Bethesda Hires Veteran Educator with State, National Credentials to Direct Admissions
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy has hired a director of admissions who is a veteran teacher with state and national credentials and nearly two decades in the classroom.
Tia Adkins joins the staff at the private college-preparatory day and boarding school for young men in grades six through 12.
“Ms. Adkins brings a wealth of experience to this position, and we are delighted that experience ranges from classroom teaching to statewide remediation to work with national curriculum publishers,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda. “Her leadership will be invaluable to the students we serve.”
Her education career began in Gadsden and Pooler elementary schools, where she became a finalist for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools’ teacher of the year and was named the 2006 Grammy Foundation Character Through the Arts national teacher of the year. She also served as the local school district’s literary specialist for two years.
At the state level, Adkins worked on a literacy project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, she led teams of teachers at struggling schools who were working to find innovative ways to teach in challenging situations. As a mentor to other teachers, she taught how to implement Common Core curriculum elements and other strategies and worked often with low-achieving schools in remediation efforts.
She also spent six years with Scholastic Achievement Partners, now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as a manager of professional learning. Plus, she has worked as an independent contractor writing content for a new pre-kindergarten curriculum and is the author of the forthcoming book “Setting the Standards for Centers.”
Adkins earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Armstrong State College and has a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College in Boston.
“It’s exciting to open a new chapter in my education career, working with older, college-bound students,” Adkins said. “Bethesda Academy fills a unique niche in Savannah education, and I’m proud to be a part of an education program with centuries of experience in serving youth.”
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding 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 organic farming program and 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.
THE FIFTH ANNUAL BRA PROJECT WILL WRAP UP WITH BRAS & BUBBLY EVENT
(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) The Fifth Annual Bra Project will conclude its tour of the Lowcountry with the Bras & Bubbly evening event on Thursday, Oct. 24, when the winner of the student competition for best-designed bra will be revealed. Bras & Bubbly will also hold a silent auction featuring pieces donated by local artists who have a breast cancer story to share. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thibault Gallery at 815 Bay St., Beaufort, Sc. You can purchase tickets at the door or online with eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2VnGBeJ. All proceeds from the event benefit DragonBoat Beaufort and local cancer survivors. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/669092870274765/.
STEM BOOKS DONATED THROUGH PEACOCK LOVES LEARNING INITIATIVE
(JASPER CO, SC) Peacock Subaru Hilton Head, as part of its effort to improve education in its community, donated 150 award-winning STEM books to Okatie Elementary School. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) partnered with Peacock Subaru Hilton Head to supply the books for donation. For more information visit https://youtu.be/g-ICjOrqY0E or call 843-208-1258.
2019 GRAB A BAG FOR KIDS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah announces its seventh annual charity luncheon and purse auction, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at The Plantation Club at the Landings. The auction will include gently-used, vintage and new designer handbags, bags from local designers and special new silent auction packages that include trips, tickets to events and other local and regional items. For more information on the Grab a Bag for Kids charity luncheon and purse auction and to learn more about sponsorships and donations, visit https://www.horizonssavannah.org/ or call 912-961-8854.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowcountry Annie Oakleys, in partnership with United Way of the Coastal Empire, held its 5th Annual Lowcountry Annie Oakleys Charity Clays Tournament to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, and United Way of the Coastal Empire. Along with sporting clays, the day-long event included a 75 shot tournament, Lewis Class scoring, raffles, chef station, Bourbon tasting, and after-party with awards, cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres, and live music. To learn more visit www.lowcountryannieoakleys.com.
FINAL LECTURE OF 2019 ENMARKET ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2019 season of the Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series will wrap up on Tuesday, Oct. 29, with a presentation by sports science professional Katie Balthrop, founder of Savannah Sport & Wellness, on the benefits of strength training at any age. For more information, visit healthysavannah.org.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy running back, senior Jaden Wright, is SCISA Player of the Week. Jaden had 9 carries for 137 yards and 5 touchdown along three two point conversions in a big win Friday night. To learn more, visit http://www.bethesdaacademy.org/.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS
(RICHMOND HILL, GA) The Bryan County Health and Rehabilitation Center are in need of some donations to help their patients. They are asking for new or gently used dolls and doll clothing for doll therapy, stuffed animals, air diffusers, time period trivia books, toiletry bags, arts and craft supplies, an indoor floor basketball hoop, among other items. If you have items you would like to give, contact Lauren or Latoya at 912-756-6131 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bryan-County-Health-and-Rehabilitation/138743449521576.
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance (SFA) honored eight outstanding local professionals from Savannah’s thriving film and television community at the inaugural SFA Honors Gala. The star-studded event had the theme of “Old Hollywood” and was open to the public. It was a night of “Lights! Camera! Action!”, and the entertainment community pulled out all the stops that evening, evoking classic Hollywood with lights, a red carpet, live music – even paparazzi. For more information visit www.savannahfilmalliance.org.
FOREIGN TRADE ZONES: SHOW ME THE MONEY
(SAVANNAH, GA) World Trade Center Savannah (WTCSav) will host “Foreign-Trade Zones: Show Me the Money,” a Global Education Program, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1:30-5 p.m. at World Trade Center Savannah, 131 Hutchinson Island Road. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.wtcsavannah.org.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER COLUMBIA WINS REGIONAL LAND ROVER TREK 2020
(COLUMBIA, SC) Jaguar Land Rover Columbia took first place in the regional Land Rover TReK 2020, Land Rover North America’s off-road driving skills competition. Represented by Dustin Nielsen, Jeffery Thomas and Matt Wheeler, Jaguar Land Rover Columbia competed against 52 teams in six waves. Their team will now go on to compete against five other regional teams California in January. For more information, visit https://www.jaguarcolumbia.com/ or https://www.landrovercolumbia.com/.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy, a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through 12, has hired a veteran teacher with state and national credentials as director of admissions. Tia Adkins comes to Bethesda with nearly two decades of experience in the classroom. To learn more, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org.
NEW DATE FOR SCORE’s 2ND ANNUAL BIZPITCH SAVANNAH™
(SAVANNAH, GA) On Nov. 1, 2019, Savannah’s award-winning chapter of SCORE will present its popular “BizPitch Savannah™” entrepreneurial competition. This “Shark Tank”-style event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. For more information about “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019,” go to http://bizpitchsavannah.com.
BETSY PORTUNE HIRED BY ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon are pleased to welcome Sandy Virgin to the general dentistry practices. Her duties as patient coordinator will entail greeting visitors and patients, answering the telephone, scheduling patient appointments, maintaining patient files and submitting and processing insurance claims and payments. For more information, call 912-826-4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/.
CYNTHIA CRADDUCK PRESENTED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Cynthia Cradduck, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc., and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC, presented a Public Relations training session at the National Jaycees Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas. Cradduck is vice president of communications for the Georgia Jaycees and is an active and experienced member of the Savannah chapter. To learn more, visit https://carriagetradepr.com or https://ceciliarussomarketing.com.
UNITED WAY DISTRIBUTES SCHOOL SUPPLIES
(SAVANNAH, GA) United Way of the Coastal Empire distributed five pallets of school supplies to children in need at Title 1 Schools throughout the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools System. The school supplies were generously donated by Publix Super Markets. This year, United Way Community Fund invested $677,500 in programs and services that strengthen literacy, help children stay on track in school and graduate high school. For more information, please visit uwce.org.
WINNERS OF THE BIZPITCH 2019 COMPETITION
(HILTON HEAD, SC) Three locally owned women’s businesses have won the inaugural Thrive Lowcountry BizPitch competition for women entrepreneurs. Each winner received over $8,000 in cash and professional services (and prizes) to support them in their business development. For more information visit https://www.hiltonheadchamber.org/thrive-2019/.
(HILTON HEAD, SC) Marjorie Young spoke on Public Relations at the Thrive Lowcountry Women’s Conference. Picture below, Mayor John McCann of Hilton Head, Tina Tyus-Shaw of WSAV, Marjorie Young of Carriage Trade Public Relations and William Miles, President and CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune has been selected as one of this year’s Komen Big Wig participants. As such, Milton is raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. To donate to Milton’s campaign, visit http://coastalgeorgia.info-komen.org/goto/tanya.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) The latest excerpt from “Brews and Views” community forum, presented by Savannah Morning News, focused on affordable housing and homelessness in Savannah. Panelists included Union Mission Director of Operations, Josua Rine, and other community partners. To view the full video, visit https://www.unionmission.org/2019/09/24/brewsandviews/.
SAVANNAH SCORE WORKSHOP
(SAVANNAH, GA) What do you need to know to create a successful business? Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a small business owner, you need real-world tools, knowledge and insights in order to succeed. The “Business Launchpad: How to Start, Manage, and Grow a Successful Business” offers exactly that. The workshop, led by expert SCORE Business mentors, will take place on Saturday, April 13, at SCORE Savannah. To register, please call the Savannah SCORE office at 912-652-4335 or email us at email@example.com. The session fee is $49 ($20 for Students and members of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce), and includes all workshop materials, lunch, beverages and a flash drive with all workshop content.
WHAT IS THE LUTZIE43 CAMPAIGN?
(BLUFFTON, SC) Peacock Automotive is partnering with the Town of Bluffton and the Bluffton Police and Fire Departments on the Lutzie43 campaign to fight distracted driving in the Lowcountry. Captain Lee Levesque explains more about the Lutzie43 campaign in the video below. And for more information visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/lutzie-43.htm.
JA SAVANNAH BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 20th Annual JA Savannah Business Hall of Fame will take place Thursday, November 7th at 6 pm at the Savannah Convention Center. This event will honor Craig Harney of WTOC and Cliff McCurry of Sterling Seacrest Partners (pictured left to right). For more information, visit http://www.georgia.ja.org/hall-of-fame-savannah.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Meet international supermodel Mila! As sweet as she is beautiful! When she isn’t strutting her stuff on the catwalk she is busy taking care of her luxuriously silky fur coat. Mila’s adoption fee has been generously sponsored. To adopt Mila visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-c-023-mila/.
Sports Science Professional Wraps Up the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series With Discussion of Strength Training
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2019 season of the Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series will wrap up on Tuesday, Oct. 29, with a presentation by sports science professional Katie Balthrop on the benefits of strength training at any age.
The series, presented in a lunch-and-learn format, offers the community the opportunity to hear local experts discuss health-related topics in a non-commercial atmosphere.
Balthrop, who founded Savannah Sport and Wellness, will discuss the cardiovascular, muscular, neurological and skeletal benefits of lifting weights.
“Weight training improves heart health, bone density, coordination and balance, as well as basic strength and power. It benefits every age group, and anyone can develop a safe and effective lifting routine and progression,” she said.
Balthrop offers services from personal training to motion and metabolic analysis, and she has been active as a fitness professional since 2007. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists as well as an RRCA Certified Coach. Balthrop holds a Master of Science in sports medicine from Armstrong State University and earned her undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Notre Dame.
The doors of the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St., open at 11:30 a.m. for the presentation, and the program begins at noon. The event is free, but pre-registration is required and can be completed at healthysavannah.org
The Enmarket Encourage Health Series features a wide-ranging of diverse health topics throughout the year. Previous subjects in the 2019 series included meditation for stress relief, food insecurity issues in Savannah and a look at the health impacts of CBD oil.
Additionally, at each presentation, Healthy Savannah, Enmarket and the event sponsors present a $1,000 donation to local charities with the mission of promoting health. The nonprofit organization chosen to recognized during the finale event is the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society.
ABOUT ENMARKET: Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com
Her duties as patient coordinator will entail greeting visitors and patients, answering the telephone, scheduling patient appointments, maintaining patient files, and submitting and processing insurance claims and payments.
“I am thrilled to welcome Sandy to the practice,” said Angela Canfield, owner of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs. “She is genuinely enthusiastic about the well-being of our patients and will be a great asset to our team.”
Virgin’s previous experience includes serving as an operations expert for a mental health agency and as a patient coordinator for a large nonprofit dental agency. She attended Rockhurst University, where she studied business and office management.
“I am excited to work for a dentist who is always giving back to her community,” said Virgin. “Not only is this a supportive environment for both patients and staff, but the work we do and the projects we undertake are engaging and gratifying.”
Outside of her work duties, the Rumford, Maine, native enjoys going to the beach, hiking through wildlife preserves and reading. She is married and has two children.
Represented by Dustin Nielsen, Jeffery Thomas and Matt Wheeler, Jaguar Land Rover Columbia competed against 52 teams in six waves, with 10 in their wave. Their team will now go on to compete against five other regional teams in California in January.
Land Rover TReK 2020 is a two-day competition, comprised of a regional event and final event, for Land Rover retailer staff designed to educate and challenge sales, service and technician personnel with a variety of first-hand off-road experiences and challenges. The competition combines skills testing in off-road driving, navigation and team collaboration to test some of the best off-road driving experts across the U.S. and Canada.
“The TReK off-road competition began in 1996 as a team-building event for Land Rover North America employees and we are honored and excited to be participating in the official relaunch of the event after over a decade of waiting,” said John Guth, General Manager of Jaguar Land Rover Columbia. “Our three-person team showcases our greatest talent and is a true representation of our entire staff. We are so excited to be moving on to the final competition.”
The competition is being held this year during the launch of the highly anticipated New Land Rover Defender. The previous generation model of the Defender ceased global production in 2016 and has been absent from the U.S. market for more than 20 years; last being offered for the 1997 model year.
For more information about Land Rover TReK or the New Defender, visit LandRoverUSA.com.
Horizons Savannah Hosts its Seventh Annual Grab a Bag for Kids Luncheon and Purse Auction
(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah announces its seventh annual charity luncheon and purse auction, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at The Plantation Club at the Landings.
The auction will include gently-used, vintage and new designer handbags, bags from local designers, and special new silent auction packages that include trips, tickets to events and other local and regional items. Pop-up shops from vendors Kendra Scott, J. Parker Ltd. and Charleston Shoe Company will also be at the event, with a portion of all sales donated back to Horizons.
The silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and a live auction to follow at noon. Guest speaker Lorna Smith, Horizons National CEO, will share more about Horizons’ national effort to close the opportunity gap for low-income students. Tickets are $40 apiece or $350 to reserve a table of ten.
“This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for guests and supporters to shop for unique items, enjoy the good company of friends and learn more about our work—all while giving back in a big way,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah executive director, “This is a great way to get together with friends over lunch and be a part of something positive in our community.”
Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The levels include $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000. Horizons is still accepting donations of new and lightly used designer handbags, as well as gift cards or other experiences for the silent auction.
Betsy Portune Joins Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah as Business Manager
(SAVANNAH, GA) Betsy Portune has joined Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah as business manager. Her duties at Roto-Rooter will include maintaining company policies and procedures, handling employee relations, assisting with recruitment and overseeing daily reconciliations and banking.
“I’m excited to welcome Betsy Portune to our team here at Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah,” said Sherry Daniel, owner of the local franchise. “Her experience in the hospitality industry shows that she is customer-service oriented, so I know she will fit in well with our organization.”
Portune, a graduate of Savannah’s Alfred E. Beach High School, logged more than 20 years in the hotel and restaurant industry, working with Marriott and IHG (Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites). She has been recognized as regional general manager of the year and was honored with Marriott Market Share Excellence, Marriott Service Award and IHG Sales Solution Selling Certification.
Her hobbies include fishing, boating, biking and knitting, as well as spending time with her fiancé, three daughters and six (soon to be seven) grandchildren.
ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH Roto-Rooter plumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html