Category: Savannah Jaycees

Cynthia Cradduck Appointed to State Jaycees Executive Committee

Cynthia Cradduck Appointed to State Jaycees Executive Committee

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cynthia Cradduck, a Savannah-based marketing and public relations professional, has been elected to the Georgia Jaycees’ state executive committee, where she will serve as Vice President of Communications. She is joined on the executive committee by Danielle Fields, President; Katie Harris, Vice President of Community Development; Allen Farley, Vice President of Membership and Chad Brown, Chairman of the Board.

Cynthia Cradduck, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_

Cynthia Cradduck

She is a junior partner at both Carriage Trade Public Relationsand Cecilia Russo Marketing, a collaborative arrangement in which she oversees operations for the two organizations. Her initiative took her from intern to junior partner in a three-year span, which was among the achievements that earned her a place on Georgia Trend’s 2018 “40 Under 40.”

Cradduck is a past president of the Savannah Jaycees, which she led during its 75th anniversary year. She also has been recognized with the Savannah Magazine/Savannah Morning Newsdesignation as a “Rising Star in Business.”

A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Cradduck was one of six students to earn L.E.A.P. certification, which recognizes public relations professionals who have gone through Leadership, Experience in Communication, Academics and Professionalism training.

She also has completed professional training courses offered by the Dale Carnegieprogram and Toastmasters International. In addition, Cradduck serves as the administrator for Leadership Southeast Georgiaand supports several nonprofit organizations in Savannah, including the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empireand Girls on the Run.

In her new role, Cradduck will be responsible for the Georgia Jaycees’ internal and external communications, including its newsletter, website, press announcements and communications among its chapters. She will also be creating a chapter communications instruction guide which she will be presenting to the membership at their midyear convention.

The Jayceesis a leadership development organization that focuses on community involvement. This year, the state board held a major fundraiser to help provide financial resources for Out of the Darkness, a non-profit focused on battling human trafficking.

Jayceeschapters in Georgia include Athens, Atlanta, Columbus, Dahlonega, Gainesville, Gray, Milledgeville, Savannah, Statesboro, Swainsboro and Jesup.

“This is an exciting time to be involved with the Jaycees,” Cradduck said. “Young professionals are rediscovering the power, value and fun of face-to-face networking and community-building through this organization, and I’m delighted to be part of it.”

MORE ABOUT THE JAYCEES
Leadership development through community service has been the basis of the Jayceessince its inception in 1920. The mission of the not-for-profit organization is to provide development opportunities that empower young people ages 18-40 to create positive change. Members enhance a variety of leadership, management and communication skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities that bring about positive change in their home communities and through the world. To learn more about the Jaycees, visit www.georgiajaycees.comor http://www.jci.cc/usa.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
VP of Communications
Georgia Jaycees
georgiajayceescommunication@gmail.com
912-856-9075

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Local Public Relations Executive, Cynthia Wright, Named to Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 List

Local Public Relations Executive, Cynthia Wright, Named to Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 List

Junior partner of Savannah’s Carriage Trade Public Relations® and Cecilia Russo Marketingjoins previous honorees who include a movie mogul, a self-made billionaire and Georgia’s 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cynthia Wright, a junior partner with Savannah-based Carriage Trade Public Relations® and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC, has been named to Georgia Trendmagazine’s 40 Under 40 List, which identifies upward trending young professionals from across the state.

Members of this year’s list were chosen by Georgia Trend’s editorial staff from more than 300 nominations made by readers throughout the state.

Wright oversees business development and manages the firms’ joint Visibility Team, a digital office of four full-time employees and 10 contracted team members and coordinates both firms’ reputation management strategies for clients, media relations and online SEO-PR.

The 40 honorees named to the list must be under the age of 40, successful in their professions and “passionate about community service,” Georgia Trendexplained.

Wright serves as the immediate past president of the Savannah Jaycees, which celebrated its 75th-anniversary last year. She was also the publicity chair for the 2016 Savannah United in Prayer event, formed to bring the community together to pray for safety and those in need. She also has supported the community relations efforts of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Cynthia Wright, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_5920

The Savannah native is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, focusing on public relations. Wright was one of six students to receive L.E.A.P. certification, which recognizes PR professionals who have gone through Leadership, Experience in Communication, Academics and Professionalism training. She was named a Rising Star in Business by Savannah Magazineand Savannah Morning Newsin 2017.

“We are so proud of Cynthia,” said Cecilia Russo, Founder and President of Cecilia Russo Marketing. “Her work ethic, management skills and competency are unmatched at her young age. She has a true passion for educating others about PR and the economic development in our Southeast region.”

Previous 40 Under 40 honorees include Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia; Susan Blakely, CEO of Spanx and one of the world’s youngest self-made billionaires; Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta and a New York Times bestseller author; and Tyler Perry, an actor, producer, director, screenwriter and founder of Tyler Perry Studios.

The magazine of Georgia business, politics and economic development since 1985 is published monthly and delivered to more than 50,000 subscribers. Nominations were open to the public, and the complete list of winners is available at georgiatrend.com.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their positive word of mouth in the community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Elizabeth Poole
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
www.carriagetradepr.com
www.crussomarketing.com

Savannah Jaycees Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Savannah Jaycees Celebrate 75th Anniversary

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees have announced plans for their 75th Anniversary Gala set for Saturday, Oct. 21, in the ballroom in the Embassy Suites Hotel, 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, dinner and dancing.

As part of the event, the organization will present its Distinguished Service Award. This award was an annual tradition of the Savannah Jaycees for a number of years as a way to recognize a local resident who went above and beyond to embody the Jaycees creed “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life.”

Savannah Jaycees

Savannah Jaycees

“For the past 75 years, the Savannah Jaycees have played a role in building a stronger community through professional development, community service and educational efforts,” said Jaycees president Cynthia Wright. “We have a rich history and a long list of accomplishments to highlight during this anniversary celebration.”

In the 1950s, the Jaycees were one of the main supporters of the city council-city manager form of government that Savannah has today and played an integral role in the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County.

In the ‘60s, the group spearheaded efforts to build the Savannah Civic Center and raised funds for the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing home among other projects. The group, along with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Savannah Fire Department also launched the local version of the Marines’ Toys for Tots program.

In the ’70s, they held the “Jaycees Forum” on local television, as well as a weekly “High School Quiz Bowl” telecast. In the ’80s, the Jaycees raised almost $50,000 for the renovation of the Forsyth Park fountain.

More recently, the organization initiated the Leadership NOW program, a lecture series featuring prominent members of Savannah sharing insights on leadership, management and professional skills. The Savannah Jaycees also organized the annual Charity Date Night Auction, the Mayoral Forum, the Surging Forward Community Picnic after Hurricane Matthew and “Done in a Day” projects. This year, they also launched the Junior Jaycees Program for area middle school students.

The public is invited to participate in the 75th Anniversary Gala to join the Jaycees in their celebration of past accomplishments.

“This is a way for us to honor our alumni’s efforts, brag on our current members’ projects and look forward to what the future will bring,” said Wright.

The gala will be held in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites at 6 p.m. This event is black tie optional. Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-jaycee-75th-diamond-anniversary-gala-tickets-37148480104?aff=es2

Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the organization’s diamond anniversary and include tickets to the gala. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email savannahjaycees@gmail.com.

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or to become a sponsor of the gala, visit http://savannahjaycees.com

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys for Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with a vision to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees

Local singles were auctioned off to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction.

Photos from the Savannah Jaycees 2017 Charity Date Night Auction

The Savannah Jaycees held its fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction on Thursday, July 20 at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire, Reed House, Art Rise Savannah, Blessings in a Bookbag, One Love Animal Rescue and Savannah Jaycees.

Photo Credit: McKenzie Burnsed

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

CONTACT
LeAndrea Mikell
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
leandreamikell@yahoo.com
843.783.3042

 

Savannah Jaycees Announce 2017 Charity Date Night Auction to be Held at Savannah Smiles

Local Singles Auctioned Off to Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees’ fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction will be held on Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, located at 314 Williamson Street. The Savannah Jaycees have chosen six local charities to whom 50 percent of the proceeds from the auction will be donated. Those organizations include the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire, Reed House, Art Rise Savannah, Blessings in a Bookbag, One Love Animal Rescue and Savannah Jaycees.

A social hour will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. where attendees will have time to talk and meet the participants. Promptly at 8 p.m., eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will be auctioned off with date packages. During the event, Savannah Smiles will provide entertainment.

“It’s inspiring to see, year after year, Savannah’s most eligible singles come out to the Charity Date Night Auction to support those non-profit organizations that are near and dear to their hearts,” said Cynthia Wright, 2017 president of the Savannah Jaycees. “If you’re looking for a love, a great date package, or to meet some of Savannah’s young professionals, we invite you to join us.”

The participants include; (name, company, and title if applicable):

Crystal Bridges: Communications Liaison
James Hall: Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Crime Analyst & GSU Professor
Willie Turral: Advanced Mathematics Elem. Teacher Beaufort County School District
Derell Echols: Veteran / Grad Student / Freelance Photographer
Nic Erickson: Shipping logistics and port operations in the ports of Savannah
Mahogany Bowers: On-air Personality, I HEART Media / Blessings In A Book Bag, Founder
Randall Mathews: Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)
Ben Torres: Piano Entertainer at Savannah Smiles
Kelly Zealy: House of Mata Hari Mixologist / Quality Bike Specialist
Stephanie Kickhaefer: Volt Workforce Solutions
Josh Oppenheim: United States Army
Daniel Gattone: The Ordinary Pub on Broughton Street
Matthew Ciofani: House of Mata Hari / Abe’s On Lincoln
Rocky Bettis: Rocky Bettis Art / The Ordinary Pub
Sarah Martin: Vice President, Commercial Banking for SunTrust Bank
Brad DePriest: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire
Daniel Eastwood: Professional Photographer / Service Brewing Co. / Critz BMW
Jennifer Hagan: Brand Manager, Thompson & Thompson Group, Inc & Rooter-Man Plumbers
Melody McCarthy: Savannah Morning News
Hilary Diebold: Richmond Hill Middle School, English language teacher / Richmond Hill Community Theatre, Board Member

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Savannah Jaycees website at savannahjaycees.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. The event details are listed on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2016SavannahJayceesDateNightAuction

2017 Savannah Jaycees banner for fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
LeAndrea Mikell
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
leandreamikell@yahoo.com
843.783.3042