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The Fifth Annual Bra Project Announced for October to Benefit DragonBoat Beaufort

The Fifth Annual Bra Project Announced for October to Benefit DragonBoat Beaufort

(Bluffton/Beaufort, SC) In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Pinnacle Medical Group announces “The Bra Project” will once again benefit DragonBoat Beaufort and local breast cancer survivors. This is the fifth consecutive year that the group has presented the event.

Local students from Hilton Head High School, May River High School and Bluffton High School have been invited to custom-design a bra and enter the competition. In total, 10 bras will be selected.

A kickoff unveiling event for these bras will be held at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery on Thursday, October 3, at 4 p.m. “The Bra Project” will then go on tour throughout the Lowcountry for the entire month.

“The Bra Project” student competition tour dates will be announced soon. Locations include:

Votes and donations will be collected for the public’s favorite submission at each of the exhibit locations.

This year, the Pinnacle Medical Group is inviting local artists to participate in a non-competitive portion of “The Bra Project”. Artists’ submissions should be inspired by someone with a history of breast cancer and can be created in the medium of their choice. The deadline to enter as an artist is Friday, September 13.

All pieces will be auctioned off at the grand finale celebration, “The Bra Project: Bras and Bubbly”, which will be held at the Thibault Gallery on Thursday, October 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During the “Bras and Bubbly” event, the students’ bras will be on display and the winner will be announced. Proceeds for the event will benefit DragonBoat Beaufort. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

“So many of our patients are affected by breast cancer and we see first hand how someone’s family, work, confidence and overall quality of life can be impacted,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “As a practice, Pinnacle Medical Group is dedicated to supporting the breast cancer community and our neighbors who are facing the fight with cancer. This annual fundraiser is our way of helping and we encourage everyone in the Lowcountry to join in our effort.”

According to, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. in 2019 alone. Overall, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

DragonBoat Beaufort is a non-profit organization that started in 2012 when a group of cancer survivors was inspired by “Awaken the Dragon,” a documentary shown at the 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival. The goal of the organization is to assist cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in the Lowcountry.

For more information on the events, the student competition or ways to get involved, please contact Melody Jones at or 843.815.6699 ext. 1009.

2018 Winner of "The Bra Project"

2018 Winner of “The Bra Project”

2018 Winner of "The Bra Project"

2018 Winner of “The Bra Project”

The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit,, and


Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil

Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah chiropractor Michael Vaughn focused on the facts and fictions of CBD oil during the third presentation of the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, held at the Charles H. Morris Center.

Union Mission received the nonprofit grant, which is awarded at each Encourage Health lecture. A healthy lunch was provided to all attendees by Enmarket before the lecture.

Enmarket Encourage Health Series CBD Presentation

Enmarket Encourage Health Series CBD Presentation

Cannabidiol oil, better known as CBD, is a heavily trending product derived from non-intoxicating elements of marijuana or hemp and sold over the counter for the treatment of a variety of health problems. In his talk, Dr. Vaughn covered the history of the cannabis plant and gave a brief overview of the human endocannabinoid system before providing examples of the believed benefits of CBD: improved sleep, anxiety reduction, and relief from musculoskeletal pain, brain injury and epilepsy.

Dr. Vaughn also discussed CBD’s legal status, safety and marketing. Studies on long-term effects have yet to be completed, but he shared some insights on this developing field.

“This is a fascinating subject that holds the potential to be of great benefit to many people, but the jury is still out on many aspects of CBD oil,” Vaughn said. “I believe many people can find relief through CBD products, but I realize it is poorly understood by the public and that many in the medical field are skeptical.”

Dr. Vaughn has practiced chiropractic medicine in Georgia for decades. A product of Savannah Christian Preparatory School and Armstrong State College, he graduated from a chiropractic program at Parker College in Dallas, Texas. He completed post-grad work leading to diplomat status with the American College of Chiropractic Neurology. He has worked with world-class competitive athletes, including serving with the USA Weightlifting Federation and serving as treating chiropractor for the Greece Olympic track team during the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He is currently in private practice at Savannah Chiropractic Center, where he specializes in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation. In addition, he continues to serve in a variety of educational and regulatory roles in his profession.

The Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series is a wide-ranging presentation of diverse health topics. Previous subjects this year included meditation for stress relief and food insecurity issues in Savannah. The upcoming October presentation will focus on the value of strength training at any age. The popular free series is presented in a lunch-and-learn format, with each session offering the community the opportunity to hear local experts discuss health-related topics in a non-commercial atmosphere.

This marks the sixth year for the series in partnership with Healthy Savannah, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, David’s Dry Cleaners, the City of Savannah, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, St. Joseph’s/Candler and WRHQ.

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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 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. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country.

Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah Hires Kenneth Hintz

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah Hires Kenneth Hintz

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah, a leading local provider of plumbing and drain maintenance, introduces Kenneth Hintz to its staff as a service technician.

Roto Rooters of Savannah, Kenneth Hintz

Roto Rooters of Savannah, Kenneth Hintz

Originally from Midland, Michigan, Hintz was previously the general manager for a sewer service company.

“Kenneth is an exceptional addition to our growing team,” said Sherry Daniel, owner and CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. “In a time when true skill and diligence are hard to come by, we are fortunate to welcome Kenneth to the Roto family.”

Hintz has two sons, ages 21 and 13. In his spare time, Hintz enjoys fishing, golf, video games and cars.

Roto-Rooter plumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooters Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing

State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team

State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Blazers’ track and field team celebrated their state championship victory during a ring ceremony held at Bethesda Academy.

Thirteen state championship rings were presented to the athletes on the 2018-2019 team which won the state honor in the South Carolina Independent School Association Class A/AA competition at the end of last school year. Several private schools along the South Carolina/Georgia border, including Bethesda Academy, are members of SCISA.

Two graduated seniors from the team returned to their alma mater to accept their rings. Five coaches led by the athletic director Antwain Turner watched as the seniors along with the rest of the track and field team were honored.

“I can’t express how proud of these young men I am,” said head track coach Clevan Thompson. “It’s an honor to hold this title and to coach these outstanding athletes. I’ve watched this team make tremendous strides physically and personally to get to this point, and I can’t think of a more deserving team.”

For more information on Bethesda Academy, please visit

Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now 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 STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit or call 912.644.4376.

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Park Place Outreach Transitional Living Program Hosts Open House for New Location

Park Place Outreach Transitional Living Program Hosts Open House for New Location

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach transitional living program will host an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 4-6 p.m. at 818 E. Henry St.

The open house will include refreshments, appetizers, and chance to learn more about the transitional living program.

The event will be held to network with local community members and to celebrate the official launch of the program.

“Every opportunity you have to demonstrate understanding and empathy to homeless youth will support their development, sense of self-worth and future potential,” said program director Cheri Dean.

The transitional living program began accepting residents in February at a former location on Henry Street, and can now serve as many as six males at the new facility. Its mission is to prepare homeless, runaway and at-risk males ages 16 to 21 for independence and self-sufficiency.

The program provides housing, case management services, life skills, personal and community connections and other individualized services.

“Many of the young men we encounter have been abandoned, betrayed, misunderstood or abused by those they trust most,” Dean said. “Gaining their confidence requires a deep understanding of those we serve and their adverse life experiences.”

For more information, visit

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook.

Carriage Trade Public Relations Announces August Open for Business®: Does Your Pitch Pass the Test?

Carriage Trade Public Relations Announces August Open for Business®: Does Your Pitch Pass the Test?

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. for the August session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s topic is focused on pitching and how to improve yours. Cynthia Cradduck, Junior Partner, will host the conversation on Wednesday, August 28, at noon.

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live on Carriage Trade Public Relations’ account.

The article this month can be found here:

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Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premier reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

Cynthia Cradduck
Junior Partner

A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah

A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah
By Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

When it comes to the movie industry, Savannah is no Hollywood. Why? Because it is far better! For the past two years, the state of Georgia has been the world’s most popular filming destination (as evidenced by the ever-present Georgia Peach logo at the end of so many films and television shows). While the majority of these productions film in the Atlanta area, Savannah is the second-most popular destination in the state.

That’s right. Move over Los Angeles and New York. Over the past decade, Savannah has enjoyed record-breaking year after record-breaking year as a location for some of the most well-known productions in the film and television industry.

In 2018, more than 200 professional movie and television productions and 147 student projects were filmed in the Savannah area. According to the Savannah Regional Film Commission, these productions accounted for $120 million in direct spending locally and had a total economic impact of well over $250 million in FY 2018 alone. These figures shattered the record set in 2017 of $65 million in direct spending with $138 million in total local economic impact.

It would seem a celebration of Savannah’s rightful place in the television and film industry is long overdue.

As if right on cue, enter a glitzy new event on Savannah’s social calendar with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. Developed to recognize and honor several key local professionals for their invaluable contributions to the Savannah film and television industry, the event will make its debut this September.

The Gala will be open to the public so that everyone in town has the opportunity to experience an evening of Hollywood glamour right here in the Hostess City of the South. It also affords a chance for local businesses to show their support for an industry that is now intrinsic to our area’s present economy and financial future. It will honor Savannah’s rightful place as a key player in today’s film and television world while also giving a fun nod to the industry’s history through its theme of “Old Hollywood.”

The people who are doing great things to ensure Savannah’s rightful place in the film industry will be recognized and honored for their contributions. The Gala will not only be wildly entertaining, but it will shine the spotlight directly on many of the industry members who are quickly becoming shining stars (not to mention economic drivers) in our community.

The Gala will also feature an immersive theater experience whereby guests will interact and engage with live entertainers at an old Hollywood “High Society” gathering. There will be amazing food and drinks, special guests, live musical performances, and many other surprises. The goal is to give every attendee an experience they will remember for a long time.

Unfortunately, threats of a Georgia boycott have dominated the news recently. It’s time to wipe away the negativity. The Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala aims to shift the focus to all of the entertaining, fun, and positive aspects of the local entertainment industry.

The inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Gala will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street. All of the details can be found at

Charles Bowen is an entertainment attorney and founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or