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Savannah mom raising money to directly help Puerto Rico

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017


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We love what Savannah mom of three Carmen Vazquez is doing to help her island of Puerto Rico.

Carmen has teamed with Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners in Savannah to provide a way to directly help Puerto Rico, where nearly 90 percent of the island is still without power  three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall there.

You can help, too, by donating to Puerto Rico Youth at Risk, Inc., PRYAR (Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Inc.),  a private non-profit organization that has worked in PR since 1996, designing and implementing programs geared to youth at risk. Carmen’s been involved with PRYAR since its inception in 1996.

100% of all donated funds will go to PRYAR. That means your money will not go towards overhead, administration and red tape, but will directly help support people in PR who are dealing with losses.

Donate via GoFundMe here. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

Here’s the PRYAR action plan to concentrate on relief efforts to all residents of the communities they serve. Most of these communities concentrate around where the eye made landfall. Each school served by their programs has a tutoring center managed by PRYAR. These centers will become their operation center for each community.

•They will offer services in the communities instead of expecting residents to move to San Juan to access services.

•Most of these schools are currently used as refugee centers for people who have lost their homes.  They will open their doors to all of them and become an extra resource for the mayor of those municipalities in supporting them to access FEMA services and governmental support.

•They will visit and access all 359 families they currently serve to determine the needs for each family and youth.  They will offer psychological services to these families.

•They will create support groups at each school through their licensed staff to help residents cope with loss, learn resiliency and healthy recovery, deal with this crisis and help them manage the emotional effects of this event in an empowering way.

•They will recruit their Youth Leadership Program (Orden del Manicato) to help with cleanup efforts and be available for community support in rebuilding.  As power and internet are restored to each center, they will be available for residents to have access to computer services.

•As schools start providing educational services again the organization and its tutors will be available to serve the Department of Education as needed in the process of reintegrating the students and catching up with loss of instructional time. .

Donate via GoFundMe here. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

(Savannah Fall Festivals 2017) Old Fort Jackson to host the 36th Annual Auction and Lowcountry Boil

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Old Fort Jackson auction Savannah Lowcountry boil fall festivals

The family-friendly Old Fort Jackson Annual Auction will be Sat. Nov. 4, 6-10PM.

Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the Savannah River, a silent auction featuring many unique, high quality items, artillery and musket demonstrations by costumed historical interpreters and delicious cuisine provided by Creative Catering.

“The Old Fort Jackson Annual Auction is the perfect way for the community to help protect a National Historic Landmark that once protected the city of Savannah during the War of 1812 and the American Civil War,” said Jennifer Rouse, Site Administrator at Old Fort Jackson. “The money raised from this fundraiser will directly support Old Fort Jackson and will help support daily educational programming as well as special events.”

Old Fort Jackson is the oldest standing brick fort in the state of Georgia and one of only five remaining Second System coastal brick fortifications in the United States. The site is solely reliant upon admissions and donations from community supporters to continue operating as a public historic site.

The Annual Auction will have dozens of highly sought after items for guests to bid on, including a pair of Atlanta Movie Tour tickets valued at $130, a baseball autographed by Atlanta Braves Outfielder Ender Inciarte, a two-night say at Tybee Vacation Rentals valued at $500, four Park Hopper passes to Walt Disney World valued at $648 and a Progressive Paddle Board valued at $800.

Admission to this event is FREE. A lowcountry boil and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for an additional fee. This event is made possible by generous support from: Kinder Morgan.

The Annual Auction is a family event and all ages are welcome. A lowcountry boil and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for an additional fee. This event is made possible by generous support from: Kinder Morgan.

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Save Thunderbolt Library

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Save Thunderbolt Library Savannah

UPDATE: At its Tuesday night (Sept. 26) meeting, the Board of Trustees of Live Oak Public Libraries voted to move library operations from the Thunderbolt Library to Islands Library, effective October 26, 2017.

The Board cited the cost of maintaining the building and funding the standard operations of the facility as the reason for their decision. No Live Oak Public Libraries staff member will lose his or her job as a result of the decision.


Thunderbolt Library is at risk of being closed.

The Live Oak Public Library Board of Trustees is expected to vote on whether to close Thunderbolt Library at the Regional Board Meeting, Tues. Sept. 26, 2017, 5PM.

See the meeting agenda here. 

This is the regularly scheduled September meeting. The Regional Board of Trustees of Live Oak Public Libraries meets in the Board Room at the Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St., Savannah. Board meetings are open to the public.

Supporters of the Thunderbolt Library in favor of keeping the library open are encouraged to attend the meeting and speak out.

Help the Hoo-Hahs 2017 5K, Savannah

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Help the Hoo-Has 5K Run Walk Savannah Memorial Health

We don’t typically promote fun runs & road races because there are just so many that, well, that fun runs & road races would end up being all we’d promote.

But this annual jogging-stroller friendly Savannah race is for such a good cause, it’s too important NOT to promote: the Help the Hoo-Hahs 2017 5K run or walk on Sept. 23 2017, 8:30AM @ Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr, Savannah GA 31421.

This is a flat scenic course for walkers & runners of all ages. Jogging strollers & dogs on leashes are welcome.

Since 2011, this race has raised more than $150,000 for financial assistance for women battling ovarian, cervical & other GYN cancers.

Register online here.

Hosted by Help the Hoo-Hahs Gynecological Cancer Awareness and Memorial University Medical Center

Statts Fest 2017 @ Grayson Stadium, Savannah

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Statts Fest Savannah 2016 8th Annual Statts Fest will be Sept. 23 2017 @ Grayson Stadium in Savannah & includes kids’ activities, live music, food trucks & silent auction.

Friends of Jason Statts have planned a benefit to help subsidize the medical assistance that Statts, a quadriplegic as a result of violent crime, requires.

Statts Fest fundraiser
Sat. Sept. 23
3 PM – 8 PM
Grayson Stadium
1401 E Victory Dr
Savannah 31404

This fundraiser will feature food trucks, a silent auction, lots of kids’ activities and Savannah’s best local bands throughout the event.

Kids’ events include a book nook tent sponsored by Savannah Children’s Museum. The Savannah Derby Taunts will be on hand to helping with kids races.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at or the day of the event for $20. Children 12 & younger are free with adult.

About Jason Statts

On June 28, 2008, Jason Statts, a professional graphic designer, local musician, 1996 SCAD graduate and overall amazing guy, was a victim of a violent crime in Ardsley Park. Statts was shot in the neck and suffered irreparable damage to his spinal column.

Since then, he has relied on government assistance to cover his mounting medical costs, and the support of his friends and family to keep him smiling. His family and friends host fundraisers to help fill in the gaps in his finances so that he can receive the benefits and medical assistance he requires.

For more information, please visit or email



2017 Buddy Walk & FREE Family Fun Festival, Savannah

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society The 2017 Buddy Walk will be Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10AM in Forsyth Park in historic downtown Savannah.

The 12th annual one-mile fundraiser benefits the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS).

Last year’s event welcomed over 5,000 participants and this year LDSS is hoping to have even more community members come out and raise awareness and funds for local programs 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.

Family Fun Festival

The walk begins at 10AM 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

Online registration is available here. 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 & admission to the festival. For more info, contact Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or, or visit

Find more information here.



(Savannah Fall Festivals 2017) Pee Wee Rodeo 2017

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Pee Wee Rodeo 2015 Savannah Urban Hope

Save the date for the 4th Annual Pee Wee Rodeo, Nov. 18, 2017 @ The Old Dairy Farm, 2500 Tennessee Ave.
Time: 10AM-1PM
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. Food & beverages available for purchase.

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

Junior League of Savannah 2017 Thrift Sale, Oct. 7

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Junior League Savannah Thrift Sale 2016

Junior League of Savannah 2017 Thrift Sale and Preview Shopping

1-Day Sale, Sat. Oct. 7
The Junior League of Savannah’s 70th Annual Thrift Sale will be held at the Civic Center on Sat. Oct. 7, 2017, 7:30AM-3PM. The Thrift Sale brings together thousands of community members, each one making a difference through donations, volunteering, and purchasing of thrift. The money raised goes back to support the community improvement projects of the Junior League.

Thrift Sale Preview Shopping, Fri. Oct. 6

Thrift Sale Preview Shopping is an opportunity to get a first look at all the great items available to the community during the annual Junior League of Savannah Thrift Sale. Your preview shopping ticket allows you to gain entry to the Civic Center floor from 5:30-7:30PM Friday. All thrift items will be available for purchase at 2x (two times) the marked Thrift Sale price. All net proceeds then go back into the community, funding the community efforts of the Junior League of Savannah.

What Is It?

The Annual Thrift Sale, is one of the largest of its kind in the South East. Each year people come from all over the Low Country to shop for treasures and bargains. The Sale, held each fall, is a primary source of funding for the Junior League. All of the proceeds from the sale are returned to the community through Junior League community improvement projects as well as developing the leadership of the Junior League members. The sale also provides the community with a low-cost option to purchase needed household goods.

All of the net proceeds go directly into the community through a combination of League-sponsored volunteer projects, community grants, and development of leadership skills of our members.

What can you find?

This is a great way for students and others to furnish their apartments or dorms on a limited budget. Many families do their holiday shopping at the sale. There are always a lot of cool, vintage items as well as sofas, tables and chairs, and desks. Other finds include: appliances, bed linens, bicycles, and holiday décor, and plants. The children’s area comes stocked with clothing, swings, strollers, cribs and more.  New Boutique offers items that are brand new at amazing discounts. This year the sale will also feature women’s business and formal attire.

2017 Preview Shopping Tickets

Oct. 6, 5:30-7:30PM
Admission: $20
No strollers or carts allowed. Cash only
All items are double the marked ticket price

2017 Thrift Sale Ticket Information

Oct. 7, 7:30AM-3PM
Admission: $5
No strollers or carts allowed. Cash Only.

Parking is free. Doors will be open from 7:30AM to 2PM. At 2PM doors close and the “Brown Bag Bolt” begins.

For $10 each, ticketholders can purchase brown bags. At 2:30PM when the doors re-open, everything you can fit in the Brown Bag(s) is yours until 3PM.

Questions? Call the Junior League office 912.790.1002.


The City of Savannah is offering a holiday parking deal every Thursday and Friday in December.

The first three hours in any city-owned garage is free. Any time over three hours is the daily rate.

Garages included: Bryan Street, Liberty Street, Robinson garage on Montgomery Street, State Street Garage and the Whitaker Street Garage.

Savannah golf tournament to benefit The Children’s Hospital & The Children’s Miracle Network

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Chip in Fore CMN Children's Miracle Network Savannah 2017

Join Georgia Heritage FCU for a day of golf on Sept. 28, 2017 @ Southbridge Golf Course in Savannah. The 9th annual “Chip in Fore CMN” Golf Tournament supports the Children’s Miracle Network & the Dwaine and Cynthia Willet Children’s Hospital of Savannah.

Through sponsorships & participation, last year’s event raised $20,000 for The Children’s Hospital. Organizers look forward to another successful tournament.

The day will feature:
•18 Holes of golf
•Lunch & Awards Reception
Special Contests include:
•$1 Million Shot
•Hole in One Contest for a Trip to Pebble Beach or $10,000 Cash
•“Guaranteed Winner” Putting Contest for a Carnival Cruise
•Long Drive and Closest to the Pin Contests
•Team prizes

There are two options to play in the tournament: (1) Sign up as a team for $300 (2) Sign up as an individual for $75 (3) In the past, several businesses have provided sponsorships that allowed soldiers, police officers and/or firemen to play golf for free. What a great way to thank our military and first responders for their service, while supporting The Children’s Hospital! If you want to sponsor a team, organizers will contact Hunter AAF, Savannah/Pooler/Richmond Hill/Rincon Police or Fire Departments to fill those slots.

Consider a sponsorship package to support the tournament. All sponsors receive recognition at the event, online and in print media. View sponsorship packages & register online at

Donations of cash, gift cards/certificates, golf equipment, rounds of golf, etc. are greatly appreciated for Raffle Prizes. Businesses providing prizes receive recognition at the event & online.

For questions, contact Becky Orsi at (912) 629-4307,; or Kelley Hannegan at (912) 629-4304,

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Save Cumberland Island National Seashore

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Those of you who have visited Cumberland Island National Seashore know what a true treasure the Georgia barrier island is.

Now you can help save Cumberland.

Cumberland is in danger of having approximately 1,000 acres rezoned for development by the five Camden County Commissioners, potentially exposing the island to a destructive level of development.

Some organizations are fighting to protect the national seashore against the development and preserve its natural, pristine character for future generations.

Congress established the Cumberland Island National Seashore, which encompasses the entire island, to preserve this natural place in its undeveloped state.

The five commissioners of Camden County have the power to reverse their earlier decision which granted a hardship variance to Lumar LLC, allowing Lumar’s members to develop a portion of Cumberland’s maritime forests.

The Lumar tract is located in the heart of Cumberland Island adjacent to the Sea Camp campground, the most-visited area of the island.

If you are against the development of Cumberland, please send your thoughts to the commissioners. Find their emails and mailing address here  and below.

You also are invited speak out against this development at Camden County Commission meetings May 16 and June 13, 6PM at 400 E. Fourth St., Woodbine. (Government Services Complex, Second Floor, Room 252)FREE 100% cotton “Don’t Develop Cumberland Island” T-shirts will be be given to the first 50 people who arrive at the May 16 (6PM) Camden County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

More information can be found at ; and via the Save Cumberland Island National Seashore Facebook page here.

Camden County Commissioners:

Commissioner Lannie Bryant (District 1) Tel: 912-552-4246

Commissioner Chuck Clark (District 2) Tel: 912-674-8791

Commissioner James Starline (District 3, CINS is in his district) Tel: 912-882-5691

Commissioner Gary Blount (District 4) Tel: 912-882-2211

Commissioner Ben Casey (District 5) Tel: 912-552-4703

Camden County Commissioners mailing address:
PO Box 99
Woodbine, GA 31569


Save Cumberland Island Savannah Georgia 2017

Fans of Cumberland Island National Seashore are invited to show their support at a rally to save Cumberland from rezoning/development.

Sat. June 24, 10AM-4PM

Free “Don’t Develop Cumberland Island” T-shirts for the first 400 attendees, music, face-painting, information booths, food trucks.

Learn more here. 

Melanoma, Take a Hike! @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Melanoma Take a Hike Savannah Dermatologists

In honor May being Melanoma Awareness month, Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology in Savannah will lead a skin cancer awareness excursion – “Melanoma, Take a Hike!” – on Sun. May 21 2017 at 3PM at Skidaway Island State Park.

Dr. Howington and her staff will lead a three-mile hike along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. Water, sunscreen and some light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, click here.

Proceeds benefit the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute.


Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

Low Country Dermatology, 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406, Low Country Dermatology is a advertiser 

Showing of ‘Frozen” @ Lucas Theatre, Savannah

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Frozen Lucas Theatre Savannah 2017

Disney is taking Frozen out of the Disney Vault for ONE NIGHT ONLY,

Support a great cause and see a favorite Disney Movie @ the Lucas Theatre in downtown Savannah. All donations benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2013 Disney hit Frozen will be shown @ Lucas Theatre in Savannah on Sat. April 29 2017, 5PM.

The movie is presented by Alison Harris, nominated for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Woman of the Year. Harris is joining LLS on their mission to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Her goal is to raise $100,000 in 10 weeks to help cure blood cancers. She’s dedicating her campaign in memory of her Grandmother, Marion Quinn, who died of Leukemia March 22, 1975, just 2 weeks before Harris’ parent’s wedding.

This movie is being shown by donation only for Alison Harris’ LLS Woman of the Year campaign.

Tickets are available via donation here.

Rated PG. 1 hour 49 minutes.

Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Savannah, 31401

You’re invited: The Harlem Legends Celebrity Basketball Show, Savannah

Monday, March 20th, 2017

YMCA Coastal Georgia Savannah Join the Haberhsham YMCA for a night of family-friendly competition on the court @ Savannah Country Day School.

The YMCA All-stars, featuring players from all over Savannah including the Y’s CEO, Joel Smoker, will take on the Harlem Legends in a game of hoops.

DATE: Fri. March 24 2017
TIME: Doors open at 6PM
Show starts 7PM
LOCATION: Savannah Country Day School
824 Stillwater Dr
Savannah, GA 31419
COST: $12.50 in advance, $10 (ages 8 & younger); $15 at the door

Tickets are available at the Habersham YMCA (6400 Habersham Street, Savannah, GA 31405) or call 912.354.6223 for more information.

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You’re invited to particpate in a Color-A-Thon 2017 Event in Pooler

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Color-A=Thon Savannah Pooler 2017 The community is invited to participate in the Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School Color-A-Thon Event in Pooler on Sat. April 1 2017.

This fun, healthy event is a fundraiser in which students collect donations, earn rewards and then participate in a 3K fun run as a culminating event. The students, their friends and family and other supporters can walk, run, skip, or dance through a course where they all will get blasted by color dust!

Coastal Empire Montessori, a Pre-K through 5th Grade charter school, serves students from all over Chatham County.


Registration fee is $30 and includes a T-shirt and a color dye pack. (The color dust is safe, non-toxic and completely washable.) To register, click here. Online registration must be completed by March 22, 2017. There will also be on-site registration on the day of the event, however t-shirts will not be available onsite and will be shipped afterward.

The Coastal Empire Montessori Color-a-Thon
April 1, 2017, at 10AM (with day-of registration opening at 9AM)
@ Tom Triplett Community Park in Pooler, GA.
To donate or register, click here.

About Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School

Come see all the Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School has to offer.

Attend an open house or guided tour of this PreK4-5th grade public charter school on Wed. March 29, 6PM.

Guided tours are every Wednesday at 10AM. Advance registration required by calling 912.395.4070.

Applications for the 2017-18 school year are being accepted now. Deadline to apply: April 7, 2017 at midnight. 

The lottery will be Tues. April 11, 2017 @ 6:30PM

Learn more about the school application process here.

Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School
301 Buckhalter Road
Savannah, GA 31405

Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School,,  (912) 395-4070,  On Facebook here. Coastal Empire Montessori is a advertiser 

FREE Sailing Regatta for Children with Autism & Special Needs, Savannah

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Sailing Regatta for Children with Autism Savannah 2017 Savannah Sailing Center will host The 6th Annual Sailing Regatta for Children with Autism and Special needs, providing an opportunity for them and their families to experience the joy of sailing and open up a new world of interest.

If you have a child with autism/special needs please bring him/her along with the entire family free of charge to Lake Mayer on Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10AM-2PM and sail with the wind. A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

All children, family members, volunteers and company representatives must complete a registration and waiver form to attend this event. To register, call 912-352-9996 or email


Own a business & want to have a booth to disperse information? All you need to do is provide an arts and craft activity for approximately 200 children and make a monetary donation to Savannah Sailing Center in lieu of a booth charge. SSC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Sponsorship levels of giving can be downloaded from or Savannah Sailing Center staff can send you the information via email.

St. Baldrick’s headshaving fundraisers 2017 to fight kids’ cancer, Hilton Head Is. & Savannah

Monday, February 27th, 2017

You have two chances to take part in St. Baldrick’s headshaving fundraisers, one on Hilton Head Is. & a second in Savannah.


Hilton Head St. Baldrick’s headshaving fundraiser, March 18

Mellow Mushroom of Hilton Head Island will host the sixth annual St. Baldrick’s headshaving fundraiser on Sat. March 18 2017, 3-5PM.

Joe DiNovo of Joe’s Barbershop will lead the team of barbers shaving the heads of the Hilton Head area men, women and children, encouraging the community to support their action by making donations to their team.

In addition to the headshaving, the event will feature a silent auction and live music.

The fundraiser is organized by Terry and Cynthia Cermak, who started the event in honor of their son Henry.

In 2013, St. Baldrick’s created a Hero Fund in his name: the Henry Cermak Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research. The Cermak’s headshaving events have raised over $110,000.00 for Henry’s Fund, and provided 50% of the funding for a research grant studying pediatric brain cancer treatments at St. Jude Hospital.

This year, the goal is to surpass $125,000 in total donations for Henry’s Fund.

Anyone can join a team or start their own team here. There are many ways for volunteers to raise funds without shaving their heads. Merchants who wish to help sponsor the event can call 843-298-2775 or email


Savannah St. Baldrick’s headshaving fundraiser, March 25

Savannah City Market
March 25, 2017 Noon-4PM
219 W Bryan street, Savannah, GA US

Join a team or donate here.