VOICEXPERIENCE UNVEILS MILNES VOICE AWARD RECIPIENT AND ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA – MARCH 25, 2021

VOICEXPERIENCE UNVEILS MILNES VOICE AWARD RECIPIENT AND ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA – MARCH 25, 2021

SAVANNAH, GA – January 26, 2020 – Today, VOICExperience (VE) announces that the non-profit organization’s annual gala will take place via its web-based streaming service at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, March 25, 2021. This vital fundraiser will be hosted by legendary baritone and VOICE Co-Founder, Sherrill Milnes and will take place online to protect the health and safety of singers and patrons. The gala will be a night to remember with special guest appearances by opera notables Thomas Hampson, Mark Delavan, Denyce Graves, James Morris, Fabrizio Melano and Frederica von Stade. The gala will feature performances by VOICE Program alumni including Santiago Ballerini, Jessica Ann Best, Emily Yocum Black, Angela De Venuto, Mariano Gladic, Lauren Jelencovich, Peter Lake, Liz Lang, Paulo Lapa, Meechot Marrero, Tiago Matos, Chad Sonka, Jonathan Walker-VanKuren, Melanie Spector and Hanna Atsedewoin.

During the gala, renowned baritone, Thomas Hampson, will be presented with the prestigious 2021 Milnes VOICE Award. Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. He enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. Through the Hampsong Foundation which he founded in 2003 he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.

Supporters of a new goal to fund 1,000 hours of education at $100 per hour for emerging artists in 2021 will be sent a link to access the Gala which streams at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 25. For each $100 donated, lovers of the classical voice will help support one hour of training for a young artist and have access to a celebratory concert that celebrates the initiative. Additional levels of support such as on-demand event viewing after the show’s debut, exclusive access to future masterclasses and prominent sponsor recognition are also available. Further information about this goal and other sponsorship opportunities are available at www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org

Co-Founder and Executive Director of VE, Maria Zouves, said, “We are delighted that we will be able to celebrate Thomas Hampson as our 2021 Milnes VOICE awardee this March and that this wonderful gala will support our training programs this year. We know from over 20 years’ experience at VE that just one hour of training can change a young artist’s life. This Gala takes place every year in New York City, but during these times we can span the globe to create an international program for all to enjoy. The Milnes VOICE programs have completed several very successful ‘stay at home’ concerts and educational initiatives during 2020 and we are confident that we can deliver a high-quality event to our patrons in New York and beyond via our web-based streaming. In many ways we have embarked on a brave new world for us and our classical artists — building a virtual, eclectic content with performances that translate the VOICE concerts and experiences from stage to computer screen.”

VE and all the Milnes VOICE Programs continues to host all its programming online until it is safe for audiences and artists to return to live concerts. VE also plans for its annual Opera as Drama program to take place online from March 13-20, 2021. This prestigious program focuses on the interpretation of opera with leaders in the industry. Singers work with Sherrill Milnes and stage director Fabrizio Melano on scenes and arias, studying original texts and source material. Faculty and guest lecturers offer insight into the opera industry and assistance with career development.

To learn more about the gala, VOICExperience or the Milnes VOICE Programs or to support young artists, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org.

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Editor’s Notes

VOICExperience Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to pass on the traditions of great singing and develop new audiences for opera. Under the umbrella of The Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs, VOICExperience continues its dedication to the quality, integrity and perpetuation of the vocal arts through life-changing intensives, performances, and community-enriching outreach events in New York, Georgia (with its sister organization, the Savannah VOICE Festival), Florida and Illinois. For more information, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org.

TAKE A BREAK FROM POLITICS – LETS TALK LABRADOODLES

Even with the general election and the inauguration of a new President now behind us, the media – print, broadcast and social- is still full of politics, politics, and more politics.  Divisiveness across our society is still widespread so, in the spirit of national unity and light relief, this column targets a subject that I believe almost all of us can agree on.  I’d like to cover the energy, loyalty, and downright joyful ridiculousness of a dog breed that, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), isn’t really a dog breed at all.  The Labradoodle.

Two years ago, I knew very little about this so-called “designer mutt” breed since my dog experience had all been with Collies and Retrievers, with one little West Highland Terrier also in the mix.  But all that changed when Coco entered our family and our small pack of two other dogs. My experience with this breed now runs deep and it has been quite the experience!

Labradoodles were originally developed as a standardized crossbreed between Labradors and Poodles back in 1989 when Australian dog breeder Wally Conron introduced the crossbreed to the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia in Victoria.  The idea was to combine the intelligence and non-shedding nature of a Poodle with the gentle temperament and easy trainability of a Labrador, to create a great guide dog for those with allergies to dog hair and fur. Today, Labradoodles are sometimes used as guide and therapy dogs, but their popularity as family pets has really soared. The Labradoodle comes in three size variations, depending on the size of the Poodle used for the first-generation breeding. The three sizes are Standard, Medium, and Miniature.  Our Coco girl is a Standard Labradoodle weighing in at 53 pounds.  There are also Goldendoodles which are a cross between Golden Retrievers and Poodles.  In fact, the Poodle is often crossed with many other breeds so there are also Cockapoos, Maltipoos, Schnoodles and more.   Visit www.dogtime.com for more information.

There is a little controversy surrounding Labradoodles since the AKC still refuses to recognize them as an official breed, and some breeders believe that these and other hybrids are breeding long term problems into the population rather than out.  However, you can find lots of dog experts who disagree with this viewpoint.  One aspect we have come to realize is that because Labradoodles are a mix, it’s hard to know how much of each parent they inherit. This became evident when a neighbor spotted our naughty Coco racing down the road and described her as “that Poodle dog”.

A couple of years ago we had just come off an unfortunate experience with an overly aggressive rescue dog.  Therefore, we wanted and needed our next dog to have a consistently friendly temperament, intelligence, be good with other dogs, and be trustworthy around people, especially our young granddaughters.  We achieved all this and more with Coco. 

We also got a dog full of playful mischief, who loves to dig up the yard, sometimes bark a little too much and runs away through our neighborhood for an hour at a time.  However, she does all this with such happiness and good humour that it is difficult to be too mad at her. 

Coco was chocolate brown when we got her as a puppy, but no sooner had she learned her name, she completely changed colors into a shade of beige/grey.  I suspect we have the only grey dog in Georgia named Coco.  I tell people she is named after Coco The Clown (for obvious reasons) or Coco Chanel in that she has a certain understated elegance, even though my husband says it is so understated that it is non-existent.  She loves to swim but with the grace of a donkey, and slides across our hardwood floors, missing the corners at too high a speed just like cartoon dog Scooby Doo.  She makes me laugh.  Just to add to her unique style we have dyed her tail orange – so that she does not get mistaken for a deer by hunters in the woods when she escapes the confines of our yard.

Coco is extremely smart and playful, has big loving (almost human) brown eyes, and is completely devoted to our family.  When I arrive home from work tired, stressed or distracted, it is simply impossible to stay in a bad mood when our three dogs – Dexter the Westie, Georgie Girl the Flat-Coat Retriever and Coco greet me– toys in mouth.  It is the happiest moments of their lives every day and is a real highlight of mine too.

I say goodbye this week with a little excerpt from Canadian romance author Roxanne Snopek’s book Saving the Sheriff that, other than the color, reminds me of getting home most evenings these days – “Rory’s big labradoodle made a snap judgement that Frankie was everything her life had been missing up until now. She flung herself into the girl’s arms, wiggling and whining, a shaggy mass of chocolate-colored enthusiasm.” 

God Bless America!  Stay safe, stay well, and stay positive.

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Lesley grew up in London, England and made Georgia her home in 2009.  She can be contacted at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com  or via her PR and marketing agency at www.lesleyfrancispr.com

SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH INNOVATIVE HAIR EXHIBIT OPENING ON FEBRUARY 10, 2020

SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH INNOVATIVE HAIR EXHIBIT OPENING ON FEBRUARY 10, 2020

SAVANNAH, GA – January 27, 2021 – The Savannah African Art Museum (SAAM) is launching a new hair exhibit which opens to the public on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Designed to be a spectacular celebration of February’s Black History month, the exhibit, ROOTS: Hair-Culture-History, Exploring the Hair & Cultures of West & Central Africa will both honor and explore hair, culture, and history of West and Central Africa

“Hair is a frequent topic of conversation amongst all women,” said Lisa Jackson, SAAM’s Education Coordinator. “But, when it comes to hair of women of African descent, conversations have been laced with controversary, be it about European based society’s views about hair beauty or about the diverse hair choices Black women are rockin’ today. SAAM’s Hair Exhibit offers a historical perspective on how West and Central African cultures glorified and revered women’s hair, to the point of it being a part of female and male initiation rites. Hair is styled one way to signify being a young girl or boy, and another to signify becoming a woman or man. The exhibit demonstrates how these beautiful hair styles and adornments are created, and how much they’re appreciated.”

SAAM was established in Savannah in 2017 and this February celebrates the museum’s second anniversary at its current location at 201 E 37th Street. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in world history. This tradition originated from the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926 by historian, author, educator and journalist, Carter G. Woodson. Since 1976, every US president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month and SAAM is delighted to honor this tradition with its latest exhibit and workshops.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, groups will be limited to 5 persons per tour to maintain social distance guidelines and masks are required. Tours will be offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. and all workshops will be presented online.

During February, SAAM will be offering two workshops: “Tracing Your Roots–Tips and Resources” for tracing one’s roots and “Honoring Our Ancestors,” with an introduction to Lauri Lyons’ historical, social justice initiative, ‘Rest with Honor,’ commemorating an unmarked colonial ‘Negro Burying Ground’ in Savannah. SAAM is also a participant of the 32nd Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival – A Virtual Presentation “Reflect, Reform, Rejoice.”

Savannah African Art museum is a non-profit institution devoted to spreading awareness and appreciation of African art and culture. They hold a collection of over 1,000 objects that hail from West and Central Africa. The museum’s collection spans over 28 countries and represents over 180 cultures.

For more information about the museum, or to access virtual tours and initiatives, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org, call (912) 721-7747 or follow SAAM on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest using the handle @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.

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DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOLD VALENTINE’S DAY WEDDINGS IN THE GARDEN

DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOLD VALENTINE’S DAY WEDDINGS IN THE GARDEN

SAVANNAH, GA – January 26, 2021 – The Davenport House Museum will provide couples with a safe and economical way to say “I Do” in one of historic downtown Savannah’s most beautiful gardens on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day – Sunday, February 14. The annual event will comply with 2021 COVID-19 safety protocols.

Ceremonies, conducted by a licensed officiant, will be offered every 20 minutes between 5-7 p.m. for a $100 donation. Couples will be expected to follow safety protocol as specified by local, state and federal mandates.  No more than 10 people can be present at the wedding, including the marrying couple.

Recommitment ceremonies as well as first weddings will be conducted. Those marrying for the first time should bring a valid Georgia marriage license, which does not require a waiting period or a blood test, to the ceremony. In the event of rain, ceremonies will be performed on the back porch of the museum, which overlooks the garden. 

“Right now, couples are making tough decisions on whether to postpone or even cancel their big days due to the pandemic,” Davenport House Director Jamie Credle said. “The Davenport House is honored to provide a venue for those ready to exchange their vows.  Our garden is a lovely place for couples to make their commitment.”

For information, particularly regarding safety protocol, please call 912-236-8097. Confirmed reservations are highly recommended as the event is popular and tends to sell out. To reserve a spot, please go to http://bit.ly/DHMWeddings or call 912-236-8097. To learn more about the history and mission of the Davenport House Museum, please visit www.davenporthousemuseum.org. The Davenport House Museum is located at 324 E. State St. in downtown Savannah.

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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 PRESERVATION AWARDS

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 PRESERVATION AWARDS

SAVANNAH, GA — JANUARY 25, 2021 – Nominations are now being accepted for Historic Savannah Foundation’s 2021 Preservation Awards. Each May, HSF celebrates the area’s best preservation projects with a program that recognizes individuals, organizations, and companies who embody and practice excellence in preservation in Savannah and Chatham County.

Historic Savannah Foundation members who have completed a restoration project within the past three years, or who know of a restoration project that may be award-worthy are encouraged to submit a nomination.

Projects must have been completed within the past three years, and entrants must have the consent of the property owner for a nomination. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations that were previously submitted but were not selected to receive an award may be revised, expanded and resubmitted. To be eligible for an award, nominated projects must have adhered to the applicable Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. For more information on these standards, visit www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm.

“We anticipate a great selection of projects to be submitted for consideration by our jury. Savannah’s focus on historic preservation efforts improves annually, which makes choosing winners an increasingly difficult decision. We hope the preservation community will join us as we celebrate the best in Savannah’s historic preservation projects,” HSF CEO and President Susan Adler said.

The general evaluation criteria include:

  1. Quality and degree of difficulty of the nominee’s project or effort.
  2. Degree to which the nominee’s project or effort is unusual or pioneering or serves as an example that influences good preservation practices.
  3. Demonstrable or measurable impact of nominee’s project on the community.

A jury of local professionals with representation from the fields of architecture, preservation, academia and planning is invited to review nominations for HSF’s Preservation Awards. 

Nominations should fall under at least one of the following categories: restoration, rehabilitation, new construction, stewardship, craftsmanship or archaeology.

The deadline for all award nominations is 5 p.m. Monday, March 1, 2021. Mailed entries must be postmarked or dropped off at HSF by this date. The application cost is $45 for HSF members. Non-members are asked to join HSF by visiting http://www.myhsf.org/giving/general-membership/ prior to submitting the application. Preservation Award recipients will be notified by the end of March. The nominator or primary contact will be notified for those not selected. Award announcements and presentation will be made at HSF’s Virtual Preservation Awards Ceremony in May.

 

Mail entries to:                                                                Hand-deliver entries to:

Historic Savannah Foundation                         Historic Savannah Foundation

Attn: Preservation Awards                                       Attn: Preservation Awards

P.O. Box 1733                                                                        321 East York Street

Savannah, GA 31402                                                           Savannah, GA 31401

Historic Savannah Foundation saves buildings, places and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, HSF started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling more than 400 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF has grown into one of the most respected local preservation organizations in the country — emphasizing not only the protection of individual historic buildings but also the revitalization of blighted neighborhoods. HSF demonstrates the cultural, social, and economic benefits of preservation as good public policy by proving that preservation and progress go hand-in-hand.

For more information about the awards or Historic Savannah Foundation, please visit www.myHSF.org or contact Kimberly Newbold, Research & Education Associate, at 912-483-7294 or knewbold@myhsf.org. For sponsorship information, please contact Megan Kerley, Director of Development at 912-483-7190 or mkerley@myHSF.org.

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NEW INTERSTATE 95 INTERCHANGE AT BELFAST KELLER IN BRYAN COUNTY IS NOW OPEN

NEW INTERSTATE 95 INTERCHANGE AT BELFAST KELLER IN BRYAN COUNTY IS NOW OPEN

BRYAN COUNTY, GA – JANUARY 22, 2021 – Following an investment of $19 million, the new interchange at Interstate 95 at Belfast Keller Road in Bryan County is complete and open to traffic today, Jan. 22. In accordance with social distancing practices, Georgia DOT coordinated with state and local elected officials for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to celebrate this occasion.

“This is a great day for Bryan County, and I’m pleased we have brought this project to reality for their citizen and Southeast Georgia,” State Transportation Board Member Ann Purcell said. “Transportation is critical to the coastal area’s tourism industry and also to promoting overall economic development throughout Southeast Georgia. I-95 is the cornerstone to that growth.”

This is the third interchange in Georgia designed with roundabouts at the ramps to increase safety and operational efficiencies. The new interchange will ease congestion on State Route 144 through South Bryan County and decrease travel times with improved connectivity to Interstate 95 and enhanced safety during natural disasters.

“The new interchange at I-95 and Belfast Keller Road is an important improvement for mobility not just in the immediate area, but for coastal Georgia,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said. “This project represents a real commitment by the Georgia Department of Transportation to make investments in transportation projects that really move the needle on improving mobility for the benefit of Georgia citizens and businesses.”

“We’re excited to have the I-95/Belfast Keller Interchange fully open and accessible in South Bryan County,” Bryan County Commission Chairman Carter Infinger said. “This is a wonderful addition for our citizens in terms of safety and convenience. During hurricane evacuations, this gives us another path to get people on the road and out of harm’s way quickly and more efficiently, which we’re grateful for.”

Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs, and maintains Georgia’s state and federal highways. We’re involved in bridge, waterway, public transit, rail, general aviation, bike, and pedestrian programs. And we help local governments maintain their roads. Georgia DOT and its nearly 4,000 employees are committed to delivering a transportation system focused on innovation, safety, sustainability, and mobility. The Department’s vision is to boost Georgia’s competitiveness through leadership in transportation. Visit www.dot.ga.gov.

For more information about Bryan County, please visit www.bryancountyga.org or follow the county on their social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

CUTLINE FOR ACCOMPANYING PHOTO (From L to R): GDOT District Engineer Robert McCall, Georgia Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry, State Transportation Board Member Ann Purcell, Rep. Ron Stephens and Bryan County Commission Chairman Carter Infinger. 

INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND CENTER TO HOST SILENT AUCTION TO SUPPORT THE 200 CLUB OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE

INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND CENTER TO HOST SILENT AUCTION TO SUPPORT THE 200 CLUB OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE

SAVANNAH, GA – January 27, 2021 – International Diamond Center is hosting an indoor/outdoor silent auction event on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. at their store, 349 Mall Blvd, Savannah. The event will raise vital funds for the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire and support its mission of aiding the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty.

During the auction, attendees can enjoy music by DJ Jordan Bala with Top Shelf Entertainment, delicious food catered by Chef Nick Mueller, and a full-service bar. Guests can bid on pieces of jewelry that have been carefully selected to represent the first responder branches – rubies for the fire department, sapphires for law enforcement and white for emergency medical technicians. All participants will have their temperature taken upon arrival and COVID-19 safety measures will be in place.

IDC Store Manager Gary Pinka said his team are delighted to organize and host the fundraiser for the second time.

“We were so pleased with the level of support our 2020 fundraiser received that we decided to continue with it this year. It is especially important during these challenging times to support local nonprofits that make a significant impact on our community like The 200 Club. I urge everyone to support this honorable cause and participate in our silent auction,” Pinka said. “We sincerely appreciate the companies who have generously donated goods and services to the auction; and we are proud to support such a wonderful organization.”

Two Hundred Club President Mark Dana also expressed his gratitude for the upcoming event.

“To the Leclerc Family, owners of IDC, and Mr. Pinka, thank you all so much for your kindness, generosity, and support. This event means a lot to us, especially right now during COVID-19 when donations and community engagement are at an all-time low. We are excited to connect with our patrons at this event and are looking forward to a delightful evening,” Dana said.

There is limited availability. Please RSVP at www.bit.ly/IDCSilentAuction by Thursday, January 28 to reserve a spot.

The Two Hundred Club is a nonprofit, independent organization that relies on its members’ annual dues and donations as well as fundraising events to provide donations to families of the fallen and injured first responders. 

For more information, go to www.twohundredclub.org, call 912-721-4418 or email info@twohundredclub.org.

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GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH INTRODUCES 2021 PROGRAM OF LEADING WELL WORKSHOPS

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH INTRODUCES 2021 PROGRAM OF LEADING WELL WORKSHOPS

SAVANNAH, Ga. – TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2021 – Georgia Tech-Savannah is rolling out a fresh slate of virtual Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA) courses for the new year. The new educational offerings, which will be available from January through March 2021, focus on a variety of relevant topics and important OSHA principles and applications.

Georgia Tech-Savannah’s nationally recognized safety and health training solutions are especially popular in the coastal region, given the proximity to the GA Port of Savannah, distribution center, warehouses, etc. Now, the newly added virtual component makes these excellent opportunities available to attendees around the nation.

As one of only four OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, Georgia Tech-Savannah offers training for the construction and general industries from Savannah to South Carolina, northern Florida, and beyond. The courses are designed to provide participants with the skills needed to help companies reduce accidents, save money, lower worker’s compensation premiums, and increase promotion opportunities and make a positive impact in the workplace.

In addition, all these courses are applicable to one of Georgia Tech’s certificates in occupational safety and health. The following courses are scheduled as indicated:

  • OSHA 510: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Industry
    Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2021
  • OSHA 511: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
    Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2021
  • OSHA 500: Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Industry
    March 8-16, 2021
  • OSHA 501: Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
    March 8 – 16, 2021
  • OSHA 2255: Principles of Ergonomics
    March 23 – 26, 2021

“We are pleased to be able to expand Georgia Tech-Savannah’s already-stellar OSHA course offerings to let more participants take advantage of the training,” said Diane Lee, executive director of the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus. “These classes are always well-received, and we now expect them to attract even more enrollees from a wider geographic base.”

For more information or to register for one of the OSHA courses, please visit https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah/courses/occupational-safety-health

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH EXTENDS VIRTUAL RED KETTLES THROUGH JANUARY TO TRY TO MEET GOAL

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH EXTENDS VIRTUAL RED KETTLES THROUGH JANUARY TO TRY TO MEET GOAL

SAVANNAH, GA – January 6, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Savannah (TSA) is extending online donations for its annual Red Kettle Campaign through the virtual red kettle platform until Jan. 31 in order to continue providing relief to those most in need in our community.

The funds from the Red Kettle Campaign, which spanned 6 weeks during the holiday season, go towards TSA’s many programs that provide food, lodging, and emergency assistance as well as supporting local children, seniors, homeless individuals and families, and those needing spiritual and emotional care. Donations raised from this campaign allows TSA to provide desperately needed food and lodging to people in need in our region year-round. With COVID-19 rates continuing to rise, more people are turning to TSA for help as the economic impact of the pandemic affects them.

Donations can be made via the online donation platform at www.RedKettleSAV.givesmart.com or by texting “RedKettleSAV” to 76278. Through this platform, supporters can set up their own virtual Red Kettle to share among family, friends, and coworkers. Every donation provides help and hope to those in need, and all gifts stay within the greater Savannah community.

“It is our sworn duty to help society’s least fortunate, and during these challenging times, we need all the help we can get to sustain our programs for the families we serve,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “We are so grateful that we have an opportunity to extend our red kettles virtually, and we are so thankful to those who have already donated. The need this year is greater than ever before, and we require all the support we can get to continue aiding those most affected by COVID-19. Every dollar goes straight back to the Savannah community and will help provide meals, financial assistance, and support for our many programs that make a difference in lives every day. We would like to thank the greater Savannah community for their support of our mission of Doing The Most Good, and urge others to get involved with our vital cause.”

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 120 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. Whether the community is affected by COVID-19, hurricanes, floods, fires or the Spanish influenza that impacted the world over a century ago, The Salvation Army continues to serve those who need it the most.

For more information about TSA, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004.

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 About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH TO OFFER ALL-VIRTUAL OSHA CLASSES FROM JANUARY-MARCH 2021

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH TO OFFER ALL-VIRTUAL OSHA CLASSES FROM JANUARY-MARCH 2021

SAVANNAH, Ga. – TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2021 – Georgia Tech-Savannah is rolling out a fresh slate of virtual Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA) courses for the new year. The new educational offerings, which will be available from January through March 2021, focus on a variety of relevant topics and important OSHA principles and applications.

Georgia Tech-Savannah’s nationally recognized safety and health training solutions are especially popular in the coastal region, given the proximity to the GA Port of Savannah, distribution center, warehouses, etc. Now, the newly added virtual component makes these excellent opportunities available to attendees around the nation.

As one of only four OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, Georgia Tech-Savannah offers training for the construction and general industries from Savannah to South Carolina, northern Florida, and beyond. The courses are designed to provide participants with the skills needed to help companies reduce accidents, save money, lower worker’s compensation premiums, and increase promotion opportunities and make a positive impact in the workplace.

In addition, all these courses are applicable to one of Georgia Tech’s certificates in occupational safety and health. The following courses are scheduled as indicated:

  • OSHA 510: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Industry
    Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2021
  • OSHA 511: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
    Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2021
  • OSHA 500: Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Industry
    March 8-16, 2021
  • OSHA 501: Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
    March 8 – 16, 2021
  • OSHA 2255: Principles of Ergonomics
    March 23 – 26, 2021

“We are pleased to be able to expand Georgia Tech-Savannah’s already-stellar OSHA course offerings to let more participants take advantage of the training,” said Diane Lee, executive director of the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus. “These classes are always well-received, and we now expect them to attract even more enrollees from a wider geographic base.”

For more information or to register for one of the OSHA courses, please visit https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah/courses/occupational-safety-health

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.