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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.

MORE ABOUT WINE WOMEN & SHOES
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

MORE ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
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.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912-665-0005

Faith Equestrian To Hold 2018 Gala to Support Equine Therapy for Children on Feb. 9

Faith Equestrian To Hold 2018 Gala to Support Equine Therapy for Children on Feb. 9

(SAVANNAH, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center will hold their second annual Hearts for Healing Gala on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. The evening will include dinner, dancing and live music from the John Brackett Quartet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction; the reception will begin at 7 p.m.

Faith Equestrian is a non-profit organization founded to improve the quality of life for children with special needs through the therapeutic nature of horses.

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2018 Hearts for Healing Gala

“Fundraisers and donations cover all the costs for a child to participate in our program,” said Bonnie Rachael, the program’s founder and executive director. “The Gala is our largest fundraiser and a great way for us to create awareness for our unique program.”

Rachael opened the center in 2006 with only two students, three horses and a $25,000 budget. Today, the program has expanded to serve more than 125 participants from Chatham, Effingham and surrounding counties. It has a $200,000 budget, eleven horses, two instructors and more than 60 volunteers.

The center is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.), which reports some of the benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies on their website (www.pathintl.org).

Faith Equestrian serves children with all types of challenges, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. Interaction with the horses allows the students to build strength, develop coordination skills, and gain confidence in an outdoor and supportive setting.

Michael, an autistic child whose real name is being withheld to protect the privacy of he and his family, began taking therapeutic riding lessons at Faith Equestrian in 2011 in an effort to improve his attention span, his ability to follow directions, keep calm in new situations, as well as to become able to speak.

Part of Michael’s lesson each week was to encourage speech as part of the therapeutic plan along with following directions of steering the horse. The instructor repeated phrases telling Michael to tell his horse to “walk on” and increased the speed of the horse from a walk to a trot.

“It took 8 months, patience and a horse, for Michael to begin to speak,” said Rachael. “During the normal routine of his riding lesson, he said ‘WALK ON’ himself in a loud voice. Everyone, volunteers and mom alike broke into tears of joy.”

Since that day, Michael has improved cognitively, behaviorally, and physically. He has begun using sign language he has learned, is now beginning to steer his horse and follow the instructor’s directions.

“These are the types of stories that help us know we are changing people’s lives,” said Rachael. “And we need the community to support this powerful program.”

Tickets for the Gala are $150 and may be purchased at http://www.faithetc.org/hearts-for-healing-gala/.

The 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala is sponsored by Savannah Special Events by Ranco, First City Events, Low Country Paper Co., Whitemarsh Beverage, J Thomas Catering, Savannah’s Hall of Cakes, South Magazine and Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information on sponsoring the gala or any aspect of the equestrian program, call 912.728.3728 or visit https://faithetc.org

ABOUT FAITH EQUESTRIAN THERAPEUTIC CENTER
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, located at 243 Appaloosa Way in Guyton, GA. 31312, exists to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through the power of the horse. The program serves children ages 4 to 18 with all types of challenges including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. The center offers therapeutic riding courses and an equestrian program in partnership with local schools. For more information, visit https://faithetc.org

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Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Kilt and Kolor 5K Race to Benefit Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to be the charity partner of the 3rd annual Kilt and Kolor Run on Saturday, March 19 along the Savannah Christian Prep School race track, located at 1599 Chatham Parkway. The non-profit organization has been selected to be the beneficiary of the 5K race and is assisting with coordination of the event.

“We are currently securing sponsors, volunteers and runners to assist with supporting the annual 5K race,” said Kim Watson, LDSS volunteer and race organizer. “There really is something for everyone at this race. Volunteers are needed for registration, working water stations and throwing color. And sponsors and runners are obviously an important component as well.”

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the event begins with a clean, timed 5K race followed by a 1/4 mile kids’ fun run filled with color. Finally, the main event, at 9 a.m., is a 5K Kilt and Kolor Run. All participants receive two color powder bags, a t-shirt, medal and photo.

This marks the first year that the Kilt and Kolor Run proceeds are benefitting a Savannah area non-profit. Since 2006, LDSS has grown from a group of a few families to an organization serving Savannah and the surrounding counties through events such as The Buddy Walk, The Night of Champions and Camp Buddy.

For more information or to participate in the 5K race as a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Kim Watson, k-gamble@hotmail.com To register for the race or to donate online, visit http://savannahraces.com.

MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

The American Health Lawyers Association Releases Handbook for Parents on the Disabilities Education Act

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), which celebrates the idea that all children have different abilities, is pleased to announce a new handbook is now available to help parents learn about education assistance resources for their children through the Disabilities Education Act.

About 15 percent of U.S. children aged 3-17 have one or more developmental disabilities and about 13 percent of public school students receive special education services. Some 35 percent of those students have specific learning disabilities. To help their parents navigate through what may be an overwhelming process in determining if their child may qualify for educational assistance and the programs available to them, the American Health Lawyers Association in Washington, DC has recently released “A Handbook for Parents: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” (IDEA), offering practical information and advice.

The Handbook explains that IDEA provides federal funding to states and local school districts for special education of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children. It also covers the “six pillars” of IDEA. They are:

• IEP: The “individualized education program” (IEP) is a personalized plan for a child’s educational needs that describes the special education and services the child will receive from the school. The IEP must be developed within 30 days after a child has been determined eligible for Part B services and is written by a team that includes parents, a regular education teacher, a special education teacher, someone who can interpret evaluation results and the child (if appropriate).

• FAPE: Every disabled child is entitled to a “free and appropriate public education” (FAPE), meaning that education is paid for by the government and meets standards set by the state’s educational agency.

• LRE: The education must be provided in the “least restrictive environment” (LRE), which means a child with a disability should be educated with children who do not have disabilities when possible.

• Appropriate Evaluation: Parents should talk to their pediatrician or contact a local early intervention office and request an evaluation if they feel their child might benefit from diagnostic testing to measure physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional or adaptive development.

• Parent and Teacher Participation: Parents have the right to be informed of and to participate in all special education decisions about their child. All evaluations require parental or family member consent and are generally free of charge.

• Procedural Safeguards: The school must provide a notice explaining the procedural safeguards, including the complaint and appeals process, at least once per year.

The Handbook also reviews eligibility requirements for transitioning children from pre-school to school-age services, and early intervention services (EIS) available such as speech and language, hearing, occupational/physical therapy, medical services, counseling and transportation. The Handbook additionally provides information for post-secondary education and college age students no longer covered by IDEA but who are protected by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The LDSS hopes that parents of children who may qualify for services provided under IDEA will take the time to review the Handbook to learn about all of the resources available to them. Most of all, the LDSS wants parents to know they should never feel intimidated or hesitate to ask questions as they are their child’s best advocate. The Handbook is free and may be downloaded at https://www.healthlawyers.org/store/Pages/Product-Details.aspx?productid=%7B18FB74CB-B287-E511-8B77-0050569E6195%7D.

MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

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912-663-8573

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Carriage Trade PR
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Marvel’s Captain America Speaks Out Against Bullying at Savannah Mall

Marvel’s Captain America Speaks Out Against Bullying at Savannah Mall

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Mall invited kids and their families to a special event with Marvel’s Captain America. In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month, the superhero shared his story and a few simple steps on how to deal with a bully.

“The Savannah Mall was pleased to host this costumed character event,” said Becky Orsi, Savannah Mall’s marketing/specialty leasing manager. “Marvel’s Captain America spoke about bullying and what you can do to overcome it, which is an important message that kids and their parents needs to hear.”

National Bullying Prevention Month was held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Established in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the campaign includes activities, education, and awareness building. National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized in communities across the United States, with hundreds of schools and organizations signing on as partners.

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ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-A, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café, American Deli and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery, the Nutty Bavarian and Dough Boys. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Over 200 LIVE Butterflies Arrive at the Savannah Mall for the Summer

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Mall is hosting a LIVE Butterfly Exhibit from Friday, July 3 until Saturday, August 2. The exhibit features over 200 live butterflies from a variety of species tucked away inside a conservatory, decorated and complete with plants conducive to butterfly flight. The program also features educational displays, butterfly crafts and life-cycle kiosks.

Guided tours will be taking place every 10 to 30 minutes inside the conservatory to explain the stages of life between the caterpillar and butterfly. Once the guided tour is over, participants will be able to explore the conservatory on their own. Admission is $3 per person and children 2 years-old and under will be free with the purchase of one paid admission.

After exploring the conservatory, everyone has the option to purchase an Adopt-a-butterfly kit to watch caterpillars grow and hatch into beautiful butterflies. For every kit sold, the Savannah Mall will be donating $1 to the benefit the animals at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. There will also be a free craft activity where kids can create their very own flapping wing butterfly.

The LIVE Butterfly Exhibit will be located in the Center Court of the Savannah Mall, from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.adoptabutterfly.com or www.savannahmall.com

There are also field trip opportunities for schools, churches and other groups to experience the program in depth, where youth will tour the conservatory, learn about the parts of a butterfly and the life cycle, and have to chance to test their knowledge in a Jeopardy type game. Reservations can be made through http://www.adoptabutterfly.com.

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium and The Stuff Store. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-a, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, Saigon Flavors, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café American Deli and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nutty Bavarian. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi-Faircloth, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or orsib@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com

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Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Take Care of Their Teeth ~ By Angela Canfield, DDS

Dental hygiene is important to everyone’s overall health, especially when it comes to children. In the early developmental stages, it is critical to take charge of oral health and February is the perfect time, as it is Children’s Dental Hygiene month. Taking care of those little chompers helps prevent plaque, which is a clear film of bacteria that sticks to teeth. Consider these ways to teach your kids to take care of their teeth:

1. Start the hygiene regiment early by cleaning your baby’s gums. After each feeding, wipe your baby’s gums with water and a gauze pad or washcloth. Since the baby cannot spit, don’t try to use toothpaste. Once they become a toddler, you can start brushing them. Make it a routine and have them brush their teeth at the same time every day so it becomes a habit for them.

2. Make sure you are a role model and show children habits you want them to learn. If you brush and floss daily, in front of your children, then they become more receptive to follow you. You can even make it a family affair.

3. On the flip side of that, tooth decay is contagious. If you have a cavity or mouth infection, you can easily pass it on to your children by sharing cups or utensils. Keep your own mouth healthy.

4. Make sure your child will enjoy the flavor of toothpaste and design of toothbrush. There are so many flavors and styles to choose from. There are a full range of characters from cartoons and children’s stories on new toothbrushes, and some even light up. This can be very motivating to some children.

5. Use hand-held flossers instead of regular floss. This might make flossing easier for children and they come in different colors.

6. Encourage your children to brush their teeth with a reward. You could even create a reward chart for monthly, weekly or daily goals. Try to shy away from candy rewards though, for obvious reasons.

7. Read books with your children or watch a fun children video about dental hygiene. This will be a great educational tool to motivate your child to brush their teeth.

8. Try switching kids to an electronic toothbrush. An electronic toothbrush gets teeth cleaner than a manual toothbrush. At the same time, these toothbrushes sometimes sing songs or flash different colors which is just plain fun.

9. When your child becomes older, let them start using mouthwash. A mouthwash with fluoride will help reduce cavities and periodontal disease.

10. One of the questions most asked by parents is, “When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?” According to recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, a child should visit the dentist when they turn 1-year-old. The dentist can then observe the development of your toddler’s mouth and to notice issues before they develop into major problems.

To kids, brushing teeth can seem like a chore, but with the right encouragement, those little tikes could be loving their pearly whites in no time. For more suggestions, please contact me at 912.826.4037

ABOUT DR. ANGELA CANFIELD
Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA at 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental located in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both dental 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 http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/  or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/ .

For more information, contact:
Angela C. Canfield DDS
molar799@yahoo.com
912-713-1398 Cell
912-826-4037 office

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Cecilia Russo Marketing
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Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
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