Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Calls for 2020 Night of Champions Nominations
“Night of Champions is designed to highlight employees and their employers who, through dedication and leadership, illuminate the possibilities and benefits of inclusive communities and workspaces,” said Night of Champions chairman Tom Kenkel. “We welcome nominees from all over the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire and would love to hear from anyone with an uplifting story to share.”
Employee nominations may be completed online at https://nightofchampions.org, and will remain open until Friday, February 28.
Last year’s honorees included Erik Glasford, Effingham Health System; Meghan Mayle, Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood Restaurant; Reginald Horton, The Savannah Bananas; Chris Maynor, DIRTT Environmental Solutions; and Chris Holt, Tybee Island YMCA. Amy Wright, owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, was the recipient of the 2019 President’s Award.
The evening will include a recognition ceremony, a silent auction benefiting LDSS and a cash bar, with Cyreia Sandlin serving as the night’s emcee. This year will feature two President’s Award honorees: Will Howell of WillPower Ties and Kevin Sheehan of the Savannah AMBUCS organization.
“The success of Night of Champions is directly tied to local organizations that create opportunities for people to demonstrate their desire to work and make valued contributions to their community,” Kenkel said. “The achievements of these champions in the workforce inspire more local organizations to take up the mission to light the way.”
LDSS is also seeking sponsors to support Night of Champions as it raises money to sustain the programs it offers throughout the year, including Camp Buddy for children with Down syndrome, its annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park and its weekly support meetings for the families and friends of individuals with Down syndrome.
To become a Night of Champions sponsor, to donate an item for the silent auction or to reserve tickets, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Individual tickets are $60 and tables of ten can be reserved for $600. For additional information, call 912-436-3626 or email email@example.com.
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Inspire Your Community podcast, which was launched this year by Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group construction firm, to share inspiring local stories of inspiration, kindness and positivity, wrapped up 2019 with a $2,000 donation to Backpacks of Love and a volunteer session of packing family food boxes.
The podcast launched in the spring of 2019, seeking to inspire the community with true stories and to support the organizations that generated those stories with Dewitt Tilton Group’s philanthropy. Projects to date have included support for the family of a police officer who lost his life in the line of duty, funding for art supplies at a local elementary school and a creative project that supports local breast cancer survivors.
For the final episode of the year, the podcast turned its attention to the Backpacks of Love program in Richmond Hill, Ga. This organization, launched in January 2013, sends needy and potentially hungry children home with bags of food every Friday, as well as boxes of food on holiday breaks, filling the gaps ordinarily filled by their school-based breakfasts and lunches. The United Way of the Coastal Empire partners with the New Beginnings Community Church to provide funding that allows the group to obtain food from Second Harvest Food Bank, and other donations supplement the amount and type of food included.
Each Friday, the participating children each receive a bag containing two entrees such as soup or ravioli, a two-pack of instant oatmeal, an individual cereal package, a granola bar, fruit snack, crackers, cookies, fruit cup or fresh fruit, juice box and shelf-stable milk.
Melodie Lane, director of Backpacks of Love, worked with the Dewitt Tilton Group before the holiday break as they and their families packed over 25 food boxes with a ham or turkey, instant potatoes, canned yams, six to eight cans of vegetables and a can of gravy, several boxes of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, beans, bread, rice, cornmeal mix, pancake mix and syrup, cake mix and frosting, plus a bag of candy canes or other holiday candy.
“The thought of children going hungry is just not acceptable,” said Chris Tilton, host of the podcast. “We wanted to support Backpacks of Love because these folks are not only feeding children during the holidays but throughout the school year. This effort is truly inspiring.”
MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm in the Lowcountry, specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is headquartered at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com.
Enmarket Presents $137,758 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Light the Night Walk
(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket is pleased to announce that an outpouring of community support has enabled the company to raise $137,758 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Savannah. This was the sixth year Enmarket has collected community donations through this annual fundraiser, and in total, the company has raised nearly $640,000.
For one month each year, the company’s 124 convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina sell Light the Night paper balloon icons for $1 each. The proceeds are donated in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families.
“Enmarket’s customers really came through this year, as we knew they would, showing compassion and extraordinary support for the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “We are thankful for each donation, and for the tireless efforts of our staff members to help us reach this year’s goal.”
Giesick also recognized the staff at Enmarket 845, led by manager Tom Nord, as the top fundraising store during this year’s campaign. Located in Beaufort, SC, the store contributed $5,187. This is the second year in a row that Nord and his staff have raised more money than any other Enmarket location.
“Private funding is so critical for us to continue our mission, and we are very grateful to Enmarket and its customers for their overwhelming support through the Light the Night program,” said Lauren Mathews, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter’s Campaign Manager for Light The Night.
Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, 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. www.enmarket.com
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(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) The Boys & Girls Clubs of Jasper County will hold their largest annual fundraising event, the Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party, on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat at 265 Drivers Way in Hardeeville, S.C.
Hunt, Fish & Shoot will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a Jeep Rally. A raffle will follow, featuring donations from local businesses, corporations and individuals. Raffle items include hunts, fishing charters, guns, kayaks, dinners and date nights for men and women among other gifts.
All raffle ticket purchases will support the club’s programs and services. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are excited to offer our Jasper and Beaufort County communities the chance to win these amazing prizes that are generously donated by our sponsors who support our programs at the Boys & Girls Club,” said Chris Protz, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry.
“We have been supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry for many years, and we are so pleased that we are able to contribute with this fun event for the community,” said Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock.
The programming of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jasper County is designed to empower youth to excel in school, practice good citizenship and lead healthy, productive lives.
“The sponsors and attendees of this event are key to making this night the success it has been in recent years,” said James Dismond, area director of resource development for the Boys & Girls Clubs. “I love seeing our community come together to support the future of our Lowcountry youth and to help the Jasper County Boys & Girls Clubs continue to have a positive impact.”
The Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party is also sponsored by Latitude Margaritaville of Hilton Head, Palmetto Electric, Premier Exteriors, Vaux Marscher Berglind P.A, Everlasting Memories Event Planning and Epperson Service Experts. For more information, visit https://www.bgclowcountry.org/jasper-county-events.
ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
For more than 32 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry have enabled young people as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nine clubs impact around 10,000 young people annually. Clubs are located in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Northern Beaufort County and Jasper County. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. In a national Harris survey of Boys & Girls Club alumni, 54 percent said the club saved their lives. Learn more at http://www.bgclowcountry.org and https://www.facebook.com/boysandgirlsclubofthelowcountry.
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/
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society hosts the event each year to draw attention to the strength and needs of individuals with Down Syndrome and to offer families a fun and inclusive outdoor activity. This year’s event has a fundraising goal of $50,000.
Expect lots of feet on the ground, along with wheelchairs, carriages and strollers. The event has drawn thousands of attendees each year. This year Sheriff Wilcher will be the Grand Marshall for the event.
This marks the second year that healthy lifestyles will be a particular focus of the Buddy Walk, and the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society has once again partnered with Healthy Savannah. Children with Down syndrome face an increased risk for obesity due in part to the syndrome but also to common environmental factors. With that in mind, nutritious lunch options and additional health education will be provided during the event.
A festival will follow the walk, complete with face painting, pumpkin painting, bouncy houses, games, music, refreshments and other entertainment.
Individual registration is $15, and alternative pricing is offered for families of different sizes. One new feature this year is encouraging families to form teams using the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s website, ldssga.org.
“Families from throughout the region look forward to the Buddy Walk each October,” said Whitney Lowery, executive director of LDSS. “Coming together in October, which is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, allows us to not only enjoy fellowship but helps us in our primary goal of promoting changes in local and national policies regarding Down syndrome.”
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
WHAT: Yappy Hour Event
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: Peacock Subaru at Peacock Auto Mall, 111 Drivers Way, Hardeeville, SC
WHY: Meet adoptable dogs from Renegade Paws Rescue and donate a pet item.
NOTES: Enjoy delicious appetizers from Serg Catering. Live music by David Ross. Door prizes for guests.
RSVP to: https://augustyappy.eventbrite.com
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/
Horizons Savannah Announces Fifth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons to be Held March 30
(SAVANNAH, GA) The fifth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons“three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Drive.
The tournament is named for former Horizonsteacher Louise Lauretti, who died of melanoma in 2014. It’s designed to bring together players of all ages and abilities along with Savannah basketball legends and Horizonssupporters to celebrate Lauretti’s love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.
“This annual tournament is a great way for us to raise funds and awareness for a program that serves more than 280 students each summer,” said executive director Christy Edwards.
The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to teams of boys and girls from grade five through adults. Teams of as many as five players may register to play. The tournament will be “three vs three” with refereed games. Teams will play in age divisions for trophies. Local basketball legends Larry “Gator” Rivers and Dale Parker will be honorary co-chairs of this year’s event.
At the halftime break at noon, there will be a free throw and basketball skills challenge open to all players. For youth teams, which includes fifth through 12th graders, registration is $50. It’s $100 for teams with members 18 and over.
ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academyand St. Andrew’s Schoolserves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizonsis a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.
Savannah Parents and Students Invited to Bethesda Academy Open House to Meet New Learning Specialist on Nov. 15
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academywill host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for prospective students and their parents or guardians to get a glimpse of the quality of education, and the focus on leadership and tradition of excellence the historic school offers in addition to day-school and boarding enrollment options.
New to Bethesdathis year is Susan Boatright, a credentialed educator and learning specialist who has implemented a student success program which includes an individualized learning plan for each student, particularly those with recognized learning issues. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Boatright at the open house.
“The open house is intended for interested students and parents to get a glimpse of the leadership and quality of education that Bethesda Academyoffers,” said Bethesda Academypresident Dr. Michael Hughes.
The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Carter Space Building at Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave., Savannah, Ga.
“One of our biggest differentiators is Bethesda’s work study-internship program,” Hughes continued. “Every student leaves Bethesdawith entrepreneurial and real-world leadership skills. Sophomores, juniors and seniors all have an opportunity to participate in the work study-internship program. We will be explaining this program in more detail to the attendees of our open house.”
Bethesda Academyat a Glance:
• The school, which dates to 1740, prides itself on transforming every boy into a young man of the utmost character.
• Young men in grades 6-12 benefit from small class sizes, supportive teachers and yearly campus internships.
• The Bethesdaexperience goes beyond the classroom walls. Its core values, which include a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic, are instilled in every student.
• Bethesdaboasts a dynamic and disciplined athletic program as well as an outstanding preparatory curriculum focused on career and higher education pursuits.
Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about the open house or to submit an application, contact Brandi Simpson, director of admissions, at 912.351.2068or email@example.com.
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. 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 a hands-on comprehensive curriculum that includes technology applications and STEM opportunities. 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.
Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts First Health Fest
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Healthy Savannah Faith and Health Coalition, formed in 2014 to help faith-based organizations implement policies and programs to promote a holistic health culture, hosted its first citywide health festival.
Health Fest included health screenings, informational lectures, wellness and fitness demonstrations, children’s activities, entertainment and food samplings among other things.
“Our first Health Fest was a success,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “We hope that this event will only grow and continue annually to promote the importance of health and faith in Savannah.”
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.
Visit www.healthysavannah.org for more information.
ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
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 Savannah leads 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 www.healthysavannah.org
Peacock Automotive Opens Audi Dealership in S.C. Lowcountry and Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Oct. 4
American Heart Association to Unveil Theme of the 2019 Heart Ball and the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry to Honor Warner Peacock
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive will hold a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 4, for its new $6 million Audi Hilton Head dealership prominently located at the entrance to Peacock Auto Mall on Highway 278 in Hardeeville, S.C. A VIP reception will be held that evening at 5:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony with Audi representatives, Peacock Automotive representatives and local officials will take place at 6:30 p.m. The public and the media are invited to attend.
“We’re excited to show off our new facility at our event. We’ve increased the inventory of all of our Audi vehicles, and have more than two times the space of our former vehicle display, sales, customer waiting and service and parts areas to better serve our clients,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “You’ll still see the same friendly faces in both sales and service and you’ll see some new folks, as well.”
In addition to new automobile sales, the new Audi Hilton Head features a state-of-the-art repair center. It is also a dedicated Audi Sport facility, which provides an expanded inventory of high-performance Audi Sport models along with Audi Sport factory parts and accessories.
“Audi Hilton Head is ushering in a new era in the South Carolina Lowcountry,” Peacock added. “The quality of our products is reflected in its architecture, décor and equipment. Like our products and our customer-centric associates, this facility will stand out from the competition to create a premium customer experience.”
During the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, the American Heart Association will also kick off the 22nd Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast by announcing the gala theme. Audi Hilton Head is the Legacy Sponsor of the American Heart Association’s 2019 Heart Ball.
Additionally, Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry will present Mr. Peacock with an award during the event. Peacock Automotive has been a high-level sponsor of the Clubs for many years through a variety of partnerships and sponsorships.
For more information about Peacock Automotive or the Audi Hilton Head dealership, visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ or https://www.audihiltonhead.com or call (843) 208-1258. For additional information about or to RSVP for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, contact Jill Jauch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, 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 Alfa Romeo, Peacock Maserati, Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Jaguar Hilton Head, Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Peacock Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Peacock Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotive was awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
13th Annual Buddy Walk Hosted by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Returns with a Healthy Twist on October 6
Individuals of all ages and abilities — and their pets — are invited, especially those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers.
Last year’s event drew more than 5,000 people, and LDSS officials said they hope to attract even more 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 will be 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, will provide 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 following the walk will feature face painting, pumpkin painting, the BOO Boutique, bouncy houses, games, music, refreshments and the Border Pawtrol disc dog team.
The walk begins at 10:00 a.m., and the festivities will conclude at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for the walk will be $15 apiece or $50 for a family of four. Registration includes a T-shirt, lunch and admission to the family fun festival.
Sponsors of the 2018 Buddy Walk include NLaws Produce, Joe Marchese Construction, Marlow Elementary School, Coca-Cola and Holton Plumbing. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Information booths can be reserved for any organization that provides services for the differently abled community.
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 http://www.ldssga.org/
Savannah Businesses Team up to Support Kids & Pros, Free Football Camps for Almost 300 Youth Athletes
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s fourth annual Kids & ProsYouth Football Camps will kick off on Monday, July 23 with a check presentation to former Atlanta Falconsplayer Buddy Curry, the organization’s founder and executive director.
The event will be held at 6:15 p.m. at Calvary Day School, 4625 Waters Ave.
The 2018 camps are offered free to young athletes ages 7-13 and are made possible by this year’s sponsors, which include: the National Football League Foundation, Chatham Orthopedics, J.C. Lewis Ford, GenCapital, The Dewitt Tilton Group, the Hodge Foundation, Byrd Cookie Company, USI Insurance Services, SunTrust Bank, Oliver Maner, Walmart, Savannah Quarterback Club, Calvary Day School, River Street Sweetsand Steve Bacon.
“We are proud to support this program, which promotes the development of strong character, a positive attitude and a sense of responsibility and good citizenship in youngsters,” said Chris Tilton, President and Co-Founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group. “The Kids & Prosorganization achieves this goal through fair play and good sportsmanship with adult leaders providing the example.”
The first camp will be held on Monday, July 23, and Tuesday, July 24, at Calvary Day School. The second camp will be held on Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26, at Pooler Recreation Park, 900 S. Rogers St., in Pooler.
More than 300 athletes have signed up for the events. Registrations will be open until Friday, July 20. There will also be walk-up registrations available at both locations.
Kids & Pros, which was started by Curry and fellow NFLalum Bobby Butler in 2002, is a 501©3 nonprofit grounded in five core life principles called Game Changers for Life: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Integrity, Perseverance and Excellence.
Curry will be on hand at both camps to share coaching tips and encourage players’ motivation and will be joined by other former NFLplayers, college players and local high school and youth coaches. The camps run from 6-9 p.m. each day and are open to kids of all skill levels. In addition to three hours of instruction each day, a Parent Info Session will be held the first day of each camp from 6:20-7:20 pm.
ABOUT KIDS & PROS
Kids & Pros, Inc. is a non-profit organization, started in 2002 by former Atlanta FalconsBobby Butler and Buddy Curry to teach character and skills through athletics. Kids and Proswill celebrate its 17th Summer Camp season, providing weekly youth football camps, clinics and football safety training across the country including: Lee County, GA, Houston County, GA, Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY, Lynchburg, VA, Stafford, VA, Huntsville, AL, Chantilly, VA, Hampton, GA, Bozeman, MT, Charlotte, NC, Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Norcross, GA, Coweta County, GA, Danville, VA, Canton, NC, Bluffton, SC, Savannah, GA, Sylva, NC, Chastain Park, GA. For more information on Kids & Pros, Inc., please log onto our website at www.kidsandpros.com, follow us on twitter @kidsandpros, or connect with us on Facebook at Kids & Pros, Inc.
MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Groupbrings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia to Hold Second Epic Summer Quest
(SAVANNAH, GA) This July, Girl Scouts from around the country will once again travel to historic Savannah for an adventure unlike any other. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (GSHG) is hosting QuestFest, a weekend of fun adventure, challenges and entertainment from July 12-15, in the historic home of Girl Scouting. Last year, there was over 1,000 Girl Scouts in attendance.
The “Quest” in QuestFest stands for the main event – a scavenger hunt of epic proportion through the Historic District of Savannah. Teams of 10-15 will set out once again in search of an experience, rather than an item. Using a smartphone app, teams will choose from a list of challenges, and submit a photo or video via the QuestFest app as evidence of their accomplishment. Whether they’re competing for fun or aiming to earn a cash prize, all teams will participate in a massive “Quest” to find items, do good deeds and give back to the community. Our rousing weekend of fun and friends will also include additional events like a movie night, a dinner cruise down the Savannah River, an unforgettable Bridging Ceremony, a ghost tour (on Friday the 13th!), a Girl Scout expo and a live concert at the Savannah Civic Center.
GSHG Chief Executive Officer Sue Else and a participating Girl Scout from the Savannah area are available to share exciting news about QuestFest 2018, and how this event allows girls to showcase her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM.
Porsche 70th Anniversary Celebration Held at Peacock Automotive
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive brought together sports car lovers, local dignitaries and others from across Coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Porsche’s line of premium automobiles.
“The 70th anniversary was an essential reminder and celebration of the brand history and heritage and the community of owners and enthusiasts who share our passion,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “It was also a unique opportunity for Porsche enthusiasts to celebrate together and participate in a global event in typical Porsche fashion.”
Members of the local chapter of the Porsche Club of America, Coastal Empire Region, displayed more than a dozen classic Porsche automobiles to convey the decades of the brand’s evolution.
The Porsche brand was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1948 when the company’s founder, Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche created a prototype two-seat open sports car designed as the 356 “No. 1” Roadster. What may be Porsche’s best-known model, the Porsche 911, was launched in 1963. By the beginning of 2018, more than one million 911’s had been manufactured.
Peacock Automotive’s 70-anniversary festivities included a block party featuring Bavarian-inspired food from Skull Creek Boathouse and non-alcoholic refreshments, along with entertainment by a DJ and a Porsche “birthday cake” to celebrate the brand’s history and passion, which guests were invited to enjoy in the early afternoon.
“With an event of this magnitude it was important to highlight the global nature of this program,” Peacock said. “Sportscar Together Day was our first global celebration, fueled by events around the world along with active online communities and social media. But, it was primarily an opportunity to get together as a community at local Porsche Centers to celebrate the thrills of being sports car owners and enthusiasts.”
To that end, devotees of the brand were asked to share their experiences online using the #SportsCarTogether on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.
Further festivities included door prizes throughout the event and test drives of all the Peacock Porsche vehicles.
For more information about Peacock Automotive or the Porsche of Hilton Head dealership, visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ or call 843-208-1258. For additional information about the 70th-anniversary celebration, contact Jill Jauch at email@example.com.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates more than 20 automotive franchises and other holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing upwards of 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 near Bluffton, S.C. 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 Peacock Hyundai and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. Peacock Automotive was awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Opens Little Free Library
(SAVANNAH, GA) The dedication of Little Free Library was held at Park Place Outreach, located at 514 E. Henry Street in Savannah, Ga. The new Little Free Library, painted by local artist Kimberly Dawn Crowder, is part of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail, which runs from Savannah, Ga. to Milledgeville, Ga. Little Free Libraries encourage anyone to take a book and leave a book. The concept originated in Wisconsin in 2010 and has since blossomed into a network of more than 20,000 miniature libraries around the world.
The dedication ceremony at Park Place Outreachincluded a special tribute to the late Francis Allen, the co-owner of Savannah’s Roots Up Gallery who started the Flannery O’Connor Book Trailin 2014 along with his wife, Leslie Lovell. The installation of the new Little Free Library and the continuation of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trailwas made possible by contributions donated in honor of Francis Allen upon his passing August 30, 2017. In addition, the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah has donated time and effort to restore the garden at Park Place Outreachwhere the Little Free Library was installed.
ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH:
Park Place Outreachis a 12-bed temporary residential shelter for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth ages 11-17, centrally located on Henry Street in Savannah. Opened in 1984, the shelter offers youth a safe and loving environment, with 24/7/365 care by a staff of house parents and case managers. Park Place Outreachis the only facility in Savannah where homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit without an agency or parent referral. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelteris an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelterhas helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit parkplaceyes.orgor Park Place Outreach– Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.
ABOUT THE FLANNERY O’CONNOR CHILDHOOD HOME:
The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton Street in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the South’s greatest writers. An established 501©(3) nonprofit organization, the Flannery O’Connor Home Foundation, Inc. has meticulously restored the author’s childhood home to reflect the authentic period furnishings of a Depression-era Savannah row house and to offer insight into the years that O’Connor lived in Savannah, from 1925 to 1938. The Home proudly presents a series of free lectures as well as other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit flanneryoconnorhome.orgor call 912.233.6014.
ABOUT FLANNERY O’CONNOR:
Flannery O’Connorwas born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925 and is the author of the acclaimed novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as 32 short stories and numerous essays. Best known as a pioneering Southern gothic author who often wrote about morally flawed characters, O’Connor remains an important voice in American literature. She lived in Savannah until 1938 and drew inspiration from her childhood experiences in Georgia’s First City until her death from lupus in Milledgeville, Georgia on August 3, 1964. She received the National Book Award for Fiction posthumously in 1972 for The Collected Stories of Flannery O’Connor.
Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 Encourage Health Grant to Loop It Up Savannah
(SAVANNAH, GA) At the first of four presentations during the 2018 Encourage Health Education Series, Loop It Up Savannahwas presented with a $1,000 grant to be used for art supplies and food for after-school programs.
Loop It Up Savannahis a community non-profit that each year brings creative art workshops to more than 5,000 kids. They serve a healthy snack and dinner to 30-40 children with after-school programs at the Yamacraw Community Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
At the luncheon, Dr. Luke Curtsinger discussed The Blue Zone and how its nine life-guiding principles can promote longevity, well-being and overall happiness.
The 2018 Encourage Health Education Serieswill feature four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who will share insights on nutrition and fitness, plus general tips for healthy living. A healthy lunch is provided. Attendance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required on Healthy Savannah’s website.
During each presentation, a local nonprofit organization will receive a $1,000 Encourage Health grant to support their programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education.
This marks the fifth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Clover Health, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning Newsand Savannah Magazine.
To RSVP for the lectures, visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/. For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/enmarket-encourage-health-series/
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. 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 stores as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com
American Red Cross Youth Heroes Awards Breakfast
(SAVANNAH, GA) TheAmerican Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgiawill host its fifth Youth Heroes Awards Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 20, at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. in downtown Savannah.
This fundraising event will recognize local students who are giving back to their communities by volunteering at school and for religious organizations, various non-profits, camps and more. It will also honor Cecilia Russo Turnerfor her volunteer work in the community, as well as her philanthropy and advocacy.
“We hold this fundraiser each year to recognize outstanding youth for their commitment to improving our communities through volunteer service and to help increase awareness of the difference a commitment to service and compassion makes in the lives of our neighbors in need,” said Esther Sheppard, the agency’s executive director. “We know their potential is boundless. Therefore, we also honor a community mentor of the year to inspire and encourage them in their work.”
Turner, this year’s community honoree, is CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing. During her 23-year career, she has managed and participated in philanthropic activities that have raised millions of dollars for nonprofit charities and civic improvements in Savannah and the Lowcountry. Turner also was one of the creators of the Youth Heroes event.
“Five years ago, I could not have imagined this idea would take hold, take shape and grow to be embraced the way it has by both this organization and the community it serves,” said Turner. “Professionally, my mentor is Cliff McCurry, who was, incidentally, the first recipient of this award. He and the other recipients have mentored untold numbers of young people, and each knows the power of hard work and rising above doubt, adversity and rejection.”
In addition to McCurry, who is a managing trustee at the University of Georgia Foundation; previous honorees are Cathy Hill, who recently retired as a senior executive with Georgia Power; Celia Dunn, owner of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty; and former Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson.
Students in the sixth through twelfth grades who will be recognized are enrolled public or private schools or are home-school students in the 2017-2018 school year. They each have at least 30 recorded and verified volunteer activities addressing community needs within southeast and coastal Georgia.
The public is invited to support the Youth Heroes Breakfast and contribute to the American Red Crossthrough tax-deductible gifts that range from purchasing individual tickets or corporate-level packages to making donations to recognize the honorees.
“Contributions make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors in need when disaster affects their lives,” said Sheppard. “We hope that, like these volunteers, members of the community will answer the call to help by supporting this organization and this event.”
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF SOUTHEAST AND COASTAL GEORGIA
The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgiawas established on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1917, and has served the community for more than one hundred years, now providing services in 17 southeast Georgia counties. Volunteers constitute 96 percent of the workforce, serving as members of the board, instructors teaching lifesaving skills, disaster action team members, office administrators and event organizers. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/southeastgeorgiaor call 912-651-5300or 800-733-6767.
ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO TURNER
Cecilia Russo, of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC,is a marketing professional with a proven record among Savannah’s top-tier non-profit and for-profit organizations, businesses and corporations in the areas of fund development, marketing, public relations and event planning. As a native Savannahian, Cecilia’s knowledge and experience give her unique insights into channeling the efforts of volunteers and constituents into effective, mission-driven public relations activities that translate into measurable results. She was voted one of Savannah’s “40 Business Leaders Under 40” by the Savannah Business Report and Journal in 2005. For more information, visit online at https://ceciliarussomarketing.wordpress.com or call 912-665-0005.
Join the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society in Wearing Mismatched Socks for World Down Syndrome Day and St. Patrick’s Day
By Joe Marchese
My daughter, Ella, loves to celebrate. She considers everyone a friend and I don’t think I’ve ever met a better dancer. In addition to her outgoing and loving personality, she also has an extra copy of her 21st chromosome pair (TRISOMY 21. 3-21), more commonly known as Down Syndrome.
Some may consider Ella to have a disability. At the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), we see her as having different abilities and realize that all people are uniquely created and bring different contributions to the world.
Wednesday, March 21st (3/21) is World Down Syndrome Day. As part of that day, I would like to personally invite you to join us in celebrating the fact that “We are all different…that’s what makes us the same.”
On Saturday, March 17th, our beautiful hostess city, Savannah, will be focused on St. Patricks Day. The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will once again have a float in the parade and we will all be wearing mismatched socks to show that being different is a good thing and to make people aware of the upcoming World Down Syndrome Day.
Please help us to celebrate by:
• Wearing mismatched socks on March 17th and on March 21st and explain to anyone who notices that we appreciate and celebrate differently abled individuals and how their differences make the world a better place.
• Posting a picture of your socks to your facebook page. Tag the photo using #LDSS, #differentabilities, #WorldDownSyndromeDay.
• Challenging two friends to join in the fun.
These simple, small steps can change our community and the world!
We rely on individual donations from people just like you to support the events we hold through the year, such as the Night of Champions, where we honor employers and their employees with different abilities, and the Buddy Walk, that raises awareness of the unlimited potential of all people. In recognition of World Down Syndrome day, we are also collecting $2.00 donations, one for each mismatched sock, or any other amount at www.ldssga.org.
For those of you unfamiliar with what we do. The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is a support group to benefit local people with Down Syndrome and their families through leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. We envision a world in which all people with different abilities have the opportunity to create their own path in order to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of a welcoming community.
As I always say, I hope that Savannah will become known as the “most inclusive city in the United States.” Maybe a pair of mismatched socks can help spread that message. I hope you ‘ll join me.
Please stop me and say hello on St. Patricks Day; I’ll be the guy wearing the striped and polka dot socks. So roll up your pant legs and join in the fun.
LDSS Calls for Nominations for the 9th Annual Night of Champions
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is requesting nominations for its 9th Annual Night of Champions to be held this May. The event seeks to recognize Savannah area employees who are differently-abled and excel in their workplace, with an additional acknowledgment of the employers who have given them the opportunity to work.
“Night of Champions celebrates employees and their employers whose dedication and leadership shines a light on the possibilities and benefits of inclusive communities and workspaces,” said Night of Champions Chairperson, Tom Kenkel.
Employee nominations can be submitted online at nightofchampions.org until Friday, April 13.
The selected employees and their employers will be invited as special guests to the Night of Champions dinner, which will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m.
In addition to dinner, the evening will include a recognition ceremony, a silent auction and a cash bar, with Jamie Deen and Allyson Harvin serving as the night’s emcees. Business professional attire is requested.
Individual tickets are $50, and tables of ten can be reserved for $500 at nightofchampions.org.
ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a support group to benefit 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
Sandfly Women Business Owner’s Coalition Supports National Reading Day at Hancock Day School
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield and The Sandfly Women Business Owner’s Coalition supported literacy efforts on National Reading Day, Tuesday, Jan. 23, by spending time at Hancock Day School reading to first- and second-grade students.
Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member, said: “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.
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/