Savannah Jaycees Celebrate 75th Anniversary
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees have announced plans for their 75th Anniversary Gala set for Saturday, Oct. 21, in the ballroom in the Embassy Suites Hotel, 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, dinner and dancing.
As part of the event, the organization will present its Distinguished Service Award. This award was an annual tradition of the Savannah Jaycees for a number of years as a way to recognize a local resident who went above and beyond to embody the Jaycees creed “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life.”
“For the past 75 years, the Savannah Jaycees have played a role in building a stronger community through professional development, community service and educational efforts,” said Jaycees president Cynthia Wright. “We have a rich history and a long list of accomplishments to highlight during this anniversary celebration.”
In the 1950s, the Jaycees were one of the main supporters of the city council-city manager form of government that Savannah has today and played an integral role in the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County.
In the ‘60s, the group spearheaded efforts to build the Savannah Civic Center and raised funds for the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing home among other projects. The group, along with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Savannah Fire Department also launched the local version of the Marines’ Toys for Tots program.
In the ’70s, they held the “Jaycees Forum” on local television, as well as a weekly “High School Quiz Bowl” telecast. In the ’80s, the Jaycees raised almost $50,000 for the renovation of the Forsyth Park fountain.
More recently, the organization initiated the Leadership NOW program, a lecture series featuring prominent members of Savannah sharing insights on leadership, management and professional skills. The Savannah Jaycees also organized the annual Charity Date Night Auction, the Mayoral Forum, the Surging Forward Community Picnic after Hurricane Matthew and “Done in a Day” projects. This year, they also launched the Junior Jaycees Program for area middle school students.
The public is invited to participate in the 75th Anniversary Gala to join the Jaycees in their celebration of past accomplishments.
“This is a way for us to honor our alumni’s efforts, brag on our current members’ projects and look forward to what the future will bring,” said Wright.
The gala will be held in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites at 6 p.m. This event is black tie optional. Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-jaycee-75th-diamond-anniversary-gala-tickets-37148480104?aff=es2
Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the organization’s diamond anniversary and include tickets to the gala. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email email@example.com.
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’ 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 a vision to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees
Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction
(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah announces the 5th annual charity luncheon and purse auction called, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place on Friday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Golf Club, located at 1661 E President St.
Featured at the auction, both silent and live, are designer handbags, from gently used to new, including premier brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Saint Laurent, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors to name a few.
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 event allows guests an opportunity to purchase high-end designer bags in an effort to support Horizons Savannah,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah Executive Director. “It’s a win-win for everyone. You’ll leave with a beautiful new purse, and know that your donation went to help the summer learning program for at-risk children in Savannah.”
Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The different levels include Prada at $250, Dior at $500, Chanel at $1,000 and Hermes at $2,000. Donations are also still being accepted for the bag auction. For more information on sponsorship or donations, contact Alexis Shin at 912-665-3715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 200 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 Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or email@example.com. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Announces Annual Buddy Walk To Be Held On October 7
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will hold their 12th annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park. The event is open to all ages and abilities; LDSS encourages those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers to attend. Pets are welcome too.
Last year’s event welcomed over 5,000 participants. This year, LDSS hopes to have even more of the community come out to raise awareness and support local programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.
Tickets for the walk will be $15.00 per person or $50.00 for a family of four. Registration includes a T-shirt, lunch and admission to the family-fun festival.
The family-fun festival will take place in the park immediately following the walk. Participants can expect activities such as face painting, pumpkin painting, princess and pirate booths, bounce houses, games, music and refreshments.
“October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month,” said Candy Bogardus, President of LDSS. “Each year we celebrate by promoting acceptance and inclusion. Our mission with this walk is to positively influence local and national policies and practices towards people with Down syndrome.”
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. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/
Joe Marchese of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society to Present at Chamber
Joe Marchese to Present on Integrating Workers with Different Abilities at Savannah Chamber of Commerce September ‘Power Hour’
(SAVANNAH, GA) Joe Marchese, of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), will be the keynote speaker for ‘Power Hour,’ presented by the Savannah Area Chamber’s Small Business Council on Tuesday, Sept. 12. His presentation will highlight the “Top Ten Ways to Contract and Utilize Workers with Different Abilities.”
Marchese, who is a past president and one of the founding members of LDSS, owns Marchese Construction and has more than eighteen years experience in the construction industry. He is also an accredited professional through the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program.
Marchese’s professional experience, in combination with his involvement with LDSS, has given him a unique perspective on hiring and working with people of different abilities.
“People with different abilities can bring diversity, a fresh perspective and growth to any community,” said Marchese. “I am excited to have the opportunity to communicate this important message to Savannah’s leaders and business influencers.”
LDSS strives to create a community that accepts and includes all of its members, including people with Down Syndrome and their families. Its activism extends from the Camp Buddy summer program for children with different abilities to the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions.
Savannah’s Small Business Council hosts the Savannah Area Chamber Power Hour each month, offering an opportunity for guest speakers to present topics relevant to small business owners and employees. For more information on the Chamber Power Hour, visit: http://www.savannahchamber.com
This month’s Chamber Power Hour will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. The meeting will include a lunch catered by Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant & Catering. Chamber members and guests can RSVP by emailing Stephanie Painter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/
Peacock Automotive Breaks Ground on Audi Dealership
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has broken ground on its new 30,000-square-foot Audi dealership at the New River Auto Mall on U.S. 278. The estimated cost of the new facility is $6 million, and it’s expected to create 20 new jobs in addition to the approximately 600 people Peacock Automotive currently employs.
Construction on the building will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.
The architecture firm contracted for this project was Hansen Architects, and Thompson-Turner is the contracted construction firm. Many local elected officials and organizations attended the event, which was held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the site of the new building.
The new dealership will be located two blocks down the street from the current Audi Hilton Head facility that is paired with Hilton Head Volkswagen. When it’s ready, Audi will move into the new building and the Volkswagen outlet will grow to occupy the vacated space. That facility then will be renovated according to current VW design standards.
“This expansion is made possible by the overwhelming demand for Audi and VW brands in our market,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “With this new facility, we are expecting to bring new inventory, new jobs and economic growth to one of the Southeast’s largest auto dealers in the South Carolina Lowcountry.”
The new Audi dealership will feature a state-of-the-art repair center along with convenient features such as a free coffee, beverage and snack bar. Audi Hilton Head will also be a dedicated Audi sport facility, which will expand its inventory of high-performance sport models and offer more sport factory parts and accessories.
“Our auto mall is a hub of quality vehicle brands at competitive prices,” said Peacock, “and this expansion puts every option and every service right at the fingertips of our valued customers.”
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the New River Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. At the NRAM location, 13 brands are featured, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah; Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the NRAM Collision Center and the New River Wellness Institute in South Carolina. In September, NRAM will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the launch of a new name and logo. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
GPS Direction use: 265 Drivers Way, Hardeeville, SC 29927
Healthy Savannah recipient of Whole Foods Market Savannah’s 5% Day
SAVANNAH –Healthy Savannah is the recipient of Whole Foods Market Savannah 5% Day. The Community Giving Day is Thursday, Aug. 31, and 5% of the entire day’s net sales will be donated to Healthy Savannah. Healthy Savannah is a local non-profit dedicated to making Savannah a healthier place to live by increasing opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet.
“We are excited to be partnering with Whole Foods Market for this special day! Joining us will be other Healthy Savannah partners as we increase awareness on opportunities to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in our community!” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development for Healthy Savannah.
Proceeds from the day will be added to the Healthy Savannah Mini Grant fund.
Whole Foods Market Savannah is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store is located at 1815 Victory Dr. For more information, call (912)272-9494.
Healthy Savannah is accepting applications through August 31st for Healthy Savannah Mini Grants. Organizations who promote the Healthy Savannah mission of encouraging residents to move towards healthy lifestyles. Application focus areas should include one of the following: increasing the number of active community environments – Utilize urban planning approaches that promote physical activity; increasing access to health-promoting foods – Increase access to fruits and vegetables consumed by community residents; and increasing the number of people who have access to low cost or free recreational opportunities – Increase community ownership, involvement in, and use of public facilities.
The Healthy Savannah Mini Grant project is a community-level response to combat the obesity epidemic and the chronic diseases to which it contributes, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. These diseases are on the rise in Savannah, across the region, and nationwide. As such, Healthy Savannah is an organization of local agencies and partners committed to preventing chronic diseases by promoting policies that support healthy eating and physical activity.
MORE INFORMATION ON HEALTHY SAVANNAH: Healthy Savannah is dedicated to making Savannah a
healthier place to live. Launched in 2007 by (then) Mayor Otis Johnson, Healthy Savannah’s mission is to achieve a healthier community by creating and advocating for a variety of policies and programs to increase opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet. Healthy Savannah supports local programs for families, schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations. The leadership team is composed of people from all sectors of the community. Business owners, non-profit managers, government and public service staff, community organizers, and faith-based leaders all play a role in helping the vision of a healthy Savannah come to life.
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Speros Presents Lunch and Learn Presentation on New Business Video Conferencing Technology
(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a Savannah-based technology services company, announces an Interactive Presentation System Lunch and Learn event to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 at Vic’s on the River, located at 26 E Bay St, Savannah, Ga.
“Interactive display systems harness the power of your desktop computer to enhance presentations, video-conferences, training sessions and teaching activities,” said Susan Speros, CEO of Speros. “During our presentation, we will show how this technology can be used as business tools. This presentation system eliminates the old fashion white board, projector and outdated video conferencing units.”
MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team 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 speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email email@example.com.