Horizons Savannah Hosts its Seventh Annual Grab a Bag for Kids Luncheon and Purse Auction

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Horizons Savannah Hosts its Seventh Annual Grab a Bag for Kids Luncheon and Purse Auction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah announces its seventh annual charity luncheon and purse auction, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at The Plantation Club at the Landings.

The auction will include gently-used, vintage and new designer handbags, bags from local designers, and special new silent auction packages that include trips, tickets to events and other local and regional items. Pop-up shops from vendors Kendra Scott, J. Parker Ltd. and Charleston Shoe Company will also be at the event, with a portion of all sales donated back to Horizons.

The silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and a live auction to follow at noon. Guest speaker Lorna Smith, Horizons National CEO, will share more about Horizons’ national effort to close the opportunity gap for low-income students. Tickets are $40 apiece or $350 to reserve a table of ten.

“This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for guests and supporters to shop for unique items, enjoy the good company of friends and learn more about our work—all while giving back in a big way,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah executive director, “This is a great way to get together with friends over lunch and be a part of something positive in our community.”

Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The levels include $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000. Horizons is still accepting donations of new and lightly used designer handbags, as well as gift cards or other experiences for the silent auction.

For more information on the Grab a Bag for Kids charity luncheon and purse auction, or to learn more about sponsorships and donations, visit http://www.horizonssavannah.org or call 912-961-8854.

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 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 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
Horizons Savannah
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org
info@horizonssavannah.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat Presents $5,000 to Kids & Pros Free Football Clinic

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Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat Presents $5,000 to Kids & Pros Free Football Clinic Additional Camps being Held in Savannah & Pooler this Week

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Bluffton’s annual Kids & Pros Youth Football Clinic kicked off on Saturday, July 21, with a $5,000 check presentation from Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat.

Jill Jauch, Peacock Automotive Marketing Manager, presented the donation to former Atlanta Falcons linebacker and five-time All-Pro selection Keith Brooking, former Atlanta Falcons player Buddy Curry, who is the organization’s executive director, and Brad Schultz, Head of School for Cross Schools.

Peacock Automotive Donation to Kids and Pros
Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat sponsored Kids & Pros Inc.’s football clinic at Cross Schools on July 21. The dealership presented a check for $5,000 at the event in Bluffton. Pictured from left: Jill Jauch, Peacock Automotive Marketing Manager; Keith Brooking, Kids & Pros Partner and Cross Schools Football Coach; Brad Schultz, Head of School for Cross Schools; Buddy Curry, Executive Director of Kids & Pros

Kids & Pros, which was started by Curry and fellow NFL alum Bobby Butler in 2002, is a 501©3 nonprofit grounded in five core life principles called Game Changers for Life: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Integrity, Perseverance and Excellence.

“We are so proud to support this football clinic which really focuses on safety training and is led by former professional NFL players,” said Warner Peacock, CEO of Peacock Automotive. “Playing football can teach athletes more than just skills and coordination, but also life lessons that can build character.”

The one-day clinic was offered free to young athletes ages 7-13 and was held at Cross Schools in Bluffton. There are additional camps being held in Savannah and Pooler this week. For more information, visit https://www.kidsandpros.com.

Group photo at Kids and Pros Football Camp Presented by Peacock Automotive
Group photo at Kids and Pros Football Camp Presented by Peacock Automotive
Peacock Automotive Supports Kids and Pros Football Camp
Peacock Automotive Supports Kids and Pros Football Camp

 

ABOUT KIDS & PROS
Kids & Pros, Inc. is a non-profit organization, started in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons Bobby Butler and Buddy Curry to teach character and skills through athletics. Kids and Pros will celebrate its 17th Summer Camp season, providing weekly youth football camps, clinics and football safety training across the country including: Lee County, GA, Houston County, GA, Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY, Lynchburg, VA, Stafford, VA, Huntsville, AL, Chantilly, VA, Hampton, GA, Bozeman, MT, Charlotte, NC, Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Norcross, GA, Coweta County, GA, Danville, VA, Canton, NC, Bluffton, SC, Savannah, GA, Sylva, NC, Chastain Park, GA. For more information on Kids & Pros, Inc., please log onto our website at www.kidsandpros.com, follow us on twitter @kidsandpros, or connect with us on Facebook at Kids & Pros, Inc.

CONTACT
Buddy Curry
Executive Director
404-849-8314 
buddy@kidsandpros.com

Horizons Savannah Announces Participation in Horizons Giving Day on May 15

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Horizons Savannah Announces Participation in Horizons Giving Day on May 15
Local campaign seeks to raise $75,000 to expand the transformational education program

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannahannounced today its participation in Horizons Giving Day, a national effort on May 15 with a single goal: to raise money to expand existing Horizonsprograms and bring Horizons to more students and their families. Horizons Savannahwill engage in a competitive, yet friendly, race to raise funds online and in-person with more than 50 Horizonsprograms nationwide. All funds raised in support of Horizons Savannahwill stay in the local community.

Horizonsis a transformational, community-centered education program working to close the opportunity gap for low-income children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Horizonsincludes six weeks of academics, arts, swim lessons, field trips, and more each summer through partnerships with Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Horizonsstudents gain 8 – 12 weeks’ of reading and math skills each summer. Additionally, 97 percent of Horizonshigh school students graduate on time, and 91 percent go on to attend college or other post-secondary education.

Horizonsmakes a long-term commitment to each student, providing critical summer programming and school year supports,” says Christy Edwards, Executive Director of Horizons Savannah. “Our high quality project-based learning is led by an incredible faculty, and our swim lessons and positive learning environments impact students’ self-confidence and provide the skills needed to reach their goals.”

Ninety percent of Horizonsstudents return to the program each year.

At Horizons Savannah, nearly 300 K-12 students from the local public school system participate in project-based learning curriculum, STEAM, literacy, and swimming each year. This number is expected to exceed 400 students by 2024.

Demand for Horizonsis strong, and the success of Horizons Giving Daydepends on the support of our community.

To contribute to Horizons Savannah, visit www.HorizonsGivingDay.org/organizations/horizons-savannah.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, and St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory Schoolserves over 300 low-income students each summer. Horizonsis a transformative experience for young people in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low-income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive 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 Nationalis a growing, community-centered network of more than 50 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, Horizonsprograms offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.

Horizons Savannah Announces Fifth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons to be Held March 30

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Horizons Savannah Announces Fifth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons to be Held March 30

(SAVANNAH, GA) The fifth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons“three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Drive.

Horizons Savannah

The tournament is named for former Horizonsteacher Louise Lauretti, who died of melanoma in 2014. It’s designed to bring together players of all ages and abilities along with Savannah basketball legends and Horizonssupporters to celebrate Lauretti’s love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.

“This annual tournament is a great way for us to raise funds and awareness for a program that serves more than 280 students each summer,” said executive director Christy Edwards.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to teams of boys and girls from grade five through adults. Teams of as many as five players may register to play. The tournament will be “three vs three” with refereed games. Teams will play in age divisions for trophies. Local basketball legends Larry “Gator” Rivers and Dale Parker will be honorary co-chairs of this year’s event.

At the halftime break at noon, there will be a free throw and basketball skills challenge open to all players. For youth teams, which includes fifth through 12th graders, registration is $50. It’s $100 for teams with members 18 and over.

For more information, to register a team, sponsor a youth team or sponsor the event visit www.horizonssavannah.orgor call 912-961-8854. All proceeds benefit Horizons Savannah.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academyand St. Andrew’s Schoolserves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizonsis a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.

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

National Study Confirms Horizons Savannah’s Long-Term Approach to Student Success

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National Study Confirms Horizons Savannah’s Long-Term Approach to Student Success

(SAVANNAH, GA) A recent national study confirms that students who participate in Horizonsprograms have better school attendance, higher academic outcomes, fewer disciplinary referrals and fewer grade retentions.

Horizons Savannah

The new study, conducted by Concentric Research & Evaluation (CRE) and funded by The New York Life Foundation and the Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, validates that Horizonsprograms that focus on long-term engagement with children from low-income families produce strong academic outcomes.

“We know the impact this program has on Savannah’s youth. We see it each summer, as we watch our kids progress year after year,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “To have a national study confirm that this program makes tangible differences in the lives of our program’s children is awe inspiring. Over the long term, Horizonsis having a positive impact in our city and I praise the vision and leadership of our host schools, board of directors and donors that have always believed in our mission.”

When compared to their peers, students who have participated in the Horizonsprogram for at least four summers had the following in common:

Higher attendance rates and lower rates of chronic absenteeism
Higher scores on standardized assessments of elementary math and science
Higher GPAs in 9th grade, a critical transition year
More course credit earned in 9th and 10th grades
Fewer times repeating a grade
Fewer disciplinary referrals
Most research on summer learning has found that students from low-income families fall behind their wealthier peers over the course of the summer, either because they are losing knowledge and skills or gaining them at a slower pace.

“These summer learning student outcomes reflect Horizons’ long-standing commitment to quality data collection and offer a significant contribution to the growing body of evidence on the long-term effects of summer learning,” said Matthew Boulay, founder and CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. “Horizons’ exemplary standards in programming not only inspire a joy of learning during the critical summer months but, most importantly, set students up to thrive in the school year ahead.”

The study looked at fifteen Horizonsprogram sites in seven states, and, because it focused on long-term participants in the program, included only sites in operation for at least four years. Horizons Savannahhas been in operation since 2002. Each Horizonsstudent in the study was paired with a student who did not participate in Horizonsbut attended the same school or a school with similar demographics and achievement scores. Researchers used a variety of characteristics to match students, including gender, race and ethnicity.

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 912-961-8854 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/.

ABOUT HORIZONSNATIONAL
HorizonsNational is a growing, community-centered network of more than 50 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, Horizonsprograms offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.

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

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

100 Women Who Care Donate $3,500-plus to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) recently received more than $3,500 from 100 Women Who Care of Savannah.

“This generous gift will directly support the 2019 Camp Buddy program,” said LDSSExecutive Director Kayla Johnson. “Each summer, Camp Buddy offers programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year with the goal of promoting information retention from the previous year.”

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

(RIGHT) Lois Modell, Executive Director of Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, on behalf of the 100 Women Who Care, presented the donation to (LEFT) LDSS Executive Director, Kayla Johnson. The 100 Women Who Care chose LDSS as the recipients of their quarterly gift, which will be used to help fund Camp Buddy 2019.

LDSSis a nonprofit that works to help people with Down syndrome and their families through a variety of efforts.

100 Women Who Care of Savannahincludes women from Savannah and the surrounding areas who are dedicated to making an immediate impact in the community. The group meets four times a year to select one local non-profit organization to receive funding for that quarter.

For more information about LDSS, visit LDSSGA.org. For more information for 100 Women Who Care of Savannah, visit https://facebook.com/100WomenWhoCareInSavannahGa/

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 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSSencourages people to bring their children. LDSSis an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit LDSSGA.org. Find LDSSon Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.

CONTACT
Kayla Johnson
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912.436.3626
kjohnson@ldssga.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
CarriageTrade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

Skidaway Kiwanis Awards $71,000 in Grants to 22 Local Savannah Non-Profit Organizations

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Skidaway Kiwanis Awards $71,000 in Grants to 22 Local Savannah Non-Profit Organizations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway presented checks worth $71,000 to 22 local charities during its annual awarding of grants event on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Plantation Ballroom at The Landings.

“Each year I’m blown away by the philanthropic passion of this Kiwanis Club,” said club president Tom Stephens. “We are dedicated to making a substantial difference in the lives of these children in our own community.”

Cecilia Russo Turner, CEO and founder of Cecilia Russo Marketing, emceed this year’s event.

The mission of the Kiwanis Club of Skidawayis to help at-risk children in the Savannah area.

Kiwanis Grant Presentation

The organizations receiving 2018-2019 grants include:

America’s Second Harvest — Kids Cafe
Backpack Buddies of Skidaway Island
Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Family Promise of Greater Savannah
Fresh Air Camp
Girls on the Run
Greenbriar Children’s Center
Horizons Savannah
Junior Achievement of Georgia
Loop it Up Savannah
Local Outreach Volunteers Educators (L.O.V.E.) Summer Camp
Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire
National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter
Performance Initiatives Fitness Savannah
Social Apostolate
Special Olympics Area 17
Union Mission
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah
YMCA of Coastal Georgia
Youth Challenge Academy

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

ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SKIDAWAY
The club has been serving Savannah’s kids since 1988. Skidaway Kiwanisraised and distributed more than $1.4 million and invested more than 300,000 service hours in their mission of helping the children of Savannah. They have 134 members who meet every Thursday morning in the Plantation Club ballroom for breakfast, a brief business meeting and a guest speaker. Each week, the speaker discusses some area of interest, such as local history, local or national events or issues, sports, art, literature, business, education or service opportunities. The club sponsors several fundraising events each year to support its charitable causes and has other fundraising programs that operate year-round. In addition, many of its members are involved as volunteers at youth service organizations in the area.

CONTACT:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com