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December 2015

Savannah Dermatologist Presents Donations to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology held a holiday donation drive through Monday, December 21, in an effort to collect much needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. Dr. Howington and her daughters presented the items collected to Bill Sorochak.

“Having been blessed with a healthy family, I can only imagine what the residents must be facing,” said Dr. Howington. “The holiday season is such a time for giving, and I am so thankful to my patients and our community who came together to help us spread some cheer to these deserving families.”

Donation items included: disinfectant wipes; individually wrapped snacks; paper plates and bowls; plastic utensils; toilet bowl cleaner; windex; white wash cloths; dreft Laundry detergent; the Free and Clear Laundry HE detergents; 60 watt light bulbs; and measuring cups.

“We aim to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at one of the local hospitals,” said Bill Sorochak, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire’s Executive Director. “The items that Dr. Howington collected will help us support the thirteen bedroom house we run.”

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates on a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit

Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit

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Mason Howington, Dr. Corinne Howington and Meg Howington (kneeling) drop off donated items to Bill Sorochak at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Mason Howington, Dr. Corinne Howington and Meg Howington (kneeling) drop off donated items to Bill Sorochak at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Savannah Jaycees Present Check and Toy Donations to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

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Savannah Jaycees Present Check and Toy Donations to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

(SAVANNAH, GA) Members of the Savannah Jaycees presented $200 and a box full of toys to Staff Sergeant Riddle, the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Coordinator. The donations were collected at the Jaycees’ annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the Bryan, Chatham and Effingham Counties in Georgia, and Beaufort and Jasper Counties in South Carolina.

Staff Sergeant Riddle, U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Coordinator, said, “I am extremely honored the Jaycees have chosen the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots as the recipient of their annual holiday charity event. It means a great deal to our staff and all involved that the Jaycees have stepped up to help us.”

“We are all very grateful at the community support we received at our party. These donations will go to children who deserve a little Christmas cheer this time of the year,” said Cheryl Lawrence, president-elect of the Savannah Jaycees. “I hope this can serve as another example of who the Savannah Jaycees are, what our mission is and what work we strive to do in the the Savannah community.”

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit

(LEFT to RIGHT) SSt. Riddle, Marine Toys for Tots; Lauren Matthews, Cheryl Lawrence and Will Gruver, with the Savannah Jaycees

(LEFT to RIGHT) SSt. Riddle, Marine Toys for Tots; Lauren Matthews, Cheryl Lawrence and Will Gruver, with the Savannah Jaycees

Toy Donation from Savannah Jaycees

Toy Donation from Savannah Jaycees

The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit or

Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member

Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company, Opens in Savannah

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton are pleased to announce the opening of the Dewitt Tilton Group in Savannah, Ga. The commercial construction firm, located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, Ga 31404, manages every aspect of a project, from pre-construction to the final walk through.

With over 50 years of combined experience in the Coastal Georgia building industry, Dewitt and Tilton use only highly reputable, local contractors. Their hands-on approach also guarantees a much smoother construction process, generating savings on materials and labor, and delivering a quality product backed by proven builders.

“Each project requires individual attention to a client’s needs, budget and timeline,” said Tilton. “We intend to provide the highest level of service and the most cost effective solutions each and every time.”

Dewitt and Tilton are both Savannah natives and alumni of Benedictine Military School.

After high school, Dewitt received his BBA in Real Estate from the University of Georgia. He is also President of Dewitt, Cook & Associates, a full-service appraisal firm actively engaged in real estate valuation and consulting assignments. Dewitt is a certified appraiser in Ga. and S.C. and currently is a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors.

Tilton, a Georgia and South Carolina licensed commercial contractor, graduated with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a BS degree in the field of Building Construction. After many years of experience with large construction firms outside the area, Tilton is pleased to return to Savannah with his family.

Dewitt said, “We are honored to be working and supporting the commercial industry and the Savannah community, which has been extremely generous to us over the years.”

For more information on the Dewitt Tilton Group, call 912.777.3404 or visit

The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit

Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR

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Savannah Mall Featured Live Holiday Performance from Local Dance Group

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Mall welcomed performers from the Sankofa Center for the Arts. The one time holiday performance, Let There Be Peace on Earth, was free and open to the public.

“We were thrilled to offer this gift to the community during this hectic time of year,” said Savannah Mall General Manager Phil McConnell. “These talented performers offered a holiday wish for harmony through dance and music to our mall customers.”

The performance took place at Savannah Mall’s upper level in Dillard’s Court. At the event, donations were collected for Toys for Tots and the Sankofa Center Wish List.

Since June 2013, Sankofa Center for the Arts has been offering the Savannah area a wide variety of dance and movement classes taught by professional and experienced dancers for every age group and level. They include African, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Liturgical, Zumba, Yoga, and Seniors’ Fitness.

Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-A, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café, American Deli and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery, the Nuts About Savannah and Dough Boys. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit Find the Savannah Mall on Twitter at at @savannahmall.

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR

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By | Local NewsWIRE, Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

(SAVANNAH, GA) is a new tradition during the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic. The object of the game is to throw a puck onto the ice from the stands and try to get your puck as close to the on-ice targets as possible. Contestants will have an opportunity to participate between the 2nd and 3rd periods of the 8:30 p.m. game on Friday, January 15 and the 8:30 p.m. game on Saturday, January 16. Volunteers are needed to help sell pucks during the games. Proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association’s Kiss-A-Pig campaign. For more information or to volunteer, contact the KAP campaign chair, Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group at

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Teens In Trouble: Raising Awareness For Youth Homelessness

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By Linda Hilts

Together, the words youth and homeless may seem out of place to you. But did you know that every year in the United States there is an estimated 1.8 – 2.1 million homeless children living on the streets.

Homeless youth are children under the age of eighteen who lack parental, foster, or other care services. The number continues to rise and the lower end of the age range continues to drop each year. Children as young as eleven are now living on the streets.

For most of us, it’s unfathomable how this could happen but the causes are deep-rooted, multilayered and extremely complicated. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a large number of homeless children interviewed reported that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and did not care.

The reasons for escaping a traumatic home life include physical and mental abuse, economic problems, and overall neglect. In addition, many homeless children suffer from depression, substance abuse and anxiety disorders. As you might imagine, these young people are susceptible to teen pregnancy and criminal activity, leading to a continual cycle of abuse.

The Savannah area is not immune to the cycle of homelessness. In Chatham County, 54% of homeless are men, 28% female, 10% female youth, and 8% male youth.

Approximately 125 to 150 youth (residential and non-residential) are served each year through Park Place Outreach. The capacity of the shelter is 12 at any given time, with four beds reserved to guarantee that no child in need of emergency shelter is ever turned away. Park Place Outreach also provides comprehensive outreach services designed to prevent incidents of running away and homelessness. Through these outreach efforts, Park Place Outreach reaches approximately 2,600 youth each year.

Since opening in 1984, PPO has served over 6,200 youth. Last year, in 2014, Park Place Outreach provided shelter for 84 residents, 41 non – residential clients, 41 non-residential families and served 6,298 meals plus two snacks per day.

The ultimate goal for Park Place Outreach and most youth shelters across the country is to provide a safe and loving environment with hopes of reunifying families.

According to the First Focus Campaign for Children, the number of homeless students in the U.S. increased by 8% in the school year 2014-15 from the previous academic period. And here at home, these numbers are also rising. Savannah Chatham Public School System reported that there were 975 students experiencing homelessness in the 2013-14 academic year.

Recall for yourself how difficult it was surviving the middle and high school years. Add to that the struggles of being abandoned by your parents or running away from home and you have a recipe for complete despair. Most young people want to blend in and look like everyone else around them, causing as little attention to themselves as possible. This desire to mask their reality makes it even more difficult for schools to identify homeless students.

Public schools are required to ensure homeless students have access to a free public education. Fortunately, students are allowed to stay in their “home” school and transportation must be provided to that school. But this transportation cost quickly consumes most of the funding set aside for youth homelessness. Federal funding is based on the number of students identified as homeless which makes it critical to know how many students are living on the streets or in shelters.

Organizations such as Park Place Outreach play a vital role in filling the gap for services needed for these troubled teens and children. The local shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a primary goal of supporting children in need.

In 2014, the National Runaway Safeline reported 130 inbound and 71 outbound calls for the 912 area code. This is a community-wide epidemic that is not going away easily. And if not supported, these young people will become part of the adult homeless population and another statistical representation of this destructive cycle affecting families. Support and education are the two primary tools we can use in the fight against homelessness. To learn more about youth homeless or how you can help make a difference here at home, visit

Linda K. Hilts is the Executive Director at Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Hilts can be reached at 912-234-4048.

Linda Hilts, Executive Director

Savannah Youth Emergency Shelter Benefits From Boy Scouts Fundraiser

By | Local NewsWIRE, Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter was presented a $11,941 check from the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday, December 15. The donation is a portion of the monies raised during the Boy Scouts’ 2nd annual “Over the Edge” fundraiser.

The annual scouting event is open to anyone who is willing to rappel eleven stories from the Manger Building in Historic Downtown Savannah. This year’s rappelling took place on Halloween and all funds raised directly support the local Boy Scouts inner city scouting program and other area non-profits such as the youth shelter.

Park Place Outreach operates the only youth shelter in Savannah and Chatham County. The 12 bed shelter is open year round, 24 hours a day and is free of charge for young people in need.

“We are so fortunate to have meaningful partnerships with area organizations such as the Boy Scouts,” said Linda Hilts, Park Place Outreach’s Executive Director. “This donation directly supports young boys and girls in need and at risk here at home.”

CAPTION: (LEFT to RIGHT) Linda Hilts, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach; Jack Levine, Board President of Park Place Outreach; Tom Cardiff, Scout Executive of Coastal Georgia Council.

CAPTION: (LEFT to RIGHT) Linda Hilts, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach; Jack Levine, Board President of Park Place Outreach; Tom Cardiff, Scout Executive of Coastal Georgia Council.

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook.

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Linda Hilts, Executive Director
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Mall is pleased to welcome performers from the Sankofa Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 19 at 3 p.m.  The one time holiday performance, ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth’, is free and open to the public.  The performance takes place at Savannah Mall’s upper level in Dillard’s Court.  At the event, donations may be made with proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots and the Sankofa Center Wish List. For more information, visit


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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bowen Law Group is pleased to announce that Stacy Weimer has joined the business law firm as office manager. Weimer will be responsible for maintaining and balancing the operating and trust bank accounts, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and other various clerical functions. For more information, visit


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(SAVANNAH, GA) How common is Down syndrome? Down syndrome occurs in about 1 in 830 newborns. An estimated 250,000 people in the United States have this condition. For more information, visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bowen Law Group is pleased to announce the addition of Cheryl Lawrence to their Savannah legal team. As a legal assistant, Lawrence provides support on a variety of case files, including legal research, drafting, and trial preparation. For more information, visit


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s SCORE is offering FREE webinars for small businesses. On Thursday, December 17th from 1 to 2 pm, the webinar will feature, “How To Become Your Own Boss.” Learn more and register:


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce that Néstor Torres has been promoted to Senior Director of Manufacturing. Torres joined Goodwill as Director of Donated Goods in June having previously served as Director of Logistics for Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia in Richmond, VA. For more information, visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce that Alex Vasquez has joined the organization as Senior Director of Business Services. Vasquez previously served as Manager of Organizational Development at the Horizon Goodwill in Hagerstown, MD and as Vice President of Retail Operations at the Goodwill of South Central Virginia in Danville, VA. For more information, visit


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SAVANNAH, GA) HOLD THE DATE for THE 2016 STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CHATHAM COUNTY on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to the Small Business Community in Savannah. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive. For more information call SCORE at (912) 652-4335


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) District announces that entrepreneur and technology expert Howard Morrison will speak on Thursday, January 21 at Woodville-Tomkins High School, in the Passport to Excellence Lecture Series. His company just made Oprah’s List! The free lecture series features presentations from accomplished individuals who previously attended or graduated from SCCPSS, sharing their unique career journeys and the insights they have learned about success and how to achieve it. For more information and to RSVP, visit


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy your $25 wreath at the Savannah Mall during the annual Wreath Festival on December 16 through December 19. Proceeds benefit the Savannah Sankofa youth organization for boys, a nonprofit that works with at-risk, economically disadvantaged teens (ages 10-18).


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology is holding a holiday donation drive through Monday, December 21, in an effort to collect much needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Low Country Dermatology office, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 12A. For more information, visit,


(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Maritime Community Leaders Ben Goldberg, JIT Warehousing and Logistics; Larry Hearn, Savannah River Logistics and Billy Robinson, Port City Logistics, presented a $1,000 donation to Executive Director, Bill Sorochak, staff and board members at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire on Monday, November 23. For more information, please visit:


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce their annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party will be held on Saturday, December 19 at 7 p.m. on the third floor of Ampersand, located at 36 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10, which includes light hors d’oeuvres. If guests bring a donation for the toy-drive, the ticket price is $5. For more information, visit


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(SAVANNAH, GA) The next Sandfly Women Business Owners’ Coalition Meeting will on Thursday, January 14. The group plans on meeting at the Savannah Power Yoga studio at 7 a.m. and then walking over to the Second Harvest Bread Company for business discussions after the yoga session. Please RSVP to Cynthia Wright at


(ISLE OF HOPE, GA) Attention Sandfly Business owners, The Isle of Hope K8 School would like you to participate in a Parent Resource Center Open House on January 12, 2016 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Media Center. The school would like to promote the Sandfly businesses and build partnerships with them. For more info contact Amber Crump the Parent Involvement Facilitator, Isle of Hope K8 School at 912-395-6554 or


(SAVANNAH, GA) DID YOU KNOW: Franklin Square was laid out in 1790. Originally it was called Water Tank Square because the city’s water supply was stored in a huge tank there. Later the square was renamed Franklin Square after Benjamin Franklin, agent for the colony in London. Mr. Franklin sent seeds of the Chinese tallow tree to Noble Jones in Georgia, with a note saying he hoped they’d flourish. Indeed, they did. It grows wild with leaves like Chinese lanterns and “popcorn” seedpods. A new Savannah Guidebook written by Polly Cooper and Laura Lawton is now in stores. It is the most comprehensive guide for shopping and entertainment and retails for just $16. The book is available all over Savannah in bookstores, house museums, gift shops, visitor center and Barnes & Noble. You may also order by calling 912-308-0063.


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF), a nonprofit historic preservation organization, recently announced the appointment of new officers and trustees, each of whom were selected for their leadership roles within the community.  Elected were: Chairman: Jeffrey S. Eley; Vice Chair: Brian Felder, Felder & Associates, LLC; Secretary: Sarah Lamar; Treasurer: Susan Clifford; and Parliamentarian: Gregori S. Anderson. For more information, visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros is looking to expand their team. If you, or someone you know, is experienced in installing and maintaining digital and IP telephone systems (primarily Toshiba systems), submit your resume today. To apply go to


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Emergent Savannah presents “Speaking of Savannah,” Dec 14 at 7 pm at the Sentient Bean. For more information visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia is seeking Youth Hero Nominations for the 2016 Youth Hero Volunteer Service Awards. Nominations will be accepted from any non-profit organization, school, team, religious organization, etc. Eligible youth must be enrolled in 6th-12th grade in a public, private or home school during the 2015-2016 school year. To nominate a youth or for more information visit Deadline to nominate a deserving youth is December 31, 2015.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket is now accepting speaking nominations for the 2016 Encourage Health Educational Series. This marks the third year for the health-focused series, which features speakers on nutrition, fitness and tips for living a healthy life. For more information, visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) On Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, Union Mission will host a holiday feast to share a meal as well as items such as socks, blankets, and coats with the homeless and hungry of Savannah. The Christmas Day meal will be served at Union Mission’s Grace House, located on 120 Fahm Street. The meal will be provided at no cost and will be served between 12:00pm and 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. To help Union Mission serve the homeless and hungry of Savannah, donate online at or call (912) 236-7423.


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Support the Truman Linear Park Trail! There’s still time to review the project details and make comments. Information on the project is now available at:  The simplest way to submit comments is via email, . Please make sure the subject line references PI 0007631. Also, please include your full name and home address in the email. Comments must be made to the to the Georgia Department of Transportation by Monday, Dec. 14.


(ISLE OF HOPE, GA) COME CELEBRATE IOH Christmas. There will be a tree lighting, food to eat, and a chance to enjoy the community.  There is a “decorate your golf cart in the holiday spirit” contest; register to be voted ‘most decorative’ in support of the new playground. This event will be at the Isle of Hope park on Thursday, December 17 from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Wendy Lanier for more info at 912- 660-4419


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WORKSHOP: Empowering You to Communicate Effectively

By | Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

Empowering You to Communicate Effectively

Frank J. Mendelson, Instructor

Date: Tuesday, 01/26/2016

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, Ga.

Cost: $75/$70 (Corporate Rate – 4 or more from the same firm)


Designed for business leaders and HR practitioners and submitted for SHRM and HRCI credit, this 2-hour workshop will examine effective communication that occurs in personal interaction, online, in print and in public speaking/presentations. Success or failure in a professional setting, particularly one as interactive as human resources, often hinges on an understanding and application of effective communication techniques. These skills grow with discipline and practice.

Frank J. Mendelson
PO Box 10024 | Savanah, Georgia 31412
(912) 289-7921

The need for effective communications in the workplace is one that never diminishes, but as your proficiency grows, it becomes integrated in the culture of the organization — it’s the way we do business.

Audience: Students, business owners, employees, Human Resource personnel and other business professionals.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will understand and apply: the success factors common to all
communications, the concept “ownership of outcomes” in effective communication and the 3 primary elements of a successful communication (content, organization and presentation).

Enmarket Presents $10,000 to Local Nonprofit Organizations during 2015 Encourage Health Series

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket is pleased to announce the convenience store chain donated $10,000 to four area nonprofit organizations in its 2015 Encourage Health Educational Series. The company, which was founded in 1963 as Interstate Stations, then rebranded as “Enmark” in 1983 and most recently as “enmarket” in 2015 to reflect their fresh and healthy food options, presented the series of four lectures along with Healthy Savannah, Chatham Area Transit, Sandfly Family Dental, Stevens Hale and Associates, Pediatric Associates of Savannah and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

“We are pleased to be part of helping Savannah become a healthier community and that begins with education. The Encourage Health series is specifically geared to educate the public about how to live healthier lives. Thanks to our co-sponsors, all of the sessions and healthy lunches were free this year. This really boosted attendance which helps with our end goal- to increase community awareness of living a healthier life,” said Matt Clements, director of marketing at enmarket. ”The 2015 series featured presentations from some of our area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. This is a win-win for those nonprofits receiving the grant money and for the community.”

In February, Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) was selected as the first nonprofit organization to be awarded the first of the 2015 series’ $2,000 grants. The mission of COPE is to combat childhood obesity with a threefold approach – nutrition education, fitness and behavioral health. The event also featured a presentation by Nathan Mikesha, BS nutrition, CPT, CWC; and Courtney Peterson, a certified health education specialist and wellness coach at Ourlife Health. They spoke on “Five Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity.”

At the second event in April, the $2,000 Encourage Health grant went to GA Bikes! The Savannah-based nonprofit organization works to promote bicycling for fitness, fun, and transportation and strives to help improve bicycling conditions throughout the state. The lecture featured Drew McKenzie speaking on the topic, “Crossfit, Why and How It Works in Weight Loss.” McKenzie holds a master’s degree in exercise science and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also an adjunct professor for Health Sciences at Armstrong University and the owner/operator of Crossfit Hyperformance.

In August, a $2,000 grant donation was presented to the Effingham County Navigator Team, a not-for-profit support group and recreational program for children with special needs and different abilities. The theme of this event was, “How to Train for a 5K,” presented by Chris Ramsey of Fleet Feet Savannah, in memory of Robert Espinoza.

The final lecture in the series benefitted the Forsyth Farmer’s Market with a $2,000 grant and featured a presentation on the topic of “10 Yoga Tips to Turn Your Day from Hectic to Heavenly,” by Kelley J. Boyd, E-RYT500, a yoga teacher and owner of the Savannah Yoga Center. The Forsyth Farmer’s Market strives to envision a sustainable, local food system that promotes the health of individuals, farmers and the community.

Ultimately, each chosen nonprofit organization was eligible to win a grand prize. Each was given a scannable bar code that could be used by patrons throughout the year with the enmarket mobile app to rack up points at any of the company’s 64 stores. During the final lecture in October, enmarket announced that Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) had received the most scans and presented a check for $2,000 to Sandy Baker, the organization’s founding executive director.

The 2015 enmarket Encourage Health Education Series was sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Chatham Area Transit, Sandfly Family Dental, Stevens Hale and Associates, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Pediatric Associates of Savannah, WJCL, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

Enmarket’s 2015 premier series of wellness lectures was sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Chatham Area Transit, Sandfly Family Dental, Stevens Hale and Associates, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Pediatric Associates of Savannah, WJCL, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9. The series featured four presentations throughout the year, from the area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501c3 nonprofit organizations were awarded a $2,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and were allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series. For more information, visit

Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Forbes lists enmarket’s parent company, Colonial Group as number 164 on America’s Largest Family Owned Companies. The Savannah Chamber of Commerce honored enmarket with the Gulfstream Community Involvement Award, recognizing the company’s dedication to helping and supporting the community as a whole.

Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Most stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, and all stores offer high quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions, and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 or visit

Matt Clements
Director of Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.

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