Catie’s Gathering in Bryan County

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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!

CURE Childhood Cancer To Hold First Annual ‘Catie’s Gathering’ Fundraiser in Moultrie, Ga.

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(MOULTRIE, Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is holding a Catie’s Gathering dinner and auction at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Lily Pond Farm, 271 Dorminey Rd., Moultrie, Ga.

Catie’s Gathering is an inspiring event benefiting Catie’s Fund of CURE Childhood Cancer. The dinner features unique, individually-themed table decorations, a silent auction, a live auction, and a moving program of speakers. Since its inception, Catie’s Gathering has grown from one to five separate events in South Georgia. To date, Catie’s Fund has raised more than $2.8 million. This is the first Catie’s Gathering in Moultrie.

“The annual Catie’s Gathering events reveal just how loving and generous the community is of South Georgia. This started as a single event, and now CURE holds up to five in the region,” said Mandy Garola, vice president of CURE in South Georgia. “Our community wants more opportunities like these to support our mission to end childhood cancer. We’re so grateful to our donors, sponsors and volunteers who work to make these gatherings successful.”

The funds raised are invested in CURE’s research initiatives – specifically the Precision Medicine Program, which focuses on individualized treatments based on each child’s genetic makeup. The funds also offer general support to patients and their families fighting childhood cancer.

Sponsors of Catie’s Gathering Moultrie include Ameris Bank, Procom Sales, Lasseter Motors, Judy and Mark Mobley, South GA Crop Insurance Inc, Stone’s Home Center, Amber and Chip Sumner, and Carolyn and Stan Sumner. In-kind sponsors include Albany Beverage Company, Gay’s Food, Inc. and Lily Pond Farm.

People interested in supporting the event can participate in the online auction and make donations at CGMoultrie2022.givesmart.com.

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in the way they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and incidence rates are increasing every year. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years.

ABOUT CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has an active staff operating throughout the greater Savannah area. It is the only organization funding pediatric cancer research and providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Managing Partner, Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

CURE Childhood Cancer Partners with Sommers Oil Company and Shell Gasoline for ‘The Giving Pump’ Charity Event

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Local gas stations offer consumers the opportunity to fill their tanks while supporting the critical mission of ending childhood cancer

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is the charity of choice for Shell gasoline stations across the region during this year’s Giving Pump initiative.

The Giving Pump, a three-month promotion through Oct. 31, is part of Shell Oil Company’s nationwide Force for Good campaign that raises awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations by allocating a portion of sales to their cause. Locally owned and operated Sommers Oil Company was the driving force to bring this promotion to the Lowcountry and South Georgia area and chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the beneficiary.

Cory Sommers, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Sommers Oil Company, said, “It is so important to support our friends and neighbors who are going through a crisis. A cancer diagnosis for a little one seems like one of the biggest crises a family could face, and CURE is the organization that is there to help them – with rent, food and even gas. I’m proud we chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the organization to benefit from the Giving Pump and I trust that our customers will want to support their mission too.”

Last year, with only seven pumps participating, the promotion raised nearly $4,000 in the Savannah area. This year, the program has expanded to more than 40 sites in Ga. and South Carolina.

Ga. Giving Pumps can be found at Shell stations in Brunswick, Eatonton, Midway, Metter, Pooler, Riceboro, Rincon, Richmond Hill and Savannah. Participating S.C. Giving Pump Shell stations can be found in Aiken, Beaufort, Bluffton, Columbia, Elgin, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Johnston, Lexington, Moncks Corner, Ridgeland, Summerville, Swansea and Walterboro.

“We appreciate all the participating Shell stations and everyone who fills up for CURE,” said Mandy Garola, Vice President of CURE in South Ga. “The funds raised will support pediatric oncology patients and their families right here in our community, as well as research that is critical for fighting childhood cancer. We believe a cure can be found in our lifetime, and the awareness and funds raised by The Giving Pump are invaluable to this effort.”

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in the way they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and incidence rates are increasing every year. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years. CURE is on a mission to change this.

Shell launched The Giving Pump campaign at stations across the U.S. as part of its Force For Good initiative to drive positive change in local communities by giving back. Since launching Force For Good, Shell has highlighted the impact its wholesalers have in the communities in which they operate, going beyond fuel quality and loyalty, to help raise millions of dollars nationwide.

For more information on Sommers Oil Company, visit www.sommersoil.com. For more information on The Giving Pump campaign and to find a participating gas station near you, visit https://www.shell.us/motorist/together-we-are-a-force-for-good/fill-up-for-a-good-cause-at-the-giving-pump.html.

ABOUT CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children, CURE has dedicated more than $38MM to specific research projects aimed at curing cancers that affect children. CURE is headquartered in Atlanta and has an active staff operating throughout the greater Savannah area. It is the only organization funding pediatric cancer research and providing this level of financial and emotional support to local children and families across Georgia and parts of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Managing Partner, Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

YMCA of Coastal Georgia Holds Ceremonial “Golden Sledgehammer Swing” as West Chatham YMCA Renovation Begins

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Pooler Branch to Transform into a Modern Wellness Center

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) As part of a broader effort to update and modernize the YMCA of Coastal Georgia locations, the transformation of current YMCA locations into health and well-being centers are beginning with Pooler’s West Chatham YMCA branch.

YMCA held a ceremonial “Golden Sledgehammer Swing” to commemorate the groundbreaking of the renovation project. During the event, pre-K students from West Chatham’s Child Learning Center gave a short performance.

Felder & Associates, a distinguished and award-winning architecture firm in Savannah specializing in historic preservation, commercial and high-end residential building projects, participated in the ceremony alongside West Construction.

“It’s been 20 years since the West Chatham YMCA was updated. So we found a multitude of opportunities to better use floor space to serve the core constituency better. We’re adding glass walls for openness and transparency; the childcare areas will be expanded into space for both younger and older children, and we’re adding more space for machines, cardio and free weights in the fitness area,” explained Brian Felder, Founder and Principal Architect.

“The YMCA is a pillar of our community, and with all of the growth in the Pooler area, the renovated West Chatham YMCA will have something for all walks of life. It’s a very forward-thinking endeavor for the Y,” said Matt West, West Construction Company.

The $1.6 million investment intends to address challenges faced by the community in the post-pandemic reality. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average body mass index (BMI) has nearly doubled in children. Additionally, 43% of Americans report having worse exercise habits than before the pandemic, and 31% report that financial hardship prevented them from seeking health care in 2021, according to a Gallup Poll.

As the modern YMCA pivots to an overall wellness focus, proven programs to prevent and control chronic diseases are given the same priority as physical fitness. In addition to expanded and updated exercise areas, the new YMCA will offer space for nutrition education and community peer support.

“We maintained an understanding of the bigger picture goal in making this a modern health and wellness center, so that played into our decisions on everything, from updating all surfaces, floors and ceilings — making them easier to clean and maintain — to ensuring the space we were repurposing was put to better use,” Felder added. “The fitness center is going to be better than many pay gyms in the area.”

While the YMCA’s flagship Habersham location is also slated for an upgrade, the volume at the West Chatham location compelled the YMCA board to start the renovations at the West Chatham YMCA. Opened in 2001, it was one of only a few businesses on its stretch of Pooler Parkway at the time. In 2021 it was one of the busiest of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s 10 branch locations, serving 6,757 members and 1,638 program participants who registered 121,839 visits over the course of the year.

“With this much-needed renovation, we’re looking ahead to the future and working to ensure that our facilities and services are ready to serve for the next 50 years,” says Joel Smoker, YMCA of Coastal Georgia CEO.

The project is expected to take approximately six months, with completion at the end of winter 2023.

“We’re a community-minded firm, so it’s an honor to work on a project like this. The YMCA is a foundational part of the Savannah area, and a lot of heart went into this. We look forward to seeing it through,” said Felder.

West added, “Our company enjoys projects that improve our community, and the YMCA makes us all better in so many ways. We’re excited to be on the team.”

ABOUT THE YMCA OF COASTAL GEORGIA
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has been serving the Coastal Georgia community for over 167 years and continues to work every day to advance its cause to strengthen the community through its three areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Today the YMCA of Coastal Georgia operates 11 units in Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties; included is the YMCA’s Before- and After-School Enrichment Program operating in 55 elementary and middle schools throughout the markets served. The YMCA serves men and women, girls and boys of all ages and from all walks of life. All of this and more is accomplished while putting forth the Y mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building, and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED-accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is also nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call (912) 777-3979, or visit felderassociates.net.

ABOUT WEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
West Construction Company, established in 2014 and headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, is an award-winning, mid-sized commercial construction company built on a reputation of quality, integrity, and discipline. West Construction Company’s purpose is to build quality projects and quality people through trusting relationships, service to our clients, partners, and our community.

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

State Representative Derek Mallow Presents The Outstanding Georgia Business Award To Oliver Maner During The Firm’s 125th Anniversary Year

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Esteemed Savannah law firm earns recognition by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office for its commitment to community service.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Oliver Maner, a leading law firm in Savannah, Ga., was presented the Outstanding Georgia Business Award by State Representative Derek Mallow of Georgia House District 163, which includes downtown Savannah where the firm’s offices are located.

State representatives are permitted to request recognition for a business in their district from the Georgia Secretary of State, along with documentation and verification of facts.

Rep. Mallow proposed Oliver Maner for this recognition after reading an article on LinkedIn about the law firm’s work with a local nonprofit. Rep. Mallow investigated further and found that the attorneys and partners at Oliver Maner supported at least 25 more charities and immediately contacted the Secretary of State’s office to begin the proposal for this honor, which was accepted.

“For their contribution to the community, I’m proud to present the Outstanding Georgia Business Award to Oliver Maner,” Rep. Mallow said. “They donate their time, talents and treasures to help so many organizations. It’s only right we recognize their contributions.”

Oliver Maner Managing Partner Patrick O’Connor accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

“It’s especially gratifying to receive this award during our 125th anniversary year,” said O’Connor. “Oliver Maner has always supported local charities and doing so is a core value of our firm. We’ve been part of Savannah and the state of Georgia for more than a century, and we look forward to another 125 years of giving back and serving our community.”

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 27 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 agencies, 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

Savannah Author Debuts First Novel, “The Blessing of the Celtic Curse”

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New book is the first in a series featuring the shenanigans of a cast of Savannah characters

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) The first installment in local author Leigh Ebberwein’s Savannah-based romance series, The Saints of Savannah, will be on the shelves soon as the author releases her debut novel, “The Blessing of the Celtic Curse.”

“This book is based on my experiences of growing up in Savannah and pulling from my Irish heritage,” said Ebberwein.  “‘The Blessing of the Celtic Curse‘ weaves an uplifting and powerful tale of the cross-generational impact of reckless choices, the redeeming power of love, the importance of having a sisterhood of friends and the unbreakable bond of family.” 

Ebberwein, who is a native of Savannah, is an alumna of St. Vincent’s Academy and a Georgia Southern University graduate. Two years ago, she picked up a pen and began writing in a marble back composition book that belonged to one of her children. “It was like magic. I had always enjoyed storytelling, but it wasn’t until that moment that I realized that I was being called to write those stories down.”

“‘The Blessing of the Celtic Curse‘ reinforces the idea that you must know where you came from before you can understand where you’re going. But most importantly, it’s about two of the most beautiful places in the world: Savannah and Ireland,” continued Ebberwein.

The official release date of “The Blessing of the Celtic Curse” was fittingly All Saints Day. This is the first book in a series that will continue with another book that will launch in the Spring.Ebberwein’s publisher is Old Fort Press. Her books are available through independent bookstores and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other outlets in paperback and e-book versions.

For more information, visit www.leighebberwein.com.

Cecilia Russo Marketing Welcomes Summer Intern, Megan McCarthy

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Cecilia Russo Marketing is pleased to announce that Megan McCarthy has joined the public relations and marketing firm for a summer internship. In this position, McCarthy supports the entire staff’s brand management efforts through media relations, writing and distributing news releases, content creation for print and social media platforms, photography and videography, event planning and management, search engine optimization, media coverage tracking, and research.

Born and raised in Savannah, Ga., McCarthy is currently a rising junior at Georgia Southern University (GSU) pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at the Statesboro Campus. There, she is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Zeta Upsilon chapter.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a reputable agency as Cecilia Russo Marketing,” McCarthy said. “I look forward to forging meaningful relationships with the clients and community leaders I meet this summer and am thrilled to have such extensive hands-on experience in a field I am so passionate about already.”When she is not studying or working, McCarthy enjoys boat rides, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC

Based in Savannah, Georgia, Cecilia Russo Marketing is a boutique firm delivering trusted and successful results since its founding in 2008. Owner and President Cecilia Russo Turner is a native of Savannah and uniquely understands the local and regional trends of brand-building strategies and reputation management while leveraging traditional and social platforms to engage with key publics and consistently exceed client expectations. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit ceciliarussomarketing.com.MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo Turner
President and CEO
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912-665-0005
crusso@crussomarketing.com

United Way of the Coastal Empire Celebrates 2020 Accomplishments and Welcomes New Leadership

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United Way of the Coastal Empire had much to celebrate in its 83rd Annual Meeting Luncheon. Outgoing Board Chair Larry Silbermann reflected on the great achievements the organization has accomplished in the last year through the generosity and resilience from more than 13,000 individuals, companies, and organizations.  

The organization also welcomed Jeff O’Connor of First Citizens Bank as new board chair and Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing as new campaign chair. The Annual Meeting was held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa with limited attendance.

“I am honored to be the next campaign chair of the United Way of the Coastal Empire. So many I respect and admire have gone before me. And as I have spoken to many of them, one thing is clear: no one does it alone,” said Russo Turner. “The success of our 2021 campaign depends on all of us. We can do this: Forward United!”

Silbermann expressed gratitude to volunteers for their dedicated service to the community through United Way and proudly shared the work the organization has done throughout the past year.  Some highlights of United Way’s achievements include:

  • Raised more than $675,000 for COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to help more than 2,000 residents with rent, mortgage, and utility payments beginning in March 2020, long before federal assistance was available.
  • Distributed $3.6 million in grants to 54 non-profit agencies and 82 programs and helped an estimated 200,000 people in our four-county area. Partner agencies were also offered emergency assistance grants and valuable access to experts to aid in their navigation of the enormous impacts of the pandemic. 
  • Partnered with the City of Savannah and Chatham County to deliver housing assistance with funds available through the CARES Act.  United Way continues to partner with Chatham County to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. United Way continues to partner with Chatham County to administer the. Through these federally funded programs, United Way has helped to support more than 7,400 people in crisis.
  • Answered 35,000 inquiries for assistance from local citizens in need of help through United Way 2-1-1 call center and Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty county service centers. United Way 2-1-1 is a free, confidential helpline and one of our community’s most valuable resources.
  • Completed a Strategic Planning process that engaged more than 400 community members representing all of United Way of the Coastal Empire’s constituencies. Through collective action, the organization seeks to make a measurable, lasting impact with clear goals and a more intentional focus on Safety Net and Upward Mobility. 

During the event, Outgoing Board Chair Larry Silbermann presented the Craig Harney’s Spirit of Philanthropy Awards to three extraordinary individuals: Nathan Benson of Chatham County Government, Dr. Sandra Wallace Nethels of Effingham County School District, and the late Freddie Patrick of Eastside Concerned Citizens. These awards recognize exemplary individuals for their excellence in giving, advocating, and volunteering for United Way

The business portion of the Annual Meeting continued with the election of 20 new community leaders to serve on the Board of Directors, as well as its slate of executive committee members for 2021.  

The new board members are Dr. Tonia Howard-Hall, Community Volunteer; Jill Cheeks, The Mediation Center; Judge Lisa Colbert, Chatham County Superior Court; Andrew Cosey, Austin Hill Realty; Dr. Yancy Ford, Effingham County Board of Education; Ben Hart, WJCL-TV; Stephanie Jones-Heath, Diversity Health Center; Libby Kessler, Lakeview Manor; Bob Klausmeier, Renfroe Outdoor; Sarah Lippert, Ameris Bank; Sam McCachern, Thomas & Hutton; Nick Jennings, Georgia Power; Ryan Price, JE Dunn Construction; Ken Rabitsch, Synovus; Cindy Robinett, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard; Pritpal Singh, Perry Lane Hotel; Julia Tyre, Memorial Health; Patrick Wall, St. Joseph/Candler; Alderman Linda Wilder-Bryan, City of Savannah; and Judge Derek White, Chatham County State Court

.Pictured from left to right: Cecilia Russo Turner, 2021 Campaign Chair, Cecilia Russo Marketing; Jeff O’Connor, 2021 Board Chair, First Citizens Bank; Brynn Grant, President & CEO, United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Pictured from left to right: Cecilia Russo Turner, 2021 Campaign Chair, Cecilia Russo Marketing; Jeff O’Connor, 2021 Board Chair, First Citizens Bank; Brynn Grant, President & CEO, United Way of the Coastal Empire.

The 2021 board executive committee is:

Board Chair: Jeff O’Connor – First Citizens Bank

Board Vice-Chair: Mark Bennett – Gulfstream Aerospace  

Immediate Past Board Chair: Larry Silbermann – WTOC-TV  

Secretary: Michael Kaigler, Chatham County  

Treasurer: Marc Hefner, WSAV-TV

Campaign Chair: Cecilia Russo Turner – Cecilia Russo Marketing

Campaign Vice-Chair: Cindy Robinett, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard

Community Investments Chair: Dr. Michael Toma – Georgia Southern University  

Direct Services Chair: Stephanie Jones-Heath, Diversity Health Center

Volunteer Chair: Ryan Sewell – Sterling Seacrest Pritchard  

Marketing Chair: Jason Usry – WJCL-TV  

Race, Equity, Opportunity Chair: Kimberly Ballard-Washington, Savannah State University

Strategic Plan Chair: Ken Rabitsch, Synovus

At-Large Members: 

Chief Terry Enoch – Savannah-Chatham County Public School System  

Taffanye Young – City of Savannah  

Ryan Chandler – Colonial Group

Jamie McCurry – Georgia Ports Authority  

2021 Board Chair Jeff O’Connor shared the organization’s vision of the future. “We look forward to continuing to build upon the tremendous legacy of the United Way in our community, putting even greater focus on building stronger, deeper, and wider community partnerships,” said O’Connor. “We are elevating our commitment to equity. Through collective action, we seek to make measurable, lasting impact with clear goals and more intentional focus on Safety Net and Upward Mobility.”

For more information about United Way of the Coastal Empire, visit www.uwce.org.

ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC

Based in Savannah, Georgia, Cecilia Russo Marketing is a boutique firm delivering trusted and successful results since its founding in 2008. President and founder Cecilia Russo Turner is a native of Savannah and uniquely understands the local and regional trends of brand-building strategies and reputation management while leveraging traditional and social platforms to engage with key publics and consistently exceed client expectations. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit ceciliarussomarketing.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Cynthia Cradduck

Cecilia Russo Marketing

912-856-9075

cynthia@crussomarketing.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, January 6, 2020

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BACKPACKS OF LOVE RECEIVES DONATION FROM LOCAL COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION FIRM

(SAVANNAH, GA) As part of the Inspire Your Community podcast, local commercial construction firm the Dewitt Tilton Group made a $2,000 donation to Backpacks of Love as they prepared to pack holiday meal boxes for children and their families in the Richmond Hill area who may otherwise have limited access to food during the break from school. The group also brought their families to help pack over 25 of these boxes. The Inspire Your Community podcast is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/8CfBaANc9J4 and wherever you get your podcasts. To learn more about Backpacks of Love, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/12/inspire-your-community-podcast-donated-2000-richmond-hills-backpacks-love-program/.

TWO BETHESDA ACADEMY TEACHERS EARN “MASTER TEACHER” RECOGNITION FROM SCISA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Two teachers at Bethesda Academy were granted “master teacher” status after evaluation by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). Craig Sherman teaches social studies and history and Jennifer Gilmour teaches science and mathematics, in addition to being a cottage teacher, whose responsibilities include ensuring all boarding students complete homework assignments, finish chores and are in bed on time. To learn more about the teachers and this honor, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/12/two-bethesda-academy-teachers-earn-master-teacher-status-awarded-scisa/.

SGTV CITY SPAN FEATURES ENCOURAGE HEALTH EDUCATION SERIES

(SAVANNAH, GA) SGTV teamed up with Enmarket and Healthy Savannah for the 2019 Encourage Health Education Series. Watch a recap of the fourth and final lecture below.

THE UNITED WAY OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE ANNOUNCES NEW CEO 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The United Way of the Coastal Empire Board of Directors is proud to announce that Brynn Grant has been named President and CEO. Grant led the startup of World Trade Center Savannah where she currently serves as Vice President. She also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). To learn more about Grant, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/business/20191219/brynn-grant-to-lead-united-way-of-coastal-empire.

Brynn Grant of Leadership Southeast Georgia
Brynn Grant of Leadership Southeast Georgia

SBAC CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC) announces 30 years in business this year. Watch the video below for a celebration of its accomplishments.

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will be held Feb. 7, 2020 at EmployAbility in Savannah. Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-lowcountry-ladies-luncheon-savannah-tickets-83533728631.

MALLORY TURNER VON WALDNER JOINS SAVANNAH VETERINARY MEDICAL CENTER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Veterinary Medical Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Mallory Turner von Waldner has joined the practice as the newest associate veterinarian. In her new position, von Waldner will be responsible for routine appointments, performing surgeries, caring for sick patients, counseling clients and providing recommendations based on diagnostic tests. To learn more about von Waldner, visit https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/people-in-the-news/9811-dec-12-savannah-veterinary-medical-center-hires-dr-mallory-turner-von-waldner.html.

Dr. Mallory Turner von Waldner

ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH

(ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH) Happy New Year! You may already have some resolutions ready for your home, but have you thought about creating some pertaining to your plumbing in particular? After all, your home’s water supply needs love and care too! If you’re having trouble coming up with good plumbing goals for 2020, never fear. We’ll be sharing our top five! #1: Be selective with your garbage disposal. Contrary to popular belief, your garbage disposal isn’t a catch-all for your food scraps. There are certain items that should go in the regular trash – like grease, egg shells, pasta and coffee grounds. To learn more, visit https://rotosavannah.com/.

SMALL BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM JANUARY 8, 2020

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Small Business Chamber of Savannah invites small business owners and managers to an innovative training opportunity. The Small Business Symposium is designed to help Savannah entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. Get advice and inspiration from experts on how to position and structure your business for growth! A sample of the day’s topics include branding, scaling your business, profitability, budgeting and turning your customers into marketers. Speakers include Victoria Baylor of Mindset & Brand Confidence, Jared Orton of the Savannah Bananas, Dave Legasse of The Salt Table and more! Seating is limited and registration is required. To learn more and register, visit https://smallbusinesschamber.org/symposium-winter-2020/

COLD WEATHER CARE

(PINNACLE PLASTIC SURGERY) Cooler temperatures outside and dryer heated air inside can cause dry and flaky skin. Learn more about recommended cold weather skin care products here: https://zoskinhealth.com/products.

2020 BLITZ BORDER BOWL

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2020 Blitz Border Bowl is coming this Saturday, Jan. 11 to Savannah’s Memorial Stadium. Savannah’s Bowl Game will be an all-star challenge pitting the best seniors from The Georgia Coastal Empire against the best seniors from The South Carolina Lowcountry, all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year Jenkins High School Head Coach Jason Cameron leads the Georgia squad. Whale Branch High School Coach Jerry Hatcher leads the South Carolina all-stars. Tickets to this local bowl game are $10 and can be purchased online at https://gatehouselive.enmotive.com/events/register/2020-blitz-border-bowl. To learn more visit WSAV.com/BlitzBorderBowl.

ENMARKET HOCKEY CLASSIC DATES ANNOUNCED

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Hockey Classic is returning to Savannah! This annual event will take place Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18. Tickets are on sale now – get yours before they sell out! For more information,
 visit http://savannahcivic.com/events/category/series/savannah-hockey-classic/.

DID YOU KNOW? 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot oral health problems early on, when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place. For more information, visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com.

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MEET LAO

(SAVANNAH, GA) Meet Lao! Lao, aka Baby Boy, is a lovable, snuggly, energetic goofball all wrapped up in a tiny, adorable orange package! To adopt Lao, or another animal from Coastal Pet Rescue, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-c-033-lao/.

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, December 30, 2019

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BACKPACKS OF LOVE RECEIVES DONATION FROM LOCAL COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION FIRM

(SAVANNAH, GA) As part of the Inspire Your Community podcast, local commercial construction firm the Dewitt Tilton Group made a $2,000 donation to Backpacks of Love as they prepare to pack holiday meal boxes for children and their families in the Richmond Hill area who may otherwise have limited access to food during the break from school. The group also brought their families to help pack over 25 of these boxes. The Inspire Your Community podcast is available on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts. To learn more about Backpacks of Love, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/12/inspire-your-community-podcast-donated-2000-richmond-hills-backpacks-love-program/.

TWO BETHESDA ACADEMY TEACHERS EARN “MASTER TEACHER” RECOGNITION FROM SCISA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Two teachers at Bethesda Academy were granted “master teacher” status after evaluation by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). Craig Sherman teaches social studies and history and Jennifer Gilmour teaches science and mathematics, in addition to being a cottage teacher, whose responsibilities include ensuring all boarding students complete homework assignments, finish chores and are in bed on time. To learn more about the teachers and this honor, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/12/two-bethesda-academy-teachers-earn-master-teacher-status-awarded-scisa/.

LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA ANNOUNCES 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) has announced its Board of Directors for 2020. LSEGA is an innovative leadership program serving a 10-county area of southeast Georgia, and this new Board will take a leading role as they excitedly organize the program’s 2020 session. Brynn Grant, the chief operating officer of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, will serve as the new Board chair, with Jared Downs of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce serving as vice-chair. For more information on the Board and its new members, visit https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/people-in-the-news/9803-dec-10-leadership-southeast-georgia-announces-2020-board-of-directors.html

Leadership Southeast Georgia
Leadership Southeast Georgia

LOCAL CHARITY CHOSEN FOR 2019 SUBARU SHARE THE LOVE® EVENT

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) Peacock Subaru Hilton Head has selected Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) as its hometown charity during the 2019 Subaru Share the Love® Event taking place through Jan. 2, 2020. The local organization will be added to a list of national nonprofits that customers can select to receive a $250 donation from Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) with each vehicle purchased from the dealership. To join the conversation about charitable giving, follow Subaru on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/subaruofamerica or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/subaru_usa and search the hashtag #sharethelove.

THE UNITED WAY OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE ANNOUNCES NEW CEO 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The United Way of the Coastal Empire Board of Directors is proud to announce that Brynn Grant has been named President and CEO. Grant led the startup of World Trade Center Savannah where she currently serves as Vice President. She also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). To learn more about Grant, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/business/20191219/brynn-grant-to-lead-united-way-of-coastal-empire.

Brynn Grant of Leadership Southeast Georgia
Brynn Grant of Leadership Southeast Georgia

SBAC CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC) celebrates 30 years in business.  To view a slideshow of the celebration, watch the video below.

YAPPY HOUR HOLIDAY EDITION DONATION DRIVE

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Subaru Hilton Head hosted Yappy Hour Holiday Edition for local families to enjoy an evening with furry friends. Guests were invited to bring their pets to take pictures with Santa Claus and enjoy special Christmas music and treats. During this Yappy Hour, dogs were available for adoption through Renegade Paws Rescue and Peacock Subaru Hilton Head collected toys for the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. For more information, visit  https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/145-lowcountry-business-news/9815-dec-13-donation-drive-benefited-renegade-paws-rescue-and-marine-toys-for-tots-foundation-at-yappy-hour-%E2%80%9Choliday-edition%E2%80%9D.html.

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will be held Feb. 7, 2020 at EmployAbility in Savannah. Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-lowcountry-ladies-luncheon-savannah-tickets-83533728631.

PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE DONATION DRIVE HELD DURING DECEMBER

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) Santa Paws at Pinnacle, an annual holiday donation drive benefiting Palmetto Animal League (PAL), launched for the month of December with a kick-off party hosted at Pinnacle Medical Group’s Sheridan Park office on Thursday, Dec. 5. Those who wish to give to PAL in the last few days of the month are encouraged to bring new blankets, towels, dog toys, food, cleaning supplies, shampoos, collars, leashes, beds and tennis balls. Pet store gift cards and cash donations are also accepted. All donations throughout the month will be given to PAL and distributed among rural shelters with limited resources. Community members who donate will receive a $50 gift card toward an injectable treatment at Pinnacle Medical Group. To learn more about the donation drive, visit https://www.wsav.com/community/santa-paws-at-pinnacle-underway-benefit-palmetto-animal-league/.

MALLORY TURNER VON WALDNER JOINS SAVANNAH VETERINARY MEDICAL CENTER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Veterinary Medical Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Mallory Turner von Waldner has joined the practice as the newest associate veterinarian. In her new position, von Waldner will be responsible for routine appointments, performing surgeries, caring for sick patients, counseling clients and providing recommendations based on diagnostic tests. To learn more about von Waldner, visit https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/people-in-the-news/9811-dec-12-savannah-veterinary-medical-center-hires-dr-mallory-turner-von-waldner.html.

UGA IMPACT LAUNCHES WEEK OF SERVICE AT PARK PLACE OUTREACH

(SAVANNAH, GA) A group of students involved with IMPACT UGA participated in a week long service project at the Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. IMPACT UGA is a program facilitated by the University of Georgia Center for Leadership & Service that encourages students to serve for a week at various nonprofit locations across the eastern coast during winter and spring breaks. IMPACT UGA students will serve Park Place Outreach through a variety of tasks such as painting, yardwork, assembling furniture, etc. To learn more about Park Place Outreach, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

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CHRIS GIGNAC OF FPC OF SAVANNAH RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY AS A PLATINUM PLUS RECRUITER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Gignac 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. 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. Last year she became the top FPC recruiter nationwide, and she is right here in Savannah. To learn more about Chris and her role with FPC, visit https://savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/people-in-the-news/9798-dec-9-chris-gignac-recognized-as-an-fpc-platinum-plus-recruiter-in-production.html.

Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah
Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah

ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH

(ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH) Happy New Year! You may already have some resolutions ready for your home, but what about creating some pertaining to your plumbing in particular? After all, your home’s water supply needs love and care, too! If you’re having trouble coming up with good plumbing goals for 2020, never fear. We’ll be sharing our top five throughout the coming month! #1: Be selective with your garbage disposal… Contrary to popular belief your garbage disposal isn’t a catch-all for your food scraps. There are certain items that should go in the regular trash – like grease, egg shells, pasta and coffee grounds. To learn more, visit https://rotosavannah.com/.

JENKINS ATHLETIC CLUB LAUNCHES “VERTICAL JUMP FOR JAC” WITH DONATION DROP-OFF DAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) At a special holiday event, the community was invited to join members of the Jenkins Athletic Club (JAC) to enjoy complimentary Christmas cookies and photos with Santa Claus. During this event, the JAC collected donations for the club’s youth athletic programs and seasonal camps.To learn more about the event, visit https://www.wtoc.com/2019/12/16/santa-claus-visits-childrens-hospital-jenkins-athletic-club-savannah/.

RMHC RECEIVES $2,000 DONATION FROM SAVANNAH MARITIME AFTER HOURS

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the sixth year in a row, Savannah Maritime After Hours has presented a $2,000 holiday donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Coastal Empire in support of the growing needs of the House and its residents. Members of the Savannah Maritime Association raised this money through Savannah Maritime After Hours networking events held on the first Wednesday of each month. To learn more about Savannah Maritime After Hours, visit https://www.facebook.com/savannahMaritimeAfterHours/

2020 BLITZ BORDER BOWL

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2020 Blitz Border Bowl is coming Saturday, Jan. 11 to Savannah’s Memorial Stadium. Savannah’s Bowl Game will be an all-star challenge pitting the best seniors from The Georgia Coastal Empire against the best seniors from The South Carolina Lowcountry, all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year Jenkins High School Head Coach Jason Cameron leads the Georgia squad. Whale Branch High School Coach Jerry Hatcher leads the South Carolina all-stars. Tickets to this local bowl game are $10 and can be purchased online at https://gatehouselive.enmotive.com/events/register/2020-blitz-border-bowl. To learn more visit WSAV.com/BlitzBorderBowl.

FORSYTH FARMER’S MARKET LAUNCHES 912 FOOD FARMACY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Forsyth Farmers’ Market has received a $455,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to start a produce prescription program in early 2020. This program, 912 Food Farmacy, strives to improve community health through nutrition education, increased access to fresh and local foods, and financial incentives for purchasing these healthy food items. Supported by REACH Savannah initiatives, the 912 Food Farmacy will partner with four local health centers (St. Joseph’s/Candler’s St. Mary’s Community Center, Memorial Health Children’s Hospital, Chatham County Health Department, and J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center) to serve low-income individuals who have, or are at risk for, diet-related chronic diseases. To learn more, visit https://fox28media.com/news/local/forsyth-farmers-market-new-program-helping-low-income-community-access-healthy-foods.

UNION MISSION SERVES HOLIDAY MEALS

(SAVANNAH, GA) In the spirit of the holidays, Union Mission served 300 holiday meals, provided by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation with the support of Sodexo, to local families and individuals in need on December 23rd at Grace House.

ENMARKET HOCKEY CLASSIC DATES ANNOUNCED

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Hockey Classic is returning to Savannah! This annual event will take place Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18. Tickets are on sale now. For more information,
 visit http://savannahcivic.com/events/category/series/savannah-hockey-classic/.

DID YOU KNOW? 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Children who still suck their fingers or thumbs after their permanent teeth start coming in, usually around the age of 5 or 6, can cause permanent changes that affect both tooth and jaw structure. For more information on how to protect your child’s teeth, visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com.

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MEET BRUCE

(SAVANNAH, GA) While Bruce might not have had the best life before coming to Coastal Pet Rescue, you’d never know it–just look at that face! His smile is so contagious you can’t help but be happy when spending time with him, whether you’re laying on the couch relaxing or playing outside. He’s active and loves to give and get lots of interaction and love, but he can also be pretty chill. To adopt Bruce, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-d-041-bruce/.