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Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Recognizes Cecilia Russo Turner with Community Impact Awards

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Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Recognizes Cecilia Russo Turner with Community Impact Awards

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing has been recognized as a recipient of the 2018 Community Impact Award by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

Cecilia Russo Turner Receives Award from Ronald McDonald House

Cecilia Russo Turner Receives Award from Ronald McDonald House

The community impact awards program began in 2014 to recognize long-time contributors, businesses and volunteers for outstanding achievement in serving local Ronald McDonald House children and families.

Turner, who has served as a board member for seven years, has supported the Ronald McDonald House through marketing and fundraising support of various events, including the Chef of the House Challenge, Wine and Fries, The Red Shoe Run and Wine, Women and Shoes.

“It is a great honor to assist the families and staff at the Ronald McDonald House,” said Turner. “I’m so pleased that several of my family members and close friends are also involved with the organization, often serving at special events and seeing first-hand the impact that the house makes in our community.”

Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, praised Turner for her efforts as a volunteer.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of our House, and Cecilia has been invaluable in providing comfort for the families who find refuge and support here while their children receive medical treatment at our nearby hospitals,” Sorochak said. “Because of outstanding volunteers, we can keep our focus on helping children heal faster, cope better and stay healthy.”

The Ronald McDonald House helps families of seriously ill, hospitalized children cope with the stress and expense of daily living while trying to be close and emotionally strong for their children.

This marks the second time Turner has received the award. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is a registered 501©3, non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone program is the Savannah Ronald McDonald House that provides more than 4,170 family night stays each year with a “Home away from home.” Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations, care to under served, school-aged children in Beaufort County, S.C.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

CONTACT
Bill Sorochak
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of the Coastal Empire
bill@rmhccoastalempire.org
t. (912) 350-7641 ext. 304
f. (912) 350-2309
c. (864) 906-8496
www.rmhccoastalempire.org 
4710 Waters Avenue
Savannah, Georgia, 31404

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo Turner
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
crusso72@gmail.com

Park Place Outreach Given $4,200 Worth of Plumbing from Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

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Park Place Outreach Given $4,200 Worth of Plumbing from Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah donated $4,200 worth of plumbing equipment to Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter as part of their “Give the Gift of Plumbing” program.

Sherry Daniel and Julie Wade

Sherry Daniel and Julie Wade

The home, which serves runaway, homeless and at-risk youth ages 11-17, received seven new toilets, a new garbage disposal and a new kitchen faucet.

“We received a call that Roto-Rooter wanted to come by and take a look at our plumbing system to see how they could help,” said Julie Wade, executive director of Park Place Outreach. “As you might imagine with a full house of teenagers, it’s really important to keep plumbing essentials working properly. We are very excited by this partnership.”

Kyle Hagemes with Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

The home is open 24 hours a day and temporarily houses as many as 12 kids or teenagers at any time. All services are free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school.

“We didn’t have to think twice when we learned about Park Place’s mission,” said Sherry Daniel, CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers. “Plumbing usually isn’t a priority until it has to be. We recognize the impact that this home has for our local youth, and we wanted to take anything we could off their never-ending to-do list.”

“Give the Gift of Plumbing” is a program offered by Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah that allows individuals and organizations to pre-order plumbing products and services to fulfill others’ plumbing needs.

For more information, visit https://www.rotosavannah.com

Since opening in 1984, Park Place Outreach has served more than 6,500 at-risk teens. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., is a 12-bed temporary residential shelter for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth, ages 11 to 17. Serving youth since 1984, the shelter is open 24 hours a day and provides a safe, secure, and loving environment. Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah where youth can self-admit without an agency referral. The organization’s mission is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. Park Place Outreach also operates a Street Outreach Program and Drop-In Center to identify homeless and nearly homeless teens and young adults and provide them with support services to get off the streets.

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 http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook.

ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH
Roto-Rooter plumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooters Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

8 Secrets to Success for TV Interviews

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8 Secrets to Success for TV Interviews
By Cynthia Wright

Cynthia Wright, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_5920

You may be asked to complete a two-minute pre-recorded news interview or appear on a live show for twenty minutes; preparing for these interview opportunities is essential.

Carriage Trade Public Relations™ and Cecilia Russo Marketing offer eight insights to ensure your success on camera:

1. Choose Your Outfit Wisely
Avoid distracting patterns or prints. We recommend bold/bright solid colors. A classic white, blue or black works well. Keep accessories to a minimum. Big, chunky or dangling jewelry can be distracting. For makeup, apply slightly bolder than you might wear day-to-day and darker lipstick. Do not wear anything too short as you may be seated on a low sofa.

2. Practice Your Sound Bites
Spend time thinking about the key points you want to get across. Practice with your media consultant answering questions. Studies have found that the average TV soundbite is around seven seconds long. Even if you’re interviewed for 10 minutes, the news station will likely edit the footage down to just a minute or two. On live interviews, the time goes much quicker than you realize; try to get all of the vital information out early. Concentrate on three points that you want to get across, and additional information will be a bonus.

3. Control Your Body Language
You’ll likely be nervous or very excited during your interview; relax. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer and avoid glancing offset. Hand gestures can help you make your point but try not to use them excessively. Cross your legs at the ankles rather than the knees. Leaning in towards the interviewer looks more flattering than leaning away from the camera. Appear confident.

4. Slow Down Your Speech
Most people speed up their speech whenever they get excited or nervous, and sometimes this makes it very hard for the viewer to follow along. If you feel yourself speeding up, pause, take a breath, and respond slowly and clearly. This will give you time to think about what you are saying, and help you avoid those awkward “ums” and “ahs.”

5. Practice Ahead of Time
It can make you more comfortable if you practice a faux interview beforehand, either with a friend or in front of a mirror. Use a stopwatch. Film yourself and re-watch your session. This will give you an idea of how your body language comes across.

6. Forget Your Audience
If the idea of thousands of people watching you on television terrifies you, don’t think about it. Instead, focus on the fact that this interview is a conversation between you and the interviewer. Make and hold eye contact. Focus on the person asking the questions and not on the camera. The more your eyes move around, the more uncomfortable your audience will become.

7. De-stress Just Before You Go On
If you’re a nervous ball of energy before your interview, tense up all the muscles in your body for a few seconds, then release them. Close your eyes and breathe for a few seconds. Turn off your cell phone and remove any coins from your pockets. Absolutely no gum!

8. Arrive Early
Arrive at least 30 minutes early. This will give you time to relax and get used to the environment. If you rush in, the interview will come across as distracted which will reflect poorly on you.

BONUS TIP: If you are able to interject some appropriate humor, that will help make the conversation more enjoyable for the viewing audience. For most interviews, the idea is to keep things light. This can help, at times, even if the discussion is about a serious matter.

Most importantly of all, just enjoy it. It is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to get their name and business out there.

Cynthia Wright is the Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations™, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, specializes in reputation management. For more information, contact Cynthia at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Dr. Linda Sacks, Volunteer at Park Place Outreach, Receives National Helping Hands Volunteer Award

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Dr. Linda Sacks, Volunteer at Park Place Outreach, Receives National Helping Hands Volunteer Award

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Linda Sacks, a Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter volunteer, has been awarded the Helping Hands Volunteer Award at the National Safe Place Network conference.

Dr. Linda Sacks

Dr. Linda Sacks, Volunteer at Park Place Outreach, Receives Award

This national award is given to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary volunteerism through his or her involvement with an organization dedicated to youth services.

Sacks began volunteering with Park Place Outreach in March 2016 when she started “From Farm to Table,” a weekly cooking program for the shelter’s residents. Each Wednesday children help plan the menu, prepare the dinner and set the table. Community leaders are invited to join them for the meal.

Dr. Sacks’ passions for children and for cooking have made this program a tremendous success,” said Julie Wade, executive director of Park Place Outreach. “With her in the kitchen, the kids look forward to Wednesday night every week.”

Sacks is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a medical degree from Columbia University. Since moving to Savannah in 1983, Sacks has practiced clinical neonatology, served in leadership positions at Memorial University Medical Center and held faculty positions at Mercer University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia.

Sacks serves on the board of the Jewish Federation and as chair of the Women’s Campaign for Federation. She also has been president of her synagogue, Agudath Achim.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., is a 12-bed temporary residential shelter for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth, ages 11 to 17. Serving youth since 1984, the shelter is open 24 hours a day and provides a safe, secure, and loving environment. Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah where youth can self-admit without an agency referral. The organization’s mission is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. Park Place Outreach also operates a Street Outreach Program and Drop-In Center to identify homeless and nearly homeless teens and young adults and provide them with support services to get off the streets.

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 http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook.

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Local Executives to Speak at Second Annual THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference

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Local Executives to Speak at Second Annual THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference

(HILTON HEAD, SC/SAVANNAH, GA) The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE chapter have announced several local speakers to be featured at the second annual THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6.

In her keynote address, Marjorie Young, founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will present “Life Begins at the Edge of Your Comfort Zone.”

Marjorie Young, CEO and Founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations

Other keynote addresses will include Stephanie DeFreese, vice president of sales for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; Sandy Johal, vice president and co-owner of Global Capital Group; Catherine Walton of SCORE; and Lori Collins, founder of Savannah Coffee Roasters.

Cynthia Wright, junior partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, also will speak at the conference during a breakout session titled “How to Create Powerful Press Releases – Managing Your Reputation through Media.”

Cynthia Wright, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_5920

“Reputation management online and in the media is key to any successful enterprise,” said Wright, who also was a speaker in 2017. “How you position your company determines the kind of credibility your brand commands. I’ll teach some of the basics of how to craft business news into an AP style press release, incorporating the value of uniqueness, timeliness and search engine optimization keywords.”

Laurie Brown, founder and owner of Aunt Laurie’s, based in Bluffton, will present a speech titled “Life is a Mission, Not an Intermission.” Brown is one of the creators and strategic planners behind THRIVE.

Other breakout sessions will cover topics such as digital marketing, vision boarding and women’s health. The presenting sponsor of this year’s conference will be BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, and the event will be emceed by WSAV’s Tina Tyus-Shaw.

THRIVE will begin with a welcome reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island with entertainment, vendor tables, heavy hors-d’oeuvres and a speakers’ panel with local business owners.

The conference will take place on Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration is $129, with discount rates available for military affiliation. To register or to find more information, please visit www.hiltonheadchamber.org/chamber-events/2018-thrive-lowcountry-womens-conference/

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their positive word of mouth in the community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX method.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

CONTACT
Laurie Brown
Program Coordinator and Co-Creator
(843) 415-8230
laurie@auntlauries.com

How to Handle Telephone Hold Times in Your Business

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How to Handle Telephone Hold Times in Your Business
By Rik LaSpisa

Prior to the 1950’s, making a phone call without the assistance of an operator was unheard of. In order to make a call you had to wait on hold until an operator connected you to your party. After the introduction of the North American Numbering Plan in the United States, and similar systems in Europe, we have been able to direct dial anyone we wish to call.

Despite this, waiting on hold is still very much a part of our lives. Time magazine reports that a survey commissioned by TalkTo found that Americans spend 13 hours per year on hold. Being on hold is now an unwelcome interruption during most customer service calls. Here are some considerations to ensure your customers remain on the line.

Live Answer vs Auto Attendant

Ideally, you will answers all calls live, however, not every business can do this. If you use an auto attendant, make sure your customers can reach a person after one or two menus. This will improve their opinion of your customer service.

Music on Hold

Hold music has the benefit of easing a customer’s frustration while also making their wait-time seem shorter. Pick hold music that reflects your brand, is relatable to your customers, and is updated regularly. Be aware that you cannot use a radio station or streaming music service for your hold music. You will be required to comply with ASCAP regulations and possibly pay licensing fees. Your phone system may come with pre-programmed hold music, however music that is too simple and generic may not keep your customers on the line.

Messages on Hold

Hold messages offer you an opportunity to educate new and existing customers about products, services, and specials. Surveys have shown that 88% of callers prefer messages on hold to any other hold option, with 16–20% of those callers making a purchase based on those messages. Utilizing hold messages can be appropriate for any business that provides goods or services to customers at their home or business, in store, through phone orders, or online. You can arrange to have custom messages on hold created for your business through your phone system provider.

What not to do

Having a hold strategy is important, but some businesses place their customers on hold to complete silence. According to recent surveys, 55% of callers placed on a silent hold hung up. You should also avoid using the ubiquitous “your call is important to us” message. This will challenge your credibility if customers experience long hold times. Finally, don’t interrupt your music on hold with messages. If you wish to use a combination of messages and music, make sure your messages play during a transition.

Remember, being kept on hold is an annoying inconvenience for customers. Whether you need to look up information related to their account, toggle between another call, or transfer them to another party, try to keep their time on hold as brief and productive as possible.

Rik LaSpisa Speros

Rik LaSpisa is the Director of Sales at Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah. For more information, please visit speros.com

Savannah Film Alliance Announces November Meeting

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Savannah Film Alliance Announces November Meeting

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance meeting will be held Thursday, November 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Savannah Tech. The meeting will be held in Room 7126 in the Academic Commons building (the main building). Parking is in the visitor parking lot right by the school entrance.

The Savannah Film Alliance was founded in 2015 by attorney Charles Bowen. The organization promotes the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach and collaboration.

Those with a stake in the entertainment industry are invited to gather together quarterly to discuss their goals and how to improve the filmmaking experience in the Savannah area.

To RSVP contact Bo Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTHERN GATEWAY PRODUCTION SERVICES
Entertainment attorney Charles Bowen 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. Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, he has also developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law. Southern Gateway Production Services is located at 7 East Congress St, Suite 1001. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, December 12, 2016

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ENMARKET AWARDED 2016 CATALYST RECOGNITION BY CSP MAGAZINE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, (formerly Enmark) is pleased to announce it has been recognized for extraordinary leadership in the convenience store and retail petroleum industry. The Savannah-based company received the 2016 Catalyst award in Foodservice by CSP Magazine at the 2016 Outlook Leadership Conference held Nov. 9-11 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Matt Clements, director of marketing, accepted the award in recognition of his development of Enmarket’s rebranded image and for leading its “Enrich Life!” program. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-receives-catalyst-award-csp-magazine-entrepreneurial-leadership/

NEW IT OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR JOINS SPEROS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, announces that Kelly Quinn has joined the firm as IT Operations supervisor. Her duties include managing the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Information Technology department and providing support to clients. For more information, please visit https://carriagetradepr.com/speros-welcomes-kelly-quinn-operations-supervisor/

ST. ANDREW’S SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCES DR. KELLY WALDRON AS NEXT HEAD OF SCHOOL

(SAVANNAH, GA) The St. Andrew’s School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kelley Waldron as the next Head of School for St. Andrew’s. After serving as Interim Head of School for the past several months, Dr. Waldron received unanimous support from both the Head of School Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. Dr. Waldron has been a part of the St. Andrew’s community since 2002. In that time, she has served as Director of Admissions, Academic Dean of the Upper School, Director of Studies, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Lower School Head, teacher, mentor and so much more. For more information, visit https://saslions.com/

LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY HOLDING DONATION DRIVE FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the third consecutive year, Low Country Dermatology will hold a holiday donation drive to collect needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire and to help stock a “holiday store” for families of the RMHC. The practice will accept donations through 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. For details on wishlist items and the donations being accepted, visit

Dr. Howington and her family presenting last year’s holiday donation to Bill Sorochak
108 PAIRS OF SOCKS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Yoga is hosting a sock drive for the homeless of Savannah December 4-31. Socks are the #1 needed item in the homeless community. The goal of Savannah Yoga is to collect 108 pairs of socks because 108 an auspicious number in yoga-the number of energy channels connected to the 7 main chakras. All socks can be dropped off at the yoga center, 1319 Bull St, Savannah, GA. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608990289408650/

ANIMAL DRAWINGS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Animal Drawings by Shannon Lancaster: https://www.facebook.com/Lady-Lancaster-116329085074152/?fref=ts

1 Million Cups Year End Social
(SAVANNAH, GA) 1 Million Cups, the weekly meeting place for Savannah’s startups to get inspired and share ideas is celebrating the year end with networking over Perc coffee. Join local entrepreneurs for an hour of year-end cheer 9-10a.  Location: Creators’ Foundry.Free. http://www.1millioncups.com/savannah
KIDS HELPING KIDS TOY DONATION DRIVE ANNOUNCED
(SAVANNAH, GA) Used toys will be accepted at this donation drive until December 16. Drop-off donations to Advertising Specialty Services at 402 E Montgomery Cross Rd. For more information, visit http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/gvpa/Lists/Announcements/DispForm.aspx?ID=377
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HOSPICE SAVANNAH GOLF TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULED FOLLOWING HURRICANE MATTHEW CLEAN UP DEC. 12
(SAVANNAH, GA) Now that post-hurricane clean up is completed, Hospice Savannah has confirmed that the date for the rescheduled golf tournament is Monday, December 12 at the Landings Club’s Plantation course. The tournament is presented by USI Insurance Services, and proceeds will support Savannah Hospice. For more information or to register, visit http://www.hospicesavannah.org/Golf/
SAVANNAH AREA CHAMBER TO HOST 210TH ANNUAL MEETING DEC. 13

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber will host the 2010th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 13 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. During the luncheon, the Chamber will reflect on 2016 accomplishments and review its 2017 program of work. The Chamber will also recognize 2016 Chamber board chair Whip Triplet as he passes the gavel to incoming board chair Sam McCachern. For more information or to register, visit http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=20

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION COMMISSIONER TO MEET WITH SAVANNAH BUSINESS COMMUNITY DEC. 15

(SAVANNAH, GA) U.S. Customs and border Protections Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will be meeting with the Savannah business community to hold a discussion on areas impacting the local business community relating to trade & travel facilitation and enforcement programs led by CBP. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the World Trade Center Savannah on December 15 at 11:00 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.seda.org/

SAVANNAH AREA CHAMBER HOLDS 6TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY OYSTER ROAST DEC. 15
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with its emerging professionals council, LaunchSAVANNAH, will host its 6th Annual Holiday Oyster Roast Business Connection on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Held on the Westin’s River Lawn, this event will feature food, live entertainment, beverages, and networking with hundreds of the Savannah area’s business professionals. $10 for members and $25 for member guests. To register, visit http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=22
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DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOLD HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS BY CANDLELIGHT ON DEC. 26

(SAVANNAH, GA) Davenport House Museum will hold holiday evening tours by candlelight from Monday, December 26 through Friday, December 30 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The tours will include music from the early 19th century, short bread and cider tastings in the garden, the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations from trained docents, and a period dancing demonstration. For more information, visit http://www.davenporthousemuseum.org/category/events/

SAINT PETER’S TO HOLD CHARITY SHOPPING BOUTIQUE AND SPRING PLANT SALE ON FEB. 15
(SAVANNAH, GA) St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold the Market at 3 West Ridge charity shopping boutique and spring plant sale from Wednesday, February 15 through Friday, February 17. All proceeds from door admissions, plant sales, the luncheon, sponsor donations, and 15 percent of vendor sales will be donated to Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club and Horizons Savannah. For more information, visit http://www.stpeterssavannah.org/the-market-at-3-west-ridge.html

SISSY NEEDS A LOVING HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) For a multiple cat family, you must look no further than Sissy! As long as introductions are made slowly, she adapts well to a big family of feline siblings. Balancing perfectly between high energy and couch potato, she gives the moderately-active owner something to look forward to. She would appreciate open-space to run and enough toys to keep her attention day after day; things that might not be provided by a tiny apartment. To view Sissy and other animals available for adoption, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, December 5, 2016

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ENMARKET AWARDED 2016 CATALYST RECOGNITION BY CSP MAGAZINE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, (formerly Enmark) is pleased to announce it has been recognized for extraordinary leadership in the convenience store and retail petroleum industry. The Savannah-based company received the 2016 Catalyst award in Foodservice by CSP Magazine at the 2016 Outlook Leadership Conference held Nov. 9-11 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Matt Clements, director of marketing, accepted the award in recognition of his development of Enmarket’s rebranded image and for leading its “Enrich Life!” program. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-receives-catalyst-award-csp-magazine-entrepreneurial-leadership/

ST. ANDREW’S SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCES DR. KELLY WALDRON AS NEXT HEAD OF SCHOOL

(SAVANNAH, GA) The St. Andrew’s School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kelley Waldron as the next Head of School for St. Andrew’s. After serving as Interim Head of School for the past several months, Dr. Waldron received unanimous support from both the Head of School Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. Dr. Waldron has been a part of the St. Andrew’s community since 2002. In that time, she has served as Director of Admissions, Academic Dean of the Upper School, Director of Studies, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Lower School Head, teacher, mentor and so much more. For more information, visit https://saslions.com/

CHARLES BOWEN OF SAVANNAH FILM ALLIANCE CREDITS MOVING INCENTIVE FOR LOCAL FILM INDUSTRY BOOM

(SAVANNAH, GA) Right now in Savannah, there are five movie crews and two TV crews – all of which need workers. Savannah Film Alliance’s Charles Bowen credits the new moving incentive for drawing skilled crew members to the Hostess City to help with production needs. For more information, visit http://www.wtoc.com/story/33726835/5-movies-2-tv-shows-filming-in-savannah-are-incentives-working

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

(INC) Top 15 Companies of 2016
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SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL NAMED TOP SCHOOL IN SAVANNAH AND GEORGIA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Country Day School has been ranked #8 for 2017 Best Private High Schools, according to Niche.com. SCDS is the only school outside of Atlanta in the Georgia Top Ten Schools, and no other school in Savannah made the top 50. To see all the results, visit

LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY HOLDING DONATION DRIVE FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the third consecutive year, Low Country Dermatology will hold a holiday donation drive to collect needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire and to help stock a “holiday store” for families of the RMHC. The practice will accept donations through 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. For details on wishlist items and the donations being accepted, visit

Dr. Howington and her family presenting last year’s holiday donation to Bill Sorochak
SANDFLY MARKET PLACE TO HOST FUNDRAISER FOR SAVANNAH HOMELESS VETERANS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sandfly Market Place will host a holiday fundraising soirée benefitting The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center for Savannah Homeless Veterans. The market will be collecting needed supplies that will be donated directly to the medical center. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at 8511 Ferguson Ave., Savannah. For details on wish list items and the donations being accepted, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/sandfly-market-place-to-host-fundraiser-for-savannah-homeless-veterans/

SAM HUBBARD OF COASTAL DIVORCE ADVISORS PROFILE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sam Hubbard, MBA, CFA, CDFA, Principal of Coastal Divorce Advisors, LLC, has been featured in Business in Savannah’s weekly profile series. Since 80-85% of a divorce is about the financials, Sam believes it will become common practice to include a divorce financial planner on the divorce team. Learn more at

COPE TO HOLD FREE “GIRLS ON THE RISE” 12-WEEK PROGRAM BEGINNING DECEMBER 7

(SAVANNAH, GA) COPE will host a new, free 12-week program for girls ages 14-16 called “Girls on the Rise” beginning Wednesday, December 7. In a judgement-free space, a group of 8-15 girls will cover issues such as bullying, dysfunctional eating patterns, feelings of exclusion, and social pressures. For more information, visit http://www.copeforchange.org/upcoming-events/

ANIMAL DRAWINGS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Animal Drawings by Shannon Lancaster: https://www.facebook.com/Lady-Lancaster-116329085074152/?fref=ts

1 MILLION CUPS YEAR END SCHEDULE AND SOCIAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) 1 Million Cups, the weekly meeting place for Savannah’s startups to get inspired and share ideas – fueled by great minds and local coffee, will host presenters each Wednesday 9-10a through December 14th. The traditional format of 2 presenters each Wednesday morning will begin again on January 4th. Location: Creators’ Foundry. http://www.1millioncups.com/savannah

CHANGING THE WORLD

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THE SAVANNAH BICYCLE CAMPAIGN PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BIKES REPAIR RELAY RACE DEC. 9
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Bicycle Campaign will present the Battle of the Bikes on December 9 starting at 5:30 p.m. hosted by Southbound Brewing Co. The best local mechanics will go head-to-head in a bicycle repair relay race. All reconditioned bikes will be donated to Blessings in a Bookbag. $20 includes beer, food, and prizes – with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. For more information, visit http://bicyclecampaign.org/event/battle-of-the-bikes-2/
SAVANNAH TREE FOUNDATION TO PLANT 4,000TH TREE AT HUNTER ARYM AIRFIELD ON DEC. 10

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Tree Foundation is partnering with Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Michael Squires for a community tree planting on Saturday, December 10, beginning at 9:00 am at Hunter Army Airfield. At this tree planting event, the Savannah Tree Foundation will plant the 4,000th tree in its 34 year history. Volunteers will plant over 50 native hardwood trees in addition to a longleaf pine restoration field, quickly surpassing the 4,000 tree milestone. Trees will be planted in a high-traffic mixed use area on base. Bordered by military operations, this area is used as a recreation area by families and a training ground by soldiers. For more information, visit www.savannahtree.com

SAVANNAH JAYCEES ANNOUNCE FLANNEL AND FROST HOLIDAY PARTY TO BENEFIT PARK PLACE OUTREACH ON DEC. 10

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce the Flannel and Frost Holiday Party to be held on Saturday, December 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ Hut, located at 101 Atlas Street. Guests will enjoy a hot cocoa bar, s’mores station, as well as, dinner and drinks. There will also be live entertainment to include “carol-oke” where everyone is invited to perform their favorite holiday songs. There is a suggested $10 donation for nonmembers; guests are also encouraged to bring a wish-list item for Park Place Outreach. To RSVP for the party and to submit a donation, visit

HOSPICE SAVANNAH GOLF TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULED FOLLOWING HURRICANE MATTHEW CLEAN UP DEC. 12
(SAVANNAH, GA) Now that post-hurricane clean up is completed, Hospice Savannah has confirmed that the date for the rescheduled golf tournament is Monday, December 12 at the Landings Club’s Plantation course. The tournament is presented by USI Insurance Services, and proceeds will support Savannah Hospice. For more information or to register, visit http://www.hospicesavannah.org/Golf/
SAVANNAH AREA CHAMBER HOLDS 6TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY OYSTER ROAST DEC. 15
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with its emerging professionals council, LaunchSAVANNAH, will host its 6th Annual Holiday Oyster Roast Business Connection on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Held on the Westin’s River Lawn, this event will feature food, live entertainment, beverages, and networking with hundreds of the Savannah area’s business professionals. $10 for members and $25 for member guests. To register, visit http://savannah.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=22
DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOLD HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS BY CANDLELIGHT ON DEC. 26

(SAVANNAH, GA) Davenport House Museum will hold holiday evening tours by candlelight from Monday, December 26 through Friday, December 30 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The tours will include music from the early 19th century, short bread and cider tastings in the garden, the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations from trained docents, and a period dancing demonstration. For more information, visit http://www.davenporthousemuseum.org/category/events/

NOT ENOUGH STORAGE

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SAINT PETER’S TO HOLD CHARITY SHOPPING BOUTIQUE AND SPRING PLANT SALE ON FEB. 15
(SAVANNAH, GA) St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold the Market at 3 West Ridge charity shopping boutique and spring plant sale from Wednesday, February 15 through Friday, February 17. All proceeds from door admissions, plant sales, the luncheon, sponsor donations, and 15 percent of vendor sales will be donated to Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club and Horizons Savannah. For more information, visit http://www.stpeterssavannah.org/the-market-at-3-west-ridge.html

NEED A NEW BUDDY?

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Buddy is one smart 6 year old! He loves his doggie door, knows how to sit and stay, and gets off of the bed when you ask. He is calm and does well in the car. Buddy loves to play with other dogs, but cats are a bit of a mystery to him. His foster mother gave her highest accolades, so we’re sure he would make a great companion. View Buddy’s profile: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2016-d-441-buddy-2/