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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 www.peacockautomotive.com/

Jim Thayer, COO, Peacock Automotive

ABOUT 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 https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

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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

ABOUT ENMARKET 
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 www.enmarket.com, or visit one of Enmarket’s social media pages. Enmarket is a subsidiary of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com 
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

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 cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com or 912-856-9075 to participate in the upcoming National Reading Day at Hancock Day School. For more information on National Reading Day, visit https://national-reading-day.org/

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/

For more information, contact: 
Angela C. Canfield DDS
molar799@yahoo.com
912-713-1398 Cell
912-826-4037 office

Media inquiries, contact: 
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Five Ways to Make Holidays Happier for Children with Different Abilities

Five Ways to Make Holidays Happier for Children with Different Abilities

By Dr. Ben Spitalnick, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, Board of Directors

Every parent wants the holiday season to be a special, joyous time for their child, and parents of children with different abilities or special needs usually have to take a couple of extra steps to ensure the holidays are just that.

To help along the way, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society offers five tips to help make the holiday season run smoothly and keep your kids happy.

1. Prepare Your Child
Your child wants to know the plans for the holiday season as much as you do. To reduce stress and prepare your child for upcoming activities, explain what you’ll be doing, who will be there and what the schedule is for the day. Write down the schedule for them and include pictures.

2. Prepare Your Family
Remind your family of the needs of your child. If there are other little ones, ask their parents to talk to them about your child’s differences. This can help reduce confusion and will foster a sense of understanding. It might help, a few days before everyone gets together, to send family members an informational email with 10 things to know about your child.

3. Bring Familiar Toys
The holidays are a chaotic time. Familiarity will help your child remain calm and feel comfortable. Bring his or her favorite toy, book or something that soothes your child at home. When things get a little too crazy, that may help your child feel comfortable.

4. Ask For Help
Don’t feel guilty for asking for help. Every parent needs help, and you do too. Explain the needs of your child to another family member or two and ask them to step in when you need a break. Explain to your child, too, that this person will be playing with them or watching them for a few minutes while you are busy.

5. Let Your Child Help
Preparing for the holidays can be stressful, but if you let your child help, you can create family traditions and keep everyone a little happier. Give your child a task such as greeting everyone at the door or stirring the sauce. This will keep your child focused, reduce his or her stress levels and give you an extra hand.

To create a happier time of celebration, we encourage all parents of children with different abilities to prepare their little ones a bit extra this holiday season. These small proactive measures can do a lot to help your child adjust to large crowds, new situations and days off-schedule. We hope this will make your holiday season a little jollier.

Dr. Ben Spitalnick is managing partner of Pediatric Associates of Savannah and currently serves as Representative for the Savannah area to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Spitalnick is from North Atlanta and is a graduate of the University of Georgia, received his medical degree from MCG, and did his Pediatric Residency at Memorial Health University here in Savannah. He serves on the board of directors for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society.

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Sandfly Business Owners Present Toy Donation to Urban Hope and the West Broad Street YMCA

Sandfly Business Owners Present Toy Donation to Urban Hope and the West Broad Street YMCA

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the month of December, Dr. Angela Canfield and ten businesses in the Sandfly community held a toy drive for the children of Urban Hope and families at the West Broad Street YMCA.

Used toys were collected at Sandfly Family Dental for the Kids Helping Kids Program of the West Broad Street YMCA. The Kids Helping Kids Program started in 1981. Traditionally operating through the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, the program collects used toys and then distributes these toys at no cost during the annual Miracle on May Street holiday toy giveaway.

“The West Broad YMCA, located at 1110 May St., is focused on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities,” said Tom Campbell, who founded the Kids Helping Kids Program in 1981. “To see the excitement on the family’s faces when they get a toy for their child right before Christmas solidifies that this service is making a difference. In the last 36 years, the Kids Helping Kids Program has collected well over 300,000 toys for Savannah families.”

New toys were also collected for Urban Hope. Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means.

The following Sandfly Women Business Owners’ businesses participated in the new toy drive as dropoff locations for Urban Hope: Advertising Specialty Services; Savannah Power Yoga; Herb Creek Landscape Supply; Cents & Sensibility; Tequila’s Town; Driftaway Cafe; Sandfly BBQ; Sandfly Framing; and Annabelle’s.

Wishlist items for Urban Hope included 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.

“Christmas is such a happy time of year for so many of us,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member. “There are some children in our community who aren’t in the same situation as us and who may not receive a Christmas present. Both of these programs are so impactful in our community.”

Sandfly Family Dental Presents Toy Donation to YMCA in Savannah

(LEFT TO RIGHT): Tom Campbell, West Broad Street YMCA Kids Helping Kids Program, Reagan Alexis Canfield, and Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental

ABOUT WEST BROAD STREET YMCA 
Established in 1942 to address the recreational and social needs of the then-segregated African American communities, the West Broad Street YMCA now serves several thousand children and families each year, offering education, recreation, health and social support to those who need it most. The West Broad Street YMCA places special focus on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities by providing affordable and high-quality education and health-focused programs designed to serve and engage children, teens, adults and senior citizens. For more information, please visit http://www.westbroadstreetymca.org/

ABOUT URBAN HOPE
Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means. For more information, please visit https://www.urbanhopesavannah.org/

ABOUT DR. ANGELA CANFIELD
Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, 5871 Hwy 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah. 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/

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Low Country Dermatology Presents Donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Low Country Dermatology Presents Donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology presented over 30 donated gifts to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, marking the fourth straight year the practice has held a holiday donation drive to benefit the non-profit.

The donations raised by Low Country Dermatology will help stock a “holiday store” for families who use the Ronald McDonald house.

“The last thing a parent with a child in the hospital wants to do is leave his or her child, get into the crowds and go gift shopping,” said Dr. Corinne Howington, who owns Low Country Dermatology. “I know that our community can ease the burdens these parents are facing right now by giving back to these individuals and spreading the joy of the season.”

Items donated to the holiday store allow parents who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House to select presents for their children and other family members.

“We strive to make our patients and families as comfortable and at home as possible all year, but particularly during this season,” said Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House. “Dr. Howington helps us to do just that, and we are so appreciative that she garners community support for the individuals in our care and their families.”

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find and support programs that enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates with a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

Low Country Dermatology Presents Donations to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Dr. Howington (Left) of Low Country Dermatology presented approximately 30 gifts collected during the business’ holiday donation drive to Bill Sorochak (right) of the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE© OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
One of 365 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, each House is an independent non-profit, 501©3 community organization. The Savannah House is governed by a 16-member board of directors and managed by a full-time staff of four. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities© of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The Savannah Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for critically ill and injured children and their families who are receiving treatment Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire. Since the House first opened its doors 30 years ago in 1987, over10,200 families have been served. The house currently serves approximately 290 families each year. Although the average length of stay runs 16 days, some families stay much longer.

Media Contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912-665-0005

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, December 18, 2017

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COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! 
Thank you for a wonderful 2017. This will be our last Community Headlines for the year. We will resume our newswire on Monday, January 8th. For more information, please contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.noel.wright@gmail.com

DR. HUGHES SPEECH FOR SAVANNAH ROTARY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy, presented “Turning Boys into Men: Leadership Training in the 21st Century” for the Savannah Rotary Club of Savannah South.  To hear the speech, visit https://youtu.be/rAc5cPpeWZM

JEFF’S BEVERAGE BREAKING GROUND IN RICHMOND HILL ON DEC 19
(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Jeff’s Beverage has announced plans to build a new store for the Richmond Hill area. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at 3945 Hwy 17 in Richmond Hill. The new location will be 12,304 square feet and will bring new inventory, new jobs and economic growth to the area.  The Dewitt Tilton Group of Savannah will begin construction immediately, and the project is scheduled to be completed in July 2018. For more information visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/dewitt-tilton-group-build-new-jeffs-beverage/

LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY PRESENTS TOYS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology presented over 30 donated gifts to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, marking the fourth straight year the practice has held a holiday donation drive to benefit the non-profit.  The donations raised by Low Country Dermatology will help stock a “holiday store” for families who use the Ronald McDonald house.  For more information visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

Low Country Dermatology Holds Ronald McDonald House Donation Drive


SANTA’S HELPER: SAVANNAH RIVER LOGISTICS 
(BiS) Portside: Savannah River Logistics ramped up, growing. By Mary Mayle: http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2017-12-14/portside-savannah-river-logistics-ramped-growing

HEARTS FOR HEALING GALA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, a non-profit organization founded to improve the quality of life for children with special needs through the therapeutic nature of horses, announces will hold their second annual Hearts for Healing Gala on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. The evening will include dinner, dancing and live music from the John Brackett Quartet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction; the reception will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Gala are $150 and may be purchased at http://www.faithetc.org/hearts-for-healing-gala/ For more information on sponsoring the Gala or any aspect of the equestrian program, call 912.728.3728 or visit https://faithetc.org

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SAVANNAH AMBUCS CELEBRATE KEVIN SHEEHAN

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah AMBUCS celebrated Kevin Sheehan’s recently being named the national president of the AMBUCS organization.  For more details visit http://www.wave3.com/story/36806220/good-news-kevin-sheehan-named-national-ambucs-president#.WjLVXvs8r7s.facebook


HOW TO LEVERAGE SOCIAL MEDIA IN 2018
(INC) As video is the both the present and the future of content marketing, it’s a good idea to review what works best on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat so you can plan accordingly. https://www.inc.com/bill-carmody/how-to-leverage-social-media-in-2018-a-video-marketing-guide-for-brands.html

HOLIDAYS FOR THE HOMELESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) According to the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless, around 4,500 people are homeless in our community. Join volunteers on Saturday, December 23 on the Holidays for the Homeless: Savannah to hand out Christmas gifts to the homeless community in Savannah. For more information, visit
Donations are also being collected at https://www.gofundme.com/holidays-for-the-homeless-savannah For more information, contact Cynthia Wright atcynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.comor 912-856-9075

CELEBRATION OF LOVE GALA FEBRUARY 2ND
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter will hold its 2018 Celebration of Love Gala to commemorate its 33rd anniversary on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Landings Plantation Club on Skidaway Island. Park Place Outreach, at 514 E. Henry St., provides temporary shelter support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. This annual gala is one of their biggest fundraisers throughout the year. For more information visit https://one.bidpal.net/celebrationoflove/welcome.

HISTORIC TAX CREDIT 

SANDFLY BUSINESS OWNERS PRESENT TOY DRIVE DONATIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA)  During the month of December, ten businesses in the Sandfly community held a toy drive for the children of Urban Hope and families at the West Broad Street YMCA.
Used toys were collected at Sandfly Family Dental for the Kids Helping Kids Program of the West Broad Street YMCA. New toys were also collected for Urban Hope.  For more information about these programs and how you can help visit http://www.westbroadstreetymca.org/ and https://www.urbanhopesavannah.org/.

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE SANTA’S WORKSHOP
(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Automotive hosted a free Santa’s Workshop last Saturday. The event included free face painting, live Christmas carols and, of course, photos with Santa. To see photos from the event, please visit http://beta.spotted.blufftontoday.com/galleries?groupId=711572

HOW TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

KIWANIS CLUB 20TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway announced the winners of their 20th annual chili cook-off. Congratulations to Jalapenos and Landings North for winning the Presidents Award. For information about the event and to see a full list of winners, please visit https://carriagetradepr.com/the-kiwanis-club-of-skidaway-announces-2017-chili-cook-off-winners/

BUILDING LOCAL “BUZZ” FOR YOUR BUSINESS,  JAN 30, 2018 CLASS
(SAVANNAH, GA)  Did you know that 74% of consumers cite “word-of-mouth” as a key influence in their decision making? However, most businesses leave so much good news on the table. Learn how to build a positive reputation simply by leveraging the great content that already exists in your business and in your marketing. Marjorie Young – a veteran public relations consultant – shares  five secrets for creating positive word-of-mouth for your business, so that you will thrive and grow

ANCHOR FOR A DAY SUPPORTS CHARITY
(SAVANNAH, GA) In an effort to raise money and awareness for the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire, WSAV’s Ben Senger and his fundraising partner, realtor Chelsea Phillips, are raffling off the chance to be a news anchor for the day. A show will be written and taped for one lucky winner. For every $15 donation, an individual may submit an entry to win this opportunity. For more information or to make a donation, visit https://www.rccsav.org/

SCORE MENTORS TO BE PRESENTED AWARDS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Faith Equestrian will be recognizing Denis Healy and Michael Siegal at the Hearts for Healing Gala on February 9th.  Don’t miss out.  Tickets available at Hearts For Healing Gala – Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center

CAREER LAUNCHING ADVICE FOR MILLENNIALS
(INC) Success doesn’t start with degrees or skills. It starts with getting your head in the game.https://www.inc.com/wanda-thibodeaux/4-pieces-of-career-launching-advice-every-millennial-should-hear.html

SNOWBALL EXPRESS 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport participated in the 12th annual Snowball Express by helping 1,600 children and spouses of fallen U.S. military members take an all-expense-paid journey to Dallas/Fort Worth,Texas. Snowball Express is a nonprofit organization with the goal of “Serving the Children of Our Fallen Military Heroes” by providing hope and new memories during the holiday season. Before departing from Savannah, families participated in several activities with the USO and the Patriot Guard Riders, met Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoyed entertainment provided by dancers from the Gretchen Greene School of Dance. Read more about this annual event at https://snowballexpress.org

ENR AWARD TO FELDER AND WEST
(SAVANNAH, GA) Engineering News-Record (ENR) has selected Felder & Associates, a Savannah architecture and design firm, and West Construction Co. to receive its Southeast Region Award of Merit for the Bouhan Falligant building at 1 West Park Ave. Felder served as the design firm for the structure that now anchors the south end of Savannah’s Forsyth Park and is the new home for Savannah’s oldest law firm. ENR recognized the $4.65 million project for being completed ahead of schedule in just nine months despite being impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 during construction. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

HOW TO TELL IF SOMEONE IS TOXIC
(INC) If your new acquaintance does any of these things, you should probably stay away.https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/heres-how-to-tell-if-someone-is-a-toxic-person-in-first-5-minutes.html

DECEMBER SPECIALS AT LOWCOUNTRY DERM
(LOWCOUNTRY DERMATOLOGY) Gently exfoliate and smooth the skin’s surface with Dermaplaning. Stimulate Collagen and Elastin causing a plumping effect with the Genesis treatment and finish with a light layer of a brightening Lactic Acid Serum. A quick no downtime Brightening Treatment to prepare your skin for the Holidays. $100 until the end of December.  For more information, visit lcderm.com

HELP END HOLIDAY HUNGER FOR STUDENTS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s Santa Pantry is a seasonal food drive benefiting students of Title I schools in the Savannah-Chatham school district. Erin O’Neil Roma, co-organizer of the food drive, expects the pantry to support over 700 students at 31 schools during December. Donation bins are located throughout Savannah. People can also order and send food through the Santa’s Pantry Amazon Wish List or make a monetary donation at a.co/gvggm9k and paypal.me/Lb4foundation. Call 912.433.1448 for more information.

JANUARY SPEAKING SERIES
(SAVANNAH, GA) During the month of January, Skidaway Island Presbyterian will be hosting a series of lectures for Calvin University. For the full list of speakers and topics, visit https://calvin.edu/january-series/speakers/

WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE AND STREE-FREE
(INC) Enjoying the holidays while maintaining manageable levels of stress isn’t impossible. In fact, it’s simple once you incorporate these six productive habits. https://www.inc.com/julian-hayes-ii/6-simple-habits-to-stay-productive-stress-free-over-holidays.html

INTRODUCING CHARLOTTE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Charlotte, an 8 month old white with grey female kitten.  Charlotte is a fun and sweet kitten who loves to snuggle.  To view Charlotte and other pets available for adoption, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2017-c-099-charlotte/