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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 bill@rmhccoastalempire.org or visit http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/savannah.

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 http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/savannah

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

Local Rotary Clubs Donate to MAP International to Assist with Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

(BRUNSWICK, GLENNVILLE, AUGUSTA, GA) The Glennville and Augusta chapters of Rotary presented $2,250.00 to MAP International in Brunswick to supply over 200 Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Hamsa Thota, District Governor of Rotary District 6920, presented a check for $2,000.00 from the Augusta Rotary Club to MAP International President and CEO, Steve Stirling. The donation will supply 200 DHK’s to Puerto Rico citizens.

“Our desire to aid hurricane victims has tied in nicely with our recent collaboration with MAP International,” said Dr. Thota. “MAP is the perfect partner for us to provide relief to people in Puerto Rico who are in dire need right now.”

MAP International and Rotary launched a program last Tuesday to provide life-saving medicines to uninsured or underinsured low-income people in surrounding areas. At the launch event, Margaret Jacobs, District Governor Elect, and Mike Muldowney, Assistant District Governor, presented an additional $250.00 given by the Glennville Rotary Club and Virginia Ellis, of the St. Simons Rotary Club, to provide 25 DHK’s to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

“MAP is profoundly grateful for the generous support from Rotary,” says Stirling. “Their support through this partnership will save lives here in Georgia.”

Rotary Club of Augusta

The Rotary Club of Augusta Donates to MAP International to aid in Puerto Rico disaster relief.

Glennville Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Glennville donates to MAP International to aid in disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

About MAP International
MAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. MAP serves all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality, or ethnic background. For more information, visit map.org

About Rotary International District 6920
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotary District 6920 consists of 63 clubs with a membership of over 3200 Rotary members scattered throughout southeast Georgia including Macon, Augusta, Valdosta, Brunswick, Camden, Tift, and Savannah.

Ronald McDonald House Announces Annual Charity Fundraiser, Wine Women & Shoes

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire will host the third annual Wine, Women & Shoes, on Thursday, April 21 at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, located at 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah GA 31401.

Featured this year is teenage cancer survivor, Jillian’s Challenge. Inspired by the work of the Ronald McDonald House (RMH), 17 year old Jillian Drapper is working to give other children and families the opportunity to have the support that she and her mom experienced here in Savannah at RMH. Of course, she wants to do it “her way.” Drapper’s Challenge: help her raise money for the House by setting goals to have Executive Director Bill Sorochak change something about himself. The goals: $5,000 (Sorochak pierces his ear)/ $10,000 (Sorochak shaves his head) and $25,000 (Sorochak gets a tattoo). For more on Drapper’s Challenge https://give.everydayhero.com/us/jillians-challenge#/

Wine Women & Shoes is a night features 11 pouring stations with 30 different wines, and food from over 15 local restaurants. Shopping stations will be set up, and the event will have a live auction and fashion show. During the mystery key events, two winners will walk away with over $10,000 of items with 100% of the event proceeds benefiting the RMH.

The funds raised during this event goes towards helping to ensure care for the critically ill children and their families in the coastal empire. For tickets or more information contact RMH at 912.350.7641 or on the web at http://winewomenandshoes.com/savannah.

The Title Sponsors of the 2016 Wine Women and Shoes event are Ameris Bank and the Coastal Heritage Society. Other our event sponsors include: Advanced A/V, Volvo of Savannah, Savannah Magazine, Savannah Morning News, iHeart Radio, Sadowski & Company, Low Country Dermatology, ExPERCARE, Chatham Orthopedic Associates, Georgia Power, Walker T. Pendarvis D.M.D., Savannah McDonald’s Operator’s Association, Savannah Coca-Cola Bottling Company, South Georgia Graphics, NLAWS Produce, Cecilia Russo Marketing, John Davis Florist and hosted by WTOC.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of the Coastal Empire is a registered 501©3, non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone program is the Savannah Ronald McDonald House that provides more than 4170 family night stays each year with a “Home away from home.” Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms® in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations, care to underserved, school-age children in Beaufort County (SC).

Jillian was 15 years old when she came to the House. She was in a fight she didn’t ask for, battling Cancer-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Having her mom by her side at the Ronald McDonald House made a difference. Now, two years into her fight, Jillian is in remission. She is now an ambassador for the Children at Ronald McDonald House Charities here in Savannah, and she is just one of a thousand examples of why we need your help. For more on Jillian’s Challenge https://give.everydayhero.com/us/jillians-challenge#/

Bill Sorochak
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of the Coastal Empire
t. (912) 350-7641 ext. 304
f. (912) 350-2309
c. (864) 906-8496
4710 Waters Avenue
Savannah, Georgia, 31404

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Park Place Outreach Representative First to Reach “Over the Edge” Goal

(Savannah, GA) Park Place Outreach, in partnership with the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America is raising funds for local at-risk youth by participating in Savannah’s tallest and most exciting fundraiser, Over the Edge. Rarely do non-profit organizations share their fundraising opportunities, but that is just what the Boy Scouts and Park Place Outreach are doing as they prepare to rappel off the roof and down the side of the historic Manger Building in downtown Savannah on Friday, October 30.

Each participant must raise $1000 in pledges for the charitable cause of their choice in order to earn their rappel experience, and the first Edger to reach the pledge goal this year is Park Place Outreach Board of Directors member, Dr. Todd Cellini. Dr. Cellini shared this information, “I have seen the important role that Park Place Outreach plays for local youth age 11 to 17 who are going through a stressful period or are homeless or victims of abuse. Park Place Outreach gives emergency shelter, meals and counseling to at-risk youth and their families, and is the only local shelter that allows youth to self-admit.”

Park Place Outreach Executive Board President, Jack Levine, who is also registered to go Over the Edge, added “My interest in Park Place Outreach began after reading an article about the plight of America’s homeless children. The article motivated me to do some research to find out who is helping the homeless children right here in Savannah and this is when I found out about Park Place Outreach, which has quietly served our area for 31 years and has helped more than 6500 kids during that time.”

For more information about Park Place Outreach, visit http://parkplaceyes.org/ or call (912) 234-4048. To donate to an Edger or register for your own ‘Over the Edge’ experience, visit www.otesavannah.org and select the ‘Become and Edger’ or ‘Donate to an Edger’ tab.

About: Established in 1920, the Coastal Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America serves approximately 6500 boys and girls and their families annually in coastal Georgia though traditional Scouting, inner city Scout Reach programs, Learning for Life, and Explorer Post programs. The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program for character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.™” To find a Scout program in your area, visit www.beascout.org .

Submitted by:
Barbara Foley, M.Ed.
Marketing & Outreach Director
Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America
Phone: 912-308-7892
11900 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419

Re-Enroll in Kroger Community Rewards Program to Donate to Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

Local Shoppers Urged to Re-Enroll for Kroger Community Rewards Program to Continue Funding Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter and Other Local Charities

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is encouraging Savannah area Kroger customers participating in the retailer’s Community Rewards program to re-enroll during the month of August. Kroger requires participants to re-enroll each year to demonstrate they have an active role and interest in the program. Dollars will start accumulating for chosen organizations beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Customers can designate reward points to participating schools, charity or organization of their choice by using their Kroger Plus Card. Funds received by Park Place Outreach through the Kroger Community Rewards program benefit the Shelter, located at 514 East Henry Street, which offers teenagers a safe place to go 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“It only takes a few moments to sign up, and costs shoppers nothing to participate, yet each dollar designated for Park Place Outreach makes such a positive impact in the services we can provide,” said executive director Linda K. Hilts. “Kroger customers who support us through this program help ensure that we can continue taking care of the needs of runaway, homeless and in-crisis youth in our community.”

This year, Kroger expects to donate $600,000 to local schools and nonprofits through the Kroger Plus Card-based fundraiser. To enroll or re-enroll, please visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com. For more information, contact Kroger Community Rewards at 770.496.7538 or fax details to 770.496.5354.

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

Linda K. Hilts 
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street 
Savannah, GA. 31401 
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621 

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.

4th Annual Play It Forward Concert to Benefit Coastal Georgia Rotary Clubs

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Clubs of Coastal Georgia are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Rotarians Play It Forward Concert to be held on Saturday, April 27 , 2013, 4:00-7:00 p.m., at the Ships of the Sea Museum and Gardens located at 41 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Savannah, GA in Savannah, GA. The event is a fundraiser for the area Rotary Clubs on behalf of designated local charities and the The Rotary Foundation.

The 2013 PIF Concert will feature an array of performances by prominent local musicians and talented Rotarians. The event will also include a silent auction featuring artwork and valuable items donated by Rotarians, A “Dancing Rotarians” presentation, food, beverages.

“It’s a great value! Live music, great food and beverage are included at just $35 per person, and children under 12 are free. Virtually all of the food and beverages are donated by local restaurants and vendors.” says Pam Brant, serving as chair of the Play it Forward fundraiser. “We proud to note that in three years we have netted over $130,000. The results can only be great when the collective talents of the 600 local Rotarians collaborate on a single fundraising effort.”

The beneficiaries are the Rotary Foundation and its many worldwide philanthropic programs as well as a number of local and international human service programs.

Pam Brandt is Chair and is a member of Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club. Other Rotarians serving in committee roles include Dave Legasse a member of Savannah West Club (past Chair and PR), Rotary Savannah Club members Tom Donlevy (food and beverage chair), Henry Whitfield (logistics chair), Roger Moss and Katherine Rosenblum (production chairs), as well as Savannah Sunrise Club members Clete Bergen (Dancing Rotarians chair), Maureen Horvath (Silent Auction) and from the South Club, Jerry Thomas (Sponsorships).

The participating Rotary Clubs of Coastal Georgia include Richmond Hill, Savannah (downtown), Savannah East, Savannah South, Savannah Sunrise, Savannah West, Skidaway and West Chatham clubs. Rotary Club members work to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under their motto ‘Service Above Self’.

To donate food, become a sponsor, or buy tickets, please visit www.RotaryPIF.org , visit Facebook and search for “Rotarians Play It Forward,” or email info@RotaryPIF.org.