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January 2021

Colonial Group Announces New Leadership as it Prepares to Observe a Centennial of Service

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based Colonial Group Inc. has announced a new era of leadership as it prepares to mark a major milestone in the company’s history in 2021.

Christian B. Demere (Demere) has been named chief executive officer, succeeding his father, Robert H. Demere, Jr. (Demere Jr.), who had been in the position since 1986. Colonial Group has continued to operate as a privately held business since 1921 through the chairmanships of its founder, Raymond Demere; his son, Robert H. Demere Sr.; and Robert’s son, Demere Jr.

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Homestead Harvest Giveaway Jan 30: Fighting hunger one harvest at a time. Center Parc Credit Union Sponsors Harvest Giveaway

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(GARDEN CITY, GA) The Garden City Homestead Association’s community garden will share its third harvest with the community at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in a program that will include food demonstrations and education sessions. This is one of eight community gardens Center Parc Credit Union has awarded funding within the past six months.

The Garden City public is invited to share in a winter vegetable harvest that includes collards, cabbage, broccoli, and kale at the event, to be held at the garden, 4115 Second St. in Garden City. Representatives from the Garden City City Council are among those expected to attend.

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(LDSS) On February 12, 2021, churches from around the world will come together to host “Night to Shine” for thousands of honored guests with special needs through the support of many volunteers. Due to COVID-19, Night to Shine 2021 will be a virtual experience, but First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill will host SHINE-THRU at 6:00 p.m. This pre-show outdoor drive-thru celebration is intended to be an uplifting and safe way to see and celebrate the Night to Shine guests. For more information, please contact John Bogardus, president of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society at jbogardus@ldssga.org
Night to Shine Shine-Thru Video
(SAVANNAH, GA) In this Healthy Moment video, host Frandasia Williams speaks with a partner of the Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant. Cristina Gibson from The Chatham County Health Department discusses the WIC Ambassador Program, which recruits members of the community to help others understand what the WIC program is, as well as how to assist those in need of those benefits.
HEALTHY MOMENT with Cristina Gibson, Coastal Health District
(POOLER, GA) Enmarket has opened a store in Pooler at 1264 U.S. Highway 80 East, on the corner of Pine Barren Road. The new travel center serves regular travelers and heavy truck traffic.
Enmarket Opens New Store in Pooler
(CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION) Center Parc Credit Union recently launched a program called #Momentum as part of its partnership with Georgia State University Athletics to support financial literacy and awareness among students and faculty. For the first official Momentum workshop, Center Parc invited former Atlanta Falcons special teams coach, Ben Kotwica, to speak to GSU junior and senior football players about the transition into life after college. The next speaker series is slated for February.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Thursday, March 25 at 12:00 p.m., the City of Savannah will host a free online class, “Increase Positive Buzz in the Community and Online,” offered in conjunction with the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center. Community publicist Marjorie Young will share powerful tips on how to position oneself as the authority in the field, how to create brand ambassadors by forming an advisory board, and how to create a “Repeatable Tagline™” that helps the positive buzz spread easier and faster.
(WJCL) Emmy award-winning journalist Brooke Butler has joined the WJCL 22 News team as weekend evening anchor and multimedia journalist. The announcement was made by WJCL President and General Manager Ben Hart and WJCL News Director Will Dillard.
(TECH SOUP) There are now 3.78 billion social media users worldwide in 2021 — about a 32 percent increase from just five years ago. These numbers are expected to continue to grow, meaning social media will become an even more useful tool for nonprofits to connect with their communities.
(SAVANNAH BUSINESS JOURNAL) AdMoEr, a new Savannah-based technology company with European roots, is preparing to roll out a new mobile app designed to help protect the most vulnerable among us from contagions like COVID-19 and to get daily life back to pre-pandemic normalcy more quickly — all without compromising personal privacy.
(CDC) Did you know that unlike cold symptoms, symptoms of the flu usually come on quickly and last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks? Check out more flu facts at
(#WATERCOOLER) Learn valuable marketing tips from seasoned artists.
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Sweet Giblet found her way to Coastal Pet Rescue over the Thanksgiving holiday. She is a typical Lab puppy; always up for excitement and adventure, who seems to get along with most other dogs. Still in training, she walks better with a harness and will need someone who can help her with her leash skills and other commands.
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Pinterest expert Jennifer Priest explains how to optimize your pins to get more visibility on Pinterest. You’ll discover how to research and decide whether your business should be on Pinterest, and learn where Pinterest fits in your overall marketing plan.
Pinterest for Business: A 5-Step Strategy for Marketers
(REPUTATION MATRIX™) The last Monday of each month publicist and author Marjorie Young will be holding a free marketing support group for small businesses and nonprofits, from 8pm-9pm, USA, Eastern Standard Time. The Zoom group will brainstorm on how to increase your visibility, credibility, and positive word of mouth in the community and online. To receive an email with the Zoom link please register here:
(SAVANNAH, GA) To receive SAVANNAH COMMUNITY HEADLINES™ each Monday morning, please sign up here for free: SIGN UP HERE.

Marjorie Young presents free online PR class offered by the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Beginning Thursday, March 25 at 12:00 p.m., City of Savannah will be hosting “Increase Positive Buzz in the Community and Online,” a free online class offered by the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center and presented by community publicist Marjorie Young, who will share powerful tips on how to position yourself as the authority in your field, how to create brand ambassadors by forming an Advisory Board, and how to create a Repeatable Tagline™ that helps the positive buzz spread easier and faster.

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Nearly 9,000 People turn to HERO for help with food, rent and utilities during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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The top five searches were for food assistance, rent & utility assistance, coronavirus help, housing and childcare.

(SAVANNAH, GA) In a year of hurt, people across the Savannah area have needed help like never before. Many of them have never had to ask for assistance and don’t know where to begin. But nearly 9,000 found the help they needed with

Officially called the Health Effective Resource Organizations, or HERO, database, the online health and social services network offers Savannah-Chatham County residents a one-stop powerhouse of resources, agencies and programs across 57 categories with the aim of closing the referral loop and empowering those living in low-income neighborhoods to be their own health heroes with access to a one-stop, all-inclusive resource.

“During a year where unemployment climbed, income was squeezed and housing was untenable for some, the HERO database helped thousands find services that they need,” said Ella Williamson, Director St. Joseph’s/ Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, who led the development of the site. “Because good health is not the absence of disease, it’s having a good job, a safe place to live and access to quality services and the HERO website delivers that for the most vulnerable in our community.”

“It’s a tremendous jewel in our community,” said Lillian Grant-Baptiste, chair of Healthy Savannah’s Health and Faith Coalition. “It is a place where folks can access information. We know knowledge is power but, more importantly, applied knowledge is power. This helps folks learn and have knowledge about the various resources and programs that perhaps they may have never known about. It’s a tremendous jewel, a tremendous tool to effect change in our community.” was launched in January 2020 by the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information & Resource Center. It is partially funded by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded by the Centers for Disease Control’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, whose purpose is to eliminate disparities in health outcomes based on race and income in Savannah and Chatham County.

At the time it had just 600 resources, but that number had grown to more than 1,500 by November.

“It is now more critical than ever that residents know how to locate needed resources, since data is showing that COVID-19 is having a deadlier impact on African-Americans due to disparities in their health. The latest data concerning the novel coronavirus is shedding a spotlight on issues that the center has been fighting to improve for more than twenty years.” Williamson said. “The HERO database was created with you in mind.”

Between January and November, the site had 8,618 visits with 6,384 searches. The top five searches were for food assistance, rent and utility assistance, coronavirus help, housing and childcare. can be accessed at any time and allows users to search both by agency name and by service provided so residents can easily find resources for childcare, substance abuse, food access and clinics, to name a few. In addition to detailed service provider listings, the HERO Database focuses on health literacy by using complementary imagery to illustrate the content and aid in the site’s navigation.

“We are each other’s hero,” said Grant-Baptiste. “HERO helps us access the various programs and services so folks can lift themselves up. Sometimes all people need is a hand, just a lift up, and who knows, someone may need to lift us up at some point, so we need that.”

For more information about the HERO Database, please contact Ella Williamson at 912-447-6605 or visit The St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Information & Resource Center is located at 1910 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA, 31401.

ABOUT THE YMCA OF COASTAL GEORGIA/HEALTHY SAVANNAH GRANT FOR RACIAL AND ETHNIC APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY HEALTH: In September 2018, Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million grant called Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. This funding, awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been deployed by the Savannah/Chatham County project team to reduce health inequities experienced by Black residents in low-wealth neighborhoods. The local project is called Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity, or HOPE. Its aim is to increase the availability of high-quality nutrition, increase physical activity by creating greater access to safe places to walk, run, bike and play, and foster stronger connections between people and the healthcare providers who serve them. Working with more than 200 community partners and organizations, the team’s work elevates the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems and environmental change.

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.