Category: Charity

Oglethorpe Driving Club Hosts Coffee and Cars at Bethesda Academy

Oglethorpe Driving Club Hosts Coffee and Cars at Bethesda Academy

ODC Scholarship Drive Benefits Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the third year in a row, The Oglethorpe Driving Club (ODC) announces plans to relocate their monthly “Cars and Coffee” meeting to Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Avenue, Savannah, GA 31406, on July 7th from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. (rain or shine) to benefit their scholarship drive.

On display will be the finest examples of classic, vintage and exotic cars from Savannah and surrounding areas. Donations will be accepted at the event from attendees, there will be a minimum $10.00 registration fee for participants with vehicles on display. All proceeds to benefit Bethesda Academy. Over the last two years, ODC has provided several fully funded scholarships for deserving Bethesda students.

“We are an odd mixture of collectors, racers, and just plain motorheads dedicated to our cars, but we also feel an obligation to give back to the community,” said Michael Shortt of the ODC. “One of our founding members and his brother were adopted from Bethesda, so it is a special place to all of us.”

The ODC was formed in Savannah in 2006 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first United States Grand Prix, which was held in Savannah on November 26, 1908. It’s a 50 member cadre of sports car owners and enthusiasts dedicated to the use and enjoyment of sports cars and auto racing, ODC meetings typically host over 150 cars.

In addition to monthly “Cars and Coffee” meetings, the organization honors its predecessor, the Savannah Automobile Club of 1904, by sponsoring racing competitions, rallies, advanced driving courses, Savannah Speed Classic, the area’s largest Toy Drive each Christmas season and other social events. The ODC also works actively to advance the sport of motor racing in Savannah and to preserve Savannah’s illustrious auto racing heritage.

For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/186856591591/

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 Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

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Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Opens Little Free Library

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Opens Little Free Library

(SAVANNAH, GA) The dedication of Little Free Library was held at Park Place Outreach, located at 514 E. Henry Street in Savannah, Ga. The new Little Free Library, painted by local artist Kimberly Dawn Crowder, is part of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail, which runs from Savannah, Ga. to Milledgeville, Ga. Little Free Libraries encourage anyone to take a book and leave a book. The concept originated in Wisconsin in 2010 and has since blossomed into a network of more than 20,000 miniature libraries around the world.

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

Little Free Library Painted by Kimberly Dawn Crowder

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

Park Place Outreach Opens Little Free Library

The dedication ceremony at Park Place Outreachincluded a special tribute to the late Francis Allen, the co-owner of Savannah’s Roots Up Gallery who started the Flannery O’Connor Book Trailin 2014 along with his wife, Leslie Lovell. The installation of the new Little Free Library and the continuation of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trailwas made possible by contributions donated in honor of Francis Allen upon his passing August 30, 2017. In addition, the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah has donated time and effort to restore the garden at Park Place Outreachwhere the Little Free Library was installed.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH:
Park Place Outreachis a 12-bed temporary residential shelter for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth ages 11-17, centrally located on Henry Street in Savannah. Opened in 1984, the shelter offers youth a safe and loving environment, with 24/7/365 care by a staff of house parents and case managers. Park Place Outreachis the only facility in Savannah where homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit without an agency or parent referral. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelteris 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 parkplaceyes.orgor Park Place Outreach– Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.

ABOUT THE FLANNERY O’CONNOR CHILDHOOD HOME:
The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton Street in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the South’s greatest writers. An established 501©(3) nonprofit organization, the Flannery O’Connor Home Foundation, Inc. has meticulously restored the author’s childhood home to reflect the authentic period furnishings of a Depression-era Savannah row house and to offer insight into the years that O’Connor lived in Savannah, from 1925 to 1938. The Home proudly presents a series of free lectures as well as other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit flanneryoconnorhome.orgor call 912.233.6014.

ABOUT FLANNERY O’CONNOR:
Flannery O’Connorwas born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925 and is the author of the acclaimed novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as 32 short stories and numerous essays. Best known as a pioneering Southern gothic author who often wrote about morally flawed characters, O’Connor remains an important voice in American literature. She lived in Savannah until 1938 and drew inspiration from her childhood experiences in Georgia’s First City until her death from lupus in Milledgeville, Georgia on August 3, 1964. She received the National Book Award for Fiction posthumously in 1972 for The Collected Stories of Flannery O’Connor.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Cody Shelley, Foundation Manager
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home
912.233.6014or flanneryoconnorhome@gmail.com

Bank of America Awards $12,500 Grant to Park Place Outreach

Bank of America Awards $12,500 Grant to Park Place Outreach

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $12,500 grant to the Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter for operational and program expenses.

Park Place Outreach operates the only shelter in Savannah and Chatham County that serves kids and teenagers ages 11–17, and all services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school.

The staff also offers family counseling with follow-up visits after a resident returns home, as well as non-resident services that include an after-school tutorial and drop-in center, recreational services and after-care services. The Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., is open 24 hours a day and offers a safe and loving environment to homeless, abused and runaway kids and teenagers.

“Thanks to Bank of America, troubled teens who have nowhere else to turn can count on Park Place Outreach for shelter, food, clothing and counseling,” said Executive Director Julie Wade. “The money will be used for operational expenses in providing residential and non-residential services to these youth as well as counseling services for parents.”

Bank of America has been a long-term supporter of Park Place Outreach and was recognized in 2018 as the Park Place Outreach Corporate Partner of the Year.

The grant will help bridge a gap created by the loss of federal grants that have funded the organization’s street outreach team. The program includes adult and teen counselors who go onto the streets to talk with homeless kids about the help available to them through Park Place Outreach.

“Addressing community needs through our philanthropic investments is just one way we deploy capital to help build a more sustainable community,” said Patrick O’Neil, Savannah market president, Bank of America. “We’re honored to partner with nonprofit organizations like Park Place Outreach that are helping to advance economic and social progress, in particular for vulnerable populations.”

Park Place Outreach Receives Donation from Bank of America

(LEFT to RIGHT) Pictured are Amy Repella of Bank of America, Julie Wade of Park Place Outreach, Dr. Ann Linton, board member, and Chris Sotus, board member, secretary, and works for Merrill Lynch, owned by Bank of America.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook.

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

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

Amy Branch Repella
Vice President
Savannah Market Manager
Local Markets Organization
Bank of America
GA0-200-02-01
22 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401
T 912.652.9478 F 704.547.5708
amy.b.repella@bankofamerica.com

Horizons Savannah Giving Day Passes Goal

Horizons Savannah Giving Day Passes Goal

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Horizons Savannah Giving Day, held Wednesday, May 16, raised more than $77,000 to benefit the Horizons Savannah program resulting in their largest Giving Day ever. This one-day event was a national day of giving with the goal of raising more than one million dollars to bring Horizons to more communities and families nationwide. Horizons Savannah’s raised funds will go to directly to help close the opportunity gap for low-income Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Chatham County and the greater Savannah area.

Christy Edwards, Executive Director of Horizons Savannah is thrilled with the level of participation and enthusiasm from the business community, “We are so thankful for the support of our community. It took everyone coming together to make Horizons Giving Day such a success. We can’t wait to get started on next year and look forward to this being an annual event to benefit Horizons Savannah,” Edwards said.

Horizons Savannah offers a special thank you to the sponsors of this year’s event, including: Cutters Point Coffee, Kendra Scott Jewelry and El Coyote Restaurant.

The Horizons Savannah program includes six weeks of academics, project-based learning and swimming lessons each summer through partnerships with independent schools, colleges and universities. Horizons Savannah serves over 200 students each summer at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School. This summer, the program will be expanding to the campus of Savannah Christian Preparatory School.

Horizons students typically gain 8-12 weeks of reading and math skills each summer. 97 percent of Horizons high school students graduate on time, and 91 percent go on to attend college.

Horizons Savannah Giving Day 2018

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizons is a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low-income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

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

Dr. Evelyn Higgins to Speak at June 26 Encourage Health Education Lecture

Dr. Evelyn Higgins to Speak on “The Prescription for Life: 4 Pillars of Health” at June 26 Encourage Health Education Lecture

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Evelyn Higginswill present a free lunchtime lecture on Tuesday, June 26, on how to look at health as more than just the absence of disease during the second of four 2018Encourage Health Education Seriesevents in Savannah.

Higginswill speak on The Prescription for Life: 4 Pillars of Health, which investigates the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements of wholeness. The presentation will be at the Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Drive.

Enamrket

Dr. Evelyn Higgins

Higginshas trademarked 4 Pillars of Health and frequently presents her recognized philosophy “the prescription for life” when lecturing on health and wellness topics.

Higginsis a recognized international expert on fitness and diet and health and wellness. She is a graduate of the State University of New York and New York Chiropractic College. She also studied body, mind and spirit medicine at Harvard Medical with an emphasis on resiliency. Higginsis a certified addiction professional and diplomate of the American Board of Disability specializing in pain management.

Higginshas done broadcasts on public and commercial radio and is the host of The Dr. Evelyn HigginsShow, a nationally syndicated radio program. She has a 30-year history as a practicing doctor, author, columnist and national health care commentator. She is a keynote speaker and an international lecturer to both lay people and multidisciplinary physician groups.

Higgins has served as official team doctor for the 1996 Somali Olympic team and for the 1993-94 US/Ukranian team for the Round the World Whitbread Race. She is the founder and director of the Georgia chapter of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Higginswas one of only twenty broadcasters to participate in the 2013 and 2014 United Nations Radio Talk Day.

During the Encourage Healthevent, a $1,000 grant will be presented to Flux Nourishment Communityfor aiming to change the trajectory of health in communities by educating individuals on how to make nourishing lifestyle choices. The non-profit uses community-based participatory research and works with community leaders, including those in indigent and minority populations, to bring the message of empowering health through nourishment and to provide services to those in need of nutrition education and wellness coaching.

This marks the fifth year for the EnmarketEncourage Health Education Series, conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Clover Health, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning Newsand Savannah Magazine.

Each of the presentations in the 2018 EnmarketEncourage Health Education Serieswill take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Demere Center for Living, located at 6000 Business Center Dr, Savannah, GA 31405.

Registration has been filled for this presentation, but the lecture will be livestreamed on Healthy Savannahand the EnmarketFacebook pages. For more information, please visit www.healthysavannah.orgor 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. 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 122 stores as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

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

Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund Launched with Peacock Automotive Making First Donation

Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund Launched with Peacock Automotive Making First Donation

(JASPER CO.) The Greater Bluffton Chamberrecently formed the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, to help with scholarships, apprenticeships, special projects and small business assistance for the greater community.

Organized by chamberChief Executive Officer Shellie West and founded by members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber, this fund will help the chamber to strengthen support for area businesses and its people. “It’s been a vision to have a fund like this since we created the chamber,” said West. “The response we received from our members to give to the fund and the founders was overwhelming.”

Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock presented Shellie West, CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a check for $1,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts of the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund

Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock presented Shellie West, CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a check for $1,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts of the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund

The first donation to the fund was made by Peacock AutomotivePresident & CEO Warner Peacock. “We’ve supported the Greater Bluffton Chamberand CVB, Inc., since its inception in 2012 and we felt that it was important to give to the fund for its mission and success moving forward,” said Peacock.

“The chamber and I truly appreciate the businesses who have supported us and really are grateful for the donation from Peacock Automotive. They have done wonderful things for this community,” said West.

Anyone may donate to the Greater Bluffton Chamber Fund. Please contact the Community Foundation of the Lowcountryby visiting its website at www.cf-lowcountry.orgor by calling 843-681-9100. Or, contact the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerceat info@blufftonchamberofcommerce.orgor 843-757-1010.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates more than 20 automotive franchises and other holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing upwards of 600 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 and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

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

Low Country Dermatology’s Walk For Melanoma Awareness Announced for May 19th

Melanoma Awareness Walk with Low Country Dermatology to be Held at Skidaway Island State Park on May 19th
Three-Mile Hike to Benefit Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, Dr. Corinne Howington and Elizabeth Brennan of Low Country Dermatology will lead a melanoma awareness walk on Saturday, May 19th at 3 p.m. at Skidaway Island State Park.

Howington and her staff will lead a three-mile walk along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. Water, sunscreen and some light refreshments will be provided.

Low Country Dermatology's Walk for Melanoma Awareness Participants in 2017

Low Country Dermatology’s Walk for Melanoma Awareness Participants in 2017

National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, is celebrated in May to raise awareness of the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.

“For those of us who live along the southern coastline, staying out of the sun is often not practical or desirable,” Howington said. “It’s important for everyone to learn some simple but essential ways to protect their skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays before they and their family head off to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Low Country Dermatology's Walk for Melanoma Awareness

Low Country Dermatology’s Walk for Melanoma Awareness

Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff will give participants SPF30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of skin cancer by a whopping 80 percent.

They also will share “did you know” facts during the hike, such as:

• Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease.

• The American Association of Dermatology estimates the rates of melanoma in the United States for 2018 are:
– Approximately 178,560 new melanomas.
– About 91,270 of those cases will be invasive.

• Rates for melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years, and melanoma accounts for nearly half of all cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.

Indications of potential skin cancer include moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser or have evolved in size or thickness. Self-examine your skin; when caught early, melanoma is highly curable.

Registration for the event is $35, which includes the parking fee for the park. Proceeds will benefit the Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion in Savannah. Participants are asked to meet the group at Picnic Area-A after entering the park.

Tickets and more information for Low Country Dermatology’s Melanoma Awareness Walk can be found at https://cityspin.com/savannah/e/melanoma-awareness-walk/

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

Media Contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912-665-0005