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September 2017

Skidaway Kiwanis Awards Grants to Local Savannah Non-Profit Organizations

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Skidaway Kiwanis Awards Grants to Local Savannah Non-Profit Organizations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway presented $56,000 to local charities during its annual awarding of grants event on Thursday, September 28 in the Plantation Ballroom, The Landings, 1 Cottonwood Lane, Savannah, Ga 31411.

The Kiwanis Club is pleased that we are able to help local service organizations meet their needs this year,” said Ben Gustafson, Kiwanis President. “We care deeply about the children of Chatham County, especially at-risk children who need help to grow, learn, be safe and lead healthy, productive lives.”

The mission of the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is to help at-risk children in the Savannah area. The Kiwanians of Skidaway spend countless hours volunteering and raising money through events, member support and corporate donations to help those in need.

The organizations receiving a 2017-2018 grant include:

America’s Second Harvest — Kids Cafe
Backpack Buddies of Skidaway Island
Childhood Cancer Family Support Fund
Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center
Coastal Conservation Association
Congregation Agudath Achim (Back Pack Buddies)
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Family Promise of Greater Savannah
Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes
Greenbriar Children’s Center
Hesse K8 PTA
Horizons Savannah
Junior Achievement
Local Outreach Volunteers Educators (L.O.V.E.)
Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire
National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter
Performance Initiatives Fitness Savannah
Social Apostolate
Special Olympics
Union Mission
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah
Youth Challenge Academy

To learn more about Kiwanis Club of Skidaway, visit http://www.kiwanisofskidaway.com/about/.

Left to Right Ben Gustafson President of Kiwanis presents a grant to Performance Initiatives board members Will Dent Lindsey Little and Jeff Heeder

Left to Right Ben Gustafson President of Kiwanis presents a grant to Performance Initiatives board members Will Dent Lindsey Little and Jeff Heeder

Left to Right Ben Gustafson President of Kiwanis presents grant to Junior Achievement of Georgia representatives Tom Stephens and Patrece B. Grant

Left to Right Ben Gustafson President of Kiwanis presents grant to Junior Achievement of Georgia representatives Tom Stephens and Patrece B. Grant

Ben Gustafson President of Kiwanis and Thom Greenlaw Grant Project Coordinator for Kiwanis

Ben Gustafson President of Kiwanis and Thom Greenlaw Grant Project Coordinator for Kiwanis

Organizational representatives of Savannah Nonprofit organizations were presented grants from the Kiwanis of Skidaway

Organizational representatives of Savannah Nonprofit organizations were presented grants from the Kiwanis of Skidaway

ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SKIDAWAY
The Club has been serving Savannah’s kids since 1988. Skidaway Kiwanis raised and distributed over $1,400,000 and invested over 300,000 service hours in their mission of helping the children of Savannah. They currently have 134 members—men and women who meet every Thursday morning in the Plantation Club ballroom for breakfast, a brief business meeting, and a guest speaker. Each week, the speaker discusses some area of interest, such as local history, local or national events or issues, sports, art, literature, business, education or service opportunities. The club sponsors several fundraising events each year to support its charitable causes and has other fundraising programs that operate year-round. In addition, many of their members are involved as volunteers at youth service organizations in the area.

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

Kole Management Expands to Charlotte Area, Buys Pavilion Village Apartments

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Kole Management Expands to Charlotte Area, Buys Pavilion Village Apartments

(SAVANNAH, GA/ CHARLOTTE, NC) Kole Management Company (KMC), a family-owned property management and investment firm based in Savannah, announces the acquisition of Pavilion Village, a 294-unit luxury apartment community in the rapidly growing Harris Boulevard submarket of Charlotte, N.C., near I-85 and I-485.

Built in 2016, Pavilion Village consists of one-, two- and three-bedroom garden-style units with nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens with stainless appliances and espresso cabinetry, garden tubs with built-in shelving, walk-in closets and washer/dryer connections. Property amenities at the gated community include a resort-style saltwater pool with a poolside kitchen and gathering place, complimentary wi-fi in common areas, a 24-hour fitness center, a dog park and a pet wash station.

Pavilion Village is the first Charlotte-area property acquired by KMC. It’s located in the second largest employment area in the region and is adjacent to the new 61,000-square-foot Shoppes at Mallard Creek and near the 19,500-seat PNC Music Pavilion. It’s close to a new section of Charlotte’s light rail line set to open next year and will have direct access to the city’s planned 26-mile greenway system.

“We’re elated by the acquisition of Pavilion Village,” said KMC president Jeff Kole. “Its apartment features and community amenities are all top rank, and it’s close to a lot of employment growth and lifestyle improvements happening in Charlotte.”

KMC owns and operates more than 2,300 apartments in Georgia and North Carolina, including three Macon properties (Riverstone, Falls at Spring Creek and Legacy at River Crossing), Ten35 Alexander in Augusta and, in the Savannah area, Alhambra, Wyndmere, Kessler Point, Rendant, Arbors, Ridgewood, Carriage House and Ashton at Richmond Hill.

 Kole Management Company


Kole Management Company

ABOUT KOLE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Kole Management Co. owns and operates eight apartment communities in the Savannah area, one each in Augusta and Charlotte, and three in Macon with more than 2,300 total units. Residents of Kole Management apartment communities enjoy many benefits, including the ability to pay rent and request work orders online. The company employs more than 70 maintenance, management and leasing personnel, all of whom are local and able to assist residents with their immediate needs. Kole Management is a family-owned company with a 25-year tradition of owning and operating well-maintained apartment communities. For more information on Kole Management, call 912-232-3555 or visit Kolemc.com

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

Kim Thomas joins Local Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction

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Kim Thomas joins Local Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kim Thomas, Director of Operations at Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah area commercial construction company, has been elected to serve as Vice President of The Savannah chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as NAWIC #380 announces the new 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

NAWIC was founded in 1953 to create a support network for women in the construction industry and to continue to grow the influence and presence of women in the industry. It received its national charter two years later. Today NAWIC serves chapters in 14 regions, partnering with leading construction firms to provide its members with mentoring, networking, leadership development, skill advancement and education on the latest industry trends. The Savannah Chapter has been active in this region for 15 years and boasts members from many local and national organizations related to the construction industry.

NAWIC presents a wonderful opportunity for me to connect and share ideas with industry leaders and educators both in Savannah and nationally,” said Thomas. “I am thrilled to take on a leadership position that will allow me to influence the growth of an organization so dedicated to supporting women in construction.”

Thomas joins newly-elected board members Laura Lee Bocade of DIRTT Environmental Solutions as President, Brandy Davenport of Savannah Construction & Preservation as Treasurer and Erin Clay of Guerry Lumber as Secretary. New Board Directors include Marilyn Blome of Blome & Associates and Tess Stuber of Atlanta Gas Light. The immediate past president, Tonya Reed of Henry Plumbing Company, will remain an active member of the board.

In her role at the Dewitt Tilton Group, Thomas works closely with clients to ensure that their desires are met at every juncture, from drafting plans and working closely with architects and engineers, drafting the metal building layout (if required), to obtaining bids from subcontractors, to final approval.

Before joining the Dewitt Tilton Group, Thomas worked for six years with Chris Tilton as a Residential Project designer and office manager at John Tilton Homes & Tilton Commercial Group in Ridgeland, SC. Thomas’ previous positions include assistant project manager at Norsouth Construction Company of Georgia in Savannah, construction administrator with TMX Finance in Savannah and office administrator at 14th Circuit Solicitor (District Attorney) in Walterboro, SC. She also served eight years as the Chairman of the Jasper County, SC Planning Commission.

To learn more about NAWIC, visit http://www.nawic.org/nawic/default.asp. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com.

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced%2C Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

(LEFT to RIGHT) NAWIC’s Newly Elected Board Members: Laura Lee Bocade of DIRTT Environmental Solutions as President, Kim Thomas of The Dewitt Tilton Group as Vice President, Brandy Davenport of Savannah Construction & Preservation as Treasurer, Tess Stuber of Atlanta Gas Light as Director, and Marilyn Blome of Blome & Associates as Director. Not pictured: Erin Clay of Guerry Lumber as Secretary.

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

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

CONTACT:
Kim Thomas
Director of Operations
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com
912-777-3404

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

Ladies Guns and Ammo Event to Feature Safety and Training Classes, Target Practice and Special Presentation from Katie Pavlich on Oct. 21

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Ladies Guns and Ammo Event to Feature Safety and Training Classes, Target Practice and Special Presentation from Katie Pavlich on Oct. 21

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Republican Women’s Club, in collaboration with Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher, will hold the inaugural Ladies, Guns and Ammo event in the Lunch and Learn series on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Savannah Golf Club, 1661 E. President St.

Ladies Guns & Ammo

Ladies Guns & Ammo

Ladies Guns and Ammo will be an educational event intended to instruct women on laws associated with handguns, as well as proper safety protocols. The event will feature gun law and safety classes, target practice and a luncheon. Classes are limited to 60 participants, and handguns will be provided.

Katie Pavlich will be the featured keynote speaker for the luncheon, and will also be joining the safety classes and target practice groups. The lunch is open to both men and women but is limited to 200 guests.

Pavlich is known for her work with Fox News’ program ‘The Five’ and online news magazines Townhall.com and The Hill. She has also authored two books, “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up” and “Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.”

“This event will give us all an opportunity to be taught and shown proper ways to safely use a firearm by Sheriff Wilcher at the Chatham County Sheriff’s shooting range,” said Marolyn Overton, president of SARW. “We can’t thank him enough for taking the time to do this training. We are also very blessed to have Katie join us at both the firing range and at the luncheon. Aside from her journalistic background, she is recognized and respected for her self-defense and advocacy for the Second Amendment.”

SARW will raffle three handguns during the event, including an LCP Rugger in robin egg blue, valued at $289, and a black leather concealed-carry purse with a value of $226. Both items were donated by The Gun Shop Inc. Ortiz Custom Guns also donated to the event and will raffle off two Kahr CW380 pistols, each valued at $275.

Tickets for the classes, target practice and luncheon are $85; for the luncheon only, tickets are $45. Raffle tickets are $25 apiece or five for $100; t-shirts are available for $17. SARW also is seeking sponsors for the event.

SARW’s goal is to raise $15,000 from the event. Proceeds will benefit the Savannah Area Republican Women’s efforts to support Constitutional candidates and to offer scholarships to girls who are graduating from high school. Last year, SARW presented three $1,000 scholarships.

For more information, visit http://sarw.org/product-category/ladies-guns-and-ammo/

ABOUT SAVANNAH AREA REPUBLICAN WOMEN
Founded in 1961, Savannah Area Republican Women (SARW) has stressed that it is not a social club but a serious working organization concerned with issues, recruiting good candidates and getting them elected. The organization meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Carey Hilliard’s Banquet Room, 11111 Abercorn St. Reservations for the luncheon meeting should be made no later than noon on the Monday before the luncheon. For more information, contact SARW’s president, Marolyn Overton, at (912) 598-7358. To RSVP for a luncheon meeting, contact Rebecca Rhinehart at (912) 398-0111 or visit SARW.org/reservations

Human Performance Program Manager for Gulfstream to Speak on The Forgotten Keys to Health During Oct. 24 Encourage Health Education Lecture

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Human Performance Program Manager for Gulfstream to Speak on The Forgotten Keys to Health During Oct. 24 Encourage Health Education Lecture

(SAVANNAH, GA) ‘Stress and Sleep: The Forgotten Keys to health’ will be the focus of the final presentation of the 2017 Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Davana Pilczuk, the human performance program manager at Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace,
will make the presentation at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required, as a healthy lunch will be provided.

Pilczuk, a former sports psychology and fitness consultant for the British National Swim Team, previously was the manager of the corporate-wide ergonomics and wellness program for Gulfstream. She also taught for seven years at Auburn University in the kinesiology department.

During the luncheon, the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will receive the $1,000 Encourage Health grant. Their program centers on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a collection of activities and experiences to earn badges, explore the outdoors and complete “Take Action” projects. One program at Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is the Bronze Star, which is given to a scout who plants a community garden at their school and inspires others to eat healthily.

This organization is one of four local nonprofits selected to receive donations as part of the 2017 lecture series to recognize their efforts in promoting healthy homegrown food by developing gardens at local schools and educating students on basic gardening skills.

This is the fourth year enmarket has partnered with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9 to host the Encourage Health Education Series.

The series features four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for healthy living.

To RSVP for the Oct. 24 luncheon, visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/. For more information, visit www.enmarket.com

Davana Pilczuk, Encourage Health Education Series by enmarket.jpg

Davana Pilczuk, Encourage Health Education Series by enmarket

Encourage Health Series

Encourage Health Series

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, September 25, 2017

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Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire

‘GRAB A BAG FOR KIDS’ AUCTION 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah announces the fifth annual ‘Grab a Bag for Kids’ will take place on Friday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Golf Club, 1661 E President St. Featured at the charity purse auction, both silent and live, are designer handbags from gently used to new, including premier brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Saint Laurent, Kate Spade and Michael Kors to name a few.  For more information, visit http://www.horizonssavannah.org or call 961-8854.

LDSS BUDDY WALK ON OCT. 7
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will hold their 12th annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. Last year’s event welcomed more than 5,000 participants. This year LDSS hopes to have even more community members come out to raise awareness and funds for local programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. For more information, please visit: http://ldssga.org/registration/

LDSS

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society


ACHIEVE FINANCIAL SUCCESS
(SOUTH MAG) Coastal Capital Management, locally owned and operated, provides informed financial advice. If you were to ask Sam Hubbard to define “financial success” on his own terms, you might be surprised to learn that this Savannah native’s answer is actually quite simple – good news for those of us who still have trouble counting out the correct change for a slice at Vinnie’s.  http://www.southmag.com/Coastal-Capital-Management/ 

A TIP TO HELP THE HOMELESS: JUST SMILE
(PARK PLACE OUTREACH) Homelessness brings a sense of loneliness that erodes the core of a person’s self-value. When you are homeless, having someone offer a simple smile and a word of kindness can make a big difference in a day full of hardship. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 
(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 or call 912.644.4376.

STORM RECOVERY LOANS POST IRMA

THE STRONG GROUP’S NEW PARTNERSHIP 
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Strong Group, a Savannah-based third generation residential construction firm, has announced a new partnership with Alair Homes, North America’s largest construction management contractor. The partnership will give The Strong Group access to a consolidated back-office management system and a communications platform that will ensure homeowners are updated on key factors such as cost and budget at every step of the process.  Please visit www.alairsavannah.comfor more information.

AUTO MALL REBRANDS
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) In celebration of their 15th anniversary, Peacock Automotive has rebranded New River Auto Mall and is now doing business at Peacock Auto Mall: https://youtu.be/NQqN5C8qt0s

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mal

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mall

Were you spotted at the unveiling event? http://beta.spotted.blufftontoday.com/galleries?groupId=687596

DREAMING OF LAUNCHING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
(INC) Ask Yourself These Three Questions

RETHINK HOW YOU DRINK
(SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL) Endless cups of coffee and soda may get you through a busy day, but they aren’t good for your teeth. The acidic nature of coffee changes the pH balance in your mouth, so be sure to rinse with water after each cup of caffeine. For more information, visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Dentist, Savannah Public Relations, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing

LOCAL BUSINESSES: HURRICANE IRMA
(CITY OF SAVANNAH) Hurricane Irma Business Survey

SAVANNAH CHAMBER’S ‘POWER HOUR’ SPEAKER
(SAVANNAH, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at the Savannah Area Chamber’s Power Hour on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Howard will present “3 Retirement Income Strategies to Implement for You and Your Company” during the Chamber’s monthly gathering. Attendees will learn how to implement income planning strategies for their team’s retirement. For more info contact Stephanie Painter, Small Business and Events Manager, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, 912-644-6458 or visit www.SavannahChamber.com For more information on Howard Financial Group, visit www.howardfinancialgroup.com or call 912-777-6944.

SAVANNAH JAYCEES 75TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
(SAVANNAH, GA) On Saturday, Oct. 21, The Savannah Jaycees will celebrate 75 years of service with a gala that will include live music, dinner and dancing. As part of the event, the organization will present its Distinguished Leader Award, an annual tradition of the Savannah Jaycees intended to recognize a local resident who went above and beyond to embody the Jaycees creed “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life.” The gala will be held in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites at 6 p.m. This event is black tie optional. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-jaycee-75th-diamond-anniversary-gala-tickets-37148480104?aff=es2. For more information, visit http://savannahjaycees.comsavannah jaycees, junior chamber savannah, Savannah Public Relations, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing

MONEY TALKS
(THE BOWEN LAW GROUP) You’ve come up with the million-dollar idea and someone wants to turn it into a movie franchise. Congratulations. Now what: Do you sell your idea? What does licensing even mean? For more information, visit http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com


BOO BASH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Head-Up Guidance Service (HUGS) announces plans for their Halloween “Spooktackular” on Friday, Oct. 20, from 7 – 11 p.m. at Alee Temple, 100 Eisenberg Drive, 31406. $50 tickets include food & “spirits,” dancing, entertainment and a costume contest. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://www.headsupsavannah.org/ or call 912-507-3662.

ISLE OF HOPE ART AND MUSIC FEST
(ISLE OF HOPE, GA) On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Isle of Hope Art & Music Fest hosts Savannah area artists, vendors and non-profits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fest includes live music between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/232280987227117/?active_tab=about

SAVANNAH’S ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) A Savannah tradition, the Annual Greek Festival, will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct. 14, at the St.Paul’s Hellenic Center, 14 W. Anderson St. The 67th annual celebration will feature homemade Greek food, desserts, drinks, dancing and live music, along with a marketplace and church tours. For more information, visit www.savannahgreekfest.com

SEE THE SCHOOL IN ACTION
(SAVANNAH, GA) St. Andrew’s School will host an open house for prospective families on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m.601 Penn Waller Road on Wilmington Island. This an opportunity to see students in action, meet faculty members and learn more about the age 3 through grade 12 school.  Reserve a spot by replying to hellew@saintschool.com or for more information, visit https://saslions.com

LADIES GUNS AND AMMO EVENT
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Republican Women’s Club, in collaboration with Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher, will hold the inaugural Ladies, Guns and Ammo event in the Lunch and Learn series on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Savannah Golf Club, 1661 E. President St.  Ladies Guns and Ammo will be an educational event intended to instruct women on laws associated with handguns, as well as proper safety protocols. The event will feature gun law and safety classes, target practice and a luncheon. Classes are limited to 60 participants, and handguns will be provided.  For more information, visit http://sarw.org/product-category/ladies-guns-and-ammo/

$90,000 FUNDRAISING GOAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket is pleased to announce that its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina will sell Light The Night paper icons from Sept. 5 – 30 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night event. The paper icon, which represents the light of hope in the cure for blood cancers, sells for $1 and is personalized with the donor’s name. The icons will be displayed on surfaces inside enmarket stations. The company has set a goal to raise $90,000 in support of LLS’s mission to cure blood cancer and improve the lives of patients and their families. For more information, visit http://www.lls.org/georgia/article/georgia-chapter-local-news?src1=22191&src2=

CELEBRATE SAVANNAH SPORTS
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Sports Council will host its 2017 Georgia Power Golf Classic & Sports Awards Luncheon on Sept. 26 and 28, respectively. Register for both events at http://www.savannahsportscouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Registration-Form2017.pdf

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

EMPLOYEES WORKING REMOTELY?
(FORBES) 5 Ways Remote Working Can Boost Productivity as an Entrepreneur

NETWORKING: SAVANNAH STYLE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber’s 3rd annual Taste of the Lowcountry Business Connection is set for Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Savannah Bend Marina, 188 Old Tybee Road in Thunderbolt. For more information or to reserve a spot, visit http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/taste-lowcountry-business-connection-september-28/

THRIVE CONFERENCE
(SAVANNAH, GA) On Friday, Sept. 29, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE chapter will host the first THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference. The conference will feature a series of thought-provoking keynote speakers and five breakout sessions that will cover 20 topics, including Cynthia Wright, with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, to discuss social media. For more information, please visit http://www.hiltonheadchamber.org/chamber-events/thrive-lowcountry-womens-summit/ To register, please visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eedzcijv9ff2e23e&oseq=&c=&ch

Thrive

THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference


NATURAL OILS EVENT TO BENEFIT HOSPICE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Join the owners of LaTerra Natural Oils at 1520 Bull St. on the evening of Friday, Oct. 6, as they host a tasting and art show to benefit not-for-profit Hospice Savannah, Inc. Enjoy appetizers and refreshments, taste premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars and view the exquisite paintings of Mary Ellen McLaughlin. A portion of all product and art sales as well as proceeds from the raffle of a gift basket will be donated. Find out more at  www.Facebook.com/hospicesavannahinc/events

BUSINESS CONNECTION AT THE BALLPARK
(SAVANNAH, GA) Join the Savannah Area Chamber for networking with area professionals as bands play on the field at Historic Grayson Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 19. This is a casual musical and sports-themed business connection event. For more information or to make a reservation, visit http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/bands-ballpark-business-connection-october-19/

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

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

AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED TO HELP AT- RISK TEENS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter needs auction items for its gala on Friday, Feb. 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/

INTRODUCING KOTTER
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Kotter, a male silky terrier who is about 2-3 years old. Kotter is low energy and loves hanging out with his people. He loves walks outside and looking out the window. To view this handsome little guy, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2017-d-328-kotter/

Mark Howard to Present Retirement Tips at the Chamber’s Power Hour in October

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Mark Howard to Present Retirement Tips at the Chamber’s Power Hour in October

(Savannah, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at the Savannah Area Chamber’s Power Hour on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program begin at noon.

Howard will present “3 Retirement Income Strategies to Implement for You and Your Company” during the Chamber’s monthly gathering. Attendees will learn how to implement income planning strategies for their team’s retirement.

Howard has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. He is recognized as an expert on Retirement Income Planning and has been featured many times on news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Barron’s Magazine, South Magazine, AM 750 WSB, AM 1290 WTKS and Savannah Morning News.

“I hope to share some timely information with chamber members who want to help their employees save for the future,” said Howard. “Providing employer-sponsored retirement plans are a great tool for retaining high-quality employees and at the same time providing excellent benefits back to the business.

In 2014, Howard founded Howard Financial Group, which is headquartered in Savannah. His firm focuses on strategies to grow their clients’ retirement dollars while taking less risk. “We specialize in protection of principle, providing a reasonable rate of return over time, and keeping things simple for our clients”, said Howard.

Howard Financial Group services clients from all over the country, many that are recognizable names from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.

Last year, Howard and his firm were chosen to be a part of Advisors Excel, an elite group of financial advisors nationwide that were recently highlighted in the New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, written by Tony Robbins.

Cost to attend the luncheon is $12 for chamber members only. For more info contact Stephanie Painter, Small Business and Events Manager, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, 912.644.6458 or visit www.SavannahChamber.com

For more information on Howard Financial Group, visit www.howardfinancialgroup.com or call 912-777-6944.

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Savannah Jaycees Celebrate 75th Anniversary

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Savannah Jaycees Celebrate 75th Anniversary

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees have announced plans for their 75th Anniversary Gala set for Saturday, Oct. 21, in the ballroom in the Embassy Suites Hotel, 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, dinner and dancing.

As part of the event, the organization will present its Distinguished Service Award. This award was an annual tradition of the Savannah Jaycees for a number of years as a way to recognize a local resident who went above and beyond to embody the Jaycees creed “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life.”

Savannah Jaycees

Savannah Jaycees

“For the past 75 years, the Savannah Jaycees have played a role in building a stronger community through professional development, community service and educational efforts,” said Jaycees president Cynthia Wright. “We have a rich history and a long list of accomplishments to highlight during this anniversary celebration.”

In the 1950s, the Jaycees were one of the main supporters of the city council-city manager form of government that Savannah has today and played an integral role in the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County.

In the ‘60s, the group spearheaded efforts to build the Savannah Civic Center and raised funds for the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing home among other projects. The group, along with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Savannah Fire Department also launched the local version of the Marines’ Toys for Tots program.

In the ’70s, they held the “Jaycees Forum” on local television, as well as a weekly “High School Quiz Bowl” telecast. In the ’80s, the Jaycees raised almost $50,000 for the renovation of the Forsyth Park fountain.

More recently, the organization initiated the Leadership NOW program, a lecture series featuring prominent members of Savannah sharing insights on leadership, management and professional skills. The Savannah Jaycees also organized the annual Charity Date Night Auction, the Mayoral Forum, the Surging Forward Community Picnic after Hurricane Matthew and “Done in a Day” projects. This year, they also launched the Junior Jaycees Program for area middle school students.

The public is invited to participate in the 75th Anniversary Gala to join the Jaycees in their celebration of past accomplishments.

“This is a way for us to honor our alumni’s efforts, brag on our current members’ projects and look forward to what the future will bring,” said Wright.

The gala will be held in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites at 6 p.m. This event is black tie optional. Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-jaycee-75th-diamond-anniversary-gala-tickets-37148480104?aff=es2

Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the organization’s diamond anniversary and include tickets to the gala. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email savannahjaycees@gmail.com.

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or to become a sponsor of the gala, visit http://savannahjaycees.com

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys for Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with a vision to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees

67th Annual Greek Festival to be Held Oct. 12-14

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67th Annual Greek Festival to be Held Oct. 12-14

(SAVANNAH, GA) A Savannah tradition since 1950, the Annual Greek Festival, will be held Thursday, October 12, Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at the St. Paul’s Hellenic Center, 14 W. Anderson St.

The 67th annual celebration will feature homemade Greek food, desserts, drinks, dancing and music. Guests may also enjoy visiting the outdoor marketplace and taking guided church tours.

“There’s no experience required to get your Greek on,” said Tommy Danos, one of the 2017 Savannah Greek Festival chairs. “Our three-day event attracts thousands of visitors, who come out each year to enjoy the food, music, dancing and atmosphere of the Greek culture. Whether this is your 67th year or your first time here, we welcome you.”

The event will also be offering pick-up lunches Thursday, October 10, Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with online ordering at savannahgreekfest.com.

Festival admission is free until 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday with a requested $2 donation after 4 p.m. A $2 donation also is requested all day Saturday. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Greek music will be provided all day, every day along with Authentic Greek dancing and performances by various dance troupes. In addition, festival attendees can learn about the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church and see the interior of one of Savannah’s unique structures, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, which has been completely renovated. Guided tours will be held throughout the three days of the festival.

For many, the highlight of the festival is the opportunity to sample a variety of homemade Greek dishes. Family favorites include spanakopita, Greek meatballs, gyros and Greek salads. An assortment of Greek pastries will be available, such as kourabiedes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar) and baklava (the traditional treat of pecans and spices baked in layers of filo).

For more information, visit http://savannahgreekfest.com or call 912-236-8256.

Greek Festival

Greek Festival

MORE ABOUT SAVANNAH’S GREEK FESTIVAL
The Greek Festival, a Savannah tradition, is held annually in October at St. Paul’s Hellenic Center, 14 W. Anderson St. The celebration features homemade Greek food, desserts, drinks, dancing and music, along with a marketplace and church tours. For more information, visit https://www.savannahgreekfest. com/ or call 912-236-8256. Follow the Greek Festival on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ SavannahGreekFest and Twitter at @SavGreekFest.

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Third Generation General Contracting Firm, The Strong Group, Expands Business by Partnering with Alair Homes in Savannah, Ga

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Third Generation General Contracting Firm, The Strong Group, Expands Business by Partnering with Alair Homes in Savannah, Ga

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Strong Group, a general contracting residential construction firm based in Savannah, has announced a new partnership with Alair Homes, North America’s largest construction management contractor.

The partnership will give The Strong Group access to a consolidated back-office management system and a communications platform that gives homeowners access to real-time information on the progress being made on their projects. That allows The Strong Group to ensure homeowners are being updated on key factors such as cost and budget at every step of the process.

“I decided to partner with Alair to create a scalable business model that allows me more time to work on growing and improving my business,” said Walter Strong III, who owns The Strong Group. “Our trademarked pre-construction client control process gives clients certainty and transparency over their project. The traditional custom construction business model was broken. Clients were asked to buy a product before they know what the final cost was, and the contractors were asked to sell something before they knew the final cost. Our innovative and transparent process solves these issues for both parties.”

According to AVID Ratings, the average percentage of customer satisfaction for Alair clients was over 21 points higher than the industry average for residential construction. In 2017, two Alair Homes contractors took home AVID Awards, which are granted to North American home builders whose purchasers rated them the highest for customer experience and dedication. “That’s what I call fixing a broken model,” said Strong.

The Strong Group is a third-generation commercial general contracting firm founded in 1952 by Walter Strong, Sr. as the Walter H. Strong Co. Over the generations, the company’s services have expanded to include construction management and award-winning residential construction.

The Strong Group’s most notable construction projects include the original eight-building campus at Armstrong State University that was completed in 1962 and the Armstrong Fine Arts building that was finished in 1973. The firm also served as construction managers for the renovation of the former Chatham County Courthouse on Bull Street that was completed in 1991 and as construction administrators for the recently completed $70 million dollar expansion of the Chatham County Detention Center. They have also completed an estimated 70 custom residential construction projects since 2004.

Since its founding in 2007, Alair has been helping home builders, renovators and remodelers expand their reach as entrepreneurs. Alair’s system is designed to easily track projects and reports so contractors can be in the field and be interacting with their clients to ensure operations are running smoothly.

“Savannah and the surrounding region is a special and unique market and we are very proud to have Walter as our partner to help deliver the Alair difference to homeowners and other contractors alike,” said Rob Cecil, Alair’s chief development officer. “With nearly 90 offices open and many more offices slated to open in the summer and fall, we’re looking forward to bringing even more passionate contractors into our system as we expand into new markets.”

Through partnering with Alair, The Strong Group is projected to grow significantly. Currently, The Strong Group operates primarily within the greater Savannah, Ga., and Bluffton/Hilton Head Island, S.C., areas with a few projects as far away as Macon, Ga., and Columbia, S.C. In their new expansion phase, the company will extend its efforts throughout southeast Georgia.

By working closely with Alair, Strong said, he expects to add project managers who share his drive to push their limits.

“When you can offer applicants Alair’s proven and simple system, signing on top-tier project managers is a no brainer,” said Strong. “Alair isn’t changing my business; it’s adding a layer of strength to the foundation we already had.”

For more information, call 912.233.7690 or visit alairsavannah.com

ABOUT THE STRONG GROUP
The Strong Group in Savannah, Ga., is a third-generation commercial general contracting firm founded in 1952 as the Walter H. Strong Co. Services include construction management and award-winning residential construction. The Strong Group’s foundation was built on its commercial construction history. The Strong Group started to develop a reputation for residential Construction in 2004 when Walter Strong III began to build high-end homes around Savannah. Along with new construction, The Strong Group has earned a reputation as one of the area’s premier renovation contractors. They have received two historic preservation awards. For more information, call 912.233.7690 or visit alairsavannah.com

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