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December 2014

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Alexandra McCray Selected for PR Internship

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Alexandra McCray Selected for PR Internship

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC. announce Alexandra McCray has been selected for a paid internship during Georgia Southern University’s spring semester.

 

McCray’s responsibilities will include media relations, writing press releases and award announcements, researching, search engine optimization, keywords, social media management, photography, videography, and community relations.

 

Majoring in Journalism, McCray is a senior at Georgia Southern University, expected to graduate in May of 2015. While working on her undergraduate degree, McCray is also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and the online editor for Reflector Magazine by Magnolia Publications.

 

THE MISSION OF CARRIAGE TRADE PR, INC. AND CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC:

To help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online using reputation management strategies.

 

For more information, contact:

Marjorie Young

CEO of Carriage Trade PR, Inc.

Phone: 912.844.9990

Email: marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

 

Cecilia Russo

CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC.

Phone:912.665.0005

Email: info@crussomarketing.com

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Enmark Social Media Competition to Determine 2015 Encourage Health Series Nonprofit Beneficiaries

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Enmark Social Media Competition to Determine 2015 Encourage Health Series Nonprofit Beneficiaries

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations announces they will be selecting four nonprofit organizations to benefit from the 2015 Encourage Health Series based on a Facebook contest. Any Savannah area registered 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education is encouraged to enter.

To be eligible, the nonprofit must “like” the Enmark page (https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations) and post a comment explaining why their organization should be chosen. The total number of “likes” on individual posts will be considered by the advisory board for the final selection. The four nonprofit organizations that are selected will each be awarded a grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and will be allotted an Enmark Dollar Day, receiving $1 for every car wash, donations from Enmark customers at the registers and charity table.

Nonprofit organizations should post during the entire month of December on https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations. The deadline is Thursday, January 8 at midnight. The four winners will be announced Friday, January 9.

Once chosen, each of the four nonprofit organizations will receive their own QR code to be scanned with purchases at any of the 64 Enmark stores. The nonprofit organization with the greatest total scans will receive a grand prize.

During the last year, Enmark Stations hosted the inaugural Encourage Health Education Series in partnership with Healthy Savannah, the Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, WJCL and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9 to present this premier series of five wellness lectures benefiting local nonprofit organizations focused on wellness. The series featured presentations from the area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. The speakers for the 2015 Encourage Health Education Series have not been released.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations .

 

 

LDSS Announces Campaign: Spreading the Word to End the R-Word

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LDSS Announces Campaign: Spreading the Word to End the R-Word

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), a non-profit support group who helps people with Down Syndrome and their families through leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy, announced at their 9th Annual Buddy Walk, which took place Saturday, October 4, their Spread the Word to End the R-Word Campaign. LDSS, who represents Bryan, Effingham and Chatham counties, is embracing “Spread the Word to End the Word” and upholding the goal to make the public aware of the negative impact the use of the r-word has on people with special needs and their family members and loved ones.

The campaign was founded by college students, Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame) and Tim Shriver (Yale) in 2009, and continues to be led by passionate leaders, Special Olympics athletes, and Best Buddies participants across the United States and in other parts of the world.

At the 2014 Buddy Walk, participants were encouraged to sign pledge cards, pledging to not use the r-word. “Words hurt,” says Brian Hussey, founding LDSS Board of Director member and father of 8-year old Sean, who attends Marshpoint Elementary and has Down syndrome. “That word has become commonplace and is used in everyday language. People don’t realize that words can be hurtful.”

Other advocates explain that the r-word is exclusive, ignores individuality, equates intellectual disability with being “dumb or stupid,” spreads hurt, is offensive, incorrect, derogatory, fosters loneliness, and is hate speech.

The website for Spread the Word to End the Word campaign is filled with personal stories, why you should pledge to not use the r-word, lists the effects of the r-word on people with Down syndrome and their families, gives visitors a way to take action on combating the use of the word, and gives other helpful resources. To make a personal pledge not to use the r-word, please visit www.r-word.org or contact Brian Hussey with LDSS to sponsor a campaign of your own at bhussey@firstchatham.com

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. We encourage people to bring their children. We are an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. http://www.ldssga.org/

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, DEC 15, 2014

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty announces that Kendall duToit has joined the company as sales associate. DuToit brings 25 years experience in staging area homes with fine art to the company that serves Savannah and the Low Country communities of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC. For more information, visit http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/celia-dunn-sothebys-international-realty-names-new-agent-2/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces graduates from the 2014 Region 12 Multi-Day Training Program. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels. Chatham County graduates at the recent ceremony included Amy Coursey, Odie Donald, Laura Johnson, Joe Marchese, Mary Crane Orne, Alicia Scott and Paul Teague. For more information, visit http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/leaders-graduate-from-the-georgia-academy-for-economic-development/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Robyn Shirley oversaw the Photo Shoot for the Spring Collection of Matilda Jane Clothing National Marketing Campaign. Models included: Anna Lou Lindler, Emma Claire Buckaloo, Bradley Lindler, Charlotte Powers and Lily Wills, who posed in front of the Jepson Center on Thursday, December 11. For more information and to see photos, visit http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/savannah-selected-for-location-of-national-marketing-campaign-photo-shoot-2/

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS – RADIO) The Goodwill has been serving Savannah and the surrounding communities for years, however, there are some things you may not know about the Goodwill. From hiring and training people with different abilities and challenges, to recycling, the Goodwill is more than a second-hand store. The Goodwill of the Coastal Empire’s Tammie Blaha sits down with Open for Business® to discuss the ways the Goodwill is serving the families of the Coastal Empire and making a difference. Click here to listen http://tobtr.com/s/7180399

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Nicholsonboro marker has been stored at Skidaway Island State Park since it was removed. The raised gold text is barely readable due to chipped paint and green splotches where a lacquer coating had worn away. Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas has been working with the community and contacting state officials to get information about the Nicholsonboro marker and see how it can be returned. If the state cannot fund the marker’s restoration, Thomas said he plans to organize a fundraiser to cover the cost. For more information, visit http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/savannah-church-seeks-restoration-of-historic-marker/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Mall announces that the sisterhood of Congregation Mickve Israel will be holding a gift-wrapping stand from Saturday, December 13 through Christmas Eve. The stand will be located on the lower level in the ESPN storefront, across from the Toys “R” Us express, near the Christmas display at Bass Pro Shop. They will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visit, www.savannahmall.com.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents: 103 East Victory Drive Savannah. This 4 bedroom, 3 full and one half bath home is located in Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Historic District. This home features beautiful architectural details and has been completely renovated, including a newly finished basement. For more information, contact listing agents, Franklin Williams and Kendall DuToit at 912-234-3323 or visit http://celiadunnsir.com/savannah/idx/mls-129898-103_east_victory_drive_savannah_ga_31405

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join the Savannah Chatham County Public School System at Massie Heritage Center in downtown Savannah at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for Civil War Medicine in Savannah, a program devoted toward medical procedures and practices of the Antebellum Era. The guest presenter will be Talley Kirkland, Interpretive Ranger at Fort McAllister State Historic Park. The program will include guided tours of the facility from 5-6 p.m. before the main presentation begins and there is no fee for admission. For more information, search "Massie" at www.eventbrite.com or call (912) 395-5070.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Third Annual Memory Run for Emma Blu, benefiting the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will be held on Sunday, January 4, from 2-5 p.m. in Savannah’s Daffin Park. The yearly event was created to honor the life, laughter and love of Emma Blu Harvin, who died in 2012. There is no official race signup and no fees to participate. For additional information, visit the Memory run for Emma Blu Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MemoryRunEmmaBlu. For more information, visit http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/third-annual-memory-run-for-emma-blu/

(SAVANNAH, GA) For people with different abilities, it’s often a series of small victories combined with big ones that can make the difference of a lifetime. Last week, Congress acted, in a huge show of bipartisan support with a 404-17 vote, to enable a giant step forward for children with different abilities, by passing the ABLE Act. The bill could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as this week and if passed, millions of Americans could benefit, including those served in the Savannah area by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1715&Itemid=16

(ISLE OF HOPE, GA) The Christmas Tree Lighting on Isle of Hope will take place Thursday, December 18 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Paxton Park. Festivities include LIVE music with Stewart Marshall and the Sandfly Children’s Choir while the kids watch Frosty the Snowman. Guests are encouraged to bring their own tasty treats and beverages. For more information, contact Elizabeth DeWitt at cubababe1@yahoo.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Isle of Hope Baptist Church announces that Kara Exum has joined the organization as the new Child Development Center Director. Previously, Exum worked as a Mental Health Counselor in Augusta, GA. She has been hired as the previous director, Gayle Porter, has retired after 23 years of service. For more information, visit http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/kara-exum-hired-as-child-development-center-director-at-ioh-baptist-church/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Rotary Club held the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the all accessible playground in Forsyth Park on Monday, December 8 at 12:40 p.m. The $342,000 park was funded by the club through internal sponsorship, a grant from the Alan S. Gaynor Fund and AMBUCS, the Herb Traub Fund and support from the City of Savannah and Chatham County. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1713&Itemid=16

(SAVANNAH, GA)  A recent gathering of 25 local businesses owned by women successfully showcased the best of Sandfly’s diverse contributions to the area’s tourism draws. The area’s rich historical culture has been greatly enhanced by a boom in retail offerings from luxury brand home goods and apparel, local artisans’ wares and several multi-cultural eateries. PHOTOS: View complete high res-gallery in Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z4e2dl3fjgphvlz/AAAu0Z3zuNoO_sJOm6a5EUMaa?dl=0 or for more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1711&Itemid=16

(ANGELA CANFIELD, DDS) Did you know that cough drops, cough syrup and stomach acid are harmful to your teeth? If you have a cold or the flu keep the bad stuff off your teeth, stay hydrated and stick to your normal brushing/flossing routine. For more helpful tips visit, http://premierdentaldesignsblog.com/2013/11/3-dental-tips-if-you-have-a-cold-or-the-flu/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Holidays got you down? Psychology today reports that “increasing laughter disperses emotional and physical stress, inhibitions, hang-ups, and self-absorption. With sharpening focus on the feel and sound of a laugh, mental clarity takes gentle hold. It’s as if the body laughs on its own and resets its equilibrium.” Join Ann Carroll and Savannah Yoga Center for a Holiday Laughing Meditation this Saturday. For more information, visit http://savannahyoga.com/events/laughing-meditation/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Craig Burgess, owner of A&C Gold and Diamonds, announces that his store will be collecting children’s toys for the Wesley Community Centers in Savannah. Toys can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the store, located at 9 W DeRenne Ave, until 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 18. For more information, visit http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/ac-gold-and-diamonds-holding-toy-drive-for-wesley-community-centers/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Hostess City Toastmasters club of historic downtown Savannah is offering new members a chance to get a leg up on their New Year’s resolution to improve public speaking skills. For anyone signing up during December and January, the Club will waive the first three months of local dues. www.facebook.com/hostesscitytoastmasters.

(SAVANNAH RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE) How to Answer the Trickiest Question: Illness. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/parenting-tips/talking-to-your-kids-about-illness

(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates is pleased to announce that Matthew Frankel has joined the Savannah architecture firm as a Junior Associate. Frankel’s responsibilities will include providing architectural design and production as he prepares to become a licensed architect. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1694&Itemid=16

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) At Hospice Savannah, massage therapists use massage-based techniques and interventions to address clinical issues as identified on the patient plan of care such as expression of feeling, pain, coping strategies, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. http://www.hospicesavannah.org/MassageMusicStorytelling

(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. Bowen is listed along with the other honorees in the December 2014 issue. He was the only Savannah attorney to be selected in either the Business Law or the Corporate Law category. To view the complete Legal Elite list, visit http://www.georgiatrend.com/LegalElitepdf_2014.pdf

(SAVANNAH, GA)  The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) invites parents, business partners, and interested members of the community to the annual Student Success Expo and STEM Festival being held at the Savannah Mall on January 10, 2015, from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The event will be hosted by professional speaker and award winning author, Keith L. Brown – Mr. I’m Possible.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Premium office space available for lease on the top floor of the Manger Building (7 East Congress Street, Suite 1001).  Availability includes two offices with views of downtown Savannah and the Savannah River.  Space includes usage of large reception area, two conference rooms, copy room and kitchen for $2,500.00 per month (utilities included).  Please contact Charles Bowen at 544-2050 or  cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Folgers is a female, Retriever Labrador mix. She is approximately three years old.  Folgers is ready to relax with you while you have your morning coffee.  For more information, visit http://www.humanesocietysav.org/adoption/dogs/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark’s Savannah River Bridge Run Results for 2014 race: http://savannahnow.com/sports/2014-12-06/top-finishers-2014-enmark-savannah-river-bridge-run

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the last year, Enmark Stations hosted the inaugural Encourage Health Education Series in partnership with Healthy Savannah, the Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, WJCL and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9 to present this premier series of five wellness lectures benefiting local nonprofit organizations focused on wellness. In total, the series raised $7,200 for Savannah area 501©(3) associations.  For more information on Enmark Stations, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarkenjoy.com.

 
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Mall announces five new stores launching in the coming weeks. National retailer Toys-R-Us Express is open, along with four small businesses. For more information, visit http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2014-12-03/five-stores-open-savannah-mall

(SAVANNAH, GA) Rivers & Glen Trading Co. announces it has appointed Bryan H. O’Dell as General Manager of its new Savannah store, located at 24 Drayton St. The locally owned and operated sporting retail stores based in Augusta, Ga. carry popular brands of apparel, luggage, fly fishing and hunting equipment. For more information, visit http://riversandglen.com/

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Kara Exum Hired as Child Development Center Director at IOH Baptist Church

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Kara Exum Hired as Child Development Center Director at IOH Baptist Church

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Isle of Hope Baptist Church announces that Kara Exum has joined the organization as the new Child Development Center Director. Previously, Exum worked as a Mental Health Counselor in Augusta, GA. She has been hired as the previous director, Gayle Porter, has retired after 23 years of service.

Exum volunteered for Connections Church in Statesboro, GA for over two years. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Family Development with an emphasis on family services.

Established in October 1991, the IOH Baptist Church offers child care services and pre-school for children six weeks through four years of age. Also, the IOH Baptist Church offers an After School Care Program for ages Kindergarten through 4th grade and a Summer camp for Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade. By nurturing children in a safe, loving, Christian manner, the program strives to teach good manners, honesty, establish responsibility and self-esteem, and a desire for learning that will carry each child through life.

The children’s center will hold the annual Christmas Play on Wednesday, December 17. Community members are invited to attend. For more information, visit http://www.isleofhopebaptist.com/child-development-center/

 

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Kara Exum   

(912) 355-9683
22 Rose Avenue Savannah, GA. 31406

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LEADERS GRADUATE FROM THE GEORGIA ACADEMY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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LEADERS GRADUATE FROM THE GEORGIA ACADEMY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces graduates from the 2014 Region 12 Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from counties in the coastal region. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.

Chatham County graduates at the recent ceremony included Amy Coursey, Odie Donald, Laura Johnson, Joe Marchese, Mary Crane Orne, Alicia Scott and Paul Teague.

Joe Marchese said, “The insights gained from this class provided an invaluable tool in strengthening the connection between the public sector and private industry in our community. This combined with ethics training and leadership skills makes this class a worthwhile investment for anyone.”

Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve service delivery regions in Georgia. The Board of Directors of the Academy represent public and private economic development organizations and agencies from across Georgia. Since its organization, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state, and since 1998 the Academy has been offered annually. Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this important program.

“One of the goals for the multi-day regional Academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation,” says Corinne Thornton, Director of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. “Many times the participants discover the issues facing their community are the same as those facing other communities in their region, and can then combine limited resources to address the issue.”

The Academy’s multi-day program, taught one day a month over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, plus specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development, planning, and other essentials for 
community success. In addition, the curriculum features specific leadership skills such as consensus building, ethics in public service, collaborative leadership and other segments needed for effective community leadership in economic development. Local elected officials may receive certification training credits through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association for completion of this program.

The next Region 12 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in August 2015. For more information on this, please contact Tina Hutcheson at 478-278-9434 or by email at tina.hutcheson@dca.ga.gov.

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CAPTION: Pictured L-R: Front Row: Peggy Jolley, Georgia Power, Laura Johnson, Alicia Scott and Mary Crane Orne of Chatham County and Jenny Robbins of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation. Back Row: Joe Marchese, Odie Donald, Amy Coursey and Paul Teague of Chatham County 

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Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Names New Agent

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Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Names New Agent

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty announces that Kendall duToit has joined the company as sales associate. DuToit brings 25 years experience in staging area homes with fine art to the company that serves Savannah and the Low Country communities of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC.

“I love working with people and helping them make their homes warm and inviting,” explained duToit. “When my clients don’t know what they want, I can help them figure it out.”

For the past 15 years, duToit has been well known to Savannahians as proprietor of Bowles Fine Art, which specializes in framing and placing artwork in area homes. Her work with decorators and fine art dealers inspired her to pursue her real estate license. She also received encouragement from long-time friends, Larry and Celia Dunn.

“Kendall has been our neighbor and friend for many years. She feels like family,” said Celia Dunn, managing broker and president of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. ”We have also seen how she can transform a property into a stunning success. She is a hard worker and has a great deal to offer clients of the firm.”

A native of Columbus, Ga., duToit moved to Savannah in 1998 after working for a frame shop on Hilton Head Island. She is a graduate of Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., with a degree in art history. In her leisure time, she enjoys sailing with her husband, Etienne duToit, and having fun with their Jack Russell Terrier, Bubba.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential 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 52 Calhoun St. 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.

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CONTACT
Lori Combs
912-234-3323
Lori.Combs@sothebysrealty.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

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Savannah Selected for Location of National Marketing Campaign Photo Shoot

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Matilda Jane Clothing has selected Savannah as the backdrop for its spring marketing campaign. The campaign will get underway with a photo shoot in Savannah December 9-11.

“Savannah will be featured prominently in our entire spring marketing campaign, including print, social media and web promotions,” said Allison Flatjord, chief marketing officer for the children’s apparel line. “We will be shooting in several areas around the city, including the Historic District. Savannah was our top choice because of her natural beauty and history, as well as her temperate climate, but also because she has a vibrant fashion scene.”

Matilda Jane Clothing started as a kitchen table business before being launched as a national children’s clothing line in 2006 by founder Denise DeMarchis. Sales are made directly though Trunk Keepers, independent representatives who get to know their customers personally. Robyn Shirley, who has been an independent Trunk Keeper in South Carolina since 2008, recently expanded her business to the Savannah area. Shirley now serves Matilda Jane Clothing as a Team Leader and Trunk Keeper.

“I am thrilled that Matilda Jane Clothing has chosen Savannah for the spring collection photo shoot,” said Shirley. “It’s such a good fit – this charming clothing line for little girls set against the canvas of such a lovely city.”

Matilda Jane Clothing is available in girls and adult sizes with designs that are youthful, playful and expressive. The brand’s whimsical approach to texture, pattern and color results in designs that capture the spirit and imagination of childhood. For more information about the national marketing campaign, contact marketing@matildajaneclothing.com. 

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 CAPTION: Savannah Selected-Photo Shoot for Spring Collection, Model Lily Caroline Wills 
 
 
 

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CAPTION: Robyn Shirley (Far Left) oversees Photo Shoot for Spring Collection of Matilda Jane Clothing National Marketing Campaign. Models (L to R): Anna Lou Lindler, Emma Claire Buckaloo, Bradley Lindler, Charlotte Powers and Lily Wills, line up in front of the Jepson Center on Thursday, December 11.  
 
 
MORE INFORMATION ON MATILDA JANE CLOTHING

Matilda Jane Clothing (MJC) was founded by Denise DeMarchis in 2006 as a kitchen table startup that has quickly grown into a national children’s clothing business. MJC sales are made directly though a Trunk Keeper, a representative who gets to know her customers personally. The exclusive sale of clothing by Trunk Keepers is a direct selling model allowing business opportunities for entrepreneurial women driven by creativity and relationship building. For more information, visit www.matildajaneclothing.com

For more information, contact: 
Robyn Shirley
Team Leader & Trunk Keeper
Matilda Jane Clothing
843-384-3842
robyns@matildajaneclothing.com

Media inquiries, contact: 
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS®: Goodwill and the Community with Tammie Blaha

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(OPEN FOR BUSINESS – RADIO) The Goodwill has been serving Savannah and the surrounding communities for years, however, there are some things you may not know about the Goodwill. From hiring and training people with different abilities and challenges, to recycling, the Goodwill is more than a second-hand store. The Goodwill of the Coastal Empire’s Tammie Blaha sits down with Open for Business® to discuss the ways the Goodwill is serving the families of the Coastal Empire and making a difference. Click here to listen http://tobtr.com/s/7180399

ABLE Act Passes House, May Prove Giant Step Forward for Area Residents

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ABLE Act Passes House, May Prove Giant Step Forward for Area Residents

(SAVANNAH, GA) For people with different abilities, it’s often a series of small victories combined with big ones that can make the difference of a lifetime. Last week, Congress acted, in a huge show of bipartisan support with a 404-17 vote, to enable a giant step forward for children with different abilities, by passing the ABLE Act. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) is aimed at helping parents provide for the future of their children who have different abilities without worrying about penalties or other obstacles.

Cincinnati lobbyist, Chip Gerhardt, who has a 17-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, championed the legislation. Anne Gerhardt is just one of millions of Americans who could benefit from the ABLE Act, including hundreds served in the Savannah area by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS).

“Chip has worked tirelessly on this legislation that, if enacted, will allow us to more effectively approach our community’s vision for people with different abilities,” said Brian Hussey, LDSS vice president. “It will also allow adults with different abilities to work more full-time jobs, earn more money and contribute more to their ability to live more independently.”

The measure would permit people with different abilities, including the families of children with different abilities, to set up tax-free savings accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts, to pay for qualified disability expenses that might include education, housing, transportation, obtaining and maintaining employment, health and wellness, and other personal support expenses. These “ABLE” accounts would let account holders build up a financial cushion without jeopardizing their eligibility for Medicaid and Social Security benefits.

“Before this, the only avenues were complicated, expensive special needs trusts,” explained Hussey. “Not only was it difficult for people with different abilities to accumulate assets because of how it would effect their government benefits, but it also limited their ability to earn full-time wages.”

Under current law, people with different abilities cannot have more than $2,000 in assets and cannot earn more than about $680 per month, in order to qualify for Medicaid and Social Security disability benefits.

“If passed, the ABLE Act will help all of us create accounts where our children can save and family members can contribute to help provide a nest-egg for the future,” added Hussey. “Another bonus is that the savings accounts would not take the place of other benefits that the child may be eligible for, including SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and Medicaid.”

The bill could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as this week. If passed, it may signal a giant step forward in helping ease Washington gridlock, not to mention a big one for millions of Americans with different abilities, including many right here in the Savannah area.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. We encourage people to bring their children. We are an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT
Brian Hussey
BRIANmannionhussey@me.com
www.ldssga.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990