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January 2009

(SAVANNAH, GA) Upscale Eco-Chic Candle Designer Low Country Luxe Jazzed in January Fundraiser

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Upscale eco-chic candle designer Natalie Evans, founder of Low Country Luxe was proud to be part of the first ever “Jazzed in January” cocktail reception fundraiser in New York City for the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center charity. The incredible event was hosted by the Hearst Corporation on January 15th and attended by 300 New Yorkers and New Orleanians who raised a total of $235,000 to further the PRC’s mission.

Being a part of the fundraiser was especially important to LCL, with over a year in the development, Low Country Luxe created a special candle dedicated to the city of New Orleans, inspired by its wrought iron balconies and seductive aroma-filled courtyards. Since its launch in October, LCL has donated a portion of its proceeds to the PRC to continue the LCL philosophy of giving back to the communities that inspire its products.
“We are thrilled to bring awareness to the Preservation Resource Center whose efforts are vital in preserving and restoring the historic architecture and diverse neighborhoods of the historic Southern city of New Orleans,” says Evans. 400 of the beautiful NOLA candles were given as parting gifts for all the attendees of the event.

Special guests included celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud who created the hors d’oeuvres and entrees, cocktails mixed by Café Adelaide’s Swizzle Stick Bar, emcee and New Orleans native Bryant Gumbel, Cathie Black, President of Hearst Magazines (who was presented with a New Orleans Citizenship Award for her leadership in donating time, resources, and volunteers to help New Orleans recover and rebuild post-Katrina), and R&B legend Allen Toussaint who performed with jazz vocalist Ingrid Lucia. 

Other special guests attending from Hearst included:  Debra Shriver, Vice President / Chief Communications Officer of Hearst Corporation; Pamela Fiori, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country; and Stephen Drucker, Editor-in-Chief of House Beautiful.  Lead sponsors included Hearst Magazines, Hearst Corporation, the Clein/Lemann Esperanza Fund, Belle Alliance Plantation, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dr. R. Dale Leblanc & Mr. Hal Williamson, and Dr. Allen Calabresi & Dr. Rebecca Lillis.

All Low Country Luxe soy candles are 100% made in the USA, recyclable and environmentally safe, known for their fresh scents and lead free cotton wicks (tested extensively to meet the highest industry standards and are better for the environment than traditional candles) to ensure a clean, maximized burn time of 100 hours.

The other candle fragrances are named after Lowcountry havens like Savannah and Charleston, as well as signature coastal botanicals like Sea Grass, Spanish Moss and High Cotton. Beautifully packaged in recyclable cylindrical watercolor boxes and reusable glass containers, each contains an elegant gift card printed on recycled paper inscribed with a line from Sidney Lanier’s legendary 1878 poem “The Marshes of Glynn” dedicated to Georgia’s tidal marshes which served as a source of inspiration for the innovative packaging design.

Natalie Evans – founder of the private label soy candle company and an accomplished product development expert for Fortune 500 companies- also works with hotels, personalities, and companies to design custom packaging and signature scented soy candles for private label brands. Evans has been featured in Coastal Living, Paula Deen, and InStyle magazines, and in Oprah’s 2008 Holiday Guide. Candles can be found on-line at www.lowcountryluxe.com and in fine boutiques throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For additional information please visit:
www.lowcountryluxe.com
E-mail: natalie@lowcountryluxe.com
Tel: 912.898.2147
The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans www.prcno.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) Randy Kulp Joins Melaver Mouchet as Associate Broker

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Randy Kulp has joined Savannah-based commercial real estate brokerage firm Melaver Mouchet as an associate broker. He specializes in commercial and investment real estate sales, joint ventures and development alliances. He brings with him a wide array of relevant experience through his 15 years in the hotel and private community industries, serving in both development and operating capacities. For the past four years he has acted as a broker, developer and principal in the Savannah area with an emphasis on Historic Preservation projects in the Landmark District.
 
A graduate of the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech, Randy is licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina and is currently a candidate for the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designations.
 
Originally from Tidewater, Virginia, Randy first came to Savannah in 1983 as an Airborne Ranger with the 1/75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield. He resides in the Historic District with his wife, Diane and their twin children, Heath and Elizabeth.
 
He is a member of CCIM Institute, Realtors Commercial Alliance, Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, U.S. Green Building Council, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Georgia Historical Society, and Historic Savannah Foundation.
 
Melaver Mouchet is the commercial real estate brokerage division of sustainable real estate developer Melaver, Inc.
Melaver Mouchet is a leader in the commercial real estate market in Savannah and throughout Southeast Georgia and the Low Country. The office is located in the historic Whitaker Building, the first building in Savannah to become LEED certified; it is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Contact: (912) 238-5416
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Creative Minds Brings Loren Schoenberg “Louis Armstrong: The Consummate American”

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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.

The February Lecture will feature Loren Schoenberg with his lecture, "Louis Armstrong: The Consummate American" on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm. Loren Schoenberg serves as the Executive Director of the Jazz Museum in Harlem and is widely considered to be a leading expert in the life and work of Louis Armstrong. A revered tenor saxophonist and the author of the acclaimed NPR Curious Listeners Guide to Jazz, Schoenberg will present an informative, enlightening multi-media presentation about the life and work of jazz legend and musical genius Louis Armstrong.

"Schoenberg is a first-class musician, arranger, leader and a critic with a rare comprehensive perception."
-Jazz Times

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.

Tickets for all events are available online at www.savcds.org or can be purchased 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 http://www.savcds.org/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sustainable Fellwood has a New Logo Celebrating its Commitment to Community

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Sustainable Fellwood, Savannah’s environmentally friendly affordable housing development, has a new logo celebrating its commitment to community and the environment. The logo was the winning entry in a contest open to Savannah area high school and college students. Yuan Yao, a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate student, designed the winning logo.

Yuan was inspired by the development’s concern for the people and the environment.
"The community has a long history," said Yuan. "The people belong to the community and therefore belong to the green environment. The people have a very strong relationship with the community and it’s a great environment for people. That’s why I put people in the logo. It looks friendly and has a connection with people."
The logo is the silhouette of a person, outlined within the negative spaces of the petals of a flower.
"The logo captures this community aspect and idea of rebirth" so important to Sustainable Fellwood, said Denis Blackburne, CFO of Melaver, Inc. Community members were thrilled with the logo, he said.
Karina Nersesova, a SCAD graduate student, was the second place winner. Jiuxue Zhang, also a SCAD graduate student, was the third place winner.

The first place prize was a new laptop computer donated by Seimitsu Business Technology Solutions. The second place prize was a $250 VISA gift card and honorable mention was a $100 VISA gift card.
Judges were looking for a logo that graphically conveys and illustrates an understood message and vision of a sustainable community.

Sustainable Fellwood will be built with sustainable materials with high standards for energy and water efficiency. For example, pervious paving will be used where possible to allow water to naturally infiltrate the ground, reducing the impact on the neighborhood stormwater system. Construction on Phase I, the first 110 housing units, began in Fall 2008.
Sustainable Fellwood is registered in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Neighborhood Development pilot program and will be guided by the Smart Growth Network’s principles for diverse, walk-able, distinctive, attractive communities. Sustainable Fellwood is also registered in the EarthCraft Coastal Communities through Southface Energy Institute.

Sustainable Fellwood is a mixed use, mixed income Housing Authority of Savannah redevelopment. Master Developer: Melaver, Inc., in partnership with Parallel Housing, Progressive Redevelopment, and Vanguard Developers. In collaboration with: Lott Barber, Architecture and Planning, Catamount Constructors, Inc., City of Savannah, and CHSA Development of Savannah. www.SustainableFellwood.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Culinary Institute of Savannah New Faculty Members Vendeville & Cohen

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The Culinary Institute of Savannah at Savannah Technical College is proud to announce the hiring of two new faculty members, Chef Jean Yves Vendeville and Chef Matt Cohen. Chef Jean Yves Vendeville will serve as the new Department Head and Instructor for the Culinary Arts Program while Chef Matt Cohen has been recruited to work as an Associate Instructor teaching Principles of Cooking at the college. “I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to teach within the Culinary Arts Program at Savannah Technical College,” says Chef Matt, owner of Chef Matt Cohen’s New South Café now located at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler. “Having the ability to change people’s lives through higher education and the sharing of knowledge is a true gift.”  912-748-8888 www.thenewsouthcafe.com

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Chef Matt Cohen is pleased to join The Culinary Institute of Savannah’s faculty at Savannah Technical College.  Recruited for the position of Associate Instructor for the Culinary Arts Program, Chef Matt will be teaching Principles of Cooking at the college.  Chef Matt was hired along side of Chef Jean Yves Vendeville who will serve as the new Department Head and Instructor for the Culinary Arts Program.
 
“I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to teach within the Culinary Arts Program at Savannah Technical College,” says Chef Matt.  “Having the ability to change people’s lives through higher education and the sharing of knowledge is a true gift.”
 
Chef Matt Cohen, owner of New South Café & Professional Chef Services, is a 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.  He then went on to earn his degree in Hospitality Management at Florida International University, one of the top three hospitality universities in the country.
 
Cohen is a hospitality industry veteran and founder of two hospitality and tourism organizations: The Coastal Catering Alliance and the Savannah DMC (Destination Management Company).  Cohen has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career, including 2008 Best Chef of the Year by Connect Savannah Magazine in their annual Best of Savannah Readers’ Poll and the Small Business Chamber’s 2008 New & Emerging Small Business Award.
 
About New South Café:
Opened in 2006, 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.  Now located in West Savannah, Chef Matt Cohen’s New South Café at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler is currently open exclusively for lunch seven days a week from 11am to 2pm, serving his most popular dishes from New South Café’s Express Bar, with plans to open for dinner in the near future.  Chef Matt offers upscale catering services for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs as the In House Caterer for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, as well as for off site functions serving up to 100,000 people through the Coastal Catering Alliance.  For more information call 912-748-8888 for catering and venue rental availability. www.thenewsouthcafe.com
 
About The Culinary Institute at Savannah Technical College:
The Culinary Institute at Savannah Technical College is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.  The program emphasizes technical and theoretical knowledge combined with the practical application of basic food preparation and service techniques, sanitation, equipment use, and safety.  There are currently over 70 students enrolled in the Degree and Diploma programs. 912.443.5700 www.savannahtech.edu

(SAVANNAH, GA) The logo for Sustainable Fellwood To Be Unveiled — Melaver, Inc.

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The logo for Sustainable Fellwood will be unveiled Jan. 23, and the local student who won the logo contest will be available to the media. The photo opportunity will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 at 114 Barnard St. suite 2B in the Melaver, Inc. offices.

Sustainable Fellwood held a logo contest open to Savannah area high school and college students. The first place prize is a new laptop computer donated by Seimitsu Business Technology Solutions.
 
Judges were looking for a logo that graphically conveys and illustrates an understood message and vision of a sustainable community.
 
Sustainable Fellwood will be built with sustainable materials with high standards for energy and water efficiency.  For example, pervious paving will be used where possible to allow water to naturally infiltrate the ground, reducing the impact on the neighborhood stormwater system.  Construction on Phase I, the first 110 housing units, began in fall 2008.
 
Sustainable Fellwood is registered in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Neighborhood Development pilot program and will be guided by the Smart Growth Network’s principles for diverse, walk-able, distinctive, attractive communities. Sustainable Fellwood is also registered in the EarthCraft Coastal Communities through Southface Energy Institute.
 
Sustainable Fellwood is a mixed use, mixed income Housing Authority of Savannah redevelopment.  Master Developer: Melaver, Inc., in partnership with Parallel Housing, Progressive Redevelopment, and Vanguard Developers.  In collaboration with: Lott Barber, Architecture and Planning, Catamount Constructors, Inc., City of Savannah, and CHSA Development of Savannah.  www.sustainablefellwood.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Grand Opening of Magnolia Hall & Stage Front Presentation Systems

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The Grand Opening of Magnolia Hall is set for January 15th.  The 16,000 square foot community hall in Sun City Hilton Head will have theater style seating for 550 people.

The event, which will include opening remarks from Michael Bottoms, Director of Sales and Marketing for the South Carolina Coastal Division of Pulte Homes, begins at 1:00pm on Thursday.  There will be tours of the entire facility during that time, and those with special needs can receive their own private tour on the same day at 5:00pm.
Many businesses and organizations have played a key role in the completion of this project, including Stage Front Presentation Systems.  The company provided the design and installation of the building’s audio system, theatrical lighting system and video system with surround sound speakers system, as well as the curtains and acoustic treatments. 

"I’m happy that we have once again lived up to our reputation of providing excellent service and quality work," says  Rik LaSpisa, AV Systems Consultant for Stage Front.

"Sun City has so many talented retirees and this facility will be a place for them to practice and showcase their diverse talents.  Our challenge was to design systems that allow the versatility to accommodate all the great programs that they expect to present such as barbershop quartet, chorus, drama, dance, meeting, movie, travelog, lecture… the list goes on and on."

Back in December, Stage Front Presentation System’s event production arm, Stage Front Production Services was chosen to provide sound and lighting assistance and event management for a Sarah Palin event.  Now, it is the largest AV company outside of Atlanta that has fully staffed engineering and project management departments.  In addition, it is the only Georgia company of it’s kind that has 24/7 service and completely pre-builds, test and programs AV equipment racks and control systems in house prior to field installation.
Stage Front continues to grow with a new office in Atlanta. From inception, into design and installation and throughout the life of the audio/video/teleconferencing/presentation/ lighting systems, Stage Front is committed to its customers and community.

Stage Front Presentation Systems is headquartered at 6 Southern Oaks Drive in Savannah.  For more information, call (912) 236-1345 or log on to www.sfps.net

(SAVANNAH, GA) 2009 Board of Directors for Park Place Outreach, Inc. Named

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Park Place Outreach, Inc. is announcing its Board of Directors for 2009. The group, made up of 15 individuals, will make decisions regarding the well being of the runaway shelter, including finances, new board members and much more. The board president will remain Bob Egan, with Marilyn Overton serving as Vice President, D. Paine Bacon as Treasurer and Vernell Small as Secretary.
 
Other board members include Queen E. Bing, Melissa Bouchillon, Lemuel Campbell, Cathy B. Hall, Jack Hart, Michelle B. Hetager, Thomas Mahoney, Jr., Betsy Taylor, Muchael M. Taylor and Linda Hilts Lamas, who is the shelter’s Executive Director.

In 2009 Park Place Outreach will celebrate 25 years of service in the local community. The milestone will be celebrated throughout 2009 with a large event planned for the fall.
 
Park Place Outreach provides emergency shelter and street outreach for adolescents ages 11 through 17 and their families. It is the only agency located within Chatham County that serves youth at no charge who are accepted without a referral to receive help. Park Place Outreach opened in 1984. There are approximately 15-30 youth served each month and about 200 each year. For more information on Park Place, call (912) 234-4048 or log on to www.parkplaceyes.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Landings Club at Skidaway Island Hosts Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 SavannahChallenger

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Professional tennis is coming to Savannah as The Landings Club at Skidaway Island in Savannah, Georgia, prepares to host the Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger, May 2-10, 2009. Tail Activewear, a leading brand in women’s golf and tennis apparel, is the title sponsor of the event, while the Greater Savannah Sports Council is the tournament’s presenting sponsor.

"Sponsoring the Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger gives Tail a great opportunity to participate with The Landings Club in bringing professional tennis to Savannah," says Tail CEO Jerry Edwards. "Tail is excited to be involved with the Savannah tennis community and appreciates all the support it has received from the Savannah Tennis League, coaches and players."

The tournament, which will take place on the clay courts of the Franklin Creek Tennis Center, will feature world-ranked tennis professionals vying to win highly coveted ATP ranking points in addition to prize money. Andre Agassi and Jim Courier are among past participants that typify the level of competition in the Challenger Series. For many of the participating players, the tournament in Savannah will serve as a warm-up for the French Open, which takes place later in the month on the clay courts of Roland Garros Stadium in Paris.

In addition to the professional ATP matches, other events during the week-long festivities will include Kid’s Day on May 2, a Pro Am on May 3 and Ladies Day on May 4. The tournament will also feature an Adopt-a-Player program that will pair 32 local companies with Challenger players.

The tournament is free and open to the public. Kid’s Day clinics are $10 per person and open to the first 50 children between the ages of 7 and 16 years of age to register. The Pro-Am, in which 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Hospice Savannah, is $150 per person and open to the first eight men and eight women who register. For more information on tickets and registration, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com.
For more than 30 years, Tail Activewear has been producing tennis and golf apparel known for its quality performance and fashion. Today, Tail continues to lead in fashion and design and uses the latest developments in materials and garment manufacturing to offer high performance apparel. Tail products are available in more than 2,000 clubs, pro shops, and specialty retailers in the U.S. The company, which is based out of Miami, recently opened a corporate office in Savannah.

Sponsoring the Challenger and other community events and supporting professional athletes reflect Tail’s commitment to promoting tennis and golf and enable Tail to realize its goals of distinctive fashion and superior performance.
"Savannah is the ideal environment for Tail. With its rich culture, renowned design programs at the Savannah College of Art and Design and vibrant tennis and golf communities, Savannah is a wonderful city with which to be involved," says Tail CFO Jason Burr.

The Association of Tennis Professionals Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger, sponsored by Tail Activewear and presented by the Savannah Sports Council, will take place May 2-10, 2009, at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center on Skidaway Island in Savannah, Georgia. For more information on the tournament, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. For sponsorship, publicity information or volunteer opportunities, please contact Jamie Strahm at the Landings Club at 912-598-2570. For information on Tail Activewear, products and retailer locations, please visit www.tailactivewear.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) STAGE FRONT Presentation Systems James Rody Systems Consultant

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STAGE FRONT Presentation Systems is proud to announce James Rody will be joining the company as a Systems Consultant.  Rody brings to Stage Front more than 3 decades of experience in the audio/visual presentation industry.
 
Rody was born and raised in Savannah.  He graduated from Savannah High school in 1968 and attended Armstrong Atlantic State University.  A business management major, he left college his senior year to join the 165th Air National Guard. 
 
At the age of twelve, he began "working" at his father’s store, "Rody’s Music."   In 1962, he learned the ropes of the business and eventually took over the entire store.  Now, decades later, he is stepping away from his role as the company president to join Stage Front, who was previously his direct competition.
 
"I’ve been doing sound systems for more than 30 years.  Stage Front does exactly what we do at Rody’s Music, but at a higher level."
 
Steve Stephens, Stage Front’s president, says Rody will be a huge asset to his company.
 
"He is a very experienced system salesman who will bring to Stage Front many of his loyal clients.  We have no doubt that he will expand product and services offerings to better serve his traditional and new clienteles.
 
Rody’s new position at Stage Front begins on December 1st.
 
Stage Front continues to grow with new offices in Atlanta and Charleston. From inception, into design and installation and throughout the life of the audio/video/teleconferencing/presentation/ lighting systems, Stage Front is committed to its customers and community.
 
Stage Front Presentation Systems is located at 6 Southern Oaks Drive in Savannah.  For more information, call (912) 236-1345 or log on to www.sfps.net