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 email@example.com.
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.
Five Ways to Make Holidays Happier for Children with Different Abilities
By Dr. Ben Spitalnick, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, Board of Directors
Every parent wants the holiday season to be a special, joyous time for their child, and parents of children with different abilities or special needs usually have to take a couple of extra steps to ensure the holidays are just that.
To help along the way, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society offers five tips to help make the holiday season run smoothly and keep your kids happy.
1. Prepare Your Child
Your child wants to know the plans for the holiday season as much as you do. To reduce stress and prepare your child for upcoming activities, explain what you’ll be doing, who will be there and what the schedule is for the day. Write down the schedule for them and include pictures.
2. Prepare Your Family
Remind your family of the needs of your child. If there are other little ones, ask their parents to talk to them about your child’s differences. This can help reduce confusion and will foster a sense of understanding. It might help, a few days before everyone gets together, to send family members an informational email with 10 things to know about your child.
3. Bring Familiar Toys
The holidays are a chaotic time. Familiarity will help your child remain calm and feel comfortable. Bring his or her favorite toy, book or something that soothes your child at home. When things get a little too crazy, that may help your child feel comfortable.
4. Ask For Help
Don’t feel guilty for asking for help. Every parent needs help, and you do too. Explain the needs of your child to another family member or two and ask them to step in when you need a break. Explain to your child, too, that this person will be playing with them or watching them for a few minutes while you are busy.
5. Let Your Child Help
Preparing for the holidays can be stressful, but if you let your child help, you can create family traditions and keep everyone a little happier. Give your child a task such as greeting everyone at the door or stirring the sauce. This will keep your child focused, reduce his or her stress levels and give you an extra hand.
To create a happier time of celebration, we encourage all parents of children with different abilities to prepare their little ones a bit extra this holiday season. These small proactive measures can do a lot to help your child adjust to large crowds, new situations and days off-schedule. We hope this will make your holiday season a little jollier.
Dr. Ben Spitalnick is managing partner of Pediatric Associates of Savannah and currently serves as Representative for the Savannah area to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Spitalnick is from North Atlanta and is a graduate of the University of Georgia, received his medical degree from MCG, and did his Pediatric Residency at Memorial Health University here in Savannah. He serves on the board of directors for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society.
Low Country Dermatology Presents Donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire
(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology presented over 30 donated gifts to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, marking the fourth straight year the practice has held a holiday donation drive to benefit the non-profit.
The donations raised by Low Country Dermatology will help stock a “holiday store” for families who use the Ronald McDonald house.
“The last thing a parent with a child in the hospital wants to do is leave his or her child, get into the crowds and go gift shopping,” said Dr. Corinne Howington, who owns Low Country Dermatology. “I know that our community can ease the burdens these parents are facing right now by giving back to these individuals and spreading the joy of the season.”
Items donated to the holiday store allow parents who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House to select presents for their children and other family members.
“We strive to make our patients and families as comfortable and at home as possible all year, but particularly during this season,” said Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House. “Dr. Howington helps us to do just that, and we are so appreciative that she garners community support for the individuals in our care and their families.”
The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find and support programs that enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates with a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html
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.
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 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, over10,200 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.
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Announces Celebration of Love Gala, Feb. 2
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter will hold its 2018 Celebration of Love Gala to commemorate its 33rd anniversary on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Landings Plantation Club on Skidaway Island.
The evening will start with dinner and a silent auction at 6 p.m. with Kristin King on harp and Sinisa Ciric on violin, followed by a recognition/award ceremony when the Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Volunteer of the Year will be announced.
“We look forward to celebrating another excellent year,” said 2018 gala chairwoman Betsy Bratz, who’s vice president of the Park Place Outreach board of directors.
Dinner is $125; a table for 10 is $1,200. Event partners and sponsors, as well as individuals and groups, are invited to participate in the silent and live auctions.
“We hope to have sports memorabilia, trips and donations similar to what we’ve had in the past,” Bratz said.
Park Place operates with funding from grants, community partners and sponsors who host fund-raising events. Past galas have raised as much as $48,500.
MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides temporary shelter support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers kids and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17 a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 who are in need and might not come in to the shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach, an equal opportunity provider and employer, has helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).
The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Announces 2017 Chili Cook-Off Winners
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway announces the winners of their 20th annual chili cook-off. During the event, families were entertained by a petting zoo, face painting, a magic show and music provided by a local DJ.
Twenty restaurants and community organizations prepared their best chili for the cook-off. There was a diverse mix of recipes and presentations. One thing each booth had in common was its ability to foster good conversation and an enjoyable atmosphere contributing to the overall success of the day.
A panel of judges and nearly 500 participants who cast ballots determined the final winners in multiple categories. Professional restaurant contestants and community contestants were split into two separate groups with winners announced in each.
The 2017 winners are:
Presidents Award Winner: Jalapenos (Restaurant) and Landings North (Community)
Presidents Award Runner-Up: The 5 Spot (Restaurant) and The Marshes (Community)
Judges Award Winner: Troy’s (Restaurant) and America’s Second Harvest (Community)
Judges Award Runner-Up: Village Bar & Grille (Restaurant) and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia (Community)
Hottest: La Nopalera (Restaurant) and Landings South (Community)
Best Presentation: Jalapenos (Restaurant) and America’s Second Harvest (Community)
People’s Choice Winner: Bow Tie Barbecue (Restaurant) and The Marshes (Community)
People’s Choice Runner-Up: Troy’s (Restaurant) and Landings North (Community)
A raffle of a new 2018 well-equipped Club Car golf cart was also held. Dennis Heath was the lucky winner.
The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway offered special thanks to Bobby Gillham, fundraising chair for the Kiwanis Club and this year’s cook-off organizer, and to the eight young men and women from Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Stewart who helped each booth stay tidy and stocked with supplies throughout the entire event.
After all expenses, net proceeds from the 2017 cook-off topped $17,000 to support agencies and programs that help at-risk kids in Savannah.
ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SKIDAWAY
Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is a service organization comprised of 125 men and women in the Savannah area. Since 1988, the club has raised and distributed over $1.4 million and invested over 300,000 service hours toward their mission of supporting children in our region.
For more information on the club, visit https://kiwanisofskidaway.com
Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announces Toy Drives for Savannah Families
New and Used Toys Being Collected for Urban Home and the West Broad Street YMCA
(SAVANNAH, GA) During the month of December, the Dr. Angela Canfield and the Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition will hold a toy drive for the children of Urban Hope and families at the West Broad Street YMCA. From Friday, December 1 to Thursday, December 14, bins will be set up at six of Sandfly businesses for community members to drop off wishlist items.
New toys are being collected for Urban Hope. Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means.
The Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition would like to give the children in Urban Hope’s program toys for Christmas, and the group is asking the public to help make this possible.
Wishlist items for Urban Hope include children’s books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, play dough sets, large piece puzzles, pull toys, sports equipment, board games and art supplies, including glue sticks, markers, scissors and stickers.
Individuals may drop off new toys at the following Sandfly Women Business Owners’ locations:
Sandfly Family Dental, 7360 Skidaway Rd #2
Advertising Specialty Services, 402 E Montgomery Cross Rd
Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd #J-3
Herb Creek Landscape Supply, 7402 Skidaway Rd
Cents & Sensibility, 7360 Skidaway Rd #4
Tequila’s Town, 7360 Skidaway Rd #G1 & #G2
Used toys will be collected for the Kids Helping Kids Program of the West Broad Street YMCA. The Kids Helping Kids Program started in 1981. Traditionally operating through the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, the program collects used toys and then distributes these toys at no cost during the annual Miracle on May Street holiday toy giveaway.
“The West Broad YMCA, located at 1110 May St., is focused on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities,” said Tom Campbell, who founded the Kids Helping Kids Program in 1981. “To see the excitement on the family’s faces when they get a toy for their child right before Christmas solidifies that this service is making a difference. In the last 36 years, the Kids Helping Kids Program has collected well over 300,000 toys for Savannah families.”
Wishlist items for the Kids Helping Kids Program include new or gently used toys, clothes and books. For families that would like to donate their used toys, Sandfly Family Dental (7360 Skidaway Rd #2) will have a collection bin for the YMCA of Coastal Georgia.
“Christmas is such a happy time of year for so many of us,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member. “There are some children in our community who aren’t in the same situation as us and who may not receive a Christmas present. Both of these programs are so impactful in our community. Please come out an support Savannah’s families during the holidays.”
For more information about these toys drives, contact Dr. Angela Canfield, Sandfly Family Dental, at 912.826.4037.
ABOUT URBAN HOPE
Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means. For more information, please visit https://www.urbanhopesavannah.org/
ABOUT WEST BROAD STREET YMCA
Established in 1942 to address the recreational and social needs of the then-segregated African American communities, the West Broad Street YMCA now serves several thousand children and families each year, offering education, recreation, health and social support to those who need it most. The West Broad Street YMCA places special focus on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities by providing affordable and high-quality education and health-focused programs designed to serve and engage children, teens, adults and senior citizens. For more information, please visit http://www.westbroadstreetymca.org/
ABOUT DR. ANGELA CANFIELD
Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, 5871 Hwy 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah. 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/
Moonlight Mingle Raised Over $3,000 for Alzheimer’s Association
Public Event honored Carole Arpin at her Whitemarsh Island home.
Featuring music, dancing, food and drink, the event was held at the Whitemarsh Island home of Donald and Carole Arpin. The waterfront estate is located on Turner’s Creek in the Marsh Harbor community.
Festivities included an appearance by Tommy Arpin to honor his mother, Carole, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Arpin is a participant in the 2018 Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia and offered a sneak peek of the dance he will perform at the annual Alzheimer’s fundraiser in May. Last year, Dancing Stars events generated more than $2.6 million across the state, including nearly $400,000 at the Savannah event.
Guests at Moonlight Mingle were encouraged to support the Alzheimer’s Association with a donation in honor of Carole Arpin. Music was provided by the Marshall Brothers Band featuring Stewart Marshall (Stewart & Winfield, Junkyard Angel) as one of the Low Country Rock five-piece band’s three vocalists and guitarists.
“My parents, who have been married for nearly 60 years, moved to Savannah in 1978 to expand the family’s moving and storage business, and both have been actively involved in the community ever since,” said Tommy Arpin. “Mother was on the Savannah Film Commission and helped bring the ‘Forrest Gump’ movie to Savannah. She played a big part in the St. Mary’s Home fundraisers as well as her children’s school fundraisers. She believes in giving back to the church and other worthy causes. That’s one reason we decided to do this fundraiser to honor her and help find a cure for this disease that is slowly taking her from us.”
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and, every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with the disease. Two-thirds of them are women. It is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
The fundraiser also showcased the Arpin home, which is listed for sale. The brick home with four bedrooms and three full and three half bathrooms is located on Turner’s Creek at 8 Marsh Harbor Drive. It features sweeping views of the marsh and river, along with a library, two fireplaces, a stately dining room, gourmet kitchen, split floor plan and exquisite custom woodwork.
“This house was built for entertaining,” said Tommy Arpin. “My parents hosted annual Christmas parties there for many years, and my brothers and I often entertained our friends in the game room or out on the dock. We made many good memories in this house, and hopefully, someone else will enjoy this house as much as we did.”
Photos and additional details on the home are available at http://www.celiadunnsir.com/eng/sales/detail/519-l-965-bv28l5/8-marsh-harbor-drive-savannah-ga-31410