Bethesda Academy Senior Accepts Football Scholarship During Social Distancing Signing-Day Ceremony

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Bethesda Academy Senior Accepts Football Scholarship During Social Distancing Signing-Day Ceremony
Team Celebrates with Neighborhood Parade

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy held a signing day ceremony for senior Jaden Wright who accepted a football scholarship from Presbyterian College, which located at Clinton, South Carolina.

Wright has made stellar strides during his football career at Bethesda Academy, and his talents have been widely recognized. He has been named the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) Region Player of the Year and the SCISA All-State Offensive Player of the Year. He was also honored at the Savannah Morning News‘ Best of Preps banquet as First Team All Savannah Offense.

To adhere to social distancing practices, Bethesda Head Coach Antwain Turner organized a signing day ceremony to take place safely at the Wright’s home. After the signing, teachers and Wright’s teammates celebrated by honking horns and waving streamers during a neighborhood parade.

Jaden Wright, Bethesda Academy Senior
Jaden Wright signs with Presbyterian College.

“Our 2020 seniors deserve the same, momentous send-off as their classmates before them,” said Turner. “We’re all so proud of Jaden, and we just had to think of a way for the Bethesda community to show him how excited we are for his scholarship because he has most certainly earned it.”

During high school, Wright made 420 Carries for 3,795 yards, 9 yards per carry, 97 yards per game and a grand total of 52 touchdowns for the Bethesda Academy football team. He was named the school’s Player of the Year for 2019-2020, in addition to earning a Player of the Week title from the Savannah Quarterback Club.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912-856-9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Fifteen Regional Students Read Winning Poetry to Savannah City Council

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Fifteen Regional Students Read Winning Poetry to Savannah City Council
Tenth Annual Leopold’s Ice Cream Creative Writing Challenge Winners and Finalists Named

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Fifteen students have been named as the winners and finalists of the annual poem contest presented by Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries

All winners and finalists were invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, March 12th at 2pm in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall.  

The challenge was open to all students (public, private and homeschool) in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties, and over 250 poems were submitted on the theme “Imagine Your Story”. 

“There were so many great entries from our local school children, and it’s apparent that the talent gets better with every new year,” said Stratton Leopold, of Leopold’s Ice Cream, “As we are currently celebrating 100 years of Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah, and this year more than ever, we wanted to pick the most creative, clever, inspiring and imaginative stories we could find.  I am so proud of our amazing young people.” 

This year’s winners include: 

K – 2

Winner: “I Am Clumsy and Funny” by Jamirah Brown, 2nd Grade, Garrison School for the Arts

Finalists:

“The Pasta Chef” by Caroline Black, 2nd Grade, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School 

“I Am Calm and Happy” by Ariyah Richardson, 2nd Grade, Garrison School for the Arts

3 – 5

Winner: “Whirlpool of Change” by Abbigail Mercer, 5th Grade, Tybee Island Maritime Academy

Finalists:

“Yellow” by Paloma Carnes, 4th Grade, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School 

“What If” by Ruby Robinson, 4th Grade, Veritas Academy

Honorable Mentions:

“Age” by Logan Smith, 5th Grade, Tybee Island Maritime Academy

“Where I’m From” by Gavin Reddick, 5th Grade, Garrison School for the Arts

6 – 8

Winner: “I Stand Among the Fans…” by Hannah Jane Gard, 7th Grade, Godley Station School

Finalists:

“The Luminescence of the Sky’s Crystal Ball” by Moheb Asimi, 8th Grade, Godley Station School

“I Look at the Moon” by Abigail Roberts, 7th Grade, Godley Station School

9 – 12

Winner: “A Cadence, A Heartbeat, A Lifetime” by Ashley Nicole Steward, 10th Grade, Bradwell Institute

Finalists:

“Dear Death” by Aniyah Jackson, 11th Grade, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School

“Hashtag with a Trend” by Jakobe LeCount, 12th Grade, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School

Honorable Mention:

“Capsize” by Ebony Hudson, 11th Grade, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School

Each of the first-place winners will receive an ice cream party for their class, second and third place finalists will each receive a special gift certificate for Leopold’s Ice Cream.  

Stratton & Mary Leopold, longtime advocates of literacy and fostering creative energy in our youth, have hosted the annual competition, in conjunction with the Live Oak Public Libraries, since 2011.

Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1919 by three brothers from Greece.  Peter, Basil and George passed their tradition of making super premium ice cream in the shop, one batch at a time down to Peter’s youngest son, Stratton.  Stratton and his wife Mary own and operate Leopold’s today. Their commitment to arts and education in the community is second only to their commitment to creating the highest quality ice cream possible in a fun, family environment.

Live Oak Public Libraries is a system of 16 libraries and one bookmobile providing programs and services in Chatham, Effingham, & Liberty Counties. Their mission is to provide excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning and build and enhance their communities.

Bethesda Academy Senior Nishan Roberson Signing Day with Savannah State University

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Bethesda Academy Senior Nishan Roberson Signing Day with Savannah State University

Bethesda Academy hosted a Signing Day ceremony in honor of senior Nishan Roberson’s decision to accept a football scholarship with Savannah State University in the Diamond Dining Hall at Bethesda Academy.

Roberson has played on the Bethesda Academy football team as a lineman for three of his four years in high school, having missed his junior year due to a preseason knee injury. Highlights from his senior year include 64 tackles on defense and offensive blocks that accounted for 3,002 rushing yards and 2,017 passing yards. He will receive a full-ride scholarship to play at Savannah State.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Calls for 2020 Night of Champions Nominations

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Calls for 2020 Night of Champions Nominations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions celebration of workplace success stories.

“Night of Champions is designed to highlight employees and their employers who, through dedication and leadership, illuminate the possibilities and benefits of inclusive communities and workspaces,” said Night of Champions chairman Tom Kenkel. “We welcome nominees from all over the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire and would love to hear from anyone with an uplifting story to share.”

Employee nominations may be completed online at https://nightofchampions.org, and will remain open until Friday, February 28.

The selected individuals and their employers will be invited as special guests to the Night of Champions dinner on Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at the Savannah Convention Center.

Last year’s honorees included Erik Glasford, Effingham Health System; Meghan Mayle,
Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood Restaurant; Reginald Horton, The Savannah Bananas; Chris Maynor, DIRTT Environmental Solutions; and Chris Holt, Tybee Island YMCA. Amy Wright, owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, was the recipient of the 2019 President’s Award.

The evening will include a recognition ceremony, a silent auction benefiting LDSS and a cash bar, with Cyreia Sandlin serving as the night’s emcee. This year will feature two President’s Award honorees: Will Howell of WillPower Ties and Kevin Sheehan of the Savannah AMBUCS organization.

“The success of Night of Champions is directly tied to local organizations that create opportunities for people to demonstrate their desire to work and make valued contributions to their community,” Kenkel said. “The achievements of these champions in the workforce inspire more local organizations to take up the mission to light the way.”

LDSS is also seeking sponsors to support Night of Champions as it raises money to sustain the programs it offers throughout the year, including Camp Buddy for children with Down syndrome, its annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park and its weekly support meetings for the families and friends of individuals with Down syndrome.

To become a Night of Champions sponsor, to donate an item for the silent auction or to reserve tickets, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Individual tickets are $60 and tables of ten can be reserved for $600. For additional information, call 912-436-3626 or email info@ldssga.org.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. 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 the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Skylar Lanier
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com
912-547-6610

Two Bethesda Academy Teachers Earn “Master Teacher” Status Awarded by SCISA

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Two Bethesda Academy Teachers Earn “Master Teacher” Status Awarded by SCISA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Two teachers at Bethesda Academy, a private day and boarding school for young men grades six through 12, were granted “master teacher” status after evaluation by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA).

Craig Sherman and Jennifer Gilmour are the recipients of this honor. Sherman teaches social studies and history. Gilmour is a science and mathematics teacher, as well as a cottage teacher, whose responsibilities include ensuring all students staying in the cottage complete homework assignments, finish chores and are in bed on time.

“This is a major accomplishment for Mr. Sherman and Mrs. Gilmour, as well as for Bethesda Academy on several counts,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda. “Firstly, an amazing amount of work goes into the application, so it is a lengthy and arduous process. Additionally, it is very rare for one school to have two master teachers named at once.”

The application process includes meeting rigorous teaching qualifications and submitting an entire portfolio for evaluation by a peer committee. It also entails presentations and exhausting interviews, endorsement letters from school officials and sample lesson plans.

“In their evaluation, SCISA staff also noted a ‘surge in professional development and teaching quality at Bethesda,’ because two of our teachers, Kim Godbee-Glisson and Elizabeth Peek, had been recent finalists for Teacher of the Year,” said Hughes. “This recognition is a tribute to our entire faculty and staff. Each consistently personifies Bethesda’s commitment to ensuring students receive a superior education that will enable them to mature into young men with the potential to lead exemplary lives.”

Having formerly been affiliated with the Georgia Independent School Association, Bethesda Academy has been a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association since 2014. SCISA is a non-profit voluntary association of independent schools responsible for establishing accreditation standards, coordinating athletic and academic competitions and providing professional development opportunities for member schools.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Chris Gignac Recognized as an FPC Platinum Plus Recruiter in Production

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Chris Gignac Recognized as an FPC Platinum Plus Recruiter in Production

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Gignac, with FPC of Savannah, has been recognized by FPC National as a Platinum Plus Recruiter for her success in placing top-level candidates with companies that are the best fit.

Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah
Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah

Since 1990, FPC of Savannah has served the city as an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of top-tier business professionals. This year, the firm was recognized as the top producing office among 65 franchises nationwide.

This marks the third time Gignac has made the list of Platinum Recruiters in only her fourth year with FPC of Savannah. In 2018 she became the top FPC recruiter nationwide and is projected to rank within the top 10 again this year.

Gignac, who joined FPC of Savannah in 2015, specializes in recruiting for supply chain and procurement positions after spending 13 years coaching college basketball, including a stint as the women’s basketball coach at Georgia Southern University.

“I was attracted to a career with FPC of Savannah because the skills from my basketball coaching career actually proved transferrable,” said Gignac. “I wanted to keep recruiting, but starting a young family made following my career all over the country difficult, and I have loved being able to settle down here.”

She received a master’s degree in English literature from the University of New Hampshire. Gignac has an undergraduate degree from Providence College, where she played collegiate basketball and graduated with honors.

“Those years on the basketball court taught me invaluable business lessons,” Gignac said. “Among them managing relationships, juggling multiple obligations simultaneously, prioritizing, as well as the importance of hustle and competitiveness.”

Gignac and her husband Marc are parents to two sons, aged 5 years and 18 months.

ABOUT FPC OF SAVANNAH
Founded in 1990, FPC of Savannah is an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of top-tier business professionals. Nationally, FPC is listed as one of Forbes Top 50 Executive Search Firms. In 2018, FPC of Savannah was recognized as the top producing office in the nation out of the 65 franchises. The firm is owned by Mort Shor and operates out of two offices, both located in Savannah’s historic district and his team of recruiters specializes in placing executives in a variety of fields including: distribution and logistics; engineering and project engagement; environmental, health and safety; finance and accounting; hospitality; human resources; lean and six sigma; legal; operations and senior management; quality; sales and marketing; athletics; educational systems; healthcare; specialty chemicals; and supply chain For more information, visit https://www.fpcsav.com/

Savannah Film Alliance Announces Eight Honorees for Upcoming Inaugural Ga

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Savannah Film Alliance Announces Eight Honorees for Upcoming Inaugural Gala

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance (SFA) has chosen eight outstanding local professionals from Savannah’s thriving film and television community to be honored at the inaugural SFA Honors Gala, slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, at Victory North, 2603 Whitaker St. The star-studded event has a theme of “Old Hollywood” and is open to the public. Attendees can expect a night of “Lights! Camera! Action!” at the gala, intended as a glamorous and high-profile new event on Savannah’s social calendar. The entertainment community will pull out all the stops that evening, evoking classic Hollywood with lights, a red carpet, live music – even paparazzi.

The honorees being recognized that night include:

  • Nora Clark, a production coordinator with credits on at least six film and television projects, now at work on a documentary about the life of Chicago tap dance legend Bril Barrett;
  • John Grace, who has worked as director of photography and camera operator on theatrical features and commercials, including work for ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, ESPN, PBS and Walt Disney Studios, among many others. He is also a faculty member of the Georgia Film Academy and teaches technical production classes at Savannah Technical College;
  • Genevieve Hawkins, with credits as a production and location coordinator, has worked on such Savannah-filmed projects as “Lizzie,” “Peanut Butter Falcon,” “The Act,” and “Council of Dads”;
  • Amanda Kulkoski, documentarian, cinematographer, and film professor at Savannah College of Art and Design;
  • Witt Lacy is an assistant director who has worked with a variety of productions before setting up base in Savannah to work on “Underground,” “Poison Rose,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and “The Glorias,” among others;
  • William Martin, documentarian, cinematographer, and educator, has 15 years of production experience in television news;
  • Buck Meeks, location services and period actor, first worked in period costume locally 30 years ago in the filming of “Glory”;
  • Anthony Paderewski, whose background includes a wide array of roles in the film industry, including photographer, acting coach, producer, location scout, location manager and actor.
Honoree, Nora Clark

Honoree, Nora Clark

Honoree, John Grace

Honoree, John Grace

Honoree, Genevieve Hawkins

Honoree, Genevieve Hawkins

Honoree, Amanda Kulkoski

Honoree, Amanda Kulkoski

Honoree, Witt Lacy

Honoree, Witt Lacy

Honoree, William Martin

Honoree, William Martin

Honoree, Buck  Meeks

Honoree, Buck Meeks

Honoree, Anthony Paderewski

Honoree, Anthony Paderewski

“The local entertainment industry adds so much to Savannah, enriching our culture and tremendously boosting our economy,” said Charles Bowen, founder of the SFA. “Yet many of the people who work so hard in the field are laboring under the radar, unrecognized and unheralded. The Savannah Film Alliance chose to remedy that by starting a tradition of recognizing our local talent.”

The event also offers an opportunity to offset the negative attention that has been spurred by Georgia’s adoption of anti-abortion legislation and the resulting threat that the entertainment industry will boycott the state should that legislation be enforced, Bowen said. “This is a chance to put the focus back onto all of the positive and fun aspects of the movie and television industry,” he said.

A cross-section of the local entertainment industry selected the inaugural class of honorees, each of whom will receive beautiful trophies at the event. Their accomplishments and the recognition of the breadth and health of Savannah’s professional film community will be at the core of the upcoming celebration. Victory North, where the gala will be held, is a distinctive new event space in Savannah’s charming Starland District.

In addition to saluting these honorees, the event will showcase the best of the local entertainment scene and will celebrate its role in our local economy. Last year, the entertainment industry was responsible for $120 million in direct spending in the Savannah Area, according to the Savannah Regional Film Commission.

Tickets to the inaugural gala are $75 for general admission or $150 for VIP admission. To learn more and buy tickets, please visit www.savannahfilmalliance.org.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil

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Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah chiropractor Michael Vaughn focused on the facts and fictions of CBD oil during the third presentation of the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, held at the Charles H. Morris Center.

Union Mission received the nonprofit grant, which is awarded at each Encourage Health lecture. A healthy lunch was provided to all attendees by Enmarket before the lecture.

Enmarket Encourage Health Series CBD Presentation
Enmarket Encourage Health Series CBD Presentation

Cannabidiol oil, better known as CBD, is a heavily trending product derived from non-intoxicating elements of marijuana or hemp and sold over the counter for the treatment of a variety of health problems. In his talk, Dr. Vaughn covered the history of the cannabis plant and gave a brief overview of the human endocannabinoid system before providing examples of the believed benefits of CBD: improved sleep, anxiety reduction, and relief from musculoskeletal pain, brain injury and epilepsy.

Dr. Vaughn also discussed CBD’s legal status, safety and marketing. Studies on long-term effects have yet to be completed, but he shared some insights on this developing field.

“This is a fascinating subject that holds the potential to be of great benefit to many people, but the jury is still out on many aspects of CBD oil,” Vaughn said. “I believe many people can find relief through CBD products, but I realize it is poorly understood by the public and that many in the medical field are skeptical.”

Dr. Vaughn has practiced chiropractic medicine in Georgia for decades. A product of Savannah Christian Preparatory School and Armstrong State College, he graduated from a chiropractic program at Parker College in Dallas, Texas. He completed post-grad work leading to diplomat status with the American College of Chiropractic Neurology. He has worked with world-class competitive athletes, including serving with the USA Weightlifting Federation and serving as treating chiropractor for the Greece Olympic track team during the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He is currently in private practice at Savannah Chiropractic Center, where he specializes in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation. In addition, he continues to serve in a variety of educational and regulatory roles in his profession.

The Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series is a wide-ranging presentation of diverse health topics. Previous subjects this year included meditation for stress relief and food insecurity issues in Savannah. The upcoming October presentation will focus on the value of strength training at any age. The popular free series is presented in a lunch-and-learn format, with each session offering the community the opportunity to hear local experts discuss health-related topics in a non-commercial atmosphere.

This marks the sixth year for the series in partnership with Healthy Savannah, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, David’s Dry Cleaners, the City of Savannah, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, St. Joseph’s/Candler and WRHQ.

For more information, visit healthysavannah.org/encourage-health-education-series-august-27-2019/

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
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State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team

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State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Blazers’ track and field team celebrated their state championship victory during a ring ceremony held at Bethesda Academy.

Thirteen state championship rings were presented to the athletes on the 2018-2019 team which won the state honor in the South Carolina Independent School Association Class A/AA competition at the end of last school year. Several private schools along the South Carolina/Georgia border, including Bethesda Academy, are members of SCISA.

Two graduated seniors from the team returned to their alma mater to accept their rings. Five coaches led by the athletic director Antwain Turner watched as the seniors along with the rest of the track and field team were honored.

“I can’t express how proud of these young men I am,” said head track coach Clevan Thompson. “It’s an honor to hold this title and to coach these outstanding athletes. I’ve watched this team make tremendous strides physically and personally to get to this point, and I can’t think of a more deserving team.”

For more information on Bethesda Academy, 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 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 Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah

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A Long-Overdue Red Carpet Event For Savannah
By Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen

When it comes to the movie industry, Savannah is no Hollywood. Why? Because it is far better! For the past two years, the state of Georgia has been the world’s most popular filming destination (as evidenced by the ever-present Georgia Peach logo at the end of so many films and television shows). While the majority of these productions film in the Atlanta area, Savannah is the second-most popular destination in the state.

That’s right. Move over Los Angeles and New York. Over the past decade, Savannah has enjoyed record-breaking year after record-breaking year as a location for some of the most well-known productions in the film and television industry.

In 2018, more than 200 professional movie and television productions and 147 student projects were filmed in the Savannah area. According to the Savannah Regional Film Commission, these productions accounted for $120 million in direct spending locally and had a total economic impact of well over $250 million in FY 2018 alone. These figures shattered the record set in 2017 of $65 million in direct spending with $138 million in total local economic impact.

It would seem a celebration of Savannah’s rightful place in the television and film industry is long overdue.

As if right on cue, enter a glitzy new event on Savannah’s social calendar with the launch of the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. Developed to recognize and honor several key local professionals for their invaluable contributions to the Savannah film and television industry, the event will make its debut this September.

The Gala will be open to the public so that everyone in town has the opportunity to experience an evening of Hollywood glamour right here in the Hostess City of the South. It also affords a chance for local businesses to show their support for an industry that is now intrinsic to our area’s present economy and financial future. It will honor Savannah’s rightful place as a key player in today’s film and television world while also giving a fun nod to the industry’s history through its theme of “Old Hollywood.”

The people who are doing great things to ensure Savannah’s rightful place in the film industry will be recognized and honored for their contributions. The Gala will not only be wildly entertaining, but it will shine the spotlight directly on many of the industry members who are quickly becoming shining stars (not to mention economic drivers) in our community.

The Gala will also feature an immersive theater experience whereby guests will interact and engage with live entertainers at an old Hollywood “High Society” gathering. There will be amazing food and drinks, special guests, live musical performances, and many other surprises. The goal is to give every attendee an experience they will remember for a long time.

Unfortunately, threats of a Georgia boycott have dominated the news recently. It’s time to wipe away the negativity. The Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala aims to shift the focus to all of the entertaining, fun, and positive aspects of the local entertainment industry.

The inaugural Savannah Film Alliance Gala will be held Saturday, September 28, at the new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street. All of the details can be found at savannahfilmalliance.org.

Charles Bowen is an entertainment attorney and founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com