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September 2008

(Richmond Hill, GA) Magnolia Manor on the Coast “The Life and Work of Marc Chagall”

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Magnolia Manor on the Coast has its next speaker scheduled for the popular Renaissance Lecture Series for October 9th, 2008. Ze Santa-Rita, one of Savannah’s most successful art dealers, will feature the work of famed artist Marc Chagall. The topic of his lecture will be "The Life and Work of Marc Chagall." In addition to his wealth of knowledge about Chagall, Santa-Rita will also bring several original pieces from the Chagall collection.

Santa-Rita is also an art collector. His love for art has lead to a career of buying and selling paintings, mostly at auctions, in Europe and in the United States. His specialty is contemporary paintings, however, he is very fond of the classics, like Marc Chagall’s work, as well.

According to the website, Marc Chagall was born in 1887 to a poor Jewish family in Russia. He was the eldest of nine children. Chagall began to display his artistic talent while studying at a secular Russian school, and despite his father’s disapproval, in 1907 he began studying art with Leon Bakst in St. Petersburg. It was at this time that his distinct style that is recognized today began to emerge. As his paintings began to center on images from his childhood, the focus that would guide his artistic motivation for the rest of his life came to fruition.

Each month, Magnolia Manor hosts the Renaissance Lecture Series at its Richmond Hill campus. The event begins at 5:30 and includes a light supper. After the guest concludes his/her speech, a question and answer session follows. The event is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to RSVP by calling Julie Gartside at (912) 756-4300.

Magnolia Manor on the Coast, located in Richmond Hill, is a non-profit, active, rental retirement community for seniors age 62 and older. It offers 120 one and two-bedroom apartment homes with full kitchens and patios. Located on 40 wooded acres, Magnolia Manor offers stimulating social and cultural activities and has amenities such as a wellness center with indoor exercise pool, barber and beauty salon, library and media center, game and activity rooms, three full-service dining rooms, as well as a formal parlor and chapel.

For more information or to request a brochure, please call (912) 756-4300. 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Creative Coast Alliance (TCCa) will host the first Annual Innovation Awards

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On October 24th at the Historic Roundhouse, The Creative Coast Alliance (TCCa) will host the first Annual Innovation Awards, the next step in the grand evolution of the well-respected and supported Coastal Business, Education and Technology Alliance (cBETA) Technology Awards.
The awards ceremony will honor the best and brightest innovators in and around Savannah’s Creative Coast. In keeping with their track record for creating conversations that make good things happen, this event promises to bring together both established local leaders and up-and-coming key players in the fields of technology, design and development, including the non-profit, education and government sectors.
The cost per person is $75, but reservations made before October 1 qualify for a 20% discount. Any and all proceeds from this event will go to support programs, services, scholarships and/or causes as determined by the TCCa Advisory Board to be in keeping with the organization’s vision and mission.
"With its trademark creativity and flair for the dramatic, TCCa will offer a fresh take on traditional award ceremonies. There’s will be nothing like it in Savannah," said Marjorie Young of CarriageTrade PR, TCCa Advisory Board member and Innovation Awards committee chair.
An exceptional panel of judges have been assembled to evaluate a record breaking 99 deserving applicants, taking on the dubious task of determining who will receive top prize for innovative achievement in the categories of Education, Government, Non-profit, Sustainability, Start-up and Established Business.
The list of accomplished judges are experts in their fields, and include familiar faces and local leaders alongside regional and national players:
· Chris Miller, CEO of Creative Cities Consulting
· Martin Melaver, CEO of Melaver, Inc.
· Michelle Berryman, National Board President of the Industrial Designers Society of America
· Charles Ross, General Manager of the Advanced Technology & Development Center (ATDC) in Atlanta,
and manager of the 18 million dollar ATDC Seed Capital Fund
· Don McLemore, COO of the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center
Acknowledging the role of environmentally conscious behavior and policy in creative community building, the theme of this year’s Innovation Awards is sustainability. TCCa – in cooperation with Advisory Board member and Head of Sustainability at Melaver, Inc., Tommy Linstroth – hopes to help bring additional awareness by incorporating and highlighting environmentally responsible practices into all aspects of the event.

The celebration will feature cuisine by Cha Bella’s Earth to Table Catering, known for their fresh, local and organic fare. Music will be provided by local entrepreneurs TCCa has assisted — Howard Paul, CEO of Benedetto Guitars and Jody Espina, President of Jody Jazz, performing for the first time together in Savannah.
The Innovation Awards will also serve as a unique sponsorship opportunity for groups who align with the best of what Savannah is and can be. TCCa is offering two levels of promotional sponsorship that will allow local organizations to connect with the creative community through heavy branding and promotion at the event and TCCa’s extensive communications network, including their valuable reach on the web and local Blogosphere.
Green Level Benefits ($1,500)
At the event:
Table of 10, with title-card (w/ logo)
Section in playbill (name, website, logo & short bio)
Logo & website included in sponsor reel (dedicated large-scale projection screen)
On the web:
Section on sponsor page of TCCa website (name, website, logo & short bio)
Section in sponsorship blog post (name, website, logo & short bio)
Section in sponsorship newsletter (name, website, logo & short bio, ~5,000 subscribers)
In the press:
Mention in pre-event press release
Mention in post-event press release
Blue Level Benefits ($750)
At the event
Half-table of 5, with title-card
Listing in playbill (name, website)
Logo included in sponsor reel (dedicated large-scale projection screen)
On the web
Listing on sponsor page of TCCa website (name, website)
Listing in sponsorship blog post (name, website)
To make reservations or purchase sponsorship online, visit
For more information about reservations, contact Leigh Lawless at, or (912) 447-9713.
For more information on sponsorship, contact Fitz Haile at or (912) 447-9705.
The Creative Coast Alliance (TCCa) is a 501(c) 6 organization dedicated to helping create, grow and attract higher-wage, knowledge-based businesses in the Savannah region. TCCa is currently funded by contributions from the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA), the City of Savannah, Chatham County, event sponsors and patrons. For more information, visit

(SAVANNAH) The Landings Club Hosts 2009 Tail $50,000.00 Pro Challenger

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   The Landings Club is pleased to announce that they will be
   hosting the 2009 Tail $50,000.00 Pro Challenger to be held from
   May 2 – 9, 2009 at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center on
   Skidaway Island.

   Challenger Tournaments are held for ATP players with a world
   ranking of 40-200. Participants are usually full time tour
   players that play in Challenger Tournaments to improve their
   rankings and advance to Grand Slam events. Graduates of the
   Challenger circuit include Jim Courier, John Isner and Andre

   The timing of this tournament is significant because it will be
   considered a warm up for the French Open. There are very few
   Challenger Tournaments played on clay courts so this will be a
   timely opportunity for players to prepare for the red clay of
   Roland Garros Stadium.
   The tournament will be unique to the City of Savannah and the
   State of Georgia because there are no other events like it in
   the state.

   Challenger events are highly coveted, not easily obtainable and
   will give us a wonderful opportunity to showcase our city. The
   tournament will attract a minimum of 120 players and support
   staff. This will create over 400 hotel nights, and revenue for
   other sectors of Savannah including restaurants, tourist
   activities, car rentals, etc.

   In addition to the professional matches, the week long events
   will include a Kid’s Day, Military Day, Seniors Day, and a
   Pro Am where the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

   Tail Activewear will be the title sponsor of the event and The
   Savannah Sports Council will be a Presenting Sponsor. Tail, one
   of the world’s preeminent manufacturers of golf and tennis
   apparel, recently relocated their headquarters from Miami, FL to
   Savannah. For sponsorship, publicity information or volunteer
   opportunities, please contact Jamie Strahm at 912-598-2570.

(SAVANNAH, GA) STAGE FRONT Presentation Systems $2,500 donation to the Savannah Tree Foundation

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STAGE FRONT Presentation Systems has been serving the Savannah community proudly for 30 years. In celebration of their sustainability, they have made a $2,500 donation to the Savannah Tree Foundation and will plant a 25’ oak tree in front of their building on Sept. 23.
Stage Front has grown significantly since for opening its doors in 1978.  Current owner and Savannah native Steve Stephens and then business partner Chris Fredeman, narrowed their focus on theatrical and effects lighting for theatre, bands and nightclubs.  Stephens bought Fredeman’s stock in 1979, and his brother, Scott Stephens joined as partner in 1980. 

By 1990, Stage Front Lighting had 18 full time employees, and adopted the d/b/a of Stage Front Presentation Systems (Stage Front) reflecting the change in its core business of providing technology for presentation and performance facilities, including conference rooms, lecture halls, theaters, churches and courtrooms. 

Now, with 60+ employees, Stage Front Presentation Systems has a new office in Atlanta and will soon open another location in Charleston.  Stephens says through the years, the company has always stuck to its original philosophy: to stay committed to its customers and community.
Stephens says he attributes his success to both his clients and his employees.
“Our growth has been slow, but steady, and is driven by response to our clients’ needs and providing opportunities for the great people we have working at Stage Front,” he explained.
Stage Front Presentation Systems is located at 6 Southern Oaks Drive in Savannah.  For more information, call (912) 236-1345 or log on to

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCDS Eric Foner, Ph. D.”The Significance of Emancipation and Reconstruction

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Creative Minds brings leaders, experts and pioneers in a wide range of fields to share their wisdom in open, community-wide forums in Savannah.

This annual speaker series, which runs throughout the 2008-2009 school year, is designed to stimulate dialogue and spark debate about important issues that affect us all. This year’s series showcases the largest and most diverse line-up to date, featuring leading experts in areas including brain science, American history, jazz and literature. Please mark your calendar to attend these exciting discussions, which are open to the public.

The 2008 Ray and Nellie Schmidt Lecture will feature Eric Foner, Ph. D. with his lecture, "The Significance of Emancipation and Reconstruction" on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm. One of the nation’s most prominent historians, Eric Foner serves as the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and is widely considered to be a leading authority on post-Civil War Reconstruction. In his presentation, he will discuss his book, "Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877", which boldly redefines how Reconstruction has conventionally been understood, and will offer insight into this unique period of American history.

"A masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history." New Republic

All Creative Minds events will be held in Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School, located at 824 Stillwood Drive 31419, in Savannah, Georgia.

Individual ticket prices are $10 for advance purchase, $12 at the door, (based on availability).

Due to the possibility of sell out events, seats not occupied by 6:25 p.m. will be resold to a waiting list.

For additional information about the Creative Minds series, please call 912-961-8828.

Tickets for all events are available at the SCDS Administrative Office located in Triol Hall. For additional information about the Creative Minds series, please call (912) 961-8828.

Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a generous and compassionate spirit.

For more information about Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please visit

(Savannah, GA) Coastal Catering Alliance Feeds Troops Returning From Iraq

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The Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA) is proud to participate in the upcoming Welcome Home Celebration for the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Assault Helicopter) 3rd Infantry Division—also known as the Marne Division—on September 19th at Daffin Park.  Over 600 people are expected to attend this private event to welcome the soldiers home from war.  
Coastal Catering Alliance is donating their time and talent in order to provide the food service for the Welcome Home Celebration as a courtesy in appreciation of the service and sacrifice of these soldiers and their families.  Opening Ceremonies begin at 11AM, with food service beginning at 11:30.  The local radio station I-95 will be broadcasting Live and Entertainment and Recreation activities will be on hand for soldiers and their families including playground and bounce equipment on site for children as a courtesy of the Savannah Sand Gnats.  Additionally, there will be a complimentary Beer tasting hosted by Moon River Brewing Company.
“The Coastal Catering Alliance appreciates both the military personnel and their families for the unselfish sacrifices they have made so that we can enjoy the freedoms of our great country.  We are both humbled and proud by this wonderful and unique opportunity to serve those who serve us,” says CCA co-founder, Chef Paul Ganem.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom III, the Marne Assault Battalion conducted 231 air assaults and raids, safely transported nearly 132,000 coalition forces and flew 26,000 combat hours—more than any other UH-60 Blackhawk Battalion in recent history.
The 3rd Infantry Division came to be known as the “Marne Division” after World War I.  While under a barrage of enemy fire the 3rd Division Soldiers stood solid as a rock at the Marne River in France, taking the brunt of what was to be the last German offensive of the war, known as the famous "Peace Storm."  This feat of arms, in which they stood their ground like a rock at the Marne, was called "…one of the most brilliant pages in the annals of military history" and earned the 3rd Infantry Division the proud nickname: "The Marne Division."  The 3rd ID has one of the most successful combat records of any U.S. Ar my division.  It has paid a high price for this distinction, suffering nearly 35,000 wartime casualties.
The Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA) is a professional hospitality cooperative that offers an expansion of services not available from other small independent firms including the ability to cater an event for up to 30,000 people.  The CCA is made up of some of the areas top chefs and catering companies who are licensed, insured, and approved by the Chatham County health department.  Fresh, high quality and authentic southern gourmet cuisine is delivered out of pr ofessional temperature regulated vehicles by food service professionals guaranteeing that all products are served at the proper temperatures, ensuring safety and taste.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy Local Savannah Welcomes Lyn Vos The University of Georgia Small Business

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Buy Local Savannah is pleased to welcome Lyn Vos, Area Director in Savannah for The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, to speak at its monthly luncheon being held on Thursday, September 18th at The Pirates House.  Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the lunch begins at noon.  Using the platform of this uncertain economy, Ms. Vos will offer tips of where to look for hidden cash and what you can do to maintain profitability in your small business.
Ms. Vos has more than 15 years experience working with small businesses in Georgia. In addition to providing assistance to small business owners and potential business owners through the Small Business Development Center Network, Ms. Vos has a strong background in accounting (including passing the CPA exam and teaching college level accounting courses). Ms. Vos has been recognized for her outstanding business consulting skills by the Small Business Chamber Inc. (1999 Small Business Champion of the Year Award), the Association of Small Business Development Centers (the Star Performer Award in 1999, the highest award available for outstanding work within an SBDC, and the State Star Award in 2001) and within the Georgia SBDC as the 2000 Business Consultant of the Year.  In 2006, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Helen V. Head Small Business Advocate of the Year.
The lunch will be held on September 18, 2008 at The Pirates House.  Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.  The cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers and includes lunch, drink, and gratuity.  To RSVP or for more information please contact Madeleine Warren at, or RSVP online at
The Savannah Area Buy Local group supports the community, as a vibrant and growing networking of more than a 90 locally owned and operated businesses. The organization offers advertising discounts, networking, buying opportunities, local identity support, employee development, community action, enhanced company imaging, group advertising, and educational business seminars. Part of the Buy Local Mission Statement expresses the association’s goal to enable local businesses to compete with the economies of scale used by franchise companies in the areas such as advertising and purchasing. For more information about Buy Local Savannah see

(Savannah) The New South Café to Participate in GreenFest 08 Culinary Challenge

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(Savannah, GA)  The New South Café is proud to take part in GreenFest 08 which is being held Saturday, September 13th, starting up at 9AM at Trustees Garden located on 88 Randolph Street.  The GreenFest Culinary Challenge begins at 3:30PM with The New South Café and Cha Bella presenting their gourmet dishes to a panel of judges to see who created the most delicious, attractive and Greenest dish using a variety of local, organic products.
This is the second annual GreenFest, a local festival held to generate interest in the Green movement and to promote Green practices locally.  Likeminded people are able to gather and enjoy food and fun while also gaining knowledge on the local effects of global warming and how they can make a difference.
GreenFest 08—themed “Connect and Take Action”—will feature music, earth-friendly foods, and a variety of Green goods and vendors.  Artists will be displaying their recycled works and a holistic tent will hold mini yoga, tai chi and massage sessions.  In addition, experts will be on hand to inform attendants on the many ways we can all make a difference in reducing our carbon footprint.
With awareness becoming more widespread these days on the hazards facing our planet, many people have become interested in making changes but don’t know where to begin.  GreenFest is a perfect place to go to get informed and get started!  After all, it all starts with you.  Beginner’s Resources will be provided by GreenFest coordinators including rain barrel kits, composting classes and biodiesel conversion kits.
According to Maria Fernanda Castro, festival coordinator and owner of festival sponsor GreenLife Space, The New South Café and Cha Bella were selected for the Culinary Challenge because they are known to be the Greenest restaurants in the area, consistently using local, organic products in their dishes.
GreenLife Space was created to provide guidance for going Green.  A few of their many services include recycling for local restaurants and businesses, Green consulting, energy efficient space planning and proper disposal of clutter and toxic products.  For more information visit or call (912) 844-3184.

(Savannah, GA) The New South Café Launches Exclusive Wine Bar in Midtown

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The New South Café is re-opening after weeks of renovating and remodeling, to display the very first wine bar in Midtown.  Guests are invited to celebrate the restaurant’s renovation and expansion on Tuesday, September 16th at 11:30 AM.  Come out to see the restaurant’s new look, try signature items off of their Fall menu, and enjoy exotic wine samplings from their exclusive wine bar.  To RSVP for this very special event, contact Scott West at 912-443-0977.
“We are very excited about re-introducing The New South Café to the public,” says owner, Chef Matt Cohen.  “Our amazing wine bar and new menu really puts on display just how special we are at The New South Café.  Nobody in town can do what we do— fabulous food, great service, and no menu item over $25.”
The New South Café’s exclusive Wine Bar is the first of its kind in Midtown, making The New South Café a unique establishment in that area.  Seating capacity has doubled with the addition of the Wine Bar, offering guest seating throughout the bar area in addition to the original restaurant dining room.  The Wine Bar offers the best regional, domestic and international wines available in the city. In addition to the expanded wine list, new beer selections and a new fall menu are being rolled out.
Many of Chef Matt Cohen’s signature items will remain on the Fall menu along with the addition of some scrumptious new items which will be offered at the special VIP opening, including: Chef John’s New South Cafe Pecan-Crusted Pork chop stuffed with caramelized bacon and Vidalia Onion; Pulled BBQ Brisket of Beef Crepe with southern style homemade coleslaw; The New South Panini Sampler which includes a Crab cake Panini, Beer Battered Fried Green Tomato Panini, and Lobster Panini with homemade honey-mustard Mayo; and the very unique Peanut Butter Jelly & Banana Monte Cristo Sandwich.
Opened in 2006, The New South Café is an innovative restaurant at the forefront of redefining classical southern cuisine.  The New South Café offers comfort food gourmet style, matching your appetite for a new culinary experience with your hunger for the authentic food of the south.  Their menu showcases Georgia’s finest food ingredients, from Georgia Wild Shrimp and Vidalia onions to a variety of local and organic produce.   
A fifth generation Savannah native, Chef Matt Cohen is an award winning, culinary expert who has worked in big name restaurants throughout New York and Atlanta.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Cohen trained at one of the top rated culinary schools in the world.  Chef Matt was recently voted 2008 Best Chef of the Year in Connect Savannah’s annual Best of Savannah Readers’ Poll.
The New South Café is open Tuesday through Saturday, opening at 11:30am with their last seating beginning at 8:30pm.  Upscale catering services are available in-flight, for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs.

(SAVANNAH) Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance & The passage of House Bill 670 in 2008

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Thanks to a new state law, you or your business can get tax credits for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. Ben Taube, the executive director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, will speak about energy policy and the tax credits to the Savannah chapter of the United States Green Building Council on Sept. 23. The meeting is free and open to the public. Taube’s speech is titled “Learn About Energy Policy and the Current Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tax Credits.”

“The passage of House Bill 670 in 2008 by the Georgia legislature is a monumental milestone for the State which provides tax credits for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies on commercial and residential properties,” said Taube, LEED AP. A team led by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) drafted and managed the process of adoption and final signature by the governor. “If you survey those companies in Georgia that focus on the development and installation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, the majority of their work is outside the State with most occurring in Florida and North Carolina where the tax incentive is robust and has created a demand for these services,” Taube said.

The Sept. 23 meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second floor of Wild Wing Cafe in City Market. RSVP by Sept. 19 to For more information about the Savannah chapter of the USGBC, visit
Taube will talk about the tax credits and future of energy policy in the state. In addition, he will explore energy efficiency policy across the U.S. with a focus on what Georgians should be thinking.
The Southeast region recorded 20 percent population growth in the past decade, making it the country’s most populous region today, SEEA reports. Further, the Southeast is the fastest growing region in the United States. Energy-efficiency measures would help to offset the increased energy needed due to rapid population growth.
Energy-efficient products from air conditioners to TVs save money and make better use of based load electricity. They cost the same or about the same as less efficient models, and if there is a cost difference the efficient product pays for itself in energy savings.
SEEA’s mission is to promote and achieve energy efficiency through networking, program activities, and education. The results of increased energy efficiency will be a cleaner environment, a more prosperous economy, and a higher quality of life in the Southeastern United States. SEEA brings together businesses, utilities, governments, public utility commissions, energy service companies, manufacturers, retailers, energy and environmental organizations, low-income energy advocates, large energy consumers, and universities to promote energy-efficient policies and practices. For more information, visit
The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.