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Enmarket Raises Almost $130,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk

Enmarket Raises Almost $130,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk

(SAVANNAH, GA) Due to the outpouring of community support, Enmarketis pleased to announce that the company has raised $128,240.88 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night Walk. Since the company started this annual fundraiser in 2013, Enmarkethas raised a total of $481,744.75 for LLS.

Every year, for one month, the company’s 122 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina sell Light the Nightpaper balloon icons for $1 each in support of LLS’s mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families.

Enmarket Donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Enmarket Donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The store that raised the most overall this year was the Port Royal location, which held an in-store fundraiser raising $1,281 in a single day. The location raised $4,609 in total.

“Every year, our customers show us an extraordinary amount of support in our efforts for LLS,” said Brett Giesick, Enmarket’s president. “Several stores doubled or even tripled their original goals, including Reidsville, Brooklet, Port Royal and Wilmington. We are so thankful for our staff and our customers for making this donation possible.”

Representatives from the Enmarketteam presented the $128,240.88 check to LLSrepresentatives on Wednesday, September 12. “We are so grateful for the support from Enmarketand their customers,” said Lauren Mathews, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter’s Campaign Manager for Light The Night. “This donation helps to provide patient support services, goes towards advocating for lifesaving treatments, as well as, cancer research. With this one check, we’ve now reached over half of our fundraising goal.”

Savannah’s Light The Night Walkwill take place on Friday, November 16 in Daffin Park. During the event, walkers carry an illuminated balloon along the walk route. Cancer patients and survivors will carry white balloons as “lights of hope,” supporters carry red balloons and those walking in remembrance of someone carry gold balloons. For more information, visit call 912-436-3280.

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. Enmarketcurrently 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.

Matt Clements
Director of Marketing


The Third Location of Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding to Hold Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening in Pooler

The Third Location of Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding to Hold Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening in Pooler

(SAVANNAH, GA) Livingood’s Appliances and Beddingwill host a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 25, at its new store, located at 1225 East U.S. Hwy 80 in Pooler, Ga.

The event will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 2 p.m. The celebration will continue throughout the rest of the day, and guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments. Every visitor will be given a complimentary gift from the Livingood’s team and can enter to win a $3,000 Livingood’s gift certificate.


Several local dignitaries and vendor representatives are scheduled to attend.

The new 12,000-square-foot showroom was built by the Dewitt Tilton Groupof Savannah and is the third Savannah-area store for the family-owned appliance and mattress company. Founded in 1976, Livingood’s operates showrooms in Savannah and Okatie, S.C., offering major brands that include Sub Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Bosch, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, JennAir, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Maytagand General Electric.

“We are excited to be able to offer a more convenient location for our expanding customer base in Pooler and west Savannah,” said Phyllis Livingood, president and co-owner of Livingood’s. “This new store gives consumers access to the recognizable brand names they want, with the added advantage of a local shopping experience.”

Pooler was ranked as one of the top ten fastest growing cities in Georgia in 2018. HomeSnacks, a company that gathers and combines data from the U.S. Census and other sources, reported Pooler’s population of 21,131 in 2018 has tripled since the 2000 U.S. Census.

Showroom hours for the new Pooler location will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Livingood’s Appliances & Beddingis a family-owned appliance and mattress store located in Savannah, Ga., and Okatie, S.C. Since 1976, Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding has served customers in Savannah and Okatie with home appliances and mattresses, offering excellent customer service. Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding is an authorized dealer of major brands such as Sub Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Bosch, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, JennAir, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Maytag, General Electricand Miele. For more information, please visit

Phyllis Livingood

Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing

13th Annual Buddy Walk Hosted by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Returns with a Healthy Twist

13th Annual Buddy Walk Hosted by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Returns with a Healthy Twist on October 6

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) held their 13th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Forsyth Park.

Individuals of all ages and abilities — and their pets — were invited, especially those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers.

LDSSofficials said they drew more than 5,000 people to this year’s walk to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.








“We hold the Buddy Walk every year in October as part of National Down Syndrome Awareness month,” said Tom Kenkel, president of LDSS. “Our primary goal, however, is to make positive changes in local and national policies regarding Down syndrome. This event does a phenomenal job of helping us do just that.”

A new element this year was a focus on healthy lifestyles, Kenkel said.

According to research studies in the US Library of Medicine, children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk for obesity. This could be due in part to physiological expressions of Down syndrome but also to common environmental factors.

With that in mind, LDSS, with participation from Healthy Savannah, Coca Cola, NLAWS Produce and EmployAbility, provided more nutritious lunch options and additional health education during the event.

“We are taking small steps to eventually host the first Buddy Walk in the country that brings attention to healthy lifestyles as part of the event,” Kenkel said.

A festival followed the walk featured face painting, pumpkin painting, the BOO Boutique, bouncy houses, games, music, refreshments and the Border Pawtrol disc dog team.

Sponsors of the 2018 Buddy Walk include NLaws Produce, Joe Marchese Construction, Marlow Elementary School, Coca-Cola and Holton Plumbing.

For more information on the Buddy Walk, contact Candy Bogardus at 912-436-3626, buddywalk@ldssga.orgor visit

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 with one another. LDSSencourages people to bring their children. LDSSis an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit

Kayla Johnson
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
10701 Abercorn St., #60786
Savannah, GA 31420

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR

Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction

Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannahannounces the 6th annual charity luncheon and purse auction called, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place on Friday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Golf Club, located at 1661 E President St.

Horizons Savannah Grab a Bag for Kids

New for 2018, the event will host pop-up shops from Kendra Scott and Charleston Shoe Company with a portion of the sales benefiting Horizons. Featured bags includes gently-used vintage and new designer handbags, bags from new local designer Garland Bags, clutches, evening bags, totes, beach bags and leather backpacks.

A silent auction will kick off the event at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. The tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10.

“This is the must-attend event of the Fall season,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons SavannahExecutive Director. “It’s a fun lunch that brings together our community to support Horizons Savannah, shop for some beautiful handbags, and new this year even purchase some great shoes and jewelry to match!”

Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The different levels include Prada at $250, Dior at $500 and Chanel at $1,000. Donations are also still being accepted for the bag auction. For more information on sponsorship or donations, contact Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854.

For more information on the Grab a Bag for Kids charity luncheon and purse auction, visit http://www.horizonssavannah.orgor call 912-961-8854.

Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 250 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854or You can also visit our website at, check out our Facebook page at

Christy Edwards, Executive Director

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Elizabeth Poole
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts Health Fest on October 20

Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts Health Fest on October 20

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Healthy SavannahFaith and Health Coalition, formed in 2014 to help faith-based organizations implement policies and programs to promote a holistic health culture, will host its first citywide health festival on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Healthy Savannah

The event, called Health Fest, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Bolton Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Montgomery Street.

It will include health screenings, informational lectures, wellness and fitness demonstrations, children’s activities, entertainment and food samplings among other things.

“This festival promises to be exciting, engaging, educational and jammed packed with health and wellness information, networking opportunities and tons of fun for the whole family,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “We really hope that the entire community will come to check it out.”

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.

Health Fest is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.healthysavannah.orgor contact Paula Kreissler paula@healthysavannah.orgfor more information.

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 Savannahleads 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

Speros Named Official Partner with Wilson Electronics

Speros, a Full-Service Technology Company Headquartered in Savannah, Announces Partnership with Largest Cellular Booster Provider

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a Savannah-based technology services company, has been named as the area’s only certified Wilson Electronics installer for wireless signal boosters. Wilson Electronics, a leader in the cellular signal booster market, is the longest-running manufacturer of wireless signal boosters in the country.

As Wilson certified installers, SperosIT technicians have received extensive training on technical installation and best practices. They also have been well versed in the many services and products available from Wilson Electronics for the home, automobile and office. Each booster is designed to improve cellular coverage by amplifying signals and providing uninterrupted service.

“We are proud to partner with Wilson Electronics and know that our customers will appreciate the difference in wireless coverage,” said Susan Speros, chief executive officer of Speros. “With Wilson booster products, communication concerns at home or at work will be a thing of the past.”

Speros, Speros Technology, Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, Savannah Public Relations

Wilson Electronics is the largest provider of cellular booster kits and amplifiers on the market. Its boosters are compatible with all major carriers in the USA and Canada, covering commercial buildings, homes, RVs, boats and more.
For more information, visit

Established in 1984, Sperosprovides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Sperosteam members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit, call 912-354-8900or email

Heather Radtke
Vice President

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.