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.
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.
How to Recognize Melanoma Warning Signs
by Dr. Corinne Howington
With beach season upon us, our coastal locals start taking time to soak up the sun, but these long, light-filled days often mean overexposure to the day’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays.
With more than three million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, beachgoers need to be more mindful than ever as more than 95 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing skin cancer by almost 50 percent.
Designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Monthis set for the month of May to try to raise awareness about skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.
Here at home, we must be committed to raising awareness and encouraging action to prevent melanoma.
The American Cancer Societyreports that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. About 9,320 people are expected to die from this disease in 2018. The good news is that skin cancer is not only preventable but is the most curable form of cancer.
Our goal for the month of May is to bring attention to skin disease and to get people to talk about an uncomfortable topic.
Education is the key to fighting this form of cancer. If the disease is caught early and treated, the cure rate is extremely high.
Be aware of any spots on your skin that are different from the others or anything that’s changing, itching or bleeding. When checking your skin, you should look for the ABCDE’s of melanoma:
One half of your dark spot is unlike the other half.
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border is around your dark spot.
The hue is varied from one area to another; your dark spot has shades of tan, brown or black or is sometimes white, red or blue.
Melanoma spots are usually greater than the size of a pencil eraser when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
A mole or dark spot that looks unusual or is changing in size, shape or color.
As a note, not all melanomas will look like moles but may appear to be a bruise or spot that doesn’t heal.
Early detection remains the best way to fight melanoma. Patients whose melanoma is treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes or other organs have a five-year survival rate of 99 percent. This drops to 63 percent when the disease spreads to the lymph nodes and other nearby organs and 20 percent when it spreads to distant organs according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
It is recommended that everyone perform regular skin self-exams. Prevention is the best form of medicine. So this May, add a healthy dose of sunscreen to your skin.
Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. For more information, call (912) 354-1018or visit www.lcderm.com.
Applications Sought for Free Mouth-Guard Program for Local Sports Teams
(SAVANNAH, GA) Any high school or group that offers team sports in the Savannah area is invited to apply for free custom-fit mouth guards for their upcoming season courtesy of Angela Canfield, a local dentist who operates Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon.
Canfield is accepting applications until Monday, July 2 for the 2018 Canfield Mouth Shield Program that will provide mouth guards in team colors, valued at up to $10,000, for the team chosen for the program.
“Giving back to the community and protecting young mouths is a priority for me and my team,” Canfield said. “I choose to donate the gear because these children deserve to have healthy smiles and research shows that wearing custom-fit mouth guards while playing sports reduces the risk of severe injuries to the teeth and jaw.”
Canfield developed and implemented the mouth-guard program in 2014 as a way to help kids in the greater Savannah area maintain a healthy smile. The first recipient was the Benedictine Military School football team. Since then, she has provided mouth guards to organizations that include Groves High School, Hancock Day School and Bethesda Academy.
The program is open to teams in numerous sports, including baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball and wrestling.
“Nearly 50 percent of kids will experience some type of damage to a tooth, often in conjunction with a sports injury,” Canfield said. “While these injuries are not usually life-threatening, serious complications could occur and restorations can be costly. Injuries can also have long-lasting effects on a child’s appearance and self-confidence.”
She said injuries may result from anything from direct contact to a misplaced step while running. The custom-made mouth guards provide stability to the players’ jaws and cushion blows that can cause severe dental injuries such as broken teeth, fractured jaws, gum lacerations and injuries to the lips or tongue.
Canfield will donate the mouth guards, valued at $85 each, to every player on the selected team. Each appliance includes a one-year warranty that covers any dental expenses incurred by players while wearing the mouth guards. The warranty pays $1,093.75 per injured or replaced tooth up to a maximum of $35,000 per incident. Since the program started, Canfield has donated over $40,000 worth of protective gear to local student-athletes.
Applications must be received by Monday, July 2. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/community/
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/
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.
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.
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
Dedication of Little Free Library at Park Place Outreach Set for Sunday, June 3
WHAT: Dedication of Little Free Library at Park Place Outreach. The new Little Free Library, painted by local artist Kimberly Dawn Crowder, will be 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.
The dedication ceremony at Park Place Outreach will include a special tribute to the late Francis Allen, the co-owner of Savannah’s Roots Up Gallery who started the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail in 2014 along with his wife, Leslie Lovell. The installation of the new Little Free Library and the continuation of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail is 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 Outreach where the Little Free Library will be installed.
WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018
at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Park Place Outreach
514 E. Henry Street
NOTE: Members of the media are welcome to attend. Interviews will be available on-site with representatives from the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, Park Place Outreach and the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah.
ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH:
Park Place Outreach is 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 Outreach is 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 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 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit parkplaceyes.org or 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.org or call 912.233.6014.
ABOUT FLANNERY O’CONNOR:
Flannery O’Connor was 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.
9th Annual Night of Champions Honors Differently-abled Working Adults and Their Employers
(SAVANNAH, GA) Six “Champions” and their employers were recognized at the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s ninth annual Night of Champions held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. This year’s theme was designated as “Legacy” to call on the community to design a legacy for the inclusion of differently-abled people.
Night of Champions recognized local businesses that hire and retain differently-abled people, including those with Down syndrome, and the contributions made by these employees who are designated as Champions.
Selected from among 15 nominees, six “Champions” and their employers were honored:
Tukes, a greeter and custodian at Pooler Karate, is always on time and ready to give students a fist bump. Before students arrive, Tukes waters the plants, cleans the windows and helps with anything needed to prepare for the day before he takes his place to open the door for customers with his ever-present smile. Fellow employees have commented that it makes them feel cared about when Tukes asks them about their well-being. His positive presence also has provided insight into caring for children with different abilities who take lessons at the studio.
Hudson is a kitchen assistant at Back in The Day Bakery, and his supervisor has nick-named him Herbie the Lovebug for the compassion he shows for his fellow employees as he works to keep the kitchen running smoothly.
Brown, a courtesy clerk at Kroger, is known for her integrity, respect and incredible diligence. She lives in her own apartment, maintains a healthy lifestyle and rides her tricycle to work. Brown stays busy swimming, bowling, weight-lifting and staying involved on Tybee Island through activities with The Coastal Mermaid & Pirate Club.
Smith is a utility and kitchen assistant at SCAD’s Byte Café, a branch of Bon Appetit Catering. He works to keep the café clean and well stocked, is known as one of its hardest workers and has impressed his supervisors with his willingness to take on new challenges. He helps train new employees and has come out of his shell, befriending not only co-workers but also SCAD students and staff.
Weathers is a file clerk who has done so well that Grainger Honda and Nissan have hired six more individuals with different abilities. Weathers is known as a day-brightener whose fellow employees enjoy the days she sings while she works.
Campbell works in guest services at Zaxby’s in Beaufort, S.C., where she delivers orders, cleans the restaurant and greets customers, making every customer feel valued as she asks about their days. Campbell says her day is always perfect.
A special recognition called “Message in Motion,” awarded to employers who have attended Night of Champions in the past and were motivated by the event to hire differently-abled employees, was given to Carson Fortner of Pooler Karate for the opportunity he has given Jabari Tukes.
“Night of Champions is an inspiring event for professional recognition of those individuals who exceed expectations while overcoming perceived barriers to employment. Attendees love returning every year, and our sponsors allow us to host Past Champions for free,” says Tom Kenkel, the 2018 Night of Champions co-chairman. “Roughly 800 guests attended this year thanks in part to a larger venue that accommodates the event’s growing popularity and attendance.”
Sara Hart Weir, the president and CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), and Kandi Pickard, first vice president of NDSS, attended the event. Celebrity chef and author Jamie Deen served as the emcee alongside Allyson Harvin.
MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
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 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/
President, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
Area Businesses Present $33,000 to Leadership Southeast Georgia’s 2018 Program
(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia announces the 2018 major sponsors have donated $33,000 to the 2018 class. These donors include Evans General Contractors, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., The Sack Company (SACK), Georgia Southern University and Georgia Power.
The annual five-month leadership program is designed to equip and empower community leaders to promote positive growth while improving the quality of life in the southeast Georgia coastal region.
Jesse Bentley, Savannah division manager for Evans General Contractors, was a member of the leadership class of 2016 and encouraged his company to support the program ever since. Evans General Contractors has donated $7,000 to this year’s class.
“I know firsthand the impacts of this program,” Bentley said, “I stood alongside some of the most influential leaders in our region, and together, we learned to harness our leadership skills and make a difference in our communities. I’m honored that my company continually supports Leadership Southeast Georgia and it’s success.”
Leadership Southeast Georgia began in January 1999 when leaders representing the business, local government and education communities in 10 southeast Georgia counties collaborated to create a program that crosses county lines to promote community and economic development.
This year’s class includes 29 participants who live and work in 10 southeast Georgia counties. The class will travel to six different counties to complete five sessions regarding a variety of leadership topics that include health and public safety, natural resources, military installations, education, agriculture, and transportation & infrastructure.
For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501©3 regional leadership program designed to advance the economic and community development in the 10-county southeast Georgia region and effectively build a network of regional leadership across county lines. With a focus on leadership and economic development, the program explores topics such as health and public safety, natural resources, military installations, education, agriculture, and transportation & infrastructure across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Screven counties. Since 1999, Leadership Southeast Georgia has graduated 15 classes representing approximately 325 graduates from throughout the region. For more info visit: http://www.lsega.com/