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December 2015

Live Holiday Performance at Savannah Mall on December 19

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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.

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

The performance takes place at Savannah Mall’s upper level in Dillard’s Court. At the event, donations may be made with proceeds benefitting 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.

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
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 borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com. Find the Savannah Mall on Twitter at at @savannahmall.

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Phil McConnell, General Manager - Savannah Mall

Phil McConnell, General Manager – Savannah Mall

Savannah Entrepreneur Howard Morrison to Speak in Passport to Excellence Lecture Series on January 21

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Savannah Entrepreneur Howard Morrison to Speak in Passport to Excellence Lecture Series on January 21

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) District announces that entrepreneur and technology pioneer, Howard Morrison will speak on Thursday, January 21 at Woodville-Tompkins High School, in the Passport to Excellence Lecture Series. Morrison is the third and final presenter in the 2015-2016 inaugural series.

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.

Although a graduate of Yale University, Morrison attributes much of the credit for his successes to the educational start he received through the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS). He attended Massie School, now Massie Heritage Center, from the second grade to the sixth grade, and will speak on those formative years and how they helped shape his career.

“When I was a student at Massie School, I learned to develop a curiosity for so many things,” said Morrison. “Curiosity is a wonderful thing and something I wish every child could have.”

The Savannah native has devoted a lifetime of service advocating educational and entrepreneurial related initiatives. After spending much of his career years in the Atlanta area, he retired from banking in 1996 and returned to his hometown where he has since added another career’s worth of accomplishments to his biography. To name a few, he established the organization that evolved into the Creative Coast Alliance and helped organized the Savannah Fund for Excellence in Public Education, which was subsequently merged into the ALL Foundation.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Morrison graduated from Yale University and embarked on a banking career that spanned nearly 30 years. Along the way, he helped develop the C&S Bank’s (now Bank of America’s) High Technology Banking Group and Atlanta’s high technology business community. In 1995, Morrison was inducted into the Georgia High Technology Hall of Fame. In 2003, the Coastal Business, Education & Technology Alliance established an Outstanding Leadership Award in Morrison’s name and honored him as the inaugural recipient. The Georgia Tech Alumni Association named him an Honorary Alumnus for 2004. In 2009, the Junior Achievement of Georgia (Savannah) inducted Morrison into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame. In 2011, he received Savannah Technical College’s Opportunity Award.

Morrison’s latest entrepreneurial endeavor is Verdant Kitchen, which recently made Opera’s “favorite things” list in 2015. The gourmet health and wellness company sells products made from ginger and turmeric grown at his Lebanon Plantation in West Chatham County.

Morrison, who will be the third presenter in the series, will speak on Thursday, January 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School, 50 Market St, Savannah, GA, 31408. Previous presenters in the series were movie producer Stratton Leopold and WTOC-TV new anchor Dawn Baker.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to attend. To RSVP, please contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com. The Passport to Excellence Series is sponsored by JCB North America, AT&T, 24E, Healthy Savannah, Carriage Trade PR and Cecilia Russo Marketing. For more information, visit http://www.passport2excellence.com/

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MORE ON THE PASSPORT TO EXCELLENCE SERIES:
In partnership with Carriage Trade PR and Cecilia Russo Marketing, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS)’s inaugural series, which began in Aug. 2015, features presentations from accomplished individuals who previously attended or graduated from SCCPSS. Attendees can hear inspirational stories and learn how the foundation of their success began right here in Savannah’s public school system. The presentations are free and open to the public, but reservations are required to attend. The Passport to Excellence Series is sponsored by JCB North America, AT&T, 24E, Healthy Savannah, Carriage Trade PR and Cecilia Russo Marketing. For more information, visit http://www.passport2excellence.com/

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Savannah’s Newest McDonald’s Announces “Finding Happiness Around Sandfly” Scavenger Hunt

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah area’s newest McDonald’s at 1941 E. Montgomery Cross Road announces a “Finding Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 12.

The rules, directions and hints will be revealed at 10 a.m. at https://mylocalmcds.com/1941-montgomery/ for participants to find “Happy Meal” boxes hidden at secret locations in Sandfly and surrounding areas. Anyone who finds a box is encouraged to bring it to the Montgomery Crossroads McDonald’s to redeem prizes, each valuing over $100 from local Savannah vendors such as Savannah Power Yoga, Harvest Bread Company, Levy Jewelers, Cotton Sail Hotel, Globe Shoe Company, Byrd Cookie Company and gas cards from Enmark and Parkers.

The scavenger hunt is one of several events launched to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening. The first 100 customers who walked through the doors when the store opened on Tuesday, November 24 received free Big Macs for a year. Owner Nina Gompels also announced that she and her staff would be hosting a number of community nights for local organizations. This McDonald’s is NTG’s sixth location to open in the Savannah area.

For more information on the new store or grand opening opportunities, visit https://mylocalmcds.com/1941-montgomery/.

MORE INFORMATION ON NINA GOMPELS and NTG ENTERPRISES
Nina Gompels is the president for NTG Enterprises, which owns six Savannah area McDonald’s restaurants. The restaurant’s hours are 5:30 a.m. (lobby opens at 6 a.m.) until 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the Sandfly McDonald’s at 1941 E. Montgomery Cross Road, Savannah, GA, 31406, online at https://mylocalmcds.com/1941-montgomery/ or call 912-692-0021. Follow NTG Enterprises on Twitter at @McD_Savannah

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Savannah Law Firm, The Bowen Law Group Adds Legal Assistant

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(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.

Lawrence is currently a third year law student at Savannah Law School where she is also Associate Editor of the school’s Law Review and a member of the Mock Trial Competition Team. Prior to joining The Bowen Law Group, she completed an internship for the in-house legal department of Navios, a Greek shipping company. She also has three years of paralegal experience at Spiva Law Group and successfully completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Judge Morse, Chatham County Superior Court.

“We are thrilled to have Cheryl join our law firm,” said Charles Bowen, Founding Partner. “Her enthusiasm and fresh perspective combined with her varied legal experience makes her a wonderful addition to our collaborative group of professionals.”

A Savannah resident since 2011, Lawrence is involved in a variety of civic and professional organizations. She is the 2016 President-Elect for the Savannah Jaycees, a member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, and a member of the American Association of Justice. Lawrence studied exercise science at Marquette University and received a BA in law from Penn State.

“I like being able to work on entertainment, corporate and business legal issues. My previous experience was focused mostly on personal injury and litigation,” said Lawrence. “I am excited to be working at a forward-thinking firm committed to personalized service to each client.”

Lawrence is originally from Phelps, WI; although, she has lived throughout the United States including Tacoma, WA, Columbia, SC and Killeen, TX. Her husband, Fredric Lawrence is retired from the Army, after serving 20 years. They have a daughter, Kayden Lawrence, who is nine years old.

Cheryl Lawrence, The Bowen Law Group

Cheryl Lawrence, The Bowen Law Group

MORE INFORMATION ON THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law since 1995. Bowen has his mediation certification by the Georgia Supreme Court as both a General Civil Mediator and a Domestic Relations Mediator. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Georgia Bar. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com.

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Savannah Mall’s Caring Santa Meets with Children with Sensory Concerns

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Children with autism and similar sensory concerns got a chance to meet with a “Caring Santa” at the Savannah Mall. The holiday event provided an atmosphere free from the usual bright lighting, high-energy music and over-stimulating mall surroundings that prevent an enjoyable visit with Santa.

“All children deserve to have special time with Santa,” said Savannah Mall General Manager Phil McConnell. “The holidays are a time for making memories and magic, and this is one small gesture from Savannah Mall toward that goal.”

Each child received a 5×7 photo commemorating his or her special visit with Santa. Savannah Mall was pleased to provide this holiday treat at no charge to children with special abilities. If you have any questions or need more information, please call 912-927-9663.

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ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
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 borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com

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Carriage Trade PR
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912.844.9990

 

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Promotes Néstor Torres
 Manufacturing Executive Promoted to Run and Grow Non-profit’s Manufacturing Contracts

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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. Mr. Torres joined Goodwill in June as Director of Donated Goods. Prior to that, he served as Director of Logistics for Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia in Richmond, VA for seven years. In addition to his previous Goodwill experience, Mr. Torres brings over 30 years’ experience in of manufacturing, supply chain, plant management, warehousing, and quality assurance to Goodwill of the Coastal Empire.

As a social enterprise, Goodwill operates businesses to support its mission of helping people with disabilities and other barriers become employed and reach their highest level of self-sufficiency. Mr. Torres will be responsible for the growth and strategic direction of Goodwill’s manufacturing contracts.

Through those contracts, Goodwill provides packaging, kitting, and aviation manufacturing to its clients. Like Goodwill’s well-known retail operation, these contracts provide funding for the non-profit’s job training and career development programs, as well as work experience and permanent employment opportunities for the individuals Goodwill serves through those programs.

“The reason that I came to Goodwill was because of the organization’s mission. I love when people ask me what I do for a living and I answer, ‘I change lives.’ It does not get better than that,” said Mr. Torres.

Michael J. Winckler, President and CEO of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire said, “Nestor’s unique combination of Goodwill experience and deep understanding of manufacturing is invaluable to our ability to serve our current customers well and provide services to more businesses in our area.”

Mr. Torres holds an Associate’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and playing golf.

Nestor Torres

Nestor Torres

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a highly diversified 501 ©(3) operating retail, manufacturing, facilities management, and other business services while employing over 850 individuals. Goodwill’s mission is to assist individuals with challenges and barriers to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency through the power of work. In 2014, Goodwill provided job training and career development services to 9,885 people and placed 2,421 into competitive employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina and operates 17 retail locations, 35 business services contracts, and five Job Connection Centers. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook at Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter at @SavGoodwill.

CONTACT:
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Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

ethornhill@goodwillsavannah.org
912.433.1196

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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, December 7, 2015

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McDONALD’S

(SAVANNAH, GA) The McDonald’s on Montgomery Cross Rd, the sixth location owned and operated by Nina Tracy Gompels (NTG) Enterprises, opened on Tuesday, November 24. Check out spotted photos from the grand opening celebration: http://beta.spotted.savannahnow.com/mediadetail/24422782?channel=25919&gId=650275

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SPEAKING NOMINATIONS

(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 http://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-and-healthy-savannah-accepting-applications-for-2016-encourage-health-series-speakers/


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BOWEN LAW GROUP HIRES STACY WEIMER

(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 https://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3166

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MAY 4, 2016: STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS

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
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GOODWILL NEW HIRE

(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 https://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3387

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TACKY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY
(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 https://carriagetradepr.com/3396-2/

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TYTAN PICTURES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Tytan Pictures’ Jessica Thomas, the company’s Associate Creative Director, spoke at the Adobe Video World on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 in San Jose, CA. For more information, please visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3177

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HOWARD MORRISION

(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. 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 http://www.passport2excellence.com/

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AUTHORS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Book Festival announces 2016 Authors. Event is Feb 11-14, http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

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WREATH’S $25

(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). http://www.savannahmall.com/

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YES

(FORBES) Say Yes To All Those Holiday Parties-It Will Be Good For Your Career
http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2015/12/03/say-yes-to-all-those-holiday-parties-it-will-be-good-for-your-career/

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WEBINAR

(SCORE) Tune in to Score’s webinar “The Shared Economy: How To Capitalize in The Uber Era.,” on Thurs. December 10 from 1 to 2 pm est. Learn more and register: http://ow.ly/ViXUr

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DONATION DRIVE

(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, http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcarriagetradepr.com%2F%3Fp%3D3095&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGTrPekZMGDniBo8JgfKazUVleryA

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USI

(USI INSURANCE) USI has become a premier middle market insurance brokerage firm by leveraging the USI ONE Advantage®, a game-changing value proposition that delivers to clients a robust set of risk management and benefit solutions with bottom line financial impact. For more information, visit visit www.usi.biz

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SAVANNAH GUIDEBOOK

(SAVANNAH, GA) The delightful new Savannah Guidebook by Cherokee Publishing Co. is now in stores. Written by Polly Cooper and Laura Lawton, both Savannah ladies, it features local artists and photographers. The foreword is by Ted Turner, who grew up here, and is dedicated to the late Emmeline Cooper, one of Savannah’s most beloved citizens. It contains the only African American driving tour in print, and takes the reader to Tybee, and all down the coast. 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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LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Funding opportunities available for Leadership Southeast GA. Tax Deductible.  Visibility coverage in 10 counties: Screven, Bulloch, Effingham, Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Glynn and Camden. Title sponsor at $15,000. Other opportunities starting at 1K. visit www.lsega.com or contact Jeff Notrica, Lee Beckmann or Ruel Joyner.

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MEET HOMER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Homer, an 8 year old male retriever who needs a home. Homer is great with other dogs and doesn’t require a lot of exercise. To view Homer and other pets available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-d-219-homer/

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50-FOOT EXHIBIT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Mall unveils “Remembering Our Fallen,” a 50-foot exhibit commemorating fallen soldiers, on Saturday, November 14. A motorcycle brigade will bring in exhibit to be displayed on the upper level of the mall, next to Payless Shoes. The traveling exhibit, which pays tribute to U.S. troops from Georgia and South Carolina who have died as a result of wounds suffered in war zones since 9/11, will be on display now through January 3, 2016 and open to the public. For more information, visit www.savannahmall.com or visit    https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/savannah-mall-to-unveil-50-foot-traveling-exhibit-commemorating-fallen-soldiers/

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COAT DRIVE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Accepting donations now through Dec. 13, the Carousel in the Savannah Mall is having a coat/blanket drive for the homeless population in the Greater Savannah area. Any new or used coats or blankets are greatly appreciated. If you have questions please contact Tim Blair at (912) 447-3141 or tblair@fun-brands.com.

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HIRING

(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 http://speros.com/job/telephone-technician/

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SPEAKING OF SAVANNAH

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

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WEBINAR

(SCORE) Tune in to Score’s webinar “How to Get Discovered Online With or Without a Website,” on Tues. December 8 from 1 to 2 pm est. Learn more and register: http://ow.ly/ViXSr

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ATLANTIC
(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates has been selected as the architectural firm for the highly anticipated new restaurant, Atlantic. http://www.ccr-mag.com/gas-station-transformed-into-new-casual-dining-spot/


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11 MARKETING TOOLS
(ENTREPRENEUR )11 Marketing Tools Worth Trying in 2016
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/253192

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STREAM

(LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES) Live Oak Public Libraries card holders can now stream or download movies, television shows, audiobooks, and e-books. All are available for mobile and online access through hoopla digital – all you need is your library card! hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, audiobooks or e-books. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. To access the system on your mobile device, you will need to first download the FREE hoopla digital app from the App Store on your Android or IOS device. Links to these are at hoopla digital. You can download movies, TV shows and audiobooks to your device to enjoy anywhere. For more information, visit http://www.liveoakpl.org/

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ACTORS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know that actors such as Chris Burke, who played Corky in Life Goes On, and Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson on Glee, have Down syndrome? These 2 actors have never let Down syndrome get in the way of their dreams and truly underscore the abilities of people with Down syndrome. For more information, visit http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/about-down-syndrome/facts-about-down-syndrome/

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HOSPICE


AFFIRMATIONS
(INC) 11 Affirmations Successful People Repeat Every Day: http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/11-affirmations-successful-people-repeat-every-day.html

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$2000

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter recently received $2,000 in grant funding from the Morgan Stanley Foundation. This funding will be utilized for its twelve bed emergency shelter for young people ages 11 to 17, located at 514 East Henry Street. For more information, please visit https://carriagetradepr.com/park-place-outreach-youth-emergency-shelter-receives-grant-from-morgan-stanley-foundation/

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INC
30 TIPS

(GOOGLE CALENDAR) Supercharge Google Calendar: 30 Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Add-Ons: https://zapier.com/blog/google-calendar-tips/

Savannah Mall Hosting Youth Organization’s Annual Festival of Wreaths

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WHO: Savannah Sanfofa youth organization for boys

WHAT: Annual Festival of Wreaths

WHEN: Dec. 16-19 from 1-6 p.m.

WHERE: Upper level of the Savannah Mall

WHY: The wreath festival is a fundraiser for the Savannah Sankofa youth organization for boys, a nonprofit that works with at-risk, economically disadvantaged teens (ages 10-18).

NOTES: All wreaths are designed by area businesses and churches, schools and individuals. Winners will receive a plaque. All wreaths are $25. Proceeds will benefit educational programs and support the sports team to travel out of town to participate in tournaments.

RSVP: N/A

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
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 borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com

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Savannah Mall Wreath Festival

Savannah Jaycees’ Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

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The Savannah Jaycees to Host Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

(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.

Ampersand’s DJ will be the musical entertainment for the evening; however, guests are welcome to take the stage for karaoke performances. During the evening, the Savannah Jaycees will be awarding a prize for the tackiest attire, so guests are encouraged to get creative with their sweaters. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

A portion of the proceeds raised will go to the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. 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.”

“I am super excited about the Jaycee annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party to benefit U.S. Marine Toys for Tots,” said Cheryl Lawrence, president-elect of the Savannah Jaycees. “I hope the Savannah community will rally around this much needed organization, and come check out who the Savannah Jaycees are and what work we do. Our annual Christmas party is a way for members and non-members alike to have a good time for a great cause.”

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees Tacky Christmas Party or to purchase tickets, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/upcoming-events/ .

Savannah Jaycees Tacky Sweater Christmas Party

Savannah Jaycees Tacky Sweater Christmas Party

ABOUT THE 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 http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Goodwill Veteran Hired to Run and Expand Goodwill’s Federal, State, and Commercial Contracts

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce that Alex Vasquez has joined the organization as Senior Director of Business Services. Mr. 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.

As a social enterprise, Goodwill operates businesses to fund its mission of helping people with disabilities and other barriers become employed and reach their highest level of self-sufficiency. Mr. Vasquez will be responsible for the growth and strategic direction of Goodwill’s federal, state, and commercial contracts.

Through those contracts, Goodwill provides facilities and grounds maintenance, packaging, kitting, and aviation manufacturing to the Federal Government, state agencies, and businesses throughout the Coastal Empire. Goodwill currently manages 35 contracts. Like Goodwill’s well-known retail operation, these contracts provide funding for the non-profit’s job training and career development programs, as well as work experience and permanent employment opportunities for the individuals Goodwill serves through those programs.

“I am excited to continue my career with an organization that makes a positive impact on a local level. I plan to deliver our competitive solutions to more businesses in our area and thus create even more employment opportunities across the Coastal Empire,” said Mr. Vasquez.

Michael J. Winckler, President and CEO of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire said, “We are pleased to have Alex on our team as he brings proven management experience and an in-depth understanding of the importance of our mission to our Goodwill.”

Mr. Vasquez holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science, as well as an MBA from Mount St. Mary’s University. He is also a graduate of Goodwill International’s prestigious Senior Leadership Program. He has relocated to the Savannah area with his wife and two young daughters.

Alex Vasquez, Senior Director of Business Services for Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

Alex Vasquez, Senior Director of Business Services for Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a highly diversified 501 ©(3) operating retail, manufacturing, facilities management, and other business services while employing over 850 individuals. Goodwill’s mission is to assist individuals with challenges and barriers to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency through the power of work. In 2014, Goodwill provided job training and career development services to 9,885 people and placed 2,421 into competitive employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina and operates 17 retail locations, 35 business services contracts, and five Job Connection Centers. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook at Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter at @SavGoodwill.

CONTACT:
Ellen Thornhill
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire
ethornhill@goodwillsavannah.org 912.433.1196

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Marjorie Young
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marjorie@carriagetradepr.com 912.844.9990
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