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Savannah Businesses Team up to Support Kids & Pros, Free Football Camps for Almost 300 Youth Athletes

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 Logo

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.

Kids & Prosoffers the only free, character-based, non-contact football skills camp in the area. For more information, visit https://www.kidsandpros.com.

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

CONTACT
Buddy Curry
Executive Director
404-849-8314
buddy@kidsandpros.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075
www.ceciliarussomarketing.com

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Fitness Expert Janet McCarthy to Speak at Aug. 28 Enmarket Encourage Health Education event

Fitness Expert Janet McCarthy to Speak at Aug. 28 Enmarket Encourage Health Education event

(SAVANNAH, GA) Certified fitness trainer Janet McCarthy, who believes fitness in the workplace can improve personal effectiveness and benefit an organization’s bottom line, will bring her message to a free lunchtime lecture on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

McCarthy’s presentation will be the third of four presentations held in the 2018 Encourage Health Education Series.

Janet McCarthy Encourage Health

Janet McCarthy

It comes as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates nearly 60 percent of employees do not get adequate exercise, and a 2014 article in Corporate Wellness magazine said unhealthy lifestyle choices cause up to 90 percent of healthcare spending cost American businesses more than one trillion dollars a year in lost productivity.

This, McCarthy said, is why workplace wellness programs are more important than ever.

“These programs educate employees on how to feel better on the job, both mentally and physically, but they also foster better work performance and can actually decrease turnover rates,” McCarthy said. “They are a win for employee and employer.”

She said workplace fitness programs also can create an atmosphere of camaraderie, making workers feel more valued and instilling a greater sense of goodwill toward the employer.

McCarthy is a personal trainer and instructor at Memorial Health, Savannah Golf Club, Hunter Army Airfield and the Landings Club. She earned a bachelor of science degree in communications with a health science focus from Georgia Southern Universityand is certified by Interactive Fitness Trainers of America in personal training, aqua aerobics and spin.

During the Encourage Healthevent, a $1,000 grant will be presented to theSavannah Derby Devilsfor encouraging female athleticism and adult exercise through skating. The women’s flat-track roller derby league promotes the sport of roller derby and works to empower women of all shapes, sizes and walks of life to develop their full potential whether as a skating athlete, staff support or event volunteer. The group organizes practices, coordinates fundraising events and develops training clinics.

This marks the fifth year for the EnmarketEncourage Health Education Series, conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Clover Health, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning Newsand Savannah Magazine.

Each of the presentations in the 2018 EnmarketEncourage Health Education Serieswill take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Demere Center for Living, located at 6000 Business Center Dr, Savannah, GA 31405.

To register for this or any of the upcoming lectures, visit www.healthysavannah.org.

ABOUT ENMARKET
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

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

 

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Hires New Executive Director

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Hires New Executive Director

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kayla Johnson, former service learning coordinator at Savannah Country Day School, has been hired as the first executive director of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS).

Johnson, who has developed non-profits, implemented innovative programs and leveraged strategic community partnerships, also founded and was the former director of the Zoe Foundation, Inc.

Kayla Johnson, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Executive Director

Kayla Johnson, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Executive Director

As executive director of the LDSS, she will administer the growing organization’s activities and annual events, including the Buddy Walk, the Night of Champions awards banquet and Camp Buddy.

“When I learned that LDSSwas expanding and hiring an executive director, I was thrilled for the organization’s growth and honored to be considered for the position,” Johnsonsaid. “Working with such an impactful, local organization will be a dream.”

LDSShas grown from a group of four families who banded together in April 2006 with a shared experience of having a family member with Down syndrome to a society that has attracted thousands of parents, children, advocates, community volunteers and corporate supporters.

The LDSSboard conducted an extensive search to find someone to help grow the organization.

“We are blessed to have found someone who shares our vision for the future,” said Candy Bogardus, founding member, past president and current member of the LDSSboard. “There is an endless amount of continued good and education to come from LDSS, and Kaylahas the grace and strength to help us champion our goals of acceptance and inclusion.”

Johnson, a native of Baton Rouge, La., earned a bachelor of arts in communication from Louisiana Tech University and a master of arts in communication from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband, Clay, have three children.

“After spending the past year exploring New Jersey, we are delighted to return to our second home, Savannah,” Johnsonsaid. “Our homecoming is sweetened just knowing the wonderful crew of LDSSis welcoming us into their network of good. I am very thankful.”

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. LDSSencourages people to bring their children. LDSSis an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT
Kayla Johnson
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-436-3626
kjohnson@ldssga.org
10701 Abercorn St., #60786
Savannah, GA 31420

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

Jenkins High School and Savannah Christian Preparatory School to Receive Custom Mouth Guards from Sandfly Family Dental

Jenkins High School and Savannah Christian Preparatory School to Receive Custom Mouth Guards from Sandfly Family Dental

(SAVANNAH, GA) Football teams from Jenkins High Schooland Savannah Christian Preparatory Schoolwill receive free custom mouth guards courtesy of the 2018 Canfield Mouth Shield Program sponsored by Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dentalin Savannah and Premier Dental Designsin Rincon.

This will be the fifth year Canfield has donated mouth guards to local schools. These custom-made mouth guards provide stability to the players’ jaws and cushion blows that can cause severe dental injuries such as broken teeth, fractured jaws, gum lacerations and injuries to their lips or tongue.

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Savannah Christianhas three football teams that will benefit from the donation: a fifth- and sixth-grade team, a seventh- and eighth-grade team and a high school team.

“We are excited to use this gift as a chance to educate our players on safety fundamentals,” said Eddie Wilson, a school board member and volunteer head coach for the SCPSfifth- and sixth-grade team.

Jenkins High Schoolis the first Savannah public school to win consecutive regional football titles during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons. Canfield’s donation will allow the team to put more of its booster club’s fundraising capacities toward providing pre- and post-game meals for its players.

“Properly fitted mouth guards are proven to reduce the damage of impacts that often lead to concussions and other severe injuries,” Canfield said. “It is a privilege to put my time and expertise toward protecting local athletes from these types of injuries.”

The full fitting, molding and examination of each player’s mouth guards usually costs $440. Between Jenkinsand SCPS, 177 players will benefit from this donation, which amounts to $51,480 of donated protection pieces.

These mouth guards will have a one-year warranty that covers dental expenses incurred by players who are injured while wearing the mouth guards. The warranty also pays $1,093.75 per injured or replaced tooth and up to a maximum total liability of $35,000 per incident.

ABOUT DR. ANGELA CANFIELD
Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designsin Rincon at 5871 HWY 21 South and Sandfly Family Dentalin the Norwood Market in Savannah. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/.

CONTACT
Angela C. Canfield
molar799@yahoo.com
912-713-1398Cell
912-826-4037office

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

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

Local Volunteers in Medicine Presented $23,000 from Subaru 2017 Share The Love Event

Local Volunteers in Medicine Presented $23,000 from Subaru 2017 Share The Love Event

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Subaru Hilton Headpresented $22,570 to the Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicineto help provide medical services and compassionate care to the uninsured.

This marks the fourth year in a row that Peacock Subaruhas chosen Volunteers in Medicineto receive a local share made available in conjunction withSubaru of America, Inc.’s Share the Loveprogram, which donates $250 for every new Subaru sold or leased to the customer’s choice of national charities or one hometown charity chosen by the local auto dealer.

Peacock Automotive presents check to Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine

Peacock Subaru Hilton Head presents check to Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine

“This is not only a wonderful gift from Peacock Subaru, but it is a tremendous contribution to the community,” said Pamela Toney, the non-profit’s executive director. “There are more than 17,000 patients in this area who do not have health insurance, and this money will be put to great use.”

The 2017 program contributions, along with a match of more than $2 million from Subaru retailers, brings the total amount donated during the 10-year-old national program to more than $118 million.

“The program demonstrates a shared commitment by Subaru and local retailers in making the world a better place,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We believe in being a positive force in the communities where we live and work, not just with donations but with actions that set an example for others to follow.”

Over the years, Peacock Subaruhas led local initiatives to encourage pet adoptions and collect donations for animal shelters. The dealership has also donated blankets and craft kits to local cancer care facilities in partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of Subaru’s Loves to Care campaign. Peacock Subaruhas also donated gardening supplies and books to local schools.

Peacock Subaru Hilton Headis located in the Peacock Auto Mallat 111 Drivers Way in Hardeeville, S.C. For more information, call 843-208-2400 or visit online at https://www.peacocksubaruhiltonhead.com/

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns 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 Mallthat 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, Subaruand 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 Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. Peacock Automotivewas 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/

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

$1,000 Encourage Health Grant to Flux Nourishment Community

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 Encourage Health Grant to Flux Nourishment Community

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the second session of the 2018 Encourage Health Education Series, Flux Nourishment Communitywas presented with a $1,000 grant to be used for community health research and diet and wellness education.

Flux Nourishment Communityis a non-profit that uses community-based participatory research and works with community leaders, including those in indigent and minority populations, to bring the message of empowering health through nourishment and to provide services to those in need of nutrition education and wellness coaching.

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present Encourage Health Education Grant to Flux Nourishment

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present Encourage Health Education Grant to Flux Nourishment

During the luncheon, Megyn Jefferson, CEO and health coach of Flux Nourishment, delivered a lecture on “Cornerstones of Healthy Living.” Her presentation focused on ways that simple lifestyle changes can lead to a fulfilled life above the line of wellness. These include adopting a plant-based diet, buying seasonal and local produce, eliminating produce waste and prioritizing eating whole foods in a culture that emphasizes convenience.

Jefferson was trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. Her goal is to develop personal action plans for clients to move them toward their ideal vision of health within their unique bodies, lifestyles, preferences and resources.

The 2018 Encourage Health Education Seriesfeatures 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. The presentation is also livestreamed on Healthy Savannah’s and Enmarket’s Facebook pages.

During each presentation, a local nonprofit organization receives a $1,000 Encourage Healthgrant to support their programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education.

This marks the fifth year for the EnmarketEncourage Health Education Series, conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Clover Health, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning Newsand Savannah Magazine.

The next of the four lectures will feature Janet McCarthy speaking on Fitness in the Work Place. McCarthy is a certified yoga and group fitness instructor with experience as Fitness and Aquatics Director for the YMCA, a Personal Trainer at the Westin, Memorial Hospital and The Landings Club as well as leading multiple fitness and running boot camps. She specializes in balance, flexibility and core stability; yoga therapy; and nutrition, metabolism and behavioral and lifestyle eating habits.

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

ABOUT ENMARKET
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

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

Kids & Pros Announces Fourth Annual Football Camps in Savannah

Kids & Pros Announces Fourth Annual Football Camps in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) The fourth annual Kids & Pros No-Contact Football Camps will be held at two locations in the Savannah area. The first camp will be held on Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 at Calvary Day School, located at 4625 Waters Ave, Savannah, GA 31404. The second camp will be held on Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26 at Pooler Recreation Park, located at 900 S Rogers St, Pooler, GA 31322.

Kids & Pros, started by NFL alumni Bobby Butler and Buddy Curry in 2002, is a 501©3 nonprofit grounded in five core life principles called Game Changers for Life: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Integrity, Perseverance and Excellence.

The coaches (one for every 10 kids) include former NFL players, college players and local high school and youth coaches. Kids & Pros offers the only free, character-based, non-contact football skills camp in the area. Founder and executive director Buddy Curry, a former Atlanta Falcons player, will be on hand to share coaching tips and encourage players’ motivation.

“We have designated two locations in Savannah this year to make the camps more accessible and to reach more kids,” said Curry. “Our goals are for the kids to improve their football skills, practice safer playing methods on the field, strengthen their character, gain self-confidence and become better positioned for long-term success.”

Kids & Pros highlights on-the-field football instruction as the program teaches football fundamentals and safety techniques and integrates the Game Changers for Life in each component of the clinic. It also offers players guidance on proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

The camps run from 6-9 p.m. each day and are open to kids of all skill levels from ages 7-13. 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.

Sponsors for this year’s camp include Chatham Orthopedics, J.C. Lewis Ford, GenCapital, The Dewitt Tilton Group, Byrd Cookie Company, Neurological & Spine Institute, Memorial Health University Medical Center, SunTrust Bank, Oliver Maner, LLP, Hussey Gay Bell, Walmart and Enviro Vac Industrial Services.

For more information on Kids & Pros, visit https://www.kidsandpros.com.

ABOUT KIDS & PROS
Kids & Pros, Inc. is a non-profit organization, started in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons Bobby Butler and Buddy Curry to teach character and skills through athletics. Kids and Pros will 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.

CONTACT
Buddy Curry
Executive Director
404-849-8314
buddy@kidsandpros.com