Category: Event

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Holds Ninth Annual Camp Buddy in Effingham and Chatham Counties

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Holds Ninth Annual Camp Buddy in Effingham and Chatham Counties

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) held their ninth annual Camp Buddy summer camps in Effingham and Chatham Counties.

The camp curriculum was designed by occupational, physical, special education and speech therapists with the goal of helping the children retain the educational milestones they achieved over the course of the past school year.

“We strive to help the children in our program bridge the gap created over summer,” said Savannah Camp Buddy Director Pam Hussey. “They will be better equipped to begin the new school year with the skills they gained in the previous year fresh on their minds.”

The Effingham Camp Buddy was held over one week at the Rincon Elementary School, located at 501 Richland Avenue in Rincon, GA. Chatham Camp Buddy was held over a two-week period at Marshpoint Elementary School, located at 135 Whitemarsh Island Drive in Savannah, GA.

Camp Buddy is sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and is made possible through the generosity of the community, friends and family of LDSS and events such as the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions.

For more information about Effingham and Chatham Camp Buddy, contact campbuddy@ldssga.org. For more information about LDSS, visit https://www.ldssga.org/

Pictured left to right: Thomas Nyce, Darcy Davis and Whitley Divine build friendships at Chatham Camp Buddy

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Camp Buddy 2017

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 fourth 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 https://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
cbogardus@ldssga.org

MEDIA CONTACT 
Marjorie Young
CarriageTrade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Launches Guest Dinner Program

Ann Levett, Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools Featured as First Speaker

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a support shelter for at-risk children and teens, will launch a guest dinner program in August to connect its residents with community leaders.

Every other Wednesday night, children and teens who are living in the shelter will prepare a meal and invite a guest speaker to join them for dinner. Ann Levett, superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham public schools, will speak at the first guest dinner program on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share a home cooked meal with these young scholars and look forward to hearing the advice they will offer me about how adults can best support them,” said Levett.

Dr. Linda Sacks, a Park Place volunteer, is working with outreach case manager Fran Wilson to plan the menu for each event. Residents at the Shelter have been cultivating fresh fruits and vegetables in an on-site garden since the spring, and they will be incorporated into the menus.

“This exercise will build community among the kids and give them a sense of the opportunities available to them in the Savannah community at large,” Wilson said.

The shelter is typically home to six to 10 kids and teenagers at any given time. Volunteers and house parents will stay involved with them during the dinners to help them set the table, prepare the meal and engage in conversation with the guests.

“We are so thrilled that community influencers want to reach out to our youth through this program,” said Julie Wade, executive director for Park Place Outreach. “Dr. Levett is a product of the local school system, so she is a testament to the success young people can achieve through perseverance in school.”

To learn more about Park Place Outreach’s guest dinner program, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 who are in need but might not come into the shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

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

Charles Bowen to Present “The Economic Impact of the Entertainment Industry on Savannah” to Hinesville Rotary Club

Charles Bowen to Present “The Economic Impact of the Entertainment Industry on Savannah” to Hinesville Rotary Club

(HINESVILLE, GA) Charles Bowen, founder of the Savannah Film Alliance and owner of Southern Gateway Production Services, will be the featured speaker at the Hinesville Rotary Club meeting Tuesday, July 11.

Bowen will present “The Economic Impact of the Entertainment Industry on Savannah” during the weekly luncheon at the La Quinta Inn and Suites on Highway 84.

Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. The organization promotes the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach and collaboration.

Most recently, Bowen founded Southern Gateway Production Services, a gateway for producers and movie executives to navigate finding the best crew, talent and location services available in Savannah.

After going through a significant vetting process, Southern Gateway Production Services became a signatory to all IATSE National Term Agreements. IATSE is the union that represents most film and television crews. This allows Southern Gateway clients to gain access to the most favorable terms and conditions offered in the industry.

“From our work with Southern Gateway Production Services and the Savannah Film Alliance, I’m able to get a unique perspective into the inner workings of making films in our community,” said Bowen. “I hope to share this information with other area leaders to promote the growth of this promising industry.”

Attorney Charles Bowen, Founder of The Savannah Film Alliance and Southern Gateway Production Services

Attorney Charles Bowen, Founder of The Savannah Film Alliance and Southern Gateway Production Services

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTHERN GATEWAY PRODUCTION SERVICES
Entertainment attorney Charles Bowen founded Southern Gateway Production Services with the mission to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers by providing connections with local crew, vendors and service providers. Southern Gateway Production Services is a signatory to all IATSE National Term Agreements. Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, he has also developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law. Southern Gateway Production Services is located at 7 East Congress St, Suite 1001. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen
Southern Gateway Production Services
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

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

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Striders

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Striders was awarded the $1000 Encourage Health grant at the second luncheon lecture of the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series.

Since 1978, the Savannah Striders has been Savannah’s premier running and walking organization. With members representing various levels of fitness from walkers to elite athlete, the group promotes running and good health and welcomes all who are interested in learning more about health and exercise. The group also hosts or supports events for runners of all ages and holds monthly meetings designed to inspire, inform and motivate runners to reach their fitness goals.

This local nonprofit is one of four groups receiving grants during the 2017 series to support their programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education. The others include The Living Vine, Savannah Urban Garden Alliance and the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Dr. Robert Rollings was the event’s keynote speaker, addressing attendees on the topic of “Seven Ways Your Heart Health is Linked to a Healthy Lifestyle.” Rollings is a cardiologist certified in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology who has completed a fellowship in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases. He practices at Memorial Savannah Cardiology.

In total, the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series features four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for healthy living, along with a healthy lunch, which is provided free to registered attendees.

During each event, a local nonprofit organization is also presented a $1,000 Encourage Health grant to support programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education. The next presentation will be on August 22, featuring Ross Harding, presenting “The Golden Healers: A Study of Ginger and Turmeric’s Effect on Health.” A $1000 check will be presented to the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance.

This marks the fourth year for the enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB SavannahWSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

To RSVP for the lectures, visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/. For more information, visit http://enmarkstations.com/EncourageHealthSeries

PHOTOS FROM DR. ROLLINGS ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES PRESENTATION:

ABOUT ENMARKET: 
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded 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 60 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 mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com 
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Savannah Jaycees Announce 2017 Charity Date Night Auction to be Held at Savannah Smiles

Local Singles Auctioned Off to Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees’ fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction will be held on Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, located at 314 Williamson Street. The Savannah Jaycees have chosen six local charities to whom 50 percent of the proceeds from the auction will be donated. Those organizations include the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire, Reed House, Art Rise Savannah, Blessings in a Bookbag, One Love Animal Rescue and Savannah Jaycees.

A social hour will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. where attendees will have time to talk and meet the participants. Promptly at 8 p.m., eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will be auctioned off with date packages. During the event, Savannah Smiles will provide entertainment.

“It’s inspiring to see, year after year, Savannah’s most eligible singles come out to the Charity Date Night Auction to support those non-profit organizations that are near and dear to their hearts,” said Cynthia Wright, 2017 president of the Savannah Jaycees. “If you’re looking for a love, a great date package, or to meet some of Savannah’s young professionals, we invite you to join us.”

The participants include; (name, company, and title if applicable):

Crystal Bridges: Communications Liaison
James Hall: Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Crime Analyst & GSU Professor
Willie Turral: Advanced Mathematics Elem. Teacher Beaufort County School District
Derell Echols: Veteran / Grad Student / Freelance Photographer
Nic Erickson: Shipping logistics and port operations in the ports of Savannah
Mahogany Bowers: On-air Personality, I HEART Media / Blessings In A Book Bag, Founder
Randall Mathews: Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)
Ben Torres: Piano Entertainer at Savannah Smiles
Kelly Zealy: House of Mata Hari Mixologist / Quality Bike Specialist
Stephanie Kickhaefer: Volt Workforce Solutions
Josh Oppenheim: United States Army
Daniel Gattone: The Ordinary Pub on Broughton Street
Matthew Ciofani: House of Mata Hari / Abe’s On Lincoln
Rocky Bettis: Rocky Bettis Art / The Ordinary Pub
Sarah Martin: Vice President, Commercial Banking for SunTrust Bank
Brad DePriest: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire
Daniel Eastwood: Professional Photographer / Service Brewing Co. / Critz BMW
Jennifer Hagan: Brand Manager, Thompson & Thompson Group, Inc & Rooter-Man Plumbers
Melody McCarthy: Savannah Morning News
Hilary Diebold: Richmond Hill Middle School, English language teacher / Richmond Hill Community Theatre, Board Member

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Savannah Jaycees website at savannahjaycees.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. The event details are listed on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2016SavannahJayceesDateNightAuction

2017 Savannah Jaycees banner for fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
LeAndrea Mikell
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
leandreamikell@yahoo.com
843.783.3042

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Striders

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Striders

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Striders was awarded a $1000 Encourage Health grant during the second luncheon and lecture of the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series.

Since 1978, the Savannah Striders has been Savannah’s premiere running and walking organization. With members representing various levels of fitness from walkers to elite athlete, the group promotes running and good health and welcomes all who are interested in learning more about health and exercise. The group also hosts or supports events for runners of all ages and holds monthly meetings designed to inspire, inform and motivate runners to reach their fitness goals.

Enmarket Encourage Health Grant to Savannah Striders

Enmarket Encourage Health Grant to Savannah Striders

This local nonprofit is one of four groups receiving grants during the 2017 series to support their programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education. The others include The Living Vine, Savannah Urban Garden Alliance and the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Dr. Robert Rollings was the event’s keynote speaker, addressing attendees on the topic of “Seven Ways Your Heart Health is Linked to a Healthy Lifestyle.” Rollings is a cardiologist certified in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology who has completed a fellowship in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases. He practices at Memorial Savannah Cardiology.

In total, the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series features four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for healthy living, along with a healthy lunch, which is provided free to registered attendees.

During each event, a local nonprofit organization is also presented a $1,000 Encourage Health grant to support programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education. The next presentation will be on August 22, featuring Ross Harding, presenting “The Golden Healers: A Study of Ginger and Turmeric’s Effect on Health.” A $1000 check will be presented to the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance.

This marks the fourth year for the enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

To RSVP for the lectures, visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/. For more information, visit http://enmarkstations.com/EncourageHealthSeries

ABOUT ENMARKET
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded 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 60 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 mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com