Oliver Maner Recognizes National Homeless Awareness Month with November Donation Drive

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Savannah’s top law firm partners with other local firms to benefit Parker’s House: A Home for Women.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) In recognition of National Homeless Awareness month in November, Oliver Maner, one of Savannah’s most prestigious law firms, will once again partner with other local law firms to raise funds and collect supplies for Parker’s House at Union Mission. This new program is Savannah and Coastal Georgia’s only facility solely dedicated to providing emergency housing and comprehensive supportive services for unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness.

The donation drive will run throughout November, with a request to the legal community and the public at large to help collect goods for Parker’s House.“Last year, the program was a success and helped to stock Parker’s House in time for their opening,” said Oliver Maner partner Bill Hunter, who also serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors at Union Mission. “Now that the new Emergency Housing Program is in operation, we are enthusiastic about continuing to help them and making a safe and comfortable place for women who find themselves homeless.”

Donations of goods can be dropped off at the Oliver Maner office, 218 W. State St., during business hours. The firm will accept donations through Wednesday, Nov. 30.Oliver Maner also set up an Amazon registry to make it easier to donate.Items needed include:

Personal care items (toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant)
Bedding (pillows, sheets)
Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels)
Cleaning supplies (Swiffer products, Lysol cleaners, disinfectant wipes)
Undergarments (socks, undershirts)
Laundry supplies (detergent, dryer sheets)

Parker’s House is located at 125 Fahm St., Savannah, in the former JC Lewis Healthcare building. The 10,590-square-foot renovated facility offers emergency housing, on-site Case Managers, Resident Assistants, and support services for up to 32 women for 90 days.

Union Mission provides basic human needs for the residents, including food, clothing, transportation, access to mental healthcare, employment support and more. The goal of this program is to help residents maintain stable housing and become independent members of the community.

Savannah-Chatham County has the second-highest rate of homelessness in Georgia. According to the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless 2019 HUD PIT Survey, on any given night, more than 180 women in Chatham County are experiencing homelessness.

ABOUT UNION MISSION
Union Mission has cared for Savannah’s homeless community for 85 years offering emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions to those in need. Union Mission also collaborates with the community’s network of service providers to make comprehensive, wrap-around supportive services, such as mental health counseling and culinary arts job training available to all homeless persons in the community. The mission of Union Mission is to partner with people to end their homelessness. For more information, call (912) 238-2777 or visit www.unionmission.org.

ABOUT OLIVER MANER
With a history of 125 years of representing clients in Georgia, South Carolina and throughout the United States, Oliver Maner, LLP, is a full-service law firm capable of handling a broad range of civil litigation and business law expertise. With a team of 28 of the highest-rated trial and transactional lawyers across the state, Oliver Maner possesses the resources and abilities to tackle complex legal problems, including personal injury, estate law, medical and legal malpractice, product liability, civil rights litigation, real estate, transportation and logistics litigation and more. The law firm is proud to have long-standing relationships with its clients, including nonprofit organizations, government entities, business owners and entrepreneurs. Oliver Maner’s office is located at 218 W. State St., Savannah, GA 31401. For more information, call (912) 236-3311 or visit www.olivermaner.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@ceciliarussomarketing.com
912-856-9075

350-Mile Bike Ride to Raise Funds and Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Paul Anderson Youth Home

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The 17th annual five-day ride in Florida symbolizes the commitment these young men have to their physical, mental, and spiritual growth

(SOUTHEAST GEORGIA/CENTRAL FLORIDA) PAYH, a fully accredited and licensed program offering a second chance to young men in crisis, continues its 60th-anniversary celebration with the 17th Annual Bike Ride. Over the course of five days, July 18-22, five young men from the Home will travel over 350 miles by bicycle on routes along the eastern coastline of central Florida, with a home base in Flagler Beach.

The event commemorates a foundational moment in the history of the Paul Anderson Youth Home. At its founding in 1961, the former Olympic gold-medal winner Paul Anderson hopped on a bicycle and rode from Vidalia, Ga., 1,200 miles to Omaha, Neb. He did this for the same reasons the five boys do it today, to raise funds and awareness of the mission to give troubled young men a second chance through Christ. Now 60 years later, the Paul Anderson Youth Home celebrates more than 1,400 lives changed through a process of recovery, restoration, and redemption.

“This bike ride continues to be one of the Home’s greatest traditions,” said Glenda Anderson Leonard, Co-Founder & President of the Paul Anderson Youth Home. “It is so inspiring to see these young men train, set goals, and then have the satisfaction of reaching them.”

Each rider strives to overcome emotional problems, bad decisions and spiritual challenges. This is symbolized in the physical fortitude to travel such distances. Anderson, a world-class athlete, stressed physical fitness as one component of honoring God. (The endurance needed to achieve these feats honors his lessons of how keeping your body physically fit is as important as exercising the mind, filling it with positivity and prayer.)

“Paul was extremely focused on Jesus Christ, physical fitness, and prioritized it in his life. These young men are honoring his legacy by taking on such a challenging week of cycling long distances,” said Anderson Leonard. “Our hope is that this ride instills self-confidence and Christian character into their everyday lives.”

This year’s goal is to raise $145,500, which will allow PAYH to effectively carry out its mission of helping troubled youth effectively. Supporters can learn more about each rider’s story, how to contribute, or become a part of the PAYH family at payhbikeride.com.

To learn more about the Paul Anderson Youth Home and family resources, visit payh.org.

ABOUT PAUL ANDERSON YOUTH HOME
Founded in 1961 by weightlifting world champion and Olympic gold medalist Paul Anderson and his wife, Glenda, the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) is a Christian residential program, with an on-campus school for young men between the ages of 16 and 21 struggling in the areas of behavioral problems, and issues of discipline, anger, and depression. PAYH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to counseling and character development, PAYH offers an accelerated learning program enabling residents to graduate with a high school diploma and technical certifications. To date, over 1,400 young men have attended the program. The Home is located at 1603 McIntosh St. in Vidalia, GA. To learn more about PAYH, call (912) 537-7237 or visit www.payh.org.

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

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

Local Rotary Clubs Donate to MAP International to Assist with Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

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(BRUNSWICK, GLENNVILLE, AUGUSTA, GA) The Glennville and Augusta chapters of Rotary presented $2,250.00 to MAP International in Brunswick to supply over 200 Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Hamsa Thota, District Governor of Rotary District 6920, presented a check for $2,000.00 from the Augusta Rotary Club to MAP International President and CEO, Steve Stirling. The donation will supply 200 DHK’s to Puerto Rico citizens.

“Our desire to aid hurricane victims has tied in nicely with our recent collaboration with MAP International,” said Dr. Thota. “MAP is the perfect partner for us to provide relief to people in Puerto Rico who are in dire need right now.”

MAP International and Rotary launched a program last Tuesday to provide life-saving medicines to uninsured or underinsured low-income people in surrounding areas. At the launch event, Margaret Jacobs, District Governor Elect, and Mike Muldowney, Assistant District Governor, presented an additional $250.00 given by the Glennville Rotary Club and Virginia Ellis, of the St. Simons Rotary Club, to provide 25 DHK’s to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

“MAP is profoundly grateful for the generous support from Rotary,” says Stirling. “Their support through this partnership will save lives here in Georgia.”

Rotary Club of Augusta

The Rotary Club of Augusta Donates to MAP International to aid in Puerto Rico disaster relief.

Glennville Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Glennville donates to MAP International to aid in disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

About MAP International
MAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. MAP serves all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality, or ethnic background. For more information, visit map.org

About Rotary International District 6920
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotary District 6920 consists of 63 clubs with a membership of over 3200 Rotary members scattered throughout southeast Georgia including Macon, Augusta, Valdosta, Brunswick, Camden, Tift, and Savannah.

Savannah Yoga Center Presents $2,047 to the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) Joe Marchese, Immediate Past President of LDSS, Tom Kenkel, LDSS Board Member, Emily Kenkel, Daughter of Tom, receive $2,047 donation from Kelley Boyd of the Savannah Yoga Center.

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Joe Marchese, Immediate Past President of LDSS, Tom Kenkel, LDSS Board Member, Emily Kenkel, Daughter of Tom, receive $2,047 donation from Kelley Boyd of the Savannah Yoga Center.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) received a $2,047 donation from the Savannah Yoga Center in support of the non-profit organization’s program and educational endeavors. LDSS is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through a variety of efforts.

“We greatly appreciate this generous gift from the Savannah Yoga Center,” said Joe Marchese, Immediate Past President of LDSS. “This type of public support means so much toward getting our message of inclusion and acceptance for families with Down syndrome in the area by helping to fund programs such as our Camp Buddy.”

Since 2003, the Savannah Yoga Center, located at 1319 Bull St. in Savannah, has provided a diverse offering of yoga workshops and training. Their mission is to be a community-oriented center for all ages and abilities. Every six months, Savannah Yoga Center teams up with a local non-profit organization to bring awareness and help raise funds for the group. Donations are raised through community classes, special events and YOGA FEST Raffles.

For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/. For more information for Savannah Yoga Center, visit http://savannahyoga.com

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. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/. Find LDSS on Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
jcbogardus@gmail.com

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

Savannah Mall’s Bass Pro Shop Donates Fishing Equipment to Boy Scout Camps

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(SAVANNAH, GA)  Bass Pro Shop, located in the Savannah Mall, made a large donation of rods and reels to the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America and the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia.  Coastal Georgia Council District Executive, Nikki Bing and Coastal Conservation Association Operations Manager, Hillari Keese were on hand to accept the donated equipment at the Bass Pro Shop at Savannah Mall.

Local Boy Scouts Field Director, Micah Donaldson said, “We greatly appreciate this donation of equipment that will be used at our Scoutreach Fishing Derbies here in Savannah and at our two camps, Black Creek Scout Reservation in Sylvania and Camp Tolochee in Brunswick.  Our on-going partnerships with Bass Pro Shops and the Savannah branch of the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia have been instrumental in helping us introduce our Scoutreach members to the great outdoors and the sport of fishing through our annual fishing derbies.”

Bass Pro Shop’s Operations Manager, Chris Finnegan said, ”Bass Pro Shops is donating 32,000 rods and reels across the US and Canada as part of ‘Gone Fishing,’ a nationwide Bass Pro Shop campaign to inspire kids to put down their digital devices and pick up a fishing pole and discover the great outdoors.”

About:  The Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America serves over 5,500 young men and women annually in coastal Georgia though traditional scouting, inner city Scout Reach programs and Explorer Post career exploration programs. Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be ‘Prepared. For Life.’  For more information, or to join Boy Scouts, call 912-927-7272.  The council website address is http://www.coastalgeorgiabsa.org/

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-A, Sbarro Italian Eatery, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café, American Deli, Sarah Janes Kitchen and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nuts About Savannah. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467or visit www.savannahmall.com. Find the Savannah Mall on Twitter at at @savannahmall.

 

O.C. Welch Donates $10,000 Toward A New Van For Park Place Outreach

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) O.C. Welch III, President of O.C. Ford and Lincoln; DaShauna Kimble, PPO Sr. Case Manager; and Stephanie Williams, PPO Night House Manager, stand in front of the new Ford Transit.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter recently received a $10,000 donation from O.C. Welch III toward the purchase of a Ford Transit vehicle. The brand new, nine-passenger Ford vehicle replaces the shelter’s decade-old van.

“Safe and reliable transportation is a crucial component for keeping our program on track,” said Linda Hilts, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach.

In addition to providing a safe place to stay, the shelter transports young people to and from school, doctor’s appointments and a variety of other places on a daily basis.

Welch said, “I know how vital this organization is to the youth in Savannah and I was more than pleased to donates funds toward a new van.”

Pictured in front of the Ford Transit are (L to R): O.C. Welch III, President of O.C. Ford and Lincoln; DaShauna Kimble, Sr. Case Manager; and Stephanie Williams, Night House Manager.

Park Place Outreach operates the only shelter in Savannah and Chatham County serving youth age 11 to 17 and all services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school. Since opening in 1984, over 6200 at-risk youth have been served by the organization. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. 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 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 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