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Kilt and Kolor 5K Run 2016 to benefit Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Kilt and Kolor Run Savannah LDSSThe Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will be the charity partner of the 3rd annual Kilt and Kolor Run on Sat. March 19 along the Hutchinson Island race track in Savannah.

The non-profit organization has been selected to be the beneficiary of the 5K race and is assisting with coordination of the event. For more information or to participate in the 5K race as a sponsor or volunteer, contact Kim Watson,

To register for the race or to donate online, visit

Registration opens at 6:30AM and the event begins with a clean, timed 5K race followed by a 1/4 mile kids’ fun run filled with color.

The main event at 9AM is a 5K Kilt and Kolor Run. All participants receive two color powder bags, a t-shirt, medal and photo.

This marks the first year that the Kilt and Kolor Run proceeds are benefitting a Savannah area non-profit.

Since 2006, LDSS has grown from a group of a few families to an organization serving Savannah and the surrounding counties through events such as The Buddy Walk, The Night of Champions and Camp Buddy.

Outreach: Bella’s Big Heart Gives Back Pizza Party, Savannah

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Bella's Big Heart Gives Back Savannah My Pie Sandfly 2016Bella’s Big Heart Gives Back 2nd Annual Savannah Pizza Party

Sat. Feb. 13 2016
11AM-4PM @ Your Pie Pizza, 7360 Skidaway Road in Sandfly
Raising Money and Awareness
Supporting Shriners Hospital for Children Tampa and Chicago.

Help Bella provide fun playground equipment to the Shriners Hospital for Children Hospitals that have helped her get on her feet – literally.
Goal: $20,000 to provide tables for Chicago and an indoor playgrounds and ADA swing for Tampa.

If you can’t make it, but want to donate please contact Desiree Bartels @ 912.441.9224 or for the address to mail donations to. Or make a online donation here.

Three years ago, Bella Grace Bartels was born with a rare disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta type 3, also known as brittle bone disease.

There is no known cure but through infused biophosphate treatment therapy, surgeries,and pain management, Bella has thrived.

Since she was 8-weeks old, she has traveled back and forth from Shriners Hospital for Children Tampa and Chicago.

Join Bella for a day of pizza, fun, raffles and a silent auction so that she can meet her goal.

Meet other Shrine kids and hear their stories plus receive your free ticket to the Southern Womans Show Saturday, February 27th for Bella’s Day while supplies last.

10% of sales from Your Pie will be donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children 501c3

100% of all donations will be made to Shriners Hospital for Children

Please make all checks out to Shriners Hospital For Children, notes Bella Bartels.

Read more about Bella in our 2015 newspaper column here. 

Farm Truck 912 mobile farmers market in Savannah

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Farm Truck 912 Savannah

Thanks to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s Live Well. Be Well. initiative, Forsyth Farmers’ Market has created Farm Truck 912, a mobile farmers’ market that will bring local fruits and vegetables to Savannah neighborhoods with the least access to healthy food.

Farm Truck 912 will both accept and double SNAP/EBT benefits and offer health and nutrition opportunities.

Weekly Farm Truck 912 Schedule:

Department of Children and Family Services Center
Mondays, 10am-1pm

Moses Jackson Community Center
Tuesdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm

WW Law Community Center
Thursdays, 11am-1pm

For more information or to offer support, contact: or click here.

Savannah Community Event: Dr. Temple Grandin

Monday, January 25th, 2016


Dr. Temple Grandin to speak in Savannah 2016 autism

UPDATE: The event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin is sold-out. 

On Feb 11-12, The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) will host the 2016 Autism Conference in Savannah that will feature keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world.

Her life, with all its challenges and successes, was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She also speaks on both autism and cattle handling.

Dr. Grandin’s current bestselling book on autism is “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” She also authored “Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships”; “Animals Make Us Human”; “Animals in Translation”; “Thinking in Pictures”; and “Emergence: Labeled Autistic.”

Savannah Community Event featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin
“Different Kinds of Minds”
Followed by book signing
(Books will be available for purchase)
7pm Friday, Feb. 12 2016
Coastal Georgia Center
305 Fahm St. Savannah, GA 31401

Tickets: $20

To purchase tickets, click here.

Donate toys for Miracle on May Street, Savannah

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

miracle on mayHelp the West Broad Street YMCA collect toys for the 34th Annual Miracle On May Street event, which is a holiday gift give away for the families that the YMCA and Loop It Up Savannah serve.

Organizers are in great need of enough toys to make the event a success.  Families are also needed to volunteer as the “elves” at the event and the day before.

Miracle on May Street in Savannah is 9AM-1PM on Sat. Dec 12 2015.

Donated toys can be new or lightly-used, preferably unwrapped so that the parents can “shop” for their kids.

Toy drop-off locations:

– The West Broad Street YMCA – 1110 May Street
– Loop It Up Savannah @ Jelinek Creative – 103 N. Fahm Street
– Sulfur Studios – 2301 Bull Street
– Starlandia Creative Supply – 2438 Bull St.
– United Way – 428 Bull Street
– Vernon Donovan State Farm – 1935 E. Victory Drive #300
– Cumulus Broadcasting – 214 Television Circle
– 520 Wings- 2705 Bull Street

Interested in volunteering? Sign up by clicking here.

All-inclusive family vacation to Beaches Negril Resort with special group savings, volunteer project

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

EXCLUSIVE family getaway to Beaches Negril ResortNext summer take a vacation that your family won’t forget!

The gals at Two Sisters Travel have planned the adventure of a lifetime on their EXCLUSIVE getaway to Beaches Negril Resort in Jamaica June 20-25, 2016!

This luxury all-inclusive vacation combines fun and sun for the whole family, with special group savings.

Your family will also have the opportunity to participate in a special family-friendly volunteer project at a local school. Two Sisters Travel have partnered with the Sandals Foundation to offer this special Day of Caring activity. It will be a priceless lesson to teach your children about appreciating differences, respecting others, and the importance of community service.

Beaches Negril Resort provides the perfect setting for this special getaway. Situated on the world-famous 7-Mile Beach, at Beaches everything is included from unlimited watersports like waterskiing, paddle boarding, even SCUBA diving. And there are 6 kids programs for every age from infants to teens. This will truly be a vacation for everyone.

Join Two Sisters Travel online Thurs. Nov. 19 9PM for a Virtual Q&A. They’ll be answering all of your questions, discussing details of the trip, and sharing tips on staying at an all-inclusive resort with the family. Visit the Facebook event here to join or for more information.

There are only 12 rooms available for this exclusive getaway. Book your room now with a $400 deposit. Two Sisters Travel can even arrange an easy to follow payment plan for you.

Get a customized quote now or call 843-284-3241 for details. See you in Jamaica, mon!

You’re invited: SMA Angels Charity Ball, Nov. 21, Savannah

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

SMN Angels Charity Ball

You’re invited to the SMA Angels Charity Ball Saturday, Nov. 21 for a magical evening of dinner & dancing, live & silent auction @ Marriott Riverfront Savannah.

Featuring “The Swingin’ Medallions” Band. Matt Mattingly, auctioneer, Roger Widener, dinner music.

Profits will be used in the fight against Spinal Muscular Atrophy “SMA”. SMA is the No. 1 genetic killer of infants under the age of two.

Purchase tickets: call 912-727-4SMA

Read about the amazing Richmond Hill family with twin daughters born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) by clicking here.

A devastating neuromuscular disease, SMA is the number one genetic killer of children under two. At present, there is no cure or treatment.


SMA Angels Charity is a 100% volunteer, non-profit charity that was inspired by two amazing little girls, Cassie and Skylar Swanson. They were born March 7, 1997 and, at five months, were diagnosed with the deadly disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). These beautiful identical twins inspired not only their family, but a community of friends. Determined that no parent should ever again hear, “Your child, will never sit, stand or walk and they will die before the age of two,” this charity began its fight against SMA. The organization helps provide support for the crucial research to find a cure or treatment for SMA; sponsors investigation into the best quality of care for children with SMA; provides medical equipment and supplies to families of children with SMA; and continues to work to spread awareness and education about this deadly disease. For more information, please visit, call (912) 727-4762.

Elephants for Ella

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

12072834_964693316922766_5571411845136952453_nElla Bothwell is a 7 year old Rincon girl who has been diagnosed Stage 4 DIPG, an aggressive tumor at the base of the brain.

This type of cancer is usually terminal.

The love and support a family receives from its community in a time like this is immeasurable and often transformative.

It reaffirms that in your darkest times, we are all together and ultimately willing to do whatever it takes to help take care of one another.

The students at Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler have created …Elephants for Ella, a series of prints to raise money for Ella’s medical treatments.

Prints are a high quality 13″ x 19″, with 5 different Elephants to choose from. Each print is $20 and all proceeds go to Ella’s medical fund.

You can purchase Elephants for Ella here .

Prints also available at both Scribble Art Studio‘s Savannah and Pooler studio locations, as well as Effingham Loves Ella Festival 11AM-4PM on Oct. 31 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds. More festival info here. 

Please contact Scribble Art Studio for more info 912.713.7376 or

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Please visit Ella’s Facebook Page, Prayers for Sweet Ella, for more information about this special little girl.

Pee Wee Rodeo, Nov. 21, Savannah

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Pee Wee Rodeo 2015 Savannah Urban Hope

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Pee Wee Rodeo, Nov. 21, 2015 @ The Old Dairy Farm, 2500 Tennessee Ave.
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 kids, $50 family max, 2 and under are free
Purchase tickets at

Grab your cowboy hat, boots, spurs and chaps and come for a fun filled day of cowboy/cowgirl activities.

Your child will enjoy the chance to participate in stick horse rodeo events!

There will be other fun activities, such as pony rides, wagon rides, mechanical bull, face painting, archery, and farm animal petting zoo.

A photo booth will provide a chance for you and your family to get a picture taken by Melissa Levesque Photography. There will be food and beverages for purchase from Savannah Food Truck Festival and Thomas the hog dog man.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Hope, a free after school program for inner city and at risk children.

Generous sponsors include: Moves With a Purpose – Savannah Real Estate Consultants, Hancock Askew, DX Marketing, Bill Lucas Insurance, Seacrest Partners, South University, North Western Mutual, Secretariat, Kathleen Horne, Rebecca Jordan Starling, The Yost Family and Savannah River Logistics.



2015 EMS Challenge, Savannah

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Diabetes fundraiser

Here’s a chance to help a Savannah-area family and have some fun, too: Take part in a EMS Challenge organized by Southside Fire EMS.

This challenge is open to all local EMS services.

Organizers are also looking for a deli or sub shop that would be willing to donate lunch to feed all the paramedics, EMTs and nurses participating in the challenge.

Money raised will go toward fund-raising efforts for a Diabetic Alert Dog for Vivienne Harper, a Savannah-area child who has diabetes.

Sat. Oct. 17, 11AM at Rescue Training Inc., 9 Mall Terrace, Savannah

Registration fee: $50 per team

Contact Carol Crockett at 912-272-9372 or Joe Johnson at 912-312-4899 to register your team.


Benefit dinner for a Diabetic Alert Dog for a Savannah child with diabetes

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Diabetes fundraiser Liv Richmond Hill 2015
Benefit Dinner 

Help raise money for a Diabetic Alert Dog for Vivienne Harper, a Savannah-area child who has diabetes.

Attend a kid-friendly fundraising dinner with live music and silent auction at 32 Midtown Grille and Alehouse on Mon. Oct. 19 from 6-9PM.

The dinner is open to anyone who wants to come have fun and enjoy some great food. For more info contact Erin Harper at (912)308-8292 or Jake Harper at (678)983-0946.


Sensory Soft Sunday for families with children who have special needs, Savannah Children’s Museum

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Sensory Soft Sunday for children with autism Savannah Savannah Children’s Museum will continue to host Sensory Soft Sunday as a unique offering for families with children who have special needs. Savannah Children’s Museum will open from 9-11am on Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 to provide these families an opportunity to make connections while enjoying SCM’s many exhibits in a sensory friendly way.

Through discussions with the special needs community, Savannah Children’s Museum discovered that there are few offerings of this kind in the region. Museum staff feel it is especially important to provide all children, regardless of age or ability, an opportunity to experience all that Savannah Children’s Museum has to offer.

The goal of Sensory Soft Sunday: provide an exclusive time period for the families of children with special needs in order to reduce anxiety and overstimulation that can occur when the museum is open to the general public. The trains at Georgia State Railroad Museum, our adjacent facility, will not operate during this exclusive time period, to eliminate the sound of whistles.

To promote a calm atmosphere, the number of attendees is limited. The staffing, however, is not reduced so families may have increased staff interaction as desired or needed. A designated ‘quiet zone’ is located in the orange caboose at Savannah Children’s Museum.

Pre-registration for Sensory Soft Sunday is required and payment is due upon arrival. To register, email Liz Stratford at

Cost: $7.50 per person over 18 months, free for Coastal Heritage Society Members
Time: 9am-11am on the following Sundays: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13
Location: Savannah Children’s Museum 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31401

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Two Sisters Travel Jamaican deal gives families a chance to partake in service project with Sandals Foundation

Monday, September 14th, 2015

travel deals from savannah Although we’re just settling into the new school year, Two Sisters Travel  is already busy planning vacations for next summer!

And next summer you’ll have the opportunity to join us for an exciting adventure, Travel with Your Travel Agent getaway to Beaches All-Inclusive Resort in Negril, Jamaica June 20-25, 2016.

This vacation will combine family fun AND a chance to give back! You’ll enjoy special savings & exclusive activities including the Day of Caring event. For this, Two Sisters Travel has partnered with the Sandals Foundation to offer families the opportunity to participate in a service project benefiting local children. A priceless lesson for our own families in appreciating differences, respecting others, and the importance of community service.

Beaches Negril Resort provides the perfect setting for this getaway. A luxury all-inclusive resort situated on the world-famous 7-Mile Beach. At Beaches everything is included from unlimited watersports like waterskiing, paddle boarding, even SCUBA diving! And there are 6 kids programs for every age from infants to teens. This will truly be a vacation for everyone.

Only 12 rooms available for this exciting adventure! Book your room now, only $150 per person deposit. And Two Sisters Travel can arrange an easy to follow payment plan.

Join in next Tues. Sept. 22 at 8:30PM on Two Sisters Travel Facebook page here for a Virtual Q & A event. They’ll be answering all of your questions and everyone that attends will be eligible to receive up to a $250 spa credit.

Get a customized quote online here or call 843-284-3241 for details. Hope to see you in Jamaica mon.

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Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser, Sept. 6-27

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Baby Bottle Boomerang Fundraiser RIchmond Hill

Your Change CAN Change LIVES
September 6-27, 2015
BABY BOTTLE BOOMERANG benefiting The Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill

Spare pocket change, cash and checks collected will help fund The Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill‘s annual budget to continue our life-changing work!

– Drop your spare change in a bottle when you see it.
– Pick up a bottle from your church, civic organization and/or business and fill it.
– If you don’t see a bottle, contact organizers at 912-445-0716 and offer to be a liaison.
– Share this mission with others.


For more information, call 912-445-0716

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BBQ, Brews & Bluegrass 2015 benefit for The Next Generation, Savannah, Oct. 18

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015


6th Annual BBQ, Brews, and Bluegrass Savannah
Sun. Oct. 18, 2015
You’re invited to the 6th Annual BBQ, Brews, and Bluegrass benefit for The Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

The Next Generation, a volunteer organization founded to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center will host its 6th Annual Barbecue, Brews, and Bluegrass fall event on Sun. Oct. 18, 2015, 3-8PM at the Villa Marie Center on Isle of Hope.

Barbecue, Brews, and Bluegrass is a family friendly event and will feature activities for kids including a close-up look at the Isle of Hope Fire Truck and Memorial’s Angel Care 1 Children’s Ambulance, several inflatables and slides, face painting, arts and crafts, a rock wall, and much more.

Tickets are $25 in advance for adults; $5 for kids ages 5 – 17; kids 4 and younger are FREE! Musical entertainment will feature local bands including The Accomplices, City Hotel, Connellis, and the Jimmy Wolling Band. For tickets, click here. 

BBQ, local craft brews, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Title sponsor: Audi of Hilton Head.

Villa Marie Center, 6 Dolan Drive, Isle of Hope, Savannah, 31406


About The Next Generation

The Next Generation is a volunteer organization founded to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health University Medical Center. Its mission is to foster a positive healthcare experience for our community’s children and further educate parents on children’s healthcare matters through fundraising, volunteer service, and educational outreach. For more information, go to or email



2015 Buddy Walk & FREE Family Fun Festival, Oct. 3, Savannah

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society The 2015 Buddy Walk will be Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10AM in Forsyth Park in historic downtown Savannah.

The 10th annual one-mile fundraiser benefits the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS). About four thousand people attended the walk last year and thousands are expected to attend the event this year. The Buddy Walk raises awareness and funds for local programs, includingCamp Buddy, that benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families.

The Buddy Walk Program encourages participants of all ages and abilities. Carriages, strollers, wheelchairs, little red wagons and pets are all welcome. The goals are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice. Past Buddy Walk events have raised millions to benefit education, research, and advocacy initiatives nationally, as well as the Night of Champions, Camp Buddy and many other services here in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire.

Cheerers needed

Calling all zealous kids & high-spirited merry-makers. Organizers of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society 9th Annual Buddy Walk want YOU to line the corners of the Forsyth Park (Drayton and Gaston; Drayton & Park; Whitaker & Gaston; Whitaker & Park) to encourage & Hi-Five all the walkers @ the 1-mile fundraising walk taking place this Sat. Oct. 3. The LDSS team will be recognizing three cheerers from the crowd, based on: “Most Spirited”; “Puts a Smile on My Face” ; “Unsung Hero”. Group Cheer Squads are welcome,too. For more info, contact Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505, or Joe Marchese at 912-213-9999,

Family Fun Festival

The walk begins at 10 a.m. with a Family Fun Festival being held immediately thereafter. A wide range of activities including face painting, bouncy houses, other games, as well as music and refreshments will last until 2pm.

Register for the Buddy Walk

The LDSS Buddy Walk is one of more than 300 Buddy Walks taking place across the country this October to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
Online registration is available at until Wednesday, Oct 1 at midnight. Participants can also signup starting at 8:30 am the day of the event. Registration is $15 per person or $50 for a family of four, which includes a T-Shirt, lunch and admission to the festival. For more information, contact Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or, or


The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. 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. We encourage people to bring their children. They are an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. More info here.