Catie’s Gathering in Bryan County


Catie’s Gathering Bryan County was back as an in-person event this year. The event was held at the beautiful Palms Plantation. Thanks to a hard-working planning committee and the tremendous way the community supports this event, it was an amazing night.

Prior to dinner and the program, guests checked out the tables, beautifully decorated by our hostesses, and perused auction items. Table themes included The Golden Girls, Yellowstone, the Masters, and more. The planning committee handled the catering, and long-time CURE partners Kaufman-Heinz handled all audio-visual needs for the event. There were fun door prizes and an incredibly exciting live auction that highlighted the generosity of the Bryan County community. This year’s program included Tim Traywick sharing a bit about his daughter Mallory’s battle with cancer. Bev Rousch was also on hand to share how CURE’s support of research is helping kids like her son Seth beat cancer. The program wrapped up with an amazing performance by Cirque Savannah.

The event raised more than any other Catie’s Gathering Bryan County event to date by bringing in $90,500! Thank you, Bryan County, for your generous spirit and for coming out to enjoy a great night!

Leadership Southeast Georgia Seeks Nominations For Class of 2023


The professional development and leadership program empowers participants to address regional challenges and capitalize on common opportunities.

(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is seeking nominations for civic, nonprofit, and business leaders across the 10-county Southeast Georgia region to join the 2023 class of its leadership program. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, August 31.

LSEGA gathers a diverse cohort of working professionals from Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties to form lasting relationships as they learn about and engage in constructive examination and debate of critical issues facing the development of the region. One of the goals of the program is to improve the individual leadership competencies of participants, in turn benefiting the community as a whole.

“We look forward to welcoming the next group of ambitious and enthusiastic leaders who feel the need to serve and improve their community,” said Jared Downs, vice president of governmental affairs for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah and LSEGA Chair of the board of directors. “This community showed its mettle over the last few years, and our commitment is stronger than ever to make Southeast Georgia a better place to live and do business.”

The class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn about the impact of local issues such as healthcare, education, economic development, and transportation.

Participants develop a deeper knowledge about Southeast Georgia and explore key issues that are common across the region, helping to create an informed perspective on the relationship between individual communities.

The five sessions begin in February of 2023 and will conclude in June. Each two-to three-day session is held in different counties around the coastal region, where matters of infrastructure, industry, business and community development are examined. Sessions include facility tours and panel presentations, as well as personal growth and development exercises for the participants.

“I expect the next class to really dig in and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges unique to our region,” Downs added. “The collaboration we’ve seen is remarkable, and that’s how problems are solved over the long term. We need leaders who can work together and get things done, and that’s what LSEGA is always striving for.”

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by LSEGA alumni, their employers, or other community leaders. Nominations may be submitted on the LSEGA website at

Factors and requirements taken into consideration include:
Must live or work in the county from which he or she applies
Must be willing to serve the community
Must be open to growing as a professional
Must be eager to learn new skills
Must work well and participate in group activities
Must be professional, motivated and prompt
Must have your employers support
Since 1999, the program has produced 18 graduating classes with over 385 alumni. To learn more, visit

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month, region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to most effectively advance positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. From February through June, the class spends two to three days a month traveling to surrounding counties exploring regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit

Cynthia Cradduck, Managing Partner of Cecilia Russo Marketing