Category: Community Event

Blankets and Craft Kits Delivered to Patients at Two Local Cancer Centers through Peacock Subaru Loves to Care Program in Support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Blankets and Craft Kits Delivered to Patients at Two Local Cancer Centers through Peacock Subaru Loves to Care Program in Support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Public Wrote Messages of Hope for Packages

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) Peacock Subaru once again partnered with Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to support cancer patients through the donation of blankets and craft kits at two Lowcountry cancer centers, Hilton Head/Bluffton Center Radiation Oncology and South Carolina Cancer Specialists on Hilton Head Island, both part of St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion.

Blankets and Craft Kits Delivered to Patients at Two Local Cancer Centers through Peacock Subaru Loves to Care Program in Support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Blankets and Craft Kits Delivered to Patients at Two Local Cancer Centers through Peacock Subaru Loves to Care Program in Support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Blanket donations were given to adult cancer patients to keep warm during their chemotherapy treatments, and craft kits were delivered to children. Visitors to the Peacock Subaru dealership were given an opportunity to write a message of hope and encouragement to patients.

“This campaign adds a little warmth and comfort to the lives of those undergoing cancer treatment. Cancer treatment is financially stressful and can be lonely and isolating, too. That’s why we want these patients to know they are loved and cared for,” said Lauren Mathews with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter.

This is the fourth year the three partners — Peacock Subaru, Subaru of America and the LLS — have worked together on the Loves to Care initiative. LLS and Subaru have reached more than 100,000 patients in nearly 700 hospitals, with the help of 500 Subaru retailers nationwide. This year, a record 542 Subaru dealerships participated.

Peacock Subaru participates in the larger campaign in a variety of ways, including its support the Palmetto Animal League, the Jasper Animal Rescue Mission, the Hilton Head Humane Association, and Volunteers in Medicine, in addition to its work with LLS.

“We are proud to do our part to fulfill the Subaru Love Promise, with its commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to improve our communities by working with various charities and nonprofits,” said Warner Peacock, Chairman and CEO of Peacock Automotive.

 

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 21 brands in Ga., S.C. and Fla., employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

Peacock Subaru Donates Blankets and Craft Kits to Cancer Patients
Peacock Subaru Donates Blankets and Craft Kits to Cancer Patients

CONTACT

Jill Jauch Peacock Automotive

265 Drivers Way Hardeeville, SC 29927

Mobile: (912)-507-7171

jj@peacockautomotive.com

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10th Annual Night of Champions Honors Differently-Abled Individuals and Their Employers

10th Annual Night of Champions Honors Differently-Abled Individuals and Their Employers

(SAVANNAH, GA) Five “Champions” and their employers were recognized at the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s tenth annual Night of Champions held at the Savannah Convention Center.

The event 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.

The 2019 Champions include:

Erik Glasford
Effingham Health System
Glasford has worked in the operating room for almost three years now. He also mentors Project Search interns in the hospital.

Meghan Mayle
Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood Restaraunt
Mayle has mastered each task presented to her and steadily adds to her responsibilities.

Reginald Horton
The Savannah Bananas
Horton is entering his fourth season as part of the game day staff and helps with stadium maintenance.

Chris Maynor
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Maynor is responsible for everything from assembling walls to assisting freight partners, in addition to training and assessing.

Chris Holt
Tybee Island YMCA
From the day Holt was hired, the YMCA has created a stronger team and community due to Holt’s enthusiasm and drive.

Night of Champions 2019

Night of Champions is an inspiring event for professional recognition of those individuals who exceed expectations while overcoming perceived barriers to employment. It’s a lot of individuals’ favorite event of the year, and our sponsors allow us to host past Champions for free,” says Tom Kenkel, the 2019 Night of Champions chairman.

In addition to recognizing community Champions and their employers, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society presented the 2019 President’s Award to Amy Wright, Founder and CEO of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee. Wright is an advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

John and Mark Cronin, owners of John’s Crazy Socks, were the keynote speakers for the evening. Celebrity chef and author Jamie Deen served as the emcee alongside Allyson Harvin.

The 2019 Night of Champions was presented by Grainger Honda and Grainger Nissan of Savannah. The event was sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), Coastal Electric of Georgia, Inc., Matson, Marchese Construction, Goodwill Southeast Georgia, Harris Lowry Manton LLP, Rise Biscuits & Donuts, Soto ALG, The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra & Equinox Entertainment, Dr. and Mrs. Ben Spitalnick, South State Bank, Paula Kreissler, Kenkel Design, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Savannah Convention Center, Stayce K Photography and Podcast On The Go.

For more information, visit https://ldssga.org

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY 
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. 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 the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org

CONTACT
Kayla Johnson
Executive Director
kjohnson@ldssga.org
912-436-3626

Home Builders Association Presents $5,000 Donation to Xcel Strategies

Home Builders Association Presents $5,000 Donation to Xcel Strategies

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah presented a $5,000 donation to Savannah-based mentoring group Xcel in support of the 2019 Dust and Grain Woodworking Competition which will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Maven Makers, 415 W. Boundary St.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah Presents Donation to Xcel Strategies

“As homebuilders, we are delighted to take part in a project that draws attention to the value of careers in the trades,” said Patty Rietkovich, executive officer of the association. “We need to develop the skilled craftspeople who will build the homes, schools and businesses of the future.”

The May 18 event marks the culmination of a competition that began last month. Different teams got their assignment in April to build a stool using lumber from Emergent Structures, a local re-purposed lumber yard. Judges will select three winning teams, each of which will receive production opportunities from Maven Makers to produce a product for the local home, restaurant, hotel or furniture industry.

Additional competitions and displays of woodworking skills are scheduled prior to the announcement of the winning teams. The day’s activities, which are free and open to the public, are designed to appeal to families and will include Current Catering onsite for lunch, as well as raffles and giveaways.

Xcel is a Savannah mentoring nonprofit organization that concentrates on moving young men ages 15 to 25 into the workforce via the trades. It has partnered with such groups as Bethesda Academy and the Dream Campaign. Jay Thompson, founder and CEO of Xcel, has partnered with Maven Makers, a woodworking maker space, to inspire and train young men in woodworking professions.

Learn more about Xcel at xceltoday.com.

ABOUT THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SAVANNAH
The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah is an organization of local builders and builder associates, dedicated to promoting homeownership to as many people as possible in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty Counties, while supporting each other through continuing education and networking opportunities. The organization was founded in 1955 with 27 charter members. Today, the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah has more than 550 current members, serving on more than 15 committees and councils, with an additional 500 members of the sales & marketing council. It is the second largest association in the state of Georgia. Membership benefits include continuing education classes, workshops and seminars, trade networking opportunities, lower insurance premiums, a Membership Directory and regular membership meetings. The Association is headquartered at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, Ga 31406. Patty Rietkovich serves as the Executive Director. For more information, call (912) 354-6193 or visit http://homebuildersofsavannah.com. #HBAofGreaterSavannah

Beaufort Dermatology Reopens Under New Management

Beaufort Dermatology Reopens Under New Management

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Pinnacle Medical Group cut the ribbon on its newest location, Beaufort Dermatology, located at 1096 Ribaut Road.

A crowd gathers to cut the ribbon on Beaufort Dermatology in celebration of the new ownership under Pinnacle Medical Group. Left to right: Melody Jones, Pinnacle Medical Group; Beaufort Councilman Philip Cromer; Beaufort Councilwoman Alice Howard; Blakely Williams, President and CEO of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce; Trevor Klenke, Pinnacle Medical Group; Dr. Audrey Klenke, Pinnacle Medical Group; Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling; Jo Ann Cullen, Beaufort Dermatology; Anissa Stark, Beaufort Dermatology; Jose Casey, Field Representative for Congressman Joe Cunningham South Carolina First District; Savanna Dorsey, Beaufort Dermatology; Aylin Flores, Beaufort Dermatology; Jessica Fico, Beaufort Dermatology; Crystal Robinson, Beaufort Dermatology; Susan Fogelman, Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.

The practice’s parent company brings the latest in technology to the region, including the ability to diagnose skin cancer non-invasively.

The Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor Stand by Co-Owners Trevor and Dr. Audrey Klenke of Beaufort Dermatology, Pinnacle Medical Group

Dr. Audrey Klenke, the plastic surgeon who owns and leads the parent company of Beaufort Dermatology, Pinnacle Medical Group, was on hand for the festivities. Joining her were Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling, Beaufort councilman Philip E. Cromer, Beaufort Councilwoman Alice Howard, Jose Casey, Field Representative for Congressman Joe Cunningham South Carolina First District, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce representatives and Trevor Klenke, Dr. Klenke’s husband.

Pinnacle Medical Group is delighted to keep this medical specialty available in Beaufort, where our outdoor lifestyle makes skin health a matter of such critical importance,” Dr. Klenke told the audience. “Plus, we are able to offer elegant spa services at this site in addition to critical dermatology services.”

Klenke acquired the original practice from two retiring dermatologists and added it to Pinnacle Medical Group’s holdings, which include Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa in Bluffton, South Carolina.

A full-time dermatologist will join the practice after a national search is completed. Meanwhile, Jo Ann Cullen, an advanced practice nurse practitioner, will serve as the physician extender. Assisting her will be medical assistants Aylin Flores and Jessica Fico and patient concierge, Katie Bruns.

After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, the audience was invited to tour the practice where they could see new skin cancer technology such as the Vivascope 1500, which allows a diagnosis to be made without removing any tissue. Pinnacle is the only practice in the area to offer this option.

“Less invasive approaches to testing and treatment are on the medical forefront, and dermatology is no exception,” said Cullen. “With this device, we’ll be able to determine whether a suspicious skin feature is cancerous or just calls for careful monitoring. That means less pain, less expense and less likelihood of unnecessary scarring.”

After the tours, guests were offered discounts on Beaufort Dermatology’s retail products and spa services.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP 
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area as well as Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815-6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT
Melody Jones
Sales & Marketing Specialist
Pinnacle Medical Group
7 Mallett Way, Bluffton, SC 29910
p: 843.815.6699 ext. 1009
f: 843.815.6695
mjones@pinnaclemd.com
www.PinnacleMD.com

Second 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Lecture to Explore Food Insecurity in Savannah

Second 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series Lecture to Explore Food Insecurity in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Food insecurity issues in Savannah will be the focus of the second presentations of the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series on Tuesday, June 25, at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St.

The presenter will be Desirae Suggs, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica who is studying to become a registered dietitian. She is a certified personal trainer who has an interest in nutrition and fitness following weight problems she faced earlier in her life.

Desirae Suggs, Enmarket Encourage Health Series

Among her topics will be a research study conducted with local food pantries, soup kitchens and Second Harvest in Chatham County to assess how food is distributed and whether it meets the needs of the people those groups serve.

Doors will open for the June 25 event at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 11:45 a.m. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required because a healthy lunch will be provided and seating is limited. To RSVP, visit www.healthysavannah.org.

This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, David’s Dry Cleaners, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and WRHQ.

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 was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. 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 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

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

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy’s 2019 Scholarship Gala was held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on Friday, May 10, at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The Bethesdaclass of 2019 will graduate the following day.

The speaker for the scholarship gala was Robert L. Brown, principal/owner of R.L. Brown and Associates, an Atlanta architectural firm. Brown is a native of Dublin, Georgia, who worked on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airportin the late 1970s.

He later founded his own firm. Its portfolio includes such projects as the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academics Building at Morehouse Collegeand the Birmingham Civil Rights Institutein Birmingham, Alabama, along with numerous other scholastic and public structures.

“We are excited to be able to bring a speaker of such accomplishment as Robert Brown,” said Bethesdapresident Michael Hughes. “He can demonstrate to our students that privilege is not a requirement when you have hard work, focus and leadership skills on your side. That’s not just how you build a career, but, as Brown has demonstrated, how you build a legacy.”

Bethesda’s class of 2019 has 15 members. Eleven plan to attend college and were accepted by 14 different colleges and universities. One future graduate plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Forceand another will attend an EMT course to enter the medical field. Two others hope to enroll in Georgia Ports Authority’s Y.E.S. program, a mentor-based program that transitions graduates into careers at the port.

Bethesda Academy Class of 2019

Bethesda Academy Class of 2019

Thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program with Point University, many of the college-bound graduates will start their college careers as near sophomores.

“In our junior and senior classes, one in three students is dual enrolled, meaning they are completing high school and at the same time taking college courses for college credit,” said Hughes. “This is not only a testament to the quality of our academic program, but in this day of staggering student-loan debt, it represents fiscal responsibility, leading to solid savings for students and their families.”

Twelve juniors and seniors are involved in joint enrollment classes.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis 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 college preparatory curriculum. 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
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 to Park Place Outreach and Host Service Day

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 to Park Place Outreach and Host Serive Day

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket and Healthy Savannah presented $1,000 to Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Services as part of the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series. The check presentation was followed by a service day at the Park Place Outreach house with volunteers from Enmarket.

Enmarket Encourage Health Series Park Place Outreach Volunteer Day and Check Presentation

Park Place Outreach is one of four area non-profit organizations that will receive a $1,000 grant as part of the 2019 series. Park Place Outreach- Youth Emergency Services supports runaway, homeless, and at-risk young people, ages 11-21, through residential and after-school programs.

Enmarket representatives volunteered at the House in the sun garden by planting fresh herbs and cleaning up the yard and sidewalks.

Enmarket Volunteers at Park Place Outreach for Encourage Health Program

This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series sponsored by Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and WRHQ.

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 was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. 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 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT 
Matt Clements
Vice President, Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com