Bethesda Academy 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament Raises Over $90,000 for Student Scholarships

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Bethesda Academy 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament Raises Over $90,000 for Student Scholarships
10th Annual Benefit held at Forest City Gun Club

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy raised $93,650 at their 10th annual Sporting Clays Tournament held at the Forest City Gun Club. All sponsorship and event proceeds benefit Bethesda’s scholarship program for young men in grades six through twelve.

The tournament included a wild game lunch and wild game hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception, both prepared by chef Kirk Blaine. In addition, participants attended a safety and shooting clinic.

The live auction, award ceremony and wild game cocktail reception was held after the tournament. Auction and raffle items included a hunting trip with Whiddon Wingshooting in Argentina, a condo on Cudjoe Key, a Ford Plantation discovery trip, a pheasant tower shoot, a Pig Pickin’ Party for 30, an oyster roast for 20 and much more.

“We are so grateful for the community’s support of the sporting clays tournament, which has grown in both scope and appeal over the past decade,” said Bethesda Academy president Dr. Michael Hughes. “Proceeds from this event provide critical funds which allow us to ensure that cost is never a hindrance to a family’s ability to send their son to Bethesda Academy.”

For more information about the event, please visit www.bethesdaacademy.org

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 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.

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Cynthia Wright
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Cecilia Russo Marketing
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912-856-9075
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Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction

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Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannahannounces the 6th annual charity luncheon and purse auction called, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place on Friday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Golf Club, located at 1661 E President St.

Horizons Savannah Grab a Bag for Kids

New for 2018, the event will host pop-up shops from Kendra Scott and Charleston Shoe Company with a portion of the sales benefiting Horizons. Featured bags includes gently-used vintage and new designer handbags, bags from new local designer Garland Bags, clutches, evening bags, totes, beach bags and leather backpacks.

A silent auction will kick off the event at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. The tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10.

“This is the must-attend event of the Fall season,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons SavannahExecutive Director. “It’s a fun lunch that brings together our community to support Horizons Savannah, shop for some beautiful handbags, and new this year even purchase some great shoes and jewelry to match!”

Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The different levels include Prada at $250, Dior at $500 and Chanel at $1,000. Donations are also still being accepted for the bag auction. For more information on sponsorship or donations, contact Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854.

For more information on the Grab a Bag for Kids charity luncheon and purse auction, visit http://www.horizonssavannah.orgor call 912-961-8854.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 250 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854or info@horizonssavannah.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.

Contact:
Christy Edwards, Executive Director
912-961-8854
info@horizonssavannah.org

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Poole
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.695.4791
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center Select Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Joe Marchese and WSAV’s Ariella Scalese as Emcees for the 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala on Feb. 9

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Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center Select Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Joe Marchese and WSAV’s Ariella Scalese as Emcees for the 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala on Feb. 9

(SAVANNAH, GA) Joe Marchese, immediate past president of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) in Savannah, and Ariella Scalese, forecaster for the WSAV Storm Team 3, have been chosen as the emcees for the Hearts for Healing Gala to benefit Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center. The second annual event will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.

Faith Equestrian is a non-profit organization founded to improve the quality of life for children with special needs through therapeutic interaction with horses at the center.

Joe Marchese

Joe Marchese

Marchese, who has years of experience in the differently abled community, will help guide the night’s activities, which include dinner, dancing, a silent auction and live music from the John Brackett Quartet.

“I am humbled and honored to be presented with this opportunity,” said Marchese. “As a founding board member of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, and as a parent of a child with Down Syndrome I have been exposed to the emotional and cognitive challenges faced by children with different abilities and I love what a difference that Faith Equestrian makes in their lives.”

Ariella Scalese

Ariella Scalese

Scalese graduated from Lehigh University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science and minored in Mass Communication before coming to Savannah to continue her career in broadcasting. Scalese volunteers for a number of organizations including Faith Equestrian.

“Since moving here in 2016, I made it a goal to find local organizations that I’m passionate about and donating my time to them,” said Scalese. “Faith Equestrian has given me so much more than I could ever give to it, and I’m honored to be named an emcee for their annual gala.”

Faith Equestrian serves children with all types of challenges, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. Interaction with the horses allows the students to build strength, develop coordination skills and gain confidence in an outdoor and supportive setting.

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2018 Hearts for Healing Gala

The gala is the center’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps cover the costs for children to participate in the Faith Equestrian program.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction; the reception will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $150 and may be purchased at http://www.faithetc.org/hearts-for-healing-gala/.

The 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala is sponsored by Savannah Special Events by Ranco, First City Events, Low Country Paper Co., Whitemarsh Beverage, J Thomas Catering, Savannah’s Hall of Cakes, South Magazine and Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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. LDSS encourages people to bring their children to all of their meetings. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

ABOUT FAITH EQUESTRIAN THERAPEUTIC CENTER
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, 243 Appaloosa Way in Guyton, GA. 31312, exists to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through the power of the horse. The program serves children ages 4 to 18 with all types of challenges, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. The center offers therapeutic riding courses and an equestrian program in partnership with local schools. For more information, visit https://faithetc.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Faith Equestrian To Hold 2018 Gala to Support Equine Therapy for Children on Feb. 9

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Faith Equestrian To Hold 2018 Gala to Support Equine Therapy for Children on Feb. 9

(SAVANNAH, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center will hold their second annual Hearts for Healing Gala on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. The evening will include dinner, dancing and live music from the John Brackett Quartet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction; the reception will begin at 7 p.m.

Faith Equestrian is a non-profit organization founded to improve the quality of life for children with special needs through the therapeutic nature of horses.

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2018 Hearts for Healing Gala

“Fundraisers and donations cover all the costs for a child to participate in our program,” said Bonnie Rachael, the program’s founder and executive director. “The Gala is our largest fundraiser and a great way for us to create awareness for our unique program.”

Rachael opened the center in 2006 with only two students, three horses and a $25,000 budget. Today, the program has expanded to serve more than 125 participants from Chatham, Effingham and surrounding counties. It has a $200,000 budget, eleven horses, two instructors and more than 60 volunteers.

The center is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.), which reports some of the benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies on their website (www.pathintl.org).

Faith Equestrian serves children with all types of challenges, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. Interaction with the horses allows the students to build strength, develop coordination skills, and gain confidence in an outdoor and supportive setting.

Michael, an autistic child whose real name is being withheld to protect the privacy of he and his family, began taking therapeutic riding lessons at Faith Equestrian in 2011 in an effort to improve his attention span, his ability to follow directions, keep calm in new situations, as well as to become able to speak.

Part of Michael’s lesson each week was to encourage speech as part of the therapeutic plan along with following directions of steering the horse. The instructor repeated phrases telling Michael to tell his horse to “walk on” and increased the speed of the horse from a walk to a trot.

“It took 8 months, patience and a horse, for Michael to begin to speak,” said Rachael. “During the normal routine of his riding lesson, he said ‘WALK ON’ himself in a loud voice. Everyone, volunteers and mom alike broke into tears of joy.”

Since that day, Michael has improved cognitively, behaviorally, and physically. He has begun using sign language he has learned, is now beginning to steer his horse and follow the instructor’s directions.

“These are the types of stories that help us know we are changing people’s lives,” said Rachael. “And we need the community to support this powerful program.”

Tickets for the Gala are $150 and may be purchased at http://www.faithetc.org/hearts-for-healing-gala/.

The 2018 Hearts for Healing Gala is sponsored by Savannah Special Events by Ranco, First City Events, Low Country Paper Co., Whitemarsh Beverage, J Thomas Catering, Savannah’s Hall of Cakes, South Magazine and Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information on sponsoring the gala or any aspect of the equestrian program, call 912.728.3728 or visit https://faithetc.org

ABOUT FAITH EQUESTRIAN THERAPEUTIC CENTER
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, located at 243 Appaloosa Way in Guyton, GA. 31312, exists to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through the power of the horse. The program serves children ages 4 to 18 with all types of challenges including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. The center offers therapeutic riding courses and an equestrian program in partnership with local schools. For more information, visit https://faithetc.org

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

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Announces Celebration of Love Gala, Feb. 2

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Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Announces Celebration of Love Gala, Feb. 2

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter will hold its 2018 Celebration of Love Gala to commemorate its 33rd anniversary on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Landings Plantation Club on Skidaway Island.

The evening will start with dinner and a silent auction at 6 p.m. with Kristin King on harp and Sinisa Ciric on violin, followed by a recognition/award ceremony when the Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Volunteer of the Year will be announced.

“We look forward to celebrating another excellent year,” said 2018 gala chairwoman Betsy Bratz, who’s vice president of the Park Place Outreach board of directors.

Dinner is $125; a table for 10 is $1,200. Event partners and sponsors, as well as individuals and groups, are invited to participate in the silent and live auctions.

“We hope to have sports memorabilia, trips and donations similar to what we’ve had in the past,” Bratz said.

Park Place operates with funding from grants, community partners and sponsors who host fund-raising events. Past galas have raised as much as $48,500.

Additional information and tickets are available at https://one.bidpal.net/celebrationoflove/welcome. For sponsorship opportunities, call Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter at 912-234-4048.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER 
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides temporary shelter support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers kids and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17 a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves. 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 who are in need and might not come in to the shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach, an equal opportunity provider and employer, has helped more than 6,000 individuals. For more information, please 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
www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.999

Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction

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Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah announces the 5th annual charity luncheon and purse auction called, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place on Friday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Golf Club, located at 1661 E President St.

Featured at the auction, both silent and live, are designer handbags, from gently used to new, including premier brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Saint Laurent, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors to name a few.

A silent auction will kick off the event at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. The tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10.

“This event allows guests an opportunity to purchase high-end designer bags in an effort to support Horizons Savannah,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah Executive Director. “It’s a win-win for everyone. You’ll leave with a beautiful new purse, and know that your donation went to help the summer learning program for at-risk children in Savannah.”

Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The different levels include Prada at $250, Dior at $500, Chanel at $1,000 and Hermes at $2,000. Donations are also still being accepted for the bag auction. For more information on sponsorship or donations, contact Alexis Shin at 912-665-3715 or alshin63@gmail.com.

For more information on the Grab a Bag for Kids charity luncheon and purse auction, visit http://www.horizonssavannah.org or call 961-8854.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 200 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or info@horizonssavannah.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.

Contact:
Christy Edwards, Executive Director
912-961-8854
info@horizonssavannah.org

Media Contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Photos from the Savannah Jaycees 2017 Charity Date Night Auction

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees held its fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction on Thursday, July 20 at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire, Reed House, Art Rise Savannah, Blessings in a Bookbag, One Love Animal Rescue and Savannah Jaycees.

Photo Credit: McKenzie Burnsed

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with date packages to benefit six local charities at the Savannah Jaycees fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

CONTACT
LeAndrea Mikell
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
leandreamikell@yahoo.com
843.783.3042