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April 2015

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Felder and Associates Welcomes Associate

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Felder and Associates Welcomes Associate
Anderson Resende Joins Prominent Savannah Architecture Firm

(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates is pleased to announce that Anderson Resende has joined the Savannah architecture firm as a Project Associate. Resende’s chief responsibility is production of construction documents, working directly with clients, contractors, vendors and other members of the firm’s team.

“We are pleased to welcome Andy to our diverse, talented team of innovators,” said Brian Felder, the firm’s managing principal. “He brings a wealth of experience, a creative passion and an attention to detail which is crucial to each construction project.”

Resende studied at the Universidad de Sao Paulo in Brazil. He received two bachelor’s degrees, one in Hotel Management and another in Business Administration with Foreign Trade. After working more than a decade in the hospitality management industry, both in the United States and Brazil, Resende recently received a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).

“From trendy to time-honored, Savannah provides the perfect opportunity for working in the design arena,” said Resende. “I am thrilled to join this collaborative group of individuals who are working on a variety of architectural projects throughout the area.”

In his leisure time, Resende enjoys traveling to new and exotic locales, is an avid movie goer and a food and cocktail enthusiast.

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Anderson Resende, Felder & Associates 

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES 

Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building, and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is also nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received an historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call (912) 777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

Colonial Group says The Palmetto Pipeline is a Bad Deal for Georgia.

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Colonial Group says The Palmetto Pipeline is a Bad Deal for Georgia.

Claims over 200 Georgia jobs will be lost, higher gas prices will result after government intrusion into private property.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Colonial Group, the parent company of several local subsidiaries including Colonial Oil, Colonial Terminals and Enmark, announced today that over 200 employed workers could be displaced if Georgia allows construction of the proposed Palmetto Pipeline to proceed. At issue are trucking, port-related, and U.S. Merchant Marine jobs that currently deliver fuel to Savannah. Today, approximately 75% percent of Savannah’s fuel needs are trucked into Savannah from existing pipeline terminals in North Augusta and Macon. The remainder is supplied by competitors Colonial Oil and Western Refining through two ocean terminals on the Savannah River.

This news breaks after further review of the Palmetto Pipeline’s proposed tariff published on its website revealed that there will be at east four different volume-related rate structures for shippers on its planned pipeline. Although Kinder Morgan does not publicly disclose its rates for these tiers, this approach is dramatically different from the pipelines currently serving the market. ”Both petroleum pipelines that serve Georgia today have publicly available rates that are equivalent for all shippers regardless of volume,” said Ryan Chandler, Vice President of Business Development at Colonial. “It’s a level playing field, and smaller shippers like Colonial can effectively compete against the likes of giant refineries like Exxon and Marathon Oil. A tiered structure based on volume seems calculated to advantage the big refineries over the independents.”

Another key difference is in the number of competing shippers. According to Chandler, existing pipelines supplying Savannah and Coastal Georgia support more than 100 competing shippers. While Kinder Morgan has refused to publicly identify who it has signed up to ship product through its new pipeline, Chandler offers what he hears in industry circles. “Exxon and Marathon Oil are likely the major players here, which makes sense considering they have the most to gain. They will control the entire supply chain from start to finish.” Chandler explained, “Exxon and Marathon control key refineries at the beginning of the supply chain in Louisiana. They have huge distribution in higher-priced Jacksonville, where it will end. The Palmetto Pipeline gives them control of everything in between.”

Less clear is the Palmetto Pipeline’s impact on local fuel prices. In its application to the Georgia Department of Transportation seeking the State’s power of eminent domain, Kinder Morgan argues the Palmetto Pipeline “could serve to decrease prices.” Chandler urges caution for the public. “If Kinder Morgan wants public power to take private land, Georgians deserve to know the basic details necessary to establish public need. Other pipelines, including those currently serving Georgia, make their tariffs and costs publicly available. Kinder Morgan needs to share its cost and shippers’ names with the public.” Citing confidentiality agreements, Kinder Morgan has offered no specifics on the number of suppliers, their names or the cost these shippers will pay to move gasoline through the pipeline.

In an OpEd published in the Savannah Morning News on March 20th, Ron McClain, President of Kinder Morgan Products Pipelines suggested Colonial’s opposition to the Palmetto Project was based upon “an obvious fear” of “increased competition in the marketplace.” Chandler dismissed that characterization. “Kinder Morgan’s idea of competition is using government power to stomp on private land owners’ rights in order to create a Southeastern fuel monopoly for big oil refineries. For three generations and more than 90 years, Colonial has earned its way into all the markets we serve by building highly efficient supply chains without Government assistance. We welcome fair, open competition.” Chandler also countered Kinder Morgan’s claim about lower fuel prices. “Notice that they say prices ‘could’ decrease. If two big refineries force out local competition, it’s more likely prices will go up.”

Kinder Morgan cites additional benefits to Georgia of “estimated annual revenue to state and local taxing bodies… of over $14 million.” “Show Georgians the math,” responds Chandler. “Kinder Morgan isn’t using a net number. How much of this revenue is already being collected through the existing supply chain? Kinder is out preaching to every local government body about what their project might add, but they’re totally silent on what it subtracts from the local and state economy in the form of reduced property values, higher fuel prices and lost jobs.”

Chandler said the impact to local jobs was particularly important to Colonial. “We estimate well over 200 Georgia jobs are at risk, and it extends far beyond Colonial and Coastal Georgia. Truckers, port workers, and US merchant mariners are exposed by this pipeline.” He continued, “Kinder Morgan estimates the Palmetto Pipeline will create up to 28 full time jobs, but they’re not talking about the ones that will be lost. Then again, they’re not talking much at all.”

ABOUT COLONIAL GROUP, INC:
A third generation family company founded in 1921, Colonial Group, Inc. (“Colonial Group”) is a diversified energy and port-related company, ranking #161 on Forbes List of America’s Largest Private companies with over 1,200 employees. Its history is rooted in the marketing, retailing, and distribution of petroleum products for the transportation, industrial, and marine applications. Over the years, its offerings have grown to include natural gas storage and marketing, liquid and dry bulk terminaling, retail fuel & ENMARK convenience stores, industrial chemical supply & distribution, and marine vessel safety and compliance consulting. For more information on Colonial Group, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.colonialgroupinc.com.

Charles Bowen to Present “Top Ten Tips To Make Your Small Business Lawsuit-Proof” on April 23

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Charles Bowen to Present “Top Ten Tips To Make Your Small Business Lawsuit-Proof” on April 23
Founder of The Bowen Law Group to Speak at Buy Local Savannah Luncheon

(SAVANNAH, GA) Business attorney Charles Bowen has been scheduled to speak at Buy Local Savannah’s April Luncheon. His topic, “Top 10 Tips to Make Your Small Business Lawsuit-Proof,” will focus on what business owners should do to ensure their companies are legal and to protect themselves from personal litigation that could have devastating financial damages. The luncheon will be held Thursday, April 23 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Corleone’s, 44 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Savannah. Reservations and advance payment may be made online at www.buylocalsavannah.com .

Founder of the Bowen Law Group in 2012, Bowen has practiced corporate law in Savannah for 20 years. In his presentation, he will review ten important, yet simple and affordable, steps. These include setting up the correct business structure; getting the proper insurance; writing simple, enforceable contracts; ensuring agreements are in writing; and acquiring and filing proper permits and registrations. Bowen will also discuss the importance of including disclaimers in contracts, how to resolve business complaints quickly and directly, and the importance of not cutting any legal corners.

“Buy Local is an nonprofit organization composed of all small business owners who encourage shoppers to buy from local businesses. It is just as important for small business owners to set up their companies legally and properly, as it is for large firms,” said Bowen. “It costs a lot less to spend a few hundred dollars up front for a lawyer to review a contract than to be hit with a lawsuit and have to spend thousands later on.”

Bowen also offers a free downloadable ebook on The Bowen Law Group’s website that explains how form a corporation, LLC or LLP in Georgia. This, along with other practical information for business owners, is available at thebowenlawgroup.com  on the “News” tab.

ABOUT CHARLES BOWEN: Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, Bowen moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. Also, Bowen has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite for December 2014 in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. This year marks Bowen’s 20th year in practice as an attorney.

ABOUT BUY LOCAL SAVANNAH: Three Savannah businessmen. Rick Culbreth of Yates-Astro, Remer Lane of Remer Lane Insurance and Martin Sullivan of Sullivan Staffing, formed Buy Local in 1999. They agreed that an association of local firms should mount a comprehensive campaign to encourage shoppers to buy from local businesses. Today, the organization is comprised of some 150 businesses and is recognized as Savannah’s leading advocacy group for locally-owned enterprise. For more information, contact info@buylocalsavannah.com .

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder, The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

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Marjorie Young 
Carriage Trade PR, Inc. 
912.844.9990
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com
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Enmark Stations to Sell Paper Icons in Support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night

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Enmark Stations to Sell Paper Icons in Support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk during the Month of May

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations, Inc. has made a commitment to once again sell paper icons in all 64 of its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. The paper icons will be sold from Friday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 31.

The paper icons, which can be personalized with the donor’s name, can be purchased for $1 and will be displayed on surfaces inside the Enmark stations. The company has set an aggressive goal to raise $83,706 in support of LLS’s mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families. This is a 10% increase over the $76,097 they raised in this same campaign last year.

In addition to the paper icons sales, Enmark Stations will hold Full-Service Fridays in Springfield, GA; Tifton, GA; Arden, NC and Bluffton, SC to raise additional funds for LLS. A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing out coupons in hopes of collecting donations. Local radio stations will be broadcasting at each event. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available and donors will be entered to win Enmark cash cards and other prizes.

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is an organization that is very dear to me,” said Houstoun Demere, VP/General Manager of Enmark. “I lost my mother to leukemia when I was 6 and my sister was 8. It is in her memory and in support of all of those currently fighting leukemia and lymphoma that Enmark is proud to support LLS’ Light The Night Walk.”

Enmark was recently honored with a National Partner Award from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their outstanding fundraising support in the 2013 Light The Night Walk campaign. In their first year, Enmark raised an incredible $65,648 to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Savannah’s Light The Night Walk will take place on Friday, October 16 in Forsyth Park. During the event, walkers carry an illuminated balloon along the 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. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/ga  or call 912-436-3280.

About The Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Trish Greene Back to School program for children with cancer as well as financial assistance programs which last year provided over $1.45 million to patients statewide. Currently, the Georgia Chapter funds $2.75 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. There were approximately 4,070 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2011. For more information on the Georgia chapter of LLS, please call 800-399-7312 or 404-720-7900 or visit www.lls.org/ga .

ABOUT ENMARK STATIONS
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc. is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 64 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina that offer high quality and competitively priced gasoline, food and beverages, lottery services and more. Enmark’s gasoline is filtered through a trademarked Double Filtered System, resulting in gasoline and diesel that is clean and 100-percent water-free. Enmark customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using an Enmark Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. For more information on Enmark Stations, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 
or visit www.enmarkenjoy.com .

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmark Stations
MClements@enmarkstations.com

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

The Royce Learning Center Hosting Bourbon and Bowties Fundraiser

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The Royce Learning Center Hosting Bourbon and Bowties Fundraiser 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Royce Learning Center announces the inaugural Bourbon and Bowties with Stevens Hale & Associates as the lead sponsor. This event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, located at 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The evening will spotlight locally sourced bourbon, hand rolled cigars and everything Southern.

Bourbon and Bowties will feature signature cocktails and southern dishes, while guests are invited to enjoy the music of The Chris Thomas Band. The public is invited to attend; tickets are $50.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Royce Learning Center, which offers programs for children and adults struggling with learning differences, literacy, or other academic issues. Royce Learning Center is the oldest established organization in the Coastal Empire serving the entire community who learn differently, want to improve their academic skills, or seek to attain specific credentials/certifications for the workplace.

Stevens Hale & Associates is the lead sponsor for the Bourbon and Bowties event. Other sponsors include Southern Motors Savannah, Savannah Bourbon Co., Erickson Associates, Inc., and Ye Ole Tobacco Shop & Verdery’s Antiques.

For more information on the inaugural Bourbon and Bowties or to purchase tickets, visit https://roycelearningcenter.org/bourbon-and-bowties/ .

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ROYCE LEARNING CENTER
Royce Learning Center is the oldest established organization in the Coastal Empire serving the entire community who learn differently, want to improve their academic skills, or seek to attain specific credentials/certifications for the workplace. The mission of Royce Learning Center is to enable children and adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and literacy needs to reach their maximum potential educationally, emotionally, and socially by providing comprehensive services. Royce Learning Center seeks to heighten public awareness of the lifelong barriers associated with such disabilities and the interventions available. The Center meets the needs of children and adults with learning differences and literacy needs through its three unique programs: Chatham Academy, The Tutoring Center, and the Adult Community & Education program. For more information, visit https://roycelearningcenter.org/

ABOUT STEVENS HALE & ASSOCIATES
Henry D. Stevens, IV became an insurance broker right out of college, working first for a local agency and then as partner at another firm. In 1981, the veteran broker started Stevens Hale & Associates, which today represents more than a century of combined insurance expertise. One of the foremost firms on the Savannah landscape, Stevens Hale represents three generations of brokers, and a reputation of continuity and longevity that is rooted in the Savannah community. Though the agency has expanded through the years, growing from eight to 22 associates, their commitment has remained an extraordinary dedication to customer service. Stevens Hale understands that insurance is one of the most important investments a person can make. The experienced associates take great professional responsibility in helping customers protect their assets and safeguard against loss. The firm is located at 7391 Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, GA. For more information, call 912.961.4300 or visit www.stevenshaleandassociates.com .

Media inquiries, contact: 
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 13, 2015

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**LOCAL NEWS WIRE**
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Ogeechee Riverkeeper announces that KC Allan has been hired as the project coordinator for the initiative to stop the Palmetto Pipeline from being built. Allan will be responsible for coordinating and supporting regional stakeholders affected by the proposed Palmetto Products Pipeline project by Texas-based Kinder Morgan. To hear from Allan about the Push Back the Pipeline initiative, listen in on  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/savannahopenforbusiness/2015/04/07/ogeechee-riverkeeper-hires-kc-allan-to-help-pushback-the-palmetto-pipeline

(SAVANNAH, GA) HOLD THE DATE: On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, the Title Sponsors; SCORE and Wells Fargo will present: The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to our Small Business Community. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/score-and-wells-fargo-to-sponsor-the-state-of-small-business-conference-on-june-24-2015/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Citizens in Savannah are up at arms against the new Palmetto pipeline that is slated to cut through residential and coastal areas. A rally is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at noon on Forsyth Park Fountain. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/927505100603021/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sponsored by Stevens Hale & Associates, the Royce Learning Center announces the inaugural Bourbon and Bowties to be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, located at 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The evening will spotlight locally sourced bourbon, hand rolled cigars and everything Southern. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://roycelearningcenter.org/bourbon-and-bowties/

(SAVANNAH, GA) April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental speaks on common causes, risks and treatments of oral cancer. Canfield also explains the Canfield Mouth Shield Program and the Inspiring Smiles Series. Listen in:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/savannahopenforbusiness/2015/04/08/dr-angela-canfield-talks-in-honor-of-oral-cancer-awareness-month-on-april-14

(SAVANNAH, GA) Are you trying to lose weight? Have you been working out since January 1st with little to no progress? Are you doing the same routine you have always done expecting different results.  Crossfit says, "routine is the enemy." Try to change up what you do (exercises, intensity, duration, to give your body a new stimulus. Variance in your program can lead to better results and breakthroughs in plateaus.  www.crossfithyperformance.com.   Sign up for the second lecture in the 2015 Enmark Encourage Health Education Series, "Crossfit, Why and How It Works in Weight Loss," presented by Drew McKenzie, owner and operator with Crossfit Hyperformance on Tuesday, April 28. A free and Healthy lunch will be provided, but RSVPs are required at Healthy Savannah’s website,    http://healthysavannah.org/event-signup-form-crossfit/. To learn more about the lecture, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/savannahopenforbusiness/2015/04/06/2nd-encourage-health-series-by-enmark-with-drew-mckenzie-on-april-28

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) Moving On by Moving Around. http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/moving-on-by-moving-around/?module=BlogPost-ReadMore&version=Blog%20Main&action=Click&contentCollection=Essay&pgtype=Blogs®ion=Body&gwh=438E421080874DE56FFA3EDB6785F6E4&gwt=pay#more-16954

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah, GA announces the second talk in the 2015 Inspiring Smiles Series will be held Tuesday, April 14, from noon to 1 p.m.The discussion is titled "Oral DNA and Periodontal Testing." The talk will take place at Dr. Canfield’s office located at 7360 Skidaway Rd., Suite H2. It is free to attend. To RSVP, call Dr. Canfield at 912-349-0472. Dr. Canfield will also be giving away free oral cancer screenings during the month of April.http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wine, Women, and Shoes will be holding an event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. The event will be held on Thursday, April 16 from 7pm-10pm and will include a fashion show, fine wines, savory foods, and more. For more information:http://winewomenandshoes.com/savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Matilda Jane Clothing is pleased to announce the inaugural Derby Day Mother Daughter Chari-TEA to be held on Saturday, May 2 at the Savannah Golf Club. Refreshments will be served from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting The Next Generation.Keeping in the tradition of Derby Day,guests are invited to wear their favorite hats. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/mother-daughter-derby-day-chari-tea-to-raise-funds-for-local-childrens-hospital/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations will hold Full-Service Fridays across Ga., SC and NC to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing out coupons in hopes of collecting donations for LLS’ 2015 Light the Night event. Local radio stations will be broadcasting at each event. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available and donors will be entered to win Enmark cash cards and other prizes. For more information, visit http://www.carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1812&Itemid=16

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) announces the sixth annual Night of Champions will be hosted Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa – Hotel Grand Ballroom. This community celebration distinguishes local organizations that hire and retain differently-abled people, including those with Down syndrome, and recognizes the contributions made by these employees. This year’s Night of Champions will be emceed again by celebrity chef and author, Jamie Deen. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/ldss-announces-night-of-champions-to-honor-differently-abled-working-adults-and-their-employers/

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Tuesday, April1 14th and Tuesday, April 21st, Massie Heritage Center will be offering guided evening hikes showcasing the stories of the people and events behind Savannah’s impressive monuments along the Bull Street corridor. Walk where history was made, hear tales of early Savannah and its role in the American Revolution and Civil War. Discover who is buried beneath our beautiful squares, and why they are there. The 1 ½ hour walk will begin at Massie Heritage Center and conclude in Johnson Square. Cost of the tours will be $15 per person. Call 912-395-5070 to make reservations. 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ogeechee Riverkeeper is reminding paddling enthusiasts of their forthcomingApril 25th paddle trip from Wadley to Coleman Lake when paddlers will enjoy a 7-mile journey through the upper Ogeechee’s twists and turns to take out at Coleman Lake.  The trip is suitable for beginner to intermediate paddlers and people interested in joining a trip must register atwww.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org  by 4 p.m. on April 24th as no registrations or rentals will be accepted after the deadline.  For a full schedule of our monthly trips, visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org/events/paddle-trips/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Ogeechee River is known for its redbreast sunfish, largemouth bass, black crappie & catfish. Explore your river with family and friends. Rivers & Glen Trading Co. has all the equipment you will need. For more information, call 912-349-2352 or visithttp://riversandglen.com/

(BUSINESS INSIDER) Everything You Need to Know About Snapchat’s ‘Huge’ New Emoji Update
http://www.businessinsider.com/new-snapchat-update-emoji-2015-4

(SAVANNAH, GA) The second annual Public Relations Internship and Nonprofit Organizations MissionPR:MIXER will be held Friday, April 24, in Savannah, GA from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hear all the details: https://youtu.be/zge4uYAUgrA Participation is FREE, but students and nonprofit organizations must reserve a seat by Friday, April 17; contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com.

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE is offering free webinars throughout the month of April to help small businesses. On April 16, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, the webinar is titled ‘Startup 101: Executing Your Idea.’ To learn more and register: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/du3zythx300q&eom 

(FORBES.com) How To Tell When People Lie And Make Them Tell The Truth
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2015/04/07/how-to-tell-when-people-lie-and-make-them-tell-the-truth/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Gale Baldwin, managing editor and business editor of the Savannah Morning News, has been named the small-business media champion of the year, for the Georgia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award was announced as part of the agency’s Georgia Small Business Week awards program. http://m.savannahnow.com/exchange/2015-04-07/savannah-morning-news-editor-named-small-business-media-champion#gsc.tab=0 

(INC.com) 3 Secrets To Satisfying Your Customers
http://www.inc.com/vanessa-merit-nornberg/3-secrets-to-satisfying-your-customers.html

(SAVANNAH, GA) In this month’s Small Business SMART Luncheon, the topic is Dealing with the IRS: What You Should Know About IRS Audit and Collection Procedures. On Tuesday, April 14 from11:30 am to 1:00 pm, the talk will be given by Jeffrey Williamson from J.L. Williamson Law Group with lunch provided by Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant and Catering Company. To RSVP and find out more information, call Stephanie Boaen at 912-644-6458 or email sboaen@savannahchamber.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association will celebrate its 18th anniversary on Saturday, April 25, 10:30 am at the Marsh Auditorium in Candler Hospital in Savannah.  Polio survivors and guests are invited.  For information or to register, call 912-927-8332.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Small change for a BIG change!  Reed House is celebrating Esther Reed’s 92nd birthday by honoring her tradition of collecting change for a mental health clubhouse.  Take your coins to any Sea Island Bank to join this celebration or take all the coins you can collect to Reed House, 1144 Cornell Avenue, Savannah, GA by 4:00 pm on June 1st to compete for a $500 prepaid American Express Card from Oglethorpe Mall. www.reed-house.org.

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Beatrice, a female Staffordshire terrior/hound mix who is approximately 3 years old. She is good with other dogs and kids. Beatrice is updated on all shots and is spayed. To view Beatrice and other animals available for adoption, visithttp://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-d-059-beatrice-bb/ 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah area Rotary Clubs are gearing up for the sixth annual ‘Play It Forward’ musical and food extravaganza fundraising event, returning to Savannah on the afternoon ofSunday, April 19, 2015 at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum from  4:00pm to 7:00pm.  The 2015 line-up includes a concert from The Rogues along with some talented Rotarians sharing their musical talents from a range of genres.  The event will offer a range of food from local restaurants and caterers including Loves Seafood, McDonald’s, Savannah Coffee Roaster, The Gaslight Group, all included in the ticket price of $35 per person.  This fundraiser enables every Rotary club participating to raise money which is directly allocated back to each club’s charitable giving funds for international programs and giving back to our communities. Space is limited and reservations are required.  To purchase your tickets please visit the ‘Play It Forward’ website at www.rotarianspif.org  

(WILDERNESS SOUTHEAST) Wilderness Southeast presents ‘Wild Wassaw’ on April 18. Participants will explore the beauty and history of the barrier islands. Wassaw has remained undeveloped and
is a perfect example of what a barrier island looks like without human influence. Hiking through the maritime forest and exploring the beach with an expert naturalist guide leading the way and answering all questions. To reserve a spot and find out more information, call Delegal Creek Marina at call 912-236-8115.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc is inviting the public to attend their annual Wheelchair Cleaning Event on April 18 from 10:00am-12:00am at the Executive Court Building located at 5105 Paulsen Street. While their wheelchairs or scooters are being cleaned and minor repairs performed, guests can enjoy snacks and take a tour of Tools for Second Life Assistance Technology Lab. Teleride will provide free transportation to individuals who are registered with them. Call Denise for more information and to RSVP at 912-920-2414 or visit  http://www.lifecil.com/category/news/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Yoga Center’s current commUNITY partner is One Love Animal Rescue, which has "Paws for a Cause" coming up on April 25th at the Foundery Coffee Pub, located at 1313 Habersham St. One Love is now accepting any donations for a raffle to raise money for our four-legged friends.  If you or anyone you know owns a business or an item that you would be willing to donate to One Love, please contact Amy M. Stoltz at (910) 322-0063. Or feel free to drop off items at Savannah Yoga Center, located at 1319 Bull St. in Savannah or 111 Canal St. #101 in Pooler.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Marjorie Young, CEO and President of Carriage Trade PR, Inc. served as a panelist for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) regional conference on Saturday, March 28. The conference, "Brand Yourself: The Art of Reputation Management," was one of 10 held across the nation by various chapters. For more information, visithttps://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/local-savannah-pr-firm-ceo-speaks-at-2015-prssa-brand-yourself-regional-conference-held-at-georgia-southern-university/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah offers their annual Camp Aloha that gives children, ages 6-17, the tools they need to cope with the loss of a loved one. The camp will be May 1-3 at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center in Rincon. If you are interested in registering, volunteering and to want to view the camp video, visit http://www.hospicesavannah.org/Camp_Aloha

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ogeechee Riverkeeper announces a program for the 10th Anniversary Rivers Rock starring The Accomplices on May 9 from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Moon River Brewing Company, 21 West Bay Street.  Tickets are priced affordably with all proceeds going to support the work of Ogeechee Riverkeeper, a 501(c) 3 non- profit organization. This event is part of the celebrations around Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s 10 exciting years of advocating and looking out for an important part of Coastal Georgia’s most beloved natural resources.  Sponsorships for the event are available and offer a range of benefits including company branding on event materials and the Ogeechee Riverkeeper website.  For more information about Rivers Rock, sponsorship opportunities and to buy tickets visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org or call (866) 942-6222.   

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Coastal Center for Developmental Services is sponsoring "Play for a Purpose" on May 16 to benefit Community Employment Services, a critical component of CCDS, which has carved out more than 200 jobs in the community for people who have intellectual disabilities.
To learn more and register as a player or a sponsor, visit http://www.ccds-sav.org/media/2015%20Golf/2015%20CCDS%20Golf%20Tournament%20Information%20Sheet_web.pdf

(SAVANNAH, GA) Angela Canfield, DDS of Sandfly Family Dental, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Canfield Mouth Shield Program. Local organizations may apply to win custom fit mouth guards in personalized colors for their entire team. Last year, Dr. Canfield donated maroon and white mouth guards to the Benedictine Military School football team, a donation totaling over $9,000 worth of protection equipment. For more information, visit

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Enmark Stations Announces Full-Service Fridays to Benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

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Enmark Stations Announces Full-Service Fridays to Benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations will hold Full-Service Fridays across Ga., SC and NC to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing out coupons in hopes of collecting donations for LLS’ 2015 Light the Night event. Local radio stations will be broadcasting at each event. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available and donors will be entered to win Enmark cash cards and other prizes.

Below is a list of scheduled Full-Service Fridays:
May 1: The Enmark Store located at 1283 Highway 21 South in Springfield, GA
May 8: The Enmark Store located at 2580 Hendersonville Rd. in Arden, NC
May 15: The Enmark Store located at 311 E. 5th Street in Tifton, GA
May 22: The Enmark Store located at 501 Island West Park in Bluffton, SC

Enmark Stations, Inc. has also made a commitment to once again sell paper icons in all 64 of its retail stores in support of LLS. The paper icons, which can be personalized with the donor’s name, can be purchased for $1 and will be displayed on surfaces inside the Enmark stations. The paper icons will be sold from Friday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 31.

The company has set an aggressive goal to raise $83,706 in support of LLS’ mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families. This is a 10% increase over the $76,097 they raised in this same campaign last year.

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is an organization that is very dear to me,” said Houstoun Demere, VP/General Manager of Enmark. “I lost my mother to leukemia when I was 6 and my sister was 8. It is in her memory and in support of all of those currently fighting leukemia and lymphoma that Enmark is proud to support LLS’ Light The Night Walk annually.”

Savannah’s Light The Night Walk will take place on Friday, October 16 in Forsyth Park. During the event, walkers carry an illuminated balloon along the 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. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org /ga or call 912-436-3280.

About The Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Trish Greene Back to School program for children with cancer as well as financial assistance programs which last year provided over $1.45 million to patients statewide. Currently, the Georgia Chapter funds $2.75 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. There were approximately 4,070 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2011. For more information on the Georgia chapter of LLS, please call 800-399-7312 or 404-720-7900 or visit www.lls.org/ga .

ABOUT ENMARK STATIONS
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc. is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 64 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina that offer high quality and competitively priced gasoline, food and beverages, lottery services and more. Enmark’s gasoline is filtered through a trademarked Double Filtered System, resulting in gasoline and diesel that is clean and 100-percent water-free. Enmark customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using an Enmark Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. For more information on Enmark Stations, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 
or visit www.enmarkenjoy.com .

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmark Stations
MClements@enmarkstations.com

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

Rally Against Palmetto Pipeline Scheduled Saturday, April 18 at Noon

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Rally Against Palmetto Pipeline Scheduled Saturday, April 18 at Noon

(SAVANNAH, GA) Citizens in Savannah are up at arms against the new Palmetto pipeline that is slated to cut through residential and coastal areas. A rally is scheduled for Saturday, April 18. Participants are asked to meet at the Forsyth Park Fountain at noon.

Savannah residents were asked by the Facebook group Push Back the Pipeline and Ogeechee and Savannah Riverkeepers to join together to voice their displeasure at the proposed pipeline and the Georgia Department ​of Transportation (GDOT)’s handling of this process.

Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, plans to build the buried pipeline to transport gasoline, ethanol and diesel from the Gulf Coast to the South East. The company applied to the GDOT for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which if approved, will authorize it to condemn property from private citizens and cannot be appealed. Time is running out on the 90-day period to fight the application and after the GDOT public hearing on Tuesday, April 21, it will be too late for Savannah citizens to voice their issues.

Top Five Reasons Why Savannah is Rallying Against the Texan Pipeline:

• Big Oil Monopoly = Higher prices at the pump.
• 250 Georgia jobs lost to Texas.
• Private Property will be Taken – Eminent Domain.
• Pipeline would endanger our rivers, marshes and wetlands.
• Texan pipeline is not earthquake proof; Savannah and Coastal Georgia run along a fault line and are exposed to seismic risk.

For more information on the rally, visit https://www.facebook.com/pushbackthepipeline?fref=ts .

RALLY ORGANIZER: 
KC Allan
Push Back the Pipeline
pushbackpalmetto@gmail.com

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Project Coordinator Hired for the Push Back the Pipeline Initiative

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Project Coordinator Hired for the Push Back the Pipeline Initiative

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Ogeechee Riverkeeper announces that KC Allan has been hired as the project coordinator for the initiative to stop the Palmetto Pipeline from being built. Allan will be responsible for coordinating and supporting regional stakeholders affected by the proposed Palmetto Products Pipeline project by Texas-based Kinder Morgan.

Allan has previously acted as an outside consultant representing the Savannah Tree Foundation, Center For A Sustainable Coast and the Ogeechee Riverkeeper.

“I plan to focus on coalition-building between property owners facing dispossession through eminent domain, local business owners at risk of monopolistic practices and conservation groups representing the Georgia’s 5 watersheds, its public parks and the nature preserves impacted,” said Allan.

Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America which owns an interest in or operates approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals, plans to build a pipeline to transport gasoline, ethanol and diesel from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast. The project will cost 1 billion dollars, and will run 4 feet underground along the Savannah River and many other environmentally sensitive areas. The company applied on Feb. 13 to the Georgia Department of Transportation for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which if approved, will authorize it to condemn property from private citizens. The deadline for public comments expires April 31st.

For more information on the Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s fight against this proposed pipeline, visit https://www.facebook.com/pushbackthepipeline?fref=ts .

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KC Allen, The Ogeechee Riverkeeper 

ABOUT THE OGEECHEE RIVERKEEPER
A 501c3 nonprofit since 2004, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect, preserve and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee River basin. In pursuit of these goals, the group strives to amplify the voices of concerned citizens and to strengthen their efforts to protect rivers and communities. By raising awareness and aggressively responding to critical issues with the commitment and support of this dedicated citizen network, Ogeechee Riverkeeeper is an advocate for the Ogeechee River basin and its people. For more information, visit http://ogeecheeriverkeeper.org

Contact:
KC Allan
Push Back the Pipeline
pushbackpalmetto@gmail.com

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Mother Daughter Derby Day Chari-TEA to Raise Funds for Local Children’s Hospital

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Mother Daughter Derby Day Chari-TEA to Raise Funds for Local Children’s Hospital

(SAVANNAH, GA) Matilda Jane Clothing is pleased to announce the inaugural Derby Day Mother Daughter Chari-TEA to be held on Saturday, May 2 at the Savannah Golf Club. Drinks and refreshments will be served from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting The Next Generation. Keeping in the tradition of Derby Day, guests are invited to wear their favorite hats.

The Next Generation is a volunteer organization founded to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. The Next Generation’s mission is to foster a positive healthcare experience for children and to further educate parents on children’s healthcare matters through fundraising, volunteer service and educational outreach.

“I wanted to invite mothers and grandmothers and little girls to join me and my daughters for tea,” said Robyn Shirley, Matilda Jane Clothing’s Independent Trunk Keeper and a Team Leader for the Southeast, “I love meeting other families in town and I feel like opening up Matilda Jane’s trunk is the perfect way to honor all Mothers.”

During the Chari-TEA, a trunk full of clothes and fun hats will be available for guests to dress up in and take snapshots at a Matilda Jane photo area. Professional photos will also be available the next day. To purchase a ticket, contact Cecilia Russo at 912.665.0005 or info@crussomarketing.com.

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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. 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. 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

MORE INFORMATION ON THE NEXT GENERATION
The Next Generation strives to brighten the everyday lives of children and their families during their stay at The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. The organization seeks to create a warm and cheering atmosphere in the hospital to bring comfort to sick children and their families during such a difficult time. Their mission is pursued by providing 100% of our net funds raised through events and corporate and member contributions to support The Children’s Hospital’s equipment needs, services, and programs. The Next Generation is dedicated not only to fundraising, but to volunteer service and meeting the community’s pediatric educational needs.

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