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December 2010

(SAVANNAH, GA) First Gulf War Vet to Sign Book, Jan 13 – 20th Anniversary of the war

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Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty to host book signing
  and discussion by former soldier Jan. 13
  Book “Dear Diane: Letters from the First Gulf War” shows
  emotions of a deployed soldier missing his wife

  (SAVANNAH) – As we approach the 20th anniversary of the First
  Gulf War, former Savannahian, Stephen R. Bradshaw will discuss his
  book, "Dear Diane: Letters from the First Gulf War." Celia Dunn
  Sotheby’s International Realty will host the book signing and
  lecture Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International
  Realty, 17 W. Charlton St.

  This book is a timely and fitting reminder of the sacrifices made by
  our service members and their families. The book tells the story of a
  soldier who missed his wife and the depth of that emotion as well as a
  first-hand account of engagement in Operation Desert Shield/Desert
  Storm.

  As the U.S. is engaged in two significant conflicts in Iraq and
  Afghanistan, the nature and scope of those conflicts has not only
  taken a tremendous toll on the soldiers but on their spouses and other
  loved ones as well. And it is the loved ones who carry the pain of
  longing and uncertainty almost without notice, except to those who
  carry that pain as well. Nearly 20 years ago America was engaged in
  another conflict in the Middle East. And because of the success and
  relative popularity of The First Gulf War the suffering endured by the
  soldiers and their loved ones is easy to overlook.

  In the days before the prevalence of email and texting, Facebook and
  Twitter people separated by circumstances actually wrote letters to
  each other. During several months deployed in Saudi Arabia and Iraq
  1990-1991 Bradshaw produced a volume of handwritten dispatches that
  shared his innermost feelings with his wife, Diane.

  These letters are at times funny, angry, fearful and deeply personal.
  Through them the reader follows the arc and array of emotions
  associated with deployment, then the waiting and uncertainty and
  finally the clarity in knowing that participation in armed combat was
  inevitable.

  For anyone who has a loved one in harm’s way or for anyone who
  just misses someone that they love, these letters may offer some
  measure of comfort through difficult times.

  Bradshaw was born on in Charlotte, N.C. into a military family. As a
  young child the family lived in various locations in the southeastern
  United States. Upon his father’s retirement from the Navy in
  1977, the family moved to Savannah, GA. Bradshaw attended his last
  year of junior high school, high school and college in Savannah, and
  he considers Savannah his hometown.

  Bradshaw holds a BA from Armstrong State College (now Armstrong
  Atlantic State University) and an MPA from Georgia State University.
  Upon graduating from college in 1986 Bradshaw entered military service
  as a Second Lieutenant, formally trained as a tank commander. Over a
  seven year military career Bradshaw served in various line and staff
  positions of increased responsibility including a tour as a leadership
  instructor at the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School. His various duty
  stations included tours in Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Benning, GA, and
  Kitzingen, West Germany. Bradshaw also served in the Middle East
  during the first Gulf War. He resigned his commission in 1993 to
  pursue opportunities in the private sector.

  For more information please visit www.deardianebook.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 and 336 Buck Island Road 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) Goodwill Industries names Mohsen Badran, President and CEO

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Mohsen Badran Named President and CEO of Goodwill
Industries of the Coastal Empire (PHOTO BELOW)

(SAVANNAH, GA) Mohsen Badran has been named President and CEO of
Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. Badran comes to the Savannah
area from Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey,
Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President. A reception to welcome him
to the community will be held Tuesday, February 8 at 5 p.m. at Goodwill
headquarters, 7220 Sallie Mood Drive. The public is invited to attend.

In his new position, Badran will be responsible for providing executive
management and direction, overseeing the organization’s growth, ensuring
the effective management of Goodwill’s many regional business activities, and
establishing the vision for the future of the organization.

"With the economic downturn and the high unemployment rate, Goodwill
Industries plays a valuable role to assist residents of our communities,
especially those with barriers to employment, to find work and retain
their jobs," Badran says. "I believe in collaboration and partnerships with
area businesses to maximize our efforts in the employment arena. Our
entrepreneurial approach, coupled with the generous support of our community
residents, allows us to  fulfill our mission."

In his 22 year career with Goodwill Industries of Greater New York
and Northern New Jersey, Badran developed and implemented
comprehensive business plans to position the organization into
new lines of business; managed the organization’s strategic plan;
provided an ongoing analysis of market trends; orchestrated Goodwill’s
collaboration with well-known business leaders; established and
grew successful strategic alliances with numerous for-profit and not-
for-profit partners; and was responsible for the management and
performance of human capital.

Badran has recently served on the boards of directors of the Long
Island City Business Development Corporation, Global Liberty
Insurance Company of New York, the New York State Industries for
the Disabled and the Queens Economic Development Corporation. In
addition, he has served on the Queens Borough President’s Task Force
on Work Force Development, the Business and Industry Committee
of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the E-Waste Task Force at
Goodwill Industries International and the Business Advisory Council of
the Queens District Attorney.

Badran received an Executive Development Certificate from Goodwill
Industries International in Rockland, Maryland. In addition, he earned
a bachelor of arts degree in science and agricultural engineering and a
master’s degree in science from the University of Alexandria in Egypt.

Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is dedicated to the
mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to
employment to live independently and become employed. The not-for-
profit organization currently employs more than 500 employs locally
and provides services for more than 770 people. Goodwill Industries of
the Coastal Empire serves 29 counties in Georgia and South Carolina
and operates 12 retail locations in the region. In addition to the thrift
shops, Goodwill accepts tax deductable car donations and operates an
online store at shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill
Industries of the Coastal Empire, please call 912-354-6611, email
info@goodwillsavannahga.org or visit www.goodwillsavannahga.org.

MOHSEN BADRAN: CEO

MOHSEN BADRAN CEO GOODWILL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Launches Mobile App

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Savannah, GA (Dec. 15, 2010) — Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty in Savannah, GA today announced the launch of a free Sotheby’s International Realty® mobile application and mobile web search, SIR Mobile, that works on standard cell phones and smartphones across all mobile carriers, allowing consumers to view all homes for sale in Savannah and the surrounding area.

The Sotheby’s International Realty mobile app uses GPS, when available, to locate the user and display listings in the immediate area. Users also can search by a U.S. address, city or zip code to see property details for all homes for sale in a specified area including price, square footage, estimated mortgage, taxes, features, maps and pictures. By the end of the year users will be able to search for all homes represented by the brand’s network outside the United States.

A Refine Search feature allows users to narrow their search by selecting a price range, property type and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. If a user has questions or wants a tour of the property, the Call feature connects them to a Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty representative.

To download the app, consumers can text SIR to 87778 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com to send a text
message to their phone with a link to download the app. The app was created by Smarter Agent, the leading mobile real estate provider in the United States, to create innovative ways for buyers to search for homes and interact with their agents.

“With the launch of this app, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty now can offer clients and
prospects a mobile house-hunting tool available across all carriers on standard cell phones and
smartphones including BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and the Palm webOS,” said Celia W. Dunn
broker/owner. “Consumers now can have instant access to detailed property information right at their fingertips.”

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. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 11,000 sales associates located in approximately 500 offices in 42 countries and territories worldwide.

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. In February 2004, Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services,
entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy’s subsidiary,
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. Affiliations in the 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.

About Smarter Agent
Smarter Agent operates a mobile Platform as a Service that allows brands to create unique and engaging mobile applications.

Smarter Agent is now the largest mobile real estate network in the world. Within a single integrated platform, Smarter Agent provides native apps on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm webOS; provides native apps on hundreds of feature phones; as well
as handles SMS and Mobile Browsers in the first comprehensive enterprise grade mobile system. In the United States, we are the
only on-deck real estate application on all major carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T making us the only real
estate application tested for carrier grade usability and data integrity. For more on Smarter Agent, visit: www.smarteragent.com.

(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) Weddings for Warriors at Ocean Plaza Dec 8

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Ocean Plaza helps wed Warriors Dec 8

 

(TYBEE ISLAND, GA ) Ocean Plaza Beach Resort on Tybee Island will participate in uniting 22 military couples in matrimony as part of Weddings for Warriors. The wedding ceremonies will take place on the beach in front of Ocean Plaza Resort on Wednesday, December 8 at 3 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.  A memorial and private dinner reception  will follow the ceremonies at Ocean Plaza’s Dolphin Reef Oceanfront Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

 

This is the first time that Tybee Island has hosted a Weddings for Warriors event and the first time in the organization’s two-year history that all applying couples were chosen.

 

"We at the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort are very proud to have been selected to be a Weddings for Warriors wedding ceremony and reception site. It is our honor to support these fine service men and women and their loved ones who have sacrificed so much to serve our country and defend our freedom," says Harry Spirides, Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort. "This event is a good way for us all to show our gratitude to them. Weddings for Warriors is an extremely worthwhile event, and we look forward to hosting many more of them in the future."

 

The December 8 event is being held in conjunction with the Savannah Wedding Tourism Council. Weddings for Warriors provides the brides and grooms with photographers, hair and makeup artists, dresses and rehearsal dinners.

 

World famous wedding gown designer Alfred Angelo has donated 48 gowns for the Weddings For Warriors brides. The gowns, which the participating brides may keep, have a combined total value of $20,000 to $30,000. The brides are ecstatic when they find out that these beautiful gowns will become their own keepsakes. 

 

For the week of the weddings, Ocean Plaza Resort will offer special hotel room rates for the couples and their families and friends while also reserving the Dolphin Reef Oceanfront Restaurant and Sports Bar for receptions.

 

Most of the participating warriors are returning from deployment and have recently served in combat operations in the Middle East.

 

For more information on Weddings for Warriors, visit www.weddingsforwarriors.com.

 

Whether it’s for weddings, business meetings or family vacations, Ocean Plaza Beach Resort offers a variety of packages and specials to customers. Ocean Plaza’s award-winning restaurant, The Dolphin Reef Oceanfront Restaurant and Sports Bar, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a fusion of American, Southern and Caribbean cuisine. The resort stands with a history of more than 120 years of serving hospitality and is located on Tybee Island, about 20 minutes from historic downtown Savannah. For more information on this Weddings for Warriors event or Ocean Plaza Resort, call (912) 786-7777 ext. 500, email info@oceanplaza.com or visit www.oceanplaza.com.

   


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