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St. Vincent’s Academy Dedicates Library to Late Clara McDonough Russo

St. Vincent’s Academy Dedicates Library to Late Clara McDonough Russo

(SAVANNAH, GA) St. Vincent’s Academy, Savannah’s historic Catholic girls’ high school, dedicated its refurbished library to the late matriarch of a prominent Savannah family, Clara McDonough Russo, in a service held at the school.

Charles Russo with his four daughters at the St. Vincent’s Academy library dedication ceremony
Charles Russo with his four daughters at the St. Vincent’s Academy library dedication ceremony

Like many of the other girls in her family before her, Russo graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy in 1961. She soon married Charles Joseph Russo Jr., who is well known as the man behind Russo’s Seafood, a local staple. The couple had five children. Their four daughters, three granddaughters and several nieces and cousins all attended St. Vincent’s.

While she worked occasional stints behind the counter at Russo’s Seafood, Russo’s real career was her family. At the time of her death in 2016, she had been married for more than 50 years and had nine grandchildren.

The building that now houses the St. Vincent’s Academy library dates back to 1855, 10 years after the founding of the school. It has seen many uses throughout the centuries and was renovated to serve as a library in 2014.

St. Vincent’s Academy, which is both an important part of Savannah’s history and a fixture on its educational scene, will observe its 175th anniversary next year.

Charles Russo stands in front of the plaque honoring his late wife Clara at the St. Vincent’s Academy library dedication ceremony
Charles Russo stands in front of the plaque honoring his late wife Clara at the St. Vincent’s Academy library dedication ceremony

The dedication ceremony took place at the school, 207 E. Liberty St. For more information, contact Christina Winters at christina.winters@svaga.net.

Fifth Annual “The Bra Project” Raised Over $5,000 for DragonBoat Beaufort Breast Cancer Survivors

Fifth Annual “The Bra Project” Raised Over $5,000 for DragonBoat Beaufort Breast Cancer Survivors

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) Pinnacle Medical Group presented $5,140 to representatives of DragonBoat Beaufort, a local nonprofit that benefits breast cancer survivors in the lowcountry. The donation was raised from Pinnacle Medical Group’s fifth annual “The Bra Project,” a competition that featured one-of-a-kind bras created by students from Hilton Head High School, May River High School and Bluffton High School.

The bras were featured at the second annual Bras & Bubbly, a charity event hosted by Pinnacle Medical Group designed to rally together the community to raise awareness and funds to support local breast cancer survivors. The event also celebrated the work of local artists who contributed pieces inspired by their own personal stories.

All proceeds raised from Bras & Bubbly ticket sales and the silent auction were donated to DragonBoat Beaufort to assist in their goal of helping cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in the lowcountry. A local commercial construction firm, The Dewitt Tilton Group, also contributed $1,000 to the project.

“We’re always thrilled to host The Bra Project, and we’re thankful to be a part of such a dedicated community that cares about women’s health and breast cancer awareness as much as we do,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “Thank you to all who attended Bras & Bubbly and a special thank you to the students and artists who came together to create a stellar event. This year, we raised more this year than all the other four years combined and we are so excited to see what next year brings.”

ABOUT DRAGONBOAT BEAUFORT
DragonBoat Beaufort is a non-profit organization that started in 2012 when a group of cancer survivors was inspired by “Awaken the Dragon,” a documentary shown at the 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival. The goal of the organization is to assist cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in the Lowcountry.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

The Fifth Annual Bra Project Will Wrap Up with Bras & Bubbly Event

The Fifth Annual Bra Project Will Wrap Up with Bras & Bubbly Event

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) The Fifth Annual Bra Project will conclude its tour of the Lowcountry with the Bras & Bubbly evening event on Thursday, Oct. 24, when the winner of the competition for best-designed bra will be revealed.

The Bra Project

The Bra Project

The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thibault Gallery at 815 Bay St., Beaufort, South Carolina.

The Bra Project competition includes 13 bras designed by students from Hilton Head High School, May River High School and Bluffton High School. The bras have been on a display tour collecting votes from the public throughout October.

In addition to recognizing the student whose bra design received the most votes, Bras & Bubbly will hold a silent auction featuring pieces donated by local artists who have a breast cancer story to share. Guests will also enjoy light refreshments and music.

The student-designed bras will be displayed in the gallery during the week leading up to Bras & Bubbly.

All proceeds from Bras & Bubbly ticket sales and the silent auction will be donated to DragonBoat Beaufort’s support of local cancer patients and survivors in Beaufort County.

Guests can buy tickets at the door or online with eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2VnGBeJ

“We are so excited to host Bras & Bubbly again,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “It is such a wonderful way to bring the community together to celebrate the work these students have put into raising awareness for breast cancer, as well as to honor the contributions of local artists and the women of DragonBoat Beaufort. Bras & Bubbly gives us all a time to reflect on what we have accomplished in the name of breast cancer awareness, and then we’ll do it all again next year.”

This marks the fifth year Pinnacle Medical Group has organized The Bra Project and the second year the group has hosted the Bras & Bubbly event.

To learn more about The Bra Project, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/669092870274765/

The Bra Project

The Bra Project

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

Horizons Savannah Hosts its Seventh Annual Grab a Bag for Kids Luncheon and Purse Auction

Horizons Savannah Hosts its Seventh Annual Grab a Bag for Kids Luncheon and Purse Auction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah announces its seventh annual charity luncheon and purse auction, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at The Plantation Club at the Landings.

The auction will include gently-used, vintage and new designer handbags, bags from local designers, and special new silent auction packages that include trips, tickets to events and other local and regional items. Pop-up shops from vendors Kendra Scott, J. Parker Ltd. and Charleston Shoe Company will also be at the event, with a portion of all sales donated back to Horizons.

The silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and a live auction to follow at noon. Guest speaker Lorna Smith, Horizons National CEO, will share more about Horizons’ national effort to close the opportunity gap for low-income students. Tickets are $40 apiece or $350 to reserve a table of ten.

“This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for guests and supporters to shop for unique items, enjoy the good company of friends and learn more about our work—all while giving back in a big way,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah executive director, “This is a great way to get together with friends over lunch and be a part of something positive in our community.”

Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The levels include $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000. Horizons is still accepting donations of new and lightly used designer handbags, as well as gift cards or other experiences for the silent auction.

For more information on the Grab a Bag for Kids charity luncheon and purse auction, or to learn more about sponsorships and donations, visit http://www.horizonssavannah.org or call 912-961-8854.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 250 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or info@horizonssavannah.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
Horizons Savannah
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org
info@horizonssavannah.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Amanda Stewart Named General Manager at Porsche of Hilton Head

Amanda Stewart Named General Manager at Porsche of Hilton Head

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) Amanda Stewart, a veteran employee of the Peacock Automotive family of companies, has been named general manager of Porsche of Hilton Head. As general manager, Stewart will manage the new and used inventory, appraise trades, ensure service and parts departments are operating efficiently and take responsibility for customer experience.

Amanda Stewart General Manager Porsche of Hilton Head

Amanda Stewart General Manager Porsche of Hilton Head

Within the Peacock organization, Stewart has been both manager and director of the Business Development Center as well as a sales manager and general sales manager.

“My career at Peacock Automotive has been incredibly rewarding. I started with the company 10 years ago, and have received a tremendous amount of support from my supervisors and colleagues, providing me with endless opportunities to train and grow within the organization,” Stewart said. “I have a strong passion for excellent customer service. Coupling that with my passion for the Porsche brand has made this job a perfect fit.”

Porsche of Hilton Head, one of 12 automotive dealerships within Peacock Automotive, sells and services new Porsche vehicles, as well as premium luxury pre-owned vehicles.

Stewart holds a master’s degree from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the National Automobile Dealers Association Academy, where she served as class president.

Her hobbies are bodybuilding, reading and family time with husband Doug, daughter Libby, 6, and son Parker, 4.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 21 brands in Ga., S.C. and Fla., employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch 
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Mobile: (912)-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Nurse Practitioner Jo Ann Cullen Joins Beaufort Dermatology

Nurse Practitioner Jo Ann Cullen Joins Beaufort Dermatology

(BEAUFORT, SC) Nurse practitioner Jo Ann Cullen has joined the staff of Beaufort Dermatology, 1096 Ribaut Road, which recently opened under new ownership after its purchase by the Pinnacle Medical Group.

Jo Ann Cullen of Beaufort Dermatology

Jo Ann Cullen of Beaufort Dermatology

“Jo Ann is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “We know that she will be an asset in helping us continue to deliver excellent service to the people of Beaufort and the Lowcountry.”

Cullen is a Florida native who grew up showing horses competitively. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Florida State University and a Master of Science in family health nursing from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Cullen began her clinical experience as a cardiac nurse in 2001 and later moved into the operating room at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She became ​the ​Clinical ​Educator for perioperative services at Moffitt while she was working on her master’s degree and later served as ​the ​Clinical ​Specialist for perioperative services. In 2011, she helped launch a new dermatology practice in south Florida.

“I’m excited to be part of developing Beaufort Dermatology into the leading dermatology practice in the Lowcountry,” Cullen said. “This area is just what I was looking for in a home, and it’s great to be getting back to the coast.”

Cullen and her husband Joe, along with their Pug, Peanut, enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

Award-Winning PR Executive to Lead Word-of-Mouth Strategy Workshop at THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference

Award-Winning PR Executive to Lead Word-of-Mouth Strategy Workshop at THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference

(HILTON HEAD, SC/SAVANNAH, GA) Marjorie Young, an award-winning public relations consultant and founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will share five proven strategies for businesses to increase visibility and create positive buzz in the community during the third Annual THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference to be held in September on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Marjorie Young, Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.,

Marjorie Young, Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.,

The premier women’s gathering will focus on enhancing and empowering personal and professional growth. Thought-provoking speakers will network with more than 200 local and visiting women, and special in-depth, skill-based learning workshops will be offered.

This year’s keynote speaker is South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette. Prior to being elected the first Republican lieutenant governor, she was the CEO of Quality Business Solutions.

The conference will also offer special in-depth, skill-based learning workshops in hands-on settings with experts.

Young, who was last year’s keynote speaker, will lead this year’s participants in creating a yearly public relations plan using her signature Reputation Matrix™ method during an interactive 2.5-hour workshop.

“More than 90 percent of new business comes from word-of-mouth,” said Young. “This message is particularly important for small business owners and women entrepreneurs to ingest. The best way to grow your business is to network with other like-minded business owners and organizations that can complement your corporate goals and strategic direction.”

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce acclaimed Young as its Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2017. She was also named the organization’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and her Savannah-based firm that specializes in reputation management was recognized by the Savannah Morning News as Small Business of the Year in 2013. She will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Carriage Trade Public Relations in 2020.

Young earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and is also certified in crisis communication.

THRIVE will kick off on Sept. 26 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa on Hilton Head Island with VIP workshops from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the THRIVE Women’s Business Pitch Competition from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A welcome reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The conference will continue on Sept. 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with breakout sessions featuring a variety of relevant topics such as workforce development, social media, women’s health, and business panels with local, successful business owners. The event will again be emceed by WSAV TV news anchor, Tina Tyus-Shaw.

To register or learn more, please visit https://www.hiltonheadchamber.org/thrive-2019/

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

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