The Rotary Club of Savannah to Host Musical Fundraiser to Benefit Mayor Eddie DeLoach’s Summer 500 Student Internship Program

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The Rotary Club of Savannah to Host Musical Fundraiser to Benefit Mayor Eddie DeLoach’s Summer 500 Student Internship Program

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Downtown Rotary Club of Savannah announces the eighth annual “Play It Forward” musical and food extravaganza fundraising event to be held on Monday, May 22. Proceeds from the event will support Mayor Eddie DeLoach’s Savannah Summer 500 Youth Employment Program which places area high school students in paid internship positions during the summertime.

Sponsors are needed to support the fundraising event and packages begin at $250.

“Play It Forward” will take place at the historic Savannah Theatre with a sponsor reception in Bryson Hall preceding the show. The 5:30 p.m. sponsor reception will include food, beverage, and live music performed by Savannah Philharmonicmusicians Sinisa Ciric (Violin), Krisin King (Harp), and Erica Monkman (Violin).

The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Savannah Theatre Troupe entertaining guests inside the Savannah Theatre, located at 222 Bull Street, Savannah, GA. Individual tickets are $30 each. General admission tickets will be available at the door, night of the performance, on a first-come first serve basis.

“This event has become a successful tradition for the entire Savannah community,” said Terri O’Neil, Chairman of Play It Forward and member of Savannah Rotary Club. “The evening is such a treat but more importantly, the funds raised help nonprofit organizations in Savannah. This year, the event will provide support to the Mayor’s Summer 500 Youth Employment Program, which is a perfect blend of education and entrepreneurship coming together to help students and youth in our community.”

The Mayor would like to place 500 high school juniors and seniors into summer internships with local businesses. If your business would like to participate please visit Savannah Summer 500 Youth Employment Program, visit http://www.savannahga.gov/summer500.

Contact the “Play It Forward” committee directly via email at RotariansPIF@gmail.com to become a sponsor or to purchase individual tickets. For more information, visit
https://www.facebook.com/events/1786913378304595/

 

Rotary Club of Savannah Play it Foward event 2017

CONTACT INFO:
Terri O’Neil
912-844-8783
RotariansPIF@gmail.com

Tiny House, Big Heart Event to Benefit the CSAH Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans

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Tiny House, Big Heart Event to Benefit the CSAH Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans

(SAVANNAH, GA) Service Brewing, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and Judge Realty announce the “Tiny House, Big Heart” charity fundraiser to benefit the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ships of the Sea Museum, located at 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401. This event is the first community fundraiser specifically for the CSAH, Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans.

During the event, 21 Savannah artists will be showcasing tiny house artworks that will be auctioned off. Artists participating include: Marcus Kenney, Betsy Cain, Maggie Hayes, June Stratton, Michael Porten, Cedric Smith, Shea Slemmer, Jose Ray, Todd Schroeder, Debora Oden, Christine Hall, Maggie Evans, Juliana Peloso, Tobia Makeover, Pamela Wiley, Harriet Delong, Elizabeth Winnel, Gerome Temple, Troy Wandzel, Will Penny and Daniel E. Smith.

Tiny House, Big Heart

Tiny House, Big Heart

Savannah Clay Community, James Dean (known for Pete the Cat) and the SCAD Metals and Jewelry Club are also big contributors to the Tiny House, Big Heart event along with over 3 dozen community sponsors.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the first land payment of $30,000 for the Tiny House Project. This land will not only provide the future grounds for the neighborhood of Tiny Houses, it will plant the foundation of community and healing for our veterans with resources available such as an organic garden, three clubhouses for community meals, workshops and health and wellness programs.

Chef Lauren Teague of Atlantic, as well as, Big Bon Pizza will be cooking for the event. Army Veteran and celebrity bartender, Sid Lance is creating a special cocktail with the spirits from Ghost Coast Distillery. Guests will also enjoy Savannah’s favorite DJ, Jose Ray, who will be spinning vinyl from the 70’s, 80s, 90’s and today’s hits.

“This event is both educational for our community and a creative fundraiser to help Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless raise the donations needed for the land payment that is the future grounds for the Tiny Home neighborhood.” Meredith Sutton, owner of Service Brewing, said, “We have been really lucky to get so many creatives together in one space. All of these artists are volunteering their time and talents to help with Savannah’s homeless veterans. It’s really quite beautiful.”

Tickets are $10, which includes a door prize ticket and a Service Brewing beer ticket, can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tiny-house-big-heart-tickets-32532505600.

Donations can be mailed to CSAH, 761 Wheaton St, Savannah GA 31412. Checks are asked to be made payable to CSAH Tiny House Project with a memo of “Tiny House Big Heart”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/480782542312352/

Bethesda Academy Hosts the 41st Annual Scottish Games

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Bethesda Academy Hosts the 41st Annual Scottish Games

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 41st Annual Savannah Scottish Games are the fourth oldest Scottish Games in the southeastern United States, and will take place on Saturday, May 6 at Bethesda Academy. Attendees of the Scottish Games will experience Scottish culture firsthand through traditional dancing and athletic competition, entertainment, and Scottish food and ale. A wide variety of Celtic art, clothing, and jewelry will also be available for purchase.

This year’s event will feature live music from traditional Scottish groups such as the Savannah Ceili Band in addition to local artists including City Hotel. Pipe and drumming bands from throughout the southeast will perform and parade the festival grounds throughout the day. The games will also feature the very popular traditional heavy athletic events including the caber toss and hammer throw, children’s activities, and border collie skill demonstrations.

Over 40 Scottish Clans will be represented on site this year, and attendees will also have the opportunity to discover their own Scottish and Celtic connections at the genealogy tent. The Southern Regional Competition between traditional Scottish Highland dance groups, which includes dancers from throughout the United States, will also take place during the event.

The Savannah Scottish Games will start at 9:00 a.m. and closing ceremonies will take place at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission in advance online, $12 general admission at the gate, $5 with student or military ID, and free for children 10 and under. To purchase tickets and for more information on the 41st Annual Savannah Scottish Games, please visit www.savannahscottishgames.com.

Savannah's Scottish Games Held at Bethesda Academy

Savannah’s Scottish Games Held at Bethesda Academy

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and 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 organic farming program and STEM 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 Wright
Junior Partner
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com 
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Speros Vice President
, Heather Radtke to Speak at Savannah Chamber’s May 2 SMART Luncheon on How to Prevent Hackers from Compromising Business Security

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Speros Vice President
, Heather Radtke to Speak at Savannah Chamber’s May 2 SMART Luncheon on How to Prevent Hackers from Compromising Business Security

(SAVANNAH, GA) Heather Radtke, Vice President
 of Speros, Inc., on Tuesday, May 2, will discuss five steps small business owners can take to avoid having their data hacked.

Radtke will outline the suggested safeguards during the Savannah Chamber’s Small Business Council SMART Luncheon from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Savannah Morning News auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway.

“If you are a small business owner, there is a 50-50 chance your company will be the victim of a cyber attack,” Radtke says. “But there are several things you can do to safeguard your online data and avoid being hacked, or minimize the impact.”

Radtke will outline five ways small business owners can lessen their chances of a data breach, including how often and where they should back up data. She will also discuss firewalls, antivirus software and anti-spam systems and will dispense tips on detecting hackers and minimizing damage if an attack should occur.

“Like any emergency plan, business owners need to have a plan in place in advance so they can respond quickly if their computer system is hacked,” Radtke says. “This includes everything from physically disconnecting computers from the network to breaking the news to business partners, vendors, customers and other stakeholders.”

The event is for Savannah Chamber of Commerce members only. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $12.

RSVP at SPainter@SavannahChamber.com or call 912-644-6458. Small Business Council SMART Luncheons are hosted each month with guest speakers presenting topics relevant to small business owners and employees.

Heather Radtke, Vice President of Speros

Heather Radtke, Vice President of Speros, Inc.

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design, branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

NDSS Chief of Staff to Deliver Opening Remarks at LDSS Night of Champions

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NDSS Chief of Staff to Deliver Opening Remarks at LDSS Night of Champions

Kandi Pickard Celebrates Savannah’s 2017 Champions, and TV personality Jamie Deen Returns as Master of Ceremonies at 8th Annual Gala.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce the Chief of Staff of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) will provide opening remarks and welcome all of the honorees during the eighth annual Night of Champions gala on Thursday, May 11.

The event celebrates differently-abled adults who are employed, contributing members of our community.

Kandi Pickard, Chief of Staff of NDSS, the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, explained how she got involved with the organization after one of her children was born with Down syndrome.

Kandi from NDSS speaks to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society in Savannah

Kandi from NDSS speaks to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society in Savannah

Pickard said, “I feel proud to be part of this passionate community as we fight for the rights of all individuals with Down syndrome. The Night of Champions event is a shining example of a local chapter at work to create positive change for inclusion in their community, and I’m so excited to be a part of it this year.”

“We’re so very honored to have Kandi Pickard represent the national organization this year at the gala,” said Candy Bogardus, president of the Lowcountry group. “I think it speaks volumes that she is able to come out to our signature event to support the work we are doing right here in the greater Savannah area.”

Savannah’s own Jamie Deen, TV personality and best-selling cookbook author, will return as emcee for this year’s Night of Champions. Deen, who sits on the local society’s board, is a strong advocate for hiring those with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

“It is my honor to be a champion of change by helping business leaders in our community recognize how much these wonderful, differently-abled folks are just like you and me,” Deen said. “They are upbeat, dedicated, excellent employees, and I’m pleased I can help highlight their successes as the Night of Champions emcee. I look forward to once again sharing an incredible evening with my LDSS friends and supporters.”

By recognizing the employees and their employers to a full room of 600-plus business leaders, professionals and advocates, the event encourages business owners to hire from a talent pool that is ready to contribute.

The eighth annual Night of Champions gala will get underway at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Savannah. Tickets are available at https://nightofchampions.org/

MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
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 fourth 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/. Find LDSS on Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
cbogardus@ldssga.org
912-663-8573

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 24, 2017

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ROTARY SEEKS ‘PLAY IT FORWARD’ SPONSORSHIPS
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah is recruiting sponsors for the annual Play It Forward event that raises funds for at-risk youth in the area. Sponsorship dollars, at a variety of levels, support Mayor Deloach’s Summer Intern program for 11th and 12th grade students. Contact the Play It Forward committee at RotariansPIF@gmail.com for more details or to become a sponsor:  https://www.facebook.com/Rotarians-Play-It-Forward-362452323450/ 
‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will present the Night of Champions gala on Thursday, May 11 at 6 pm. The event recognizes area businesses that employ differently abled adults, including those with Down syndrome, and celebrates the contributions made by these employees. Table Sponsorships ranging from $200 to $5,000 and individual tickets are available. Sponsorships and contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, please visit
 
DAVENPORT HOUSE FEATURES WALKING TOUR & TEA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Every Thursday and Friday, during the month of May, The Davenport House will open its doors for a walking tour and formal tea. Tickets are $18. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

http://www.davenporthousemuseum.org/category/events/

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION RELIES ON FIRM SCHEDULES AND DEADLINES

(THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP) Draw a line when it comes to budgets and schedules. Commercial construction schedules and budget are likely to change, but you must be realistic, and determine the absolute latest completion date and the maximum budget. For more information, visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/
HEALTHY LUNCH & LEARN
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2017 Encourage Health Education Series begins on Tuesday, April 25 with Dr. Patricia Stewart and Margaret L. Clay presenting “AROMATHERAPY: How are Essential Oils Making a Place in Healthcare?” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lecture will be hosted at the Auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, located at 1375 Chatham Parkway in Savannah. Attendance is free and open to the public. RSVP to http://healthysavannah.org/events/the-science-of-aromatherapy-to-enhance-health-relaxation-and-inner-peace/
 

GET TIPS ON TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
(SCORE) Lecture on “Taking Care of Business, Unlocking the Market Power of Pricing” presented by SCORE, Wed April 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 111 East Liberty St. Free. RSVP: 912-652-4335. For more info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee0igf8j7fd6eae6&llr=anwty5eab&showPage=true
 
 
GOOD VS. BAD FOR YOUR CAREER
(BUSINESS INSIDER) Nine Things People Think Are Bad For Their Career But Actually Aren’t

JOIN ENTREPRENEURS AT 1 MILLION CUPS
(SAVANNAH, GA) 1 Million Cups is a weekly meet-up to connect and help grow Savannah’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Be active in the regional community and share your ideas and experiences and be surrounded by like-minded folks who care about Savannah’s future success. Each week an entrepreneur presents a business idea or concept, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A from the audience. No cost. Location: Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull Street. Every Wednesday 9-10a. See the speaker line up: http://www.1millioncups.com/savannah

YOUR BODY’S ‘SUN SALUTATIONS’ INDICATE AWARENESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) “Our body posture can be an indicator of how we are feeling … As we bring awareness into our bodies, we tend to change postures so we can get more comfortable. In turn, as we change postures it results in a spontaneous shift in our awareness. This feedback loop between body awareness and body positioning is part of the practice of yoga.” Learn the importance of Sun Salutations as part of your regular routine, taught Sundays
BYRD COOKIE
(SAVANNAH BUSINESS JRL) Since 1987, Byrd Cookie Company has marked April 14 as Byrd Cookie Day in Savannah. This year’s celebration included a free box of cookies for everyone who visited a Byrd Cookie shop. To read more about this tradition, visit https://savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/manufacturing/6657-apr-12-byrd-cookie-company-day-in-savannah-is-this-driday,-april-14-with-free-cookies-for-all-to-celebrate-30-years.html
IMPROVE YOUR WORKPLACE
(THE BOWEN LAW GROUP) Outside of managing their own office, The Bowen Law Group also provides counsel to other workplaces experiencing issues resulting from differences in management, communication, and competing ideals. For more information, visit


LAUNCH YOUR BUSINESS CLASS
(SAVANNAH, GA) On Saturday, April 29, Savannah SCORE business mentors will host an all-day workshop for anyone interested in starting his/her own business. Topics include the realities of starting, operating, managing and growing a successful business. To register or for more information on the $30 workshop, visit  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventllr=anwty5eab&oeidk=a07eduyew8t2a774e7b
 
UNDER WATER EXPLORATION TO BE LIVESTREAMED

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m., Georgia Public Broadcasting and the University of Georgia (UGA) Marine Education Center and Aquarium will be live streaming a virtual tour of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the UGA Aquarium. Divers and biologists will be available to answer questions. To register a class for this event, visit http://www.gpb.org/education/explore/grays-reef?platfDIorm=hootsuite&utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery
NOMINEES WANTED FOR 40 UNDER 40
(GEORGIA) Every year Georgia Trend honors the state’s best and brightest under 40. If you or someone you know makes a difference in the community send their nomination to Georgia Trend by April 28th. For more information, visit http://www.georgiatrend.com/40-Under-40-Nomination-Form/
CHANGE YOUR SHOES, CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire (RMHC) will host its fourth annual Wine, Women & Shoes, on Thursday, April 27 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, located at 2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401. With 11 pouring stations set up featuring 30 different wines, as well as food from over 16 local restaurants, the signature fundraiser for the RMHC is a night of tasteful fashion for a good cause. For tickets or more information contact RMHC® at 912.350.7641 or on the web athttp://winewomenandshoes.com/savannah
“FEED THE HUNGRY” DOCUMENTARY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Technical College’s Georgia Film Academy class will screen the documentary “Feed the Hungry: the Vision, the Outreach, the Community Changer” on Friday, April 28 at the Savannah Technical College auditorium. The screening begins with a red carpet photo op at 6 p.m., the documentary showing at 7 p.m. and a Q & A session at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to the public. Reservations required with a donation to Feed the Hungry, Inc. Call 912.436.7380 for tickets. To preview the student-produced documentary, visit https://vimeo.com/207498878
 
CAMP FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN
(SAVANNAH, GA) Camp Aloha, to be held May 5 – 7, is for children ages 6 – 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one within the last 24 months. More information, videos and the camper application form are available at www.HospiceSavannah.org/CampAloha.
ART, HORS D’OEVRES AND GARDENS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Enjoy watching artists paint in the lovely Savannah Botanical Garden at the height of the rose blooming season as you enjoy live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The Third Annual Reed House fundraiser includes a Kentucky Derby Party with a live satellite feed, big screens and a Derby Hat Contest. A 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction complete the fun. Saturday, May 6, 2016, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Savannah Botanical Garden, 1388 Eisenhower Dr. Tickets $35 at the door or online at  www.Reed-House.org. Reed House provides rehabilitation services to help adults with serious mental illness return to the workplace and community.
YOUTUBE TV

(MASHABLE) The Best Way To Watch Live Streaming TV in 2017
http://mashable.com/2017/04/05/youtube-tv-review/?utm_cid=hp-h-1#D9.b9vQ4ngq3

 
HOMELESSNESS IN YOUR COMMUNITY 
(PARK PLACE OUTREACH) Runaway and homeless youth are not limited to urban environments. There are runaway and homeless youth in every community: urban, suburban, and rural. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org
PORT OF SAVANNAH SETS RECORD
(SAVANNAH BUSINESS JRL) For the month of March, The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved 311,770 twenty-foot equivalent units, an increase of 5.6 percent. For more information on GPA, visit

https://savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/ports-transportation/6659-apr-12-georgia-ports-authority-experienced-strong-growth-in-march,-strongest-month-in-gpa

 
 
DOGGIE CARNIVAL 
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Humane Society for Greater Savannah will host its 17th annual Doggie Carnival on Sunday, May 7 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Forsyth Park. Admission to the carnival is free and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/771789232972402/
LEARN HOW TO USE QUICKBOOKS ONLINE

(SAVANNAH, GA) The UGA Small Business Development Center in Savannah and the UGA SBDC at Georgia Southern will present a class on May 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Developed for beginners and prospective users, this course provides a hands-on approach to learning the features and functions available to QuickBooks online users. For more information, visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/may-9th-quickbooks-online-savannah/.

MEET LAYLA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Layla is a chocolate lab/doberman mix who’s residing at Coastal Pet Rescue but needs a forever home. Layla is described as a “gentle soul” and is great with dogs and children. She is unique in that she is “tri-pawd”, but having only three legs does not slow her down and she is great on a leash. To view Layla and other pets available for adoption, visit:

Hilts Retires from Park Place Outreach

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Hilts Announces Retirement at Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

(SAVANNAH, GA) Linda Hilts, executive director of Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, has announced she will retire after 20 years with the organization. She was recognized at the 2017 Celebration of Love Gala held at the Plantation Club Plantation Club of the Landings.

Under Hilts’ leadership, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs.

“I have witnessed incredible life events in which young people have overcome powerful odds and am continually amazed and impressed at how bright, creative and resilient they are,” Hilts said. “Furthermore, I’m awed by the passion that our dedicated staff demonstrates every day. It takes a special person to be able to deal with the complex social issues our young people and their families face.”

The mission of Park Place Outreach is to provide support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Since 1984, its shelter, which is open 24 hours a day, has offered youth between the ages of 11 and 17 a safe and loving environment. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families.

Hilts joined Park Place Outreach on January 6, 1997, after having worked as the Director of Hope House of Savannah and as an employee of Candler Hospital. Her legacy will include being a voice for homeless youth and unaccompanied youth in the community as well as the development of several shelter services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which hires teens to be part of the team, and offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter. Several former residents have been hired on the Street Outreach Program team.

Park Place Outreach also provides residential and non-residential support, along with counseling for youth and their parents or guardians and other family members. The agency additionally offers a parenting support group to anyone in the community to help strengthen families.

The 24-hour shelter was renovated in 2008, becoming one of Savannah’s first LEED-certified nonprofit buildings, and now provides a high-quality living and healing environment for children and families, as well as a good working environment for staff. Each year, an estimated 1.6 million to 2.8 million kids across the United States run away from home. In Chatham County, young women under the age of 18 make up 10 percent of the county’s homeless population; young men under 18 add another 8 percent.

A graduate of Armstrong State University with a degree in psychology, Hilts attributes much of her success to her mentor, Dr. Keith Douglas, of Armstrong’s Psychology Department. She is also grateful to her family and the skills she learned in helping to run the family-owned business, which enabled the Detroit native to excel in the non-profit arena.

Hilts credits a great deal of the milestones achieved by Park Place Outreach to a “very strong and committed” board of directors, which ensures the organization remains financially sound. The shelter has seven full-time and 24 part-time employees along with 63 volunteers.

“I am proud we offer a stabilizing environment for vulnerable youth. Our shelter is like the emergency room. We are the first place someone reaches out to for help,” Hilts said. “I envision a future in which our programs and staff will continue to strengthen and grow so those who lead Park Place Outreach can unceasingly deal with the complex social issues that constantly evolve and confront our community.”

In addition to her duties at PPO, Hilts has devoted many volunteer hours serving those in need. She was recognized by AWWIN, Inc. (Assisting Working Women in Need), as one of their Top Ten Working Women of the Year in 2008. She is also a past board member of the Chatham-Savannah Authority of the Homeless, representing runaway and homeless youth issues, and she served as a board member for the Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services (now known as the National Safe Place Network), and Armstrong State University’s alumni board.

Hilts looks forward to riding her rusty bike on the beach “as often as possible” during her retirement, as well as walking on the beach and kayaking around Tybee Island. She has a daughter and a son, along with five granddaughters, one grandson, a great-grandson and great-granddaughter who she expects to keep her busy and “well loved.”

Hilts will be retiring sometime later this winter as a new director is firmly in place. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

Linda Hilts, Park Place Outreach

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come into the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075