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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 29, 2020

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CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION TO OPEN THREE SAVANNAH AREA LOCATIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Center Parc Credit Union is expanding to the Savannah area. A division of APCU, the oldest credit union in the State of Georgia, Center Parc plans to open two Chatham County locations in September at the Pooler Walmart, 160 Pooler Parkway, and the Savannah Walmart, 6000 Ogeechee Road. Center Parc is also planning to open a free-standing flagship branch in the spring of 2021. For more information: www.centerparc.org


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CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION HELPS KICK OFF BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The 12th Annual READY! SET! GO! Back to School GIVEAWAY is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020. This year’s drive-thru event to provide school supplies to 5,000 area students in need and will be held from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Garden City Recreation Center, 160 Priscilla Thomas Way. If you can donate school supplies for this event please visit: http://rsgbacktoschool.org/. This event is sponsored by WSAV and Center Parc Credit Union.


LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S PEOPLE OF THE YEAR
(SAVANNAH, GA) The winners of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man, Woman & Students of the Year campaigns were announced on Saturday, June 13 at virtual grand finale celebrations. Cathleen Barela of Keller Williams Realty was named Woman of the Year, raising $61,435. Jeff Maine of Proudly was named Man of the Year, raising $38,713. Cancer Crushers, led by E.B. Threlkeld, Caroline Ambos and Mattie Lynch, earned the title of Students of the Year by raising $65,213. For more information, contact jennie.brewster@lls.org


ROYCE CENTER RECEIVES GRANT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Chatham Academy at Royce received a $1,000 grant from the Matthews Children’s Foundation through their friends at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors.
https://www.roycelearningcenter.org/Chatham-Academy


ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Ted J. Kleisner, retired CEO and active community leader, has been elected 2020-21 president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. On June 29, the Rotary gavel will be passed on to Kleisner from outgoing president, Ellen B. Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org


FARM TRUCK 912
(SAVANNAH, GA) Farm Truck 912 is a mobile farmers’ market is delivering local seasonal fruits and vegetables to Savannah neighborhoods throughout the week, even during the COVID pandemic. All of the fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products are sourced directly from the Saturday market vendors. Farm Truck 912 accepts credit, debit, and cash as forms of payment. In addition, the farm truck also accepts and doubles SNAP/EBT benefits. This program is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to provide close the gap in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County. https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/farmtruck912


MIA MANCE’S TRENDING TOPICS PODCAST
(WXYY G100-1) Keeping Savannah Healthy with Paula Kreissler of REACH and Healthy Savannah
https://g100savannah.com/podcast/view/mias-trending-topics/keeping-savannah-with-healthy-savannahs-paula-kreissler


HOW TO EASILY CREATE ATTRACTIVE INSTAGRAM STORIES
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Are you tired of Instagram Stories that all look alike? Wondering how to create visually attractive stories without using third-party tools?


SHOP AROUND FOR BETTER INTEREST RATES
(MONEY.COM) For years, online banks have boasted about their high-interest rates, which they’re able to offer by sidestepping many of the overhead costs associated with brick-and-mortar locations. But those rates are shrinking fast. Experts suggest shopping around to see if a competitor offers a better APY and that means checking into community banks and credit unions for savings accounts offering higher yields.
https://money.com/high-yield-savings-accounts-rates-increase/


CHOCOLATE NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Chocolate is a female American Staffordshire Terrier mix in need of a place to call home. If you are interested in adopting Ms. Chocolate, please visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-d-157-chocolate/.


FIVE PR TRENDS THAT WILL MAKE AN IMPACT IN 2020 AND BEYOND
(FORBES.COM) The COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into the best-laid PR plans. While masks and lines outside store entrances will hopefully become relics of the past, some of the trends catching steam this year will continue for years to come, and companies relying on traditional PR tactics will need to sit up and take notice or risk falling behind.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2020/06/07/5-pr-trends-that-will-make-an-impact-in-2020-and-beyond/#2dab48ed2c02


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HealthMPowers Now Up to Four Stores in Drive for Healthy Food Choices

Four Stores Now Participating in HealthMPowers Drive for Healthy Food Choices

(SAVANNAH, GA) Four local stores have joined the HealthMPowers campaign, a project of REACH Savannah-Chatham County, to make healthy food choices available in small retail stores that are often the closest — or only — stores that sell food in low-wealth neighborhoods.

The project is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to help close the gap in health disparities among African Americans in Savannah and Chatham County.

HealthMPowers works with store owners to encourage and support them in stocking healthier options to go along with such mainstays as soda and chips.

HealthMPowers is an organization that oversees the Corner Store Initiative,” said Deidre Grim, nutrition program manager for REACH Savannah-Chatham County. “Through the REACH grant, HealthMPowers provides technical assistance and support to corner stores in low-wealth communities to encourage them to provide fresh produce in their stores.”

Targeted neighborhoods include those where many residents lack transportation to more distant grocery options. Services include surveys of patrons to see how receptive they would be, what they would buy if more options were available and whether it would be seen as beneficial.

“The pandemic shutdown has really driven home the importance of access to good food. Even affluent citizens struggled with how to get fresh groceries into their homes during the height of the crisis, so you can imagine how difficult it was for those in lower-wealth communities,” Grim said. “By working directly with the ground-level stores that are such an important part of these communities, we can help build strong supply chains that will make healthy food readily available, even in times of tumult. HealthMPowers can be a significant player in helping communities weather another emergency, whether it’s a global pandemic or just the everyday struggle of feeding a family.”

The organization provides signage and literature and serves as a go-between for the store and the USDA to the extent of doing regularly scheduled taste testings.

Participating stores are:
A-1 Food Corner (formerly named El Cheapo), 902 Pennsylvania Ave., Savannah;
Alive Mini Market, 707 Harmon St., Savannah (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 shutdowns);
Niti Food Mart, 1212 U.S. Highway 80, Garden City; and
Zack’s Quick Stop, 2701 Ogeechee Road, Savannah.

For more information, visit online at https://ymcaofcoastalga.org/reachsavannah or https://healthysavannah.org/about/reach-savannah-chatham-county/

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH:
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. The local project is called HOPE, Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems, and environmental change. www.ymcaofcoastalga.org www.healthysavannah.org

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Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
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marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Zack’s Quick Stop, 2701 Ogeechee Road, is one of four local stores participating in the REACH Savannah-Chatham HealthMPowers campaign.
The Alive & Sho’Nuff Deli at 707 Harmon St. is currently closed due to COVID, but the staff hopes to be able to welcome customers again soon. (Pictured L-R in the Alive & Sho’Nuff Deli before the pandemic: Deidre Grim, REACH Grant; Joyce Griggs, owner, Alive and Sho’Nuff Deli; and Danielle Scudder, HealthMPowers)

CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION TO OPEN THREE SAVANNAH AREA LOCATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Center Parc Credit Union is expanding to the Savannah area. A division of APCU, the oldest credit union in the State of Georgia, Center Parc plans to open two Chatham County locations in September at the Pooler Walmart, 160 Pooler Parkway, and the Savannah Walmart, 6000 Ogeechee Road. Center Parc is also planning to open a free-standing flagship branch in the spring of 2021.

Center Parc’s parent company, APCU, has a familiar history in middle and north Georgia, and we’re now excited to bring our services to the Coastal Empire,” said Chuck Head, CEO. “Everything we do is for the benefit of our members and future members. We want prospective members to invite us to have a seat at their kitchen table, where families make decisions about their finances.”

Established by a post office employee to help improve the financial well-being of postal workers in Georgia, APCU (Atlanta Postal Credit Union) was chartered in 1925 as a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, built on the premise that working people need a safe and sound place to save and borrow money. It now serves more than 100,000 members nationwide. In the new Savannah area Center Parc branches, membership will be open to anyone who works or lives in Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties, and any U.S. Postal Service employee as well to the family members of anyone in these groups, no matter where they reside.

“The Center Parc division of APCU will provide the same products and services as APCU, with a community-focused outreach to help even more members grow and prosper,” Head added. “Our hope is that prospective members will get to know Center Parc as a trusted advisor to help them navigate their finances.”

Head explained that the Center Parc brand is aligned with the idea of “parks” and “town centers” being a place where members of a community gather to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. The unique spelling of the name is intended to reflect the company’s respect for its postal roots with the word “parcel.” The new brand is focused on community engagement and participation to attract a diversity of members from each community.

ABOUT CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION
Center Parc Credit Union is a division of APCU, the oldest credit union in the state of Georgia. In September 2020 two new Center Parc Credit Union locations will open in the Savannah area: at the Pooler Walmart, 160 Pooler Parkway, and the Savannah Walmart, 6000 Ogeechee Road. The company is also planning to open a free-standing flagship branch in Savannah in the spring of 2021 and will launch an exciting community gardens program this year. The member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative is committed to helping hardworking people save money and prosper. Each member’s funds are insured for up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). For more information, call 800-849-8431, email info@centerparc.org or visit online at www.centerparc.org. #MembersFlourish

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
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The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Ted J. Kleisner as 2020-21 President-Elect

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ted J. Kleisner, retired CEO and active community leader, has been elected 2020-21 president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. On June 29, the Rotary gavel will be passed on to Kleisner from outgoing president, Ellen B. Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group.

A third-generation hotelier, Kleisner originally came to Savannah in 1973 as general manager of the DeSoto Hilton and that year became an active member of the Rotary Club of Savannah. He is a former member of Rotary organizations in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“I am honored that Rotary Savannah has entrusted me with the leadership of the organization,” Kleisner said. “I look forward to continuing our mission to promote peace, fight disease, support health and education initiatives, and to grow our local economy.”

Kleisner is the immediate past chairman of the board of trustees of the Telfair Museums, president of the Savannah Classical Academy Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Savannah Music Festival, Inc. Appointed by the Mayor and City Council of Savannah, he currently serves as a commissioner on the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Commission and as a member of the Downtown Savannah Authority board.
The Chicago native retired as chairman of the board, president & CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company and as president of CSX Hotels, Inc., CEO of The Greenbrier Resort & Club Management Company and The Greenbrier Sporting Club Development Company, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Denver’s College of Business.

Kleisner and his wife of 48 years, Karen, reside in Savannah’s Historic Landmark District. They have two grown children: Kerry (Cornell ‘94) and Colonel Teddy (USMA, West Point ’97; and five grandchildren.

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH

The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 205 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 104 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently, in recognition of its 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and built an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park. Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

CONTACT
Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
Phone: 912-272-9711

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Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
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LDSS Will Hold Virtual Camp Buddy June 22-25 for Savannah and Effingham Students

(CHATHAM AND EFFINGHAM COUNTIES) For the past 11 years, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) has been helping students with Down syndrome enjoy summer fun at Camp Buddy as they prepare for the upcoming school year – and this year, not even a global pandemic can stop them! The LDSS will host Virtual Camp Buddy June 22 through June 25, 2020.

Kerry Heape with daughter Brenna.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended life in mid-March, people have turned to internet meeting applications like Zoom or Google Meets for everything from business meetings to class sessions to worship services. Now, add summer camp to that list. With web-cam equipped computers, parents and their campers (ages 7 to 16) will gather for the virtual camp each day during the camp session.

Look for the features that made Camp Buddy a favorite with families for more than the past decade, according to Molly Marchese, the camp’s co-director with Pam Hussey — things like involvement of occupational, physical and speech therapists, and learning cleverly disguised as games.

“The summer break always presents the threat of children losing ground as they’re away from the classroom, and that’s heartbreaking when they have worked so hard,” said John Bogardus, president of LDSS. “This year, we knew we couldn’t give up on Camp Buddy because children have been out of the classroom for at least two additional months. All kids need to have a fun and exciting summer, and we’ve worked out a way to do that safely with a virtual day camp that also reinforces learning.”

Previous camps started out using church facilities and moved on to public school facilities, with different sessions for Chatham County and Effingham County and nearby areas. As the pandemic gobbled up larger and larger chunks of the calendar, LDSS’s leadership realized that a physical camp was simply not possible in 2020. The answer was Virtual Camp Buddy, largely an improvisation driven by necessity.

“We’ve always had a very therapeutic approach to camp, with involvement by speech, occupational and physical therapists, and also a focus on socialization and grade-appropriate level education by special education teachers,” said Marchese.

What are some activities that can be done in a virtual camp? She gave the example of a scavenger hunt, where children are asked “Where do you go if you needed to find a toothbrush?” or working on fine motor skills by being told to find a jacket that zips or something that buttons.

The physical camps were generally based in a public school, with students often using the camp as a home base for field trips. Instead, this year the campers will be led through various projects via Zoom and its audiovisual links. The plan is to return to the physical format in future years, but Marchese said the virtual version may present some future potential as well. Depending on how well things go in this first year, it could become an option for serving children who live in areas without summer options for differently-abled children.

The camp sessions will run daily on each of the four camp days. Most of the slots are already claimed, but parents can see if any positions open up by emailing Marchese at mollymarchese6107@gmail.com. The camp fee is $20.

Working with Marchese and Hussey will be occupational therapist Melinda Hawkins, physical therapist Joy Marshall, speech therapist Helen Reynolds and special education teacher Traci Whitaker.

“Our campers look forward every year to Camp Buddy, and we are determined that our virtual version won’t disappoint them,” said Marchese. “So much of our daily lives has been turned upside down by this virus, but we aren’t going to let it rob the children of a joyful learning experience that, for many, is a summer tradition.”

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports 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 ldssga.org

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

2020 Night of Champions President’s honorees

WillPower Ties Founder, Former National AMBUCS President to Receive President’s Award at 2020 Night of Champions

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Will Howell, a Darien-based entrepreneur, and Kevin Sheehan, who heads an organization dedicated to improving the lives of differently abled people, will receive the President’s Award when the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society holds its 11th annual Night of Champions later this year.

The event was originally scheduled for April 2 but was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. A new date has not been determined.

Howell, 20, hasn’t allowed cerebral palsy to stand in the way of founding WillPower Ties, a recently launched internet-based firm that markets a line of ties, bowties and even doggie bowties.

Sheehan has been the national president of AMBUCS, an organization famous for the adaptive tricycles – Amtrykes – it provides to give mobility to children who otherwise could never experience pedaling a wheeled vehicle.

“Our Night of Champions is a wonderful event that allows us to salute employers and employees who demonstrate, every day, the value of inclusive work spaces,” said event chairman Tom Kenkel. “To add to that, each year we present our President’s Award. This year, we are privileged to honor two outstanding men whose efforts have directly impacted the quality of life for so many families in our area.”

In Howell’s case, as his school years neared an end, he and his family began to search for a meaningful business he could help to manage. Inspired by John’s Crazy Socks, an internet company founded by a young New Yorker with Down syndrome, the family came up with the idea for a line of designer ties. Howell, working with his father, fulfills orders and writes personal thank-you notes to his customers.

Sheehan is the assistant office manager of the family-based Dan J. Sheehan Co., a Savannah firm founded in 1924 to specialize in tile, paint, stucco and stone work.

He grew up in Savannah, playing and later coaching in AMBUC Stadium without ever thinking much about the name. When he was working a booth at a Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce business expo, he noticed a nearby booth with a “funny-looking” three-wheel bicycle and was told AMBUCS provides the special adaptive equipment to differently abled children.

When Sheehan saw the face of a young girl as she received one of those trikes, he was hooked and has been an AMBUCs member since 1999.

Over the past 21 years, Sheehan has been Savannah chapter president 13 times, including his current tenure, and served in various state and regional leadership positions before becoming the national president-elect, president and immediate past president over 2016 to 2019. In addition to adaptive tricycles, Sheehan and AMBUCS also sponsor adaptive bowling sessions for people who wouldn’t be able to experience the sport without assistance.

Sheehan attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoys spending time with his 10 nieces and nephews and three grand-nieces. He has also been on the LDSS board for nine years.

Sheehan and Howell met when Sheehan was in Darien to attend a football game between McIntosh Academy and Benedictine Military School. On a trip to the concession stand, Sheehan saw the Howell family and noticed Will had difficulty walking. He approached the Howells and offered to give Will the chance to ride a bike of his own. Now, Will uses his Amtryke to ride to the post office and mail his WillPower Ties orders. WillPower Ties donates a portion of each sale to AMBUCS.

In addition to the presentation of the President’s Award, the Night of Champions will recognize outstanding employer/employee partners.

Last year’s honorees included Erik Glasford, Effingham Health System; Meghan Mayle, Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood Restaurant; Reginald Horton, The Savannah Bananas; Chris Mayor, DIRTT Environmental Solutions; and Chris Holt, Tybee Island YMCA. Amy Wright, owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, was the recipient of the 2019 President’s Award.

LDSS’s ongoing programs include Camp Buddy for children with Down syndrome, the annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park and weekly support meetings held for people with Down syndrome along with their families and friends, as well as educational workshops for children.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports 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 ldssga.org

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

Pandemic Brings Surge in Demand for Fresh Produce from Farm Truck 912

(SAVANNAH, GA) Farm Truck 912, the mobile version of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, has seen a surge in demand during the COVID-19 crisis, with overall sales up by 50 percent in the month of April and a 70 percent increase in SNAP-funded purchases.

This program is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grants awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to close the gap in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County.

The staff of Farm Truck 912 also has developed a pilot delivery program for older residents who live in four of Savannah’s low-wealth senior housing complexes.

“The truck is still going to all the stops we’ve been going to,” said Jeb Bush, executive director of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market. “In general, stops have been super busy. We had a 50 percent increase in the amount of money spent. Part of that is that new customers have found us, and part is our new delivery service for low-wealth seniors. Several people have said they really feel safe purchasing produce in an outside environment with the Farm Truck.”

Due to the pandemic, new regulations are in place: Only staff members, who wear gloves and masks, are allowed to touch the produce, social distancing is maintained and all surfaces are wiped down with disinfectant between stops.

The mobile farmers’ market operates six days a week on a schedule that takes it throughout Chatham County and across all economic strata.

While the truck sells to the general public, it cuts prices in half for SNAP purchases.

The senior delivery program was driven by needs brought on by COVID-19. Low-wealth households have difficulty accessing delivery services from grocery stores, which generally require home internet access and payment via credit card. Farm Truck 912 work with the resident managers at senior housing complexes, who help spread the word and take orders so recipients can choose their produce for delivery.

“Right now we are calling it a pilot program, but our hope is to prove this is a successful means for reaching particularly vulnerable people,” Bush said.

Another program Farm Truck 912 will launch this month, Veggie RX, works with four health providers — J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, St. Mary’s Clinic, Memorial Health’s children’s clinic and the Chatham County Health Department — to serve low-wealth participants diagnosed at risk for a chronic diet-related disease.

Classes based in the clinics will begin May 14, and as participants leave, they can use their financial incentives to buy the “prescribed” produce at at the 912 Food Farmacy. Those vouchers can be redeemed at the mobile unit or at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market’s Saturday session.

Veggie RX was designed with a large educational component and has been adapted for pandemic safety regulations. Now, many of the class sessions are video-delivered.

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH:
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems and environmental change. http://www.ymcaofcoastalga.org http://www.healthysavannah.org

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Healthy Savannah Wins Statewide Recognition for Public Health Initiatives

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received statewide recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The coalition has received the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Collaborative Award for its work to make Savannah a healthier place to live.

“We are beyond thrilled to receive this recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “It shines a light on over 200 extraordinary individuals and partners who have shown unwavering dedication to making the healthy choice the easy choice. Savannah is a healthier place to live because of their commitment.”

Launched in 2007 by (former) Mayor Otis Johnson, Healthy Savannah’s mission is to build a culture of health in the community by sharing resources with organizations, advocating healthy policies, and building a collaborative environment. The coalition supports programs for families, schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations. It is led by people from all sectors of the community.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award was created to honor individuals, nonprofit health organizations, and community collaboratives for improving the quality of health and healthcare of those they serve. As a founding Healthcare Georgia Foundation board member, Greene helped steward the organization from its inception in 1999 through his retirement from the board in 2006. By recognizing those who inspire and lift others up, the organization strives to continue Greene’s legacy of community service through the work of others.

“Mr. Greene’s remarkable triumph over poverty and adversity proves that by working together, we can improve the quality of life of everyone in the community,” Kreissler said. “His legacy inspires us to continue to make Savannah a healthier place because this is a cause worth fighting for and winning. This award encourages me to keep doing what we’re doing with more energy and passion.”

A video highlighting Healthy Savannah and its contributions to the Savannah community was produced by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and is available online at https://vimeo.com/user62393556/download/410707732/2f2668b4f6

In addition to Healthy Savannah, the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award recipients include Sheila Weidman-Farley, Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli, Beth Shaifer, Dr. Beverly Deaderick Taylor and Darrell Sabbs. The awards will be presented during Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s biennial Connections conference in November, which was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©(3) public charity is a public/private coalition of over 200 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, and 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, 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 http://www.healthysavannah.org

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Enmarket Purchases, Converts Tiger Express in Beaufort, S.C.

New Acquisition in Beaufort Becomes Enmarket’s 50th South Carolina Convenience Store

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) — Enmarket, a Savannah-based convenience store chain, has bought the former Tiger Express #14 store at 2265 Boundary St. in Beaufort to bring its total outlets to 50 stores in South Carolina.

“The location is a strategic part of our growth plan in the Beaufort area,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “Highway 21 is a heavily commuted artery connecting Charleston and Beaufort, making this location a prime opportunity for us.”

The 4,475-square-foot store will reopen Thursday after new fuel dispensers are installed and the interior is outfitted with improvements such as Enmarket’s popular bean-to-cup coffee brewers.

The location will undergo a more comprehensive renovation before the end of the year. The prime feature of the remodel will be the installation of Enmarket’s signature Eatery restaurant. The existing car wash will be updated as well. The store is expected to stay open throughout the remodel.

The Beaufort store will offer such technology-based amenities as Skip Frictionless Checkout, which lets customers skip lines at the cash register and pay via their cell phones, as well as Enmarket’s loyalty program Enjoy Rewards and enPay. Customers will find the stores well stocked, including fresh food and healthy snacks. The store offers unleaded, mid grade, premium and diesel fuels.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employs more than 1,300 people and operates 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. 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. http://www.enmarket.com

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CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
mclements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990

New Acquisition in Beaufort Becomes Enmarket’s 50th South Carolina Convenience Store

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) — Enmarket, a Savannah-based convenience store chain, has bought the former Tiger Express #14 store at 2265 Boundary St. in Beaufort to bring its total outlets to 50 stores in South Carolina.

“The location is a strategic part of our growth plan in the Beaufort area,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “Highway 21 is a heavily commuted artery connecting Charleston and Beaufort, making this location a prime opportunity for us.”

The 4,475-square-foot store will reopen Thursday after new fuel dispensers are installed and the interior is outfitted with improvements such as Enmarket’s popular bean-to-cup coffee brewers.

The location will undergo a more comprehensive renovation before the end of the year. The prime feature of the remodel will be the installation of Enmarket’s signature Eatery restaurant. The existing car wash will be updated as well. The store is expected to stay open throughout the remodel.

The Beaufort store will offer such technology-based amenities as Skip Frictionless Checkout, which lets customers skip lines at the cash register and pay via their cell phones, as well as Enmarket’s loyalty program Enjoy Rewards and enPay. Customers will find the stores well stocked, including fresh food and healthy snacks. The store offers unleaded, mid grade, premium and diesel fuels.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employs more than 1,300 people and operates 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. 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. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
mclements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990

Enmarket Employees Get Pay Boost, Additional Safety Measures

(SAVANNAH, GA) As an essential business selling fuel, grocery items and prepared foods, Enmarket’s stores across a three-state region continue to remain open to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, those employees are receiving a temporary pay boost of $2.50 an hour, reflecting the importance of their role during this crisis, and the chain also will install plexiglass shields at its checkout counters as further protection for employees and customers.

The installation of the plexiglass shields, also known as “sneeze guards,” is expected to begin Monday and will include all of Enmarket’s stores, which are located in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The measures come in addition to health and safety measures already implemented throughout the chain, which is the 49th largest in the country. Those measures include the suspension of the sale of self-service food, like hotdogs and frozen yogurt, along with increased cleaning and sanitizing. The Eatery, Enmarket’s in-store food preparation operation, continues to prepare food under controlled sanitary conditions, but service is now limited to to-go orders, with use of dining tables on premises suspended.

“We wanted some tangible way to express to our employees how much we — and the shopping public —appreciate their efforts during this extraordinary time,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket, which is based in Savannah. “Nothing is more tangible to an employee than their paycheck, so for the next three weeks, each hourly employee’s wage will be increased by $2.50 an hour.”

Salaried employees, who are eligible for bonuses as part of their compensation package, will be guaranteed 100% payout of their March and April bonuses.

Hourly Enmarket employees will receive a one-time check equivalent to $2.50 per hour for all hours worked from March 26 through April 15. This will include field technicians and other hourly team members that work in the field to support multiple stores.

The plexiglass shields will become a new icon of the current pandemic. Walmart, Kroger and other major retailers who are open for essential services during the crisis have begun to install the barriers to limit exposure between customers and cashiers during the check-out process. Enmarket is one of the first convenience store chains that has committed to installing them at every location.

“These shields will provide an additional level of safety for our employees,” Giesick said. “We will be moving as quickly as possible to get them in place at each of our checkout locations.”

Meanwhile, Enmarket’s adoption of self-checkout technology in 2019 is proving its value during the current pandemic. For example, Skip Frictionless Checkout enables users to check out on their phones, without direct interaction with a cashier.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 124 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. 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. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
mclements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
www.carriagetradepr.com
912-844-9990

SafeCity Launches on Bull Street Local Security Company Offers Free CCTV to Savannah Business Community

(Savannah, Georgia) scDataCom is launching an early release of their newest initiative, “SafeCity”. SafeCity is a community focused program dedicated to fostering the safety, revitalization and continued growth of local business corridors by implementing security and technology tools designed to protect our community in a time of crisis. High quality cameras are placed in strategic locations throughout local business corridors in order to provide as many businesses as possible clear coverage of their facilities. During the Covid-19 Health Crisis, access to this footage is FREE and made available to participants in order to provide peace of mind to one of our city’s most valuable resource – it’s community of entrepreneurs.

“This is a beta version of the system we were planning to install but things have accelerated due to the current crisis. We are in a position to implement a solution, now, that will allow businesses a way to protect and to personally keep eyes on their facilities through the duration of this shut down” says Alaina Ford, Founder of scDataCom. “Our business is considered Critical Infrastructure – we are lucky that, as of now, our trucks are still rolling. The equipment we are installing is state of the art and costs us the exact same amount sitting in inventory as it does deployed where it could do some good. My hope is that the added security brings other small businesses some level of peace of mind while they’re forced to close their doors – we have to band together to get through this.”

scDataCom has been in Savannah for the past 7 years, and owner Alaina Ford lives in the Starland district, where the first SafeCity cameras will be installed. “This neighborhood has my heart”, she says. “I chose to live here because I loved the energy that all of these fun new businesses brought in, I’m lucky that some are friends and customers. And, living here, I know that there have been issues with burglary and property damage and that it has caused some concern, especially now. I’m hopeful that SafeCity will help ease their minds.”

Based on FBI crime data, Savannah has a higher crime rate than 68% of all other Georgia towns & cities (of all sizes). In 2019, the weekly average for property crimes in Savannah was 104 reported incidents/week and the weekly average for violent crime was 23 reported incidents/week. Studies show that surveillance programs have been especially successful in reducing the crime rate – potential criminals are much less likely to target a business if they know they are being watched and believe they are at a greater risk of apprehension. Highly visible cameras and signage are an especially effective crime reduction tool – similar programs in other cities, like Chicago, saw a 32% decrease in area crime within the first 3 months. A Detroit surveillance program, Project Greenlight, successfully decreased area crime by 40% in 2016, notably decreasing incidents of violent crime by 48%.

SafeCity camera installation will commence Monday and remote-viewing access is being granted to businesses for the next 30 days. For more information on SafeCity, or to register for access, please visit www.safecitysav.com

About scDataCom: Established in 2013, scDataCom has been delivering security integration solutions to both Savannah area businesses and Federal Agencies since 2013. Their client list includes the Department of Veterans Affairs, Georgia Ports Authority, St Joseph/Candler Hospitals, and many other small to enterprise level businesses.
Headquarters: 2700 Gregory St, Suite 180 Savannah, Georgia 31404
Phone: (912) 777-5721
Cell: 571-499-0409
Email: A.ford@scdatacom.net
Online: www.scdatacom.net

DIRTTbags Donate to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society for World Down Syndrome Day

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce, along with long-time community partner, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, DIRTT’s donation of more than $4,500 to the organization as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day – March 21, 2020.

Local Savannah DIRTTbags chose LDSS as their 2019 Annual Partner and raised the funds through raffles and events, along with a shared vision to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. LDSS has honored two DIRTTbags in the Savannah plant in recent years at their annual Night of Champions event – William Greene in 2015 and Chris Maynor in 2019.

“The DIRTTBags embody a beautiful message that if you can look beyond a label you might find unexpected blessings,” said John Bogardus, LDSS president and co-founder. “When we peeked inside the ‘bag’ we found our shining stars. Their example is a reminder that by looking beyond the label of disability, you can discover unexpected potential.”

DIRTT, which stands for Doing It Right This Time, uses technology-driven advanced manufacturing and a sustainable, prefab approach to interior construction that creates cost, schedule and quality certainty and long-term adaptability. Founded and headquartered in Calgary, DIRTT opened its Savannah facility in 2009 that now employs more than 100 DIRTTbags, as they all themselves. DIRTT’s culture is based on excellence, innovation and collaboration.

“It is our privilege to continue to partner with the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society as part of our progressive approach to corporate responsibility and philanthropy,” said Laura Lee Bocade, based in DIRTT’s Savannah plant. “We couldn’t agree or align more with the mission of LDSS – inclusion of a segment of our community that make for OUTSTANDING employees – and we couldn’t ask for a better group of leaders to make this vision a reality than our LDSS colleagues. I’m continually amazed at the wisdom of DIRTTbags to select the best community partners, year after year.”

During raffles, contests and events held over the past 6 months, Savannah DIRTTBags $4,666 in support of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and are excited to present the funds to LDSS on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day. A check presentation ‘ceremony’ and luncheon in DIRTT’s plant and Café with LDSS and DIRTT teams and local individuals and families but plans changed due to the current social-distancing protocol.

World Down Syndrome Day will be celebrated on March 21. This global awareness day has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Its purpose is to raise understanding of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY:
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports 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 ldssga.org

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

ABOUT DIRTT:
DIRTT is a building process powered by technology. The company uses its proprietary ICE® software to design, manufacture and install fully customized interior environments. The technology drives DIRTT’s advanced manufacturing and provides certainty on cost, schedule and the final built solution. Complete interior spaces are constructed faster, cleaner and more sustainably. DIRTT’s manufacturing facilities are located in Savannah, Phoenix and Calgary. DIRTT works with nearly 100 sales partners globally. For more information visit www.dirtt.com

CONTACT
Laura Lee Bocade
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
lbocade#@dirtt.com

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YAPPY HOUR ST. PATRICK’S DAY EDITION

 

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Subaru in Hardeeville is inviting the public to “eat, drink and be Irish” with a free Yappy Hour event on Thursday, March 12, to celebrate the love of furry family members and to support the Hilton Head Humane Association. The festivities will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at 111 Drivers Way. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/642912036443430/.

 

 

THE SECOND ANNUAL ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah held its second annual Royal Flush Casino Night to benefit the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. The casino-themed party took place at the Savannah Station, featuring heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by the Mainstreet Dance Band and complimentary casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune. For photos from the event and more information, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20200307/bunny-in-city-guaranteed-hit-with-habitat-for-humanity.

 

 

FORMER JAGUAR DESIGNER TURNED SCAD PROFESSOR PRESENTS ON DESIGN & ENGINEERING

 

(BLUFFTON, SC) Former Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri will keynote an evening lecture on design and engineering in the brand’s high-performance sports cars on Tuesday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jaguar Hilton Head at Peacock Auto Mall, 145 Drivers Way, Hardeeville, S.C. Pieri spent six years as a designer with Jaguar before becoming chair of the Industrial Design Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His lecture will cover the heritage and evolution of Jaguar design, with a special focus on the F-TYPE. Admission to the evening lecture is free, but RSVPs are required by Thursday, March 19, to jaguardreams.eventbrite.com.

 

 

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce its 2020 Board of Directors. The officers include John Bogardus, president; Michael Holton, Jr., vice president; Joe Marchese, secretary; and Stephen Greene, treasurer. They are joined on the board by Nicole Allen, Jason Ambrose, Brian Hussey, Kayla Johnson, Tom Kenkel, Harris Martin and Dr. Ben Spitalnick. LDSS has grown from a group of four families who shared the 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. For more information visit ldssga.org.

 

 

YOUNG EARNS DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY IN ROBOTICS FROM GEORGIA TECH

 

(ATLANTA, GA) Dr. Carol Young earned her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Robotics Engineering. Her thesis is titled “Quantitative Analysis of Adaptiveness and Consistency of a Class of Online Learning Algorithms.” Young worked at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut before she started her Ph.D. Her undergraduate degree is from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a dual B.S in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Japanese. Young graduated from Savannah Country Day in 2006. Young was an ARCS recipient (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) during her Ph.D. studies. For more information visit https://gatech.meritpages.com/stories/Carol-Young-Receives-Degree-from-Georgia-Tech-/23813478.

 

 

THIRD ANNUAL SAVANNAH ROTARY READ-IN CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know that children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over those who are not, with the number of words in a child’s vocabulary being an important indicator of later academic success, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. To support the kids here locally, several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area are hosting the third annual Savannah Rotary Read-In (SRRI) on Wednesday, March 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. SRRI 2020 will be reading to 35 schools and over 630 classrooms in the SCCPSS, reaching over 14,000 students in total. The group is currently calling for volunteers. To learn more, visit http://www.southernmamas.com/2020/savannah-rotary-read-in-2020/.

 

CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS® MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. observed its 25th anniversary on March 6, marking a quarter of a century of service to the region’s small business community. As a lead-up to the anniversary, Young published “Reputation Matrix,” a step-by-step guidebook to help small businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in the community and online. Once released, the book will be available on Amazon. For more information, visit www.carriagetradepr.com or contact 912-844-9990.

 

 

PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF TEDxHILTONHEAD 2020

 

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) Pinnacle Medical Group is a proud sponsor of this year’s TEDxHiltonHead, which will take place on Saturday, March 14, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 2020 theme is Making Waves, and will be celebrating the Lowcountry’s movers, shakers and big ideas. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/36982.

 

 

LLS 2020 MAN, WOMAN, & STUDENT OF THE YEAR KICKS OFF

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic and passionate candidates engage in a spirited fundraising competition to raise critical funds for blood cancer research for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through the Man & Woman of the Year and Students of the Year campaigns. LLS celebrated the individuals who will compete to earn the titles of Man, Woman and Students of the Year at the Charles H. Morris Center on Friday night with a crowd of over 200 supporters. This year’s candidate class includes fourteen community leaders, as well as eighteen student candidate teams, comprised of 42 high school students from eleven different schools. As a class, these candidates aim to raise over $900,000 in ten weeks to fight blood cancer. To learn more about the Man & Woman of the Year, visit www.mwoy.org/ga.

 

 

LSEGA 2020 PROGRAM HOLDS FIRST SESSION IN GLYNN COUNTY

 

(GLYNN CO, GA) The Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) class of 2020 launched its first session with a close look at the coastal region’s natural resources in Brunswick, Ga., and on Little St. Simons Island. The class learned about the many ways our Georgia coastline is unique from the nationally recognized conservation efforts to the biology itself. Heard Galis, LSEGA graduate and one of two principals at Galis/Stewart Insurance in Brunswick’s Historic District, was the session coordinator for the first of the five weekends. To learn more, visit http://savannahceo.com/features/2020/02/leadership-southeast-georgia-launches-2020-program-glynn-county-study-natural-resources/

 

 

TELFAIR BALL HELD AT BETHESDA ACADEMY

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 40th annual Telfair Ball was held under the live oaks of Bethesda Academy, featuring local, handmade art and an auction benefiting The Telfair Museums. To learn more about the ball and see photos of the art and venue, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20200307/art-scene-local-artists-crown-telfair-ball-with-handmade-art.

 

PLASTICS MAKES PERFECT PODCAST ADDRESSES KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT MOMMY MAKEOVERS

 

(BLUFFTON, SC) Mommy Makeovers offer a variety of options to help people get back to feeling like they did before pregnancy or weight gain. Dr. Klenke of the Pinnacle Medical Group explores these options and questions people frequently have before making an appointment in this video podcast episode of Plastics Makes Perfect. Listen anywhere you stream podcasts or watch here to learn more: 

 

 

25 TIPS FOR BUILDING YOUR BRAND AND BUSINESS

 

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Marjorie Young, founder of Carriage Trade PR, shares her top 25 tips from building her own business and brand over the past 25 years. 

 

 

DIGICON THE SERIES, FIRST SESSION BEGINS MARCH 24

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, along with M&R Marketing invite small business owners and marketing managers to attend a brand-new four-part digital marketing series. Take the mystery out of the ever-changing platforms, strategies, tactics and tools and gain confidence in your ability to identify digital marketing opportunities to grow your business and the tactical ability to put them into place! Take individual workshops or sign up for all four to save $67. To learn more about dates, times and topics please contact Liz Overstreet at 912-651-3200 or visit www.georgiasbdc.org/digicon-series for a conference brochure and to register online.

 

 

PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES DONATION

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach recently received a generous donation from the Savannah Black Nurses Association. The items donated included many much needed household items. Park Place Outreach is a 12-bed temporary youth shelter for runaway, homeless, and at risk youth ages 11-17. The mission of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. For more information visit https://www.parkplaceyes.org/.

 

 

PEACOCK FORD OPENS RENOVATED SPACES IN ORLANDO DEALERSHIP

 

(ORLANDO, FL) Peacock Automotive is pleased to announce the completion of Phase One renovations on Peacock Ford, and has now reopened its showroom, service and parts departments, sales and support offices and customer lounge. Peacock Automotive acquired the Ford dealership in 2017, expanding its established markets in Georgia and South Carolina to Florida. Peacock Ford is located at 1875 S. Orlando Avenue in Maitland and sits on a 10-acre lot that displays nearly 350 vehicles. For more information, visit http://www.peacockford.com/

 

 

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY CALLS FOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS NOMINATIONS 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions, a celebration of inclusion successes in the workplace, which will be hosted on Thursday, April 2. To nominate an employee with an inspiring story, to sponsor Night of Champions or to donate a silent auction item, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Nominations will remain open until Friday, March 6.

 

 

NEW DEVELOPMENT OFF TOWNE CENTER DRIVE IN POOLER

 

(POOLER, GA) Developer Tony Yang and the Dewitt Tilton Group are working to bring the beautifully designed Towne Center #5 to the Pooler area, featuring a restaurant and five other units. The property is expected to be completed this October. To learn more, visit https://www.wtoc.com/2020/02/19/new-development-coming-pooler-fall/

 

 

ENMARKET GIVING AWAY HONORARY OBSERVER PASSES TO SAVANNAH GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Golf Championship will take place this year from Thursday, April 2, to Sunday, April 5, at the Deer Creek Golf Course at The Landings Club. Enmarket is giving away pairs of Honorary Observer Passes for both Round Three and the Final Round. To enter the giveaway contest, follow @enmarket on Instagram.

 

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND TO HOST ANNUAL SPRING GALA

 

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island will host its annual spring gala on Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. All funds raised will support the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island’s programs. For sponsorship and ticket information please visit https://www.bgchiltonhead.org/events/annual-gala-2020.

 

 

DENTAL HEALTH

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know coconuts have natural antibacterial properties that help reduce gum disease and tooth decay? Choose this delicious nut for a snack rather than a candy bar to promote gum health.  

 

Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Dentist, Savannah Public Relations, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing

 

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE AND WSAV PAY IT FORWARD TO LOWCOUNTRY DRESS FOR SUCCESS

 

(SAVANNAH, GA/BLUFFTON, SC) Peacock Automotive and WSAV teamed up to benefit Lowcountry Dress for Success, a nonprofit dedicated to providing school uniforms to children in need. To learn more, visit https://www.wsav.com/video/peacock-pay-it-forward-lowcountry-dress-for-success/4356889/.

 

UNION MISSION ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Union Mission for an uplifting and enlightening evening at the 5th Annual Raising Hope event on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel. The featured keynote speaker will be affordable housing expert Michelle Norris, who is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Growth Strategies for National Church Residences of Columbus, Ohio. To learn more visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2020/02/union-mission-announces-keynote-speaker-5th-annual-raising-hope/.

 

ADOPT TINY HORRIGAN

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Tiny, affectionately called Horrigan by his foster parents, is a great kitten! He’s already learning how to use the litter box! He has mastered meowing for love and wants to be with people. He is a feisty little guy and is always up to play! Best part: HE WAGS HIS TAIL! His Instagram tag is #KittenTinyHorrigan. To adopt Tiny or another animal from Coastal Pet Rescue, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-008-tiny/.

 

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THE SECOND ANNUAL ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah held its Second Annual Royal Flush Casino Night on Thursday, Feb. 27, to benefit the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. The casino-themed party took place at the Savannah Station, featuring heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by the Mainstreet Dance Band and complimentary casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune. For photos from the event or more information, visit https://www.wsav.com/photo-galleries/photo-gallery-roto-rooter-plumbers-royal-flush-casino-night/ and https://www.savannahnow.com/photogallery/GA/20200228/NEWS/228009998/PH/1.

 

 

3RD ANNUAL SAVANNAH ROTARY READ-IN CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know that children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over those who are not, with the number of words in a child’s vocabulary being an important indicator of later academic success, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. To support the kids here locally, several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area are hosting the third annual Savannah Rotary Read-In (SRRI) on Wednesday, March 25, from 9-10:30 a.m. SRRI 2020 will be reading to 35 schools and over 630 classrooms in the SCCPSS, reaching over 14,000 students in total. The group is currently calling for volunteers. To learn more, visit http://www.southernmamas.com/2020/savannah-rotary-read-in-2020/.

 

CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS® MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. will observe its 25th anniversary on March 6, marking a quarter of a century of service to the region’s small business community. As a lead-up to the anniversary, Young will publish “Reputation Matrix,” a step-by-step guidebook to help small businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in the community and online. Once released, the book will be available on Amazon. For more information, visit www.carriagetradepr.com or contact 912-844-9990.

 

 

LSEGA 2020 PROGRAM HOLDS FIRST SESSION IN GLYNN COUNTY

 

(GLYNN CO, GA) The Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) class of 2020 launched its first session with a close look at the coastal region’s natural resources in Brunswick, Ga. and on Little St. Simons Island. The class learned about the many ways our Georgia coastline is unique from the nationally recognized conservation efforts to the biology itself. Heard Galis, LSEGA graduate and one of two principals at Galis/Stewart Insurance in Brunswick’s Historic District, was the session coordinator for the first of the five weekends. To learn more visit http://savannahceo.com/features/2020/02/leadership-southeast-georgia-launches-2020-program-glynn-county-study-natural-resources/

 

 

PLASTICS MAKES PERFECT PODCAST COVERS ALL THINGS MOMMY MAKEOVERS

 

(BLUFFTON, SC) Mommy Makeovers offer a variety of options to help people get back to feeling like they did before pregnancy or weight gain. Dr. Klenke of the Pinnacle Medical Group explores these options and questions people frequently have before making an appointment in this video podcast episode of Plastics Makes Perfect. Listen anywhere you stream podcasts or watch here to learn more.

 

25 TIPS FOR BUILDING YOUR BRAND AND BUSINESS

 

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Marjorie Young, founder of Carriage Trade PR, shares her top 25 tips from building her own business and brand over the past 25 years. Watch here!

 

DIGICON THE SERIES, FIRST SESSION BEGINS MARCH 24, 2020

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, along with M&R Marketing invite small business owners and marketing managers to a brand-new four-part digital marketing series. Take the mystery out of the ever-changing platforms, strategies, tactics and tools and gain confidence in your ability to identify digital marketing opportunities to grow your business and the tactical ability to put them into place! Sign up for individual workshops or take all four to save $67. For dates, times and topics please contact Liz Overstreet at 912-651-3200 or visit www.georgiasbdc.org/digicon-series for a conference brochure and to register online.

 

 

PEACOCK FORD OPENS RENOVATED SPACES IN ORLANDO DEALERSHIP

 

(ORLANDO, FL) Peacock Automotive is pleased to announce the completion of Phase One renovations on Peacock Ford, and has now reopened its showroom, service and parts departments, sales and support offices and customer lounge. Peacock Automotive acquired the Ford dealership in 2017, expanding its established markets in Georgia and South Carolina to Florida. Peacock Ford is located at 1875 S. Orlando Avenue in Maitland and sits on a 10-acre lot that displays nearly 350 vehicles. For more information, visit http://www.peacockford.com/

 

 

PARADE COMMITTEE TO HOST SPECIAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY BREAKFAST AT UNION MISSION

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will serve Union Mission clients a special “green” breakfast at Grace House (120 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA 31401) on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00 am. Grace House of Union Mission is a thirty-two (32) bed emergency shelter for homeless men that provides basic human needs services such as shelter, food and clothing for up to 90 days with the overall goal of helping clients end their homelessness. To learn more visit www.unionmission.org.

 

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY CALLS FOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS NOMINATIONS 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions, a celebration of inclusion successes in the workplace, which will be hosted on Thursday, April 2. To nominate an employee with an inspiring story, to sponsor Night of Champions or to donate a silent auction item, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Nominations will remain open until Friday, March 6.

 

 

NEW DEVELOPMENT OFF TOWNE CENTER DRIVE IN POOLER

 

(POOLER, GA) Developer Tony Yang and the Dewitt Tilton Group are working to bring the beautifully designed Towne Center #5 to the Pooler area, featuring a restaurant and five other units. The property is expected to be completed this October. To learn more, visit https://www.wtoc.com/2020/02/19/new-development-coming-pooler-fall/

 

 

TYBEE ISLAND MARITIME ACADEMY SUPPORTS PARK PLACE OUTREACH

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Tybee Island Maritime Academy (TIMA) 5th graders held a clothing and canned food drive for Park Place Outreach to bring their studies about the Great Depression into the present. To learn more, visit  https://www.parkplaceyes.org/.

 

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND TO HOST ANNUAL SPRING GALA

 

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island will host its annual spring gala on Saturday, Mar. 21, at 6 p.m. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. All funds raised will support the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island’s programs. For sponsorship and ticket information please visit https://www.bgchiltonhead.org/events/annual-gala-2020. Learn more here.

 

RMH DRESS DRIVE MARCH 7

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Who wants to wear the same dress twice? That’s why The Annual Ronald McDonald House Dress Drive was organized last year by local high school students. They are now collecting gently used dresses and would appreciate any help spreading the word to benefit the families of the Ronald McDonald House. It is a great place to find special occasion dresses or even everyday sundresses. Please spread the word and donate at Savannah Power Yoga on Saturday, March 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The drive will also be collecting at SCDS, SVA and Ad Specialty Services at 402 E. Montgomery Cross Rd until Monday, March 2. The RMH can also arrange a pick up. To learn more, visit https://www.rmhc.org/.

 

“JEWELS AND JEANS” EVENT

 

(HILTON HEAD, SC) The Beaufort County Foundation for Educational Excellence will host its annual “Jewels & Jeans” event on Saturday, March 7 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Club, 40 Folly Field Road. This year’s event will honor Kathy Cramer for her passion of providing opportunities to people with disabilities in the community. Proceeds fund innovative teaching grants in Beaufort County’s public schools. Grant recipients will be at the event sharing their stories. The evening also features a live auction, great food and entertainment by Deas Guyz. Tickets for the event are available now, but usually sell out quickly. Tickets are $75/person. For more information or tickets, visit www.FoundationEdExcellence.com or call 843-301-7150.

 

 

MOUTH HEALTH

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know your mouth’s health can reflect the health of your body overall? If you’ve noticed an increase is cavities, gum sensitivity and other mouth-related symptoms, check out this article and consult with your doctor about possible signs of more serious issues: https://www.health.com/condition/oral-health/oral-symptoms?crlt=%5Bobject%20Object%5D&crlt.pid=camp.py08Qwj8hAQo.  

 

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PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE AND WSAV PAY IT FORWARD TO LOWCOUNTRY DRESS FOR SUCCESS

 

(SAVANNAH, GA/BLUFFTON, SC) Peacock Automotive and WSAV teamed up to benefit Lowcountry Dress for Success, a nonprofit dedicated to providing school uniforms to children in need. To learn more, visit https://www.wsav.com/video/peacock-pay-it-forward-lowcountry-dress-for-success/4356889/.

 

UNION MISSION ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Union Mission for an uplifting and enlightening evening at the 5th Annual Raising Hope event on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel. The featured keynote speaker will be affordable housing expert Michelle Norris, who is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Growth Strategies for National Church Residences of Columbus, Ohio. To learn more visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2020/02/union-mission-announces-keynote-speaker-5th-annual-raising-hope/.

 

MEET HOLIDAY

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Holiday is the best – sweet, loving, and very affectionate. She obeys commands (especially “No”), and has gotten along well with the other dogs in her foster home. While she is still working on potty training, and can be protective of her person, she will comply when told to stop and is not destructive. Her foster says that she has been a pleasure to foster, and will make some owner very happy in the future. To adopt Holiday or another animal from Coastal Pet Rescue, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-d-186-holiday/.

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, February 24, 2020

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THE SECOND ANNUAL ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT IS THIS THURSDAY

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah will present its Second Annual Royal Flush Casino Night on Thursday, Feb. 27, to benefit the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. The casino-themed party will take place at the Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St., featuring heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by the Mainstreet Dance Band and complimentary casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune. Individual tickets for the event are $60; tickets for couples are $90. The tables will open promptly at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-second-annual-roto-rooter-plumbers-of-savannah-royal-flush-casino-night-tickets-89887964321 or https://www.facebook.com/events/2753968404697426/.

 

 

LSEGA 2020 PROGRAM HOLDS FIRST SESSION IN GLYNN COUNTY

 

(GLYNN CO, GA) The Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) class of 2020 launched its first session with a close look at the coastal region’s natural resources in Brunswick, Ga. and on Little St. Simons Island. The class learned about the many ways our Georgia coastline is unique from the nationally recognized conservation efforts to the biology itself. Heard Galis, LSEGA graduate and one of two principals at Galis/Stewart Insurance in Brunswick’s Historic District, was the session coordinator for the first of the five weekends. To learn more visit http://savannahceo.com/features/2020/02/leadership-southeast-georgia-launches-2020-program-glynn-county-study-natural-resources/

 

 

PLASTICS MAKES PERFECT PODCAST COVERS ALL THINGS MOMMY MAKEOVERS

 

(BLUFFTON, SC) Mommy Makeovers offer a variety of options to help people get back to feeling like they did before pregnancy or weight gain. Dr. Klenke of the Pinnacle Medical Group explores these options and questions people frequently have before making an appointment in this video podcast episode of Plastics Makes Perfect. Listen anywhere you stream podcasts or watch here to learn more.

 

BETHESDA WINS PLAYOFF OPENER

 

(SAVANNAHNOW.COM) Bethesda beat King’s Academy 81-48 in the first round of the SCISA Class 2A playoffs: https://www.savannahnow.com/sports/20200221/high-schools-bethesda-wins-playoff-opener.

 

PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP HOSTS BEAUTY, BUBBLES AND BITES

 

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) Pinnacle Plastic Surgery teamed up with Veranda Beach Salon to host a fun-filled and informational happy hour. Guests were able to meet Dr. Sarah Cazorla, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and the newest addition to the Pinnacle Medical Group team, and enjoy bubbly, hors d’oeuvres, fabulous door prizes and event-only specials. For more information about this and upcoming events, visit https://www.facebook.com/pinnacleplasticsurgery/.

 

 

LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA CLASS OF 2020 ANNOUNCED

 

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to recognize the 28 individuals who have been selected to join its 2020 class. The new class members live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s coastal region. To learn more about these individuals and the LSEGA program, visit http://savannahceo.com/features/2020/02/regional-leaders-2020-class-leadership-southeast-georgia-announced/.

 

LSEGA Class of 2020
LSEGA Class of 2020

 

ENMARKET HIRES DIRECTOR OF FOOD SERVICE

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, has reinforced its commitment to bringing healthy eating to the world of convenience with the recent hire of Ryan Krebs as director of food service. Krebs is a classically trained chef with a culinary degree, and he joins Enmarket after a substantial career that has included restaurants, fine dining hotels, nonprofits, health care and the convenience store industry. For more information, visit https://www.cspdailynews.com/foodservice/enmarket-names-ryan-krebs-director-food-beverage.

 

 

PEACOCK FORD OPENS RENOVATED SPACES IN ORLANDO DEALERSHIP

 

(ORLANDO, FL) Peacock Automotive is pleased to announce the completion of Phase One renovations on Peacock Ford, and has now reopened its showroom, service and parts departments, sales and support offices and customer lounge. Peacock Automotive acquired the Ford dealership in 2017, expanding its established markets in Georgia and South Carolina to Florida. Peacock Ford is located at 1875 S. Orlando Avenue in Maitland and sits on a 10-acre lot that displays nearly 350 vehicles. For more information, visit http://www.peacockford.com/

 

 

ZUNZIFEST BENEFITS PARK PLACE OUTREACH ON FEB 26

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Zunzi’s will host Zunzifest on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to benefit Park Place Outreach. Customers can enjoy a free Conquistador or Rising Sun (vegan option) and a chance to learn more about Park Place Outreach’s emergency youth programs. A portion of the proceeds from everything else purchased during the event will be donated to Park Place Outreach. For more information, visit  https://www.facebook.com/events/497166451204692/.

 

 

UNION MISSION ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Union Mission for an uplifting and enlightening evening at the 5th Annual Raising Hope event on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel. The featured keynote speaker will be affordable housing expert Michelle Norris, who is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Growth Strategies for National Church Residences of Columbus, Ohio. To learn more visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2020/02/union-mission-announces-keynote-speaker-5th-annual-raising-hope/.

 

BETHESDA ACADEMY SENIOR RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP FROM SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy hosted a Signing Day ceremony for senior Nishan Roberson in honor of his full-ride football scholarship with Savannah State University. Roberson has played on the Bethesda Academy football team for three of his four years in high school, having missed his junior year due to a preseason knee injury. Highlights from his senior year include 64 tackles on defense and offensive blocks that accounted for 3,002 rushing yards and 2,017 passing yards. To learn more about Nishan, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/sports/20200206/bethesda-academys-roberson-signs-with-savannah-state.

 

 

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY CALLS FOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS NOMINATIONS 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions, a celebration of inclusion successes in the workplace, which will be hosted on Thursday, April 2. To nominate an employee with an inspiring story, to sponsor Night of Champions or to donate a silent auction item, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Nominations will remain open until Friday, March 6.

 

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND TO HOST ANNUAL SPRING GALA

 

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island will host its annual spring gala on Saturday, Mar. 21, at 6 p.m. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. All funds raised will support the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island’s programs. For sponsorship and ticket information please visit https://www.bgchiltonhead.org/events/annual-gala-2020.

“JEWELS AND JEANS” EVENT

 

(HILTON HEAD, SC) The Beaufort County Foundation for Educational Excellence will host its annual “Jewels & Jeans” event on Saturday, March 7 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Club, 40 Folly Field Road. This year’s event will honor Kathy Cramer for her passion of providing opportunities to people with disabilities in the community. Proceeds fund innovative teaching grants in Beaufort County’s public schools. Grant recipients will be at the event sharing their stories. The evening also features a live auction, great food and entertainment by Deas Guyz. Tickets for the event are available now, but usually sell out quickly. Tickets are $75/person. For more information or tickets, visit www.FoundationEdExcellence.com or call 843-301-7150.

 

 

PARK PLACE OUTREACH HOSTED 36TH ANNUAL GALA

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach hosted its 36th Annual Gala in support of its programs dedicated to fighting youth homelessness in Savannah. Jay Bailey, youth advocate and president and CEO of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Atlanta, was this year’s keynote speaker. To learn more about the Park Place Outreach Annual Gala and the ways it serves local runaway and homeless youth, visit https://www.wsav.com/community/park-place-outreach-hosts-36th-annual-gala-to-end-youth-homelessness-in-savannah/.

 

 

TIPS FOR HEALTHY TEETH

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Excessive brushing can actually cause your gums to recede. For effective tooth brushing that won’t damage gum tissue or enamel, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and move the bristles in gentle circular motions. If you are having problems with receding gums, come see a dentist: https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

 

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PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE AND WSAV PAY IT FORWARD TO EMPLOYABILITY

 

(SAVANNAH, GA/BLUFFTON, S.C.) Peacock Automotive and WSAV teamed up to benefit Employability, a nonprofit . To learn more, visit https://www.wsav.com/pay-it-forward/pay-it-forward-employability/.

 

 

MEET TOFFEE

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Toffee is a cream-colored lady cat that loves to act like a kitten, enjoying every second of playing and cuddling! She loves to greet everyone she meets and is always looking to be petted. She is also great with other cats, but mostly wants to find her forever humans! To adopt Toffee or another animal from Coastal Pet Rescue, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-c-041-toffee/.

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, February 17, 2020

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LSEGA 2020 PROGRAM HOLDS FIRST SESSION IN GLYNN COUNTY

(GLYNN CO, GA) The Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) class of 2020 launched its first session with a close look at the coastal region’s natural resources in Brunswick, Ga. and on Little St. Simons Island. The class learned about the many ways our Georgia coastline is unique from the nationally recognized conservation efforts to the biology itself. Heard Galis, LSEGA graduate and one of two principals at Galis/Stewart Insurance in Brunswick’s Historic District, was the session coordinator for the first of the five weekends. To learn more visit http://savannahceo.com/features/2020/02/leadership-southeast-georgia-launches-2020-program-glynn-county-study-natural-resources/.

PLASTICS MAKES PERFECT PODCAST COVERS ALL THINGS MOMMY MAKEOVERS

(BLUFFTON, SC) Mommy Makeovers offer a variety of options to help people get back to feeling like they did before pregnancy or weight gain. Dr. Klenke of the Pinnacle Medical Group explores these options and questions people frequently have before making an appointment in this video podcast episode of Plastics Makes Perfect. Listen anywhere you stream podcasts or watch here to learn more.

THE SECOND ANNUAL ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT THURSDAY, FEB 27

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah will present its Second Annual Royal Flush Casino Night on Thursday, Feb. 27, to benefit the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. The casino-themed party will take place at the Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St., featuring heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by the Mainstreet Dance Band and complimentary casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune. Individual tickets for the event are $60; tickets for couples are $90. The tables will open promptly at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-second-annual-roto-rooter-plumbers-of-savannah-royal-flush-casino-night-tickets-89887964321 or https://www.facebook.com/events/2753968404697426/.

PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP HOSTS BEAUTY, BUBBLES AND BITES

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, S.C.) Pinnacle Plastic Surgery teamed up with Veranda Beach Salon to host a fun-filled and informational happy hour. Guests were able to meet Dr. Sarah Cazorla, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and the newest addition to the Pinnacle Medical Group team, and enjoy bubbly, hors d’oeuvres, fabulous door prizes and event-only specials. For more information about this and upcoming events, visit https://www.facebook.com/pinnacleplasticsurgery/.

LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA CLASS OF 2020 ANNOUNCED

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to recognize the 28 individuals who have been selected to join its 2020 class. The new class members live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s coastal region. To learn more about these individuals and the LSEGA program, visit http://savannahceo.com/features/2020/02/regional-leaders-2020-class-leadership-southeast-georgia-announced/.

ENMARKET HIRES DIRECTOR OF FOOD SERVICE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, has reinforced its commitment to bringing healthy eating to the world of convenience with the recent hire of Ryan Krebs as director of food service. Krebs is a classically trained chef with a culinary degree, and he joins Enmarket after a substantial career that has included restaurants, fine dining hotels, nonprofits, health care and the convenience store industry. For more information, visit https://www.cspdailynews.com/foodservice/enmarket-names-ryan-krebs-director-food-beverage.

PEACOCK FORD OPENS RENOVATED SPACES IN ORLANDO DEALERSHIP

(ORLANDO, FL) Peacock Automotive is pleased to announce the completion of Phase One renovations on Peacock Ford, and has now reopened its showroom, service and parts departments, sales and support offices and customer lounge. Peacock Automotive acquired the Ford dealership in 2017, expanding its established markets in Georgia and South Carolina to Florida. Peacock Ford is located at 1875 S. Orlando Avenue in Maitland and sits on a 10-acre lot that displays nearly 350 vehicles. For more information, visit http://www.peacockford.com/.

ZUNZIFEST BENEFITS PARK PLACE OUTREACH ON FEB 26

(SAVANNAH, GA) Zunzi’s will host Zunzifest on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to benefit Park Place Outreach. Customers can enjoy a free Conquistador or Rising Sun (vegan option) and a chance to learn more about Park Place Outreach’s emergency youth programs. A portion of the proceeds from everything else purchased during the event will be donated to Park Place Outreach. For more information, visit  https://www.facebook.com/events/497166451204692/.

UNION MISSION ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Union Mission for an uplifting and enlightening evening at the 5th Annual Raising Hope event on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel. The featured keynote speaker will be affordable housing expert Michelle Norris, who is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Growth Strategies for National Church Residences of Columbus, Ohio. To learn more visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2020/02/union-mission-announces-keynote-speaker-5th-annual-raising-hope/.

BETHESDA ACADEMY SENIOR RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP FROM SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy hosted a Signing Day ceremony for senior Nishan Roberson in honor of his full-ride football scholarship with Savannah State University. Roberson has played on the Bethesda Academy football team for three of his four years in high school, having missed his junior year due to a preseason knee injury. Highlights from his senior year include 64 tackles on defense and offensive blocks that accounted for 3,002 rushing yards and 2,017 passing yards. To learn more about Nishan, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/sports/20200206/bethesda-academys-roberson-signs-with-savannah-state.

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY CALLS FOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS NOMINATIONS 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions, a celebration of inclusion successes in the workplace, which will be hosted on Thursday, April 2. To nominate an employee with an inspiring story, to sponsor Night of Champions or to donate a silent auction item, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Nominations will remain open until Friday, March 6.

LARGE SCALE EVACUATION PLANNING

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Wednesday, Feb. 19, a Georgia Tech professor and researcher will discuss the best way to execute evacuations at Georgia Tech-Savannah. To hear more about a topic that impacts all of us along the coast, register today at pe.gatech.edu/savannah/leadership-training.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS®: PREDICTIONS AND TRENDS FOR 2020

(SAVANNAH, GA) In the first Open for Business® episode of the new year, our very own Marjorie Young shared her thoughts on six public relations predictions and trends for 2020: increased voice searches; more entertainment such as podcasts and video news releases featured in the news; a greater variety of ways to measure success; more CEOs stepping into the position of subject matter expert; a demand for more earned, third-party media; and an increase in Corporate Social Responsibility. Watch the video here.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TO HOST ANNUAL SPRING GALA

(BLUFFTON, SC) The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton will host its annual spring gala on Saturday, Mar. 14, at the Montage Palmetto Bluff. This year’s theme is “Bluffton Built,” a celebration of the community coming together to shape the lives of local children and teens. All funds raised will support the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton’s programs. This black tie-optional affair opens at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party and silent auction, followed by a plated dinner, special performances by members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton and a live auction. Guests will be entertained throughout the evening with live music by the Whitley Deputy Band. For sponsorship and ticket information please visit bgcbluffton.org/gala.

“JEWELS AND JEANS” EVENT

(HILTON HEAD, SC) The Beaufort County Foundation for Educational Excellence will host its annual “Jewels & Jeans” event on Saturday, March 7 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Club, 40 Folly Field Road. This year’s event will honor Kathy Cramer for her passion of providing opportunities to people with disabilities in the community. Proceeds fund innovative teaching grants in Beaufort County’s public schools. Grant recipients will be at the event sharing their stories. The evening also features a live auction, great food and entertainment by Deas Guyz. Tickets for the event are available now, but usually sell out quickly. Tickets are $75/person. For more information or tickets, visit www.FoundationEdExcellence.com or call 843-301-7150.

SNEAK PEAK: EQUIPMENTSHARE SAVANNAH NEW LOCATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) EquipmentShare Savannah has a new location in Richmond Hill, and local commercial construction firm the Dewitt Tilton Group has nearly completed the space. To see a preview of the new building, visit https://www.facebook.com/DewittTiltonGroup/videos/866301540481797/.

AMERICAN TRADITIONS VOCAL COMPETITION RETURNS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Traditions Vocal Competition is returning to Savannah for its 27th Anniversary season. To learn more, visit https://www.wsav.com/community/community-corner-american-traditions-vocal-competition-returns-to-savannah-next-week-for-27th-anniversary-season/.

PARK PLACE OUTREACH HOSTED 36TH ANNUAL GALA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach hosted its 36th Annual Gala in support of its programs dedicated to fighting youth homelessness in Savannah. Jay Bailey, youth advocate and president and CEO of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Atlanta, was this year’s keynote speaker. To learn more about the Park Place Outreach Annual Gala and the ways it serves local runaway and homeless youth, visit https://www.wsav.com/community/park-place-outreach-hosts-36th-annual-gala-to-end-youth-homelessness-in-savannah/.

UNION MISSION ANNOUNCES 2020 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Union Mission has selected its 2020 Executive Committee. Hancock Askew & Co. LLP Managing Partner Michael McCarthy will be serving as Chairman, and five new members have been appointed to serve terms through 2022. The new members include Karl Schiefer, Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch; Brenda Gaines, retired CEO Diners Club NA; Harold Oglesby, President of 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc.; Kimberly Pannell, President of KWP Consulting, LLC; and Patricia Wright-Owens with Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. For more information visit www.unionmission.org.

BAD BREATH?

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bad breath isn’t just caused by the food you eat – it can also be an indicator of your gum health. Food residue between teeth leads to bacterial growth, which in turn causes bad breath and can indicate the early stages of gum disease. If you are having problems with bad breath, stop relying on mints and come see a dentist: https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/.

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PARK PLACE OUTREACH AWARDED

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the third year, the Mediation Center recognized volunteers and community leaders who support the mediation services, legal resource center, and youth and family programs of the Mediation Center. This year, Park Place Outreach, Inc.’s Executive Director Julie Wade received the 2020 Youth Collaboration Award as a partner willing to work on grants, brainstorm and stand united for youth in Chatham County. For more information or a tour of the Mediation Center, please contact Jill Cheeks, Executive Director, at 912-354-6686.

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE AND WSAV PAY IT FORWARD TO SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.

(SAVANNAH, GA/BLUFFTON, S.C.) Peacock Automotive and WSAV started the new year with a visit to Senior Citizens, Inc., a nonprofit providing support services for seniors including in-home personal and nursing care, daytime care for those with dementia and home-delivered meals, among other services. To learn more, watch the video h.

MEET POCKET

(SAVANNAH, GA) Meet Pocket! Pocket is a spunky little cutie. She is great with larger dogs, but can be a bit of a bully towards smaller ones. Pocket would do best in a home with bigger kids, as she’s going to be a good size dog, with lots of energy. To adopt Pocket or another animal from Coastal Pet Rescue, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-d-294-pocket/.

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, February 10, 2020

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PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP HOSTS BEAUTY, BUBBLES AND BITES

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, S.C.) Pinnacle Plastic Surgery is teaming up with Veranda Beach Salon to host a fun-filled and informational happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. this evening, Monday, Feb. 10. Meet Dr. Sarah Cazorla, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and the newest addition to the Pinnacle Medical Group team, and enjoy bubbly, hors d’oeuvres, fabulous door prizes and event-only specials. Veranda Beach Salon is located at 8 Sea Mist Road, Saint Helena Island 29920. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/494070554853139/.

LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA CLASS OF 2020 ANNOUNCED

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to recognize the 28 individuals who have been selected to join its 2020 class. The new class members live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s coastal region. To learn more about these individuals and the LSEGA program, visit http://savannahceo.com/features/2020/02/regional-leaders-2020-class-leadership-southeast-georgia-announced/.

ENMARKET HIRES DIRECTOR OF FOOD SERVICE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, has reinforced its commitment to bringing healthy eating to the world of convenience with the recent hire of Ryan Krebs as director of food service. Krebs is a classically trained chef with a culinary degree, and he joins Enmarket after a substantial career that has included restaurants, fine dining hotels, nonprofits, health care and the convenience store industry. For more information, visit https://www.cspdailynews.com/foodservice/enmarket-names-ryan-krebs-director-food-beverage.

  BETHESDA ACADEMY SENIOR RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP FROM SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy hosted a Signing Day ceremony for senior Nishan Roberson in honor of his full-ride football scholarship with Savannah State University. Roberson has played on the Bethesda Academy football team for three of his four years in high school, having missed his junior year due to a preseason knee injury. Highlights from his senior year include 64 tackles on defense and offensive blocks that accounted for 3,002 rushing yards and 2,017 passing yards. To learn more about Nishan, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/sports/20200206/bethesda-academys-roberson-signs-with-savannah-state.

THE SECOND ANNUAL ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT THURSDAY, FEB 27

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah will present its Second Annual Royal Flush Casino Night on Thursday, Feb. 27, to benefit the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. The casino-themed party will take place at the Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St., featuring heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by the Mainstreet Dance Band and complimentary casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune. Individual tickets for the event are $60; tickets for couples are $90. The tables will open promptly at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-second-annual-roto-rooter-plumbers-of-savannah-royal-flush-casino-night-tickets-89887964321 or https://www.facebook.com/events/2753968404697426/.

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY CALLS FOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS NOMINATIONS 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions, a celebration of inclusion successes in the workplace, which will be hosted on Thursday, April 2. To nominate an employee with an inspiring story, to sponsor Night of Champions or to donate a silent auction item, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Nominations will remain open until Friday, March 6.

FEBRUARY LUNCH AND LEARN FOCUSES ON LASER TREATMENTS

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT S.C.) Pure Medical Spa is hosting its February Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Sarah Cazorla and Karen Vejano, PA, with Pinnacle Medical Group will be providing an educational talk about laser treatment options. Lunch will be provided, as well as event-only specials and door prizes. Due to limited capacity, pre-registration for the luncheon is required. Follow the link to reserve a spot: https://www.facebook.com/events/1547670008724992/.

VALENTINE’S DAY BENEFIT DINNER

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire has partnered with Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp on Tybee Island for a Valentine’s Day benefit dinner on Friday, Feb. 14. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office will donate Boston butts for the restaurant to prepare and include on their menu. For every pulled pork meal purchased from 5 p.m. until closing, Gerald’s will donate all of the proceeds to the Two Hundred Club. For more information, go to www.twohundredclub.org, call 912-721-4418 or email info@twohundredclub.org.

CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC SPONSORS STC OPPORTUNITY AWARD GALA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was proud to be a sponsor of Savannah Technical College’s 16th Annual Opportunity Award Gala. The Opportunity Award recognizes those who have devoted their lives to creating opportunities through technical education. The event honored deserving civic leader Kevin Jackson, who has demonstrated a commitment to creating opportunities for Georgians, both locally and at the state level. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.savannahtech.edu/about-stc/foundation/events/.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS®: PREDICTIONS AND TRENDS FOR 2020

(SAVANNAH, GA) In the first Open for Business® episode of the new year, our very own Marjorie Young shares her thoughts on six public relations predictions and trends for 2020: increased voice searches; more entertainment such as podcasts and video news releases featured in the news; a greater variety of ways to measure success; more CEOs stepping into the position of subject matter expert; a demand for more earned, third-party media; and an increase in Corporate Social Responsibility. Watch the video here.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TO HOST ANNUAL SPRING GALA

(BLUFFTON, SC) The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton will host its annual spring gala on Sat., Mar. 14 at the Montage Palmetto Bluff. This year’s theme is “Bluffton Built,” a celebration of the community coming together to shape the lives of local children and teens. All funds raised will support Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton programs. This black tie-optional affair opens at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party and silent auction, followed by a plated dinner, special performances by members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton and live auction. Guests will be entertained throughout the evening with live music by the Whitley Deputy Band. For sponsorship and ticket information please visit bgcbluffton.org/gala.

SNEAK PEAK: EQUIPMENTSHARE SAVANNAH NEW LOCATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) EquipmentShare Savannah has a new location in Richmond Hill, and local commercial construction firm the Dewitt Tilton Group has nearly completed the space. To see a preview of the new building, visit  https://www.facebook.com/DewittTiltonGroup/videos/866301540481797.

AMERICA’S SECOND HARVEST RECEIVES DONATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Mary Jane Crouch, Executive Director of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, accepted a generous gift of $2,995 from Kelly Paslawski, store owner/operator of the local Chicken Salad Chick restaurants in Savannah and Pooler. Paslawski and her team of employees raised the gift by promoting the purchase of a Giving Card for $5 throughout 2019. Customers who purchased the card receive a special offer each month at these local Chicken Salad Chick locations. For more information, visit helpendhunger.org.

PARK PLACE OUTREACH HOSTED 36TH ANNUAL GALA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach hosted its 36th Annual Gala in support of its programs dedicated to fighting youth homelessness in Savannah. Jay Bailey, youth advocate and president and CEO of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Atlanta, was this year’s keynote speaker. To learn more about the Park Place Outreach Annual Gala and the ways it serves local runaway and homeless youth, visit https://www.wsav.com/community/park-place-outreach-hosts-36th-annual-gala-to-end-youth-homelessness-in-savannah/.

ENJOY REWARDS AT ENMARKET

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-based Enmarket convenience store chain continues to embrace cutting-edge technology as it rolls out a new customer rewards program called Enjoy Rewards. The new program will enable customers to earn fuel discounts by buying gas or diesel fuel as well as food and other merchandise inside the store. Those discounts can amount to as much as $2 off per gallon on fuel purchases. For further discounts, the card can be activated as a method of payment, called enPay. To learn more, visit https://cstoredecisions.com/2020/01/22/enmarket-rolls-out-new-rewards-program/.

UNION MISSION ANNOUNCES 2020 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Union Mission has selected its 2020 Executive Committee. Hancock Askew & Co. LLP Managing Partner Michael McCarthy will be serving as Chairman, and five new members have been appointed to serve terms through 2022. The new members include Karl Schiefer, Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch; Brenda Gaines, retired CEO Diners Club NA; Harold Oglesby, President of 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc.; Kimberly Pannell, President of KWP Consulting, LLC; and Patricia Wright-Owens with Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. For more information visit www.unionmission.org.

YMCA APPOINTS FELDER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has announced that Brian Felder, founder and managing principal of Felder & Associates, has been appointed to the organization’s Corporate Board of Directors. The YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s Association Corporate Board of Directors governs 10 YMCA facility locations and 55 Before & After School Enrichment sites spanning across a seven-county service area. Felder will serve a three-year term as a member of the Advancement Committee. To learn more, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2020/01/ymca-coastal-georgia-appoints-brian-felder-felder-associates-organizations-corporate-board-directors/.

PARK PLACE OUTREACH AWARDED

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the third year, the Mediation Center recognized volunteers and community leaders who support the mediation services, legal resource center, and youth and family programs of the Mediation Center. This year, Park Place Outreach, Inc.’s Executive Director Julie Wade received the 2020 Youth Collaboration Award as a partner willing to work on grants, brainstorm and stand united for youth in Chatham County. For more information or a tour of the Mediation Center, please contact Jill Cheeks, Executive Director, at 912-354-6686.

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE AND WSAV PAY IT FORWARD TO SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.

(SAVANNAH, GA/BLUFFTON, S.C.) Peacock Automotive and WSAV started the new year with a visit to Senior Citizens, Inc., a nonprofit providing support services for seniors including in-home personal and nursing care, daytime care for those with dementia and home-delivered meals, among other services. To learn more, watch the video here.

MILTON ANNOUNCES BID FOR 5TH DISTRICT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Newspaper Advertising Veteran, Tanya Milton, has announced her bid for the 5th District County Commissioner seat. She will start her run for office in the heart of the district. Milton is the Vice President and Advertising Director of The Savannah Tribune. She began her newspaper career with The Savannah Morning News, having served as an Account Executive for nearly two decades.

SBA AND SCORE’S “ACCESS TO CAPITAL FORUM”

(SAVANNAH, GA) The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Georgia District Office, in partnership with the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, is hosting a free “Access to Capital Forum” for small businesses and entrepreneurs, Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College. The Forum is absolutely free, registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-to-capital-forum-grow-expand-your-business-tickets-86867903237.

RESTORATIVE SERVICES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sandfly Family Dental provides restorative services for dental crowns, dental bridges and even full or partial dentures. For more information, visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/restorative-dentistry/.

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SAVANNAH SCORE RECEIVES $1,000 FACEBOOK GRANT FOR VETERAN PROGRAM

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services and educational programs to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, announced that its Savannah Chapter is one of ten SCORE Chapters in the United States to have been awarded a $1,000 grant from Facebook to develop business and education programs for Veterans of the Armed Services. For more information, visit https://savannah.score.org.

MEET KEVIN

(SAVANNAH, GA) Meet Kevin! Kevin is a sweet little tabby girl who is eager to find her forever home. She is super playful, especially if there are feathers or dangling objects involved, and will play as long as you’re up for it, but she is also the sweetest little snuggler you’ll ever ever meet and counts on her paws till it’s time for foster mommy to come home and provide a lap. Kevin will just be the best girl ever for that special forever home. Is it yours? To adopt Kevin or another animal from Coastal Pet Rescue, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-c-085-kevin/.

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, February 3, 2020

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PARK PLACE OUTREACH HOSTS ANNUAL GALA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach will host its 36th Park Place Outreach Annual Gala on Friday, Feb. 7, from 6-9 p.m. at The Landings Plantation Club, 1 Cottonwood Drive.The gala will include a cocktail hour, live entertainment, a three-course meal and an open beer and wine bar. For every additional $100 donated to Park Place Outreach, attendees will have the opportunity to win one of four luxury gifts. This year, Park Place Outreach will also feature youth advocate Jay Bailey as guest speaker. Tickets are available for $150 per individual, $1,500 for a table of 10 and $3,000 for a sponsorship table. For more information, visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/433581667530458/.

SECOND ANNUAL ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT ANNOUNCED FOR FEB 27

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah will present its Second Annual Royal Flush Casino Night on Thursday, Feb. 27, to benefit the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. The casino-themed party will take place at the Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St., featuring heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by the Mainstreet Dance Band and complimentary casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune. Individual tickets for the event are $60; tickets for couples are $90. The tables will open promptly at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-second-annual-roto-rooter-plumbers-of-savannah-royal-flush-casino-night-tickets-89887964321 or https://www.facebook.com/events/2753968404697426/.

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY CALLS FOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS NOMINATIONS 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions, a celebration of inclusion successes in the workplace, which will be hosted on Thursday, April 2. To nominate an employee with an inspiring story, to sponsor Night of Champions or to donate a silent auction item, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Nominations will remain open until Friday, March 6.

CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC SPONSORS STC OPPORTUNITY AWARD GALA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was proud to be a sponsor of Savannah Technical College’s 16th Annual Opportunity Award Gala. The Opportunity Award recognizes those who have devoted their lives to creating opportunities through technical education. The event honored deserving civic leader Kevin Jackson, who has demonstrated a commitment to creating opportunities for Georgians, both locally and at the state level. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.savannahtech.edu/about-stc/foundation/events/

OPEN FOR BUSINESS®: PREDICTIONS AND TRENDS FOR 2020

(SAVANNAH, GA) In our first Open for Business® of the new year, our very own Marjorie Young gives her take on six public relations predictions and trends for 2020: increased voice searches; more entertainment such as podcasts and video news releases featured in the news; a greater variety of ways to measure success; more CEOs stepping into the position of subject matter expert; demand for more earned, third-party media; and an increase in Corporate Social Responsibility. Watch the video here.

SNEAK PEAK: EQUIPMENTSHARE SAVANNAH NEW LOCATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) EquipmentShare Savannah has a new location in Richmond Hill, and local commercial construction firm the Dewitt Tilton Group has nearly completed the space. To see a preview of the new building, visit https://www.facebook.com/DewittTiltonGroup/videos/866301540481797/.

AMERICA’S SECOND HARVEST RECEIVES DONATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Mary Jane Crouch, Executive Director of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, accepted a generous gift of $2,995 from Kelly Paslawski, store owner/operator of the local Chicken Salad Chick restaurants in Savannah and Pooler. Paslawski and her team of employees raised the gift by promoting the purchase of a Giving Card for $5 throughout 2019. Customers who purchased the card receive a special offer each month at these local Chicken Salad Chick locations. For more information, visit helpendhunger.org.

L to R: Mary Jane Crouch, Executive Director of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Kelly Paslawski, store owner/operator of Chicken Salad Chick Savannah and Pooler

WHITNEY LOWERY NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LDSS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce that Whitney Lowery has joined its leadership team as executive director. Lowery brings a fresh perspective and 10 years’ experience working with people with different abilities to her new position with the nonprofit. As executive director, Lowery hopes to increase support services, educational opportunities and advocacy programs for the people, families and caregivers LDSS represents. For more information, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2020/01/whitney-lowery-named-executive-director-lowcountry-down-syndrome-society/.

DR. CAZORLA JOINS BEAUFORT DERMATOLOGY

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, S.C.) Pinnacle Medical Group is pleased to welcome plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Sarah Cazorla to its team. She will primarily be serving the Beaufort Dermatology location, bringing with her surgeries previously unavailable to patients in the area. For more information, visit http://lowcountryceo.com/news/2020/01/pinnacle-medical-group-welcomes-plastic-surgeon-dr-sarah-cazorla-beaufort-dermatology/.

ENJOY REWARDS AT ENMARKET

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-based Enmarket convenience store chain continues to embrace cutting-edge technology as it rolls out a new customer rewards program called Enjoy Rewards. The new program will enable customers to earn fuel discounts by buying gas or diesel fuel as well as food and other merchandise inside the store. Those discounts can amount to as much as $2 off per gallon on fuel purchases. For further discounts, the card can be activated as a method of payment, called enPay. To learn more, visit https://cstoredecisions.com/2020/01/22/enmarket-rolls-out-new-rewards-program/.

UNION MISSION ANNOUNCES 2020 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Union Mission has selected its 2020 Executive Committee. Hancock Askew & Co. LLP Managing Partner Michael McCarthy will be serving as Chairman, and five new members have been appointed to serve terms through 2022. The new members include Karl Schiefer, Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch; Brenda Gaines, retired CEO Diners Club NA; Harold Oglesby, President of 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc.; Kimberly Pannell, President of KWP Consulting, LLC; and Patricia Wright-Owens with Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. For more information visit www.unionmission.org.

YMCA APPOINTS FELDER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has announced that Brian Felder, founder and managing principal of Felder & Associates, has been appointed to the organization’s Corporate Board of Directors. The YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s Association Corporate Board of Directors governs 10 YMCA facility locations and 55 Before & After School Enrichment sites spanning across a seven-county service area. Felder will serve a three-year term as a member of the Advancement Committee. To learn more, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2020/01/ymca-coastal-georgia-appoints-brian-felder-felder-associates-organizations-corporate-board-directors/.

BETHESDA ACADEMY AMONG SAVANNAH WEDDING DESTINATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy’s scenic campus made it easy to expand into the wedding industry as a destination venue. The academy offers a bridal room and is introducing a catering service that can accommodate weddings in addition to delicious school lunches. To learn more about Bethesda and other local wedding spots, visit https://www.wtoc.com/2020/01/10/timeless-savannah-spots-become-popular-wedding-venues-help-boost-local-economy/.

PARK PLACE OUTREACH AWARDED

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the third year, the Mediation Center recognized volunteers and community leaders who support the mediation services, legal resource center, and youth and family programs of the Mediation Center. This year, Park Place Outreach, Inc.’s Executive Director Julie Wade received the 2020 Youth Collaboration Award as a partner willing to work on grants, brainstorm and stand united for youth in Chatham County. For more information or a tour of the Mediation Center, please contact Jill Cheeks, Executive Director, at 912-354-6686.

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE AND WSAV PAY IT FORWARD TO SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.

(SAVANNAH, GA/BLUFFTON, S.C.) Peacock Automotive and WSAV started the new year with a visit to Senior Citizens, Inc., a nonprofit providing support services for seniors including in-home personal and nursing care, daytime care for those with dementia and home-delivered meals, among other services. To learn more, watch the video here.

MILTON ANNOUNCES BID FOR 5TH DISTRICT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Newspaper Advertising Veteran, Tanya Milton, has announced her bid for the 5th District County Commissioner seat. She will start her run for office in the heart of the district. Milton is the Vice President and Advertising Director of The Savannah Tribune. She began her newspaper career with The Savannah Morning News, having served as an Account Executive for nearly two decades. 

SBA AND SCORE’S “ACCESS TO CAPITAL FORUM”

(SAVANNAH, GA) The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Georgia District Office, in partnership with the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, is hosting a free “Access to Capital Forum” for small businesses and entrepreneurs, Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College. The Forum is absolutely free, registeration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-to-capital-forum-grow-expand-your-business-tickets-86867903237.

VOLUNTEERS PAINT PARK PLACE OUTREACH IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Volunteers visited Park Place Outreach on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to give the program’s youth residences a fresh coat of paint. To learn more about Park Place Outreach, visit https://www.parkplaceyes.org/.

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will be held Feb. 7, 2020 at EmployAbility in Savannah. Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-lowcountry-ladies-luncheon-savannah-tickets-83533728631.

RESTORATIVE SERVICES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sandfly Family Dental provides restorative services for dental crowns, dental bridges and even full or partial dentures. For more information, visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/restorative-dentistry/.

Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Dentist, Savannah Public Relations, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing

SAVANNAH SCORE RECEIVES $1,000 FACEBOOK GRANT FOR VETERAN PROGRAM

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services and educational programs to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, announced that its Savannah Chapter is one of ten SCORE Chapters in the United States to have been awarded a $1,000 grant from Facebook to develop business and education programs for Veterans of the Armed Services. For more information, visit https://savannah.score.org

MEET RAGS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Meet Rags! Rags is an 11-year-old Terrier mix. He is a very sweet and loving senior boy. He wants nothing more than to be with his person. He came into rescue with his sister Molly after their owner died. Rags is housebroken, likes other dogs, cats and kids. He also walks great on a leash. Won’t you give this handsome fella a place in your heart and home? To adopt Rags or another animal from Coastal Pet Rescue, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-d-004-rags/.