Category: Leadership

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

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, follow us on twitter @kidsandpros, or connect with us on Facebook at Kids & Pros, Inc.

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

Buddy Curry
Executive Director

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Cecilia Russo Marketing


Over $5,000 Presented to Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

Over $5,000 Presented to Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sustainativitypresented $5356.00 to Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelterto be used for new energy efficient appliances. The Shelter, located at 514 East Henry Street, is open 24 hours a day and offers a safe and loving environment to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 11 to 17.

“Sustainativity’s donation makes a huge impact on our shelter operations,” said Park Place OutreachExecutive Director Julie Wade. “The new appliances will reduce our utility bills and will allow our shelter to be more energy and environmentally efficient moving forward.”

Park Place Outreach

Tommy Linstroth, founder of Sustainativity, presents a check of over $5,000.00 to Julie Wade, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach, for energy efficient appliances for the shelter.

Sustainitivityis a local non-profit agency that promotes energy efficient practices. The organization chose Park Place Outreachas its 2017 community partner.

“We are excited to provide new, energy efficient appliances for Park Place”, said Chair Tommy Linstroth. “With round the clock operations, they’ll really make an impact, both on the kids and with lowering utility bills.”

Park Place Outreachoperates the only shelter in Savannah and Chatham County where runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth ages 11-17 can self report without an agency referral. All services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school. The staff also offers individual, group and family counseling with follow-up visits after a resident returns home, as well as non-residential services including an after-school tutorial and drop-in center, recreational services and after-care services.

The mission of Sustainativityis to improve the vibrancy of the community through direct philanthropic investments. All money raised goes to implementing sustainability projects for nonprofit organizations, such as Park Place Outreach, to help them succeed in their mission while minimizing their environmental impact.

Since opening in 1984, Park Place Outreachhas served over 6500 at-risk teens. For more information, visit

To learn more about Sustainativityand its sponsored events, go to

Park Place OutreachYouth 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 Shelterhas helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.orgor find us on Facebook.

Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA, 31401
912-234-4048Fax 912-651-3621

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Got an idea for a unique exciting new product or service? Then consider the new “BizPitch Savannah™” entrepreneurial competition, a kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank.” It’s a chance to pitch your idea to a panel of judges with the potential to win $2500 in cash and a package of professional start-up business services worth an estimated $7,500.

BizPitch Savannah™, presented by the Savannah SCORE

BizPitch Savannah™, presented by Savannah SCORE

This can either be a new start up or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah-Chatham business license after March 1, 2017. You must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted through midnight, Wednesday, Aug. 1, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.

Eight finalists will be announced on Aug. 10, and will make their pitches to a panel of judges at the “BizPitch Savannah™” event on Friday, Sept. 7, from 4-6:30 p.m. at The Creative Coast, 2222 Bull St.

The five judges are Jesse Cole, entrepreneur and owner, The Savannah Bananas; Jen Bonnett, vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Savannah Economic Development Authorityand executive director of The Creative Coast; Susan Speros, founder and president of Speros Business Technology Solutions; Sheree Darien, community development loan officer, Small Business Assistance Corporation; and a certified Savannah SCOREBusiness Mentor.

Three winners will receive the cash and services.

Competition rules and application forms are available at

BizPitch Savannah™” is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Sponsorships and donations for the event include those from:

Savannah Economic Development Authority
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Savannah Morning News / GateHouse Media
ArcMedia Group
Small Business Assistance Corporation
Bouhan Falligant
Kenkel Design
Wells Fargo – The Private Bank
City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity
The Creative Coast
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
Ad Specialty Services

For more info please contact Savannah SCOREat


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.”

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

Kayla Johnson
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
10701 Abercorn St., #60786
Savannah, GA 31420

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations

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.

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

Angela C. Canfield

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

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

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

Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager

Catherine Donaldson Named Chair of the Southern Coast Heart Ball

Catherine Donaldson Named Chair of the Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association Celebrates 22nd Annual Heart Ball

(HILTON HEAD, SC) The American Heart Association(AHA) is proud to announce Catherine Donaldson will chair the 22nd Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast. The Heart Ballwill be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

Catherine Donaldson, chair of Southern Coast Heart Ball

Catherine Donaldson

In her role as chair, Donaldson will work with local leaders to support the Southern Coast Heart Balland expand the AHA’s mission. She has been a Realtor locally for almost 15 years, and her commitment as chairperson for the 2019 Southern Coast Heart Ballcomes with a profoundly personal cause, as her husband Brad died suddenly from a massive heart attack in September of 2016.

“Anyone who knew Brad will attest to the fact that he was fiercely proud to be father to his five children. I am dedicated to keeping his memory alive, and this event is one way to do so,” said Donaldson.

A loyal patriot, Brad was a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserves when he died at the young age of 50. Donaldson said her mission as chairperson is “to strive to further public awareness regarding the importance of sound heart health through raising a record amount of funds in order to expand the efforts of the American Heart Association.”

Donaldson said, “In the midst of an incredible loss, my children and I knew that an incredible need for us to play a larger role would present itself. The American Heart Associationis saving lives and when someone mentioned that I should consider chairing the Southern Coast Heart Ball, I discussed it with my children. We all agreed that this was the perfect avenue for us to choose to share our story.”

Donaldson affiliated with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty10 years ago and has consistently been a top producer in the South Carolina office. Her focus is primarily luxury home sales and her reputation as an expert in this segment of the market is unparalleled.

The AHA’s local Life is Why sponsor, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, is also excited to be part of this incredible event. “Whether it’s teaching CPR in the community, educating people about the early signs of heart disease or funding research into lifesaving treatments, the American Heart Associationhas been at the forefront of fighting cardiovascular disease,” said Jeremy Clark, Market Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare. “That’s why Hilton Head Regional Healthcareis so proud to support this lifesaving cause.”

The AHAis also pleased to announce that Audi Hilton Headwill be this year’s legacy sponsor for the fifth year in a row. “We are proud supporters of the American Heart Association, and we encourage the community to rally together so we can beat heart disease and stroke,” said Warner Peacock, Chairman & CEO of Peacock Automotive, parent company of Audi Hilton Head. The dealership, located at Peacock Auto Mall, will unveil the 2019 Heart Balltheme in its showroom and will also celebrate their grand opening on Oct. 4, 2019.

To learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Heart Ball, contact Carla Raines at 843-540-6338 or visit

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Associationis devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.orgor call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For Media Inquiries:
Jennifer Waites:, 843-480-4907
For Public Inquiries: (800) AHA-USA1(242-8721)