2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend


2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend
Savannah Business Women Pledged to Raise Thousands for Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation

(Savannah, GA) Cecilia Russo, president of Cecilia Russo Marketing, and Brynn Grant, vice president of World Trade Center Savannah and Chief Operations Officer of SEDA, will host a “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Weekend to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

The festivities kick off Friday, October 14 at the Benedictine Military School Homecoming game beginning at 7:30 p.m. BC will play the Toombs County football team at the T.A. Wright Stadium at Savannah State University.

On Saturday, October 15, Russo and Grant will host an event at Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr., beginning at 3:30 p.m. for the University of Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game.

On Sunday, October 16, our pink-wigged ladies will be at Coaches Corner, 2016 E Victory Drive, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the NFL games.

Each of these events is free and open to the public; suggested donations are at your discretion. Participants will have the opportunity to enter for raffle prizes at each of the events. Prizes include a flat screen TV donated by Port City Powerwash, an NFL Jersey from Coaches Corner, as well as gift cards to Baracuda Bob’s, Pirate’s House, the Exchange and Pearl’s Salt Water Grille donated by Turner Food and Spirits Company. All prizes will be awarded at Coach’s Corner on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Russo and Grant are participants of the 2016 BIGWIG competition hosted by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They along with 8 other community leaders have pledged to raise donations to help fund research and programs to find a cure for breast cancer.

“I am honored to participate in the 2016 BIGWIG competition in an effort to help put an end to this terrible disease,” said Russo. “I am beyond thankful to those who have supported this endeavor thus far and hope this weekend will aid in surpassing my personal fundraising goal.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KomenCoastalGeorgia/?fref=ts.

View Russo’s BigWig page at http://coastalgeorgia.info-komen.org/site/TR/BIgWig/SAV_CoastalGeorgiaAffiliate?px=4890113&pg=personal&fr_id=6683.

View Grant’s BigWig page at http://coastalgeorgia.info-komen.org/site/TR/BIgWig/SAV_CoastalGeorgiaAffiliate?px=22577054&pg=personal&fr_id=6683.

About Susan G. Komen
The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

The Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate’s services area covers all of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.  Thanks to the thousands of people who participant in the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events each year, dedicated corporate partners and generous donors, Komen Coastal Georgia is playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer in our community.

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

Skidaway Kiwanis Presents Almost $63K to Savannah Area Charities


Skidaway Kiwanis Presents Almost $63K to Savannah Area Charities

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Thursday, Sept. 29, the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island had its annual awarding of grants event. The organization raised a total of $62,500 to support local charities in the Savannah area.

“What we contribute to the nonprofit organizations is minuscule in comparison to their overall needs,” said Mike Brown, Kiwanis member. “We care deeply about the children of Chatham County, especially at-risk children who need help to grow, learn, be safe and lead healthy, productive lives.”

The mission of the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island is to help at-risk children in the Savannah area. The Kiwanians of Skidaway Island spend countless hours volunteering and raising money through events, member support and corporate donations to help those in need.

The organizations receiving a 2016-2017 donation include:

America’s Second Harvest — Kids Café
Backpack Buddies of Skidaway Island
Childhood Cancer Family Support Fund
Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center
Family Promise of Greater Savannah
Horizons Savannah
Junior Achievement
Local Outreach Volunteers Educators (L.O.V.E.)
Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire
National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter
Performance Initiatives Fitness Savannah
Social Apostolate
Special Olympics
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah
Youth Challenge Academy

Most notably, $11,000 was raised for the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation through Kiwanis’ “Take a Chance for Kids” raffle. Dollars for Doers Grants were awarded to Coastal Conservation Association, Congregation Agudath Achim, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, and Hesse K8 PTA.

To learn more about Kiwanis Club of Skidaway, visit http://www.kiwanisofskidaway.com/about/.


Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island presents 2016 earnings check


The Club has been serving Savannah’s kids since 1988. Skidaway Kiwanis raised and distributed over $1,400,000 and invested over 300,000 service hours in our mission of helping the children of Savannah. They currently have 125 members—men and women who meet every Thursday morning in the Plantation Club ballroom for breakfast, a brief business meeting, and a guest speaker. Each week, the speaker informs discusses some area of interest, such as local history, local or national events or issues, sports, art, literature, business, and service opportunities.

The club sponsors several fundraising events each year to support its charitable causes and has other fundraising programs that operate year-round. In addition, many of our members are involved as volunteers at youth service organizations in the area.

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

Prevent Amputation by Recognizing the Symptoms of P.A.D.


Prevent Amputation by Recognizing the Symptoms of P.A.D.
By Dr. Lee Yates

Have you heard any of your loved ones complain about leg pain and poor circulation? They may use the excuse that it is old age; maybe you are using this excuse as well. But before writing the symptoms off, consider getting checked for a disease affecting eight million Americans called Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.).

September is P.A.D. awareness month and the perfect time to shed light on this issue; my hope is that if people can recognize their symptoms in time, we can prevent amputations.

So, first things first: What is P.A.D.?

A potentially life-threatening condition affecting one out of every 20 Americans over the age of 50, Peripheral Artery Disease, P.A.D., is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries limit blood flow in the legs and feet. When left untreated, this can lead to a more serious disease called, critical limb ischemia. When it continues to progress up to this point, the leg can face amputation.

How do you know if you have P.A.D.?

The first symptom that most people notice is muscle pain. P.A.D. can cause leg tiredness, cramping and pain when walking

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, this can be an indication that you are at risk for P.A.D.:
-Cold toes or feet
-Dry, discolored skin
-Pain while walking
-Nighttime leg pain
-Painful, heavy legs
-Numbness or burning sensations
-Wounds that won’t heal
-Gangrene or black tissue
-Erectile dysfunction

Doctors can perform a noninvasive test that will determine ankle-brachia index. This test can determine if the patient has P.A.D. and its level of severity.

Who is at risk?

People who smoke or have diabetes have the greatest risk of developing P.A.D. due to reduced blood flow. Other risk factors include obesity; high blood pressure (140/90 millimeters of mercury or higher); high cholesterol (total blood cholesterol over 240 milligrams per deciliter, or 6.2 millimoles per liter); increasing age, especially after reaching 50 years of age; a family history of P.A.D., heart disease or stroke; and high levels of homocysteine.

How can someone prevent P.A.D.?

I recommend following a modified exercise program to help improve walking and lessen the symptoms of the disease. Regular exercise also decreases the chance of potential cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke.

Also, avoid tobacco use as it increases the risk of P.A.D. by two to six times. Eat right and avoid red meats, foods high in sodium, and sugary foods and beverages. Keeping your cholesterol down can help too.

Already diagnosed with P.A.D.?

You can avoid an amputation if you catch the disease soon enough. Although P.A.D. is serious, it’s treatable.

Doctors can start treatment with minimally invasive surgeries. These can include an Angioplasty, where a catheter is threaded through a blood vessel to the damaged artery. The artery is opened with a small balloon to increase blood flow.

Another minimally invasive surgery done is an Atherectomy, a procedure done to remove plaque along the artery wall.

An invasive option used is arterial bypass surgery, which can help patients as it uses either a blood vessel or synthetic tube to keep the blood flowing.

New Developments?

Please keep in mind the severity of P.A.D. and the risk for an amputation. Researchers continue to explore new therapies for P.A.D. Although peripheral artery disease can be life-threatening, P.A.D. can be managed or even reversed with proper care.

To take a stand against amputation and learn more about P.A.D., visit http://www.standagainstamputation.com


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Dr. Lee Yates – Savannah Surgery Center


A member of the Georgia Vascular Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Lee Yates is the Medical Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System.

Low Country Dermatology Hosted Open House to Showcase New Cutera Laser


Savannah’s Only Dermatologist Office Certified on New Technology

(SAVANNAH, GA) Corinne M. Howington, M.D., of Low Country Dermatology, invited patients and guests to learn more and see demonstrations of the new Cutera Lasers. Cutera and Dysport representatives were on hand, along with the Howington staff, to answer questions and demonstrate the products.

The Savannah practice is the first in the area to offer Cutera laser treatments for hair removal and vascular conditions.

“Demand for laser procedures continues to increase, and we will be ready to meet that need with the best system on the market,” said Dr. Howington. “We finished clinical training specifically geared for the Cutera lasers and I am pleased to announce that Courtney Zechman, our esthetician, is now certified to use Cutera’s excel V and excel HR™ systems.”

The Cutera systems are made in the U.S. and were the first FDA-approved laser brand. They are designed for high-quality, high-volume output and feature innovations in safety, effectiveness and patient comfort. The excel V is the only tunable laser system on the market that combines two laser wavelengths in one device with a larger premium sapphire cooling tip.

“In a national patient preference study measuring comfort and satisfaction for laser hair removal, 100 percent of the patients chose excel HR over a competitive laser hair removal device,” explained Zechman. “Offering two separate handpieces, CoolView and Genesis, the system has the flexibility to treat any case, from superficial and deep vascular conditions to benign pigmented lesions.”

Laser hair removal remains the single largest segment in energy-based medical aesthetic procedures. A report by U.S. Markets for Laser, Light and Energy Devices forecasts that laser hair removal procedure volumes have doubled since 2013, to 2.5 million procedures anticipated in 2017.

For more information about this new laser, visit http://www.lcderm.com.


(LEFT TO RIGHT) Elizabeth Brennan, Low Country Dermatology Certified Physician Assistant; Aaron Moll; and Corinne M. Howington, M.D., of Low Country Dermatology.


(LEFT TO RIGHT) Elizabeth Brennan, Low Country Dermatology Certified Physician Assistant; Aaron Moll; and Corinne M. Howington, M.D., of Low Country Dermatology.

Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A, Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call 912-354-1018 or visit http://www.lcderm.com. To connect on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/LowCountryDermatology.

Courtney Zechman
Low Country Dermatology, LLC
310 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 12 A
Savannah, GA 31406
P: 912-354-1018
F: 912-354-1019

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LDSS announces Stratton Leopold as Grand Marshal for 11th Annual Savannah Buddy Walk


LDSS announces Stratton Leopold as Grand Marshal for 11th Annual Savannah Buddy Walk

(SAVANNAH, GA) Film producer and ice cream shop owner, Stratton Leopold has been named as the Grand Marshal for the 11th annual Savannah Buddy Walk hosted by Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society. Thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s event to raise awareness and funds for local programs, including Camp Buddy and Night of Champions.

“I am honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal to lead the one-mile march this year for the Savannah Buddy Walk,” said Leopold. “I grew up in this city and am eager to help raise awareness for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, an organization dedicated to providing help and support to people with Down syndrome and their families.”

In his film career, Leopold is noted for producing several movies including, “The Sum of All Fears,” “Mission: Impossible III,” “The General’s Daughter” and the remake of “The Wolfman.” Leopold is also well known for his local ice cream shop, Leopold’s Ice Cream, on E Broughton Street.

The Buddy Walk will begin on Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. in Forsyth Park. The event is open to all ages and abilities; LDSS encourages those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers to attend. Participants may also bring their pets as well.

Immediately following the walk, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will hold a family-fun festival in the park until 2 p.m. Activities will include face painting, pumpkin painting, princess and pirate booths, bounce houses, games, music and refreshments. There will also be special performances from the Imani Milele Choir, an energetic group of orphans visiting from Uganda, Africa.

The Buddy Walk takes place in October in honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The goals of this annual event are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome while influencing national and local policy and practice.

For more information, contact John or Candy Bogardus at 912-728-8505, jcbogardus@gmail.com or visit http://www.ldssga.org


The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

Candy Bogardus

Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR

Savannah Surgery Center Offers Free P.A.D. Screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month


Savannah Surgery Center Offers Free P.A.D. Screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of September being Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) awareness month, Savannah Surgery Center will once again be offering free screening days for those who may be at-risk of the disease. The screenings will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m on Friday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 30 at the Savannah Surgery Center, located at 5105 Paulsen St. Suite C-140. This is the third year Savannah Surgery Center has held this screening event for the public.

P.A.D affects about eight million Americans according to Life Line Screenings. Caused by a build-up of plaque or fatty deposits, P.A.D. is the narrowing of the arteries, which restricts blood flow. It is estimated that 1 in 3 diabetics over the age of 50 are suffering from this condition. An unfortunate consequence may be wound development requiring amputation.

This disease usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. The symptoms of P.A.D. include leg pain, burning or aching in the calves or a wound in the foot or leg that won’t heal.

“Please keep in mind the severity of P.A.D. and the risk for an amputation. Blocked blood flow can cause gangrene, also known as tissue death, and in very serious cases, this can lead to leg amputation,” said Dr. Lee Yates, founder of Savannah Surgery Center. “The P.A.D. screening is a quick, non-invasive procedure called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test, which measures blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest. This simple screening can save you from having to lose a limb.”

P.A.D. is diagnosed based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam and diagnostic test results. A correct diagnosis is important because people who have P.A.D. are at higher risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), heart attacks, strokes and mini-strokes.

People who smoke or have diabetes have the greatest risk of developing P.A.D. due to reduced blood flow. Other risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increasing age, high levels of homocysteine, and a family history of peripheral artery disease, heart disease or stroke.

The free P.A.D. screenings will take place at the Savannah Surgery Center, located at 5105 Paulsen St. Suite C-140, on Friday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 30 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested but not required.

Researchers continue to explore new therapies for P.A.D. Although peripheral artery disease is potentially a life-threatening condition affecting one out of every 20 Americans over the age of 50, the good news is P.A.D. can be managed or even reversed with proper care.

To find out more information on the screenings, contact Lynn Anderson at 912.354.8331 or lynn@savannahsurgerycenter.com.

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Savannah Surgery Center was founded by Dr. Lee Yates. The practice specializes in Vascular Surgery. He was named the Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System in 2013. The practice has expanded to three locations: 5102 Paulsen Street Bldg 2, Savannah, GA; 5105 Paulsen Street Suite C 140, Savannah, GA.; and 105 Grand Central Blvd. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information, visit http://www.savsurgerycenter.com/.

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing


Savannah Jaycees Present Almost $2,000 to 11 Local Nonprofit Organizations


Savannah Jaycees Present Almost $2,000 to 11 Local Nonprofit Organizations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees presented checks to representatives of 11 local nonprofit organizations on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Savannah Tap House. All proceeds were raised at the Savannah Jaycees’ Third Annual Charity Date Night Auction, where participants chose local charities to donate 50 percent of their winnings.

The charities and donations are listed below:
The Savannah Tiny House Project: $250
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: $150
Palmetto Animal League: $100
Art Rise Savannah: $325
Economic Opportunity Authority: $175
Rape Crisis Center: $100
Alzheimer’s Association: $200
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society: $100
Heads Up Guidance Services: $160
One Love Animal Rescue: $225
Humane Society of Greater Savannah: $125

“Our mission is to inspire leadership growth through community involvement,” said Cheryl Lawrence, Savannah Jaycees President. “These funds were raised at a fun and creative event, but ultimately, this donation is another example of the commitment our group has on giving back to the people of Savannah.”

The check presentation took place during the regularly scheduled After-Hours Mixer for the Savannah Jaycees. These bi-monthly meetups are a way Savannah Jaycees to introduce themselves to other young professionals in an effort to make business connections and discover new ways to positively impact the Hostess City. The September After Hours Mixer took place at Savannah Tap House, located at 125 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA, 31401.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1174717835912400/


(FRONT ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Lauren Matthews, Savannah Jaycees; Randi Hempel, Savannah Jaycees; Ammie Dover, Savannah Jaycees; Cheryl Lawrence, Savannah Jaycees;  Jerome Elder, Art Rise Savannah; Ellen Bradley, H.U.G.S.; Casey Corley, Alzheimer’s Association; Kesha Gibson-Carter, Rape Crisis Center; Rachel Bishop, Savannah Jaycees; Shannon Dempsey, Savannah Jaycees; Elyse Molstad, Savannah Jaycees; and James Hall, Savannah Jaycees.                                                                                                                                            (BACK ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Will Grover, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Savannah Jaycees; John Finney, Economic Opportunity Authority; John Bogardus, Low Country Down Syndrome Society; Patrick Spivey, Savannah Jaycees; Cailey Sparks, Palmetto Animal League; Sam Brasel, Hume Society of Greater Savannah; Keri Cromwell, Savannah Jaycees; Caleb Karkleroad, Savannah Jaycees; and Aaron Cradduck, Savannah Jaycees



The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications

Blessed Sacrament Church Hosts Dr. Allen Hunt to Speak on “The Four Signs of A Dynamic Catholic”


Blessed Sacrament Church Hosts Dr. Allen Hunt to Speak on “The Four Signs of A Dynamic Catholic”

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Dr. Allen Hunt will present Dynamic Catholic’s “The Four Signs: Incredible Possibilities for Your Life and Your Parish.” This event will take place at Blessed Sacrament, located at 1003 E. Victory Drive, Savannah, GA 31405.

Dynamic Catholic and Dr. Hunt want guests to come and discover how four life-changing habits can lead you to discover incredible possibilities for life, based on three universal principles:
1. You are here to become the best version of yourself.
2. Virtue is the ultimate organizing principle, whether it is in a person’s life, one’s marriage, or the life of a nation.
3. It is better to live with self-control than without it.

“We invite you to join our parishioners and listen to the powerful message from Dr. Allen Hunt,” said Fr. Brett Brannen, pastor at Blessed Sacrament, Catholic Church. “You will leave this event with a personal plan to help you become the best version of yourself.”

Dr. Hunt is a nationally recognized speaker and best-selling author. His books include: “Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church;” “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody;” and “Nine Words: A Bible Study to Help You Become the Best-Version-of-Yourself.” Hunt was previously a senior pastor at Mount Pisgah in Alpharetta, Ga., outside Atlanta, before stepping down in 2007 to pursue speaking and writing.

“The event is designed to be appropriate for ages 12 and older,” said Maria Oxnard, co-chair for the event. “Youth are encouraged to attend, as well as, husbands and wives, single or married, young or old, Catholic or non-Catholic. All are invited.”

Tickets are $25 per person; visit http://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/The-Four-Signs-Savannah-GA-p/fs100116.htm or call 859.980.7900 for more information.

Allen Hunt

The mission of Dynamic Catholic is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism. For more information, visit http://www.DynamicCatholic.com

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC