest wine, beer and spirits stores,” continued Nielsen.
The company’s co-owner and founder, Jeff began working in the alcohol industry while in college before deciding he wanted to “start his own.” With the help of his parents, his business idea became reality. “We are still growing and going strong after 17 years now,” said Nielsen, “We believe a big contributing factor to our success is how involved Jeff and I are in the day-to-day operations, as well as the support we’ve received from the great community of Richmond Hill and surrounding areas.”
The Dewitt Tilton Group of Savannah will begin construction immediately, and the project is scheduled to be completed in July 2018.
“We’re really excited about this project,” said Chris Tilton, co-owner of The Dewitt Tilton Group. “It is important to us to create a building that suited the brand of Jeff’s Beverage.”
MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com