17 South Rod and Gun Club Youth Enters Into SCTP State Championships for the First Time

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17 South Rod and Gun Club Youth Enters Into SCTP State Championships for the First Time

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) State Championships were held on Friday, June 5, at 1 p.m., and continued through Sunday, June 7, until 4:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony for all events immediately following. This was the first year that 17 South Rod and Gun Club participated after launching a new SCTP league earlier this year.  

17 South Rod and Gun Club Youth Enters Into SCTP State Championships for the First Time.
17 South Rod and Gun Club Youth Enters Into SCTP State Championships for the First Time.
Holden Saxon, 17 South Rod and Gun Club Youth Enters Into SCTP State Championships for the First Time.
Holden Saxon, 17 South Rod and Gun Club Youth Enters Into SCTP State Championships for the First Time.

Comprised of girls and boys from middle school to high school and even college, the 17 South team has a total of 31 athletes who were shooting for targets and competing against youth from all over the state of Georgia in the hopes of winning the state championship. This event was free to attend and open to the public.

Shooting sports are growing in popularity, which is evidenced by the fact that 153 youth shooters participated in last year’s championship, which has more than doubled in 2020 with roughly 450 shooters. Only two local clubs participated: 17 South Rod and Gun Club and Forest City Gun Club.The mission of the SCTP is to provide kids from elementary grades through high school and college with the opportunity to participate in the fun and challenging sports of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays, as well as the Olympic disciplines of Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles and International Skeet.These disciplines are led by trained and dedicated adult coaches in a supportive environment, with a focus on the safe handling and use of firearms.Coaches from the 17 South team mentioned that they were pleased to be able to offer this new program to their members’ families because they are a fairly young club, established only five years ago.

“It’s so exciting to be teaching the art of shooting to these young athletes,” said Ronnie Chambers, a 17 South coach. “This is a sport where the outcome of the competition depends on your skill level and hard work. Your height, size and gender won’t hinder your success. Every single team member was able to participate and scored individually, so you’re always working to improve your personal score. But then that score is combined with the teams for a collective total. So, you’re also supporting each other and building one another up.”

17 South shot Trap together at 1 p.m. on Friday. Throughout the rest of the weekend, the team members shot sporting clays individually. Then on Sunday at 3 p.m., the team came together once again to shoot Skeet.For more information about SCTP, including active teams in Georgia, visit www.sssfonline.org/scholastic-clay-target-program/.   

ABOUT 17 SOUTH ROD AND GUN CLUB
17 South Rod and Gun Club, located at 5899 N Coastal Hwy, Fleming, GA, is a family-friendly, members-only shooting club covering 300 acres. Members have access to multiple outdoor ranges to include a .22 only kids range, 500-yard range, multiple 100-yard ranges, 50-yard pistol range, 25-yard pistol range, and multiple tactical bays, and a 10 station 3-D archery course. There are 2 Skeet fields as well as Trap, and a world-class sporting clay course with 10 stations. Inside the Clubhouse members can purchase equipment and ammunition in the pro-shop, or get a cold beverage at the bar. The Clubhouse can also be rented out to members for events or meetings. The pond out front is stocked with Panfish, Catfish and Bass for catch and release. For more information, visit https://www.17southrngclub.com/

24e Design Company and F3EA Donate 28 Sets of Bunk Beds to Tybee Island’s Fresh Air Home

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24e Design Company and F3EA Donate 28 Sets of Bunk Beds to Tybee Island’s Fresh Air Home

(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) After announcing the cancellation of their summer camp program due to COVID-19 concerns, the Fresh Air Home was relieved to receive some good news from 24e Design Company and F3EA, when these organizations presented the Fresh Air Home with 28 sets of classic, high-quality bunk beds.

Fresh Air Home, Tybee Island, Georgia
Fresh Air Home, Tybee Island, Georgia

The donation came as a perfect answer to the camp’s decision to use this uncertain time to upgrade their facility and focus on strengthening their programs for when they return.

Spanning three generations, 24e Design Company has been a local staple on Broughton Street in Savannah, Ga. The owner and operator, Ruel Joyner, designs and curates original furnishings and objects from all over the globe. When he and Geoff McIsaac, a representative of F3EA, a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, learned that the Fresh Air Home had to cancel their summer camp, they jumped at the chance to help the organization.

“We’ve all heard ‘we’re in this together’ repeatedly right now, and while that’s true, it still seems like there is a lot of work we can do to help each other out,” said Joyner. “Since the Home is closed this summer, it’s a fantastic opportunity to help them upgrade their furniture. We had these really cool metal and wooden bunk beds and thought – hey, these would be perfect for their home.”

The Fresh Air Home serves an average of 380 children each summer in four two-week sessions. During the summer months, campers normally enjoy daily programing such as playing on the beach, supervised games on the campgrounds, crafts, music activities, Bible stories and field trips. Over 120 years since it first opened, the Home still holds its mission “to increase the health and happiness of underprivileged children.”

For more information on the Fresh Air Home, visit https://www.thefreshairhome-tybee.com/

Diane Wesley, volunteer with Fresh Air Home, stands in front of the new bunk beds.
Diane Wesley, volunteer with Fresh Air Home, stands in front of the new bunk beds.
Ruel Joyner, owner of 24e Design Company, and Geoff McIsaac, a representative of F3EA.
Ruel Joyner, owner of 24e Design Company, and Geoff McIsaac, a representative of F3EA.

ABOUT 24E DESIGN COMPANY
24e Design Company is Savannah’s premiere modern furniture store, specializing in contemporary furniture design, interior design and home decor. The company prides itself on being more than just a modern furniture store by offering options and flexibility while maintaining a high standard of quality. Whatever design mission engages you, 24e is here to help you accomplish your design goals with a worldly eye and Southern charm. For more information, visit http://24estyle.com

ABOUT F3EA
F3EA, Inc. is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), established in 2013, and dedicated to delivering high-quality training and management service solutions to U.S. Government customers primarily within the Special Operations and Intelligence communities. As a provider of mission support, security, and training services; F3EA’s core competency resides in providing full-spectrum support, development, and execution of interagency Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises (EDREs) and Joint Full Mission Profile (FMP) exercises to enhance performance and improve operational capabilities both domestically and overseas.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing912-856-9075

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

Call for Support of Horizons Savannah: Giving Day, May 20th

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Call for Support of Horizons Savannah: Giving Day, May 20th

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah, which has seen proven success for over 18 years in closing the “opportunity gap” for under-resourced students over the summer break, will ask the entire community to continue supporting Savannah’s youth during these uncertain times of the coronavirus by participating in its annual Horizons Giving Day on Wednesday, May 20. 

Horizons Savannah, Giving Day
Horizons Savannah, Giving Day

Amidst concerns posed by COVID-19, this year the program is adapting from its typical close-group learning model. It will provide a virtual program so that it can continue its mission of keeping kids’ minds and bodies active during the summer months, thereby setting them up for success in the coming school year. 

Horizons, which serves students from kindergarten through high school, has a goal of raising $100,000 in one day. However, just as the summer program’s agenda is adapting, so is Giving Day

Locally, Savannah businesses have partnered with Horizons Savannah to offer give-back specials throughout the entire month of May to encourage support for the local program, while also encouraging the community to support local shops and restaurants during the global pandemic. 

These give-back opportunities include: 

  • Papa Murphy’s: 25% will be donated from every carry-out customer who says they are supporting Horizons on Wednesday, May 13.
  • Kendra Scott: 20% will be donated from every jewelry purchase with the use of online code: GIVEBACK7301 from May 19 – 20. 
  • Jason’s Deli: 15% will be donated from every carry-out order on Wednesday, May 20. 

Funds raised during Giving Day 2020 will be used to ensure the students enrolled in the Horizons Savannah summer program have access to the technology and tools necessary to participate in the program virtually. The events planned for this summer are designed to foster connectivity by providing resources that keep kids engaged, playing and learning. 

“Even before students faced the challenge of finishing their school year virtually, there was an academic regression over the summer, which is even greater among students from under-resourced families,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “Not only can we prevent that slide, but we can also help students make dramatic gains over the summer break each year. Because of the drastic changes we’ve adapted to in response to COVID-19, this mission is more important than ever this year.”

Horizons Savannah provides an intensive enrichment program that helps prevent the well-documented loss of academic ground over the summer vacation. Horizons students typically advance six to eight weeks in reading and math skills each summer, with national statistics showing 97 percent of Horizons high school students graduating on time and 91 percent going on to college.

Horizons Savannah had a 92 percent attendance rate last summer and has had an 89 percent student retention rate from summer to summer.

In Chatham County, the program serves over 300 students from local public schools each summer on the campuses of partner host institutions Bethesda Academy, St. Andrews School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School and The Savannah Country Day School.

For more information, or to make a gift please visit https://www.horizonsgivingday.org/organizations/horizons-savannah

https://www.horizonssavannah.org, or follow @horizonsav on social media.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 300 under-resourced students each summer. Since 2003, Horizons has been a transformative experience for young people in kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.

ABOUT HORIZONS NATIONAL
Horizons National is a growing, community-centered network of more than 60 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizons programs offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

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

United Way of the Coastal Empire Announces New Board Leadership

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UNITED WAY OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP

SAVANNAH, GA (April 23, 2020) – Moving forward with the business of the organization since canceling the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of the Coastal Empire announced the officers and directors who will serve on the 2020-2021 board. Comprised of business and community leaders, board members help further United Way’s mission through their decision-making, governance and counsel, as well as maintaining the highest levels of stewardship, while improving the lives of people in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Vice President and General Manager of WTOC-TV, Larry Silbermann, will serve as the Chairman to the Board of Directors, replacing Toby Moreau. 

Chairman to the Board of Directors, Larry Silbermann
Chairman to the Board of Directors, Larry Silbermann

“I am excited by this opportunity to serve our community through United Way. I’d like to thank Toby and our retiring board members for their mentorship, support, and tireless efforts that have set us on the path to continued success,” stated Larry Silbermann. “These volunteer leaders set the bar high with their clear vision and goal-oriented leadership, and I look forward to following their legacy as we lead United Way into a new chapter.  As the organization continues to grow at a record pace, I am excited to work with the dedicated team at United Way as we continue the excellent work already in progress to help our friends and neighbors who are facing an unprecedented challenge.”

Serving as members of the executive committee are:

AT LARGE MEMBERS:

Joining the executive committee as new members of the board are:

Board members being nominated to complete another one-year term are:

For a complete list of 2020-2021 United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Board of Directors, visit www.uwce.org/board.

United Way thanked seven members whose terms have expired and will step off the board: Carol Bell, Community Volunteer; Jenny Gentry, Chase; Trey Glendye, Colonial Group; Drew Hunt, Community Volunteer; Pat Monahan, City of Savannah; Steve Pound, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System; and Judge Greg Sapp, Chatham County.

The Board of Directors and the staff of United Way would also like to thank outgoing board chair Toby Moreau, for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the organization during the past year. 

“I am sincerely grateful for Toby’s dedicated leadership over the past year, and most especially since I started with the organization in early February. I am glad he will continue his service on the board as immediate past chair,” said Brynn Grant, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire. “Toby has given far more of his time and expertise than many could or would have and our team, our organization and our community are indebted to him.”

For more information, visit www.uwce.org.

About United Way of the Coastal Empire

The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.  

United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign and invests donor contributions in programs and services within three impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. United Way serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties.

United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that involves hundreds of community leaders, professionals, and other volunteers in every aspect of our business, including fundraising, marketing, and funding decisions, to ensure that donors’ donations are truly making a difference.

Thanks to the Herschel V. Jenkins Trust Fund and other income, which covers almost all administrative and fundraising costs, donor contributions go to help people in need.  

For more information, please visit uwce.org.

Leopold’s Ice Cream Launched Giveaway for Free Pints of Ice Cream During COVID-19

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Leopold’s Ice Cream Launched Giveaway for Free Pints of Ice Cream During COVID-19

(SAVANNAH, GA) Leopold’s Ice Cream, locally and family owned since 1919, held Scoops of Happiness, a daily ice cream giveaway on social media that invited locals in Savannah to nominate their friends and family for a chance to receive a free pint of their super-premium, homemade ice cream. The campaign lasted 14 days.

At the end of each day, one entry was randomly chosen to win two pints of ice cream: one for the nominee, and one for the person who made the nomination, for a total of 28 pints.

“Ice cream makes people happy, it’s a well-known fact,” said Stratton Leopold, owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream. “Right now, many in our community are isolated and feeling the effects of social distancing and the most important thing we can all do is share happiness. We started Scoops of Happiness because we wanted to give people in Savannah something to get excited about.”

In addition to launching this giveaway, Leopold’s Ice Cream has shifted their operations to reflect local and statewide safety guidelines issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both its Broughton St. and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport stores are now closed, but to-go orders of pre-packed 4-ounce cups, pints and ice cream sandwiches are available for pickup from the Leopold’s Creamery, located at 502 East 37th St. Customers can call 912-234-4442 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go by the Creamery to place an order.

Leopold’s will also continue offering nationwide ice cream and merchandise shipping from their online shop. To learn more or to set up a delivery, visit the website at https://www.leopoldsicecream.com/shop/.

ABOUT LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM
Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1919 by three immigrant 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. To learn more, visit https://www.leopoldsicecream.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT
Skylar Lanier
Public Relations Specialist
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-547-6610

Horizons Savannah Teachers Support Independent Learning During COVID-19

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Horizons Savannah Teachers Support Independent Learning During COVID-19

(SAVANNAH, GA) In an effort to support independent learning in the midst of school cancellations and a mandatory shelter in place, Horizons Savannah teachers are providing recorded online lessons that correspond with the district’s choice board activities. These lessons are tailored to kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third-fifth grades and middle school and can be viewed anytime from any device. 

These resources are available to Horizons families as well as the entire Savannah community.

“We know that all families are balancing many challenges at this time,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “It’s difficult to know where to start with at-home learning, and while there are many resources available to families online, it can be overwhelming to know how to pull these resources together effectively when you aren’t a teacher. We are doing our best to provide additional tools to make this as easy as possible for parents by creating lessons that support what our students may already be working on.” 

To access these daily learning videos, visit https://www.horizonssavannah.org/videolessons

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 300 under resourced students each summer. Horizons is a transformative experience for young people in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/,
check out our Facebook page.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
Horizons Savannah
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

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

Whitney Lowery Named Executive Director of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

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Whitney Lowery Named Executive Director of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce that Whitney Lowery has joined its leadership team as executive director. Lowery brings a fresh perspective and 10 years’ experience working with people with different abilities to her new position with the nonprofit.

“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to work with this organization on account of the growing number of wonderful individuals and families it supports,” Lowery said. “The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society makes a positive difference in so many lives, and I’m excited to be part of that.”

As executive director, Lowery hopes to increase support services, educational opportunities and advocacy programs for the people, families and caregivers LDSS represents.

With a bachelor of science in special education, Lowery joins LDSS after seven years as the community employment specialist with EmployAbility (formerly known as the Coastal Center for Developmental Services). Previously, she was a special education teacher in both Savannah and Augusta.

In addition to her work with LDSS, Lowery is the event coordinator and front end lead for local restaurant and fishmonger chain, Bubba Gumbo’s and BG’s Seafood Co-Op.

Lowery has made her home in Savannah with her fiance, 16-month-old son and two dogs. She enjoys designing and creating event costumes, making jewelry and beadwork, painting and baking in her time off.

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