Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon Announced at Peacock Automotive
Event Starts and Ends at the Recently Opened Used Car and Truck Dealership in Peacock Auto Mall
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotiveannounces they will partner with Southeastern Guide Dogs to host a walkathon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at Peacock Auto Mall.The event will start and end at the new dealership Peacock Used Cars & Trucks, 84 Auto Mall Blvd.
The event will be kid friendly and will have local firefighters and a fire truck for children’s interaction throughout the day. People are encouraged to bring their dogs.
Southeastern Guide Dogsbelieves people with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities deserve hope, confidence and independence. Their mission is to transform lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs.
“We walk because the proceeds help us raise, train, match and support our amazing guide dogs with our visually impaired students, people whose lives are transformed by new levels of independence and freedom,” said Kerstin Ramus, Volunteer Area Coordinator of Puppy Raising Services for the greater Savannah Area. “And we walk because Veterans with post-traumatic stress injuries or requiring mobility assistance count on us for our remarkable service dogs. At Southeastern Guide Dogs, this Walkathon represents our biggest fundraiser of the year and we are grateful for the support of the Peacock Auto Mall.”
Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services include breeding and training dogs, on-campus instruction and lifetime follow-up for graduates. They’re provided at no cost to students and veterans. In line with the mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs, the Lions Club will be on site with free vision testing for anyone who is participating in the walkathon.
“This organization receives no government funding and relies 100 percent on donations from people in our community,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We’re excited that we could support this group by hosting this event, and we’re excited to show the public our brand new used car and truck center at the Auto Mall.”
Peacock Used Cars & Trucksoffers an inventory of more than 400 vehicles of all makes and models from the 15 brands featured at the Peacock Auto Mall, which covers 45 acres. The company established the dealership as a convenience to those looking for a previously owned car or truck so they can shop in one location. The dealership also features selections of more affordable used cars starting at $3,750.
“We continue to expand our offerings to serve car buyers in the Lowcountry, and this new dealership is another way to do just that,” said Peacock. “People will find the same great service at this dealership as they do at all of our operations.”
Peacock Used Cars & Trucksis expected to add several jobs to the group, which now employs about 600 people at its franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The dealership is located in the space formerly occupied by the Nissan dealership and is managed by Daryl Booth.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 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, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and 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. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Announces 2018 Board of Directors
(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce its 2018 board of directors.
Officers include Tom Kenkel (Kenkel Design), president; Dr. Ben Spitalnick (Pediatric Associates), vice president; Michael Holton, Jr. (self-advocate), secretary; Brian Hussey (BankSouth), treasurer; and Candy Bogardus (Grace Community Church), past president.
They are joined on the board by Jason Ambrose (Moore Industrial Supply), John Bogardus (Zimmer Biomet), Jamie Deen (chef and author), Joe Marchese (Marchese Construction), Harris Martin (Bouhan Falligant), Kristin Nyce (Volunteer), Traci Shreck (Kicklighter Resource Center) and Stephen Greene (South State Bank).
“We are gearing up for a year filled with fun, fellowship and growth within our group and in our community,” said Kenkel. “The organization is so blessed to have such amazing community support here at home.”
LDSS has 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. Annual events include the one-mile Buddy Walk, the Night of Champions gala dinner and Camp Buddy, held each summer to help children retain the educational milestones they achieved over the course of the past school year.
The organization meets the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Benedictine Military School Media Center, 6502 Seawright Drive, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to any and all and includes childcare.
ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/
Felder & Associates Adapts Historic Home for Savannah African Art Museum
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah African Art Museum is moving to a larger and more accessible space.
Currently housed at 111 E. 34th St., the museum’s collection of more than 1,000 pieces of mostly central and western African artwork will relocate to a 6,000-square-foot historic home at 201 E. 37th St. in late summer.
Savannah architecture and design firm Felder & Associates is adapting the building, which was built in 1922 as a luxury home for a local family, for its new role. The structure was most recently used for an antiques mall.
“Our mission is to adapt a historic house from a retail environment into something of a neutral background for a vast collection of mostly three-dimensional sculptures, some of which have never been shown because of lack of space,” said Brian Felder, founder and principal of Felder & Associates. “Because of its size, this building is perfect for the African Art Museum as the large rooms are ideal for displaying his collection.”
The African art, representative of about 22 countries and 130 cultures and ethnic groups in central and west Africa, is collected by Don Kole, a local businessman and philanthropist, who has amassed the collection in extensive travels over the past 30 years. The artwork showcases a range of ceremonial and spiritual objects from the 19th and 20th centuries made from ceramics, metal, and wood.
“I’ve always been a collector and used to collect art of central and south America,” Kole said. “One day I went into a shop and saw this African art that was magnificent and sophisticated. I have been collecting it ever since.”.
For years, Kole stored the artwork at his property management office. Then, in 2014, he exhibited a portion of his metal works collection at Armstrong State University and saw a need to extend the educational opportunity to groups from Savannah’s public and private schools, especially to students who may know little of their ancestral homeland.
When a former photography studio across the street from his office became available a couple of years ago, he opened the nonprofit Savannah African Art Museum but soon realized he needed more space for the artwork, much of which was still in storage, as well as off-street parking.
At the same time, Felder’s team was working with the seller of the former antiques mall to find an opportunity to repurpose the space when Kole called to ask about the property.
“Brian Felder and his company have been wonderful,” Kole said. “Right from the start they understood what I wanted. The plans are phenomenal, and they’re a pleasure to work with.”
When the museum opens in its new, larger space in late summer, admission will continue to be free. The Savannah African Art Museum is a 501©3 nonprofit organization with the mission of providing an engaging experience and to start conversations about the power, diversity and spirituality of African art. It’s open at 111 E. 34th St. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information or to book a school tour, call (912) 421-8168 or visit online at https://www.facebook.com/SavannahAfricanArtMuseum/
ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
Jason Ryals of Speros in Savannah Receives Microsoft Windows Server Certification
(SAVANNAH, GA) Jason Ryals, chief technology officer of Speros, a full-service technology company based in Savannah, has completed a MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) certification program.
Microsoft is the number one operating system and computer hardware system for businesses across the globe. Companies that use IT (information technology) personnel who have earned Microsoft certifications can be assured they are competent to do the work needed and also committed to the IT industry. Students are required to undergo a rigorous skills overview process and pass three exams to earn the certification.
“In the current IT market, there is a huge demand for Windows Server,” said Ryals. “Because I now have this technology certification in Windows Server skills, it is a greater assurance to our clients that Speros is equipped with the resources to help them reduce their IT costs and deliver more business value to their organizations.”
The certification has also better equipped Ryals to oversee the daily efforts of the 10 engineers of Speros’ IT team as he helps train, coach and mentor them. He is also certified in VMware Certified Professional DataCenter Virtualization, Linux Plus, Sonicwall certified Security Administrator, ADTRAN Technical Solutions Professional (ATSP). Ryals’ career in IT spans more than 15 years.
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email email@example.com.
Angela Grant Joins Board for Authority for the Homeless
(SAVANNAH, GA) Angela M. Grant has recently joined the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless Board of Directors. The authority works in partnership with nonprofit service providers, government officials, the faith community and the business community to reduce and eliminate homelessness.
Grant is a case manager team leader for St. Joseph’s/Candler Georgia Infirmary. This long-established program is designed to help avoid or delay nursing facility placement, decrease hospitalizations and emphasize preventive health care. In addition to helping the elderly, The Georgia Infirmary provides safe and affordable housing for vulnerable populations.
Grant received a master’s degree in public administration and is a part-time house parent for Park Place Outreach, which provides services to at-risk kids and teenagers and their families.
“Angela brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion and understanding to the homeless authority’s board,” said Julie Wade, director of Park Place Outreach. “She’s a beloved house parent for Park Place, and I am thrilled to know she is part of the conversation for ending homelessness in the Savannah area.”
Grant, who is married and has three children, enjoys traveling around the globe, reading and, of course, volunteering.
MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
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 http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook.
Peacock Automotive Donates Materials from New Brunswick Dealerships to Glynn County Charities
(BRUNSWICK, GA) Peacock Automotive, assisted by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, has donated gently used office furniture to The Well in Brunswick and Glynn County’s Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The automotive company has opened Peacock Hyundai and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealerships at 5400 Altama Avenue.
The Well, a hospitality center for people who are homeless, received two loveseats, two sofas, four club chairs, two benches, a coffee table, and two end tables. The center is provided by FaithWorks, a community-focused ecumenical ministry, to help those who are homeless with opportunities to reconnect with family members and access important services to help them leave the streets and recover from sickness and disease.
Peacock Automotive also donated 50 desk chairs and other office items and furniture to Habitat’s ReStore, a retail outlet operated by Habitat for Humanity that receives donations of new and reusable home furnishings, home improvement and construction items, and then provides them for sale at deep discounts to the public. Proceeds from ReStore sales enable Habitat to build safe, decent and affordable houses in Glynn County.
“Our goal to give back to the communities that support us,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “My family and I know the importance of the work both these organizations do and we’re pleased to be able to assist them in their missions.”
The drop-offs were facilitated by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, an environmentally friendly junk removal company committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community.
“We are proud to be able to help Peacock Automotive donate to these local organizations,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “Our eco-friendly junk removal company’s mission is to reduce landfill waste by donating or recycling the materials we pick up.”
Habitat’s ReStore is located in Lanier Plaza, at 1919 Glynn Avenue. For more information, visit https://www.hfhglynn.org/restore/. The Well is in downtown Brunswick at 1101 Glouscester Street. For more information visit https://faithworksministry.org/
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that 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, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained and the company is insured with 100% property damage protection. The company is also committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit http://www.junkluggers.com.
Bethesda Academy Cuts Ribbon for Newly Renovated Pavilion by the Barnbuilders
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Barnbuilders, a local volunteer group, have finished work on newly renovated pavilion for students and guests at Bethesda Academy. The school hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed structure. The event was open to the public and a light lunch was served.
The Barnbuilders doubled the size of the pavilion and added a screened-in area. The group built the picnic pavilion in 2000 and have been expanding and improving it since.
The pavilion will be used for school functions and will be available for guests to rent for events.
“The Barnbuilders have a special place on Bethesda’s campus,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “Our students and faculty have watched this group dedicate Monday mornings to our school for the last 20 years, and these men are a true example of hard work and genuine character for our young men.”
The Bethesda Barnbuilders have met at Bethesda Academy every Monday since 1998. On average, 12 men work on various projects at the school each Monday between 8 a.m. and noon. The group consists primarily of retired men who live on Skidaway Island. This year, the group received a grant from the Landings Landlovers to offset costs of the pavilion renovations.
As Bethesda’s Maintenance Director, Beau Lynah did an analysis a few years ago to value the work completed annually by the Barnbuilders and believes a conservative estimate is right around $200,000 each year. Projects completed by the Barnbuilders include, among others, a repair of the alumni cottage, an athletic trainer suite and new football lockers for the JV team.
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
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 www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.