“We’re always excited to see and encourage the art of written word in this community,” said owner Stratton Leopold. “The first ten years of this challenge have been great, so we look forward to many more years of engaging with young people in Savannah,” he added.
The challenge underscores Leopold’s Ice Cream’s commitment to literacy, art, education and fostering creativity and expression in young people. Hundreds of entries are expected, in line with previous years.
Open to all schoolchildren (including homeschooled) in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties, submissions of poems 20 lines or less are judged on creativity and can focus on any aspect of the theme. Prizes are awarded in four groups by grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and high school. Top winners in each group receive a cooler filled with Leopold’s Ice Cream delivered to their homes. Runners up win a $25 Leopold’s Ice Cream gift certificate.
The entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 19. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com, or printed and dropped off at any Live Oak Public Library or Leopold’s Ice Cream’s shop on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah. Entries must include the student’s name, teacher’s name, home address, age, school, grade and email address.
ABOUT LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES Live Oak Public Libraries is a system of 16 libraries and one bookmobile providing programs and services in Chatham, Effingham, & Liberty Counties. Their mission is to provide excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning and build and enhance their communities.
ABOUT LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece. George, Peter and Basil passed their tradition of making super-premium, handmade ice cream in the shop, one batch at a time, down to Peter’s youngest son, Stratton. His commitment to arts and education in the community is second only to his dedication to unparalleled customer service and creating the highest quality ice cream possible in a fun, family environment. Some of Leopold’s signature, original flavors include Tutti Frutti, Rum Bisque and Savannah Socialite, and they have since expanded their staple and seasonal offerings to include several vegan ice cream flavors and the pet-friendly Doggie Sundae. In addition to its Creamery location and stores located in the heart of downtown Savannah and in the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Leopold’s Ice Cream offers catering and nationwide shipping. For more information, visit https://www.leopoldsicecream.com/ or call 912-777-5340.
CARF approval underscores the high standards of the Christ-centered youth home.
(VIDALIA, GA) Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) announced they have received a three-year accreditation by CARF, an independent nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services needed for the best possible results.
“We are thrilled to receive this international accreditation as it earnestly demonstrates to our families we serve, our stakeholders, and other organizations that we not only meet but exceed the industry standards,” said PAYH Vice President for Outreach and Compliance Betty Burris. Attaining this prestigious recognition is an organization-wide effort with all departments playing an important role. Burris spent the better part of two months working on it. “It shows we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our services,” she added.
CARF accreditation is based on compliance with industry standards for group homes and rehabilitation facilities. It also equips PAYH to better serve the young men in their care. Developed over 50 years ago by international service providers, policymakers, family members and consumers, CARF standards are submitted to the public for review to validate relevancy and ensure valuable input from all participants.
Among the many strengths noted in CARF’s findings are the vision and dedication of co-founder and Executive Director Glenda Anderson Leonard, described in the report as, “a dedicated, compassionate person who made a personal commitment years ago to better serve young men who were in need of a Christian approach to treatment.”
The CARF report also cited the leadership of the board of directors and the staff as, “committed, creative, and innovative; actively seeking and embracing new ideas, and demonstrating a willingness to develop and enhance the organization’s existing services.”
According to the findings, the young men served by PAYH also reported a high level of satisfaction with the program and the respect they receive in the program.
ABOUT PAUL ANDERSON YOUTH HOME Founded in 1961 by weightlifting world champion Paul Anderson and his wife, Glenda, the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) is a Christian residential program and on-campus school for young men between the ages of 16 and 21 struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger and depression. PAYH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to counseling and character development, PAYH offers an accelerated learning program enabling residents to graduate with a high school diploma and technical certifications. To date, over 1,400 young men have attended the program. The Home is located at 1603 McIntosh St. in Vidalia, GA. To learn more about PAYH, call (912) 537-7237 or visit www.payh.org.
Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces 2021 Site Coordinators Five local leaders will design and execute programs to improve the quality of life in this region
(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), a professional development program, named the five-member team of community leaders who will serve as site coordinators for 2021:
• James Coughlin (Camden County) • John Lester (Bulloch County) • Justin Callaway (Glynn County) • Leia Dedic (Chatham County) • Randy Mayfield (Bryan and Liberty County)
Established in 1999, LSEGA works to educate and empower community leaders to effectively promote positive growth while improving the quality of life in the coastal Georgia region. The 2021 site coordinators will guide participants through a five-month program held at various locations in the 10 counties LSEGA serves.
“I am excited about our 2021 site coordinators. I especially love seeing new leaders joining our returning veterans,” said Brynn Grant, President and CEO of the United Way of the Coastal Empire, LSEGA graduate and chair of the board of directors. “We are so confident in the team that’s come together and are thrilled for the members of the Leadership Southeast Georgia Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 that will complete their program this year as well.”
The 2020 program was interrupted due to the pandemic and has now been rescheduled in alignment with the 2021 program.
The 2021 program kicks off in February in Glynn County. Justin Callaway, Executive Director at United Way of Coastal Georgia, will cover natural resources. Following in March, a symposium on education and agriculture will be led by John Lester, Vice President of University Communications and Marketing at Georgia Southern University, in Bulloch County.
The LSEGA session in April will present a program focused on economic development to both the 2020 and 2021 classes. James Coughlin, Executive Director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority, will lead this three-day session held in Camden County.
Two returning site coordinators will close out the LSEGA 2021 programming for the two classes. In May, Bryan and Liberty counties will host the military impact and disaster preparation sessions led by Randy Mayfield of Georgia Power Company. Leia Dedic, Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at Savannah Economic Development Authority, will coordinate the final session on health and infrastructure in Chatham County in June.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month, region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to most effectively advance positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. From February through May, the class spends two to three days a month traveling to surrounding counties exploring regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/.
Xcel Strategies Holds Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Trailer
Sponsors gather to celebrate the launch of the third teaching trailer deployed by local non-profit organization
(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Xcel Strategies, a mentoring network helping young men develop life and career skills, cut the ribbon on the latest of three teaching trailers now available in Savannah. The mobile HVAC, electrical and plumbing trailer has multiple workstations where users can perform real-world tasks. It joins the construction and automobile repair trailers which launched earlier this year.
“To see this great idea take off as it has is just wonderful. We are so proud to be a part of this endeavor, from supporting the trailer funding to the long-term investment of teaching young people about plumbing,” said Sherry Daniel, owner and CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. “Eventually, we’d love to build a plumbing-only trailer for a more intensive plumbing experience and further support this initiative.”
Workshop classes with Roto-Rooter master plumbers will be a part of Xcel’s programming strategy. “I’m looking forward to being dispatched to schools and neighborhoods,” said Kyle Hagemes, Master Plumber and Operations Manager of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. “I was lucky with how I was introduced to the trade and how I immediately fell in love with it. The more young people we engage with, the better the chances are that they will also fall in love with plumbing.”
Xcel Strategies is a mentoring network founded in Savannah in 2012 to help at-risk young men between 15 and 25 years old. With the mission “to fuel young men with purpose,” Xcel offers training in life skills; career advising from partners in business, schools and churches; and job placement via apprenticeships, internships and full-time employment.
“We couldn’t be happier about our third trailer heading out to offer this opportunity to learn a skilled trade,” said Xcel Strategies founder Jay Thompson. Despite the pandemic, Xcel has made great strides in 2020, spreading the message on trade careers, which pay well and are in high demand. For more information, visit https://xceltoday.com/.
Cecilia Russo Marketing Names Tara Nobles as Creative Director
(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Cecilia Russo Marketing is pleased to announce Tara Nobles has joined the Savannah-based southeast region public relations firm and has been named Creative Director. She brings 15 years of hands-on experience in the areas of communications, marketing, design and fundraising.
“Over the years we have witnessed Tara’s creative sensibilities, thoughtfulness, vision and attention to detail and know she will be an extremely valuable member to our firm and to our clients,” said Cecilia Russo Turner, President and CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing. “As client needs continue to change, we believe demand for powerful, earned creative ideas will only increase. In Tara, we know we’ve found someone with the proven talent, experience and instincts to help us meet that demand.”
After undergraduate internships with Walt Disney World and the Savannah Music Festival, Nobles began her career in radio, entertaining listeners for years as an on-air personality. She then spent more than a decade in the nonprofit sector at Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia serving in a variety of roles such as Senior Manager of Creative Services and Director of Community Engagement. Prior to joining the team at Cecilia Russo Marketing, Nobles held the position of Marketing and Public Relations Manager at the Savannah Convention Center where she led the state-run facility’s communications and creative efforts.
Nobles is married to Savannah native Barr Nobles. The two have three senior dogs and spend their weekends performing together in a local band.
ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC Based in Savannah, GA, Cecilia Russo Marketing is a boutique firm delivering successful results since its founding in 2008. Owner and President, Cecilia Russo Turner, is a native of Savannah and understands the local and regional trends of brand-building strategies and reputation management while leveraging traditional and social platforms to engage with key publics and consistently exceeds client expectations. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit ceciliarussomarketing.com.
The RMHC operates a local thirteen-bedroom house serving as a temporary home for children’s families who are receiving treatment at local area hospitals. The organization also has Family Rooms in Memorial University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital that provide laundry facilities, showers and a full-service kitchen complete with snacks and ready meals, among other services.
“The service the Ronald McDonald House provides to these families with children in the hospital is so needed and the support its staff provides, especially during this holiday season, is more important now than ever,” said Jed Young of Port City Logistics. “We thank our Maritime members, who have demonstrated steadfast support of the House’s mission and make this gift possible year after year.”
Dewitt Tilton Group Supports Richmond Hill’s Backpacks of Love Program to Fight Hunger
Commercial construction company donates time and resources to a worthy cause
(POOLER, Ga.) Dewitt Tilton Group, a leading commercial construction firm in the Southeast, donated $1,000 and the valuable time of their employees to assemble family food packages during the holiday season. This is the second consecutive year Dewitt Tilton Group has supported the Backpacks of Love program.
“We are fortunate and so grateful for our success in Richmond Hill, and we want to support our community in a truly meaningful way. Fighting hunger is one way we can give back,” said co-principal Chris Tilton. “Backpacks of Love is a wonderful program, not only feeding children during the holidays but throughout the school year. This effort is truly inspiring,” he added.
Melodie Lane, director of Backpacks of Love, welcomes the support. “We appreciate the generosity of companies like Dewitt Tilton Group, especially during this time of year,” she said.
Lane worked with Dewitt Tilton Group staff members before the holidays to pack boxes with ham, turkey, yams, mac and cheese, canned vegetables and other shelf-stable items. These seasonal packages are in addition to the food assistance offered year-round.
ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP The Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning construction firm in the Lowcountry, specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew DeWitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities, which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is headquartered at 119 Canal St. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
(SAVANNAH, GA) With excitement, Bull Street Baptist Church announces the fruitful progress and final stages of a major renovation to their three interconnected historic buildings and parking lot located just south of Forsyth Park. The Church named this project “Beyond 2020,” looking forward and envisioning the strategic opportunities for ministry beyond 2020 that will take place in these newly updated spaces.
Under the direction of Felder & Associates, a distinguished and award-winning architecture firm in Savannah, and together with Brooks Construction Group and Homes with Hart Construction, the final renovations of a twelve year, multi-phase master plan of the 200,000 square-foot campus is coming to completion. “We have been entrusted with beautiful and historic buildings in the heart of Savannah and we are committed to faithfully stewarding these resources to the glory of God and the good of our congregation in a way that also blesses our city,” said Pastor Calvin Fowler. “The mission statement of the church, ‘Equipping people to know Christ and to tell of His amazing grace,’ remains the driving motivation of all of our renovation projects. Our focus as a church is on worship, ministry and missions. We understand that our spaces must serve these ends.”
The much-anticipated renovations to the original wood-framed structure built in the late 1800’s will be the new home to Bull Street’s college ministry called The Porch. For over two decades, the church has faithfully ministered to college students in Savannah, especially on the campus of SCAD. The ministry had its humble beginnings in the Church’s basement. It has grown through the years and continues as a thriving discipleship ministry to college students from all over the country and even all over the world.
Renovations to The Porch’s 6,800 square-foot building include exterior upgrades; a workroom geared towards art students; gallery space; modernized kitchen, bath and laundry facilities; as well as a two-story porch and an elevator tower. One of the most visually striking elements of this building is the second-floor ceiling, which has been raised nine feet on one side to provide a beautiful, open worship space for the students. The original interior doors and hardwood floors were restored to provide a stunning blend of historic and modern.
“Over the past twelve years, the Church has been working to create outstanding spaces for our ministry. It is important to us that they not only be beautiful, but welcoming and safe,” said Pastor Fowler. “When planning this redesign, we considered the needs of our entire congregation to make sure we are serving every age group, from our babies to our seniors. We wanted to honor the historic nature of both our congregation and our buildings, always trying to bring the old and the new together, and updating to serve the contemporary needs of a multi-generational congregation.”
Beyond 2020 also called for modifying the 9,600 square-foot educational wing. The three-story Bauhaus inspired structure was originally built in 1953. Exterior renovations were careful to respect the distinct features of the style while providing much needed window upgrades.
The third-floor renovations opened up the floorplan to provide a flexible loft space for the youth ministry. Other key renovations include a beautiful new check-in lobby that will function as a security checkpoint for the nursery, expanded and updated nursery space for more than 40 babies, a recording studio and a music library. The senior adult Sunday School classrooms and restrooms in the main building also received upgrades. Modifications to the educational building focused on upgrades to security, natural lighting, systems and classrooms.
“We are really excited about the basement of the education building, where we are adding a dedicated space for our new urban outreach ministry called The HOPE Initiative,” said Pastor Fowler. “Recording artist and gospel minister Harrold ‘Zion’ Edwards is taking the lead on this new ministry. The goal is to communicate the love of Christ through meeting pressing needs, while faithfully bringing the hope of the gospel to each person we encounter. Volunteer ministries such as ESL (English as a Second Language), GroceryShare, family mentoring, and more will operate out of the The Hope Initiative space. We also see opportunities to partner with local ministries and agencies by hosting workshops to address specific needs in our community.”
“When we first met with Pastor Fowler and the building committee, it was clear their goal was to honor the building’s rich history while we simultaneously create a beautiful and functional urban campus,” said Gretchen Callejas, project architect at Felder & Associates. “We made every design choice with this goal in mind, and the finished product is going to be something the entire congregation can be proud of for years to come.”
Callejas and her team expect the Beyond 2020 to be finalized at the end of this year after exterior renovations to include new site lighting, fencing, landscaping, parking upgrades and new corner signage have been completed.
Pastor Fowler sends his thanks to the entire building team; to the elders for their excellent leadership; to the congregation for their confidence, support, and excitement; and to the Building and Grounds Committee who have guided the project from the very beginning: Liz Fryman (Chair), Char-La Fowler, William Santiago, Faith Sherrod, Janice Talley and Glenn Burnsed.
Roush’s Delivery Service Opens New 30,000-Square-Foot Warehouse Flex Space The Dewitt Tilton Group Completes Two Million Dollar Construction Project in Garden City
(GARDEN CITY, GA) Founded in 1973, Roush’s Delivery Service has now expanded to a new building located at 38 West Chatham Court in Garden City. The 30,000-square-foot warehouse and office building was designed and erected by The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier commercial construction firm in the Lowcountry.
Roush’s Delivery Service provides expedited less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping and logistics services. The firm is family-owned and operated, with Mike Roush as its president and his son, Mike Roush Jr., serving as general manager.
The company recorded 400 percent growth over the last four years, which demanded a physical expansion. The family is excited to relocate to this new space in the West Chatham Business Park in Garden City.
“We have to adapt as our clients’ needs change,” said Mike Roush, president. “Most of our customers are shifting their focus to project-based work, and our new building will equip us to change gears effectively, right along with them. Yes, it’s incredible that we have experienced such growth, but both that growth and the underlying reason for our expansion are rooted in the fact that we are always aiming to better serve our clients.”
The pre-engineered metal building includes 3,500 square feet of heated and cooled office space. The building is dock-high all the way around and configured in two parts: office space with future expansion available and a warehouse equipped with translucent panels along the front and rear to allow in ample natural light. There are 12 overhead garage doors that vary in size with edge and pit levelers to accommodate most any truck and its load. There is also a concrete ramp into the building from the parking level that serves as another access point for receiving and delivering goods.
“Steel and metal buildings have become extremely popular in the commercial construction industry, mainly because of their durability, and because they can virtually be used for any type of construction project, no matter how big or small,” said Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group. “These buildings are extremely energy-efficient, custom-designed, and low maintenance. This flex space will definitely serve the Roush Family well and we look forward to hearing that they’ve seen another 400 percent growth soon.”
ABOUT DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Coastal Georgia and the Lowcountry, specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering, and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 119 Canal St. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
Dewitt Tilton Group Provides Meals to Pooler Fire Fighters During Week of Thanksgiving
Commercial construction firm continues an annual holiday tradition
(POOLER, GA) Dewitt Tilton Group, a leading commercial construction firm in the Southeast, delivered boxed lunches of sandwiches and ice cream from Leopold’s Ice Cream catering services to all three shifts of Pooler firefighters working during Thanksgiving week.
“This is so fantastic, a true blessing,” said Stacy Weston, Fire Coordinator for the City of Pooler. A total of 67 firefighters were fed over three days with each day shift. They had their choice of sandwich, side, and of course, ice cream.
Chris Tilton, one of the Dewitt Tilton Group principals, was thrilled to be able to give back to the men and women who sacrifice so much for their community. When asked which shift he wanted to provide lunches for, he responded, “They do so much for us; let’s serve all of them.”
This is the third year Dewitt Tilton Group has provided lunches during the week of Thanksgiving for local first responders, a tradition it started when the company was younger, smaller and located in Thunderbolt, Ga.
“We have a great relationship with the Fire Department, so we are happy to let them know how appreciated they are for their service,” said Tilton.
ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning construction firm in the Lowcountry, specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew DeWitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities, which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is headquartered at 119 Canal St. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com