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March 2010

(SAVANNAH, GA) Several Savannah and Bluffton/Hilton Head South Carolina Lowcountry real estate exp

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(SAVANNAH) – Short sales and foreclosures have received a lot of
  attention in the past year for the great deals they can offer, but
  buyers often later realize the complex transactions can have pitfalls
  for those without expert help. In order to provide that assistance,
  the National Association of Realtors developed a certification program
  in short sales and foreclosures. Several Savannah and Bluffton/Hilton
  Head South Carolina Lowcountry real estate experts with Celia Dunn
  Sotheby’s International Realty have received certification in short
  sales and foreclosures.

  The real estate experts are Lynne Bozeman, Marion Callaway, Ted
  Clarke, Bob Dixon, Celia Dunn, Carolyn Ezelle, Lucy Hitch, Lu
  Hostetter, Helen Williams Johnson, Susan Myers, Margaret Pearl, Sally
  Robinson, Tom Sharpe , Lavinia Strong, Pam Sutton, Lauren Tomhave and
  Lee Wilkes.

  “It’s always important to have an experienced real estate
  professional on your side looking out for your best interests, but I
  think it’s even more important to have the guidance of an expert
  Realtor these days, especially if you’re venturing into short
  sales or foreclosures,” said Celia Dunn of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s
  International Realty. “There are benefits but also risks to
  those sales, and you need someone who understands all the complex
  minutiae. We saw this certification as a way to give even better
  service.”

  The program includes training on how to manage short-sale,
  foreclosure, and real-estate owned transactions, and provides
  resources to help Realtors stay current on national and state-specific
  information as the market for these distressed properties evolves.
  Short sales and foreclosures can be complicated and risky without the
  advice of a trained Realtor who knows the possible pitfalls of these
  transactions. Although foreclosure situations are sad and unfortunate,
  when a foreclosure purchase takes place, it helps the surrounding area
  recover more quickly.

  Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s
  International Realty specializes in residential and commercial
  properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South
  Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty
  is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of
  Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in
  addition to having one of the region’s top property management
  departments. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is a member of
  Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. The owners are natives of
  Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real
  estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street
  on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

  For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty
  at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the
  Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. Launches Popular Martini Tour

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Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. Launches Popular Martini Tour 

Martini aficionados have reason to raise their glasses. Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. has launched the Martini Tour, a walking tour that takes patrons to four downtown Savannah establishments to sample some of the finest martinis in town.  

During the tour, participants visit four secret locations in downtown Savannah, among them some of the city’s most popular restaurants and bars. The locations are revealed to participants as they walk through the streets of downtown Savannah. Along the way, they learn about the city’s rich history, the history of the martini and tidbits about Savannah’s Hollywood connection. Once the guests arrive at the secret destinations, they are served specialty martinis. Some of the tantalizing concoctions that have been served on past tours include chocolate, white elephant, mango and French martinis. 

“What better way to experience Savannah’s nightlife than with a drink in your hand?” says Ron Higgins, chairman and CEO of Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. “You get to sample the best martinis in Savannah while walking through the locales that make Savannah a word-class tourist destination.” 

The tour, which began March 1, has already attracted the attention of locals and tourists alike. It has become especially popular for groups planning activities such as bachelorette parties, girls’ night out and guys’ night out. 

The Martini Tour departs daily from Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The first tour leaves at 6 p.m., with additional tours departing later in the evening. The tour lasts approximately two hours.

 

“Hollywood” Ron Higgins is a filmmaker and Savannah native who has been involved in numerous movies including “Forrest Gump,” “Training Day,” “Remember The Titans” and “Pearl Harbor.” He founded Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. in 2003 to give tourists a glimpse into Savannah’s rich movie history. Since then, he has expanded the company’s offerings to include the Scary Ghost Tour, Foody Tour Savannah, the Martini Tour and the Shopping Tour. In addition to walking tours, many of the tours are conducted on a luxury, air-conditioned bus, which is equipped with state-of-the-art LCD screens. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 912-234-3440 or visit www.savannahmovietours.net.

 

(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) April 8-11 Seafood Festival with Carnival Rides, like in the movie”The Last Song”

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Tybee Island’s Seafood Festival

-Now Fact Not Fiction- 

By Ross Howard

March 26,2010

Tybee Island, Ga 

Tybee Island has its first Seafood Festival.  Ask any Tybee resident if they have ever been to a Seafood Festival on Tybee and believe it or not, the answer is NO.   No one can remember, in recent years, there ever being a seafood festival on “Georgia’s Peach of a Beach”. Yet there are many great restaurants on the island and the demand for good seafood certainly warrants exploring the concept of a festival surrounding the delectable “catch” off the Georgia coast. 

In the summer of 2009 a movie crew invaded Tybee’s beautiful beaches to make a movie called “The Last Song”.  The screenplay, written by Nicholas Sparks, called for scenes with a carnival surrounding a fictitious 37th annual Tybee Island Seafood Festival.  I remember walking around the area during the filming and being approached by tourists inquiring about the festival and where and when they could attend.  But in reality the signs posted were fictitious.   

Now Tybee is hosting its First, 37th Annual Seafood Festival.  Similar to the movie set in nature; the event will feature carnival rides, and great seafood.  Unlike the movie, the food is real and anyone can pay to ride the rides.  Scheduled to begin with the rides on April 8 and culminate on Sunday April 11, the festival will feature rides adjacent to Butler Avenue (not on the beach as was the case with the movie) and an all day Seafood Festival on Saturday April 10.  The event is sponsored by Chatham County, Southern Eagle Distributing , Coca Cola and the Ocean Plaza. For a list of additional sponsors and Schedule dates and restaurants participating see the web site at www.tybeeseafoodfest.com. 

This comes on the heels of the release of the movie, “The Last Song” featuring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear.  The entertainment on Saturday will include the “Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love”, featuring the Bonaventure Horns from Thunderbolt providing great R & B music.  So come on out for the FIRST 37th Annual Tybee Island Seafood Festival, we’ll save a seat for you.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Steven Eagle to serve as this year’s Chairman for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s a

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Savannah ––The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced today that
C. Steven Eagle, Managing Partner of Seacrest Partners, Inc., a privately-held insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, will serve as this year’s Walk Chairman for The Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night® Walk. The walk will be held in Savannah at Forsyth Park on Friday, October 15, 2010.

As Chairman for the Light The Night Walk, Mr. Eagle will invite all Savannah area companies to join in the fight against blood cancer by forming corporate teams and participating in the Light The Night Walk. Additionally, he will host a corporate breakfast this summer to ask other leaders in the community to join him in this fight.
“Light The Night is extremely important to me. I know how The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raises the funds that literally save people’s lives,” said Eagle. “I am honored to serve as chairman and will encourage the Savannah community to join me in taking strides to save lives.”

While advances in treatments have vastly improved survival rates for some forms of blood cancer, more than 53,000 people will die of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma this year. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under age 20.

“Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every ten minutes someone dies from it,” said Dick Brown, Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “The Light The Night campaign helps bring hope to thousands of patients and their families. We are thrilled that Mr. Eagle is serving as our Walk Chairman. In addition to Light The Night, he has also volunteered in our Regatta event with great success. We are confident his leadership and inspiration in this year’s Light The Night Walk will be vital to our efforts to make a difference.”

In Georgia, Light The Night’s fundraising efforts have grown from $460,000 in 2003 to more than $1.9 million in 2009. Last year, Savannah’s Light The Night walk raised $115,000 to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During the event, walkers carry an illuminated balloon along the two mile walk route. Cancer patients and survivors will carry white balloons as “lights of hope,” supporters carry red balloons and those walking in remembrance of someone carry gold balloons. This year, The Society will host five Light The Night Walks throughout Georgia. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/ga or call 912-897-1300.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.

HANGER GLOVE, New Product, Prevents Clothes from Slipping and Shoulder Bumps

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New Product, Hanger Glove, Offers High Quality at a Reasonable Price

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah local Andrea Howard is proud to announce the official release of her product the Hanger Glove, a new invention which offers an easy way to recycle clothes hangers into an all-purpose closet accessory.

 

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Hanger Glove is a sleek-looking clothes hanger cover made out of high-quality Neoprene, a remarkably flexible fabric used in wetsuits. This material allows Hanger Glove to stretch to fit over any type of clothes hanger, while the unique design helps prevent clothing from slipping and eliminates unsightly stretching or shoulder bumps.

 

“I have used the Hanger Glove with some of my worst culprits, strappy tank tops, v-neck blouses and heavy sweaters. It has been a huge help,” said Natali Johnson, a customer from Atlanta, Georgia. “Now, when I search through my crowded closet, the strappy tops have not slipped off the hanger. The v-neck blouses, with their slippery material, have stayed so secure I have cut out the disruptive hanger strings. Unexpectedly, it also keeps the shape to my heavy sweaters; the shoulders don’t get pulled and warped over time. This product is a huge step up from the ineffective pink pads and wrinkling clips.”

 

At less than five dollars a piece, this simple yet versatile closet accessory makes a great investment for people interested in both a well-organized closet and a tidy appearance. Hanger Glove is available on Andrea Howard’s website, hangerglove.com, and can be purchased individually or in a value pack of three.

 

About Hanger Glove

Hanger Glove was born out of a woman’s frustration while trying to clean her closet. Andrea Howard, a Savannah local for more than forty years, came to the conclusion that no hanger on the market could prevent clothing from slipping while eliminating shoulder marks. She used her creativity and previous experience from the advertising industry to create a product that could meet those needs, while allowing women to recycle their current clothes hangers. Hanger Glove’s goal is to provide a simple, yet practical solution to problems associated with ordinary clothes hangers.

 

//////////////// Distributed by CarriageTradePR.com on the Local NewsWire™ Marjorie Young, President 912-844-9990 Writer: Holly Elliott PRC: Nikki Troxclair Date: 03/15/10

 

Franchise Business Review honors Sotheby’s International Realty Brand

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Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty announces Franchise Business Review honors Sotheby’s International Realty Brand

Savannah and Bluffton real estate experts are part of award-winning brand

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (March 5, 2010) — Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm serving Savannah, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and the Low Country, today announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty brand won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the third year in a row.

“Having agents who know Savannah, Bluffton, and the South Carolina Low Country inside and out, coupled with the extraordinary reach of Sotheby’s International Realty network, makes it possible for us to give clients the level of service we expect of ourselves,” said Celia Dunn of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. “The network offers our firm the support we need to reach a global audience and provide our clients with the best opportunities when selling a home.”

The Best in Category award measures franchisee satisfaction with their franchisors and is part of the 5th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards presented by Franchise Business Review. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC also was ranked third overall among all franchise categories with more than 200 locations. This is the third year that the Sotheby’s International Realty brand was rated in the top 10 of all award categories.

“We are so honored to receive this recognition for the third year in a row,” said Michael R. Good, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “It demonstrates we are continuing to provide our franchisees with the support, tools and resources they need to excel. The fact that this award is based on direct feedback makes it very significant for us and a true testament to the value we provide our members.”

Franchise Business Review surveyed franchisees from more than 500 leading systems, representing more than 100,000 franchisees, for the 5th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. Franchises were evaluated in five areas: training and support, franchise system, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity and overall satisfaction. Additionally, demographic and lifestyle questions gave a 360-degree view of the franchise ownership experience. Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. For a complete list of this year’s award winners, go to www.FBR50.com.

“We have surveyed thousands of franchisees, representing almost all of the leading brands in the real estate sector,” said Eric Stites, president, Franchise Business Review. “The Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s owner satisfaction is exceptionally high and a direct reflection of the unique business opportunity created by their team and parent company, Realogy Corporation.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 10,600 sales associates located in more than 500 offices in 38 countries and territories worldwide. Affiliations in the Sotheby’s International Realty system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Concert April 10 by Rotarians, benefits Foundation. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Concert April 10, 2010: need Rotarian Performers, Volunteers and Sponsors

A Collaborative Rotary Fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation

WHO: Area Rotarians to Jam together April 10 at a Play it Forward Concert to Benefit the Rotary Foundation. The concert is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Tickets are $25. Entertainment, food and drinks included. Sponsorships available at $500 and $1000.

WHAT: Fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation which is  a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

WHERE: PLAY IT FORWARD CONCERT will be held at  Stage Front Presentation Systems’ warehouse located at  6 Southern Oaks Drive off of Chatham Parkway.

WHEN: April 10, 2010 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

PLAY IT FORWARD IS LOOKING FOR:

*Rotarians to perform. Dust off that old guitar or whatever and have some fun for a good cause. Call Ken Carter at 912-525-5024 or kcarter@lucastheatre.com

*Sponsors that can help support the concert at a $500 or $1000 tax-deductible level. Call Carolyn Trosdal for more information 843-757-2559 or ctrosdal@hargray.com

*Volunteers that can help service, host, set-up and clean up. Call Henry Whitfield at 912.651-2556 or hwhitfield@georgiasouthern.edu

For more information please visit www.savannahrotary.wordpress.com. or call Marjorie Young at 912.844.9990 marjorie@carriagetradepr.com.

 

See you April 10 for this area-wide Rotary Foundation Fundraiser!

Best,

Marjorie Young / Savannah Rotary member

 

(HILTON HEAD, SC) Sally Hale Robinson appointed as a Director for the Hilton Head Area Association

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(BLUFFTON, HILTON HEAD)  Bluffton and Hilton Head real estate expert Sally Hale Robinson of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty has been appointed as a Director on the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors Board serving a three-year term. Directorship has local, state and national influence as the directors initiate all applications of the board.

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Robinson has also been given the Realtor Service Award two years in a row. She has been active with numerous local charities such as United Way, Heroes on Horseback, Hilton Head Heroes, Habitat for Humanity, Cancer Society and several others. She has also been active on several Board-sponsored committees: Professional Standards, Ethics, Community Service Committee and Membership committee. The Board is very involved with the community and raises large sums of money through the volunteer efforts of members.

Robinson is the Associate Broker/Sales Manager of the Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty South Carolina office. With more than 25 years experience as a Realtor and Broker, Robinson holds Broker’s licenses for South Carolina and Mississippi and a Realtor’s license for Georgia. She is a Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI) and has received Short Sales and Foreclosure certification. She is a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and Hilton Head Multiple Listing Services.

A Bluffton resident, Robinson has extensive experience in the Low Country, working for a real estate firm in Hilton Head for 18 years. Her responsibilities included all the operations of 12 branch offices, staff supervision, and comprehensive real estate responsibilities from listings to contracts.

Robinson has a degree in preschool and early childhood education from the University of South Carolina. She is in Who’s Who of American Women. She and her family belong to the Church of the Cross (Bluffton).

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.