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August 2017

Joe Marchese of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society to Present at Chamber

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Joe Marchese of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society to Present at Chamber

Joe Marchese to Present on Integrating Workers with Different Abilities at Savannah Chamber of Commerce September ‘Power Hour’

(SAVANNAH, GA) Joe Marchese, of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), will be the keynote speaker for ‘Power Hour,’ presented by the Savannah Area Chamber’s Small Business Council on Tuesday, Sept. 12. His presentation will highlight the “Top Ten Ways to Contract and Utilize Workers with Different Abilities.”

Marchese, who is a past president and one of the founding members of LDSS, owns Marchese Construction and has more than eighteen years experience in the construction industry. He is also an accredited professional through the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program.

Marchese’s professional experience, in combination with his involvement with LDSS, has given him a unique perspective on hiring and working with people of different abilities.

“People with different abilities can bring diversity, a fresh perspective and growth to any community,” said Marchese. “I am excited to have the opportunity to communicate this important message to Savannah’s leaders and business influencers.”

LDSS strives to create a community that accepts and includes all of its members, including people with Down Syndrome and their families. Its activism extends from the Camp Buddy summer program for children with different abilities to the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions.

Savannah’s Small Business Council hosts the Savannah Area Chamber Power Hour each month, offering an opportunity for guest speakers to present topics relevant to small business owners and employees. For more information on the Chamber Power Hour, visit: http://www.savannahchamber.com

This month’s Chamber Power Hour will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. The meeting will include a lunch catered by Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant & Catering. Chamber members and guests can RSVP by emailing Stephanie Painter at spainter@savannahchamber.com.

Joe Marchese Low Country Down Syndrome Society

Joe Marchese of the Low Country Down Syndrome Society

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 fourth 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 https://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT 
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
cbogardus@ldssga.org

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

Peacock Automotive Breaks Ground on Audi Dealership

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Peacock Automotive Breaks Ground on Audi Dealership

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has broken ground on its new 30,000-square-foot Audi dealership at the New River Auto Mall on U.S. 278. The estimated cost of the new facility is $6 million, and it’s expected to create 20 new jobs in addition to the approximately 600 people Peacock Automotive currently employs.

Peacock Automotive Breaks Ground on Audi Dealership

Photo Caption: LEFT TO RIGHT:
Barbara Clark, Jasper County Council
Henry Etheridge, Jasper County Council
Carolyn Kassel, Hardeeville City Council
John Lyons, Peacock Automotive Lowcountry Platform Director
Marty Sauls, Jasper County Council Chairman
Harry Williams, Mayor of Hardeeville

Construction on the building will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.

The architecture firm contracted for this project was Hansen Architects, and Thompson-Turner is the contracted construction firm. Many local elected officials and organizations attended the event, which was held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the site of the new building.

The new dealership will be located two blocks down the street from the current Audi Hilton Head facility that is paired with Hilton Head Volkswagen. When it’s ready, Audi will move into the new building and the Volkswagen outlet will grow to occupy the vacated space. That facility then will be renovated according to current VW design standards.

“This expansion is made possible by the overwhelming demand for Audi and VW brands in our market,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “With this new facility, we are expecting to bring new inventory, new jobs and economic growth to one of the Southeast’s largest auto dealers in the South Carolina Lowcountry.”

The new Audi dealership will feature a state-of-the-art repair center along with convenient features such as a free coffee, beverage and snack bar. Audi Hilton Head will also be a dedicated Audi sport facility, which will expand its inventory of high-performance sport models and offer more sport factory parts and accessories.

“Our auto mall is a hub of quality vehicle brands at competitive prices,” said Peacock, “and this expansion puts every option and every service right at the fingertips of our valued customers.”

For more information about Peacock Automotive or the Audi dealership, visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ or call (843) 208-1258.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the New River Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. At the NRAM location, 13 brands are featured, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah; Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the NRAM Collision Center and the New River Wellness Institute in South Carolina. In September, NRAM will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the launch of a new name and logo. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

GPS Direction use: 265 Drivers Way, Hardeeville, SC 29927

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912.844-8880
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Peacock Automotive

Peacock Automotive Celebrates 15 Years in Business by Announcing New River Auto Mall Rebranding at Unveiling Party on Thursday, Sept. 7

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Peacock Automotive Celebrates 15 Years in Business by Announcing New River Auto Mall Rebranding at Unveiling Party on Thursday, Sept. 7

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive will hold an Unveiling Party for the rebranding of the New River Auto Mall on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. A new name and logo will be released during the event.

The Unveiling Party will take place at Audi Hilton Head at 137 Auto Mall Boulevard in Hardeeville, S.C. Invited guests will be the first to see the Auto Mall’s new branding materials while they enjoy refreshments and music.

Established in 2002, the New River Auto Mall is owned by Peacock Automotive, which also owns and operates dealerships in Savannah, Ga., Columbia, S.C., and Orlando, Fla., as well as the New River Wellness Institute and the New River Auto Mall Collision Center. The Auto Mall covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, 5 miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina.

The Auto Mall employs approximately 330 people and features 13 brands, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen.

Most recently, the Auto Mall broke ground for the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot dealership, Audi Hilton Head. Work on the new building is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018 at an estimated cost of $6 million.

“We are also adding a Maserati and Alfa Romeo dealership to the Auto Mall in the next few months,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We also have plans for renovating and rebuilding the dealerships on our 7.5-acre property in Savannah on the corner of Eisenhower Drive and Abercorn Street and at Peacock Ford in the Orlando area.”

In addition to a large inventory, the Auto Mall has state-of-the-art facilities for all automotive service and repair needs. Technicians are ASE-certified and work on all vehicle makes and models. Collision repair is also available. Every service appointment comes with a complimentary car wash.

“Establishing strong relationships with your customers, suppliers, employees and community partners is the key to success,” Peacock said. “One way is through planning events to support local not-for-profit organizations through sponsorships of a variety of events. Our dealerships all employ my personal mantra – zero dissatisfied customers.”

During the unveiling event on Sept. 7, the American Heart Association will kick off the 21st Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast by announcing the gala theme. Audi Hilton Head is the Legacy Sponsor for the Heart Ball, which will be held on Feb. 5, 2018, with an expected 400 guests. For more information on the Heart Ball, visit www.southerncoastheartball.org.

For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the New River Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. At the NRAM location, 13 brands are featured, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah; Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the NRAM Collision Center and the New River Wellness Institute in South Carolina. In September, NRAM will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the launch of a new name and logo. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance

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Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1,000 Encourage Health Grant to The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA) received an Encourage Health grant of $1,000 during the third lecture of the enmarket 2017 Encourage Health Education Series.

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah presents check to SUGA

Board members and friends of SUGA joined Bess Butler (center in red), representative of enmarket, and Paula Kreissler (right in white), representative of Healthy Savannah, during the Encourage Health Series presentation.

SUGA works to increase access to local, healthy food by promoting gardening and raising awareness for the benefits of homegrown food. The nonprofit organization collaborates with local schools to develop on-campus gardens, offers online guides to gardening and hosts interactive exhibits for children throughout the year. It also provides a community for area gardeners through online forums and monthly networking events.

SUGA is one of four local nonprofit groups to receive grants during the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series. Other recipients include The Living Vine, the Savannah Striders and the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Wellness executive Ross Harding, the luncheon’s keynote speaker, discussed “The Golden Healers: A Study of Ginger and Turmeric’s Effect on Health.” Harding is the co-founder and CEO of Verdant Kitchen, a gourmet and wellness company that crafts artisan foods and beverages with a focus on the health benefits of the ginger and turmeric family of spices.

The 2017 Encourage Health Education Series consists of four lunchtime presentations from respected professionals who share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for a healthy lifestyle. Registered attendees are treated to a free, healthy lunch.

The next lecture, on Oct. 24, will feature Davana Pilczuk, PhD, who works in the field of human performance with Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace. She will speak on “Stress and Sleep: The Forgotten Keys to Health,” and the Encourage Health $1,000 grant will be presented to the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

This marks the fourth year of the enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

To RSVP for the remaining lecture, visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/. For more information, visit http://enmarkstations.com/EncourageHealthSeries

ABOUT ENMARKET 
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which operates 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 60 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, 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
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, August 28, 2017

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10 WAYS TO UTILIZE WORKERS WITH DIFFERENT ABILITIES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Joe Marchese, past president and founding member of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), will be the keynote speaker for ‘Power Hour,’ presented by the Savannah Area Chamber’s Small Business Council on Tuesday, Sept. 12. His presentation will highlight the “Top Ten Ways to Contract and Utilize Workers with Different Abilities.” RSVP: http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=61For more info contact spainter@savannahchamber.com.

ENMARKET & HEALTHY SAVANNAH: $1,000 GRANT 
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance received an Encourage Health grant of $1,000 during the third lecture of the enmarket 2017 Encourage Health Education Series. The garden alliance works to increase access to local, healthy food by promoting gardening and raising awareness for the benefits of homegrown food. It is one of four local nonprofit groups to receive grants during the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series. For more information, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com.

ENTERTAINMENT TAX CREDITS
(SOUTHERN GATEWAY PRODUCTION SERVICES) The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office offers production incentives worth up to 30 percent of production expenditures for qualifying projects. To check on whether your project qualifies, visit, http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com

AUDI HILTON HEAD DEALERSHIP 

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive broke ground Aug. 22 on its new 30,000-square-foot Audi Hilton Head dealership at the New River Auto Mall. PHOTOS: 
http://beta.spotted.blufftontoday.com/mediadetail/31069242?channel=26609&gId=686516Estimated cost of the new facility is $6 million, and it is expected to create 20 jobs. Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.  Visit  http://www.audihiltonhead.com/, or call (843) 208-1258.

COMMUNITY GIVING DAY FOR HEALTHY SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is the recipient of Whole Foods Market Savannah 5% Day. The Community Giving Day is Thursday, Aug. 31, and 5% of the entire day’s net sales will be donated to Healthy Savannah. Whole Foods Market Savannah is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store is located at 1815 Victory Dr. For more information, call (912) 272-9494or visit http://healthysavannah.org

SPONSORS NEEDED FOR JAYCEES ANNIVERSARY
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees are seeking sponsors for the 75th Anniversary gala to take place on Saturday, October 21. For more information on sponsorship levels and needs, please contact Cynthia Wright at savannahjaycees@gmail.com or 912-856-9075

AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED TO HELP AT- RISK TEENS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter needs auction items for its gala on Friday, February 2. Park Place is a temporary residential home for at-risk kids and teens ages 11-17 at 514 E. Henry St. Please call (912) 234-4048 to coordinate or visit https://www.parkplaceyes.org/

SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING TRENDS
(INC) With so many marketing tactics to choose from, creating your own marketing plan can be challenging.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

(THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP) It may be time to schedule a commercial construction preventive maintenance visit. If you never bother to have your HVAC cleaned or don’t think your restaurant construction budget allows for an annual jetting of the pipes, you could be in for a world of hurt and lost revenue. On average, preventive maintenance costs are far lower than the cost to replace major equipment. For more information, visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/

HEALING PROPERTIES, THINGS TO KNOW

(SAVANNAH, GA) Verdant Kitchen™ Co-Founder and CEO Ross Harding Speaks on the Healing Properties of Ginger and Turmeric During August 22 Encourage Health Education Lecture. For more information, visit enmarket.com

HEAR THE DETAILS OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S FIRST PRODUCTION MEADERY
(SAVANNAH, GA) The mind behind South Carolina’s first production Meadery will speak at 1 Million Cups on Sept. 6. Mead, an ancient fermented beverage made from honey, is experiencing exponential growth in the craft beverage sector. Learn about this new regional business, sourcing honey from beekeepers throughout the Southeast, as it enters the market. 1 Million Cups is held from 9-10 a.m. every Wednesday at Bull Street Labs on the second floor at 2222 Bull St. There is free coffee, easy on-street parking and no cost to attend. http://www.1millioncups.com/savannah

FRUIT JUICE MAY HARM CHILDREN’S TEETH
(SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL) The Academy of Pediatrics recommends that fruit juice not be given to children under 12 months of age. The high levels of sugar found in these juices can be harmful to young ones’ teeth. Fruit juice intake for older children should also be limited. For more information, visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/


LEND A HAND

(SAVANNAH, GA) In celebration of 36 years of service, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is hosting an all-day volunteer pack-a-thon on Thursday, September 14 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The goal is to pack 3,600 food boxes for hungry people in our community. Vounteer your time at https://helpendhunger.volunteermatrix.com

FIVE WAYS TO NAVIGATE ZONING REGULATIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) If you’ve ever seen one of those yellow signs posted on a building or empty lot announcing a zoning change petition, you probably know the property owner or potential owner wants to build something new or alter the current building’s purpose and must first seek permission from the governing municipality to rezone the lot.  While zoning issues are unlikely to affect most people, they can be a complicated and lengthy process for a zoning petitioner.  For tips on how to navigate zoning regulations, please visit http://savannahnow.com/2017-08-17/thomas-five-ways-navigate-savannah-s-zoning-regulations.

CREATE A SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY  
(SAVANNAH, GA) The UGA Small Business Development Center in Savannah and the UGA SBDC at Georgia Southern present a class on Sept. 26th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn from social media expert Lisa Kandra as she presents her national program designed to teach business owners how they can leverage social media by implementing a strategy focused on goals and getting results. For more information, visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/creating-a- social-media- strategy-for- your-business/

EMAILS AND PROFESSIONALISM
(INC) Is it unprofessional to use emoticons in work emails?

DONATION TO MILITARY FAMILIES
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Cinnamon Bear Stores, a family-owned group of high-end gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years, has donated $1,040 to the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, a 501(c)3 non-profit, social and welfare organization that supports the military community through social outreach, academic scholarships and welfare grants. The donation came from proceeds raised during the Cinnamon Bear Stores grand opening celebrations for their new location in the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn St. For more information, visit https://cinnamonbearstores.com

SPEED NETWORKING

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber will hold a speed networking session on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. with the program at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 for Chamber members only. For more information or to RSVP,  http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/making-connection-speed-networking-august-30/


RED CROSS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 
(SAVANNAH, GA) The public is invited to celebrate 100 years of the local Red Cross. View memorabilia and learn about Red Cross work in the community. The event is Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. at Service Brewing Company, 574 Indian St., Savannah, GA 31401. Please RSVP to esther.sheppard@redcross.org  or 912-651-5300 x349 This event is free. Must be 21 to enter, No children or infants.

ABBIE DELOACH FUNDRAISER
(SAVANNAH, GA) All Robert W. Groves Alumni are invited to an Epic All-Class High School Reunion.  The Abbie DeLoach Foundation will host an afternoon of food, football and fun on Sept. 9.  History is being made by uniting not only a high school but a community. Buy tickets online. Each ticket includes a $25 donation to the Foundation. Abbie DeLoach was one of five Georgia Southern University nursing students who were killed in a car-truck accident on Interstate 16 on April 22, 2015. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rw-groves-alumni-for-abbie-tickets-36939272358?aff=alumniforabbie

COMPANY CULTURE
(FORBES) Checking the Pulse of your Company Culture

FREE TRIP TO INDIA
(ROTARY DISTRICT 6920) Seeking Rotarians and non Rotarians to submit an application for a month-long trip to India starting in mid January 2018. Applications due before Sept. 15https://youtu.be/xHNDa88ktD4

LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
(HILTON HEAD, SC) THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference, Sept. 28,. Cynthia Wright, with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing’s will discuss social media.  Registration is open for this new women’s event, and an early bird rate is available.  A limited number of vendor tables are available.  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eedzcijv9ff2e23e&llr=rlupm5cab&showPage=true 

LDSS BUDDY WALK 2017
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2017 Buddy Walk for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Savannah’s Forsyth Park. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed immediately by a Family Fun Festival. This one-mile fundraising event raises awareness and funds for local programs that benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families. To learn more about the Buddy Walk or to register, visit https://www.facebook.com/lowcountrydownsyndromesociety/

ART TOUR ISSUES CALL FOR ARTISTS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Arts Resource Collective of Savannah (ARC) is partnering with Hospice Savannah, Inc. to present this year’s Arts and Artisans Tour on Thursday, Nov. 2. The tour features art and artists in several homes in the Historic District. Applications for the juried show can be found at http://www.arcsavannah.org/aanda2017. For more information, contact info@arcsavannah.org

BUSINESS GROWTH
(INC) 10 Cities Where Businesses are Growing Like Crazy

HOLIDAY AUCTION HOSTED BY BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
(SAVANNAH, GA)  On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the annual Holiday Auction hosted by Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America will take place at 6 p.m. at the Landings Plantation Club. Your support of the Holiday Auction will help pay for inner city kids from low income homes to learn outdoor skills, have mentors and participate in the proven leadership and life skills development programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Call Angela Phillips at the Scout Office at 912-927-7272 x 204 to reserve your place or to sign up as a volunteer or sponsor.

“SWEET SISSY”: A GREAT ADDITION TO ANY HOME
(SAVANNAH, GA) Sissy is a female tabby who is about a year old and in need of a home. She is currently living at Coastal Pet Rescue and would love a multi-cat home. She is a friendly lap cat who loves to play with toys and sit on the couch. To view Sissy and other pets available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-c-116-sissy-2/

Healthy Savannah recipient of Whole Foods Market Savannah’s 5% Day

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Healthy Savannah recipient of Whole Foods Market Savannah’s 5% Day

SAVANNAHHealthy Savannah is the recipient of Whole Foods Market Savannah 5% Day. The Community Giving Day is Thursday, Aug. 31, and 5% of the entire day’s net sales will be donated to Healthy Savannah. Healthy Savannah is a local non-profit dedicated to making Savannah a healthier place to live by increasing opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet.

“We are excited to be partnering with Whole Foods Market for this special day! Joining us will be other Healthy Savannah partners as we increase awareness on opportunities to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in our community!” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development for Healthy Savannah.

Proceeds from the day will be added to the Healthy Savannah Mini Grant fund.
Whole Foods Market Savannah is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store is located at 1815 Victory Dr. For more information, call (912)272-9494.

Additional information:
Healthy Savannah is accepting applications through August 31st for Healthy Savannah Mini Grants. Organizations who promote the Healthy Savannah mission of encouraging residents to move towards healthy lifestyles. Application focus areas should include one of the following: increasing the number of active community environments – Utilize urban planning approaches that promote physical activity; increasing access to health-promoting foods – Increase access to fruits and vegetables consumed by community residents; and increasing the number of people who have access to low cost or free recreational opportunities – Increase community ownership, involvement in, and use of public facilities.

The Healthy Savannah Mini Grant project is a community-level response to combat the obesity epidemic and the chronic diseases to which it contributes, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. These diseases are on the rise in Savannah, across the region, and nationwide. As such, Healthy Savannah is an organization of local agencies and partners committed to preventing chronic diseases by promoting policies that support healthy eating and physical activity.

MORE INFORMATION ON HEALTHY SAVANNAH: Healthy Savannah is dedicated to making Savannah a
healthier place to live. Launched in 2007 by (then) Mayor Otis Johnson, Healthy Savannah’s mission is to achieve a healthier community by creating and advocating for a variety of policies and programs to increase opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet. Healthy Savannah supports local programs for families, schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations. The leadership team is composed of people from all sectors of the community. Business owners, non-profit managers, government and public service staff, community organizers, and faith-based leaders all play a role in helping the vision of a healthy Savannah come to life.

For more information, contact:

Paula Kreissler
Director of Healthy Living and Community Development, Healthy Savannah and YMCA of Coastal Georgia
912-272- 9494
Paula@healthysavannah.org

Five Ways to Navigate Zoning Regulations

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Five Ways to Navigate Zoning Regulations
By Kim Thomas of The Dewitt Tilton Group

If you’ve ever seen one of those yellow signs posted on a building or empty lot announcing a zoning change petition, you probably know the property owner or potential owner wants to build something new or alter the current building’s purpose and must first seek permission from the governing municipality to rezone the lot.

While zoning issues are unlikely to affect most people in their lifetimes, they can be a complicated and lengthy process for a zoning petitioner.

Zoning is defined as a power granted to municipalities by the state to promote public health, safety and general welfare and to protect and preserve areas of historical, cultural or architectural significance. The land is divided into separate districts within which uses are permitted, prohibited or permitted with conditions.

Zoning ordinances are put in place by the local municipality to help protect residents and guide commercial growth of the community in positive ways. Therefore, business owners who are thinking about buying, developing or altering a property need to become familiar with the basics of zoning and how those rules could impact their plans, budgets and timelines.

Here are five ways to better navigate the zoning process:

1. Before starting the search for a property, ask your real estate adviser to help identify how areas of the community are zoned and what parcels are best suited for your business location. If possible, look for a property already zoned for your type of business. Your real estate adviser can play a huge role in helping to find zoning that meets your requirements.

2. If you find a property you’d like to consider but is zoned differently from your needs, consult with your real estate advisor, land attorney, civil engineer or contractor of record to determine whether the local municipality might consider a petition for rezoning.

For example, if you’re looking at a piece of land for an industrial business and the parcel is outside an industrial park but touches it, the local planning commission is more likely to consider rezoning the parcel than if it is adjacent to non-industrial areas.

3. If the property you wish to purchase must be rezoned for your commercial needs, start the process by visiting the local government where the parcel is located. Invite your land attorney, civil engineer or contractor of record to join you or represent you. Navigating zoning procedures can be overwhelming for those who are not industry professionals.

4. Be aware of special circumstances. For example, if the property is in Savannah’s Historic District, your first stop should be at the Historic District Board of Review because they must approve your preliminary concept before you can take any other step in the zoning process. Again, your industry professional can help you determine whether your property is in an area where special circumstances need to be considered.

5. Try to become familiar with zoning terms such as your desired property’s zoning designation and parcel identification number (PIN) as well as how the zoning process works in your community.

For example, the Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission maintains authoritative zoning ordinances for Chatham County and working zoning ordinances for the city of Savannah. Over the past few years, both governments have been working to update and unify their ordinances, a process known as NewZO (New Zoning Ordinances).

Once your zoning is in place, the next step in the development process is to get permitting underway. This involves submitting your plans to the local planning commission, which will direct them through the appropriate departments for review and approval. As you might expect, the permitting process has its own procedures.

You can view the city of Savannah’s zoning information at http://www.savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1123 and the Savannah Area Geographic Information System (SAGIS) zoning map at http://www.sagis.org/ Zoning ordinances for the city and county are available at http://www.thempc.org/

 

Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

Kim Thomas is the director of operations at Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah area commercial construction company.

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, August 21, 2017

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Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire


DONATION TO MILITARY FAMILIES
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Cinnamon Bear Stores, a family-owned group of high-end gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years, has donated $1,040 to the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, a 501(c)3 non-profit, social and welfare organization that supports the military community through social outreach, academic scholarships and welfare grants. The donation came from proceeds raised during the Cinnamon Bear Stores grand opening celebrations for their new location in the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn St. For more information, visit https://cinnamonbearstores.com

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Janis Snaid, Lynne Snaid and Michael Snaid from the Cinnamon Bear Stores presents check to Jenny Petersen, First Vice President of the Marne Community and Spouses Club of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.


BETHESDA LEADERSHIP TRAINING

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy has announced a new Leadership Development Program to be introduced into the school’s curriculum. The sequenced, age-appropriate program will be integrated into the Bethesda curriculum for all students from grades six through 12 with academic classes. Staying true to the vision of founder the Rev. George Whitefield, the leadership curriculum will have three tiers: Leadership Training, Experiential Learning with opportunities to practice/apply leadership skills, and an Expert Speaker and Conference series where successful leaders from all walks of life share their wisdom with Bethesda students. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org


WOMEN IN BUSINESS MEETING: CHANGE OF LOCATION AND TIME

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 24, at Cutter’s Point Coffee, located at 7360 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406. Helen Stone, County Commissioner for District 1 of Chatham County, will present business updates from the past half year at the meeting. Organized by Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental, the coalition meets bi-annually in Sandfly. For more information, contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carrigetradepr.com


SPEROS LUNCH AND LEARN
(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros announces an Interactive Presentation System Lunch and Learn event to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 at Vic’s on the River. The technology experts will be sharing information on the latest interactive display systems and how to use these in business. Lunch is provided, but RSVPs are required. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (912) 354-8900, or visit www.speros.com/events.

KICKOFF FOR NEW AUDI HILTON HEAD DEALERSHIP

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has announced the opening of a new Audi Hilton Head dealership. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 30,000-square-foot facility will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. For more information on Peacock Automotive, visit
https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ For more information on Audi Hilton Head, visit http://www.audihiltonhead.com/
Future Home of Audi Hilton Head

Audi Hilton Head


ABUSE RAISES RISK OF TEENS RUNNING AWAY
(PARK PLACE OUTREACH) Within the dysfunctional family environments cited by runaway and homeless youth, abuse is often a factor. Verbal abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse before the age of 18 are all correlated with higher runaway rates. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org
HURRICANE SEASON 2017
(TIME) National forecasters are predicting a busy hurricane season.

HEAR THE STORY OF PAPRIKA SOUTHERN
(SAVANNAH, GA) On Aug. 21 with 1 Million Cups, meet the women behind Paprika Southern, the women-focused magazine rooted in southern arts and culture. Their content includes in-depth interviews and stunning visuals. Learn about their journey from an online publication to a printed publication and how the Savannah community has helped along the way. Free. 2222 Bull St.  Similar programs charge as much as $14,900 tuition.  www.1millioncups.com/Savannah

APPLE GOES STEP FURTHER
(MASHABLE) The First Made-for-iPhone Cochlear Implant

SUMMER LEARNING OFFERS SUCCESS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah recently completed another action packed six weeks of learning and academics, college tours, cultural activities, swimming lessons, art, music and weekly field trips. At the end of the summer experience, families complete a program survey. One parent’s comment sums up the program: “The teachers taught my daughter to be more independent and she now knows that she can do anything she puts her mind to.” To learn more about Horizons Savannah or for ways to get involved, visit http://horizonsavannah.org


SAVINGS WITH COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION
(THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP) About 20 percent of the energy we use in the U.S. goes to power commercial buildings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. When offices and schools become as energy efficient as possible using the “whole building” approach, they can save as much as  70 percent on energy consumption. For more information, visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/

RED CROSS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The public invited to celebrate 100 years of the local Red Cross. View memorabilia and learn about Red Cross work in the community. The event is Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 6:00 P.M. Service Brewing Company ,574 Indian St., Savannah, GA 31401. Please RSVP by August 25th to  esther.sheppard@redcross.org  or 912-651-5300 x349.  *This event is free! Must be 21 to enter, No children or infants.


HOLIDAY AUCTION HOSTED BY BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

(SAVANNAH, GA)  On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the annual Holiday Auction hosted by Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America will take place at 6 p.m. at the Landings Plantation Club. Your support of the Holiday Auction will help pay for inner city kids from low income homes to learn outdoor skills, have mentors and participate in the proven leadership and life skills development programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Call Angela Phillips at the Scout Office at 912-927-7272 x 204 to reserve your place or to sign up as a volunteer or sponsor.

ABBIE DELOACH FUNDRAISER

(SAVANNAH, GA) All Robert W. Groves Alumni are invited to an Epic All-Class High School Reunion.  The Abbie DeLoach Foundation will host an afternoon of food, football and fun.  History is being made by uniting not only a high school but a community. Buy tickets online. Each ticket includes a $25 donation to the Foundation. Abbie DeLoach was one of five Georgia Southern University nursing students who were killed in a car-truck accident on Interstate 16 on April 22, 2015. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rw-groves-alumni-for-abbie-tickets-36939272358?aff=alumniforabbie


ENTERTAINMENT
(SOUTHERN GATEWAY PRODUCTION SERVICES) We’ve seen a surge in TV and movie production companies coming to Savannah to take advantage of our idyllic landscapes. But what do you do if someone knocks on your door and wants to use your house as a set? For more information, visit http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com

MUST-SEE TED TALKS
(THE ALTERNATIVE DAILY) 10 TED Talks every entrepreneur should see.

TREE DAMAGE

(DAILY MAIL) Savannah city officials seek restitution for damage to historic oak tree.

POOR DENTAL HYGIENE CAN HURT ENTIRE BODY

(SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL) Poor dental hygiene has been linked to a plethora of health issues beyond simple tooth decay. Pancreatic cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease have all been tied to a lack of dental attention. Maintaining a healthy routine at home, along with  regular cleaning and checkups, can alleviate those risks. For more information, visit

COMMUNITY SAFETY OUTING WITH MAYOR AS DJ
(WSAV) A safer Savannah community gathering brought community leaders and families together recently in Forsyth Park. Savannah Major Eddie DeLoach took a turn as DJ during the event. More photos and information at http://wsav.com/2017/08/07/mayor-supports-community-event-by-taking-turn-as-dj/

MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS SELLS MORNING NEWS 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Morning News has a new owner on the horizon. http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-08-09/morris-publishing-sells-savannah-morning-news-gatehouse-media

LIVESTREAM ON TUESDAY:  
ENCOURAGE HEALTH’S  ‘THE GOLDEN HEALERS’ 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Wellness company executive Ross Harding will present ‘The Golden Healers: A Study of Ginger and Turmeric’s Effect on Health’ on Tuesday, Aug. 22, during a lunchtime lecture presented as part of the 2017 Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series.  This event will be LIVESTREAMED on Healthy Savannah’s Facebook page. For more information, please visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS
(INC) That Won’t Bust Your Budget

CHATHAM COUNTY BUSINESS UPDATE, Q&A

(SAVANNAH, GA) Helen Stone, county commissioner for District 1 of Chatham County, will present business updates from the past half year on Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at Cutters Point Coffee. Event is free. Must RSVP to cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

ART TOUR ISSUES CALL FOR ARTISTS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Arts Resource Collective of Savannah (ARC) is partnering with Hospice Savannah, Inc. to present this year’s Arts and Artisans Tour on Thursday, Nov. 2. The tour features art and artists in several homes in the Historic District. Applications for the juried show can be found at http://www.arcsavannah.org/aanda2017. For more information, contact info@arcsavannah.org

SECOND HARVEST SUMMER FOOD SERVICE 
(SAVANNAH, GA) America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is participating in the Summer Food Service Program until Friday, Aug. 28. Meals will be provided to all children without charge at First African Baptist Church at 23 Montgomery Street in Savannah from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and at Good Will Baptist Church at 167 Blandford Street in Rincon from 6:30-7 p.m. Learn more about second harvest at https://www.facebook.com/Help.End.Hunger.Ga/

SPEED NETWORKING
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber will hold a speed networking session on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. with the program at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 for Chamber members only. For more information or to RSVP,  http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/making-connection-speed-networking-august-30/

ENDING AN INTERNSHIP?
(INC) Amazon Hiring Manager Reveals 6 Things to do Before Ending an Internship

LDSS BUDDY WALK 2017
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2017 Buddy Walk for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will be held on Saturday, October 7 in Savannah’s Forsyth Park with the walk beginning at 10amimmediately followed by a Family Fun Festival. This one mile fundraising event raises awareness and funds for local programs that benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families. To learn more about the Buddy Walk or to register, visit https://www.facebook.com/lowcountrydownsyndromesociety/

FREE TRIP TO INDIA

(ROTARY DISTRICT 6920) Seeking Rotarians and non Rotarians to submit an application for a month long trip to India starting in mid January 2018. Applications due before September 15, 2017https://youtu.be/xHNDa88ktD4


LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
(HILTON HEAD, SC) THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference, September 28, 2017. Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing’s own Cynthia Wright will be speaking on Social Media.  Registration is open for this new women’s event and an early bird rate is available now.  Limited number of vendor tables are also available.

 http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eedzcijv9ff2e23e&llr=rlupm5cab&showPage=true 


PETE IS LOOKING FOR A FOREVER HOME
(SAVANNAH, GA) Pete is a male, American Staffordshire Terrier Mix about 10 weeks old. Pete is thought of as “a very loving guy” that would be an excellent addition to any family and was rescued with his mother and 3 brothers from animal control.  To view Pete, his siblings, or any other pet available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2017-d-217-pete/

Speros Presents Lunch and Learn Presentation on New Business Video Conferencing Technology

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Speros Presents Lunch and Learn Presentation on New Business Video Conferencing Technology

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a Savannah-based technology services company, announces an Interactive Presentation System Lunch and Learn event to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 at Vic’s on the River, located at 26 E Bay St, Savannah, Ga.

“Interactive display systems harness the power of your desktop computer to enhance presentations, video-conferences, training sessions and teaching activities,” said Susan Speros, CEO of Speros. “During our presentation, we will show how this technology can be used as business tools. This presentation system eliminates the old fashion white board, projector and outdated video conferencing units.”

Lunch is provided, but RSVPs are required. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (912) 354-8900, or visit speros.com/events.

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 members 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
kfletchers@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Cinnamon Bear Presents Check to MARNE

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Cinnamon Bear Presents Check to MARNE

The Cinnamon Bear Stores Presents Donation of More Than $1,000 to Marne Community and Spouses Club of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Cinnamon Bear Stores, a family-owned group of high-end gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years, has donated $1,040 to the MARNE Community and Spouses’ Club of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, a 501©3 non-profit, social and welfare organization that supports the military community through social outreach, academic scholarships and welfare grants.

The donation came from proceeds raised during the Cinnamon Bear Stores grand opening celebrations for their new location in the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn St.

“Opening our store in this new destination location offering more upscale merchandise is exciting, but having the opportunity to partner with a local organization that helps our military and their families is truly an honor,” said co-owner Michael Snaid. “We were blessed by the turnout for our grand opening celebrations, and we are so excited to share this good fortune with the Marne group.”

The Cinnamon Bear offered an additional 15 percent discount during the grand opening to those with a valid military ID.

“This is huge for our group,” said Nina Elison, president of the Marne group. “The only way we can make a difference in this community is with the help of local businesses and our partners. Michael and Lynne have been very supportive of our mission, and we are most thankful that they chose to celebrate their grand opening by giving back to us.”

This is the first of a series of events planned by Cinnamon Bear to support the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club. The retailer also plans to launch a holiday writing contest for families of Marne.

During the past two decades, The Cinnamon Bear Stores have become a frequent stop for families vacationing along the Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida coasts with locations at Harbour Town on Hilton Head, City Market and River Street in Savannah and at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.

Along with other Cinnamon Bear stores, the new location offers award-winning gourmet products, gifts, toys and books. The new store also offers luxury brands including Brighton, Vera Bradley, Life is Good, Spartina, Lampe Berger Paris, Baggallini and Beatriz Ball.

For more information on The Cinnamon Bear Stores, visit https://cinnamonbearstores.com. To contact the new store, call 912-228-8721.

For more information on the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club, visit http://www.marnecommunityclub.com/

Cinnamon Bear presents check to MARNE

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Janis Snaid, Lynne Snaid and Michael Snaid from the Cinnamon Bear Stores presents check to Jenny Petersen, First Vice President of the Marne Community and Spouses Club of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

ABOUT THE CINNAMON BEAR STORES
The Cinnamon Bear Stores is a family-owned group of upscale gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years. With locations in Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Amelia Island, The Cinnamon Bear Stores feature award-winning gourmet products, gifts, toys and books; along with a variety of ice creams, coffees and slushies. For more information, contact Michael Snaid at 912-492-6046 or Michael@CinnamonBearStores.com; Lynne Snaid at 912-484-0695 or Lynne@CinnamonBearStores.com; or visit online at https://cinnamonbearstores.com

ABOUT THE MARNE COMMUNITY AND SPOUSES CLUB
The Marne Community and Spouses Club is a non-profit social and welfare organization whose mission is to support Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield families and the greater Marne community. Each year the club contributes to the local community and military families in the form of community outreach, academic scholarships and welfare grants. For more information, visit http://www.marnecommunityclub.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com 
912.856.9075