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January 2020

Inspire Your Community Podcast Donated $2,000 to Richmond Hill’s Backpacks of Love Program

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Inspire Your Community podcast, which was launched this year by Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group construction firm, to share inspiring local stories of inspiration, kindness and positivity, wrapped up 2019 with a $2,000 donation to Backpacks of Love and a volunteer session of packing family food boxes.

Kim Thomas and Chris Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group, Melodie Lane of Backpacks of Love, Andrew Dewitt and Baleigh Kelly of the Dewitt Tilton Group

The podcast launched in the spring of 2019, seeking to inspire the community with true stories and to support the organizations that generated those stories with Dewitt Tilton Group’s philanthropy. Projects to date have included support for the family of a police officer who lost his life in the line of duty, funding for art supplies at a local elementary school and a creative project that supports local breast cancer survivors.

For the final episode of the year, the podcast turned its attention to the Backpacks of Love program in Richmond Hill, Ga. This organization, launched in January 2013, sends needy and potentially hungry children home with bags of food every Friday, as well as boxes of food on holiday breaks, filling the gaps ordinarily filled by their school-based breakfasts and lunches. The United Way of the Coastal Empire partners with the New Beginnings Community Church to provide funding that allows the group to obtain food from Second Harvest Food Bank, and other donations supplement the amount and type of food included.

Each Friday, the participating children each receive a bag containing two entrees such as soup or ravioli, a two-pack of instant oatmeal, an individual cereal package, a granola bar, fruit snack, crackers, cookies, fruit cup or fresh fruit, juice box and shelf-stable milk.

Melodie Lane, director of Backpacks of Love, worked with the Dewitt Tilton Group before the holiday break as they and their families packed over 25 food boxes with a ham or turkey, instant potatoes, canned yams, six to eight cans of vegetables and a can of gravy, several boxes of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, beans, bread, rice, cornmeal mix, pancake mix and syrup, cake mix and frosting, plus a bag of candy canes or other holiday candy.

“The thought of children going hungry is just not acceptable,” said Chris Tilton, host of the podcast. “We wanted to support Backpacks of Love because these folks are not only feeding children during the holidays but throughout the school year. This effort is truly inspiring.”

The podcast is accessible on YouTube at It is also streamable on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and other places where podcasts can be found.

For more information on the Backpacks of Love program, visit

The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm in the Lowcountry, 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 walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is headquartered 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

Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Savannah Veterinary Medical Center Hires Dr. Mallory Turner von Waldner

By | Local NewsWIRE, Uncategorized

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Veterinary Medical Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Mallory Turner von Waldner has joined the practice as the newest associate veterinarian. In her new position, von Waldner will be responsible for routine appointments, performing surgeries, caring for sick patients, counseling clients and providing recommendations based on diagnostic tests.

Dr. Mallory Turner von Waldner

Originally from Savannah, the Savannah Country Day School graduate earned a degree in animal sciences at Clemson University and is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

She is continuing her education with the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to learn small animal acupuncture.

Von Waldner previously worked at Savannah Veterinary Medical Center during the summer and other breaks throughout her college and veterinary school years. She is excited to be back at the clinic.

“Dr. Brian Mulvey, his staff and clients have always been wonderful. I am honored to become part of the work-family so I can continue to learn from Dr. Mulvey and provide great veterinary care in the Savannah community,” von Waldner said.

The opportunity to return to her hometown was also a blessing, she said.

“After living away from Savannah for seven years, I have longed for my return following graduation. It brings me great joy that I am now back with my family and in the town I adore,” von Waldner said.

Von Waldner is married to Kevin von Waldner and they have two adorable dogs. For more information, visit

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing