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Santa’s Workshop for Lowcountry Kids Opens for the Second Year at Peacock Auto Mall

Santa’s Workshop for Lowcountry Kids Opens for the Second Year at Peacock Auto Mall

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Automotiveannounces the second annual “Santa’s Workshop” Christmas Event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Peacock Automotive“Centered around our family-first values, this Santa’s Workshop has become an annual event for the Peacock Automotivefamily,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We look forward to bringing Christmas cheer to families in the Lowcountry, and we always receive more joy than we give.”

Families are invited to join in on gingerbread cookie decorating and Christmas caroling with local musician David Ross, as well as a hot chocolate bar and hot dogs. Santa Claus will be available for photos. The event is free and open to the public.

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There will also be a toy collection drive for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, which operates six clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties with more than 2,200 members ages six to 18 years. Wish-list items include children’s books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, play dough sets, large-piece puzzles, pull toys, sports equipment, board games and art supplies, including glue sticks, markers, scissors and stickers.

All toys must be new and unopened and can be dropped off at any dealership at Peacock Auto Mallfrom now leading up to the event.

Santa’s Workshop will be held at the Peacock Used Cars & Trucksdealership located at 84 Auto Mall Boulevard near Bluffton. Admission is free.

For more information, please visit www.peacockautomall.comor Peacock Auto Mall’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PeacockAutoMall/.

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
For more than 32 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountryhave enabled young people as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, seven clubs serve 9,814 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.organd https://www.facebook.com/boysandgirlsclubofthelowcountry.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 20 automotive dealerships representing 14 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mallon U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mallinclude Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, 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 Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotivewas 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/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

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Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts First Health Fest

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.

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Lillian Grant-Baptiste, Health Fest Committee Chair, and Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah at the first annual Health Fest.

The event, called Health Fest, was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thankful Missionary Baptist Church.

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

Enmarket Raises Almost $130,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk

Enmarket Raises Almost $130,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk

(SAVANNAH, GA) Due to the outpouring of community support, Enmarketis pleased to announce that the company has raised $128,240.88 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night Walk. Since the company started this annual fundraiser in 2013, Enmarkethas raised a total of $481,744.75 for LLS.

Every year, for one month, the company’s 122 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina sell Light the Nightpaper balloon icons for $1 each in support of LLS’s mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families.

Enmarket Donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Enmarket Donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The store that raised the most overall this year was the Port Royal location, which held an in-store fundraiser raising $1,281 in a single day. The location raised $4,609 in total.

“Every year, our customers show us an extraordinary amount of support in our efforts for LLS,” said Brett Giesick, Enmarket’s president. “Several stores doubled or even tripled their original goals, including Reidsville, Brooklet, Port Royal and Wilmington. We are so thankful for our staff and our customers for making this donation possible.”

Representatives from the Enmarketteam presented the $128,240.88 check to LLSrepresentatives on Wednesday, September 12. “We are so grateful for the support from Enmarketand their customers,” said Lauren Mathews, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter’s Campaign Manager for Light The Night. “This donation helps to provide patient support services, goes towards advocating for lifesaving treatments, as well as, cancer research. With this one check, we’ve now reached over half of our fundraising goal.”

Savannah’s Light The Night Walkwill take place on Friday, November 16 in Daffin Park. During the event, walkers carry an illuminated balloon along the walk route. Cancer patients and survivors will carry white balloons as “lights of hope,” supporters carry red balloons and those walking in remembrance of someone carry gold balloons. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/gaor call 912-436-3280.

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 and is expanding its diesel business, filling in the geography from Savannah to Charleston with a strong presence in full-service, 24-hour auto and truck stops. 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 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

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

Peacock Subaru Hilton Head to host fall concert event featuring Cranford Hollow, supporting Palmetto Animal League

Peacock Subaru Hilton Head to host fall concert event featuring Cranford Hollow, supporting Palmetto Animal League

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join the cool cats (and dogs) of Palmetto Animal League for the 3rd Annual SubieStockconcert event supporting pet rescue from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Peacock Subaru Hilton Headat Peacock Auto Mallin Bluffton.

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Guests will enjoy free food, beverages, groovy door prizes and live music from Cranford Hollow. Fee-waived pet adoptions will be available at the event, made possible through a generous grant from the ASPCA. PALwill be waiving adoption fees all day on Oct. 18, starting at noon with a SubieStockPre-Party at the PALAdoption Center in Okatie.

“As a Palmetto Animal LeaguePartner in Rescue, Peacock Subaruembraces our compassionate, no kill mission,” said PALPresident Amy Campanini. “SubieStockis far more than just a great time. This event gives community members the power to save animals’ lives by adopting, donating, or simply by spreading the word that homeless pets are lives worth saving!”

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The first 100 people to arrive at SubieStockwith a pet supply or monetary donation for PALwill receive a free tie-dyed T shirt. The party is “BYOD” – Bring Your Dog – Guests are invited to bring their own dogs to the party, as Peacock Subaru Hilton Headis a dog-friendly dealership.

“Subaru Loves Pets is more than a motto,” explains Jill Jauch, advertising and marketing manager at Peacock Automotive, which owns Peacock Subaru. “Helping homeless animals is something all of us at Peacock Subarucare about, as many of us have rescue pets of our own. We love meeting all of the dogs that our guests bring and watching them fall in love with the adoptable dogs, too.”

Attendees may RSVP to be eligible for great door prizes at https://subiestock2018.eventbrite.com. “We’re looking forward to our ‘peace, love and pet rescue’ event,” said Jauch. “It furthers our ‘Subaru Loves Pets’ mission and helps support the great work that PALdoes in our community.”

ABOUT PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE
Palmetto Animal Leagueis a private, non-profit, no kill animal rescue organization that believes every animal deserves a second chance at life. PAL’s Adoption Center, located in Okatie’s Riverwalk Business Park, serves as a temporary residence for approximately 200 dogs and cats while they wait to find a loving home. This comfortable, upbeat facility is also home to PAL’s Community Clinic, which offers spay/neuter, wellness exams, vaccines and other vital services to pet owners at affordable prices. In addition, Palmetto Animal Leaguemanages a network of loving foster families to house and care for abandoned animals and operates the PALThrift Store in Sheridan Park where great buys save lives. Join the No Kill movement at www.PalmettoAnimalLeague.org.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns 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 Mallon 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 Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotivewas 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

13th Annual Buddy Walk Hosted by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Returns with a Healthy Twist on October 6

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) held their 13th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Forsyth Park.

Individuals of all ages and abilities — and their pets — were invited, especially those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers.

LDSSofficials said they drew more than 5,000 people to this year’s walk to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

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LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY

“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 was 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, provided 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 followed the walk featured face painting, pumpkin painting, the BOO Boutique, bouncy houses, games, music, refreshments and the Border Pawtrol disc dog team.

Sponsors of the 2018 Buddy Walk include NLaws Produce, Joe Marchese Construction, Marlow Elementary School, Coca-Cola and Holton Plumbing.

For more information on the Buddy Walk, contact Candy Bogardus at 912-436-3626, buddywalk@ldssga.orgor visit www.ldssga.org.

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
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Skidaway Kiwanis Awards $71,000 in Grants to 22 Local Savannah Non-Profit Organizations

Skidaway Kiwanis Awards $71,000 in Grants to 22 Local Savannah Non-Profit Organizations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway presented checks worth $71,000 to 22 local charities during its annual awarding of grants event on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Plantation Ballroom at The Landings.

“Each year I’m blown away by the philanthropic passion of this Kiwanis Club,” said club president Tom Stephens. “We are dedicated to making a substantial difference in the lives of these children in our own community.”

Cecilia Russo Turner, CEO and founder of Cecilia Russo Marketing, emceed this year’s event.

The mission of the Kiwanis Club of Skidawayis to help at-risk children in the Savannah area.

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The organizations receiving 2018-2019 grants include:

America’s Second Harvest — Kids Cafe
Backpack Buddies of Skidaway Island
Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Family Promise of Greater Savannah
Fresh Air Camp
Girls on the Run
Greenbriar Children’s Center
Horizons Savannah
Junior Achievement of Georgia
Loop it Up Savannah
Local Outreach Volunteers Educators (L.O.V.E.) Summer Camp
Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire
National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter
Performance Initiatives Fitness Savannah
Social Apostolate
Special Olympics Area 17
Union Mission
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah
YMCA of Coastal Georgia
Youth Challenge Academy

To learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway, visit http://www.kiwanisofskidaway.com/about/.

ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SKIDAWAY
The club has been serving Savannah’s kids since 1988. Skidaway Kiwanisraised and distributed more than $1.4 million and invested more than 300,000 service hours in their mission of helping the children of Savannah. They have 134 members who meet every Thursday morning in the Plantation Club ballroom for breakfast, a brief business meeting and a guest speaker. Each week, the speaker discusses some area of interest, such as local history, local or national events or issues, sports, art, literature, business, education or service opportunities. The club sponsors several fundraising events each year to support its charitable causes and has other fundraising programs that operate year-round. In addition, many of its members are involved as volunteers at youth service organizations in the area.

CONTACT:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts Health Fest on October 20

Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts Health Fest on October 20

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Healthy SavannahFaith and Health Coalition, formed in 2014 to help faith-based organizations implement policies and programs to promote a holistic health culture, will host its first citywide health festival on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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The event, called Health Fest, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Bolton Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Montgomery Street.

It will include health screenings, informational lectures, wellness and fitness demonstrations, children’s activities, entertainment and food samplings among other things.

“This festival promises to be exciting, engaging, educational and jammed packed with health and wellness information, networking opportunities and tons of fun for the whole family,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “We really hope that the entire community will come to check it out.”

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.

Health Fest is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.healthysavannah.orgor contact Paula Kreissler paula@healthysavannah.orgfor 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 Savannahleads 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