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Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center Select Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Joe Marchese and WSAV’s Ariella Scalese as Emcees for the 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala on Feb. 9

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center Select Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Joe Marchese and WSAV’s Ariella Scalese as Emcees for the 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala on Feb. 9

(SAVANNAH, GA) Joe Marchese, immediate past president of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) in Savannah, and Ariella Scalese, forecaster for the WSAV Storm Team 3, have been chosen as the emcees for the Hearts for Healing Gala to benefit Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center. The second annual event will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.

Faith Equestrian is a non-profit organization founded to improve the quality of life for children with special needs through therapeutic interaction with horses at the center.

Joe Marchese

Joe Marchese

Marchese, who has years of experience in the differently abled community, will help guide the night’s activities, which include dinner, dancing, a silent auction and live music from the John Brackett Quartet.

“I am humbled and honored to be presented with this opportunity,” said Marchese. “As a founding board member of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, and as a parent of a child with Down Syndrome I have been exposed to the emotional and cognitive challenges faced by children with different abilities and I love what a difference that Faith Equestrian makes in their lives.”

Ariella Scalese

Ariella Scalese

Scalese graduated from Lehigh University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science and minored in Mass Communication before coming to Savannah to continue her career in broadcasting. Scalese volunteers for a number of organizations including Faith Equestrian.

“Since moving here in 2016, I made it a goal to find local organizations that I’m passionate about and donating my time to them,” said Scalese. “Faith Equestrian has given me so much more than I could ever give to it, and I’m honored to be named an emcee for their annual gala.”

Faith Equestrian serves children with all types of challenges, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. Interaction with the horses allows the students to build strength, develop coordination skills and gain confidence in an outdoor and supportive setting.

Gala Logo

2018 Hearts for Healing Gala

The gala is the center’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps cover the costs for children to participate in the Faith Equestrian program.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction; the reception will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $150 and may be purchased at

The 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala is sponsored by Savannah Special Events by Ranco, First City Events, Low Country Paper Co., Whitemarsh Beverage, J Thomas Catering, Savannah’s Hall of Cakes, South Magazine and Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages people to bring their children to all of their meetings. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, 243 Appaloosa Way in Guyton, GA. 31312, exists 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. The center offers therapeutic riding courses and an equestrian program in partnership with local schools. For more information, visit

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR


Peacock Automotive Names New Chief Operating Officer Jim Thayer

Peacock Automotive Names New Chief Operating Officer Jim Thayer

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive is pleased to announce the addition of retail automotive veteran Jim Thayer as its new chief operating officer.

As the company’s new COO, Thayer oversees the daily operations of Peacock Automotive dealerships in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

“I genuinely admire Peacock Automotive’s philosophy of doing the right thing and putting customers and staff first,” said Thayer. “When the opportunity presented itself, it was just a natural decision for me.”

Thayer has more than 30 years of experience in the retail automotive business. He was most recently the retail operations manager for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, one of the largest automotive dealer groups in the country, where he oversaw 34 dealerships in Texas and Missouri.

“There was no question that Jim was the perfect candidate for the position,” said Warner Peacock, Peacock Automotive’s President and CEO. “It’s more than skills. It’s our values and goals that are aligned, and that’s what will make this growing business successful.”

Thayer, a native of Michigan, will relocate to Bluffton from Dallas with his wife, Julie.

For more information about Peacock Automotive, please visit

Jim Thayer, COO, Peacock Automotive

Peacock Automotive owns and operates 21 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 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 in South Carolina. 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 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

Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager

Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, GA) Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick, Houston Astros’ Right-Fielder, presented “Pitching Success” to Bethesda Academy Students on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Reddick was born in Savannah and attended South Effingham High School in Guyton. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. Reddick won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012 while playing for the Oakland Athletics.

He spoke to students during Bethesda’s Chapel time. Reddick spoke about hard work and dedication being his key to success, in spite of people telling him he could not make it as a pro-baseball athlete. For more information on Bethesda Academy, visit or call 912.644.4376.

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Signs Autographs at Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick with Bethesda Staff

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Speaks to Bethesda Students

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Speaks to Bethesda Students

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Presents “Pitching Success”

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 or call 912.644.4376.

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Trevor Hess of Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire to Address the Leaders of More than 45 Savannah/Chatham Community-Based Organizations

Trevor Hess of Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire to Address the Leaders of More than 45 Savannah/Chatham Community-Based Organizations
A Caring Alternative to Traditional Junk Removal: How a Business Model Can Support a Nonprofit

(SAVANNAH, GA) Trevor Hess, who owns Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, will be the keynote speaker at the Working Families Network meeting Thursday, Feb. 1, in Savannah. Hess will discuss the benefits of developing a business model to support nonprofit organizations.

Trevor Hess Headshot

Trevor Hess

“Our goal is to donate first, recycle next and avoid landfills as much as possible,” Hess said. “We further believe we can help enhance lives in the community through donations.”

Hess and his wife recently opened Junkluggers, which he describes as Savannah’s eco-friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal, but already has established partnerships with several local causes and nonprofits, including Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter and Second Harvest food bank. Plus, the company is committed to presenting monthly donations to local charities.

“We are striving to make more people aware of the services we’re able to provide to nonprofits,” Hess said. “By partnering with Step Up Savannah and the Working Families Network, we now have the outlet to pair items that people don’t want with people who need them.”

Kate Blair, development and communications director for Step Up Savannah, said Hess reached out to her asking if she might know of a need for office furniture.

“I sent an email to 60 local social service agencies, and we were immediately able to match those goods with a need,” Blair said. “This meeting will provide an avenue for Trevor to talk to the leaders of nonprofits about the services Junkluggers can provide to those organizations. His altruism comes from a genuine place.”

Hess only asks that organizations receiving donated goods provide a donation receipt to the customer within 14 days. So far, he said, he has been able to match needs with donated items from books to furniture and baby clothes to business attire.

The Working Families Network is a program of Step Up Savannah and it too aims to support organizations that provide services to low-income individuals. The collaborative of more than 45 organizations meets on the first Thursday of every other month.

Funded by foundations and governmental partners, Step Up Savannah has worked collaboratively on improving the economic mobility of Chatham Country residents since it was founded in 2008. For more information, contact Step Up Savannah at 912-232-6747 or visit

The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same-day and next-day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained, and the company is insured with 100 percent property damage protection. The company is committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit

Trevor Hess
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Enmarket Opens New Location in Swainsboro, Ga.

Enmarket Opens New Location in Swainsboro, Ga.

(SWAINSBORO, GA) Savannah-based Enmarket is pleased to announce the opening of a new full-sized convenience store at 609 S. Main Street in Swainsboro. The 4,300-square-foot market features a variety of healthy and flavorful food options and provides 20 fueling positions that offer gasoline, diesel, off-road diesel and ethanol-free fuel. This is a modified version of a new prototype for Enmarket, which will debut in 2018.

The store is a rebuild of an Enmark kiosk. Expansion to a full-size convenience store was made possible through the acquisition of an adjacent property. A wide selection of healthy “better-for-you” snacks, fresh fruit options, and a 28-degree beer cave with a wide selection of local craft beers are notable improvements to the former kiosk site.

Customers and commuters will also enjoy the convenience of Enmarket’s proprietary food concept, the Eatery, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Eatery customers can order from self-serve kiosks that help ensure order accuracy and speed of service by allowing the kitchen staff to focus on food quality and preparation. A large seating area allows customers to dine in. Menu favorites include hand-breaded fried chicken, fried fish and freshly made biscuits, along with grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, fruit cups and parfaits, which are all made fresh in the store’s kitchen.

Inside and out, the property features the fresh, clean design elements associated with the Enmarket brand, which was re-imagined from the iconic Enmark brand in 2015 to reflect the company’s broader fresh food and health commitments as well as its expertise in driving the innovations needed to shape the future of the convenience store industry.

“We’re excited to continue making customer satisfaction our number one priority by providing new fuel options along with high quality, freshly made food options to residents and daily commuters in the Swainsboro area,” said Enmarket President, Brett Giesick. “With this redevelopment and expansion of the Swainsboro store, along with our recent acquisition of Glennville-based Clyde’s Markets, our presence has expanded significantly in Georgia.”

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Enmarket Store in Swainsboro

Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which operates as Enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 90 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life. Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, high-quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions and a location finder are available on the free Enmarket mobile app. For more information, please call 912-236-1331, visit, or visit one of Enmarket’s social media pages. Enmarket is a subsidiary of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc.

Matt Clements
Director of Marketing

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®

Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Supports National Reading Day at Hancock Day School

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 or 912-856-9075 to participate in the upcoming National Reading Day at Hancock Day School. For more information on National Reading Day, visit

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 or

For more information, contact: 
Angela C. Canfield DDS
912-713-1398 Cell
912-826-4037 office

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Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.