(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, May 21, 2018

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ENMARKET FEATURES LOCAL NEW PRODUCT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket stores are some of the first retail locations to stock a new dry-aged beef jerky from Hunter Cattle Co. The product is the first shelf-stable beef jerky that does not require freezing and is dry-aged for 21 days where the typical jerky is smoked for a day or two. The beef jerky comes in five flavors and is made from grassfed beef in Statesboro, Ga. For retail locations or more information on Enmarket, visit http://enmarket.com/ or more information on Hunter Cattle Co., visit http://www.huntercattle.com/dry-aged-beef/

HORIZONS SAVANNAH GIVING DAY PASSES GOAL 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Horizons Savannah Giving Day, held Wednesday, May 16, raised more than $77,000 to benefit the Horizons Savannah program resulting in their largest Giving Day ever. Horizons Savannah’s raised funds will go to directly to helping close the opportunity gap for low-income Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Chatham County and the greater Savannah area. For more information visit, http://horizonssavannah.org/

CLEAN ENERGY ROADSHOW IN SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Producers of the 8th annual Georgia Clean Energy Roadshow series hosted by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols announced today that they will be adding the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) State of the Industry Technology Update to their multi-city event series on transportation, alternative fuels and renewable energy. During the event, Larry Williams, President of TAG will present the TAG State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report; an essential tool for Georgia’s many technology stakeholders. He will then lead a fireside chat with Jen Bonnett who is the incoming Executive Director, Creative Coast and Vice-President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the Savannah Economic Development Authority. For more information on the 2018 Clean Energy Roadshow visit www.cleanenergyroadshow.comor call 678-390-2737.

REGIONAL LEADERS PRESENT TO LSEGA
(CHATHAM COUNTY) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), a regional leadership program designed to advance the economic and community development in the 10-county southeast Georgia region, hosted well respected statewide and local leaders during their 2018 graduation weekend held in Savannah, Georgia. The group toured the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, The Georgia Ports Authority and HCA Memorial Hospital, rode on buses provided by Chatham Area Transit and enjoyed dinners at the home of Cora Bett Thomas, CEO of Cora Bett Thomas Realty and Charles Bowen, Founder of The Bowen Law Group and the Savannah Film Alliance. For more information, visit: http://www.lsega.com/

BUNNY IN THE CITY HEADS TO NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bunny Ware’s coverage of Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Night of Champions was published this past weekend in the Savannah Morning News. She gave a glowing written snap shot of an awesome event. To read her article please visit, visit http://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20180519/bunny-in-city-positivity-shines-at-savannahs-night-of-champions

GEORGIA  ENTERTAINMENT 102 EVENT
(ATLANTA, GA) Guests are invited mingle with the who’s who of the entertainment industry as Georgia Entertainment 102 provides an overview of key industry data and review the recent legislative session. Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group and the Savannah Film Alliance will present again this year. This will be one of the final events at the iconic Moonshine Post Productions location as they are shifting to a new location. This is an invite only event. If you would like an invitation, please contact https://georgiaentertainmentnews.com/contact-us/

APPLY TO MATTHEW REARDON CENTER FOR AUTISM
(SAVANNAH, GA) Advance Academy is the only year-round day school in southeast Georgia for children, ages 6-18, diagnosed with ASD. Advance Academy is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and is a provider for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship program. And they are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year! For more information, please visit http://www.matthewreardon.org/advance-academy-application/

SPEROS EXPANDS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, announces the firm has expanded to better serve the increasing needs of clients with the addition of three new hires: Wes Christain, IT technician; Mallory Teeple, carrier management specialist and Jordan A. Winters, sales administrator. For more information, please visit https://speros.com/speros-adds-employees-to-expand-customer-support/

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF A BUSINESS

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE announces its fifth workshop in the series “Tools to Grow Your Business”. It is entitled “Statistical and Financial Tools to Track Business Performance”, and will be presented in the SCORE conference room, 111 E. Liberty St, Savannah, on 31 May, from 11:30 to 1:00. Managing a business can be a challenge, but knowing how to measure the results is an imperative to keep you on track and moving smartly forward. Designed for those just starting and for established businesses.

Call SCORE at (912)-652-4335 to register.

BETHESDA ACADEMY GRADUATION
(SAVANNAH, GA) PHOTOS from Bethesda Academy’s graduation: http://www.savannahnow.com/news/20180519/bethesda-academy-graduation

BOWEN EMCEED FOR FILM AND MEDIA FESTIVAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen recently emceed the first annual SCCPSS Student Film and Media Festival on May 16 at the Yamacraw Center for Performing Arts. This festival will showcased student films from elementary, middle and high school students throughout SCCPSS who won at the state level for the Georgia Student Film and Media Festival. Charles is the founder of The Bowen Law Group, the Savannah Film Alliance, and Southern Gateway Production Services. View the film festival here:

SOCIAL MEDIA

DID YOU KNOW…?
(LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY) Did you know Down syndrome is not caused by any particular gene? Instead, it’s the result of extra genetic material produced during cell division. People with Down syndrome are born with more copies of chromosome 21 than the average person. To learn about local support for families of people with Down syndrome, visit https://ldssga.org

TWITTER PASSWORD ADVISORY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Another incident could leave your information vulnerable. A recent bug had left the passwords for Twitter users potentially accessible for cybercriminals. In this week’s security tip video, learn more about what happened and the steps you can take to protect your information. Watch this week’sSecurity Tip at https://www.pii-protect.com/MicroTrainings/micro_training_view/98?brand_key=uyjmd&ID=53755 or for more information on Speros visit, www.speros.com

DEDICATION OF LITTLE FREE LIBRARY AT PARK PLACE OUTREACH

(SAVANNAH, GA) A dedication ceremony for the new Little Free Library at Park Place Outreach will take place Sunday, June 3rd. The Little Free Library, painted by local artist Kimberly Dawn Crowder, will be part of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail, which runs from Savannah, Ga. to Milledgeville, Ga. Little Free Libraries encourage anyone to take a book and leave a book. For more information visit https://carriagetradepr.com/dedication-of-little-free-library-at-park-place-outreach/

FELDER & ASSOCIATES RECEIVE RECOGNITION
(SAVANNAH, GA) Historic Savannah Foundation recently announced the winners of the annual Preservation Awards, recognizing excellence in preservation for Savannah and Chatham County. Brian K. Felder (Felder & Associates) received a Preservation Award to honor his architectural work on the Levy Beach Cottage on Tybee Island. Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building, and neo-traditional building. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call (912) 777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
Felder & Associates Receives Award

Pictured: Carrie Harvill (Office Manager at Felder and Associates), Gretchen Callejas (Architect at Felder and Associates), Joan Levy (Owner)


JONES RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP

(SAVANNAH, GA) On May 8, Bethesda Academy’s Samuel Jones Carter capped off a successful track season by signing a track scholarship to attend Catawba College. This season, Carter won the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) championship in the triple jump and placed third in the long jump. To learn more, visit http://www.savannahtribune.com/articles/sports-with-walter-moore-497/ or http://www.bethesdaacademy.org/

MELANOMA AWARENESS 

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology shared melanoma awareness tips on Facebook. Dr Howington and her team will also be donating $500 to the Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/LowCountryDermatology/videos/1963950487011952/

JOB POSTING
(SAVANNAH, GA) A local construction company is looking to hire an administrative assistant as they continue to grow and expand in the Lowcountry. For more information or to apply, please call 912-777-3404.

OUR NEED FOR FRIENDSHIP

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism’s Daniel Wendler presents TedxTalk: ‘What Being Autistic Taught Me About Being Human.’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeMW2Asu8vg

FLOSSING: PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dentistry offers this tip for practicing good dental health: Careful flossing should be a healthy habit to include in your daily routine. Floss between upper and lower teeth to remove plaque and any food particles that may have been missed by brushing. After flossing, be sure to rinse well with water. For more information on Sandfly Family Dentistry, visit https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

JUNIOR LEAGUE RECEIVES AWARD
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junior League of Savannah received recognition for its Membership Recruitment and Engagement program at the 96th Annual Conference of The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), held in Memphis, TN. They are currently recruiting new members for the 2018-2019 new membership program and invite all women in the area who are interested in leadership training and community service opportunities to apply. Visit www.jrleaguesav.org  for more information.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB RAISES $200,000
(BLUFFTON, SC) The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton celebrated “20 Years of Building a Better Bluffton One Child at a Time!” during their 2018 Gala & Auction at the beautiful Montage Palmetto Bluff. The event, which is their largest fundraiser of the year, raised more than $200,000 for the club. Audi Hilton Head was the 2018 Premiere Sponsor. For more information, please visit https://www.bgcbluffton.org or www.audihiltonhead.com/

SAVANNAH TRIBUNE CELEBRATES 143 YEARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Tribune is hosting A Biscuit Brunch and Sneaker Ball to celebrate their 143rd year of operation and 191st year for the Black Press on Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The DeSoto, 15 East Liberty St. More information is coming soon on the event to include ticket prices, a special salute to journalists, and ways to support a charitable organization all in honor of this anniversary celebration. Read The Savannah Tribune online at https://savannahtribune.com

TEQUILA BARREL RELEASE PARTY
(SAVANNAH, GA) On June 6 from 5-7pm,  tap a barrel of tequila blended exclusively for the Old Pink House and Garabaldi by Herradura in Jalisca, Mexico. This unique event in historic Reynold’s Square, at the front door of the Old Pink House, will feature food stations, beer and wine, and Bosso Nova music by Bill Smith. Proceeds benefit Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Tickets are $50 and can soon be purchased online. https://www.facebook.com/events/1651666398263170/


LEADERSHIP

(SAVANNAH, GA) Applications for the 2018-2019 Leadership Savannah Class are currently being accepted.  This will be a one year class. To apply go to www.leadershipsavannah.org and click on the Apply button.

RAMBAM 5K
(SAVANNAH, GA) Rambam Day School presents the Memorial Day 5k Run/Walk at Kensington Park in Savannah, GA on May 28. Event starts at 8am. $35 to Register. To sign up: www.runsignup.com/race/ga/savannah/rambam

PRESCRIPTION FOR LIFE: 4 PILLARS OF HEALTH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Evelyn Higgins will present a free lunchtime lecture on Tuesday, June 26, during Enmarket’s second of four 2018 Encourage Health Education Series events in Savannah. Higgins will speak on The Prescription for Life: 4 Pillars of Health, which looks at health as more than just the absence of disease by investigating the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements of wholeness. The speech will be Livestreamed at Healthy Savannah’s and Enmarket’s Facebook pages. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org

MEET ZEUS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Zeus, a male boxer who is looking for his forever home. Zeus is about 11 years old and loves attention and laying at his owners feet. To view Zeus and other pets available for adoption, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2017-d-348-zeus/


Speros Adds Employees to Expand Customer Support

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Speros Adds Employees to Expand Customer Support

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, announces three new employees have joined the firm: Wes Christain, IT technician; Mallory Teeple, carrier management specialist; and Jordan A. Winters, sales administrator.

“We are pleased to be able to bring on these new team members to serve the increasing needs of our clients and facilitate the growth of the Speros organization,” said Susan Speros, chief executive officer. “Each has the training and experience to seamlessly integrate with the Speros team and offer the prompt personal attention customers expect from us.”

As an IT (information technology) technician, Christain will be responsible for providing remote and on-site IT support, as well as for installation and configuration of network equipment and servers.

The Guyton, Ga., native previously served as IT manager at WSAV-TV and earned a bachelor of business administration in information systems at Georgia Southern University, an associate’s degree as a network specialist at Ogeechee Technical College and Microsoft Certified Professional and Network+ certification from Ogeechee Technical College. He is married with two children.

“This company is growing quickly, and I’m happy that I can be a part of this dedicated team of professionals at such an exciting time,” Christain said. “I will continue to use my previous experiences in IT to assist our customers in a friendly and professional manner. At the same time, I look forward to learning new skills from our knowledgeable staff at Speros.”

As carrier management specialist, Teeple will be responsible for negotiating, ordering and implementing carrier services as well as auditing existing services and carrier invoices. The Savannah native previously served as project manager for Asset Black and owned and operated a sign sales and manufacturing business in Florida for more than 20 years. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Savannah Country Day School.

“I am happy to become a part of such a well-known Savannah company with an excellent reputation,” Teeple said. “I hope to foster working relationships with carriers to be apprised of new products and technology in order to match the best products and prices with our clients’ needs.”

As sales administrator, Winters will be responsible for assisting the Speros Sales team with project management and customer service. The Richmond Hill, Ga., native previously served as general manager for Cowabunga, Inc., and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Armstrong State University. She is married with two children and enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.

“I am thrilled to be in the ever-changing technology field!” Winters said. “This industry is going to continue to grow and develop. I plan to bring my management, customer service and sales skill sets to help Speros thrive in this competitive business.”

ABOUT 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.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
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Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
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Felder & Associates Receives Historic Savannah Foundation Award for Levy House

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Felder & Associates Receives Historic Savannah Foundation Award for Levy House
(SAVANNAH, GA) At the Savannah Golf Club, the Historic Savannah Foundation continued a month-long celebration of preservation with its annual Preservation Awards Luncheon. The nonprofit organization presented awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preservation in Savannah and Chatham County.
During the luncheon, generously sponsored by KEIM Mineral Coatings of Savannah, Inc., Historic Savannah Foundation recognized 14 projects and individuals including 4 8th Street, Tybee (Levy Beach Cottage Renovation).
 
Owner: Joan and Gary Levy
Architect: Brian K. Felder AIA, Felder & Associates
Contractor: Tony Reardon, Tony Reardon Construction Co.
“Our organization is honored to present these businesses, individuals, and properties with preservation awards to commend their advancement of preservation in our community,” Historic Savannah Foundation President and CEO Daniel Carey said. “These award-winners truly represent Historic Savannah Foundation’s mission of saving buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future.”
Preservation Award nominations are judged on the following general criteria:
  • Quality and degree of difficulty of the nominee’s project
  • The degree to which the nominee’s project or effort is unusual or pioneering, or serves as an example that influences good preservation practices
  • Demonstrable or measurable impact of nominee’s project on the community
Felder & Associates Receives Award

Pictured: Carrie Harvill (Office Manager at Felder and Associates), Gretchen Callejas (Architect at Felder and Associates), Joan Levy (Owner)

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner

Dedication of Little Free Library at Park Place Outreach Set for Sunday, June 3

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Dedication of Little Free Library at Park Place Outreach Set for Sunday, June 3

WHAT: Dedication of Little Free Library at Park Place Outreach. The new Little Free Library, painted by local artist Kimberly Dawn Crowder, will be part of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail, which runs from Savannah, Ga. to Milledgeville, Ga. Little Free Libraries encourage anyone to take a book and leave a book. The concept originated in Wisconsin in 2010 and has since blossomed into a network of more than 20,000 miniature libraries around the world.

The dedication ceremony at Park Place Outreach will include a special tribute to the late Francis Allen, the co-owner of Savannah’s Roots Up Gallery who started the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail in 2014 along with his wife, Leslie Lovell. The installation of the new Little Free Library and the continuation of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail is made possible by contributions donated in honor of Francis Allen upon his passing August 30, 2017. In addition, the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah has donated time and effort to restore the garden at Park Place Outreach where the Little Free Library will be installed.

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018
at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Park Place Outreach
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, Georgia

NOTE: Members of the media are welcome to attend. Interviews will be available on-site with representatives from the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, Park Place Outreach and the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH:
Park Place Outreach is a 12-bed temporary residential shelter for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth ages 11-17, centrally located on Henry Street in Savannah. Opened in 1984, the shelter offers youth a safe and loving environment, with 24/7/365 care by a staff of house parents and case managers. Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah where homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit without an agency or parent referral. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit parkplaceyes.org or Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.

ABOUT THE FLANNERY O’CONNOR CHILDHOOD HOME:
The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton Street in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the South’s greatest writers. An established 501©(3) nonprofit organization, the Flannery O’Connor Home Foundation, Inc. has meticulously restored the author’s childhood home to reflect the authentic period furnishings of a Depression-era Savannah row house and to offer insight into the years that O’Connor lived in Savannah, from 1925 to 1938. The Home proudly presents a series of free lectures as well as other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit flanneryoconnorhome.org or call 912.233.6014.

ABOUT FLANNERY O’CONNOR:
Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925 and is the author of the acclaimed novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as 32 short stories and numerous essays. Best known as a pioneering Southern gothic author who often wrote about morally flawed characters, O’Connor remains an important voice in American literature. She lived in Savannah until 1938 and drew inspiration from her childhood experiences in Georgia’s First City until her death from lupus in Milledgeville, Georgia on August 3, 1964. She received the National Book Award for Fiction posthumously in 1972 for The Collected Stories of Flannery O’Connor.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Cody Shelley, Foundation Manager
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home
912.233.6014 or flanneryoconnorhome@gmail.com

9th Annual Night of Champions Honors Differently-abled Working Adults and Their Employers

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9th Annual Night of Champions Honors Differently-abled Working Adults and Their Employers

(SAVANNAH, GA) Six “Champions” and their employers were recognized at the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s ninth annual Night of Champions held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. This year’s theme was designated as “Legacy” to call on the community to design a legacy for the inclusion of differently-abled people.

Night of Champions recognized local businesses that hire and retain differently-abled people, including those with Down syndrome, and the contributions made by these employees who are designated as Champions.

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Night of Champions 2018

Selected from among 15 nominees, six “Champions” and their employers were honored:

Jabari Tukes
Tukes, a greeter and custodian at Pooler Karate, is always on time and ready to give students a fist bump. Before students arrive, Tukes waters the plants, cleans the windows and helps with anything needed to prepare for the day before he takes his place to open the door for customers with his ever-present smile. Fellow employees have commented that it makes them feel cared about when Tukes asks them about their well-being. His positive presence also has provided insight into caring for children with different abilities who take lessons at the studio.

Herbert Hudson
Hudson is a kitchen assistant at Back in The Day Bakery, and his supervisor has nick-named him Herbie the Lovebug for the compassion he shows for his fellow employees as he works to keep the kitchen running smoothly.

Elissa Brown
Brown, a courtesy clerk at Kroger, is known for her integrity, respect and incredible diligence. She lives in her own apartment, maintains a healthy lifestyle and rides her tricycle to work. Brown stays busy swimming, bowling, weight-lifting and staying involved on Tybee Island through activities with The Coastal Mermaid & Pirate Club.

Marquis Smith
Smith is a utility and kitchen assistant at SCAD’s Byte Café, a branch of Bon Appetit Catering. He works to keep the café clean and well stocked, is known as one of its hardest workers and has impressed his supervisors with his willingness to take on new challenges. He helps train new employees and has come out of his shell, befriending not only co-workers but also SCAD students and staff.

Iyaona Weathers
Weathers is a file clerk who has done so well that Grainger Honda and Nissan have hired six more individuals with different abilities. Weathers is known as a day-brightener whose fellow employees enjoy the days she sings while she works.

Caroline Campbell
Campbell works in guest services at Zaxby’s in Beaufort, S.C., where she delivers orders, cleans the restaurant and greets customers, making every customer feel valued as she asks about their days. Campbell says her day is always perfect.

A special recognition called “Message in Motion,” awarded to employers who have attended Night of Champions in the past and were motivated by the event to hire differently-abled employees, was given to Carson Fortner of Pooler Karate for the opportunity he has given Jabari Tukes.

Night of Champions is an inspiring event for professional recognition of those individuals who exceed expectations while overcoming perceived barriers to employment. Attendees love returning every year, and our sponsors allow us to host Past Champions for free,” says Tom Kenkel, the 2018 Night of Champions co-chairman. “Roughly 800 guests attended this year thanks in part to a larger venue that accommodates the event’s growing popularity and attendance.”

Sara Hart Weir, the president and CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), and Kandi Pickard, first vice president of NDSS, attended the event. Celebrity chef and author Jamie Deen served as the emcee alongside Allyson Harvin.

The 2018 Night of Champions was sponsored by Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Marchese Construction, Matson, and Coastal Electric of Georgia.

For more information, contact champions@ldssga.org or visit https://ldssga.org

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

CONTACT
Tom Kenkel
President, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
tkenkel@ldssga.org

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Enmarket Assumes Operations of 34 E-Z Shop Convenience Stores in S.C.

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Enmarket Assumes Operations of 34 E-Z Shop Convenience Stores in S.C.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket has assumed operations of 34 E-Z Shop convenience stores located throughout South Carolina. The Savannah-based company recently bought the stores from Brabham Oil Company, Inc., based in Bamberg, S.C.

The purchase includes Brabham Oil’s wholesale fuel distribution company as well as eleven Subway franchises. It marks the second major purchase in recent months that, together, have doubled Enmarket’s store count.

“The addition of these 34 locations has enhanced our presence in South Carolina and will further build our brand in the Southeast,” said Brett Giesick, Enmarket’s president. “But more than that, our parent company, Colonial Oil, and Brabham Oil are both fourth generation family-owned businesses that have built strong reputations with both customers and employees. We understand the trust and commitment we took on with this purchase and will continue to build on it.”

Both companies have ties that date back to 1929 when Clarence M. Brabham opened a small wholesale petroleum business as a reseller for Colonial Oil. Brabham Oil served as a wholesale jobber for major fuel brands such as Shell, BP, Phillips 66 and Chevron for several decades.

In 1999, Brabham Oil recognized the need for private label gasoline and launched the Horizon brand. Today EZ-Shop convenience stores and Horizon fuel are among the largest and most recognized chains in South Carolina.

“The friendships established by this company with customers and suppliers over the years have been vital to its success and will always be treasured,” said Brabham Oil president Brab McCully. “We look forward to the family business tradition being continued by the good folks at Enmarket.”

Enmarket assumed ownership and operations of the stores on April 19th. Rebranding of the locations from EZ-Shop to Enmarket will begin later this year and is expected to conclude in 2019. The purchase brings Enmarket’s store count to 122 convenience stores and 14 quick serve restaurants.

ABOUT ENMARKET 
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 122 stores as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, May 14, 2018

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LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY WALK FOR MELANOMA AWARENESS

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, Dr. Corinne Howington and Elizabeth Brennan of Low Country Dermatology will lead a melanoma awareness walk on Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at Skidaway Island State Park. Howington and her staff will lead a three-mile hike along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. Registration for the event is $35, which includes the parking fee for the park. Proceeds will benefit the Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute in Savannah. For more information, visit https://cityspin.com/savannah/e/melanoma-awareness-walk/

NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Night of Champions honors Savannah area’s differently abled workforce:

http://www.savannahnow.com/news/20180510/night-of-champions-honors-savannah-areas-differently-abled-workforce

Six champions and their employers were recognized at the ninth annual iteration of the event, held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. This year’s theme was “Legacy” to encourage the community to create a legacy of the inclusion of differently abled people. Night of Champions honors local businesses that hire and retain differently abled people, including those with Down syndrome, and the contributions made by these employees who are designated as champions.

HORIZONS GIVING DAY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah is seeking the support of the Savannah community for Horizons Giving Day on Wednesday, May 16. Horizons Savannah’s goal of $50,000 will help close the opportunity gap for low-income Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Chatham County and the greater Savannah area. The Horizons Savannah program includes six weeks of academics, project-based learning and swimming lessons each summer through partnerships with independent schools, colleges, and universities. For more information or to donate, visit https://www.horizonsgivingday.org/p2p/34238/cecilia-russo-turner

BUY A BANANA, BE A BANANA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Win a chance to be an honorary Savannah Banana in Enmarket’s ‘Buy a Banana, Be a banana.’ One can be put into the drawing by purchasing bananas at select Enmarket locations.  For more information, visit

CHARLES BOWEN AS EMCEE FOR FILM AND MEDIA FESTIVAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen will emcee the first annual SCCPSS Student Film and Media Festival announced for May 16 at 6 pm at the Yamacraw Center for Performing Arts. This festival will showcase student films from elementary, middle and high school students throughout SCCPSS who won at the state level for the Georgia Student Film and Media Festival. Charles is the founder of The Bowen Law Group, the Savannah Film Alliance, and Southern Gateway Production Services. For more information, contact Mary Ann Rogers Lamberth at maryann.lamberth@sccpss.com and by phone at (912) 682-2651

JOB POSTING
(SAVANNAH, GA) A local construction company is looking to hire an administrative assistant as they continue to grow and expand in the Lowcountry. For more information or to apply, please call 912-777-3404.

BETHESDA ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP GALA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy will host its Fifth Annual Scholarship Gala on Friday, May 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The gala is open to the public, and tickets are $150.00. All proceeds from the gala provide assistance through scholarship funds for Bethesda students who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition. Bob Jepson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Jepson Associates Inc., will be the keynote speaker. To buy tickets, visit

TECHNOLOGY
(FORBES) People, Not Technology, Are Key To Digital Transformation:

LEADING YOUR DAUGHTER’S TROOP CAN BE TRICKY
(GIRL SCOUTS OF HISTORIC GEORGIA) How do you balance the parent-daughter troop dynamic?

OUR NEED FOR FRIENDSHIP
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism’s Daniel Wendler presents TedxTalk: ‘What Being Autistic Taught Me About Being Human.’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeMW2Asu8vg

FLOSSING SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dentistry offers this tip for practicing good dental health: Careful flossing should be a healthy habit to include in your daily routine. Floss between upper and lower teeth to remove plaque and any food particles that may have been missed by brushing. After flossing, be sure to rinse well with water. For more information on Sandfly Family Dentistry, visit https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

SCORE’S MAY BUSINESS LAUNCHPAD
(SAVANNAH,GA) SCORE announces its May edition of the popular Business Launchpad. It will be conducted on Saturday, 19 May from 9 AM to 3:30PM in the SCORE conference room, 111 E. Liberty St., Savannah. All course materials and lunch will be included in the session fee. The course will be conducted by 5 SCORE mentors, and will cover the essential areas of starting a business, and for those already in business, how to keep it running smoothly and profitably. Call SCORE at (912)-652-4335 to register.

SAVANNAH TRIBUNE CELEBRATES 143 YEARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Tribune is hosting A Biscuit Brunch and Sneaker Ball to celebrate their 143rd year of operation and 191st year for the Black Press on Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The DeSoto, 15 East Liberty St. More information is coming soon on the event to include ticket prices, a special salute to journalists, and ways to support a charitable organization all in honor of this anniversary celebration. Read The Savannah Tribune online at https://savannahtribune.com

GOOGLE SHEETS

(MASHABLE) Google Sheets is rising above Excel, and here’s why: https://mashable.com/2018/03/26/google-sheets-excel-online-courses-sale/?utm_cid=hp-r-3#EQlWW_Ieiaqk

TEQUILA BARREL RELEASE PARTY
(SAVANNAH, GA) On June 6 from 5-7pm,  tap a barrel of tequila blended exclusively for the Old Pink House and Garabaldi by Herradura in Jalisca, Mexico. This unique event in historic Reynold’s Square, at the front door of the Old Pink House, will feature food stations, beer and wine, and Bosso Nova music by Bill Smith. Proceeds benefit Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Tickets are $50 and can soon be purchased online. https://www.facebook.com/events/1651666398263170/


BATTLING CYBERBULLYING

(SAVANNAH, GA) The latest statistics from the CDC indicate an estimated 16 percent of high school students were bullied electronically. Wes Christian, from Speros, a Savannah technology firm says that there are several online monitoring tools that can be installed to help combat cyberbullying. For more information visit, http://www.wsav.com/community/health/battling-back-from-bullying-to-prevent-youth-suicide/1158255432 or www.speros.com

GREATER BLUFFTON CHAMBER COMMUNITY FUND

(SAVANNAH, GA)The Greater Bluffton Chamber has recently formed the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund to help with scholarships, apprenticeships, special projects and small business assistance for the greater community. The fund will be managed by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and have just received their first donation from Peacock Automotive. Anyone may donate to the Greater Bluffton Chamber Fund. Please contact the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry by visiting its website at www.cf-lowcountry.org or https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

WORKSHOP & LUNCHEON BY DEWITT TILTON GROUP
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group hosted a luncheon workshop at the Savannah Golf Club for a presentation on “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.” The event was intended for realtors, business owners, individuals in commercial construction and anyone with an interest in the field. For more information on the luncheon or on commercial construction, call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

RETIREMENT

LEADERSHIP
(SAVANNAH, GA) Applications for the 2018-2019 Leadership Savannah Class are currently being accepted.  This will be a one year class. To apply go to www.leadershipsavannah.org and click on the Apply button.

RAMBAM 5K
(SAVANNAH, GA) Rambam Day School presents the Memorial Day 5k Run/Walk at Kensington Park in Savannah, GA on May 28. Event starts at 8am. $35 to Register. To sign up: www.runsignup.com/race/ga/savannah/rambam

CLOTHING CLOSET AT PARK PLACE OUTREACH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach cut the ribbon on the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Savannah Alumnae Chapter clothing closet so their teens can enjoy new, fashionable clothes, just like all teens. For more information, visit https://www.parkplaceyes.org/

JUNKLUGGERS HAUL DIRT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Photo from “Dirt haul Saturday“.  Did you know Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire can help with all sorts of junk? For more information, visit https://www.junkluggers.com/georgia/junk-removal-services-savannah/

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR LIFE: 4 PILLARS OF HEALTH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Evelyn Higgins will present a free lunchtime lecture on Tuesday, June 26, during Enmarket’s second of four 2018 Encourage Health Education Series events in Savannah. Higgins will speak on The Prescription for Life: 4 Pillars of Health, which looks at health as more than just the absence of disease by investigating the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements of wholeness. The speech will be Livestreamed at Healthy Savannah’s and Enmarket’s Facebook pages. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org

PERFORMANCE REVIEW
(INC) Forget the Year-End Performance Review: This Feedback Technique Is Far More Effective: https://www.inc.com/glenn-leibowitz/forget-year-end-performance-review-this-feedback-technique-is-far-more-effective.html?cid=hmside1

MEET STARFISH THE CAT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Starfish, a female tortoiseshell cat currently living at Coastal Pet Rescue. She is approximately a year old and is very well mannered, enjoying head scratches and spending time outside. To view Starfish and other pets available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-c-020-starfish/


Workshop and Luncheon Explained the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project

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Workshop and Luncheon Explained the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project
Presentation held by The Dewitt Tilton Group

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group hosted luncheon workshop at the Savannah Golf Club, presenting “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.”

Kim Thomas, director of operations for the Dewitt Tilton Group discussed the permitting process and zoning regulations, and Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, spoke on selecting the perfect location for a project and what unexpected road bumps you might encounter when you find it.

“Unforeseen site work to prepare the land for building is easily the most troublesome issue among our clients,” said Tilton, “It’s important to look at a lot holistically, rather than focusing on its price per acre. Purchasing land without considering the quality of the dirt already on it, for example, can be an enormous oversight.”

Tilton also talked about how crucial it is to be aware of details such as how flood zones will affect building codes, the presence of zoning laws and local regulations and whether the lot has existing access to utilities, all of which can significantly delay construction projects if they catch buyers off-guard.

“We wanted to share some of the lessons our years of experience have taught us about commercial construction,” said Tilton, “For example, it’s easy for people to fall into the trap of believing they have found a great deal purchasing land, only to incur huge setbacks when faced with site work and permitting. Buying land for commercial construction is a big investment, so we want to provide prospective buyers with the resources they need to make informed decisions that will benefit them in the long run.”

For more information on the luncheon or on commercial construction, call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

MORE INFORMATION ON 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 guarantees 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
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075
www.ceciliarussomarketing.com

Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund Launched with Peacock Automotive Making First Donation

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Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund Launched with Peacock Automotive Making First Donation

(JASPER CO.) The Greater Bluffton Chamber recently formed the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, to help with scholarships, apprenticeships, special projects and small business assistance for the greater community.

Organized by chamber Chief Executive Officer Shellie West and founded by members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber, this fund will help the chamber to strengthen support for area businesses and its people. “It’s been a vision to have a fund like this since we created the chamber,” said West. “The response we received from our members to give to the fund and the founders was overwhelming.”

Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock presented Shellie West, CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a check for $1,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts of the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund

Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock presented Shellie West, CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a check for $1,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts of the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund

The first donation to the fund was made by Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock. “We’ve supported the Greater Bluffton Chamber and CVB, Inc., since its inception in 2012 and we felt that it was important to give to the fund for its mission and success moving forward,” said Peacock.

“The chamber and I truly appreciate the businesses who have supported us and really are grateful for the donation from Peacock Automotive. They have done wonderful things for this community,” said West.

Anyone may donate to the Greater Bluffton Chamber Fund. Please contact the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry by visiting its website at www.cf-lowcountry.org or by calling 843-681-9100. Or, contact the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at info@blufftonchamberofcommerce.org or 843-757-1010.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates more than 20 automotive franchises and other holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing upwards of 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. Peacock Automotive was awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com