Savannah Friends of Music Rhythm and Style Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Friends of Music will hold its 12th annual luncheon and fashion show fundraiser on Tuesday, March 10, at 11:00 a.m. in the Plantation Club at The Landings. The event will start with a social hour and a raffle from 11:00 a.m. to noon. After the social hour, the luncheon and the fashion show will commence. Throughout the event, Coastal Winds Quintet will be entertaining.

This year the fashion show will feature Stein Mart fashions. Tickets are $50 per person or $100 for a patron’s ticket with recognition in the program. Tickets may be purchased per person or for a table of 10 for $500.00 or a table of 12 for $600.00. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible and proceeds raised will go to the Savannah Friends of Music.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or $10 for three tickets. All of the proceeds from the raffle tickets will go to Savannah Friends of Music. Raffle prizes include jewelry from Anderson Jewelers, value $3,500; season tickets to the Savannah Philharmonic, value $880; golf package for 4 at The Landings, value $375; and a fragrance basket from Belk, value $450.

“The Savannah Friends of Music’s 12th annual Rhythm & Style Luncheon and Fashion Show continues the 47-year tradition established by the Savannah Symphony Guild,” said Mr. Raymond Patricio, President of the Savannah Friends of Music. “This is one of our most exciting and successful fundraisers that we do throughout the year.”

For more information regarding reservations or purchasing tickets, visit http://www.savannahfriendsofmusic.com or call 912-598-3798.

MORE INFORMATION ON FRIENDS OF MUSIC

Savannah Friends of Music (SFOM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support, sponsor, and promote classical music programs and music education in the greater Savannah area. SFOM was founded in May 2003. The organization has supported the Savannah Music Festival, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Savannah Children’s Choir and Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra. Now in its upcoming 12th year of operation, SFOM, whose membership nears 300, has raised and disbursed over $600,000 in fulfillment of its mission. For more information, visit their website at http://www.savannahfriendsofmusic.com or call 912-355-5601.

Contact:

Annie Moncour

912-598-3798

anniestan@comcast.net

Media inquiries, contact:

Kaitlyn DeLong

CarriageTrade PR

912-660-6378

savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com 

Three Oaks Realty Company Welcomes Tori Lane Sheffield As New Agent

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Three Oaks Realty Company welcomes Tori Lane Sheffield as a licensed real estate salesperson. She will be responsible for representing buyers and sellers in Savannah.

“Three Oaks Realty is an exciting new company with experienced brokers who put a fresh face on real estate in Savannah,” said Sheffield. “Our beautiful city has grown tremendously and I believe Three Oaks has an understanding of what the dynamic buyers and sellers are looking for today. I look forward to years of being able to provide my clients with a knowledgeable and smooth transition from one home to the next.”

Sheffield was previously employed with Shore, Bell & Seyle Realty LLC, and has served as chair of the Jewels and Jeans Second Harvest Food Bank fundraiser and on the Board of Service for the Kids fundraiser.

“Three Oaks Realty Company is proud of everything that connects us to the community, and nothing does that more than our people,” said founding partner Cliff Murse. “We’re happy to welcome Tori to the team. We know she will share her passion for Savannah and its wonderful people and properties in new and exciting ways with our clients.”

The Savannah native enjoys tennis and spending time with her children. For more information, contact Tori Lane Sheffield at Tori@threeoaksrealtycompany.com or (912) 224-4400.

Tori Sheffield, Three Oaks Reality Company

Tori Sheffield, Three Oaks Reality Company

ABOUT THREE OAKS REALTY COMPANY
Three Oaks Realty Company, in Savannah, is a locally owned boutique real estate firm offering a full range of real estate services. Three Oaks Realty’s goal is to provide million-dollar service, at every price point. This philosophy has proven successful, as over 80% of Three Oaks Realty Company’s business comes from referrals. Three Oaks Realty delivers a full range of real estate services, including: residential sales, commercial sales and leasing, relocation, property management, new home sales and condominiums. Three Oaks Realty Company is the exclusive representative for Leverage Global Partners in Savannah, GA. The office is located at 509 Barnard St., Savannah GA, 31401. For more information, visit ThreeOaksRealtyCompany.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

info@crussomarketing.com

912.665.0005

Small Business Council SMART Luncheon Tuesday, March 3rd

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Are you ready for another Small Business SMART Luncheon?

Small Business Council SMART Luncheon Tuesday, March 3rd   

The Benefits of “The New Diverse Work Force”

The New Diverse Work Force… how will that affect you and your business?  The March luncheon topic will help you in understanding the dynamics of tomorrow’s workforce that WILL include people with “different abilities”. “The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with different abilities have the opportunity to create their own path in order to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities”.  With help and support oftomorrow’s workforce with “different abilities” will encourage them to be better prepared for a meaningful, productive life while enhancing the over-all attitude, productivity and culture with all of your employees.

Please don’t miss this educational opportunity given by Brian Hussey, on behalf of Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society.  Lunch will be provided byVincenzo’s Italian Restaurant & Catering Company.

These monthly luncheons are sponsored by: COMCAST BUSINESS

Date:

Tuesday, March 3rd

Time:

11:30 a.m. – Networking

Noon – 1 p.m. – Program

Location:

Savannah Morning News Auditorium

1375 Chatham Parkway

Parking:

Complimentary Parking will be provided

Cost:

$12 for Chamber members

RSVP IS REQUIRED

Stephanie Boaen, 912.644.6458 or SBoaen@SavannahChamber.com

Stephanie Boaen Small Business and Events Manager

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce | www.SavannahChamber.com

912.644.6458 | m 912.663.4100

Stevens Hale & Associates Welcomes New Customer Service Representative

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Caitlyn Courtway Joins Savannah Insurance Firm

(SAVANNAH, GA) Stevens Hale & Associates is pleased to announce that Caitlyn Courtway has joined the Savannah insurance firm as customer service representative. Courtway’s responsibilities include assisting producers in finding the best coverage and deductible options for clients of the firm, and serving customers by answering any questions they might have regarding their insurance.

“Stevens Hale has a very well established reputation in the Savannah area, and I look forward to being a part of that team,” said Courtway. “As a young professional, I’m eager to get as much experience under my belt as I can.”

Stevens Hale & Associates, privately owned and operated for 30 years, represents more than 100 years of combined industry experience. The firm maintains large brokerage ability with local ownership and decision-making, and is a founding member of Georgia Agency Partners, a partnership of 16 locally owned agencies throughout Georgia.

“We’re pleased to welcome Caitlyn to our firm,” said Henry Stevens, chief executive officer at Stevens Hale & Associates. “She is a young professional with great potential, and we are fortunate to have her on board.”

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Courtway graduated from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) with a B.A. in business administration, emphasis in insurance & risk management. She previously served as assistant underwriter at Burns & Wilcox Brokerage office in Arkansas before moving to Savannah in September 2014 with her husband, who is a Blackhawk pilot in the U.S. Army, stationed at Hunter Army Airfield.

Courtway is a member of the UCA Alumni Association and Sigma Kappa Alumnae Association. She volunteered at the S.O.S. Animal Shelter in Enterprise, AL, where her husband was stationed for flight school, and enjoys hiking, camping, biking and volunteering for local non-profits. One of her greatest passions is participating in roller derby. She played with the Enterprise Roller Derby, serving as treasurer of the organization in 2013, and hopes to become involved in Savannah’s roller derby scene either by skating or volunteering as an official. She loves living on the Georgia coast and discovering locally owned places to eat and shop.

Caitlyn Courtway, Stevens Hale and Associates

Caitlyn Courtway, Stevens Hale and Associates

ABOUT STEVENS HALE & ASSOCIATES
Henry D. Stevens, IV became an insurance broker right out of college, working first for a local agency and then as partner at another firm. In 1981, the veteran broker started Stevens Hale & Associates, which today represents more than a century of combined insurance expertise. One of the foremost firms on the Savannah landscape, Stevens Hale represents three generations of brokers, and a reputation of continuity and longevity that is rooted in the Savannah community. Though the agency has expanded through the years, growing from eight to 22 associates, their commitment has remained an extraordinary dedication to customer service. Stevens Hale understands that insurance is one of the most important investments a person can make. The experienced associates take great professional responsibility in helping customers protect their assets and safeguard against loss. The firm is located at 7391 Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, GA. For more information, call 912.961.4300 or visit www.stevenshaleandassociates.com.

For more information, contact:
Nicholas C. Hale, CIC
Vice President
Stevens Hale & Associates
912.961.4310
nhale@stevenshale.com

Media inquiries, contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Friends Of Music Now Offering Educational Puppet Program For Area Schools

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(Savannah, GA) Friends of Music are now accepting requests from Savannah schools to present their Puppet Program to  students. The shows will start later this February and run throughout April at primary and elementary schools in the Savannah area. The purpose of the Puppet Program is to introduce children to Classical Music.
The puppets, which represent musical instruments,  such as a Viola, French Horn, Oboe and Xylophone, were created by puppet designer, Angela Beasley. Each instrument represents the string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections in a symphony orchestra. In the show, there is also a conductor and a detective, who is searching for his favorite musical sound. The entire show runs about 25 minutes.
There are 12 puppeteers who are all members of Savannah Friends of Music. “I have been a puppeteer for 10 years and to see the children’s faces is so rewarding,” said Marie Schueremann, chairman of the Savannah Friends of Music Puppeteers,
“Our goal is to get the children excited about classical music while enjoying the show.”
Started in 2004, the Savannah Friends of Music’s Puppet Program began with Bunnie Ludtke’s suggestion that the SFOM adopt the puppet program developed by the Sacramento Symphony Guild for children in the Savannah area.
SFOM has also designed and published a coloring book with drawings of the puppets as an educational material illustrating all the musical instruments of the orchestra. Following every performance, each child in attendance is given a coloring book to reinforce the concepts presented.
For more information or to request a performance at your school, visit their website at http://www.savannahfriendsofmusic.com  or call 912-355-5601.
MORE INFORMATION ON FRIENDS OF MUSIC
Savannah Friends of Music (SFOM) is a non-profit 501c3 organizaton whose mission is to support, sponsor, and promote classical music programs and music education in the greater savannah area. SFOM was founded in May 2003. The organization has supported the Savannah Music Festival, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Savannah Children’s Choir and Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra. Now in their upcoming 12th year of operation, SFOM’s membership nears 300, and has raised and disbursed over $600,000 in fulfillment of their mission. For more information, visit their website at http://www.savannahfriendsofmusic.com or call 912-355-5601.
Marie Scheuermann
Chair of Savannah Friends of Music Puppeteers
912-598-1796
Media inquiries, contact:
Kaitlyn DeLong
CarriageTrade PR
912-660-6378

MissionPR:MIXER to be Held Friday, April 24 at the Savannah Morning News

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The second annual Public Relations Internship and Nonprofit Organizations MissionPR:MIXER will be held Friday, April 24, in Savannah, GA from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The MissionPR:MIXER is intended to be an opportunity for students to meet leaders of local nonprofit organizations in hopes of getting an interview for a fall internship.

Any college junior or senior who is majoring in Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, and Business Communications is invited to participate; any registered 501c3 Non Profit Organization is eligible to register. Participation is FREE, but students and nonprofit organizations must reserve a seat by Friday, April 17.

This year’s MIXER is sponsored by Savannah Morning News, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc., Inc., Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC. and The Savannah Chamber PR Council

For more information or to register, contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com .

ABOUT SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS
The Savannah Morning News is owned by Morris Publishing Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morris Communications Company, LLC. The Savannah Morning News publishes six weekly newspapers and numerous monthly publications for the Savannah area, and digitally publishes at savannahnow.com .

ABOUT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PR COUNCIL
The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Public Relations Council’s mission is to provide educational and networking opportunities for public relations professionals of area member businesses. Currently, there are more than 2,000 diverse member businesses, large and small, in the Savannah area Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the Public Relations Council, Contact Erica Backus at ebackus@visitsavannah.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChamberPRCouncil/

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo, of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC, is an acknowledged marketing professional with a proven record among Savannah’s top tier non-profit and for profit organizations, businesses and corporations in the areas of fund development, marketing, public relations and event planning. As a native Savannahian, Cecilia’s knowledge and experience gives her unique insights into channeling the efforts of volunteers and constituents into effective, mission-driven public relations activities that translate into measurable results. She was voted one of Savannah’s “40 Business Leaders Under 40” by the Savannah Business Report and Journal in 2005. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.wordpress.com

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PR, INC
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015 as Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method, the firm also established the first local news wire in Savannah and Augusta, COMMUNITY HEADLINES™, and the online TV show, OPEN FOR BUSINESS®. In 2013, Savannah Morning News named Carriage Trade PR its Small Business of the Year. For more information, contact Marjorie Young at 912.844.9990 or  marjorie@carriagetradepr.com .

For more information, contact:
Cynthia Wright
Lead Public Relations Coordinator
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.856.9075
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Enmark Encourage Health Educational Series Announces First Lecture will Present “5 Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity”

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Tuesday, February 24, the first lecture in the 2015 Enmark Encourage Health Education Series, “5 Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity,” will be presented by Nathan Mikeska, BS Nutrition, CPT, CWC and Courtney Peterson, Certified Health Education Specialist and wellness coach at Ourlife Health.

Mikeska started his wellness career as a personal trainer in 2005, while he was active duty in the United States Air Force. After the military, he pursued his nutrition degree at Georgia Southern University and graduated in 2012. In January 2014, he started the Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach training program. Upon completion in August 2014, Mikesha became certified as a health and wellness coach, and is currently enrolled in the Wellcoaches professional coach training.

Peterson is a graduate of the University of Georgia Health Promotion and Behavior program and a Certified Health Education Specialist, CHES. She interned with St. Joseph’s Candler Wellness Center and Head Start of Athens-Clarke County, assisting with childhood obesity and wellness programs. Peterson is now a wellness coach at Ourlife Health, helping Savannahians lose weight and create healthy lifestyles.

This Enmark Encourage Health presentation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, located at 1375 Chatham Parkway in Savannah. A healthy lunch will be provided by local business sponsors. Attendance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required at Healthy Savannah’s website, http://healthysavannah.org/event-sign-up-page/.

Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) has been selected as the nonprofit organization to be awarded the $2,000 Encourage Health grant during the lecture. The mission of COPE is to combat childhood obesity with a threefold approach – nutrition education, fitness and behavioral health.

COPE will also be raising funds on Saturday, February 28 at the Enmark Station located at 7406 Waters Ave from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this “Enmark Dollar Day” there will be opportunities for the COPE to receive $1 for every car wash, $1 at their charity table and $1 donations will be accepted at the Enmark cash registers.

Along with the Dollar Day, the four selected nonprofit organization chosen for the Encourage Health Grants are competing for a grand prize. The groups will be given a scannable bar code that can be used throughout the year with the Enmark mobile app to rack up points for the different nonprofit organizations. Enmark has also make a bar code available at the store level for those that don’t have a smart phone. The codes can be used in all 64 Enmark stores. Whichever organization has the most points at the end of the year will be the winners of the grand prize.

The 2015 Enmark Encourage Health Education Series is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Chatham Area Transit, Sandfly Family Dental, Stevens Hale and Associates, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Pediatric Associates of Savannah, WJCL, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
Enmark has sponsored with Healthy Savannah, Chatham Area Transit, Sandfly Family Dental, Stevens Hale and Associates, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Pediatric Associates of Savannah, WJCL, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9 to present this premier series of wellness lectures. The series will feature four presentations throughout the year, from the area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501c3 nonprofit organizations will be awarded a $2,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and will be allotted an Enmark Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series. http://www.enmarkenjoy.com

ABOUT ENMARK
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc. is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. The Savannah-based company celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 64 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina that offer high quality and competitively priced gasoline, food and beverages, lottery services and more. Enmark’s gasoline is filtered through a trademarked Double Filtered System, resulting in gasoline and diesel that is clean and 100-percent water-free. Enmark customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using an Enmark Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. For more information on Enmark Stations, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 
or visit http://www.enmarkenjoy.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Stevens Hale & Associates Welcomes New Production Manager to Team

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Courtney Marie Fowler Joins Venerable Savannah Insurance Agency

(SAVANNAH, GA) Stevens Hale & Associates is pleased to announce that Courtney Marie Fowler has joined the Savannah insurance firm as a Personal Lines Production Manager. Fowler’s responsibilities will include providing sales, marketing and community outreach.

“I always strive to be a person that people can trust; to help them plan for the unexpected, and educate them on products and the constantly changing insurance environment,” said Fowler. “I wanted to represent a firm that is second to none in client care and constantly moving forward, finding creative ways to care for all of its clients’ concerns. I am proud to be part of a team that truly knows the value of each individual and company we write. I will work diligently to cultivate and maintain these relationships.”

Stevens Hale & Associates, privately owned and operated for 30 years, represents more than 100 years of combined industry experience. The firm maintains large brokerage ability with local ownership and decision-making, and is a founding member of Georgia Agency Partners, a partnership of 16 locally owned agencies throughout Georgia.

“We’re pleased to have Courtney Marie on board,” said Henry Stevens, chief executive officer at Stevens Hale & Associates. “She has a tremendous amount of experience, talent, and integrity. I am confident that she will be a great asset to our firm.”

A native of Savannah, Fowler earned a marketing management degree from Savannah Technical College and is currently enrolled at Indiana State University, studying risk management. She has most recently been a sales executive with State Farm, and previously served as an associate agent with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and broker for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ga.

Fowler has been a multiple recipient of Top Sales in Agency at State Farm for the regional area and is active in the Navy League of Savannah. In her leisure time, she enjoys interior decorating, working out, food, wine, beach bumming, reading and history.

Courtney Fowler, Personal Lines Production Manager, Stevens Hale & Associates

Courtney Fowler, Personal Lines Production Manager, Stevens Hale & Associates

ABOUT STEVENS HALE & ASSOCIATES
Henry D. Stevens, IV became an insurance broker right out of college, working first for a local agency and then as partner at another firm. In 1981, the veteran broker started Stevens Hale & Associates, which today represents more than a century of combined insurance expertise. One of the foremost firms on the Savannah landscape, Stevens Hale represents three generations of brokers, and a reputation of continuity and longevity that is rooted in the Savannah community. Though the agency has expanded through the years, growing from eight to 22 associates, their commitment has remained an extraordinary dedication to customer service. Stevens Hale understands that insurance is one of the most important investments a person can make. The experienced associates take great professional responsibility in helping customers protect their assets and safeguard against loss. The firm is located at 7391 Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, GA. For more information, call 912.961.4300 or visit http://www.stevenshaleandassociates.com.

For more information, contact:
Courtney Marie Fowler
912-961-4313
cfowler@stevenshale.com
http://www.stevenshaleandassociates.com

Media inquiries, contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Savannah Insurance Agent Selected as President of Georgia Agency Partners

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Nicholas Hale of Stevens Hale & Associates to lead partnership of sixteen independent insurance agencies.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Stevens Hale & Associates is pleased to announce that Nicholas Hale, CIC, has been elected president of Georgia Agency Partners (GAP), a partnership of sixteen independent insurance agencies across the state.

“I look forward to supporting the GAP’s goals and future growth as its president,” said Hale, who serves as vice president of Stevens Hale & Associates.

GAP collectively represents sixteen companies, 39 locations, 101 commercial lines producers, 82 personal lines producers, 28 benefits producers and combined property/casualty premium volume of $304 million. Agency principals of Georgia Agency Partners member firms serve as the organization’s executive committee, which annually selects a member to serve as chairman for the coming year. Hale has been on the executive committee for the past two years.

“With Nick’s leadership skills, the GAP partners feel confident that our organization will continue to grow and accomplish our financial and strategic goals,” said Meredith Rominger, GAP executive director. “Nick brings strong relationships with our insurance carrier partners to the table to elevate GAP’s ability to succeed which benefits our agency partners and their respective clients.”

“The member agencies work together to pool knowledge and resources to provide consumers with the most comprehensive coverage possible to protect their personal and business investments,” Hale added. “Together, we strive to offer superior products and services to clients and prospects, along with the most competitive pricing structure available in the market.”

As vice president of Stevens Hale & Associates, Hale represents 20 years of experience in the risk management industry. He is also a Certified Insurance Counselor, accredited by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.

Nicholas Hale, CIC, President of Georgia Agency Partners (GAP)

Nicholas Hale, CIC, President of Georgia Agency Partners (GAP)

ABOUT GEORGIA AGENCY PARTNERS
Founded in 2006, GAP has excellent relationships with national and regional insurance carriers and collectively represents sixteen companies. The partner agencies are able to offer superior products and services to clients and prospects along with the most competitive pricing structure available in the market as a result of their GAP relationships. GAP has also developed a unique and proprietary program entitled Risk Assessment 365 (RA 365). RA 365 is a proactive, year round process of risk evaluation and problem solving provided to clients as an additional safeguard for their extensive investments. For more information call 770-382-8954 or email info@gapins.org.

ABOUT STEVENS HALE & ASSOCIATES
Henry D. Stevens, IV became an insurance broker right out of college, working first for a local agency and then as partner at another firm. In 1981, the veteran broker started Stevens Hale & Associates, which today represents more than a century of combined insurance expertise. One of the foremost firms on the Savannah landscape, Stevens Hale represents three generations of brokers, and a reputation of continuity and longevity that is rooted in the Savannah community. Though the agency has expanded through the years, growing from eight to 22 associates, their commitment has remained an extraordinary dedication to customer service. Stevens Hale understands that insurance is one of the most important investments a person can make. The experienced associates take great professional responsibility in helping customers protect their assets and safeguard against loss. The firm is located at 7391 Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, GA. For more information, call 912.961.4300 or visit http://www.stevenshaleandassociates.com.

For more information, contact:

Nicholas C. Hale, CIC
Vice President
Stevens Hale & Associates
912.961.4310
nhale@stevenshale.com

Media inquiries, contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

This Valentine’s Day: Keep Your Love Local at Any Age or Stage

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This Valentine’s Day: Keep Your Love Local at Any Age or Stage
By Cecilia Russo

Each year on February 14th, St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world. And while this celebration can mean many things to many people, the most commonly observed Valentine’s Day tradition and custom is expressing one’s affection with an exchange of gifts. Depending on your relationship status though, finding the perfect gift for your special someone may be a hard decision.

As a Savannah native, not only do I love this city but I love to support our local vendors. Before buying the box of chocolates from the corner drugstore or teddy bear as big as your great dane from Walmart, consider some of these local shopping suggestions that make giving gifts simple at any relationship stage.

Just Started Dating?
For couples who are experiencing the first blooms of romance, it’s better to keep the Valentine’s Day gift simple. Bigger is not always better in this situation. For your leading lady, consider giving her a facial from Low Country Dermatology. The calming atmosphere will put her at ease while their botanicals and masques will leave her feeling refreshed and revived. For your main mister, give him some sweet honey from Savannah Bee Company. Try their different flavors and pick out something unique to his tastes.

Dating Six Months to a Year?
At this point, you’re obviously committed to the relationship. You know each other’s likes and dislikes. So, for a Valentine’s Day gift, consider something sweet or scented. Stop by Chocolat Atelier on Broughton St. and choose a couple of divine cocoa creations from Adam Turoni. If you’d rather follow your nose, call up Natalie Evans with Low Country Luxe and pick out a hand-poured, soy-based candle. The Moonshine label might be perfect for your man. Each of these gifts are hand crafted by the artists and are sure to wow your sweetheart.

Dating for Two Years or Longer?
Your relationship is at a very serious stage and you might even possibly see yourself marrying your valentine one day. However, being together for this long might make your V’day seem unoriginal or unanticipated. Spice things up with a “Stay-cation” of sorts. Plan a couples weekend in the Hostess City. Start with a private carriage ride from Historic Savannah Carriage Tours and a bottle of wine. Have them drop you off in front of your favorite restaurant. One of my favorites is 45 Bistro. For a small but thoughtful gift for him, pick him up a Filson leather dopp bag from Rivers & Glen Trading Co. He can use it to pack his personal items for your weekend.

Just Got Engaged?
Now, what do you get her after you’ve already given her that perfect diamond ring? You could give her a blue piece of jewelry, colored diamond or gem. Most brides want to follow the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day. That new or blue piece of jewelry will be a perfect accent for your bride to wear on your wedding day. Meet with Craig Burgess of A&C Gold and Diamonds for one of his Signature Design necklaces. For your hubby-to-be, think about surprising him with a donation to Savannah Tree Foundation. For a donation of $25 or more, STF’s Plant-a-Tree program enables you to dedicate a tree in Savannah to further express your deep rooted love.

Ever After?
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to rekindle that spark. Although you may feel like you’ve seen and done it all in Savannah, why not put a new twist on a familiar place? Step one: call Johnnie Ganem’s and reserve your favorite bottle of bubbly. Step two: call my dad, Charlie Russo at Russo’s Seafood, and order up some lobsters. And finally, step three: light the candles and lay down a blanket. Turn your living room into a private picnic for two. Your sweetheart will love the simplicity yet thoughtfulness of your night-in. And both of you can finally relax in the comfort of your own home.

Whether you have been dating for a couple weeks or a lifetime, ensure this Valentine’s Day ends with a kiss.

Cecilia Russo is a marketing and public relations professional focusing on community relations and online positioning. She has developed strong relationships within a broad base of local and regional businesses, corporations and charities.

Contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005