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Savannah Film Alliance to Take Part in Film Day at the Capitol

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Savannah Film Alliance to Take Part in Film Day at the Capitol

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance will lead a delegation of film and television professionals from the Savannah area to participate in Film Day at the Capitol in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate to state legislators how significantly the film and television industry impacts the state and to emphasize how crucial it is to protect the tax credits and other incentives that have made Georgia the top filming destination in the country.

Gov. Deal has been very supportive of the industry, but as this is his last term, it’s imperative to not only remind our current legislators of the importance of these incentives but also to send that message to all potential future elected officials,” said Charles Bowen, founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. “We must continue to be vigilant and not allow other states to threaten the progress we’ve made.”

Bowen, who is a business and entertainment attorney and the owner of Southern Gateway Production Services, cautioned that the momentum that has carried Georgia to the vanguard of the production world must not be allowed to diminish. Since 2016, Georgia has hosted more feature film and television productions than any other location in the world. Further, despite the tremendous advantage Atlanta has over Savannah in terms of sound stages and other infrastructure, local direct spending on film and television productions in the Savannah area has risen from $18 million in 2014 to well over $60 million in 2017.

Bowen said he credits much of the rise of Savannah’s popularity as a destination for filming to the innovative and unique local economic incentive offered by the Savannah Economic Development Authority. “2018 is already on pace to shatter the record for production dollars spent in Savannah in a single year,” Bowen said.

By encouraging people who have benefited from the film industry to attend Film Day at the Capitol, Bowen said he hopes all legislators, including those on the local level, will continue to be committed to providing incentives, resources, and opportunities to bring filmmakers to the Savannah area. “The entertainment industry boosts almost every industry in town,” Bowen said. “When a film or television production comes to Savannah, they require all of the goods and services the town has to offer, thus they benefit the entire local business community. It is crucial that we don’t lose sight of the incredible impact the film industry is having on our local economy and that we strive to continue improving the experience and services offered visiting productions.”

The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office is producing a video that will play in the rotunda during Film Day and will feature a photo montage of Georgians who have been impacted directly or indirectly by the industry. The Savannah Area Film Office is coordinating submissions of photos from the Savannah area for that production.

Film Day at the Capitol is set for Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington St. SW in Atlanta. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

Southern Gateway Production Services

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP AND SOUTHERN GATEWAY PRODUCTION SERVICES
As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, Charles Bowen has developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law. Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. Bowen also founded Southern Gateway Production Services with the mission to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers by providing connections with local crew, vendors and service providers. Southern Gateway Production Services is a signatory to all IATSE National Term Agreements. The Bowen Law Group and Southern Gateway Production Services are located at 7 East Congress St, Suite 1001. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen
Southern Gateway Production Services
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912-856-9075

Camens Architectural Group Launches Redesigned Website Created by Speros

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Camens Architectural Group Launches Redesigned Website Created by Speros

(SAVANNAH, GA) Camens Architectural Group is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website camensarchitecturalgroup.com.

Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the visually striking site provides clients with a fully interactive and inspiring experience during the home design and build process.

“We’ve built a portal into the website so Camens can easily share information like project plans, renderings and progress photos with their clients,” said Lauren Dingus, web and graphics designer for Speros. “When a client logs into the website, they will have exclusive access to the documents and images related to their new home.”

The firm’s updated website also features an extensive portfolio with a wide range of residential projects across the U.S. and Europe.

“I wanted clients to be able to touch the photo of any home in our portfolio and watch it come to life,” said Marc Camens, the firm’s principal. “The Speros team was intuitive, listening as we described our goals for a website that would do what this new site now delivers.”

Established in 1982 and located on John’s Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Camens Architectural Group specializes in luxury custom residential home design, including construction administration, interior design and renovations as well as light commercial architectural design.

Marc Camens began his architectural career in the commercial industry where he learned how to listen and interpret the wants and needs of his clients. He moved his 18-year-old architectural practice from the Adirondacks to South Carolina in 1998. Camens’ work has been recognized by the New York Times, Charleston Living Magazine and Charleston Style & Design.

For more information, visit camensarchitecturalgroup.com

Camens Architectural Group Website Designed by Speros

Camens Architectural Group Website

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Lauren Dingus
Web and Graphics Designer
Speros
ldingus@speros.com
912.790.5117

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

Local Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Apply for Enmarket Encourage Health Series 2018

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Local Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Apply for Enmarket Encourage Health Series 2018

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket is inviting Savannah area nonprofit organizations to apply to be selected as one of four grant recipients as part of the 2018 Encourage Health Educational Series. The application process will be conducted through a Facebook contest. Selected nonprofit organizations will receive a $1,000 grant.

Any Savannah area registered 501©3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education is encouraged to enter.

The rules: “Like” the Enmarket page (https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations) and post a nomination as a comment explaining why your organization should be chosen as a grant recipient. Entries must include how the nonprofit organization inspires or promotes healthy living. The advisory board will consider the total number of “likes” on individual posts for the final selection.

Enmarket’s Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations. Entries will open on Monday, Feb. 12. The deadline is midnight Monday, Feb. 26.

The series features four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who share insights on nutrition and fitness and general tips for healthy living. Speakers for the 2018 series will be announced in March.

Each winning nonprofit organization will receive a donation during one of the four Encourage Health Education Series presentations.

This marks the fifth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Clover Health, Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News and Savannah Magazine.

For more information and to participate, visit https://www.facebook.com/enmarkstations.

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. Previously known as Enmark, it launched a rebranding initiative in 2015 to better align with its commitment to fresh food and health. Enmarket completed the acquisition of 35 Clyde’s Markets on December 1. The addition of the EZ-Shop stores will bring the company to a total of 122 operating stores, making Enmarket the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

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

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, February 12, 2018

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LSEGA CLASS VISITS GLYNN COUNTY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a premier regional leadership development program, held its first of five sessions at Little St. Simons Island in Glynn County. This year’s participants were offered a glimpse of homeland security essentials on day one with a tour of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, the nation’s largest provider of law enforcement training for all agencies that protect our homeland. Day two focused on examining communication preferences and styles and the impact on one’s approach to leadership by taking the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The next session will be held in Bryan and Liberty Counties. For more information, visit: http://www.lsega.com/

STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Mayor Eddie DeLoach today at 6:30 p.m. for the State of the City address. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Can’t make it tonight? Watch it LIVE on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/392975407809523/), SGTV Channel 8 or www.savannahga.gov/SGTV

DEWITT TILTON GROUP BREAKING GROUND ON LIVINGOOD’S
(SAVANNAH, GA) Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding will break ground on a new Pooler location on Wednesday, February 21 at 11 am.They are a 42-year-old company. The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm based in Savannah, Ga., has been hired to build the12,000-square ft. structure and it should only take seven months to complete. For more information on the Dewitt Tilton Group, visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com. For more information on Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding, visit https://www.livingoodsonline.com/

ENMARKET TO PURCHASE 34 BRABHAM OIL STORES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based Enmarket Stations, Inc. is boosting its convenience store reach with a 34-store deal that will bring the company total to 122 operating stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. In mid-April, Enmarket will assume operations of the Brabham Oil’s stores, which are branded as E-Z Shop. The deal includes the purchase of a wholesale fuel distribution company as well. For more information on Enmarket, visit

SURVEY OF SATISFACTION
(SAVANNAH, GA) The City of Savannah is launching a survey to gain feedback from business partners, identifying areas for improvement in the procurement process. To participate in the short, 8-question survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DOINGBUSINESSWITHSAVANNAH

FILM DAY AT THE CAPITOL
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance will lead a delegation of film and television professionals from the Savannah area to participate in Film Day at the Capitol in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 27.The purpose of the event is to demonstrate to state legislators how significantly the film and television industry impacts the state and to emphasize how crucial it is to protect the tax credits and other incentives that have made Georgia the top filming destination in the country. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

PURCHASING DIVISION MOVES 
(SAVANNAH, GA) The City of Savannah’s Purchasing Division is moving to a new location,
1375 Chatham Parkway, 2nd floor, as of Monday, Feb. 26. The final day to submit responses to bidding opportunities in City Hall is Friday, Feb. 23. If you have any questions, please call 912.651.6425 or visit https://www.savannahga.gov/491/Purchasing

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TO READ TO STUDENTS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area will host the inaugural Rotary Read-In on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Rotarians and community volunteers will participate with students from kindergarten to third grade in 31 schools and almost 600 classrooms in the Savannah-Chatham County area. To register to read on March 22, sign up here by Thursday, March 15https://savannahrotaryreadin.com/

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE AND YOUR BRAIN
(TIME) Going outside may change the way your brain works.

FIT KIDS FEST

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junior League of Savannah announces their 6th Annual Fit Kids Fest on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at Savannah State University, 3219 College Street. One of the year’s most anticipated free community events, Fit Kids Fest teaches the importance of growing a fit body and mind through a fun and interactive day designed for children of all ages and their parents. To learn more visit:  https://www.jrleaguesav.org.


AVA’S LAW SUPPORT AUTISM 

(WJCL) Ava’s Law, passed in Georgia in 2015, requires some insurers to provide insurance for children with autism up to the age of six. The state senate is voting this week on an amendment which would raise that coverage to the age of 12. If the bill passes, it will move to the house. See the full story at http://www.wjcl.com/article/georgia-state-lawmakers-considering-expanding-avas-law/16639262

ATL APARTMENT ACQUISITION BY KMC
(SAVANNAH, GA) Kole Management Company (KMC), a Savannah-based real estate investment and management company, has acquired Heritage at Riverstone, a 240-unit apartment community in Canton, Ga.  Heritage at Riverstone is the sixth apartment community acquired by KMC outside Savannah and is the first apartment community in the greater-Atlanta region. KMC also owns and operates seven apartment properties in Savannah, Garden City and Richmond Hill. Collectively, KMC owns and operates about 2,500 total apartment units. For more information on Kole Management, visit Kolemc.com

THAYER NEW COO OF PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
(JASPER COUNTY, SC) A new Chief Operations Officer has been named at Peacock Automotive, which is headquartered in Jasper County. Retail automotive veteran, Jim Thayer has more than 30 years of experience in the retail automotive business and has started immediately at Peacock Automotive, overseeing operations of dealerships in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. For more information visit  www.peacockautomotive.com/

Jim Thayer, COO, Peacock Automotive


CAST YOUR VOTE
(GUYTON, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, a provider of equine-oriented experiences and therapy for children with disabilities, is in the running to win a National Award from SCORE’s American Small Business Championship. FETC hopes to be one of two top Georgia small businesses to achieve this national recognition.  Since its inception 12 years ago, FETC has grown to having 11 horses and 65 volunteers and staff serving over 120 deserving children with disabilities. To help FETC win this well-deserved award, please go to the following link and click on “VOTE”. It just takes one click.

SPEROS DESIGNS WEBSITE FOR CAMENS ARCHITECTURAL GROUP
(SAVANNAH, GA) Camens Architectural Group is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website www.camensarchitecturalgroup.com. Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the visually striking site provides clients with a fully interactive and inspiring experience during the home design and build process. For more information, visit camensarchitecturalgroup.com or www.speros.com

SAVANNAH-CHATHAM DAY 2018
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-Chatham Day is set for Thursday, February 15 in Atlanta. The cost to attend the Savannah Chamber-member only event is $125. Reserve your spot at http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&eventid=72 or contact Jared Downs at 912.644.6406 for more information.

SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 11th annual Savannah Book Festival runs from Thursday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 18. For more information or to see the complete schedule for the free author sessions on Saturday, Feb. 17, visit  https://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

SAVANNAH FILM ALLIANCE MEETING
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance will meet Thursday, February
22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 7126 in the Academic Commons building (the main building) at Savannah Technical College. Parking is in the visitor parking next to the school entrance. All those with a stake in the entertainment industry are invited to attend to share their updates, discuss their goals, and brainstorm ways to improve the filmmaking experience in the Savannah area. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCIAL WORKSHOP
(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting two free workshops, Understanding Business Financials, on Thursday, March 1 or 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.513 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Suite M. Space is limited. To apply, visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/small-business-success-academy/

2018 AUTISM CONFERENCE MARCH 2
(SAVANNAH, GA) Save The Date: The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism is hosting their third annual Autism Conference on March 2. There will be workshops and learning opportunities for parents, caregivers, educators and, of course, individuals with any level of autism. For more information, please visit http://www.2018autismconference.com/ or http://savannahnow.com/accent/column/2018-01-26/hart-heart-savannah-conference-all-about-acceptance-those-autism

4th ANNUAL HOOPS FOR HORIZONS – MARCH 3
(SAVANNAH, GA)  The fourth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons “three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Savannah Country Day School. Honorary tournament chair and basketball celebrity Larry “Gator” Rivers, former Harlem Globetrotter, will be on hand sharing coaching tips and motivation for all players.  Named for beloved Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014, this tournament is an opportunity to bring together players of all ages and abilities, local Savannah Basketball Legends and Horizons supporters to celebrate Louise’s lifelong love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.  The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to teams of boys and girls grades fifth through adults.  For registration, a youth team, which includes 5th through 12th graders, are $50; teams with 18 year-olds to 30-year-olds are $75, and if the team is over 30 years old, the registration is $100.  For more information, to register a team, sponsor a youth team or sponsor the event visit www.horizonssavannah.org
or call 912-961-8854.

PACKING TIPS FOR THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
(HILTON HEAD, SC) Discussion on ‘Preparing for and Hiking the Camino de Santiago’ will be presented on Thursday, March 8 at 5:45pm at Outside Hilton Head. Marjorie Young will share her experience on preparing, packing, training and hiking the ancient 500-mile trek through northern Spain. RSVP to Olivia Baddley at olivia@outsidebrands.com. The event is free to attend. https://vimeo.com/251088160

AMERICAN RED CROSS AWARDS 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Save the Date for American Red Cross Youth Hero Volunteer Awards Breakfast honoring Youth Heroes for their volunteer work on Friday, April 20.  The event will also honor Cecilia Russo Turner, youth mentor, community advocate and Youth Hero event originator.  For more information or to sponsor a table contact  esther.sheppard@redcross.org or 912-651-5349.

INVITE CHRISTMAS INTO YOUR HOME
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Christmas, a female Tortie point Siamese cat who needs a forever home. Christmas is about 2 years old and joined the Coastal Pet Rescue Family this past December. Christmas is incredibly affectionate and enjoys naps. To view Christmas and any other animals available for adoption, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2017-c-135-christmas1/


Enmarket to Purchase 34 Brabham Oil Stores

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Enmarket to Purchase 34 Brabham Oil Stores

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based Enmarket announces that it has reached an agreement with Brabham Oil Company, Inc. to purchase its 34 convenience stores. Brabham Oil’s stores, which are branded as E-Z Shop, are located throughout South Carolina. The purchase marks the second acquisition in recent months for Enmarket. The two acquisitions will double Enmarket’s store count.

Enmarket will assume operations of the Bamberg, SC-based stores in mid-April. The deal includes the purchase of Brabham Oil’s wholesale fuel distribution company as well.

“Both Brabham Oil and the Colonial Group (Enmarket’s parent company) are 4th generation family-owned businesses who have built strong reputations in taking great care of their customers and employees in the markets in which they operate,” said Enmarket’s President Brett Giesick.

“We are proud that Brab and his family have entrusted us with the awesome opportunity to continue to build the business that they have spent decades building” he added. “Strategically, the 34 locations will enhance our presence in South Carolina, and will further build our brand in the southeast.”

Brabham Oil and Enmarket have ties that date back to 1929 when Clarence M. Brabham opened a small wholesale petroleum business as a reseller for Colonial Oil. The company 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 one of the largest and most recognized chains in South Carolina.

“Brabham Oil Co., Inc. was founded by Clarence M. Brabham in 1929 in Bamberg, S.C. The company survived him serving in World II and the Korean War. The Company has been family owned and operated for four generations, which is very rare in the business world. Being surrounded by excellent people has been the key to success over the years. Mr. Brabham always said, ‘Warm fuels make warm friends’ and he loved that part of the business. The friendships established by this company with customers and suppliers over the years have been vital to its success and will always be treasured. We look forward to the family business tradition being continued by the good folks at Enmarket” said Brabham Oil Company President Brab McCully.

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. Previously known as Enmark, it launched a rebranding initiative in 2015 to better align with its commitment to fresh food and health. Enmarket completed the acquisition of 35 Clyde’s Markets on December 1. The addition of the EZ-Shop stores will bring the company to a total of 122 operating stores, making Enmarket the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. http://www.enmarket.com

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

Savannah Rotary Clubs Call for Community Volunteers for Inaugural Read-In to 15,000 Students in Savannah-Chatham Schools

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Savannah Rotary Clubs Call for Community Volunteers for Inaugural Read-In to 15,000 Students in Savannah-Chatham Schools

(SAVANNAH, GA) Several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area will host the inaugural Rotary Read-In on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Rotarians and community volunteers will participate with students from kindergarten to third grade in 31 schools and almost 600 classrooms in the Savannah-Chatham County area.

“We hope to promote literacy with almost 15,000 local students at this event,” said Nina Gompels, president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. “We are asking the community to join with our Rotarians during the Read-In, and we hope to have about 400 people participate, giving back by reading for one hour on this one special day to spark imaginations and encourage desires to read more.”

Debra Larson, President & CEO of Hospice Savannah and retired trucking company owner Frank Moore, Jr., who serves as a substitute teacher in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, are co-chairing the event.

When he moved to Savannah, Moore brought the idea to the Rotary Club of Savannah from his club in California, which ran the program for 26 years. The Rotary Club of Savannah then reached out to all of the clubs in the Greater Savannah area.

“We are looking for volunteers to help just one day for one hour with just one book,” said Moore. “This is a community building event that brings members of our community into the schools, with a very positive impact on both students and the reader.”

The club is also seeking 32 volunteers to serve as school liaisons to handle all communication with the schools’ personnel, confirm classrooms and solidify books for the read-in. E Shaver Booksellers is offering a 25 percent discount for those purchasing a children’s book to read for the Savannah Rotary Read-In with the intention of leaving that book in the classroom for the students.

According to a study published by the Reach Out and Read National Center in Boston, parents or other family members read every day to just under half of the nation’s children between birth and five years. Children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over those who are not, with the number of words in a child’s vocabulary being an important indicator of later academic success, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The federal government has set a national goal through its Healthy People 2020 initiative to increase the proportion of children who are read to by a parent every day from 47.8 percent in 2007 to 52.6 percent in 2020, according to Child Trends.

A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school.

To register to read on March 22, sign up here by Thursday, March 15: https://savannahrotaryreadin.com/

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH
The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 225 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 103 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently in recognition of the 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and constructed an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park. Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty Street. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

CONTACT
Debra Larson
Dlarson@hospicesavannah.org
(912) 629-1020

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, February 5, 2018

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EMCEES FOR HEARTS FOR HEALING GALA
LAST WEEK TO BUY TICKETS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center has selected Joe Marchese, immediate past president of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) in Savannah, and Ariella Scalese, forecaster for the WSAV Storm Team 3, as co-emcees for their 2nd annual Hearts for Healing Gala. The gala will be held February 9th at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, 243 Appaloosa Way in Guyton, GA. 31312, exists to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through the power of the horse. The program serves children ages 4 to 18 with all types of challenges, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. For more information visit http://www.faithetc.org/hearts-for-healing-gala/. Please purchase tickets at http://www.faithetc.org/hearts-for-healing-gala/
Ariella Scalese

Ariella Scalese

Joe Marchese

Joe Marchese



METRO SAVANNAH ROTARY’S ANNUAL ROASTARY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Metro Savannah Rotary’s 7th annual Roastary, sponsored by Thomas & Hutton, will feature a chili cook off, raffle items, beer and wine and of course…OYSTERS! Proceeds benefit Loop It Up Savannah as well as Rotary International. Come prepared to play some cool outdoor games like beer pong and corn-hole courtesy of Savannah Sport and Social. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Date: February 10th. Time: 5:30-9:30pm. Place: 5909 LaRoche Avenue http://metrosavannahrotary.org/event/roastery/

ATL APARTMENT ACQUISITION BY KMC
(SAVANNAH, GA) Kole Management Company (KMC), a Savannah-based real estate investment and management company, has acquired Heritage at Riverstone, a 240-unit apartment community in Canton, Ga.  Heritage at Riverstone is the sixth apartment community acquired by KMC outside Savannah and is the first apartment community in the greater-Atlanta region. KMC also owns and operates seven apartment properties in Savannah, Garden City and Richmond Hill. Collectively, KMC owns and operates about 2,500 total apartment units. For more information on Kole Management, visit Kolemc.com

THAYER NEW COO OF PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
(JASPER COUNTY, SC) A new Chief Operations Officer has been named at Peacock Automotive, which is headquartered in Jasper County. Retail automotive veteran, Jim Thayer has more than 30 years of experience in the retail automotive business and has started immediately at Peacock Automotive, overseeing operations of dealerships in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. For more information visit  www.peacockautomotive.com/

Jim Thayer, COO, Peacock Automotive


TOOLS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE is offering a workshop series in Savannah: Tools to Grow Your Business. The second of this series will address Business Differentiation Strategies and will be held on February 22 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the SCORE Conference Room, 111 E. Liberty St, Savannah. Registration is required. To register and find out more about the session or the series, call SCORE at (912) 652- 4335.

15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
(SAVANNAH, GA) What started out with just one woman trying to help neighborhood cats has grown to over 100 volunteers providing care for around 700 dogs and cats each year. February 5th will mark the 15th anniversary for Coastal Pet Rescue, which accepts homeless and owner surrendered pets from Chatham, Effingham and Bryan Counties. For more information, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/events or call 912-228-3538.

CAST YOUR VOTE
(GUYTON, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, a provider of equine-oriented experiences and therapy for children with disabilities, is in the running to win a National Award from SCORE’s American Small Business Championship. FETC hopes to be one of two top Georgia small businesses to achieve this national recognition.  Since its inception 12 years ago, FETC has grown to having 11 horses and 65 volunteers and staff serving over 120 deserving children with disabilities. To help FETC win this well-deserved award, please go to the following link and click on “VOTE”. It just takes one click.

SPEROS DESIGNS WEBSITE FOR CAMENS ARCHITECTURAL GROUP

(SAVANNAH, GA) Camens Architectural Group is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website www.camensarchitecturalgroup.com. Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the visually striking site provides clients with a fully interactive and inspiring experience during the home design and build process. For more information, visit camensarchitecturalgroup.com or www.speros.com

SAVANNAH-CHATHAM DAY 2018
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-Chatham Day is set for Thursday, February 15 in Atlanta. The cost to attend the Savannah Chamber-member only event is $125. Reserve your spot at http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&eventid=72 or contact Jared Downs at 912.644.6406 for more information.

SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 11th annual Savannah Book Festival runs from Thursday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 18. For more information or to see the complete schedule for the free author sessions on Saturday, Feb. 17, visit  https://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

SAVANNAH FILM ALLIANCE MEETING
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance will meet Thursday, February
22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 7126 in the Academic Commons building (the main building) at Savannah Technical College. Parking is in the visitor parking next to the school entrance. All those with a stake in the entertainment industry are invited to attend to share their updates, discuss their goals, and brainstorm ways to improve the filmmaking experience in the Savannah area. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCIAL WORKSHOP
(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting two free workshops, Understanding Business Financials, on Thursday, March 1 or 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.513 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Suite M. Space is limited. To apply, visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/small-business-success-academy/

CELEBRATION OF LOVE FOR PARK PLACE OUTREACH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter held the annual Celebration of Love gala at the Plantation Club at the Landings. Watch Executive Director – Julie Wade’s email here: http://wsav.com/2018/01/31/community-corner-park-place-youth-outreach-hosts-celebration-of-love-gala/

SUPER MUSEUM SUNDAY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Heritage Society’s five museums will participate in the 2017 Georgia History Festival’s “Super Museum Sunday” on Feb. 11. Guests can enjoy interactive exhibits and engaging tours at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, Old Fort Jackson, Pin Point Heritage Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum and Savannah History Museum. For specific information on each site, visit http://www.chsgeorgia.org/

OLD SAVANNAH TOURS HIRES COURTNEY RAWLINS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Old Savannah Tours announces the recent hire of Courtney Rawlins as a Relationship Manager for the only locally owned tour company. Rawlins will manage the 26 concierges in the company’s partner hotels, build and strengthen relationships with community partners, and support group sales for the 39 year old company. In addition, Rawlins will foster Old Savannah Tours’ commitment to area non-profits by creating unique opportunities for the company to give back to the community. For more information, visit https://oldsavannahtours.com

2018 AUTISM CONFERENCE MARCH 2
(SAVANNAH, GA) Save The Date: The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism is hosting their third annual Autism Conference on March 2. There will be workshops and learning opportunities for parents, caregivers, educators and, of course, individuals with any level of autism. For more information, please visit http://www.2018autismconference.com/ or http://savannahnow.com/accent/column/2018-01-26/hart-heart-savannah-conference-all-about-acceptance-those-autism

4th ANNUAL HOOPS FOR HORIZONS – MARCH 3
(SAVANNAH, GA)  The fourth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons “three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Savannah Country Day School. Honorary tournament chair and basketball celebrity Larry “Gator” Rivers, former Harlem Globetrotter, will be on hand sharing coaching tips and motivation for all players.  Named for beloved Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014, this tournament is an opportunity to bring together players of all ages and abilities, local Savannah Basketball Legends and Horizons supporters to celebrate Louise’s lifelong love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.  The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to teams of boys and girls grades fifth through adults.  For registration, a youth team, which includes 5th through 12th graders, are $50; teams with 18 year-olds to 30-year-olds are $75, and if the team is over 30 years old, the registration is $100.  For more information, to register a team, sponsor a youth team or sponsor the event visit www.horizonssavannah.org

or call 912-961-8854.

PACKING TIPS FOR THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
(HILTON HEAD, SC) “Discussion on ‘Preparing for and Hiking the Camino de Santiago’ will be presented on Thursday, March 8 at 5:45pm at Outside Hilton Head. Marjorie Young will share her experience on preparing, packing, training and hiking the ancient 500-mile trek through northern Spain. RSVP to Olivia Baddley at olivia@outsidebrands.com. The event is free to attend. https://vimeo.com/251088160

AMERICAN RED CROSS AWARDS 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Save the Date for American Red Cross Youth Hero Volunteer Awards Breakfast honoring Youth Heroes for their volunteer work on Friday, April 20.  The event will also honor Cecilia Russo Turner, youth mentor, community advocate and Youth Hero event originator.  For more information or to sponsor a table contact  esther.sheppard@redcross.org or 912-651-5349.

READING DAY AT HANCOCK DAY SCHOOL
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sandfly Women Business Owner’s Coalition supported literacy efforts on National Reading Day, Tuesday, Jan. 23, by spending time at Hancock Day School reading to first- and second-grade students. Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member, said: “We are excited to share our love for reading with these young students, and what better gift can we give to our children than the encouragement of literacy?” To view the days event, visit:  http://www.wtoc.com/story/37332178/hancock-day-school-participates-in-national-reading-day

Dr. Angela Canfield Reads To Hancock Day School Students


JOSH REDDICK VISITS BETHESDA ACADEMY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick, Houston Astros’ Right-Fielder, presented “Pitching Success” to Bethesda Academy students.  Reddick, who was born in Savannah and attended South Effingham High School in Guyton, spoke to students during Bethesda’s Chapel time. Reddick spoke about hard work and dedication being his key to success, in spite of people telling him he could not make it as a pro-baseball athlete. For more information on Bethesda Academy, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org
Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy


PLEASE MEET ANNIE
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Annie is a sweet momma who was surrendered by her owner. She has had plenty of puppies and is looking forward to a forever home. She loves playing with toys and is a super snuggler. Her foster mom says; “What a great dog! Knows sit, no, and outside. No accidents; she goes to the door. Love her.” For more information, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-d-022-annie/


Savannah Film Alliance Announces February Meeting

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Savannah Film Alliance Announces February Meeting

Networking Group Founded by Southern Gateway Production Services Owner

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance will meet Thursday, February 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 7126 in the Academic Commons building (the main building) at Savannah Technical College. Parking is in the visitor parking next to the school entrance.

The Savannah Film Alliance was founded in 2015 by attorney Charles Bowen, owner of Southern Gateway Production Services. It promotes the growth of the film and television industry in Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through collaboration, the sharing of relevant information, education, and community outreach.

All those with a stake in the entertainment industry are invited to attend to share their updates, discuss their goals, and brainstorm ways to improve the filmmaking experience in the Savannah area. No RSVP is necessary.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP AND SOUTHERN GATEWAY PRODUCTION SERVICES
As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, Charles Bowen has developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law. Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. Bowen also founded Southern Gateway Production Services with the mission to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers by providing connections with local crew, vendors and service providers. Southern Gateway Production Services is a signatory to all IATSE National Term Agreements. The Bowen Law Group and Southern Gateway Production Services are located at 7 East Congress St, Suite 1001. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

Attorney Charles Bowen, Founder of The Savannah Film Alliance and Southern Gateway Production Services

Attorney Charles Bowen, Founder of The Savannah Film Alliance and Southern Gateway Production Services

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center Select Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Joe Marchese and WSAV’s Ariella Scalese as Emcees for the 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala on Feb. 9

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Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center Select Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Joe Marchese and WSAV’s Ariella Scalese as Emcees for the 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala on Feb. 9

(SAVANNAH, GA) Joe Marchese, immediate past president of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) in Savannah, and Ariella Scalese, forecaster for the WSAV Storm Team 3, have been chosen as the emcees for the Hearts for Healing Gala to benefit Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center. The second annual event will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.

Faith Equestrian is a non-profit organization founded to improve the quality of life for children with special needs through therapeutic interaction with horses at the center.

Joe Marchese

Joe Marchese

Marchese, who has years of experience in the differently abled community, will help guide the night’s activities, which include dinner, dancing, a silent auction and live music from the John Brackett Quartet.

“I am humbled and honored to be presented with this opportunity,” said Marchese. “As a founding board member of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, and as a parent of a child with Down Syndrome I have been exposed to the emotional and cognitive challenges faced by children with different abilities and I love what a difference that Faith Equestrian makes in their lives.”

Ariella Scalese

Ariella Scalese

Scalese graduated from Lehigh University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science and minored in Mass Communication before coming to Savannah to continue her career in broadcasting. Scalese volunteers for a number of organizations including Faith Equestrian.

“Since moving here in 2016, I made it a goal to find local organizations that I’m passionate about and donating my time to them,” said Scalese. “Faith Equestrian has given me so much more than I could ever give to it, and I’m honored to be named an emcee for their annual gala.”

Faith Equestrian serves children with all types of challenges, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. Interaction with the horses allows the students to build strength, develop coordination skills and gain confidence in an outdoor and supportive setting.

Gala Logo

2018 Hearts for Healing Gala

The gala is the center’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps cover the costs for children to participate in the Faith Equestrian program.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction; the reception will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $150 and may be purchased at http://www.faithetc.org/hearts-for-healing-gala/.

The 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala is sponsored by Savannah Special Events by Ranco, First City Events, Low Country Paper Co., Whitemarsh Beverage, J Thomas Catering, Savannah’s Hall of Cakes, South Magazine and Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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 fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages people to bring their children to all of their meetings. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

ABOUT FAITH EQUESTRIAN THERAPEUTIC CENTER
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, 243 Appaloosa Way in Guyton, GA. 31312, exists to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through the power of the horse. The program serves children ages 4 to 18 with all types of challenges, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. The center offers therapeutic riding courses and an equestrian program in partnership with local schools. For more information, visit https://faithetc.org

MEDIA CONTACT
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