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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.

Gala Logo

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

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

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®

Moonlight Mingle Raised Over $3,000 for Alzheimer’s Association

Moonlight Mingle Raised Over $3,000 for Alzheimer’s Association
Public Event honored Carole Arpin at her Whitemarsh Island home.

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a “Marsh Harbor High Tide Moonlight Mingle” raised a grand total of $3,426 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter.

Featuring music, dancing, food and drink, the event was held at the Whitemarsh Island home of Donald and Carole Arpin. The waterfront estate is located on Turner’s Creek in the Marsh Harbor community.

Festivities included an appearance by Tommy Arpin to honor his mother, Carole, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Arpin is a participant in the 2018 Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia and offered a sneak peek of the dance he will perform at the annual Alzheimer’s fundraiser in May. Last year, Dancing Stars events generated more than $2.6 million across the state, including nearly $400,000 at the Savannah event.

Guests at Moonlight Mingle were encouraged to support the Alzheimer’s Association with a donation in honor of Carole Arpin. Music was provided by the Marshall Brothers Band featuring Stewart Marshall (Stewart & Winfield, Junkyard Angel) as one of the Low Country Rock five-piece band’s three vocalists and guitarists.

“My parents, who have been married for nearly 60 years, moved to Savannah in 1978 to expand the family’s moving and storage business, and both have been actively involved in the community ever since,” said Tommy Arpin. “Mother was on the Savannah Film Commission and helped bring the ‘Forrest Gump’ movie to Savannah. She played a big part in the St. Mary’s Home fundraisers as well as her children’s school fundraisers. She believes in giving back to the church and other worthy causes. That’s one reason we decided to do this fundraiser to honor her and help find a cure for this disease that is slowly taking her from us.”

Tommy Arpin

Tommy Arpin

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and, every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with the disease. Two-thirds of them are women. It is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

The fundraiser also showcased the Arpin home, which is listed for sale. The brick home with four bedrooms and three full and three half bathrooms is located on Turner’s Creek at 8 Marsh Harbor Drive. It features sweeping views of the marsh and river, along with a library, two fireplaces, a stately dining room, gourmet kitchen, split floor plan and exquisite custom woodwork.

“This house was built for entertaining,” said Tommy Arpin. “My parents hosted annual Christmas parties there for many years, and my brothers and I often entertained our friends in the game room or out on the dock. We made many good memories in this house, and hopefully, someone else will enjoy this house as much as we did.”

Photos and additional details on the home are available at http://www.celiadunnsir.com/eng/sales/detail/519-l-965-bv28l5/8-marsh-harbor-drive-savannah-ga-31410

Stewart Marshall
Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Veritas Academy Announces “A Taste of the Classics” Fundraiser for March 31 With Goal to Raise $30,000

Veritas Academy Announces “A Taste of the Classics” Fundraiser for March 31 With Goal to Raise $30,000

(SAVANNAH, GA) Veritas Academy has announced the annual spring fundraising event, A Taste of the Classics, will be held on Friday, March 31. The event will begin at 6 p.m. as guests enjoy a trolley ride to some of Savannah’s most notable restaurants for traditional menu favorites.

Participants may choose from one of these restaurants for dinner: The Olde Pink House, Boar’s Head Grill & Tavern, Cha Bella, Vic’s on the River, The Shrimp Factory, The Pirates’ House, DeSoto Grille and The Collins Quarter. Menus are available at www.veritassavannah.org/atotc-2017.

Following the meal, guests will be taken by trolley to The Club at Savannah Harbor where they will enjoy classic southern deserts. The evening will conclude with an entertainment program featuring classical dramatic and musical performances by Veritas Academy’s students, a live auction, and raffle games.

Prizes to be awarded are valued up to $1,200 and include a golf packages from The Club at Savannah Harbor and the Wilmington Island Club; jewelry from Kay Jewelers, metalpressions.com and Cameron Kruze; a Terra Cotta handbag with a pair of KREWE sunglasses; a GoPro/drone package and a stainless steel cooker donated by Alloy Industrial Contractors.

Dinner seating is limited and some venues may sell out. Ticket prices are $50 for dinner, the program and dessert, or $35 without dinner. There will a live auction with items such as a Folley Beach B&B two night getaway, charter fishing trip, Disney tickets, a private catered party for 12 with harpist, a day of sailing on a 42’ Catalina, and a Key West weekend with sunset water-sports package.

“We are so grateful for the support from these restaurants and our community,” said Candace Brodmann, event chairperson. “We are hoping to raise $30,000 to benefit Veritas Academy, which relies entirely on tuition revenue and private donations from family and friends, charitable foundations and business partners in order to operate the independent school for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students.”

For more information, to participate or lend support, please contact Brodmann at cbrodmann@veritassavannah.org.

To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-taste-of-the-classics-tickets-31290863816 or learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/203943776677041.


Veritas Academy is located at 25 W. Oglethorpe Lane in downtown Savannah. The school’s mission is to assist parents in the education of their children by cultivating truth, goodness, and beauty in students through a distinctly Christ-centered, classical, and covenantal education. The organization relies entirely on tuition revenue and private donations from family and friends of the school, charitable foundations and business partners. To learn more about Veritas Academy, email info@veritassavannah.org, call 912.238.1222 or visit the school at 25 W. Oglethorpe Lane, Savannah, GA 31401, or online at http://veritassavannah.org/

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®

2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend

2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend
Savannah Business Women Pledged to Raise Thousands for Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation

(Savannah, GA) Cecilia Russo, president of Cecilia Russo Marketing, and Brynn Grant, vice president of World Trade Center Savannah and Chief Operations Officer of SEDA, will host a “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Weekend to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

The festivities kick off Friday, October 14 at the Benedictine Military School Homecoming game beginning at 7:30 p.m. BC will play the Toombs County football team at the T.A. Wright Stadium at Savannah State University.

On Saturday, October 15, Russo and Grant will host an event at Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr., beginning at 3:30 p.m. for the University of Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game.

On Sunday, October 16, our pink-wigged ladies will be at Coaches Corner, 2016 E Victory Drive, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the NFL games.

Each of these events is free and open to the public; suggested donations are at your discretion. Participants will have the opportunity to enter for raffle prizes at each of the events. Prizes include a flat screen TV donated by Port City Powerwash, an NFL Jersey from Coaches Corner, as well as gift cards to Baracuda Bob’s, Pirate’s House, the Exchange and Pearl’s Salt Water Grille donated by Turner Food and Spirits Company. All prizes will be awarded at Coach’s Corner on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Russo and Grant are participants of the 2016 BIGWIG competition hosted by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They along with 8 other community leaders have pledged to raise donations to help fund research and programs to find a cure for breast cancer.

“I am honored to participate in the 2016 BIGWIG competition in an effort to help put an end to this terrible disease,” said Russo. “I am beyond thankful to those who have supported this endeavor thus far and hope this weekend will aid in surpassing my personal fundraising goal.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KomenCoastalGeorgia/?fref=ts.

View Russo’s BigWig page at http://coastalgeorgia.info-komen.org/site/TR/BIgWig/SAV_CoastalGeorgiaAffiliate?px=4890113&pg=personal&fr_id=6683.

View Grant’s BigWig page at http://coastalgeorgia.info-komen.org/site/TR/BIgWig/SAV_CoastalGeorgiaAffiliate?px=22577054&pg=personal&fr_id=6683.

About Susan G. Komen
The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

The Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate’s services area covers all of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.  Thanks to the thousands of people who participant in the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events each year, dedicated corporate partners and generous donors, Komen Coastal Georgia is playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer in our community.

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

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.