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The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire Fifth Annual Wine Women & Shoes Fundraiser

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire Announces Fifth Annual Wine Women & Shoes Fundraiser Set for May 3

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Fifth Annual Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 3 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Savannah, located at 2 W Bay St. This major fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire benefits families of seriously ill and injured children.

“Last year we raised more than $150 thousand and we have worked hard to help make this year’s fundraiser supporting the Ronald McDonald House our best ever,” said Bill Sorochak, executive director. “We are expecting a sell-out crowd of more than 600 guests for a fabulous evening of sip-sational wines, fabulous shopping, charming ‘Shoe Guys’ and savory foods.”

Kicking off at 6:00 p.m., VIP ticket holders will be allowed early access to the Hyatt’s Harborside Room (the glass room on River Street) to peruse items for sale and get first dibs on the coveted Keys-to-the-Closet and Key-to-the-Cellar raffles. Then, at 7:00 p.m., the doors will open for everyone else to join the festivities.

“We say that this event can change your shoes but its real mission is to change lives,” Sorochak added. “One hundred percent of the funds raised in the Coastal Empire stays here to help our residents cope with the stress and expense of daily living while trying to be close and emotionally strong for their child. In 2017, we provided 4,270 family night stays at the Ronald McDonald House. An event like this can provide 1,600 of those family-night stays.”

Sorochak projects proceeds from this year’s Wine Women & Shoes may top previous years due, in part, to the continued support from local McDonald’s restaurant owners and operators as well as the dedication of partners since the event’s inception – Ameris Bank, Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology and Cecilia Russo Marketing.

Tickets are now on sale and sponsor opportunities are also available. For tickets or more information, contact Bill Sorochak at or visit

Wine Women & Shoes is the brainchild of Napa Valley vintner, Elaine Honig. While chatting with a girlfriend about the growing popularity of wine and food pairing events, they jokingly said, “Wine and shoe pairings would be a lot more fun!” And they were right. WW&S events are now in 50 cities across the country, and they have raised more than $22,000,000 for women and children’s causes. Wine Women & Shoes fundraisers create an opportunity for partnerships between charities, wineries, shoe and accessory retailers, corporate sponsors and women in the community. In addition to raising money, these events raise awareness for charities, increase sales for wineries and retail partners, and provide community outreach for corporate sponsors. For more information, visit

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The Savannah Ronald McDonald House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The House provides a “home away from home” for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at Memorial Children’s Hospital, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire.

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing


MEDIA ADVISORY: Preparing for and Hiking the Camino de Santiago


Preparing for and Hiking the Camino de Santiago

(HILTON HEAD, SC) Outside Hilton Head will host a discussion on ‘Preparing for and Hiking the Camino de Santiago,’ Thursday, March 8th at 5:45 pm. Marjorie Young will share her experience on preparing, packing, training and hiking the ancient 500-mile trek through northern Spain.

The trail starts in the Pyrenees in France and follows the mountain range into northern Spain and ends up in the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela, the alleged burial site of the Biblical apostle St. James. Many follow its route as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups.

In 2016 at the age of 55, Marjorie Young of Savannah decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, in order to celebrate her 56th birthday on the Camino. The Camino de Santiago is listed as a World Heritage Trail, which was selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having significance to the collective interests of humanity.

RSVP to Olivia Baddley at Location is 50 Shelter Cove Lane in Hilton Head Island, SC next to Whole Foods. The event is free.

Marjorie Young Carriage Trade Public Relations

Majorie Young

Outside Brands is a multi-faceted, service-oriented company offering valued clients
everything they need to enjoy unsurpassed outdoor adventures. A part of the Hilton
Head community since 1979, Outside’s team of outdoor enthusiasts offers a
comprehensive array of products and services delivered through a network of retail
stores, leisure recreation activities, a Destination Management Company (Destinations
DMC), corporate teambuilding programs and a nonprofit, the Outside Foundation.
Outside Brands is committed to enriching lives as they introduce people to new places,
products and experiences that enhance their enjoyment of the great outdoors. For more
information, visit, or call 843-686- 6996.

Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announces Toy Drives for Savannah Families

Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announces Toy Drives for Savannah Families
New and Used Toys Being Collected for Urban Home and the West Broad Street YMCA

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the month of December, the Dr. Angela Canfield and the Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition will hold a toy drive for the children of Urban Hope and families at the West Broad Street YMCA. From Friday, December 1 to Thursday, December 14, bins will be set up at six of Sandfly businesses for community members to drop off wishlist items.

New toys are being collected for Urban Hope. Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means.

The Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition would like to give the children in Urban Hope’s program toys for Christmas, and the group is asking the public to help make this possible.

Wishlist items for Urban Hope include children’s books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, play dough sets, large piece puzzles, pull toys, sports equipment, board games and art supplies, including glue sticks, markers, scissors and stickers.

Individuals may drop off new toys at the following Sandfly Women Business Owners’ locations:
Sandfly Family Dental, 7360 Skidaway Rd #2
Advertising Specialty Services, 402 E Montgomery Cross Rd
Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd #J-3
Herb Creek Landscape Supply, 7402 Skidaway Rd
Cents & Sensibility, 7360 Skidaway Rd #4
Tequila’s Town, 7360 Skidaway Rd #G1 & #G2

Used toys will be collected for the Kids Helping Kids Program of the West Broad Street YMCA. The Kids Helping Kids Program started in 1981. Traditionally operating through the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, the program collects used toys and then distributes these toys at no cost during the annual Miracle on May Street holiday toy giveaway.

“The West Broad YMCA, located at 1110 May St., is focused on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities,” said Tom Campbell, who founded the Kids Helping Kids Program in 1981. “To see the excitement on the family’s faces when they get a toy for their child right before Christmas solidifies that this service is making a difference. In the last 36 years, the Kids Helping Kids Program has collected well over 300,000 toys for Savannah families.”

Wishlist items for the Kids Helping Kids Program include new or gently used toys, clothes and books. For families that would like to donate their used toys, Sandfly Family Dental (7360 Skidaway Rd #2) will have a collection bin for the YMCA of Coastal Georgia.

“Christmas is such a happy time of year for so many of us,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member. “There are some children in our community who aren’t in the same situation as us and who may not receive a Christmas present. Both of these programs are so impactful in our community. Please come out an support Savannah’s families during the holidays.”

For more information about these toys drives, contact Dr. Angela Canfield, Sandfly Family Dental, at 912.826.4037.

Dr. Angela Canfield & Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announce Toy Drive for Savannah Families

Dr. Angela Canfield & Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announce Toy Drive for Savannah Families

Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means. For more information, please visit

Established in 1942 to address the recreational and social needs of the then-segregated African American communities, the West Broad Street YMCA now serves several thousand children and families each year, offering education, recreation, health and social support to those who need it most. The West Broad Street YMCA places special focus on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities by providing affordable and high-quality education and health-focused programs designed to serve and engage children, teens, adults and senior citizens. For more information, please visit

Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, 5871 Hwy 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit or

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Ladies Guns and Ammo Event to Feature Safety and Training Classes, Target Practice and Special Presentation from Katie Pavlich on Oct. 21

Ladies Guns and Ammo Event to Feature Safety and Training Classes, Target Practice and Special Presentation from Katie Pavlich on Oct. 21

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Republican Women’s Club, in collaboration with Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher, will hold the inaugural Ladies, Guns and Ammo event in the Lunch and Learn series on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Savannah Golf Club, 1661 E. President St.

Ladies Guns & Ammo

Ladies Guns & Ammo

Ladies Guns and Ammo will be an educational event intended to instruct women on laws associated with handguns, as well as proper safety protocols. The event will feature gun law and safety classes, target practice and a luncheon. Classes are limited to 60 participants, and handguns will be provided.

Katie Pavlich will be the featured keynote speaker for the luncheon, and will also be joining the safety classes and target practice groups. The lunch is open to both men and women but is limited to 200 guests.

Pavlich is known for her work with Fox News’ program ‘The Five’ and online news magazines and The Hill. She has also authored two books, “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up” and “Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.”

“This event will give us all an opportunity to be taught and shown proper ways to safely use a firearm by Sheriff Wilcher at the Chatham County Sheriff’s shooting range,” said Marolyn Overton, president of SARW. “We can’t thank him enough for taking the time to do this training. We are also very blessed to have Katie join us at both the firing range and at the luncheon. Aside from her journalistic background, she is recognized and respected for her self-defense and advocacy for the Second Amendment.”

SARW will raffle three handguns during the event, including an LCP Rugger in robin egg blue, valued at $289, and a black leather concealed-carry purse with a value of $226. Both items were donated by The Gun Shop Inc. Ortiz Custom Guns also donated to the event and will raffle off two Kahr CW380 pistols, each valued at $275.

Tickets for the classes, target practice and luncheon are $85; for the luncheon only, tickets are $45. Raffle tickets are $25 apiece or five for $100; t-shirts are available for $17. SARW also is seeking sponsors for the event.

SARW’s goal is to raise $15,000 from the event. Proceeds will benefit the Savannah Area Republican Women’s efforts to support Constitutional candidates and to offer scholarships to girls who are graduating from high school. Last year, SARW presented three $1,000 scholarships.

For more information, visit

Founded in 1961, Savannah Area Republican Women (SARW) has stressed that it is not a social club but a serious working organization concerned with issues, recruiting good candidates and getting them elected. The organization meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Carey Hilliard’s Banquet Room, 11111 Abercorn St. Reservations for the luncheon meeting should be made no later than noon on the Monday before the luncheon. For more information, contact SARW’s president, Marolyn Overton, at (912) 598-7358. To RSVP for a luncheon meeting, contact Rebecca Rhinehart at (912) 398-0111 or visit

Healthy Savannah Announces New Board President

Healthy Savannah Announces New Board President

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah announces Tamala R. Fulton as board president. Fulton is currently the Employee Wellness Coordinator with Chatham County Government where she is a strong advocate for programs that encourage preventive care and healthy living.

Tamala Fulton, new board president of Healthy Savannah

Tamala R. Fulton

Fulton is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Master’s of Public Health degree. She also holds certifications with the Society for Human Resources Management and the National Institute of Wellness. Fulton is a graduate of Leadership Savannah.

In response to the question “Why is Healthy Savannah important?” Healthy Savannah is important because the members of this collaborative organization sincerely care about the community. As a result, Healthy Savannah members have supported and successfully advocated for the establishment of policies that both protect and enhance the health of members of this community.

Launched in 2007 by (former) Mayor Otis Johnson, Healthy Savannah’s mission is to achieve a healthier community by creating and advocating for a variety of policies and programs to increase opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet. Healthy Savannah supports programs for families, schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations. The leadership team is composed of people from all sectors of the community. Business owners, nonprofit managers, government and public service staff, community organizers, and faith-based leaders all play a role in helping the vision of a healthy Savannah come to life.

For more information, contact:
Paula Kreissler
Director of Healthy Living and Community Development, Healthy Savannah

Deterring Tooth Decay: The Facts Behind Cavities and Sugar

Deterring Tooth Decay: The Facts Behind Cavities and Sugar
By Angela Canfield DDS

Angela Canfield, DDS

Angela Canfield, DDS

Tooth decay is actually one of the most common non-infectious diseases in the world. Many parents know at sugar intake is linked to cavities, but most don’t understand the science behind it.

Looking at public health records, researchers from University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that, in America, tooth decay from sugar was far too high. About 60 to 90% of school-age children and 92% of adults in the U.S. have experienced tooth decay.

Now, as shocking as this may seem, sugar does not directly break down tooth enamel. Sugars found in candy and sweets are known as ‘simple sugars’, which are immediately consumed by the body. So how is it that sugar is the reputation for causing cavities?

Unfortunately, when you enjoy a sugary treat, there is a special kind of bacteria that responds, called streptococcus mutans. This bacteria actively breaks down the sugar, converting it to acid. The acid, in turn, can eat away the enamel on teeth.

Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices that include over-processed and sugar-laden convenience meals and snack foods, and many are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. For example, the average teenage boy in the U.S. consumes 81 gallons of soft drinks each year.

Snacking throughout the day can really speed up the tooth decaying process. When sugar is consumed over and over again in large, often hidden amounts, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. It’s important to be very mindful with your snacking, and always check the nutritional value of the item.

When and what children eat may affect not only their general health but also their dental health.

So, how do you stop these acids? Well, the combined forces of brushing and flossing are still the best methods for removing harmful bacteria and acid over your teeth. It’s important to start educating your child as early as possible on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay and to discuss proper brushing and flossing techniques.

To access free online resources that can help with teaching children about good oral health, visit

Angela Canfield, DDS, is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, Ga., and Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah, Ga. Contact Dr. Canfield at or 912-826-4037.