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March 2016

Kevin Klinkenberg to Speak at Upcoming Encourage Health Lecture Series

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(SAVANNAH, GA) On Tuesday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kevin Klinkenberg will talk about “Going Old School: Walk your way to better health” as the first of four lectures in the Encourage Health Educational Series for 2016. The lecture will be hosted at the Auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, located at 1375 Chatham Parkway in Savannah. Klinkenberg will discuss how to make walking a part of our everyday routine and the health benefits we can expect when we do so.

A healthy lunch will be provided by local business sponsors. Attendance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required at Healthy Savannah’s website,

Having authored a book in 2014, “Why I Walk: Taking a Step in the Right Direction” Klinkenberg is a seasoned professional when it comes to explaining the mental and physical benefits that can be received from walking more frequently. While walking is something so natural to us, we don’t do it nearly as much as our parents and grandparents used to and not nearly as much as we should.

Klinkenberg’s lecture will discuss how to reintroduce yourself to walking and teach you to build a lifestyle around the simple task with an exponential amount of benefits.

For over twenty years, Klinkenberg has worked as an urban designer, and used his expertise in creative construction to design a framework for walkable communities. He’s worked for developers, cities, not-for-profits and public agencies to produce environments that are sustainable and sociable.

Klinkenberg currently resides in Savannah, GA, and is the Executive Director of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority. The company strives to renew, revitalize and develop greater downtown Savannah. With assistance from the City of Savannah and a board of committed community-minded leaders, Klinkenberg hopes to make Savannah bustling with walkers.

During his lecture, the Coastal Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America will receive the $1,000 Encourage Health grant. While 25 of 136 merit badges directly reward physical activity for participating in swimming, camping, cycling or another activity, the Coastal Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America also reaches beyond the boys and encourages their families to get involved as well. The Boy Scout oath outlines the ideals the organization strives to uphold and one of the lines reads, “to keep myself physically strong.”

The series is sponsored by: enmarket, Gulfstream, Sandfly Family Dental, Healthy Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9. For more information on the upcoming luncheon dates and speakers, visit

Enmarket’s 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9. The series features 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 are awarded a $1,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and 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 Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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Carriage Trade PR, Inc.

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Panel discussion on GEORGIA’S ENERGY FUTURE: Featuring Georgia Public Service Commissioner TIM ECHOLS

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Join us for a panel discussion on GEORGIA’S ENERGY FUTURE
Featuring Georgia Public Service Commissioner TIM ECHOLS


Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Bowen Law Group | 7 East Congress Street, 10th Floor | Savannah, GA 31401

When Tim Echols was elected to the Georgia Public Service Commission in 2010, Georgia Power’s Green Energy Program only included approximately four megawatts of solar power. Today, Georgia is a national leader in solar energy and Georgia Power is increasing its solar power capacity to 944 megawatts by the end of 2016. Commissioner Echols credits his colleagues and a number of other factors for Georgia’s growth in renewable energy; however, his leadership and his vote on the Commission are critical factors in the emergence of clean power in Georgia.

If the EPA’s Clean Power Plan survives its legal challenge, it will forever change energy planning in Georgia giving Georgia’s EPD a major voice in how the portfolio is structured. Attend this important panel discussion to find out more about the direction Georgia will take towards compliance if the regulation survives.

The panelists will address numerous vital components of Georgia’s energy future, including Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative Program , the surprising challenges facing biomass development, battery storage of solar, how low-cost natural gas is helping to reduce pollution as well as port sustainability and the Complete Streets Ordinance. The panel will be moderated by Commissioner Echols and features:

§ Georgia Power: Company Renewables Expert

§ Hannah Solar: Grant and Jackie Tallon

§ Colonial Energy: Greg Caudell

§ Georgia Ports Authority: Lee Beckmann

§ Complete Streets: John Bennett

§ Special Presentation by Filmmaker Charity Parenzini

Venue provided by The Bowen Law Group.

Attendance is $25.00 per person and includes healthy snacks supplied by enmarket.
Payment is by cash or check made payable to Friends of Tim Echols and presented during registration at the venue.

Parking Information:

Parking is available in the Manger Garage for approximately $5.00 as well as metered parking and other garages in the vicinity.

Map to The Bowen Law Group available here.

From Interstate I-95 north or southbound – Exit at 99A (I-16 east) and follow I-16 to the end where it feeds into Montgomery Street. At the first stop light turn right onto Liberty Street. Follow for 6 blocks and at the stop light turn left onto Drayton Street. Follow down and once you pass through the Broughton Street intersection the garage is on the corner of Drayton Street and E Congress Street.

After you’ve parked, cross over Drayton Street and continue down Congress Street until you reach the BB&T building (7 E Congress). Please use the elevators next to the mail boxes and take up to the 10th floor.

RSVP to Stacy Weimer at 912.544.2050 or .

Horizons of Savannah Announces Winners From Charity Basketball Tournament

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons of Savannah recently held the second annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons Basketball Championship Tournament, a 3-on-3 fundraiser.

“The tournament is our version of March Madness and a winning combination for all involved,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Executive Director. “The event brings positive attention to Horizons, raises funds for the summer program and showcases the level of athletic talent in the Savannah area all in a fun setting.”

3 – ON – 3 RESULTS

Lucy Hagan, Sheridan Lynch, Grace O’Hayer, Ashley Pankey, GiGi Pytte

Sandi Chisholm, Mya Felser, Catherine Goodman, Abby Nicholson, Grace Wilson

Holden Geriner, Barry Kleinpeter, Alex Wynn

Jace Dixon, Lane McCullough, Evan Scarbrough

Tyler Frazee, Carter Kleinpeter, Tyler Phillips

Clark McKinney, Andre Miller, Tony Negrin, Logan Ziegler

Alex Bokina, Luke Conneff, Jack Felder, Stokes Hagan

Donte Curry, CJ Ford, Daniel Wright

Jonah Diech, Jeffery Hilliard, Turner Hilliard

Jordan Benson, Andrew Longwater, Nick Tsavaris, David Yang

The annual tournament is named for Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014. All proceeds from the fundraiser directly support Horizons Savannah, a summer program designed to help students from low-income families in the Savannah area achieve academic success. For more information on Horizons, visit

The mission of Horizons is to provide students from low-income families in the Savannah area an academic, cultural, and recreational program designed to help close the achievement gap by preventing summer learning loss and encouraging academic growth. The program is hosted by three independent schools, Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School. Students, ages 5-15, participate in rigorous academic study, recreational activities and swimming lessons for 6 weeks out of the summer and gain an average of 2-3 months skills.

For more information, contact:
Christy Edwards

Media inquiries, contact:
Cecilia Russo

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Thanks for taking the time to read this message in its entirety. SCORE has partnered with the Small Business Institute at Armstrong State University to develop the 1st Annual State of Small of Small Business Survey. The results of this survey will help to inform business owners, policymakers and educators about the state of the small business sector in the Savannah area. 

Your effort in completing the survey will greatly add to the value of this project. This voluntary survey will take about 12 minutes to complete and all of your responses will remain anonymous  unless you specifically provide the identity of your business.

The results from the survey will be combined and presented, in summary form, at the State of Small Business Conference on May 4th at the Savannah International Trade Center. No individual responses will be revealed.

To complete the survey please click the following link and follow the directions on the page: 


(SAVANNAH, GA) Lead Actor, David DeSanctis will be present for a special screening of “Where Hope Grows” on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Savannah Arts Academy located at 500 Washington Ave, Savannah, Ga. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a chance to get a signed copy of “Where Hope Grows” from DeSanctis. The movie will last 96 minutes and afterward, DeScantis and his parents will hold a 30 minute question and answer session. Premiering in theaters last year, “Where Hope Grows” is about a baseball player whose professional career was cut short due to his personal problems and is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store. For more information, Trailer:


(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology introduces Howington Skin Care, a unique product line designed to treat a variety of skin types and conditions featuring 15 new skin care solutions, including acne treatments, anti-aging products, sun screens and moisturizers. Learn more:

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Saturday, April 30, The American Red Cross will host the fourth annual Lori Dunham Gordon Memorial Blood Drive at the Savannah Mall, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blood drive will be located on the lower level of the Savannah Mall, near Center Court between the Stuff Store and GNC. Donors will be entered to win several giveaways. This year’s goal for the drive is 25 units. Appointments are encouraged at, searching the Sponsor Code SAVMall. For more information, visit

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Breaking Barriers: Exploring Personal Samskaras with Nikki Myers April 8-10. Codependence has been described as ‘the addiction to look elsewhere.’ It’s the belief that something outside of ourselves; people, places, things, behaviors or experiences, can give us fulfillment and joy. Join us during this workshop to learn how yoga can break the barriers of addiction. Full details at


The Sgt John Cain Comeback Charity Challenge 5k is set for Friday evening, April 8th at 6:30 pm at JF Gregory Park


(SAVANNAH, GA) Don’t miss the opportunity to meet painter Randy Akers and sculptor Fran Kaminsky during their opening artists’ reception on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery located at 1352 Eisenhower Drive. Their work will be displayed through June 30 and a portion of proceeds will go toward supporting Hospice Savannah and funding extra programs and services that are not covered by insurance. For more information, visit


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HB 757

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Georgia Senate passed House Bill 757, also known as “First Amendment Defense Act,” in a 38-14 vote. The bill is now being considered by the Georgia House of Representatives. If passed into law, the bill would allow any taxpayer-funded, faith-based nonprofit or agency to deny all services based on religious beliefs. For more information on the potential long/short-term implications of this law’s passage, visit:


(SAVANNAH, GA) Rose is a 1 year old, female, tabby who is currently residing at Coastal Pet Rescue and looking for a forever home. She is housebroken and good with other cats and children. All animals from Coastal Pet Rescue are up-to-date on shots as well as spayed or neutered. To view Rose and other pets available for adoption, visit:


(SAVANNAH, GA) Register now for Camp Aloha, a camp for Grieving Children ages 6 – 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one within the last 24 months. This overnight camp organized by not-for-profit Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle bereavement staff and volunteers will be held April 29 – May 1 at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center. 912.303.9442.  $25 registration fee which can be waived if a scholarship is needed. For more information, to view videos from prior camps, or to register your child, please visit


(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Diabetes Association is hosting their largest fundraising event of the year – the 4th Annual Lawyers Guns & Money Sporting Clays Tournament. The event will start at 2 p.m. and be held at the Forest City Gun Club located at 9203 Ferguson Ave, Savannah, GA. The after party will begin at 6 p.m. and include BBQ, bourbon tasting, silent auction and live music by Connellis and The Train Wrecks Band. For more information, visit


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(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, (formerly Enmark) has announced it is investing over $500,000 per year to increase the starting salaries of its convenience store employees and has raised its senior general manager earnings potential to a minimum of $55,000, with a profit sharing bonus. This decision underscores the company’s commitment to building the best workplace in the retail industry. For more information, visit


(SAVANNAH GA) The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Youth Hero Awards Breakfast to honor local youth who have chosen to give back to their communities through volunteer work. April 15th Eckburg Auditorium 8 a m.  During the event, Red Cross will also honor Don Waters, President and CEO of Brassler USA, Inc. for his local business leadership, community advocate and volunteer achievements. Tickets and sponsorships are available. For more information visit contact or call  912-651-5300 x 348.


(SAVANNAH, GA) The third annual “Movement in the Park” Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Sunday, May 15 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in Forsyth Park. Sponsored by Dawn Baker and Fleet Feet Savannah, the event will have a Dawning of a Miracle Mile walk/run, Zumba, yoga, vendors, and refreshments. Proceeds from this event will benefit Dawn Baker’s scholarship, “The Dawning of a Miracle Scholarship” which is a $1,000 grant awarded to a college-bound graduating female with a chronic/life-threatening illness or a senior who has succeeded in spite of adversity.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Marjorie Young will present the workshop, “Strategies to Boost Your Professional Reputation,” during the 2016 GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association) Spring Management Conference on Monday, April 4 in Savannah at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. For event information,


(SAVANNAH, GA) RSVP for May 4, 2016 THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS in Chatham, CO. Event is FREE but you must RSVP:


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Good Scout Service Luncheon to benefit Boy Scout programs throughout southeastern Georgia is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 11:45am-1:00pm at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. This luncheon honors individuals who have helped contribute to the success of the youth in our service area.  Mayor Eddie DeLoach will be the ‘Good Scout’ honoree and Mr. Tom James will be honored as the ‘Outstanding Eagle.’ Register now by calling Angela Phillips at the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America at 912-927-7272, ext. 204 or email her at


(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah business attorney Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group will be a featured panelist in the Second National Health Policy and Clinical Practice Conference to be held in Savannah from March 31 to April 2, 2016 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf & Spa Resort. The overall purpose of the event, sponsored by the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center, is to extend an opportunity to interdisciplinary health care professionals and the general public to review, identify and discuss pertinent changes that are impacting and influencing American health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act. For more information, visit


(SAVANNAH,GA) The Savannah Friends of Music are once again offering Summer Music Scholarships to outstanding students who wish to attend summer music camps.  Application forms can be obtained by visiting, under the Grants tab.  The application deadline is April 20, 2016.  For more information please email


(SAVANNAH, GA)  The USTA Challenger is looking for volunteers. You get to see all the tennis. Volunteers who work a minimum of 3 shifts will get one of the following (their choice): Round of golf at the Landing, Tennis Court time (2 hours) and a can of balls, Tennis Clinic (1- 1/2 hrs). For morE information, email


(SAVANNAH, GA) Five of Savannah SCORE’s senior business mentors present the Business Launch Pad seminar to be held Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SBA and SCORE office at 111 East Liberty St. The event costs $30 and includes a light lunch and beverages that will be provided. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to receive essential, practical information on how to start and operate a successful business. For more information and topics that will be covered, visit


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The Sgt John Cain Comeback Charity Challenge 5k is set for Friday evening, April 8th at 6:30 pm at JF Gregory Park

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Charity Challenge for Sgt John Cain Set for April

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 24, 2016)–The Sgt John Cain Comeback Charity

Challenge 5k is set for Friday evening, April 8th at 6:30 pm at JF Gregory Park, with the list of

sponsorships growing, according to race directors, Ron and Sandra Elliott of Georgia Game

Changers Running Company.

The race will benefit Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) Sergeant

John Cain, a Richmond Hill resident, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Sgt Cain became an international hero when he helped a local injured, runner, Robert McCoy,

who had fallen, across the finish line of the 2015 Savannah Rock and Roll Half Marathon in

November.  The photos, video, and story was picked up by national and international TV

stations and images of the two crossing the finish line went viral.

In December, Sgt Cain went to the emergency room with severe pain, and it was there he found

out he had pancreatic cancer.

His daughter, Shania, began a campaign to raise funds to cover the cost of the treatments,

establishing a Go Fund Me link.  The goal was $200,000, and so far over $33,000 have been

raised. The link is:

Local business in the greater Savannah area have become generous sponsors of the race,

which now has four Platinum level sponsors. Love’s Seafood was the first to join in, followed by

Coastal Empire Plastic Surgery, Circa Lighting of Savannah, and Georgia Game Changers

Running Company.   Liberty Regional Medical recently became a Gold level Sponsor, and

Chu’s Market of Richmond Hill a Silver Sponsor.  River Street Sweets, Nine Line Apparel, Roll

Recovery, and Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurants are Bronze Sponsors.

“I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and support in both the communities of

Bryan and Chatham Counties, since I began dealing with this illness. With the upcoming race,

we hope to raise enough money to help with medical bills and other expenses,” said Sgt. John

Cain added, “Any money not used in the treatment of my cancer, will be given to the Pancreatic

Cancer Research Center.”

Georgia Game Changers Running Company met Sgt Cain when they contacted him following

the Rock and Roll Race, and offered up a free pair of running shoes.  Sgt Cain chose a Newton

Running Shoe and had begun training with his sister, Stacy Cain Armstrong, with the goal of

completing the entire half-marathon in this year’s Rock and Roll Half Marathon.

Sandra Elliott, owner of Game Change, also began a challenge to the community to help raise

additional funds for  the race.  She is dedicating all of her miles run in the month of March to Sgt

Cain, and then donating a $1. per mile for each mile run to the GoFundMe cause.

“I am hoping others will join me in this challenge, as well help to spread the word about  the 5K

race in April.  We hope to get the Richmond Hill and other local police officers to join the race

and challenge each other as well,” said Elliott.

The race logo came about as a joint effort between Elliott’s daughter, Amanda, and Richmond

Hill resident, Jacy Vergara, who took a pen drawing from Amanda and turned it into the final

logo.  The logo represents not only Sgt Cain’s dedication to the Savannah Chatham Police

Department, but also his battle to win over pancreatic cancer and to a true COMEBACK.

John’s family, his sons, George and Jake, his daughter Shania, his sister, Stacy, and his wife,

Karma,  joined him to kick off the event on Monday at Game Changers.

Each of John’s children expressed their gratitude for the support of their dad. According to

George Cain, “Thank you” just doesn’t seem adequate to express our gratefulness for the love

and support of so many, both locally and across the nation.”

Shania Cain added, “Ever since I was little, I have been ‘daddy’s little angel.’ He has always

been my hero, and has been there for me to rely upon. Now  it is time to return to favor. My dad

is a game changer.  I love him to the moon and back.”

Owners of Love’s Seafood, Fulton and Donna Love, have already jumped on board as the Title

Sponsors of the race, with other local businesses also pledging their support.

Donna Love, said “Love’s Seafood & Steaks is so excited to be the Title Sponsor to help ONE

OF OUR OWN. Not only is John one of our own, but has gone beyond his profession of serving

and protecting us. It is now time for us to try and help protect him with all we can.

Jake Cain, echoed that by saying “I am thankful for the opportunity to raise money for a great

” We are Cains,” he added, “and Cains never give up. We are thankful that Georgia Game

Changers is helping us to put this race together.”

The after party and awards ceremony will be held at Georgia Game Changers Running

Company in Richmond Hill.

The Charity Challenge is to get runners/walkers to donate their logged MARCH running or

walking miles to Sgt Cain and raise funds to match their miles! Race registration is available at Race Day registration will be held at JF Gregory Park in Richmond

Hill from 4 pm to 6:00 pm.  Call Georgia Game Changers for more information. 912-445-2163.

Leadership Southeast Georgia visited Bulloch County

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Leadership Southeast GA Class Visits Statesboro

Leadership Southeast GA Class Visits Statesboro

(SAVANNAH, GA) 28 students from Leadership Southeast Georgia visited Bulloch County Schools; Ogeechee Technical College and Georgia Southern University on a recent visit to Statesboro, GA.

The members of the LSEGA Class of 2016 are:
Steven Asplund, GeoVista Credit Union (Bryan)
Robbie Cheek, Thomas and Hutton (Camden)
James Coughlin, Camden County Joint Development Authority (Camden)
Patti Downs, Pinova Holdings, Inc. (Glynn)
James Ervin, Ft. Stewart (Liberty)
Julie Gerbsch, Armstrong State University (Chatham)
Wade Herring, Hunter Maclean (Chatham)
Drew Hunt, Savannah Chamber of Commerce (Chatham)
Willis Keene, Citizens State Bank (Camden)
Dinah King, Georgia Power (Effingham)
Cecilia Russo, Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC (Chatham)
Leigh Ryan, World Trade Center Savannah (Chatham)
John Scott, Brunswick Glynn Development Authority (Glynn)
Jesse Bentley, Evans General Contractors (Chatham)
Phyllis Taylor, Ft. Stewart (Liberty)
Margaret VanHouten, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (Liberty)
James Wilburn, Georgia Institute of Technology (Chatham)
Michelle Pfeffer, Claxton-Evans County Chamber (Bulloch)
Barbara Prosser, Effingham College and Career Academy (Effingham)
Ben Taylor, Bryan County (Bryan)
Dawn Morgan, Collins Construction (Chatham)
Kathryn Downs, Glynn County (Glynn)
Mandy Harrison, Darien-McIntosh County Chamber (McIntosh)
Paula Kreissler, Healthy Savannah and Wound Care Clinic ESU (Chatham)
Shauntia Lewis, Habitat for Humanity (Glynn)
Nick Puhala, USI Insurance Service (Chatham)
Mark Bennett, Gulfstream (Chatham)
Randy McCall, Chatham County Health Department (Chatham)

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501c(3) regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. All of the participants live or work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. For more information, visit

Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR

The American Red Cross Announces Fourth Annual Lori Dunham Gordon Memorial Blood Drive

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The American Red Cross Announces Fourth Annual Lori Dunham Gordon Memorial Blood Drive

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Saturday, April 30, The American Red Cross will host the fourth annual Lori Dunham Gordon Memorial Blood Drive at the Savannah Mall, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The blood drive will be located on the lower level of the Savannah Mall, near Center Court between the Stuff Store and GNC. Donors will be entered to win several giveaways. This year’s goal for the drive is 25 units. Appointments are encouraged at, searching the Sponsor Code SAVMall.

According to The American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.

“Blood donors play an integral role in the delivery of modern healthcare,” said Katie Rudder, American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative. “Many life-saving medical treatments and procedures involve blood transfusions and would not be possible without a safe and reliable blood supply.”

To donate, individuals must be 17 years or older, and weigh at least 110 pounds. It is suggested that donors drink plenty of fluids, wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up, and bring a list of medications that may be in their system. For more information about the donation process, visit

Started in 1940, under the leadership of Dr. Charles Drew, the American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, and provides blood for patients in approximately 2,700 hospitals across the U.S. The Red Cross makes blood available to any patient who needs it — patients are not required to find donors to replace the blood they use (a practice common in Europe and some U.S. blood banks) allowing the patient and their family to focus on recovery. Eighty percent of the blood donations given to the Red Cross are collected at mobile blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship or military installations. The remaining 20 percent are collected at fixed Red Cross donor centers. The American Red Cross works with more than 50,000 blood drive sponsors each year to hold more than 200,000 blood drives, providing convenient locations for people to give blood.

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, Sbarro Italian Eatery, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café, American Deli, Sarah Janes Kitchen and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nuts About Savannah. 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.

Katie Rudder
American Red Cross
Blood Services, Southern Region
25 Tibet Ave. Savannah, GA 31406
(843) 422-4985 ©
(912) 961-6264 (f)

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR

Dr. Howington of Low Country Dermatology Launches New Skin Care Line

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Corinne M. Howington, M.D., of Low Country Dermatology has launched Howington Skin Care, a unique product line featuring 15 new, signature skin care products to treat a variety of skin types and conditions. Suited to individual preferences and skin care needs, these product solutions promote healthy aging, enhance skin moisture and reduce acne, redness, irritation and inflammation.

Howington Skin Care features acne treatments, anti-aging products, sun screens and moisturizers. The following list provides brief product descriptions for each piece of the collection:
Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Exfoliating Cleanser
Barrier Finishing Cream
Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion
Retinol 50 Cream
Retinol 100 Cream
Refresh Toner Pads
Polish Mask + Cleanser
UV Silk SPF 30
Dermabright Exfoliating Pads
Hydrating Peptide Gel
Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin
Antioxidant Complex
Dermabright Cream

These products are available for purchase at Low Country Dermatology, 310 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 12A in Savannah. For more information or to schedule a skin consultation, visit or call Low Country Dermatology at 912-354-1018.

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, call 912-354-1018 or visit To connect on Facebook, visit

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This product exfoliates skin to reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion. Dermaglow hydrates and locks in moisture in addition to providing antioxidant benefits.

Gentle Foaming Cleanser
The Gentle Foaming Cleanser effectively removes oil and pollutants without the use of harsh detergents. It contains soothing ingredients to help calm and reduce redness.

Exfoliating Cleanser

Without over-drying skin, the lactic acid in this product gently removes oil and debris. Ideal for patients with acne, this exfoliating cleanser contains anti-inflammatory green tea extract which also helps alleviate puffiness and under-eye darkness.

Barrier Finishing Cream
The Barrier Finishing Cream promotes microcirculation, reduces redness, inflammation and irritation. Use this product to leave skin feeling smooth and hydrated without leaving heavy or greasy residues.

Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion

This Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion nourishes the skin, stimulates collagen production and provides antioxidant protection, lasting hydration and barrier repair. Shea Butter, including vitamins A, E and F, is a key ingredient.

Retinol 50 Cream

By advancing texture and tone and balancing oil production, Retinol 50 Cream improves the overall health and appearance of skin. Use one pump for the entire face.

Retinol 100 Cream
Similar to Retinol 50 Cream, Retinol 100 Cream contains a half percent more Vitamin A for optimal performance. A key ingredient is Ginger Root Extract which can increase skin radiance and decrease inflammation.

Refresh Toner Pads
Perfect as a gentle daily exfoliating cleanser, Refresh Toner Pads mildly exfoliate to smooth skin. This product can be used as a water-free cleanser to remove oil and debris from the face or body.

Polish Mask + Cleanser
The Polish Mask and Cleanser contain eco-safe silica beads to micro-exfoliate while gently cleansing skin. This product can serve as a hydrating masque when left on skin for 3 – 5 minutes.

UV Silk SPF 30
For daily use, UV Silk SPF 30 contains iron oxides which provide a mineral tint that aids in masking redness and imperfections. This chemical and fragrance-free SPF is for all skin types and conditions.

Dermabright Exfoliating Pads
By moderately inhibiting melanin production, the Dermabright Exfoliation Pads brighten the complexion and gently exfoliate to reveal smoother skin.

Hydrating Peptide Gel
Hydrating Peptide Gel enhances skin moisture to help plump and firm the face. This product reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Three drops is recommended for the entire face.

Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin
This Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin is a lightweight, oil free lotion with barrier repair ingredients. Its powdery, mattifying finish removes the appearance of oil.

Antioxidant Complex
Antioxidant Complex provides potent, daily antioxidant protection against sun damage and pollutants. Use nightly to brighten skin.

Dermabright Cream
Dermabright Cream is a gently exfoliating moisturizer that helps reveal a brighter, more reflective complexion. Use this cream twice daily or as a nightly treatment and watch your skin transform from a dull rough complexion into a bright healthy looking glow.

Howington Skincare, Low Country Dermatology

Howington Skincare, Low Country Dermatology

The Savannah Mall Hosted Caring Easter Bunny For Children with Different Abilities

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Caring Bunny greeted families at the lower level of Center Court in the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St. With an atmosphere free from bright, flashing lights, or high-energy music, all children with different abilities were invited to meet Caring Bunny at this free event.

“We wanted to offer a chance for children with different abilities to meet with an Easter icon,” said Phil McConnell, Savannah Mall’s general manager. “Savannah Mall’s Caring Bunny greets children in a calm environment, in an effort to make the Easter Bunny experience enjoyable for everyone.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s most recent data suggests an average of one in 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder. Autistic children’s senses can be oversensitive or under-developed, which affects how they experience different environments, making background noises unbearably loud or confusing. This can cause anxiety or even physical pain. For more information on the CDC’s information on autism, visit

During their visit with the Caring Bunny, families were be given a 5 x 7 photograph from the visit, and a complimentary ride on the children’s train. For more information, visit

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, 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 and the Nuts About Savannah. 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 @savannahmall.

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR

Easter Bunny and Zack Reardon Celebrate the Season

Easter Bunny and Zack Reardon Celebrate the Season


By | National NewWIRE

Hartford, CT – Mark Cutler, an experienced international business developer and management consultant has recently been appointed District Director for the State of Connecticut SCORE, the SBA sponsored provider of counseling to small businesses.  Previous to his appointment, he was Chairman for Greater Hartford Chapter of Score.


Mr. Cutler worked for 32 years for The Gillette Company, a consumer goods company based in Boston Massachusetts. Mark spent half of his 32 years with Gillette outside the United States when he lived and worked in Panama, Peru, Spain and England. When he retired from Gillette in 2003, Mark was a Vice President for the International Group. Mr. Cutler has been an international business developer, a commercialization specialist and a management consultant to scientists from the Former Soviet Union, Libya and Iraq since 2002. In executing these tasks, Mark has volunteered his time to several non-profit organizations as well as to the United States Government (State Department) in support of its Non-proliferation program.


In addition to his work in the International consulting field, Mark has been active in volunteer work for SCORE, being incoming Director of SCORE’s Connecticut district, a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE consists of approximately 10,000 volunteers across the country and over 300 in Connecticut where the District is amongst the top three performers in the nation.


Mark is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the non-profit, Diverse Supplier Development Academy. DSDA is committed to the support of high potential diverse businesses in New England and is funded by Eversource, Travelers and United Illuminating Corporations. Mark is also on the Board of Directors of SMS Audio and on several Advisory Boards in the region.  In 2004, was recognized by President Bush with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. In addition, was featured in a Time Magazine article in December 2003 on volunteerism in America and has received numerous awards for volunteerism.


Robert Nelson, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, commented: “All of us at the CT SBA want to thank Mr. Mark Cutler for taking on the role of District Director of SCORE in  background will insure a smooth transition and continued excellent services here in the state.”


SCORE® is the federally sponsored business counseling service composed of experienced business professionals who volunteer as counselors to existing businesses as well as to those contemplating starting a business.  The Greater Hartford Chapter of SCORE®  has over 25 members all drawn from a wide variety of business backgrounds, all of whom are available to be called on for their special expertise



Greater Hartford SCORE Chapter 56

280 Trumbull Street, 2nd flr

Hartford, CT 06106

Tel:  860.519.5851

Fax: 860.240.4659