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April 2016

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $12K Grant to Park Place Outreach

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

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. presented Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter (PPO) with a $12,500 grant to support the organization’s ongoing efforts to improve life for homeless, abused and runaway youth and their families in the Savannah community.

“Connecting at-risk youth in Savannah to the resources offered by Park Place is critical to the overall success of our community,”, said Chris Sotus, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and board member of Park Place. “Bank of America’s philanthropic investments help strengthen Savannah by partnering with local organizations to address the pressing issues that face our community.”

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides funding to meet the needs of communities, with a particular focus on revitalizing neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing basic needs, such as hunger and homelessness.

Bank of America Donation to Park Place Outreach (LEFT TO RIGHT) Todd Cellini, Linda Hilts and Chris Sotus

Bank of America Donation to Park Place Outreach (LEFT TO RIGHT) Todd Cellini, Linda Hilts and Chris Sotus

 

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
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. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the 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 http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Linda K. Hilts
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

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

A New Real Estate Enterprise, SERVICE FIRST Real Estate Associates, Opens in Savannah

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) A new real estate enterprise, SERVICE FIRST Real Estate Associates (sfrea™), was recently launched in the Savannah area. Founded by Joe Dyer, former franchisee of Checkers, Bojangles and Cold Stone Creamery, sfrea™ will focus on residential real estate services.

“With SERVICE FIRST we will be setting the tone for customer-pleasing service not seen before. Ecstatic Buyers and Sellers are what we are all about. We will also focus on helping First Time Home Buyers achieve the American Dream of Home Ownership. Part of our service will be item-by-item consumer assistance, leaving no leaf unturned that might benefit one of our clients,” said Dyer.

Dyer’s wealth of reputable experience before becoming a real estate agent includes being a multi-unit manager, a franchise-operating partner, and a southeast regional property manager for a major restaurant chain, as well as preparation experiences in the world of all types of insurances, as evidenced by recently saving one family over $10,000 annually on their home owners insurance package.

Dyer will be assembling a team of like-minded, service-oriented professionals, believing that service to others is the ultimate client-pleasing way of building and conducting a successful enterprise.

For more information about the grand opening celebration, contact Laura Rayno, sfrea™ Office Manager, at 912-661-9649 or email Laura.Rayno@ServiceFirstRealEstateAssociates.com.

ABOUT SERVICE FIRST Real Estate Associates
SERVICE FIRST Real Estate Associates (sfrea™) is a residential real estate enterprise based in Savannah, GA. Founded by business veteran Joe Dyer, sfrea™focuses on delivering only the highest levels of service to its clients, treating each as though they are very close friends and family. The initial office is located at 101 West DeRenne Avenue, Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call 912-661-9649.

CONTACT
Laura Rayno
Office Manager
SERVICE FIRST Real Estate Associates
912-661-9649
Laura.Rayno@ServiceFirstRealEstateAssociates.com

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

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005

info@crussomarketing.com

Joe Dyer, SERVICE FIRST Real Estate Services

Joe Dyer, SERVICE FIRST Real Estate Services

Joy Prom to be Held at Savannah’s Alee Temple April 22

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

(SAVANNAH, GA) Xcel Strategies, Inc. announces that the 7th annual Joy Prom will be held on Friday, April 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Alee Temple, located at 100 Eisenhower Drive. Joy Prom is designed to celebrate life with purpose and offer differently-abled adults an enchanted experience by providing a night of dancing, food, friendship, and fun. This year’s theme is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which was inspired by Wizard of Oz.

Prom participants must be 16 years or older, and will receive prom flowers, photos, t-shirts and souvenir bags in addition to an evening filled with dancing, dinner and cake.
After entering on the red carpet, they will be escorted to a volunteer to assist them with make-up for the ladies, and shoe shining for the men. Throughout the night, they will be able to show off their boutonnieres and corsages while competing for King and Queen.

Chick-fil-A will provide dinner while the guests listen to the live music of The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

Xcel Strategies, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Savannah that mentors young men and encourages them to work toward their dreams. The mentoring network aims to create a bold and courageous generation to combat the problem of fatherlessness in the community.
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families, has partnered with Xcel Strategies to help with decorations and volunteers for this event.

Other partners include: Coastal Center for Developmental Services, AMBUCS of Savannah, and Abilities Unlimited. The event also has several sponsors such as: Chick-fil-A, Dan Vaden Chevrolet, Goodwill of Savannah, Exchange Club of Savannah, Savannah Tech, Tapestry Church, Katie McGee Photography and Marie Kay Cosmetics.

Tickets are free and open to the public for anyone 16 years and older. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joy-prom-2016-over-the-rainbow-tickets-22083961724

 

Joy Prom

Joy Prom Flier

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

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
jcbogardus@gmail.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
CarriageTrade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 16, 2016

By | Local NewsWIRE
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LECTURE TO BE LIVESTREAMED

(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. This lecture will be livestreamed  at www.facebook.com/CarriageTradePublicRelations at 1pm.

SPEROS CELEBRATING 32 YEARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, is celebrating 32 years providing technology solutions for businesses.

HEART

(SAVANNAH, GA) WomenHeart of St. Joseph’s/Candler welcomes women heart patients or women at risk of heart disease to its monthly support network meeting at 5:00-6:30 PM on Thursday, April 21 in Building #6 in the Medical Arts Center at 836 East 65th Street. For more information call 912-388-1836 or email womenheartsavannah@gmail.com.

FACEBOOK USER NAME

(MASHABLE) Facebook Hopes to Kill the Username and Password
http://mashable.com/2016/04/12/facebook-account-kit/?utm_cid=mash-prod-nav-sub-st#a1rc5Zn3MgqU

POKER RUN

(SAVANNAH, GA) The local chapter of the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club announces that their annual Poker Run will be held Sunday, April 24 and will benefit the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS).  Registration for the 2.5 hour motorcycle run will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Southern Biker Gear in Richmond Hill.  Proceeds collected from the event will directly support LDSS. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/firefighters-select-lowcountry-syndrome-society-benefiting-charity-annual-poker-run/

SPRING FESTIVAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Skidaway presents its annual Skidaway Village Spring Family Festival Event at the Village on Skidaway Island. April 30 from 10am-3pm. Events include live music, “The Rogues”, face painting for children etc. For Further information, contact Bob Murphy at 912-598-7095, Skidaway Island Rotary Club  http://www.skidawayrotary.org

SCORE

(SCORE) Don’t limit yourself to information when it could potentially help your business grow. Subscribe to SCORE’s newsletter and receive an abundance of educational offering and expert answers. For more information, visit www.score.org/newsletters

PHONE WITHDRAW

(BUSINESS INSIDER) What Happened When This 23 Year Old Went Without his Smartphone for a Week
http://www.businessinsider.com/7-day-digital-detox-2016-3

CITIZEN FOR CLEAN AIR AND WATER

(SAVANNAH , GA) There are 3 schools near Elba Island LNG Storage Facility off of President’s street. Please attend a Meeting Monday, May 2 from 7 to 8pm at a Public Forum sponsored by Citizen for Clean Air and Water. RSVP to: CWBSparalegal@aol.com Contact: Clete Bergen 912-233-8001

DO YOU OWN A SMALL BUSINESS?

(SAVANNAH, GA) RSVP for May 4, 2016 THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS in Chatham, CO. Event is FREE but you must RSVP: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event llr=anwty5eab&oeidk=a07ecbseenif6cafe3a

ANDREW DEWITT

(DEWITT TILTON GROUP) Andrew Dewitt has developed entire communities, including subdivisions, condominium and town home communities, office parks and historic renovations. He is also President of Dewitt, Cook & Associates, a full-service appraisal firm actively engaged in real estate valuation and consulting assignments including subdivisions, offices, industrial complexes and retail centers. He has been a pillar of the construction and real estate industry for more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CLAY TOURNAMENT

(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Diabetes Association is hosting their largest fundraising event of the year – the 4th Annual Lawyers Guns & Money Sporting Clay Tournament. The event will start May 21 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 http://main.diabetes.org/site/Calendar?id=51315&view=Detail&utm_source=Offline&utm_medium=Print&utm_content=savannahkap2016&utm_campaign=EVENT&s_src=vanity&s_subsrc=savannahkap2016

SUCCESS

(INC) Be Extraordinary: 5 Things the Most Successful People Refuse to Believe
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/be-extraordinary-5-things-the-most-successful-people-refuse-to-believe.html

MEET BUFFY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Buffy, a female Chiweenie (Chihuahua/dachshund mix) who is approximately 2 weeks old and in need of a forever home. Buffy is under 10 pounds and good with dogs and cats. To view Buffy and other animals available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2016-d-080-buffy/

JOY PROM
(SAVANNAH, GA) Xcel Strategies, Inc. announces that the 7th annual Joy Prom will be held on Friday, April 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Alee Temple, located at 100 Eisenhower Drive. Joy Prom is designed to celebrate life with purpose and offer differently-abled adults an enchanted experience by providing a night of dancing, food, friendship, and fun. This year’s theme is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which was inspired by Wizard of Oz. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joy-prom-2016-over-the-rainbow-tickets-22083961724

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 redcrossblood.org, searching the Sponsor Code SAVMall. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/american-red-cross-announces-fourth-annual-lori-dunham-gordon-memorial-blood-drive/
DAWN BAKER’S SCHOLARSHIP

(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. http://www.dawnbakeronline.com/index.php?id=30

DRT
(RINCON, GA)  DRT, a French-based chemical manufacturer, conducted a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this week in Effingham County for DRT America, LLC, its first plant in the United States. About 75 guests attended the event. DRT utilizes rosin and turpentine extracted from pine trees to produce products that are found in more than 250 items used by consumers. These include ingredients found in fragrances, adhesives, chewing gum, rubber, ink, varnish and paint. http://www.thedetaildepartment.com/news/44-news/127-drt-america-conducts-groundbreaking-ceremony

ADVISORY BOARD FOR KINGFISHER POND

(HARDEEVILLE, SC / SAVANNAH, GA) Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges Announces Formation of Advisory Board for the Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project. The Center will be built adjacent to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on US Highway 17 between Hardeeville, SC and Savannah GA. www.coastalrefuges.org

SWIM SPREE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Friends Introducing Swimming and Healthy Habits (FISHH) in collaboration with the Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team (GCAT) and the Savannah Swim Team (SST) will be holding a “Swim Spree” donation drive on Tuesday, April 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chatham County Aquatic Center, located 7240 Sallie Mood Road. This is the fourth year FISHH has held the “Swim Spree” in support of Horizons Savannah’s summer swimming program. In addition to monetary donations, new or gently used goggles, swim suits, towels and training equipment will be accepted at the Aquatic Center on or before April 12. All proceeds benefit students grades Kindergarten through 8th grade who participate in Horizons over the summer. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/fishh-announces-donation-drive-support-horizons-savannahs-summer-swimming-program/

GOLF

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 37th annual Coastal Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Dodd Family Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Club at Savannah Harbor. All funds raised will benefit the Scoutreach program for low income, inner city youth. $500 per team includes lunch, dinner and team photo for each participant, and the $600 Corporate Team also includes Hole Sponsorship. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to winning teams. 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 Angela.Phillips@Scouting.org. https://coastalgeorgiabsa.doubleknot.com/event/1884150

CAMP ALOHA

(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. www.HospiceSavannah.org/CampAloha 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 www.HospiceSavannah.org/CampAloha

LEADERSHIP SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Applications available for Leadership Savannah.

http://leadershipsavannah.org/apply

LEAD ACTOR – SPECIAL SCREENING
(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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tN7TlwduYsM

GOLF

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join CCDS for another fun round of golf ON Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Oakridge Course at the Landings. It will benefit adults with developmental disabilities. Last year over $28,000, allowing Community Employment Services to serve a record number of people – people who are overcoming stereotypes and finding meaningful jobs in our community. Registration includes lunch, golf, dinner, prizes, awards, and a raffle full of incredible items that will suit any taste! For more information, visit the Golf Tournament Homepage or call (912) 644-7500.
ESSENTIAL OILS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Spring is in the Air with Ann Carroll, a Yoga and Essential Oils Workshop. Saturday, April 23 from 3-5 PM explore several different oils as we move through a gentle yoga practice leading into deep relaxation. Full details at www.savannahyoga.com/workshops

HOSPICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah is in great need of volunteers. Please complete an application on-line at www.HospiceSavannah.org/volunteer or call the volunteer department at 912.355.2289 for more information. No prior experience is needed – just a loving heart!

Speros Celebrates 32 Years Providing Technology Solutions for Businesses

By | Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, is celebrating 32 years providing technology solutions for businesses.

Founded by Susan Speros in 1984, the firm has continually diversified and grown its services and products, which now includes a state-of-the-art data center, telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design, branding solutions, and cloud computing. The Speros name has come to represent the forefront of technology by offering outstanding customer service and innovative technological expertise.

In addition to providing technological and branding solutions for corporate clients, Speros has also partnered with nonprofit organizations including The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia and Greenbriar Children’s Center, offering technological upgrades and increased data security through the migration of services and programs to the “Speros Cloud.” These solutions have enabled those organizations to realize significant cost savings in technology and communications.

Recent corporate milestones for Speros include the 2010 launch of the Speros Cloud computing service, which is hosted in the company’s state-of-the-art data center in Savannah. In 2015, Speros opened a new satellite office in Hinesville to provide technology solutions for businesses in Liberty County and surrounding areas. The company also recently expanded its website development division with new capabilities including high-end graphic design, integrated functionality and security components such as those required for medical forms and in e-commerce.

“The company continues to diversify and grow, keeping at the forefront of technology,” said Keith Fletcher, chief operations officer. “The Speros name is synonymous with great customer service and technological expertise. We are today, and will continue to be, ‘Technology That You Can Trust.’”

Susan Speros

Susan Speros

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team member continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Keith Fletcher
Chief Operations Officer
Speros
912.354.8900
kfletcher@speros.com

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

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Night of Champions To Feature Guest Appearance By Star From Where Hope Grows Movie

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lead Actor of Where Hope Grows, David DeSanctis will be joining the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) as they present their 7th annual Night of Champions. The event will be held on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa – Hotel Grand Ballroom located at 1 Resort Drive. This community event celebrates differently-abled adults, including these with Down syndrome, and recognizes the local businesses that employ those individuals.

LDSS is proud to announce that celebrity chef and author Jamie Deen will return as host. Tickets will be $40 each or $400 for a table of 10.

According to the National Down Syndrome Congress, as many as eighty percent of adults with Down syndrome are unemployed. LDSS hopes through this event and their ongoing awareness campaign, that they can lessen this statistic and increase the level understanding required to recognize the skills and contributions present in these individuals.

Before Night of Champions, David DeSanctis will be appearing at 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. This event will be sponsored by Savannah AMBUCS, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and the Coastal Center for Developmental Services.

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 (DeSanctis) who works at the local grocery store.

For more information on this years event, visit http://nightofchampions.org.

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

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
jcbogardus@gmail.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
CarriageTrade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

Enmarket Sets $100K Goal for This Year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser

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

Convenience Stores to Sell Paper Icons in Support of Light the Night Walk during the Month of May

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket has made a commitment to once again sell paper icons in all 64 of its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. The paper icons will be sold from Wednesday, April 27 to Tuesday, May 31.

The paper icons, which can be personalized with the donor’s name, can be purchased for $1 and will be displayed on surfaces inside the stores. The company has set an aggressive goal to raise $100,000 in support of LLS’s mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families.

In addition to the paper icons sales, enmarket will hold Full-Service Fridays. A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the store, where members of the enmarket management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing out coupons in hopes of collecting donations.

Full-Service Friday’s will be held at the following locations on the following dates:
April 29: Abercorn, 14000 Abercorn St. in Savannah, GA
May 6: 221 Bobby Jones Expressway in Augusta, GA
May 13: 2461 Charleston Highway in Aiken, SC
May 20: 3098 Watson Blvd in Warner Robins, GA
May 27: 6188 Highway 21 South in Rincon, GA

Local radio stations will be broadcasting at each event. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available and donors will be entered to win enmarket cash cards and other prizes.

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

Savannah’s Light The Night Walk will take place on Friday October 14 in Forsyth Park. During the event, walkers carry an illuminated balloon along the walk route. Cancer patients and survivors will carry white balloons as “lights of hope,” supporters carry red balloons and those walking in remembrance of someone carry gold balloons. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/ga or call 912-436-3280.

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Members of the Enmark and LLS team service a traveling family’s car: Houstoun Demere, Vice Present of Enmark Stations; Ruth Bartlett, Board of Trustees member of LLS and Chair of the Leadership Committee for LLS Savannah Area; Matt Clements, Director of Marketing at Enmark Stations

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Members of the Enmark and LLS team service a traveling family’s car: Houstoun Demere, Vice Present of Enmark Stations;
Ruth Bartlett, Board of Trustees member of LLS and Chair of the Leadership Committee for LLS Savannah Area; Matt Clements, Director of Marketing at Enmark Stations

(LEFT TO RIGHT): Ruth Bartlett, Board of Trustees member of LLS and Chair of the Leadership Committee for LLS Savannah Area; Matt Clements, Director of Marketing at Enmark Stations, speaks to a customer while attending to his car.

(LEFT TO RIGHT): Ruth Bartlett, Board of Trustees member of LLS and Chair of the Leadership Committee for LLS Savannah Area; Matt Clements, Director of Marketing at Enmark Stations, speaks to a customer while attending to his car.

ABOUT ENMARKET
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. Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, 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 www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

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

Firefighters Select Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society As Benefiting Charity for Annual Poker Run

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

(SAVANNAH, GA) The local chapter of the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club announces that their annual Poker Run will be held Sunday, April 24 and will benefit the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS). Registration for the 2.5 hour motorcycle run will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Southern Biker Gear in Richmond Hill. Proceeds collected from the event will directly support LDSS.

LDSS is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through a variety of efforts. The Poker Run specifically benefits Camp Buddy, The Night of Champions, and the annual Buddy Walk.

“We greatly appreciate the firefighters selecting the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society as the organization to benefit from this year’s event,” said Candy Bogardus, LDSS president. “We are always looking for ways to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.”

In addition, a family-friendly event is set to celebrate the end of the run at Savannah Harley Davidson, 1 Fort Argyle Road in Savannah, to include interactive games, a silent auction, door prizes, food, and live entertainment from Jacob Boswell, Taylor Cook and Greg Park.

For more information about the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, visit http://www.ldssga.org/. For more information on the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club of Savannah, visit http://redknights15.com/index.htm.

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

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Alternative Energy Panel Discussion Lead by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols at The Bowen Law Group in Savannah

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols held a panel discussion on alternative energy at The Bowen Law Group office in Savannah. The panelists addressed 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.

Panel members included:
§ Georgia Power: Norrie McKenzie
§ 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

“Several points from a variety of industries were brought up, and some of the main takeaways from the presentations were very interesting,” said Echols, “Rates are low below the national average. Georgia is fourth in the nation in solar without any kind of subsidy. New carbon-free nuclear reactors are 60% complete, though they are 39 months behind.”

Speakers discussed the merger between Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light, which will “ensure plentiful natural gas power generation for future years.” Compressed natural gas continues to be moved forward in the commercial sector and Savannah will be getting the first large station opening January 2017 by Colonial Energy.

The panel was held at The Bowen Law Group, located at 7 East Congress Street, 10th Floor in Savannah. Tickets were $25; healthy snacks and refreshments were supplied by enmarket.

Tim Echols moderates at the Alternative Energy Panel Discussion held at The Bowen Law Group in Savannah

Tim Echols moderates at the Alternative Energy Panel Discussion held at The Bowen Law Group in Savannah

Norrie McKenzie, the Vice-President of Renewables Development for Georgia Power speaks to panel about Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative Program

Norrie McKenzie, the Vice-President of Renewables Development for Georgia Power speaks to panel about Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative Program

CONTACT
Commissioner Tim Echols
706-340-0773
Twitter: @timechols

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 11, 2016

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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PANEL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Alternative Energy Panel Discussion Lead by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols at The Bowen Law Group in Savannah.

 JOY PROM
(SAVANNAH, GA) Xcel Strategies, Inc. announces that the 7th annual Joy Prom will be held on Friday, April 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Alee Temple, located at 100 Eisenhower Drive. Joy Prom is designed to celebrate life with purpose and offer differently-abled adults an enchanted experience by providing a night of dancing, food, friendship, and fun. This year’s theme is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which was inspired by Wizard of Oz. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joy-prom-2016-over-the-rainbow-tickets-22083961724

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  redcrossblood.org, searching the Sponsor Code SAVMall. For more information, visit http://carriagetradepr.com/american-red-cross-announces-fourth-annual-lori-dunham-gordon-memorial-blood-drive/
WALK YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH LECTURE

(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. Klinkenberg will discuss how to make walking a part of our everyday routine.  RSVP: http://healthysavannah.org/dates-for-2016-encourage-health-series/

MOVEMENT IN THE PARK

(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. http://www.dawnbakeronline.com/index.php?id=30

DOLLAR DAY
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Coastal Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America, will be holding an enmarket Dollar Day at the 7406 Waters Ave. store on Saturday, April 16. The nonprofit organization will receive $1 for every car wash, $1 at their charity table and $1 donations from enmarket customers. For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

DRT

(RINCON, GA)  DRT, a French-based chemical manufacturer, conducted a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this week in Effingham County for DRT America, LLC, its first plant in the United States. About 75 guests attended the event. DRT utilizes rosin and turpentine extracted from pine trees to produce products that are found in more than 250 items used by consumers. These include ingredients found in fragrances, adhesives, chewing gum, rubber, ink, varnish and paint. http://www.thedetaildepartment.com/news/44-news/127-drt-america-conducts-groundbreaking-ceremony

GARDEN PROJECT

(SAVANNAH, GA) The School Community Garden Project will construct a sustainable greenhouse from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed wood on , Saturday, April 16 at 12pm in Forsyth Park. Participants are asked to bring a 20oz. plastic water bottle and a pair of scissors. This project will support Hodge Elementary School’s Edible Garden. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org

ADVISORY BOARD FOR KINGFISHER POND

(HARDEEVILLE, SC / SAVANNAH, GA) Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges Announces Formation of Advisory Board for the Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project. The Center will be built adjacent to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on US Highway 17 between Hardeeville, SC and Savannah GA.  www.coastalrefuges.org

SWIM SPREE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Friends Introducing Swimming and Healthy Habits (FISHH) in collaboration with the Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team (GCAT) and the Savannah Swim Team (SST) will be holding a “Swim Spree” donation drive on Tuesday, April 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chatham County Aquatic Center, located 7240 Sallie Mood Road. This is the fourth year FISHH has held the “Swim Spree” in support of Horizons Savannah’s summer swimming program. In addition to monetary donations, new or gently used goggles, swim suits, towels and training equipment will be accepted at the Aquatic Center on or before April 12. All proceeds benefit students grades Kindergarten through 8th grade who participate in Horizons over the summer. For more information, visit  http://carriagetradepr.com/fishh-announces-donation-drive-support-horizons-savannahs-summer-swimming-program/

KIM THOMAS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group is pleased to announce that Kim Thomas has been named as director of operations for the Savannah area commercial construction company. She will work closely with clients during design and construction of projects, facilitating the work of architects and engineers as well as obtaining bids, submitting plans and managing paperwork. For more information, visit  http://carriagetradepr.com/dewitt-tilton-group-savannah-commercial-construction-company-appoints-kim-thomas-director-operations/

GOLF

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 37th annual Coastal Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Dodd Family Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Club at Savannah Harbor. All funds raised will benefit the Scoutreach program for low income, inner city youth. $500 per team includes lunch, dinner and team photo for each participant, and the $600 Corporate Team also includes Hole Sponsorship. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to winning teams. 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  Angela.Phillips@Scouting.orghttps://coastalgeorgiabsa.doubleknot.com/event/1884150

CAMP ALOHA

(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. www.HospiceSavannah.org/CampAloha 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 www.HospiceSavannah.org/CampAloha 

SPECIAL SCREENING

(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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tN7TlwduYsM

LAWYERS GUNS & MONEY FUNDRAISER

(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 May 21 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 http://main.diabetes.org/site/Calendar?id=51315&view=Detail&utm_source=Offline&utm_medium=Print&utm_content=savannahkap2016&utm_campaign=EVENT&s_src=vanity&s_subsrc=savannahkap2016

BEFORE YOU START A BUSINESS

(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 https://savannah.score.org/localworkshops/business-launchpad-0

LEADERSHIP
(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. For more information, visit  https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/leadership-southeast-georgia-visited-bullock-county/

WORDS

(INC) 10 Words Smart People Always Use (And 7 They Never Do)
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/10-words-smart-people-always-use-and-7-they-never-do.html

HOWINGTON SKIN CARE

(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: http://lcderm.com

MEETINGS
(LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society holds meetings every 4th Tuesday of the month where families can enjoy guest speakers, as well as, social time to meet others. For more information, visit www.ldssga.org/

LIFE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc. will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness workshop on Thursday, April 14th, from 1-3pm, at their office located at 5105 Paulsen Street, Suite 143-B. Representatives from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross will provide people with disabilities the tools needed to be prepared for dangerous weather. For more information, contact Shawana Bulloch at 912.920.2414sbulloch@lifecil.com, or visit www.lifecil.com

LEAD ACTOR – SPECIAL SCREENING
(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:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tN7TlwduYsM

GOLF

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join CCDS for another fun round of golf ON Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Oakridge Course at the Landings. It will benefit adults with developmental disabilities. Last year over $28,000, allowing Community Employment Services to serve a record number of people – people who are overcoming stereotypes and finding meaningful jobs in our community. Registration includes lunch, golf, dinner, prizes, awards, and a raffle full of incredible items that will suit any taste! For more information, visit the Golf Tournament Homepage or call (912) 644-7500.
FORBES
(SCORE) Have a crazy schedule? SCORE wants to make sure you can get all of the advice you need whenever you need it by accessing all of their past webinars 24/7 so you never miss a beat. For more information, visit http://ht.ly/MjnQy

ESSENTIAL OILS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Spring is in the Air with Ann Carroll, a Yoga and Essential Oils Workshop. Saturday, April 23 from 3-5 PM explore several different oils as we move through a gentle yoga practice leading into deep relaxation. Full details at www.savannahyoga.com/workshops

**STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN SAVANNAH – FREE – RSVP**

(SAVANNAH, GA) RSVP for May 4, 2016 THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS in Chatham, CO. Event is FREE but you must RSVP:http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecbseenif6cafe3a&llr=anwty5eab

START A BUSINESS TODAY

(INC) 6 Easy Tools to Start Your Business Today
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GET A MENTOR
(SAVANNAH, GA) When university classes and books just aren’t enough to jumpstart you on your next adventure, consider getting a mentor. Darius Foroux and Motto: Words to Live By, have done the work for you and compiled a list of the 7 tips for finding a mentor. For more information and advice on your next steps, visit http://motto.time.com/4266853/tips-finding-mentor/?xid=newsletter-brief

HOSPICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah is in great need of volunteers. Please complete an application on-line at www.HospiceSavannah.org/volunteer or call the volunteer department at 912.355.2289 for more information. No prior experience is needed – just a loving heart!

STRESSFUL SITUATIONS AT HOME

(PARK PLACE OUTREACH – YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER) Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah that serves at risk youth aged 11 to 17 going through stressful situations at home. For more information, visit  www.parkplaceyes.org/

MEET SUNSHINE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Sunshine, a 3 year old, female, ginger cat who is looking for a home. Sunshine is great with other cats and children and is up to date on all her shots. To view Sunshine and other pets available for adoption, visit:  http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2016-c-036-sunshine/