Category: Community Event

Santa’s Workshop for Lowcountry Kids Opens for the Second Year at Peacock Auto Mall

Santa’s Workshop for Lowcountry Kids Opens for the Second Year at Peacock Auto Mall

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Automotiveannounces the second annual “Santa’s Workshop” Christmas Event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Peacock Automotive“Centered around our family-first values, this Santa’s Workshop has become an annual event for the Peacock Automotivefamily,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We look forward to bringing Christmas cheer to families in the Lowcountry, and we always receive more joy than we give.”

Families are invited to join in on gingerbread cookie decorating and Christmas caroling with local musician David Ross, as well as a hot chocolate bar and hot dogs. Santa Claus will be available for photos. The event is free and open to the public.

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There will also be a toy collection drive for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, which operates six clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties with more than 2,200 members ages six to 18 years. Wish-list items 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.

All toys must be new and unopened and can be dropped off at any dealership at Peacock Auto Mallfrom now leading up to the event.

Santa’s Workshop will be held at the Peacock Used Cars & Trucksdealership located at 84 Auto Mall Boulevard near Bluffton. Admission is free.

For more information, please visit www.peacockautomall.comor Peacock Auto Mall’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PeacockAutoMall/.

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
For more than 32 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountryhave enabled young people as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, seven clubs serve 9,814 young people annually. Clubs are located in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Northern Beaufort County and Jasper County. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. In a national Harris survey of Boys & Girls Club alumni, 54 percent said the club saved their lives. Learn more at http://www.bgclowcountry.organd https://www.facebook.com/boysandgirlsclubofthelowcountry.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 20 automotive dealerships representing 14 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mallon U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mallinclude Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

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

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100 Women Who Care Donate $3,500-plus to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) recently received more than $3,500 from 100 Women Who Care of Savannah.

“This generous gift will directly support the 2019 Camp Buddy program,” said LDSSExecutive Director Kayla Johnson. “Each summer, Camp Buddy offers programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year with the goal of promoting information retention from the previous year.”

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(RIGHT) Lois Modell, Executive Director of Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, on behalf of the 100 Women Who Care, presented the donation to (LEFT) LDSS Executive Director, Kayla Johnson. The 100 Women Who Care chose LDSS as the recipients of their quarterly gift, which will be used to help fund Camp Buddy 2019.

LDSSis a nonprofit that works to help people with Down syndrome and their families through a variety of efforts.

100 Women Who Care of Savannahincludes women from Savannah and the surrounding areas who are dedicated to making an immediate impact in the community. The group meets four times a year to select one local non-profit organization to receive funding for that quarter.

For more information about LDSS, visit LDSSGA.org. For more information for 100 Women Who Care of Savannah, visit https://facebook.com/100WomenWhoCareInSavannahGa/

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. LDSSencourages people to bring their children. LDSSis an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit LDSSGA.org. Find LDSSon Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.

CONTACT
Kayla Johnson
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912.436.3626
kjohnson@ldssga.org

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Marjorie Young
CarriageTrade PR
912-844-9990
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www.carriagetradepr.com

Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party Raises $22,000 for Local Boys & Girls Club

Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party Raises $22,000 for Local Boys & Girls Club
Hosted by Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) The Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County raised $22,000 at its largest annual fundraising event, the Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party, which was held atPeacockChrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat at 265 Drivers Way in Hardeeville.

Local businesses, corporations and individuals donated prizes, and all raffle ticket purchases supported the club’s programs and services.

“We are so grateful of the Jasper and Beaufort County communities for supporting programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County,” said Chris Protz, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry.

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Left to right Jeff Schreider, Quentin Frazer, Senator Tom Davis, Nykahla Garven, Jill Jauch

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LEFT TO RIGHT Lamar White, Summer Davis, Jill Jauch, Nykahla Garvin and the Hardeeville, SC Mayor Harry William and Bob Valentino

PeacockChrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat and Derry Plantation were the presenting sponsors for the event, which was free to attend. Raffle items included hunting trips, fishing charters, guns, kayaks, dinners, date nights for men and women and other items.

“We have been supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountryfor many years, and this is one more way for us to contribute,” said Peacock Automotivepresident & CEO Warner Peacock.

The Boys & Girls Club of Jasper Countyhas five core program areas — arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills and sports, fitness and recreation. The programs are designed to empower youth to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy, productive lives.

“Our sponsors and raffle item donors are the intricate piece to this successful puzzle,” said DeLauren White, director of program development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry. “I love seeing our community come together to support the futures of our Lowcountry youth.”

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
For more than 32 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountryhave enabled young people as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, seven clubs serve 9,814 young people annually. Clubs are located in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Northern Beaufort County and Jasper County. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. In a national Harris survey of Boys & Girls Clubalumni, 54 percent said the club saved their lives. Learn more at http://www.bgclowcountry.organd https://www.facebook.com/boysandgirlsclubofthelowcountry.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 20 automotive dealerships representing 14 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mallon U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffto n, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

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

Encourage Health Grant Awarded to Chatham County 4-H

Encourage Health Grant Awarded to Chatham County 4-H

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket and Healthy Savannah presented a $1,000 grant to the Chatham County 4-H Youth Development program as part of the 2018 Encourage Health Education series.

The organization helps kids and teenagers in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. 4-H’ers learn through hands-on agricultural and environmental experiences that emphasize awareness, leadership, communication skills, food, nutrition, health, energy, conservation and citizenship.

Check Presentation to Chatham County 4-H Club at Encourage Health

Melody McCarthy of Enmarket (far left) and Paula Kreissler of Healthy Savannah (far right) present the $1,000 grant to Martha Morris (second from the left), Tonia Rudrow (third from the left), Rachael Andrews (third from the right) and Celeste Sims (second from the right) of the Chatham County 4-H Club.

“These funds will help our student members grow and work together to experience and accomplish the extraordinary,” said Sergia Gabelmann, Chatham County 4-H agent. “They can choose from more than 63 projects covering everything from air science to wildlife, and this grant will go a long way in ensuring they will do great things in the year ahead. We are deeply appreciative.”

The presentation was made during the final lunchtime lecture in the 2018 Savannah series.

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

Plans are underway for the series to continue in 2019 with four presentations to be scheduled from April through October.

For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/encourage-health-series/

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 and is expanding its diesel business, filling in the geography from Savannah to Charleston with a strong presence in full-service, 24-hour auto and truck stops. 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. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 122 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

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

Ron Stephens Recognized at The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Open House at New Center Location

Ron Stephens Recognized at The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Open House at New Center Location

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) announced the selection of Georgia House District 164 Incumbent Republican, Ron Stephens, as the recipient of the 2019 Marie McGaughey Childhood Philanthropy Award at an open house which held at MRCA’s new location on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The award will be officially presented at MRCA’s 2019 Autism Conference on March 1, 2019, at the Savannah Convention Center.

Patti Victor, President and CEO of the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

“Ron was a natural pick for this award,” said Kim Reardon, founder and Director Emerita of MRCA. “He is always ready to lead the fight for positive change in this community.” President and CEO Patti Victor continues, “Ron has been a consistent and effective advocate for quality healthcare and access to vital support services for children with autism and other developmental challenges.”

After spending five years at MRCA’s previous location, the organization outgrew the facility and had the opportunity to move to an 8,800 sq. foot school building, formerly St. Francis Cabrini Catholic School, which can accommodate up to 40 students and features natural light classrooms and outdoor playgrounds.

The brand new Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

The increase in square footage allowed for new students; MRCA has 27 children currently enrolled, a nearly 125% increase since 2015.

The new building is located at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 59 children in the USA will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This represents an increase of 15 percent over the CDC’s 2014 estimate of 1 in 68.

ABOUT THE MATTHEW REARDON CENTER FOR AUTISM (MRCA):
MRCA operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 870 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,500 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. The organization was incorporated in 2000 and currently serves 27 students through ADVANCE Academy. They have 14 full-time employees and operate in an 8,800 sq foot school building, formerly St. Francis Cabrini Catholic School, located at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419. Website: http://www.matthewreardon.org/

Savannah Parents and Students Invited to Bethesda Academy Open House to Meet New Learning Specialist on Nov. 15

Savannah Parents and Students Invited to Bethesda Academy Open House to Meet New Learning Specialist on Nov. 15

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academywill host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for prospective students and their parents or guardians to get a glimpse of the quality of education, and the focus on leadership and tradition of excellence the historic school offers in addition to day-school and boarding enrollment options.

New to Bethesdathis year is Susan Boatright, a credentialed educator and learning specialist who has implemented a student success program which includes an individualized learning plan for each student, particularly those with recognized learning issues. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Boatright at the open house.

Susan Boatright New Learning Specialist at Bethesda Academy

Susan Boatright, New Learning Specialist at Bethesda Academy

“The open house is intended for interested students and parents to get a glimpse of the leadership and quality of education that Bethesda Academyoffers,” said Bethesda Academypresident Dr. Michael Hughes.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Carter Space Building at Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave., Savannah, Ga.

“One of our biggest differentiators is Bethesda’s work study-internship program,” Hughes continued. “Every student leaves Bethesdawith entrepreneurial and real-world leadership skills. Sophomores, juniors and seniors all have an opportunity to participate in the work study-internship program. We will be explaining this program in more detail to the attendees of our open house.”

Bethesda Academyat a Glance:
• The school, which dates to 1740, prides itself on transforming every boy into a young man of the utmost character.
• Young men in grades 6-12 benefit from small class sizes, supportive teachers and yearly campus internships.
• The Bethesdaexperience goes beyond the classroom walls. Its core values, which include a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic, are instilled in every student.
Bethesdaboasts a dynamic and disciplined athletic program as well as an outstanding preparatory curriculum focused on career and higher education pursuits.

Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about the open house or to submit an application, contact Brandi Simpson, director of admissions, at 912.351.2068or brandi.hebron@bethesdaacademy.org.

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ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. 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 a hands-on comprehensive curriculum that includes technology applications and STEM opportunities. Through its Lead The Way initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Elizabeth Poole
Director of Communications
Cecilia Russo Marketing
elizabeth@crussomarketing.com
912.695.4791

Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts First Health Fest

Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts First Health Fest

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Healthy Savannah Faith and Health Coalition, formed in 2014 to help faith-based organizations implement policies and programs to promote a holistic health culture, hosted its first citywide health festival.

Health Fest

Lillian Grant-Baptiste, Health Fest Committee Chair, and Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah at the first annual Health Fest.

The event, called Health Fest, was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thankful Missionary Baptist Church.

Health Fest included health screenings, informational lectures, wellness and fitness demonstrations, children’s activities, entertainment and food samplings among other things.

“Our first Health Fest was a success,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “We hope that this event will only grow and continue annually to promote the importance of health and faith in Savannah.”

The faith and health coalition is a part of Healthy Savannah, a non-profit 501©3 public/private coalition of more than 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations and healthcare and government agencies that was formed in 2007.

Visit www.healthysavannah.org for more information.

ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©3 public charity is a public/private coalition of over 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, It began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice; building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources; collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices and implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org