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Julie Wade Named Executive Director of Park Place Outreach

Attorney Julie Wade Selected as Executive Director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

Savannah attorney and school board member Julie Wade has been named executive director of the Park Place Outreach — Youth Emergency Shelter, which provides support and temporary residential services for at-risk children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area.

Wade will succeed Linda Hilts, who’s retiring after 20 years, and will take office on May 8.

“I am honored to be selected for this position, and to build on the excellent programs Linda Hilts began and fostered over the past 20 years,” Wade said. “She became the voice of homeless and unaccompanied youth in our community, and I am eager to continue to work on their behalf.”

Park Place Outreach board chairman Todd Cellini praised Wade’s legal background and her experience in student and child advocacy.

“As a sitting board member of the Savannah-Chatham public school system, she has an extensive understanding of our largest population of at-risk children,” Cellini said. “Having served in various board positions for several non-profit organizations, she also has vast fundraising experience as well as expertise in grants compliance.”

Under Hilts’s leadership, Park Place Outreach helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more found stability through its non-residential programs. She developed many of the organization’s ongoing services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which offers peer mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to older youth, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter.

“My goal over the next few weeks is to meet with the board members and staff, along with community members and supporters,” Wade said. “By helping to ensure a smooth leadership transition, I will be able to focus from day one on continuing to provide a safe and loving environment to the youth who come to Park Place Outreach for assistance.”

Julie Wade Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Savannah

Julie Wade

Wade, a native of Atlanta, attended Georgia public schools from kindergarten until college. She attended the University of Georgia and then the University of Georgia School of Law. Currently, she is a lawyer at The Wade Law Firm in Savannah, with a focus on federal criminal defense and civil litigation. Additionally, Wade serves on the Board of Education for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, a position she has held since 2011. Wade will continue her service on the Board of Education as she assumes this new position with Park Place Outreach.

Previously, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 2007 to 2008 as the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, prosecuting violations of federal law, including child exploitation, firearms, narcotics, fraud, and immigration.

She is chair of the board of directors for Girls on the Run and chairwoman of United Way Women’s Legacy Council. She also serves on the boards of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Educate Chatham Foundation.

Wade is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia. She has been honored by the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 and as a Next Generation Rising Star by Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah. She recently received the Coastal Center for Developmental Services’ Vicki Loughrey Volunteer Advocacy Award as well as the John B. Miller Service Award from the Savannah Bar Association.

She and her husband have three children who attend public school.

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 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 Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come into the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

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

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations

66th Annual Greek Festival Continues After Hurricane Matthew

66th Annual Greek Festival Continues After Hurricane Matthew

WHO: Members of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church

WHAT: 66th Annual Greek Festival

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22

TIME: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

WHERE: St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street, Savannah, GA, 31401

WHY: The 66th Annual Greek Fest will continue the celebration after being interrupted by Hurricane Matthew. Guests can enjoy greek music and dancing. Festival attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church and see the interior of one of Savannah’s most unique structures, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, which is newly renovated and more beautiful than ever. Guided tours will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Attendees will have the opportunity to try Greek dishes such as spanakopita (Spinach with feta cheese and herbs baked in layers of filo), Greek meatballs (a favorite for kids of all ages), gyros (sliced beef and lamb served on pita bread), and Greek salads. A delectable assortment of Greek pastries will also be available, these include diples (fried filo dough dipped in honey syrup) to kourabiedes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar) and baklava, the traditional treat of pecans and spices baked in layers of filo.

NOTES: All public is invited to the event, a suggested donation of $2 is requested after 4:00 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday.

EVENT CONTACT: Tommy Danos, 912-660-6412,


Get ready to get your Greek on. No experience required. A Savannah tradition, the Annual Greek Festival, is held annually in October at St. Paul’s Hellenic Center, 14 West Anderson St. The celebration features homemade Greek food, desserts, drinks, dancing and live music, along with a marketplace and church tours. For more information, visit or call 912-236-8256. Follow the Greek Festival on Facebook at and Twitter at @SavGreekFest.

Cynthia Wright
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Savannah Jaycees Announce “Surging Forward” Community Picnic

Savannah Jaycees Announce “Surging Forward” Community Picnic

WHO: The Savannah Jaycees

WHAT: “Surging Forward” Community Picnic

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 16 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE: “The Hut” – 101 Atlas Street, Savannah, GA 31419


NOTES: The Savannah Jaycees are inviting our community members, especially our Fire Fighters & First Responders, to come to a free hot dog/burger meal Sunday afternoon.

Hotdogs & Hamburgers provided by New York Life. Beverages provided by Will Gruver and Hope Dooley. The Savannah Jaycees will have cornhole, ladder ball, and other fun games.

“We are inviting everyone to take a break from all the yard cleanup and tree removals to eat a simple meal together,” said Cynthia Wright, Savannah Jaycees vice president of Communications.

For vendor participation, please contact Lauren Mathews at 912.253.5802.

For more information, visit


The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit or

Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications

Bauer Coslick to Speak at Upcoming Encourage Health Lecture Series

Bauer Coslick to Speak at Upcoming Encourage Health Lecture Series

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bauer Coslick, L.Ac. will present his lecture “10 Ways to Reduce Inflammation in the Body to Improve Longevity Through Acupuncture Practices” as the fourth and final lecture in the 2016 Encourage Health Education Series.

The lecture will be hosted in the auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Coslick will discuss the healing effects of acupuncture and explain the science behind the medicine.

A healthy lunch will be provided. Attendance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required at Healthy Savannah’s website,

Coslick is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who is board certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He maintains a state acupuncture license by the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners of Georgia.

In addition to his private practice, Coslick works with the Anderson Cancer Institute’s Integrative Medical Program at Memorial Medical Center. He is pursuing a certification from the Institute of Functional Medicine with an emphasis on nutrition and nutrigenomics.

When treating disease, he combines biomedical based medicine, using a functional medicine model, with eastern oriental medicine to understand the whole medical picture.

When working with his patients, he explains the importance of diet, exercise and positive relationships in conjunction with his treatments. Coslick strives for each of his patients to improve their overall quality of life.

Coslick received his bachelor of fine arts in medical and scientific illustration from the University of Georgia. He earned his master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland, Ore.

While in school, he interned at the OCOM Community Clinic, treating a variety of problems such as insomnia, IBS, chronic fatigue and acute and chronic pain.

Coslick also trained at the Quest Center for Integrative Health where he specialized in breast cancer, HIV and immune system disorders. He went on to train with Memorial Sloan-Kettering in Integrative Oncology, which focused on the use of acupuncture to treat the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation as well as post-surgical issues such as pain and neuropathy.

During Coslick’s presentation, AMBUCS, a nonprofit organization focused on “inspiring mobility and independence for people with different abilities,” was selected to receive the $1,000 enmarket Encourage Health grant. Additionally, the winner of the $1,000 grand prize will be announced.

Enmarket’s 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9. For more information, visit



Bauer Coslick, L.Ac.


Enmarket’s 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.
The series features four presentations from experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501©3 nonprofit organizations are awarded a $1,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series. For more information, visit

Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, high-quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions, and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 or visit Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarket_.

Matt Clements
Director of Marketing

Cynthia Wright
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing

2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend

2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend
Savannah Business Women Pledged to Raise Thousands for Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation

(Savannah, GA) Cecilia Russo, president of Cecilia Russo Marketing, and Brynn Grant, vice president of World Trade Center Savannah and Chief Operations Officer of SEDA, will host a “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Weekend to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

The festivities kick off Friday, October 14 at the Benedictine Military School Homecoming game beginning at 7:30 p.m. BC will play the Toombs County football team at the T.A. Wright Stadium at Savannah State University.

On Saturday, October 15, Russo and Grant will host an event at Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr., beginning at 3:30 p.m. for the University of Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game.

On Sunday, October 16, our pink-wigged ladies will be at Coaches Corner, 2016 E Victory Drive, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the NFL games.

Each of these events is free and open to the public; suggested donations are at your discretion. Participants will have the opportunity to enter for raffle prizes at each of the events. Prizes include a flat screen TV donated by Port City Powerwash, an NFL Jersey from Coaches Corner, as well as gift cards to Baracuda Bob’s, Pirate’s House, the Exchange and Pearl’s Salt Water Grille donated by Turner Food and Spirits Company. All prizes will be awarded at Coach’s Corner on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Russo and Grant are participants of the 2016 BIGWIG competition hosted by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They along with 8 other community leaders have pledged to raise donations to help fund research and programs to find a cure for breast cancer.

“I am honored to participate in the 2016 BIGWIG competition in an effort to help put an end to this terrible disease,” said Russo. “I am beyond thankful to those who have supported this endeavor thus far and hope this weekend will aid in surpassing my personal fundraising goal.”

For more information, visit

View Russo’s BigWig page at

View Grant’s BigWig page at

About Susan G. Komen
The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

The Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate’s services area covers all of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.  Thanks to the thousands of people who participant in the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events each year, dedicated corporate partners and generous donors, Komen Coastal Georgia is playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer in our community.

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren Test This Week


(SAVANNAH,GA) The Chatham Emergency Management Agency will conduct the monthly scheduled test of Chatham County’s Emergency Warning Siren System this week.  

 WHAT:           Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren Test 

WHEN:           Wednesday, June 1, 12:00 PM

 WHERE:         Chatham County 

At noon Wednesday, Chatham County residents will hear a one minute emergency tone from the various sirens located throughout the county.  This monthly test is necessary to ensure that the Emergency Warning Siren System is functioning properly. 

 In the event of poor weather conditions such as rain or overcast weather, the siren test will be rescheduled.  

 To learn more about the Chatham County Emergency Warning Siren System, please visit our website at

 Thank you for your support! 


Meredith Ley

Public Information Officer

Chatham Emergency Management Agency

124 Bull Street, Suite 140

Savannah, GA 31401



Forsyth Fountain Turns Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Monday

Forsyth Fountain Turns Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Monday
Three Oaks Realty and Bellamy Murphy Art Sponsored SAFE Shelter Awareness Event

WHO: SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services

WHAT: Dyes Forsyth Fountain Purple

WHEN: Monday, October 26

WHERE: Forsyth Fountain

WHY: Three Oaks Realty and Bellamy Murphy Art volunteered to sponsor the 2015 dying of Forsyth fountain in an effort to increase the awareness of domestic violence and its impact on our community.

NOTES: SAFE Shelter displayed the Silent Witness Exhibit at the event. The Exhibit consists of 12 life-sized, red silhouettes, with 11 representing an actual person murdered in an act of domestic violence in Chatham County since 2011, plus one additional figure to represent those uncounted women whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental. Each silhouette also bears a “Plaque for Hearts” chest plate with the story of the person represented.

After the dying of the fountain, the Silent Witness Exhibit is moving to the Tybee Island City Hall building for the final week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed in events across the country and right here in Savannah to bring to light an issue that effects our community in a staggering way.

Some quick facts:
• Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police (SCMPD) responded to 3,696 domestic disturbance calls in 2014. In the United States, more than 10 million women and men are physically abused each year.
• In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services received 1,037 crisis calls.
• In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence provided services to 695 victims, including 383 children.
• SAFE Shelter is certified by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and offers assistance with Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and Stalking Orders. In 2014, SAFE Shelter helped secure 58 TPOs; providing protective services to 162 victims, including 74 children.

CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Lieutenant Robert Gavin, Stephanie Wilson-Evans, Meg Albertson, Jean Ahrens, Linda Huntoon, Sheila Grossman, Cheryl Branch, Mark Howard, of SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services

CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Lieutenant Robert Gavin, Stephanie Wilson-Evans, Meg Albertson, Jean Ahrens, Linda Huntoon, Sheila Grossman, Cheryl Branch, Mark Howard, of SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services

Founded in 1979, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization committed to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and promoting positive change for families in need in our community. SAFE Shelter operates a 48-bed emergency shelter for victims of intimate partner violence and their children. All services are provided at no cost to the victim regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, immigration status, culture or religion. Leading to safe and stable lives, services include courtroom advocacy, counseling services and case management. In the shelter’s long history, no one who has been actively involved with our services or programs has been killed by his/her abuser. For more information on SAFE Shelter, visit or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.

Cheryl Branch
Executive Director
SAFE Shelter

Marjorie Young
CEO and President
Carriage Trade PR