Sandpiper Supply President Chat Howard Jr. Named “Person of the Year” by The Wholesaler Magazine

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The second-generation owner and operator recognized as a changemaker and a community builder in Savannah.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) The Wholesaler Magazine, a trade publication from PHCPPros covering the plumbing, heating, cooling and piping industry for professional engineers, distributors and contractors, named Chat Howard Jr., President of Savannah-based Sandpiper Supply, as the 2022 “Person of the Year.”

According to the “Person of the Year” article, Howard Jr. was an apparent choice because of his principles, which rest on a foundation of faith and servant leadership, that guide Howard Jr.’s calling to help others in both their professional and personal lives. Howard Jr. also demonstrates leadership skills that encourage and support others in the local community and the overall health of the PHCP industry.

“I would like to thank The Wholesaler Magazine, PHCPPros, and the industry leaders that noticed a family-owned company in a small market and took the time to highlight what we stand for and what we are trying to accomplish,” Howard Jr. said. “We hope this award will stand as a challenge to our industry to get back to being the pillars of the community.”

Howard Jr. also serves as president of the Southern Wholesalers Association. At the organization’s annual convention earlier this year, he delivered a standout speech detailing his involvement in the industry and the Association. The defining theme was gratitude, from the opportunity to serve his peers and colleagues, to the experience of maintaining a family business that his father started in 1977.

A Savannah native, Howard Jr. grew up working in the business started by his parents. “It was my daycare, my after-school job and my summer job throughout my childhood,” Howard Jr. describes. After graduating from Benedictine Military School in 1992, he attended The Citadel and graduated in 1996. After starting his career in software sales, he worked in the Charleston area for another company that designed software for nonprofits.

“I was fascinated by the culture of giving and the companies we were helping,” Howard Jr. explains. “I worked my way up the ladder and became a consultant, and I was able to visit nonprofit organizations around the world. I was amazed to see the work they were accomplishing.”

However, his dream of being an entrepreneur was still a priority for Howard Jr. who sought advice from his dad. Little did Howard Jr. know, but Howard Sr. was trying to sell the family business and the recent sale had fallen through. Howard Jr. told his dad that before the company went back on the market, he wanted to come back home and look at the opportunity.

He rejoined Sandpiper Supply in 2002 and focused on servicing their fiercely loyal customer base by listening to their challenges and responding with solutions. This helped the company thrive, despite the effect of big box stores and chain wholesalers on smaller family operations, and Howard Jr. eventually assumed the role of President in 2018 before taking ownership in 2021.

Along the way, Howard Jr. has built a company culture based on a healthy workplace environment, community building, and maintaining and cultivating new talent in the industry. He takes this commitment seriously and his actions have now been recognized by a national audience with The Wholesaler Magazine Person of the Year award. In response, Howard Jr. encourages his fellow industry leaders to get involved however they can.

Howard Jr. continued, “Take the time to slow down and look at the world around you. What is your legacy going to be? Are you going to be remembered as someone who was pretty good at selling toilets or are you going to be remembered as someone who truly made a difference? If you have the talent, means, time or skills to make the world a better place, stop waiting and go make a difference.”

For more information on the award, read the PHCPPros announcement article.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire Presented with $8,000 from WTKS Newsradio and Dewitt Tilton Group through Shop With A Cop Christmas Campaign

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) WTKS Newsradio, an iHeart Media station, and the Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning commercial and industrial construction company in the Southeast, partnered once again for Shop With A Cop, helping children from families who are staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire go shopping for Christmas gifts with a police officer.

Representatives from the Dewitt Tilton Group and WTKS Newsradio presented a check for $8,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. The presentation took place in front of the Christmas tree in the living room of the House, located at 4710 Waters Ave, Savannah, GA 31404.

Immediately following the check presentation, the beneficiary families traveled with a police caravan to a local Target for the shopping spree, 1907 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404.

“These children and families stay at the Ronald McDonald House for periods of time when they are displaced from their own homes due to the need to be close to a hospital,” said Scott Ryfun, host of WTKS Newsradio. “It’s so important to give these children a real Christmas, and we are overwhelmed by the community’s support of this program and these families.”

This is the third consecutive year that the Dewitt Tilton Group has sponsored the program. At last year’s check presentation ceremony, Dewitt Tilton Group President Chris Tilton met a pediatric patient whose family was staying at Ronald McDonald House. Her story inspired Tilton to become more involved with the home, and as a result, the construction firm became a corporate sponsor with a commitment to ongoing support.

“Ronald McDonald House does truly great things for children facing difficult times. We are proud to lend our support to their mission. A welcoming and comfortable place for a family to stay when a child is getting treatment for a serious injury or a life-threatening illness is priceless,” Tilton said.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire helps families of seriously ill and injured children cope with the stress and expense of daily living while remaining close by and emotionally strong for their child. More than just a room and a hot meal, Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families faced with a child’s medical crisis. It can be a quiet place to be alone or a place of companionship, sharing, and emotional support. The national Ronald McDonald House program began in 1974, with the Coastal Empire chapter opening in 1987.

For more information on the program, visit newsradio1290wtks.iheart.com/featured/shop-with-a-cop/ or to make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire, visit www.rmhccoastalempire.org/donate/.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Coastal Empire is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. The cornerstone program is the Ronald McDonald House which serves as a “Home away from home” for families with critically ill or injured children receiving treatment at area hospitals. Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Room®, a “Haven in the hospital” for families with children receiving treatment at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Memorial, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® that provides underserved children with free dental examinations and preventive treatment and the RMH Hospitality Cart which cares for all the patients at Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org. Follow RMHCCE on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT WTKS NEWSTALK RADIO AND IHEART MEDIA
WTKS-AM is Savannah’s only Newsradio Station. Our local morning show, Straight Talk with Scott Ryfun, keeps our listeners up to date with the latest news and happenings. The Glenn Beck Program, Sean Hannity Show, and Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, round out the day with their unique perspective on current events. Shop with a Cop is WTKS’s annual signature charity event raising money for families at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire.

ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning construction company in Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry, specializes in commercial and industrial 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 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.

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
Kim@dtg-inc.net

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Cecilia Russo Marketing
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CURE Childhood Cancer Awards $4.7 Million in Research Grants

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CURE Childhood Cancer Awards $4.7 Million in Research Grants
More than $700,000 in Donations Collected in Southeast Georgia

(SOUTHEAST Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for childhood cancer treatments, recently disbursed $4.7 million in research grants for its 2021-2022 fiscal year. Of this total, more than $700,000 was raised in Southeast Georgia. This brings CURE’s total investment in research over the last 12 years to more than $38 million.

“We are so pleased and proud that CURE is providing such a high level of support to very promising research this year,” said Kristin Connor, CEO of CURE Childhood Cancer. “We are urgently focused on new treatments for children with high-risk, difficult-to-treat cancers that currently lack effective treatments. Virtually all our grants this year aim to do that, which gives me so much hope for these children.”

The grants are being awarded to top scientists at leading pediatric cancer research institutions across the nation and represent CURE’s highest disbursement in a single grant cycle.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure all children with cancer have the opportunity to survive and thrive long after cancer,” continued Connor. “Less than 4 percent of government funding for cancer research goes to looking at cancers which affect children, and drugs given today to most children with cancer are the same drugs given 40 years ago. CURE is urgently working to get new therapies to children and our grants are focused on making that happen.”

In Southeast Georgia, “Catie’s Gatherings” fundraisers were held in Savannah, Statesboro, Bryan County and Effingham County, garnering $603,000 for CURE. The funds raised at these five inspirational events are earmarked for the Precision Medicine Program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which received a total of $1.5 million in grants from CURE. The Precision Medicine Program leverages genomic sequencing for pediatric patients with high-risk tumors with the goal of identifying alterations that can impact therapies and improve outcomes. Their team is also developing novel, cutting-edge research approaches to enhance the safety and efficacy of personalized medical treatments.

CURE’s funding decisions are guided by its Peer Review Committee, a group of practicing oncologists and academic scientists who conduct a rigorous review of each proposal to assess both scientific merit and alignment with CURE’s goals. Of those proposals, CURE selected to fund 18 studies, most of which offer hope of testing more effective treatments for childhood cancers with poor prognosis within two to three years.

“Using their collective expertise in research and the clinical care of children with cancer, the committee selected the most productive investigators and innovative research projects through a national competition submitted in March 2022,” said William C. Phelps, Ph.D., leader of CURE’s Scientific Advisory Council. “Independent, comprehensive, and confidential peer review ensures that CURE’s investments in research are focused on those projects most likely to significantly improve outcomes for children with cancer.”

CURE’s 2022 Pediatric Cancer Research Initiative includes the studies listed below:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University
Aflac Precision Medicine Program
Christopher Porter, MD, B-cell leukemia – Targeting mechanisms of T-cell suppression mediated by siglec15
Sunil Sudhir Raikar, MD, acute myeloid leukemia – Optimizing gamma delta T-cell immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia
Tobey MacDonald, MD, high-risk brain tumor – Two-year grant for clinical investigation of cluster-wells in pediatric brain tumors
Robert Castellino, MD, medulloblastoma – Combined molecular targeting to enhance therapy for Group 3 medulloblastoma
Renee Read, Ph.D., high-grade glioma – Human Organoid models of pediatric high-grade gliomas
Muxiang Zhou, MD, acute myeloid leukemia – Feasibility study of VERU-111 for precision treatment of pediatric AML
Full funding of 3 fellowships
Dr. Frank Chien
Dr. Robert Lisac (Sam Robb Fellow)
Dr. Sanyu Janardan (Connolly Family Fellow)

Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
Ling Li, Ph.D., acute myeloid leukemia – Targeting PRMT1 elicits anti-tumor immunity in childhood leukemia
Qiang Lu, Ph.D., medulloblastoma – Developing inhibitors of mitotic kinesin KIF20A for brain tumor treatment

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Vinodh Pillai, MD, Ph.D., B-cell leukemia – Assessment of bone marrow to predict response to CAR T-cell therapy
Timothy Olson, MD, Ph.D., Genetic research – Targeting niche inflammation and MSC cell fate in monosomy 7 predispositions
Michael Chorny, Ph.D., neuroblastoma – macromolecular prodrug-based therapy for indolent neuroblastoma

Seattle Children’s Hospital
Elizabeth Lawlor, MD, Ph.D., Ewing sarcoma – Optimizing safety and efficacy of anthracyclines in Ewing sarcoma

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (Cleveland)
John Letterio, MD, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma – Development of a CNS-penetrant synthetic oleanane triterpenoid for DIPG

Indiana University
Jignesh Tailor, Ph.D., medulloblastoma – Discovery of synthetic lethal targets in MYCN neuroepithelial stem cells

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Raushan Kurmasheva, Ph.D., rhabdoid tumor therapy – PEGylated talazoparib for pediatric malignant rhabdoid tumor therapy

Virginia Tech
Jia-Ray Yu, Ph.D., diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma – Pharmacological screening of a new class of NSD1 inhibitor

Washington University in St. Louis
Jason Weber, Ph.D., diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma – Development of a p14ARF-based therapies to treat CDKN2A-deficient pediatric cancers

Fundraising efforts for the 2022-2023 fiscal year research grants are currently underway. Grant applications are expected to be open in January 2023.

About CURE Childhood Cancer
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM over the past 12 years to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has a staff of six in Savannah. It is the only organization providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

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Cynthia Cradduck
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912-856-9075
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CURE Childhood Cancer Raises $30,000 During ‘Giving Pump’ Fundraiser Program

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CURE Childhood Cancer Raises $30,000 During ‘Giving Pump’ Fundraiser Program
Charity’s partnership with Sommers Oil far exceeds expectations while supporting the critical mission of ending pediatric oncology.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, a nonprofit dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting local patients and their families, was presented with a $30,000 check from Sommers Oil at Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah.

This donation is the result of a three-month-long Giving Pump Program, where affiliated gasoline stations across the region participated in Shell Oil Company’s nationwide Force for Good campaign, raising awareness and funds from a portion of fill-ups.

This year’s Giving Pump program benefitted from 38 sites in Georgia and South Carolina, raising $30,000 compared to the 2021 total of $4,000. The substantial increase was far greater than expected.

“I knew it would be an increase because of all the additional stations, but I had no idea it would be this much. When I first heard the amount, I was nearly knocked out of my chair,” said Mandy Garola, Vice President of CURE in Southern Georgia. “We are so appreciative of the collaboration with Sommers Oil. They helped so much with the increased number of pumps, and we can’t thank them enough for their passionate support of CURE.”

This year, Georgia Giving Pumps were placed at Shell stations in Brunswick, Eatonton, Midway, Metter, Pooler, Riceboro, Rincon, Richmond Hill and Savannah. South Carolina Giving Pump Shell stations in Aiken, Beaufort, Bluffton, Columbia, Elgin, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Lexington, Moncks Corner, Ridgeland, Summerville, Swansea and Walterboro also participated.

“We didn’t have to think twice when it came to who we would support during The Giving Pump campaign,” said Cory Sommers, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sommers Oil. “There’s no doubt that what CURE Childhood Cancer provides for their patients and families is instrumental during such a difficult time. Seeing firsthand how dedicated the CURE team is has been transformative and we’re so glad to have the chance to work alongside them. We would like to thank our Shell gas station owners for participating and donating – they did a wonderful job executing the campaign at their sites. In addition, we want to show our thanks to the customers who filled up and supported the Giving Pump sites during the three-month time frame. We hope our support will uplift and provide hope, just as CURE has done for many others.”

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in how they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. More than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every year, and incidence rates are increasing annually. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years.

Sommers Oil, founded in 1973 by brothers Jackie and Jimmy Sommers, is the premier wholesaler of gas and petroleum products in the Southeast, serving as direct distributors for BP, Shell, Marathon, Sunoco and more than a dozen major suppliers. The company also franchises hundreds of convenience stores and gas stations with its distinctive, trademarked brand, El Cheapo.

Shell launched “The Giving Pump” at stations across the U.S. as part of its Force For Good initiative to drive positive change in local communities by giving back. Since launching Force For Good, Shell has highlighted the impact of Shell wholesalers in the communities they operate in, going beyond fuel quality and loyalty to help raise millions of dollars nationwide.

ABOUT CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM over the past 12 years to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has a staff of five in Savannah. It is the only organization providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Senior Recognition and Blazer Ceremony 2022

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Bethesda Academy Holds Annual Senior Recognition and Blazer Ceremony for Five Students Entering Their Senior Year.


The historic private day school in Savannah, Georgia, continues a tradition for senior students courtesy of the Women’s Board of Bethesda.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Bethesda Academy, an independent private day school for boys and young men and the oldest child-care institution in the U.S., held its annual Senior Recognition and Blazer Ceremony and luncheon.

Mike Hughes, 5 seniors, Karleen Brown, Stephanie VanVleck
Mike Hughes, 5 seniors, Karleen Brown, Stephanie VanVleck

In honor of the start of the school year, senior students were given their navy blue blazer, khaki pants, white collared shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes. The outfits were a gift from the Women’s Board of Bethesda.

Representatives of the Women’s Board of Bethesda, select members of the Board of Governors, senior leaders of the Academy, and faculty attended.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is an independent private day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and cattle program and a college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

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Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912-856-9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Catie’s Gathering in Bryan County

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Catie’s Gathering Bryan County was back as an in-person event this year. The event was held at the beautiful Palms Plantation. Thanks to a hard-working planning committee and the tremendous way the community supports this event, it was an amazing night.

Prior to dinner and the program, guests checked out the tables, beautifully decorated by our hostesses, and perused auction items. Table themes included The Golden Girls, Yellowstone, the Masters, and more. The planning committee handled the catering, and long-time CURE partners Kaufman-Heinz handled all audio-visual needs for the event. There were fun door prizes and an incredibly exciting live auction that highlighted the generosity of the Bryan County community. This year’s program included Tim Traywick sharing a bit about his daughter Mallory’s battle with cancer. Bev Rousch was also on hand to share how CURE’s support of research is helping kids like her son Seth beat cancer. The program wrapped up with an amazing performance by Cirque Savannah.

The event raised more than any other Catie’s Gathering Bryan County event to date by bringing in $90,500! Thank you, Bryan County, for your generous spirit and for coming out to enjoy a great night!

CURE Childhood Cancer To Hold First Annual ‘Catie’s Gathering’ Fundraiser in Moultrie, Ga.

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(MOULTRIE, Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is holding a Catie’s Gathering dinner and auction at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Lily Pond Farm, 271 Dorminey Rd., Moultrie, Ga.

Catie’s Gathering is an inspiring event benefiting Catie’s Fund of CURE Childhood Cancer. The dinner features unique, individually-themed table decorations, a silent auction, a live auction, and a moving program of speakers. Since its inception, Catie’s Gathering has grown from one to five separate events in South Georgia. To date, Catie’s Fund has raised more than $2.8 million. This is the first Catie’s Gathering in Moultrie.

“The annual Catie’s Gathering events reveal just how loving and generous the community is of South Georgia. This started as a single event, and now CURE holds up to five in the region,” said Mandy Garola, vice president of CURE in South Georgia. “Our community wants more opportunities like these to support our mission to end childhood cancer. We’re so grateful to our donors, sponsors and volunteers who work to make these gatherings successful.”

The funds raised are invested in CURE’s research initiatives – specifically the Precision Medicine Program, which focuses on individualized treatments based on each child’s genetic makeup. The funds also offer general support to patients and their families fighting childhood cancer.

Sponsors of Catie’s Gathering Moultrie include Ameris Bank, Procom Sales, Lasseter Motors, Judy and Mark Mobley, South GA Crop Insurance Inc, Stone’s Home Center, Amber and Chip Sumner, and Carolyn and Stan Sumner. In-kind sponsors include Albany Beverage Company, Gay’s Food, Inc. and Lily Pond Farm.

People interested in supporting the event can participate in the online auction and make donations at CGMoultrie2022.givesmart.com.

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in the way they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and incidence rates are increasing every year. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years.

ABOUT CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has an active staff operating throughout the greater Savannah area. It is the only organization funding pediatric cancer research and providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Managing Partner, Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Oliver Maner Recognizes National Homeless Awareness Month with November Donation Drive

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Savannah’s top law firm partners with other local firms to benefit Parker’s House: A Home for Women.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) In recognition of National Homeless Awareness month in November, Oliver Maner, one of Savannah’s most prestigious law firms, will once again partner with other local law firms to raise funds and collect supplies for Parker’s House at Union Mission. This new program is Savannah and Coastal Georgia’s only facility solely dedicated to providing emergency housing and comprehensive supportive services for unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness.

The donation drive will run throughout November, with a request to the legal community and the public at large to help collect goods for Parker’s House.“Last year, the program was a success and helped to stock Parker’s House in time for their opening,” said Oliver Maner partner Bill Hunter, who also serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors at Union Mission. “Now that the new Emergency Housing Program is in operation, we are enthusiastic about continuing to help them and making a safe and comfortable place for women who find themselves homeless.”

Donations of goods can be dropped off at the Oliver Maner office, 218 W. State St., during business hours. The firm will accept donations through Wednesday, Nov. 30.Oliver Maner also set up an Amazon registry to make it easier to donate.Items needed include:

Personal care items (toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant)
Bedding (pillows, sheets)
Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels)
Cleaning supplies (Swiffer products, Lysol cleaners, disinfectant wipes)
Undergarments (socks, undershirts)
Laundry supplies (detergent, dryer sheets)

Parker’s House is located at 125 Fahm St., Savannah, in the former JC Lewis Healthcare building. The 10,590-square-foot renovated facility offers emergency housing, on-site Case Managers, Resident Assistants, and support services for up to 32 women for 90 days.

Union Mission provides basic human needs for the residents, including food, clothing, transportation, access to mental healthcare, employment support and more. The goal of this program is to help residents maintain stable housing and become independent members of the community.

Savannah-Chatham County has the second-highest rate of homelessness in Georgia. According to the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless 2019 HUD PIT Survey, on any given night, more than 180 women in Chatham County are experiencing homelessness.

ABOUT UNION MISSION
Union Mission has cared for Savannah’s homeless community for 85 years offering emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions to those in need. Union Mission also collaborates with the community’s network of service providers to make comprehensive, wrap-around supportive services, such as mental health counseling and culinary arts job training available to all homeless persons in the community. The mission of Union Mission is to partner with people to end their homelessness. For more information, call (912) 238-2777 or visit www.unionmission.org.

ABOUT OLIVER MANER
With a history of 125 years of representing clients in Georgia, South Carolina and throughout the United States, Oliver Maner, LLP, is a full-service law firm capable of handling a broad range of civil litigation and business law expertise. With a team of 28 of the highest-rated trial and transactional lawyers across the state, Oliver Maner possesses the resources and abilities to tackle complex legal problems, including personal injury, estate law, medical and legal malpractice, product liability, civil rights litigation, real estate, transportation and logistics litigation and more. The law firm is proud to have long-standing relationships with its clients, including nonprofit organizations, government entities, business owners and entrepreneurs. Oliver Maner’s office is located at 218 W. State St., Savannah, GA 31401. For more information, call (912) 236-3311 or visit www.olivermaner.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@ceciliarussomarketing.com
912-856-9075

GAP joining with SecureRisk

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SecureRisk and Georgia Agency Partners (GAP) Combine to Form the Nation’s Fourth-largest Insurance Agency Partnership
The two Georgia-based associations join resources together.

(GEORGIA, U.S.) SecureRisk, which has over 100 independent insurance agencies working in all 50 states with more than $4 billion in annual premiums, is excited to announce that Georgia Agency Partners (GAP), an agency group with more than 30 member offices across the Southeast, will be joining the Tucker, Ga. agency partnership.

SecureRisk and GAP, ranked 5 and 14, respectively, on Insurance Journal’s 2022 Top 20 Agency Partnerships list, will consolidate to create the nation’s fourth-largest agency partnership with nearly $600 million in property/casualty revenue.

“We are thrilled that GAP agencies are becoming part of the SecureRisk team,” said SecureRisk CEO Brian Bandrowsky. “This alliance gives us greater strength, buying power, and reach. With these advantages, we can deliver more options and better value to our customers.”

With two of the nation’s top 20 agency partnerships joining forces, member agencies will be working with a dedicated team consisting of former agency, broker, carrier, and consulting experience and will be able to provide greater benefits, a larger marketplace presence, and more robust resources for their clients.

Bandrowsky continued, “Both GAP and SecureRisk have over 25 years each operating as networks, which makes this unification so powerful.”

“We are pleased to have our two Georgia agency partnerships join forces,” said Brad Powell, GAP Chairman. “Through the integration planning process, it has become even more apparent that our associations share common values, goals and a commitment to putting our members and their clients first. This strategic alignment cements our status as a major player in the insurance industry.”

SecureRisk agents provide a range of products for nearly any insurance need, including automobile, homeowners, commercial property & casualty, workers’ compensation, bonds, risk management, loss control, health, life, employee needs, and more. With an excess of $3 billion in combined insurance premiums, each member of SecureRisk is able to offer policies underwritten by some of the most respected and financially stable insurance companies in the world. And because the agencies are still independently owned, customers’ best interests take priority, unlike agencies that are bank-owned or only represent one company.

MORE INFORMATION ON SECURERISK
Based in Tucker, Ga., SecureRisk is a cooperative venture of over 100 exclusive independent insurance agencies and 750 licensed agents collaborating to bring the most comprehensive coverage and best insurance solutions to their clients at the most competitive price. Originally founded as Shared Agency Services, LLC in Georgia and later expanded into Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Shared Agency Services rebranded to “SecureRisk” in 2012 to illustrate its commitment to securing the assets and risks of the communities the agents serve. In 2022, Georgia Agency Partner (GAP) joined SecureRisk to create the nation’s fourth-largest agency partnership with nearly $600 million in property/casualty revenue. Today, SecureRisk maintains more than 130 member offices nationwide and strategic alliances and relationships with hundreds of regional and national carriers, brokers, and vendors. For more information, visit SecureRisk Insurance Solutions on the web at securerisk.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

CURE Childhood Cancer Partners with Sommers Oil Company and Shell Gasoline for ‘The Giving Pump’ Charity Event

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Local gas stations offer consumers the opportunity to fill their tanks while supporting the critical mission of ending childhood cancer

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is the charity of choice for Shell gasoline stations across the region during this year’s Giving Pump initiative.

The Giving Pump, a three-month promotion through Oct. 31, is part of Shell Oil Company’s nationwide Force for Good campaign that raises awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations by allocating a portion of sales to their cause. Locally owned and operated Sommers Oil Company was the driving force to bring this promotion to the Lowcountry and South Georgia area and chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the beneficiary.

Cory Sommers, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Sommers Oil Company, said, “It is so important to support our friends and neighbors who are going through a crisis. A cancer diagnosis for a little one seems like one of the biggest crises a family could face, and CURE is the organization that is there to help them – with rent, food and even gas. I’m proud we chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the organization to benefit from the Giving Pump and I trust that our customers will want to support their mission too.”

Last year, with only seven pumps participating, the promotion raised nearly $4,000 in the Savannah area. This year, the program has expanded to more than 40 sites in Ga. and South Carolina.

Ga. Giving Pumps can be found at Shell stations in Brunswick, Eatonton, Midway, Metter, Pooler, Riceboro, Rincon, Richmond Hill and Savannah. Participating S.C. Giving Pump Shell stations can be found in Aiken, Beaufort, Bluffton, Columbia, Elgin, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Johnston, Lexington, Moncks Corner, Ridgeland, Summerville, Swansea and Walterboro.

“We appreciate all the participating Shell stations and everyone who fills up for CURE,” said Mandy Garola, Vice President of CURE in South Ga. “The funds raised will support pediatric oncology patients and their families right here in our community, as well as research that is critical for fighting childhood cancer. We believe a cure can be found in our lifetime, and the awareness and funds raised by The Giving Pump are invaluable to this effort.”

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in the way they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and incidence rates are increasing every year. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years. CURE is on a mission to change this.

Shell launched The Giving Pump campaign at stations across the U.S. as part of its Force For Good initiative to drive positive change in local communities by giving back. Since launching Force For Good, Shell has highlighted the impact its wholesalers have in the communities in which they operate, going beyond fuel quality and loyalty, to help raise millions of dollars nationwide.

For more information on Sommers Oil Company, visit www.sommersoil.com. For more information on The Giving Pump campaign and to find a participating gas station near you, visit https://www.shell.us/motorist/together-we-are-a-force-for-good/fill-up-for-a-good-cause-at-the-giving-pump.html.

ABOUT CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has an active staff operating throughout the greater Savannah area. It is the only organization funding pediatric cancer research and providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

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Cynthia Cradduck
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