Frozen Dessert Shops Across America Join I Pledge Project to Reward Youngsters During National Ice Cream Month in July

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Nationwide Campaign Originated at Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah 11 Years Ago

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Rewarding children 12 and under with a free scoop of ice cream for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance by memory, the I Pledge Project will launch during July in honor of National Ice Cream Month and Independence Day.

Now in its 11th year, I Pledge for Ice Cream events will be held in frozen dessert shops across the United States, with shop owners personalizing patriotic events to suit their local hometowns.

Stratton Leopold, Hollywood producer and owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream, dreamed of creating a national ice cream event to underscore the importance of patriotism among school children. Leopold’s is renowned for being a community-minded, family business, and it was actually a longtime customer and school teacher who approached Stratton and his wife Mary with the original idea for rewarding children with ice cream in exchange for reciting the pledge. Given that Independence Day and National Ice Cream Month are both celebrated in July, the Leopolds put the idea into action and became the architects of the I Pledge Project.

In Leopolds‘ view, nothing is as American as kids and ice cream. This YouTube video represents everything that they hope to convey with this project: https://youtu.be/3D8gOGSYEOk.

“Our Pledge reminds us that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” said Stratton. “We are so excited to see the enthusiasm for this project grow stronger each year and we are hopeful this will be the year that communities around the country will help bring participation to all 50 states.”

The I Pledge Project has averaged annual participation of almost 200 frozen dessert shops nationwide over the last ten years.

In its first year, the I Pledge Project won the highest promotion of the year award from trade publication the National Dipper Magazine at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association Convention. Since then, the Leopolds have been spreading the word to fellow independent frozen dessert shops across the country.

The project has spread to almost 40 states and maintains an independent website, ipledgeforicecream.com, where users can find participating locations, more history on its Savannah origins, how frozen dessert shops can sign up to participate and much more.

The Leopold’s Ice Cream flagship location at 212 E. Broughton St. will hold the Savannah kickoff on Thursday, July 1, from 4–7 p.m. Patriotic youngsters can also participate in additional I Pledge Project days held on each Monday in July from 4–7 p.m. This year, those dates are July 5, 12, 19 and 26.

ABOUT LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM
The history of Leopold’s Ice Cream is now more than a century old, and in many ways, it’s a storybook of the American Dream. Founded in Savannah, Ga, in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece named George, Peter and Basil, the ice cream parlor continues to offer its original signature flavors. It has since expanded to include seasonal and several vegan ice cream flavors. Peter passed down the tradition of making super-premium, handmade ice cream to his youngest son, Stratton, who now owns and operates Leopold’s Ice Cream. Stratton is a renowned Hollywood film producer with nearly 60 film and television credits to his name and has also served as an Executive Vice President at Paramount Pictures. His commitment to arts and education is second only to his dedication to keeping the Leopold’s legacy authentic with unparalleled customer service and delicious ice cream. Frequently rated among the country’s best ice cream shops, the ice cream parlor has received countless national and international accolades. In addition to its Creamery location and stores located in the heart of downtown Savannah and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Leopold’s Ice Cream offers catering and nationwide shipping. For more information, visit leopoldsicecream.com or call 912-777-5340.

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Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
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Cecilia Russo Marketing Welcomes Summer Intern, Megan McCarthy

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Cecilia Russo Marketing is pleased to announce that Megan McCarthy has joined the public relations and marketing firm for a summer internship. In this position, McCarthy supports the entire staff’s brand management efforts through media relations, writing and distributing news releases, content creation for print and social media platforms, photography and videography, event planning and management, search engine optimization, media coverage tracking, and research.

Born and raised in Savannah, Ga., McCarthy is currently a rising junior at Georgia Southern University (GSU) pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at the Statesboro Campus. There, she is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Zeta Upsilon chapter.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a reputable agency as Cecilia Russo Marketing,” McCarthy said. “I look forward to forging meaningful relationships with the clients and community leaders I meet this summer and am thrilled to have such extensive hands-on experience in a field I am so passionate about already.”When she is not studying or working, McCarthy enjoys boat rides, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC

Based in Savannah, Georgia, Cecilia Russo Marketing is a boutique firm delivering trusted and successful results since its founding in 2008. Owner and President Cecilia Russo Turner is a native of Savannah and uniquely 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 exceed client expectations. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit ceciliarussomarketing.com.MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo Turner
President and CEO
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912-665-0005
crusso@crussomarketing.com

Chatham Capital Group Celebrates 25 Successful Years

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Wealth Management Firm’s Second-generation Leadership Builds on Strong Foundation for the Future

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Chatham Capital Group (CCG), a fiduciary investment advisory and wealth management firm with offices in Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, S.C., is celebrating its 25th year in business in 2021. After three decades of managing investment portfolios for institutional clients, Ted Muller, Guy Palmer and Bruce Fielitz founded Chatham Capital in 1996. It is led today by its four principals: Rick Muller, Philip
Palmer, and Bill Fielitz, the three founder’s sons, as well as Jason Allen. The company oversees more than $500 million in assets for individuals, families and related charitable entities.

The genesis of Chatham Capital was unusual. “Guy, Bruce and I were involved with an investment management firm in Atlanta. After we sold that company and fulfilled employment contracts, we moved to Savannah with the intention of retiring. We had to look after our own money, friends and family asked us to do the same, and that led to the formation of CCG,” Ted Muller said.

“We soon realized that ‘retirement’ was not all that it’s purported to be. Reading the newspaper doesn’t take long, and there’s only so much golf I wanted to play. The capital markets and investments have always fascinated us, and we enjoyed working together, so we were excited to begin the next phase of our lives,” Bruce Fielitz said.

Citing their professionalism, independent structure, culture of continuous improvement, client service, consistency, along with almost no principal or personnel turnover in a quarter-century, Rick Muller says the most important asset of all is “our people.”

“The commitment to educating ourselves with ongoing professional learning and certifications, as well as educating our clients about how changing conditions affect them, and high client retention, says a lot about how much our clients trust us,” Bill Fielitz explained. “The second generation of ownership also speaks to the dedication we all have to our clients and the reputation of Chatham Capital.”

Larger national firms have also taken notice. Chatham Capital has been approached numerous times with offers to buy the firm, but with no clear benefit to the client base, such propositions have not been entertained. The company’s independence, fee-only structure, and size set it apart from competitors. The tight group of experienced professionals making executive decisions is optimal and allows for a stronger focus on client-specific matters impossible at larger firms.

“Research shows that smaller groups of approximately five or six people are best for decision making. Any fewer doesn’t provide adequate perspective, but more makes the process unwieldy,” Philip Palmer explains. “Our specialty is taking complicated financial situations and distilling the information into a framework that can be evaluated and analyzed, to properly develop a strategy for moving forward. We really excel with clients who have a lot of moving parts,” he added.

Skillfully navigating constant change has been a hallmark of the last 25 years. Since the beginning, Chatham Capital has used increasingly sophisticated technology and software to their client’s benefit. Keeping up with the proliferation and accessibility of investment choices is another way they have exceeded expectations. Chatham Capital also specializes in finding under-the-radar opportunities and exploiting valuation deficiencies in small-cap companies that work with their long-term philosophy.

Clients share Chatham Capital’s philosophy of collaboration and long-term orientation, which creates loyalty and trust. This is a common thread the leadership team also sees in their employees. The founders set the bar and the current executive team strives to retain those principles and build on them. This requires following a deliberate process and planning to ensure like-minded professionals are brought in to advise clients. The result has been a stable and enduring team of investment advisors who only succeed when their clients do.

A similar approach is seen in how the firm begins a relationship with new clients. Learning what each individual needs, what led them to Chatham Capital, explaining the company philosophy, and creating a path forward where success is a shared endeavor leads to the many long-term client relationships the firm enjoys.

“Some options were very new or didn’t exist at all when we first opened our doors. Alternative investment options like hedge funds, private equity, exchange-traded funds and the like that were either quite limited or did not exist then are commonplace today. Now that it is so much easier to access limitless information, the challenge is to distill all that data and put it into a cohesive, usable platform that informs decisions. The ability to make it work and remain adaptable to change has been immensely beneficial to our clients,” Allen said.

Having survived and thrived after two 50% down markets and the more recent global pandemic, Chatham Capital understands that to maintain the success they’ve enjoyed for another 25 years will require sticking to the ideals that have worked so far.

“We view flexibility and a commitment to deliberate thought as the most important elements in continuing to provide a valuable service for current and future clients,” Allen explained.

Click here for more information on CCG.

Peacock Subaru Honored With National “Love Promise Gold Award”

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(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) As part of its ongoing commitment and support to the local community, Subaru of America, Inc. has honored Peacock Subaru with its “Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Gold Award,” an accolade reserved for elite Subaru retailers who exhibit remarkable dedication to providing both exceptional customer service and making a positive impact in their communities.

Peacock Subaru, located at Peacock Auto Mall, has been recognized for going above and beyond in supporting the causes and passions that are most important to Subaru owners. As a dedicated partner of the Hilton Head Humane AssociationPeacock Subaru supports the organization with a holiday season pet supplies drive in partnership with local radio station 104.9 The Surf. The dealership also supports Inner City Night Shelter and their fight against homelessness, The Outside Foundation’s goal to protect the salt marsh and raise awareness of it among young people, the no-kill rescue agency Palmetto Animal League, and Greater Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine, whose team donates their time and skills to uninsured and underserved communities in need of healthcare services.

“We are honored to be recognized with the 2021 Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Gold Award from Subaru of America,” said Warner Peacock, president, and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We put in the time to identify a diverse blend of philanthropic partners in the community that shares our values and are making a difference. This award confirms as much about the wonderful community leaders and volunteers we work with as it does our organization. Community collaboration really works, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Love Promise is a community support effort by Subaru and its retailers to show love and respect to everyone while making a positive impact in their local communities. Subaru of America created the Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award program to shine a spotlight on exceptional Subaru retailers who are committed to helping and giving back to their local communities. The team at Peacock Subaru works hard to exemplify these values every day.

ABOUT SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife FederationSOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $190 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 13 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 500 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, 5 miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge RamPeacock SubaruPorsche of Hilton HeadAudi Hilton HeadJaguar Land Rover Hilton HeadPeacock Hyundai Hilton HeadGenesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai SavannahGenesis of Savannah, and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover ColumbiaPeacock Hyundai Columbia and Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit peacockautomotive.com.

United Way of the Coastal Empire Celebrates 2020 Accomplishments and Welcomes New Leadership

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United Way of the Coastal Empire had much to celebrate in its 83rd Annual Meeting Luncheon. Outgoing Board Chair Larry Silbermann reflected on the great achievements the organization has accomplished in the last year through the generosity and resilience from more than 13,000 individuals, companies, and organizations.  

The organization also welcomed Jeff O’Connor of First Citizens Bank as new board chair and Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing as new campaign chair. The Annual Meeting was held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa with limited attendance.

“I am honored to be the next campaign chair of the United Way of the Coastal Empire. So many I respect and admire have gone before me. And as I have spoken to many of them, one thing is clear: no one does it alone,” said Russo Turner. “The success of our 2021 campaign depends on all of us. We can do this: Forward United!”

Silbermann expressed gratitude to volunteers for their dedicated service to the community through United Way and proudly shared the work the organization has done throughout the past year.  Some highlights of United Way’s achievements include:

  • Raised more than $675,000 for COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to help more than 2,000 residents with rent, mortgage, and utility payments beginning in March 2020, long before federal assistance was available.
  • Distributed $3.6 million in grants to 54 non-profit agencies and 82 programs and helped an estimated 200,000 people in our four-county area. Partner agencies were also offered emergency assistance grants and valuable access to experts to aid in their navigation of the enormous impacts of the pandemic. 
  • Partnered with the City of Savannah and Chatham County to deliver housing assistance with funds available through the CARES Act.  United Way continues to partner with Chatham County to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. United Way continues to partner with Chatham County to administer the. Through these federally funded programs, United Way has helped to support more than 7,400 people in crisis.
  • Answered 35,000 inquiries for assistance from local citizens in need of help through United Way 2-1-1 call center and Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty county service centers. United Way 2-1-1 is a free, confidential helpline and one of our community’s most valuable resources.
  • Completed a Strategic Planning process that engaged more than 400 community members representing all of United Way of the Coastal Empire’s constituencies. Through collective action, the organization seeks to make a measurable, lasting impact with clear goals and a more intentional focus on Safety Net and Upward Mobility. 

During the event, Outgoing Board Chair Larry Silbermann presented the Craig Harney’s Spirit of Philanthropy Awards to three extraordinary individuals: Nathan Benson of Chatham County Government, Dr. Sandra Wallace Nethels of Effingham County School District, and the late Freddie Patrick of Eastside Concerned Citizens. These awards recognize exemplary individuals for their excellence in giving, advocating, and volunteering for United Way

The business portion of the Annual Meeting continued with the election of 20 new community leaders to serve on the Board of Directors, as well as its slate of executive committee members for 2021.  

The new board members are Dr. Tonia Howard-Hall, Community Volunteer; Jill Cheeks, The Mediation Center; Judge Lisa Colbert, Chatham County Superior Court; Andrew Cosey, Austin Hill Realty; Dr. Yancy Ford, Effingham County Board of Education; Ben Hart, WJCL-TV; Stephanie Jones-Heath, Diversity Health Center; Libby Kessler, Lakeview Manor; Bob Klausmeier, Renfroe Outdoor; Sarah Lippert, Ameris Bank; Sam McCachern, Thomas & Hutton; Nick Jennings, Georgia Power; Ryan Price, JE Dunn Construction; Ken Rabitsch, Synovus; Cindy Robinett, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard; Pritpal Singh, Perry Lane Hotel; Julia Tyre, Memorial Health; Patrick Wall, St. Joseph/Candler; Alderman Linda Wilder-Bryan, City of Savannah; and Judge Derek White, Chatham County State Court

.Pictured from left to right: Cecilia Russo Turner, 2021 Campaign Chair, Cecilia Russo Marketing; Jeff O’Connor, 2021 Board Chair, First Citizens Bank; Brynn Grant, President & CEO, United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Pictured from left to right: Cecilia Russo Turner, 2021 Campaign Chair, Cecilia Russo Marketing; Jeff O’Connor, 2021 Board Chair, First Citizens Bank; Brynn Grant, President & CEO, United Way of the Coastal Empire.

The 2021 board executive committee is:

Board Chair: Jeff O’Connor – First Citizens Bank

Board Vice-Chair: Mark Bennett – Gulfstream Aerospace  

Immediate Past Board Chair: Larry Silbermann – WTOC-TV  

Secretary: Michael Kaigler, Chatham County  

Treasurer: Marc Hefner, WSAV-TV

Campaign Chair: Cecilia Russo Turner – Cecilia Russo Marketing

Campaign Vice-Chair: Cindy Robinett, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard

Community Investments Chair: Dr. Michael Toma – Georgia Southern University  

Direct Services Chair: Stephanie Jones-Heath, Diversity Health Center

Volunteer Chair: Ryan Sewell – Sterling Seacrest Pritchard  

Marketing Chair: Jason Usry – WJCL-TV  

Race, Equity, Opportunity Chair: Kimberly Ballard-Washington, Savannah State University

Strategic Plan Chair: Ken Rabitsch, Synovus

At-Large Members: 

Chief Terry Enoch – Savannah-Chatham County Public School System  

Taffanye Young – City of Savannah  

Ryan Chandler – Colonial Group

Jamie McCurry – Georgia Ports Authority  

2021 Board Chair Jeff O’Connor shared the organization’s vision of the future. “We look forward to continuing to build upon the tremendous legacy of the United Way in our community, putting even greater focus on building stronger, deeper, and wider community partnerships,” said O’Connor. “We are elevating our commitment to equity. Through collective action, we seek to make measurable, lasting impact with clear goals and more intentional focus on Safety Net and Upward Mobility.”

For more information about United Way of the Coastal Empire, visit www.uwce.org.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC

Based in Savannah, Georgia, Cecilia Russo Marketing is a boutique firm delivering trusted and successful results since its founding in 2008. President and founder Cecilia Russo Turner is a native of Savannah and uniquely 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 exceed client expectations. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit ceciliarussomarketing.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Cynthia Cradduck

Cecilia Russo Marketing

912-856-9075

cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine Receives a Donation of Nearly $10,000 from Peacock Subaru’s Share the Love Campaign

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Peacock Subaru Hilton Head presented $9,994.20 to Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM) at the conclusion of its annual Subaru Share the Love campaign. The Share the Love event was held at the end of 2020 when the dealership invited each Subaru buyer to designate a portion of their purchase price to benefit either a national nonprofit organization or Peacock Subaru’s hometown charity.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, especially in the healthcare field. We hope that this donation helps BJVIM further its mission in helping local folks in need of quality medical services,” said Ken Kirby, general manager of Peacock Subaru.

Through the dedicated service of approximately 75 volunteer physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, BJVIM provides free medical care to the residents of Bluffton and Jasper County who are uninsured.

“Peacock Subaru’s customers really showed their appreciation for our patient needs with their donations,” said Dennis Toney, development director for BJVIM. “As we celebrate our 10th Year of service to those in need, we are thankful for the dedication of our volunteer physicians and nurses as well as this financial support from the community. The timing could not be better and so many people will benefit,” he added. Nationally, the Share the Love event has enabled Subaru of America and its participating retailers to donate more than $200 million to charity over the last 13 years. Customers have the option of choosing between four national and one of over 1,440 dealership-specific hometown charities.

For more information on the Subaru of America Share the Love event, visit https://www.subaru.com/share-the-love.htmlBJVIM is one of more than 90 independent clinics under the guidance of the National Volunteers in Medicine Alliance. For more information about BJVIM, please visit https://bjvim.org/about-us/overview/

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 13 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 500 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit peacockautomotive.com

CONTACT

Jill Jauch

Peacock Automotive

265 Drivers WayHardeeville, SC 29927

Office: (843)-208-1217

jj@peacockautomotive.com

Bethesda Academy Holds Scholarship Soirée and Graduation Ceremony on Campus

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Bethesda Academy Holds Scholarship Soirée and Graduation Ceremony on CampusThe Scholarship Soirée Returns After Last Year’s Event was Cancelled Due to the Pandemic(SAVANNAH, Ga.)After a hiatus due to the pandemic last year, Bethesda Academy held its annual Scholarship Soirée outdoors on the school’s historic campus. The Class of 2021 continued the on-campus festivities with a graduation ceremony the following morning.

2021 Bethesda Academy Senior Class Savannah Scholarship Soiree
2021 Bethesda Academy Senior Class Savannah Scholarship Soiree

“We are very pleased to have been able to proceed with the Scholarship Soirée and honor our students the next day at the graduation ceremony. This graduated class endured and overcame so much over the last year, our faculty and staff are just so proud of them,” said Bethesda Academy president Dr. Michael Hughes. “The way they weathered the storm speaks to their character and determination to succeed.”

Griffith V. Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, was the soirée’s keynote speaker. A proven leader in the maritime industry for nearly 30 years, Lynch served as the chief operating officer of the GPA for five years before becoming the executive director. His appearance underscores the relationship between Bethesda Academy and GPA through the Y.E.S. (Youth learning Equipment and Safety) Program. Launched in early 2019, the Y.E.S. program has worked with Bethesda graduates, as well as graduates from other local high schools, on operations careers at the city’s growing deepwater shipping port.

As in previous years, all proceeds from the soirée benefit scholarship programs for Bethesda students who would otherwise not be able to afford tuition. The guests enjoyed an evening of food, music and fun while supporting a worthy cause. Sponsors of the event included The Trolinger Family, The Littlejohn Family, Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC, THA Group, South State Bank, Sterling Seacrest Partners, The Moore Family and Georgia Ports Authority.

Of the eight students of Bethesda Academy Class of 2021, seven will be attending college and one will be participating in the GPA Y.E.S. program. Many will have accumulated college credits, further reducing the cost of their higher education.

The Class of 2021 Valedictorian is Ian Eckmann, who has received a scholarship to attend SCAD to pursue screenwriting and acting. The Class of 2021 Salutatorian is Carlton Brown, who will be attending Shorter University In Rome, Georgia, where he will also be playing football.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a 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.

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

Lowcountry Nonprofit, The Outside Foundation, Named a Finalist for Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards and Eligible to Win a Customized 2022 Land Rover Defender

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Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, the National Competition Recognizes Community Nonprofits

(Hilton Head Island, S.C./Savannah, GA) Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, a local automotive dealership, announced today their nominee, The Outside Foundation, has been named a Jaguar Land Rover Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards finalist and is eligible to receive one of the seven customized Defender models as their grand prize. The Outside Foundation, a 501(c) nonprofit based in Hilton Head, S.C. and Savannah, Ga., inspires kids to get outside and works to protect the local environment and ecology.

Created to reflect the capabilities of the legendary Land Rover Defender’s seven decades of pushing limits, the award recognizes nonprofits that exceed expectations and go Above & Beyond for their communities every day. The Outside Foundation is one of five nonprofits across the country competing for the “Coastal And Marine Conservation” category award.

Judging for the Above & Beyond Service Awards is based on short films each organization produced to explain their mission and how the grand prize of a Land Rover Defender would impact their work. In The Outside Foundation’s video submission, Executive Director Jean Fruh highlights the 5,000 seventh-graders who’ve participated in the Kids in Kayaks program exploring salt marshes, the collection of 62 tons of oyster shells for recycling in three years, and the removal of two tons of trash at local beaches, parks and waterways. Winning the new Defender would help their efforts a great deal.

“Much of our work involves transporting debris from clean-ups, oyster shells, and all the kayaking equipment. Not only would a Land Rover Defender allow us to transport so much more, but it would also allow us to spend funds we use now for transportation to get more kids in a kayak and on the water,” Fruh explains.

Both Peacock Automotive and The Outside Foundation are encouraging the community to cast a vote once per day at https://www.landroverusa.com/experiences/events-and-sponsorships/defender-service-awards/vote/coastal-and-marine-conservation.html.

The Outside Foundation is a wonderful organization we’re proud to support. Their spirit of adventure and preservation aligns with the Land Rover brand so well, it’s natural they’d be finalists. Now we have to vote for them and bring home the win,” said Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive, the parent company of Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head.

A relatively young outfit, The Outdoor Foundation began in 2014, and Peacock Automotive has been a proud supporter from the start.

“At our first ‘Keep the Broad Creek Clean’ festival, Peacock Automotive was there to provide the support needed to make the event a success. The next year they held a fundraiser for us and have been Gold Level sponsors for other events. It’s clear to us they value our mission of connecting the next generation with our local waters. We’re grateful for their support,” Fruh added.

For more information and to vote for “Coastal And Marine Conservation” category award, visit
https://www.landroverusa.com/experiences/events-and-sponsorships/defender-service-awards/vote/coastal-and-marine-conservation.html

The deadline to vote is Monday, May 3.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 13 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 500 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit peacockautomotive.com.

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

Horizons Savannah Calls for Support on Giving Day, May 12th

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Horizons Savannah is calling on the entire community to continue supporting Savannah’s youth during this period of recovery by participating in its annual Horizons Giving Day on Wednesday, May 12th.The program has seen proven success for over 19 years in closing the “opportunity gap” for under-resourced students over summer break. Horizons Savannah continues to partner with youth, their families and the community to enrich the lives of students with the joy of learning, the skills for success and the inspiration to realize their dreams.

How prolonged school closures will affect students is yet to be seen, but it is nonetheless evident that this is a challenging time to be a school-aged child. Throughout, Horizons Savannah has adapted to provide innovative ways to engage students in educational activities, help build social and emotional resilience, and deliver resources to the community with the goal of closing gaps that are ever widening in the wake of the barriers schools have faced for over a year.

After a virtual experience in 2020, Horizons Savannah will resume traditional in-person programming for the summer of 2021 in adherence with CDC and local guidance.

Funds raised during Giving Day 2021 will support this summer program, featuring engaging academics, social-emotional learning and swim lessons for every child, as well as continued engagement with Horizons Savannah students throughout the year.Two Savannah businesses have partnered with Horizons in offering give-back specials to encourage participation in this day of giving. These exclusive opportunities include:

This year’s Giving Day is proudly supported by our corporate sponsors, Parker’s, Savannah Toyota and The Collins Quarter. Additionally, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the first $25,000 raised this year will be matched dollar for dollar.

“Our mission is more relevant now than ever. While COVID-19 might have set some students back, we are determined that it will not define their futures. We have a huge opportunity this summer to give youth the attention, resources and support they need,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “Horizons is busy preparing a summer program that will be our best yet. We can’t wait to see our students again and gradually return not entirely to normal, but to a place where we as a program are stronger and more resilient than ever.”

Horizons Savannah provides an intensive enrichment program that helps prevent the well-documented loss of academic ground over summer vacation. Horizons students typically advance six to eight weeks in reading and math skills each summer, with national statistics showing 97 percent of Horizons high school students graduating on time and 91 percent going on to college. 

In Chatham County, the program typically serves over 300 students from local public schools each summer and partners with local institutions Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School and The Savannah Country Day School

For more information, or to make a gift please visit https://www.horizonsgivingday.org/organizations/horizons-savannah, https://www.horizonssavannah.org, or follow @horizonsav on social media. 

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 300 under-resourced students each summer. Since 2003, Horizons has been a transformative experience for young people in kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, or check out our Facebook page. 

ABOUT HORIZONS NATIONAL
Horizons National is a growing, community-centered network of more than 60 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizons programs offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition and field trips. 

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
crusso@crussomarketing.com