Historic Beaufort Foundation

By Mary Thompson 


Leading preservationist economist Donovan Rypkema will speak on the economic impact of historic preservation at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at USCB’s Center for the Arts.

The talk is open to the public and will include a Q&A at the end. Masks are required. The event is being sponsored by the City of Beaufort, Historic Beaufort Foundation and USCB’s Center for the Arts. It will be livestreamed on the City of Beaufort’s Facebook page,

Rypkema is principal of Place Economics, a real estate and economic development consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Educated at Columbia University, Rypkema earned a Master of Science in historic preservation, and is author of several publications including Community Initiated Development, The Economics of Rehabilitation, and the Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings. His book, “The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide,” is widely used nationwide and has been translated into Russian and Korean.

Rypkema has undertaken assignments for public and non-profit sector clients in 49 states. He has worked with such groups as the Urban Land Institute, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, the American Planning Association, Smart Growth America, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the International Downtown Association. His federal clients have included the Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.

Rypkema shared in an interview in 2018 with South Dakota Public Broadcasting, “We’re really in the business of economic development, and so we don’t advocate for historic preservation with historic preservation as an end, we argue for it as a means to a lot of things, including its economic impact, and that manifests itself in a greater labor intensity, so it means local jobs, it means a difference in property value appreciation, which means money in the pockets of homeowners, it means a central role in downtown revitalization, it means a lower level of foreclosure patterns in historic districts, it means an incubator for small and startup businesses, there’s a whole range of contributions that historic buildings make that aren’t because of some stupid gargoyles. It’s really of the kind of character and quality of those buildings.”



SAVANNAH, GA. – Oct. 29, 2021 – Last evening, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) hosted its “Fall Fine Arts Showcase,” featuring art from SCA students.

This “creepy-crawly” themed showcase featured a Fall program full of fun, food, and entertainment to kick off the season with themed music performed by SCA’s lower school students. This program also included selections from the lower and upper school strings programs. Patrons enjoyed student’s artwork and, a new addition to the Fall Fine Arts event, entertaining skits from SCA’s Theatre Arts/Acting program.

“Our students work all semester to prepare this fun-filled event for their families. They have been looking forward to putting on this scary show,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis. “We enjoyed celebrating fine arts week with this brilliant showcase!”  

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete complex tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. 

For more information about SCA, please visit  


For media inquiries, please contact Kristyn Fielding at or Lesley Francis at or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).



BRYAN COUNTY, GA. – OCTOBER 28, 2021 – Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church recently launched a Community Speakers Series. The initiative is designed to bring leaders of nonprofits and other philanthropic organizations from around Bryan County into the church, where they speak to parishioners after Sunday services. During their presentations, the community speakers share information about their organization’s mission, programs, and work in the area.

The first two speakers in the series were Summer Patterson, Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services’ Deputy Chief of EMA/Division Chief of EMS, and Britnee Kinard, founder and CEO of S.D. Gunner Fund, which was created to assist veterans, exceptional children, and first responders with the financial expense of owning much needed service and therapy animals.

Patterson spoke about emergency preparedness and fire safety, especially as the holiday season nears and fire pits, fireplaces, candles and lights become more frequently used. BCFES makes public and education and outreach a large part of their work in the community.

Kinard spoke about S.D. Gunner Fund’s newest initiatives and programs, in addition to many community partnerships they have formed to host fundraisers and events that are quite popular among their supporters. Kinard first founded S.D. Gunner when her husband, a Purple Heart Veteran, was in need of a service dog, but their family found it difficult to navigate all the red tape required in order to receive one. After she successfully assisted her husband, other veterans got wind of Kinard’s strong leadership skills and began to request help. Thus, a nonprofit organization was born.

Spirit of Peace Pastor Devin Strong and his congregation were happy to welcome their first two speakers to the church and look forward to hearing from additional local leaders and nonprofit organizers.

“Both Summer and Britnee gave wonderful presentations, full of valuable information, interesting background material and great suggestions for ways to support their organizations and be more involved in our community,” Strong said. “We thank both of them sincerely for sharing their valuable time with us and hope they’ll come back to visit again in the future.”

Any local nonprofit or philanthropic organization leaders and founders who are interested in speaking as part of Spirit of Peace’s Community Speakers Series can reach out to the church by calling (912) 727-5608 or emailing

Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministry, promoting a lifestyle of worship and loving service through word and prayer so that all of God’s children will know Christ’s transforming joy. For more information about this event or Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church, please visit

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at or 912-272-8651, Kristyn Fielding at or 229-393-6457, or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).



SAVANNAH, GA. – October 26, 2021 – The Center for Education Integrating Science Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Tech-Savannah is hosting the “Your Voice is Power” (YVIP) Launch Party on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. on campus at 210 Technology Drive, Savannah. Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade(K-12), teachers, and parents are invited to this free kickoff event featuring coding tutorials and special speakers as well as food trucks, prizes, swag, and music from a local DJ. Registration is required for all participants.

Each year, Georgia Tech hosts the Your Voice is Power learning experience and coding competition allowing students to explore how computer science, music, and entrepreneurship can advance equity. Using Georgia Tech’s EarSketch platform, students code a 30 second – 3 minute musical remix using a popular song.

The featured speakers for this event include Chalece Delacoudray, a music technologist whose expertise has helped shape Your Voice is Power, and Victoria Baylor, a Certified Mindset and Clarity Coach, TEDx Speaker, Teacher, and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author. Chalece is featured in the Your Voice is Power curriculum videos and has led the workshops to help students learn EarSketch and song structures.

The YVIP Launch Party will host activities throughout the day. Morning activities are intended for teachers, home school families/cohorts, as well as 7-12th grade students. Afternoon activities are suitable for all ages.

  • Coding Workshops (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – Participants can get a head start in the Your Voice is Power competition by learning how to code in EarSketch. The workshop will guide and demonstrate how to utilize EarSketch and its Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to create their remixes for the competition.
  • Food Trucks (12:30 p.m. onwards) – Attendees will have the option to purchase food and support Savannah’s local food trucks while taking a break from the day’s activities.
  • DJ, Guest Speakers, and Giveaways (1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.) – Closing out a day of learning and fun, attendees can groove to the beats of the local DJ, hear from featured speakers, and participate in the giveaways.

“We are kicking off another year of making beats and learning code with this fun, interactive YVIP Launch Party. We highly encourage students to attend and participate to get familiar with the EarSketch Platform – it helps you learn to code using the most popular programming language in an exciting, creative way by making music,” said Timothy Cone, Savannah CEISMC Program Director at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus. “Everyone loves music, and by educating through this innovative way, students learn a valuable, life-long skill that they can take with them into their future education and careers. We can’t wait to interact with everyone there and prepare for another great round of the annual competition!”

The event is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit

For more information on the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus, visit


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





SAVANNAH, GA. – Oct. 26, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Savannah is slated to kick off the holiday season with the launch of its annual Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. during the “Santa Wonderland Kick Off” event at Bass Pro Shop, located at 14045 Abercorn St., Savannah. This event will feature a special visit from Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman.

This free and family-friendly community event will include a Christmas themed tailgate with cookies and hot cocoa for all, with children receiving complimentary goodie bags. This event will raise awareness of the iconic Salvation Army fundraising programs including red kettles, as well as the organization’s Angel Tree Program. The Red Kettle Campaign provides the best way for the local community to assist in The Salvation Army’s mission of ‘Doing the Most Good’ in Savannah. Without the support of the community, The Salvation Army could not provide food and lodging to people in need in our region year-round.  

“The Red Kettle Campaign is kicking off this year with an amazing partnership with Bass Pro Shops at their Santa Wonderland Kickoff! We are encouraging people to take part in Doing The Most Good in Savannah this holiday season,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “The participation and community support we received last year helped us meet our campaign goals which we are extremely grateful for and we would love to feel that support again this year. Patrons of this joint event can rest assured that they will enjoy the season of Christmas while impacting families and children across the Coastal Empire!” 

The Salvation Army is always in need of volunteers to ring the kettles at partner locations during the holiday season to ensure more funds are raised during this campaign to benefit their mission. A volunteer bell ringer raises more donations on average, but less than 10 percent of bell ringers are volunteers. One hour of bell ringing can provide a meal for a family of four, and an entire day of ringing (eight hours) can provide lodging for a family of four for one month.

One of the best ways to help during the Red Kettle Campaign is to sign up as an individual or group for a week of volunteering. Volunteer shifts are eight hours a day with hours from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Flexible volunteer opportunities are available for scheduling at

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 or call 912-200-3004. 

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For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Lesley Francis at or 912-429-3950, or Kristyn Fielding at or 229-393-6457.

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 Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood



As the seasons change, so does the way you utilize your truck bed. Sometimes it seems like different truck accessories are required for every different season and change in the weather.

And how do you protect your truck bed from the elements throughout the year?


The transition from summer to autumn comes with the changing of the leaves and a crispness in the air. As beautiful as the leaves can be, they can also create a mess. You know what it’s like tracking crunched up leaves into your truck’s bed and interior. Not only can leaves be messy, but they may also scratch your truck bed and get caught in grooves and small spaces. You can prevent this frustration by having a spray-on bedliner applied to your truck bed.

Autumn is also the time of year when you clean out your yard and haul all sorts of yard waste and other debris in your truck. Keep your truck bed looking pristine with LINE-X. LINE-X spray-on bedliners completely protect your truck bed from scratches, dents, and hard impact. Go ahead, enjoy the fall air–and get your work done. We’ll take care of your truck.


We’ve traded the spectacular autumn colors and sunny fall days for cooler temperatures—and maybe even snow. Whether you’re loading a Christmas tree into the back of your truck or getting ready for winter recreation, LINE-X will protect it all! Winter sports are fun, but they can also require some heavy gear and, consequently, bring the winter elements into the back of your truck. LINE-X bedliners absorb impact, protecting your equipment and truck bed. And don’t worry if some of the snow makes it back into the truck bed. LINE-X provides complete moisture protection ensuring nothing will get under the liner. So hit the slopes or load of the back of your truck with seasonal decorations. Your truck bed can handle it.


As the temperatures start to increase, so does your activity level. Spring cleaning, yard work, and more time outside all come with the territory. So does the increased use of your truck bed. You can tackle whatever cleaning projects you have in mind. LINE-X bedliners resist staining from harsh chemicals and prevent fading. When the job is done, simply sweep out or hose off your truck bed and move on to your next project.


Summer means sand, water, camping, and the outdoors! You know your truck gets a lot of use over the summer months! With a LINE-X spray-on bedliner, you won’t have to worry about the wear and tear to your truck bed—because there won’t be any! LINE-X bedliners are expertly applied to prevent against cracking, bubbling, or peeling. A completely bonded seal means nothing is getting in between your bed and the liner. You can forget about rust and corrosion too. LINE-X bedliners offer ultimate protection! Whether you’re relaxing at the beach or getting away from it all at a campsite, your truck bed can haul all your gear without incurring any damage.

In any type of weather and any time of year, a LINE-X spray-on bedliner is always a good idea. Backed by a lifetime warranty, LINE-X will completely protect your truck bed from anything you, or Mother Nature, can throw at it. Bring your truck into LINE-X of Savannah and we can install a completely customized truck bedliner just for you. Make the most of every season with LINE-X!



At Liberty LINE-X, we get a lot of questions from customers about our services and products. We wanted to take a minute to answer some of the most commonly asked questions we get at the store. We’re here to help you when it comes to all your vehicle needs. So buckle up—here we go!


Unsurprisingly, we get a lot of questions about LINE-X. What can LINE-X do for my truck? Is LINE-X worth it? How is LINE-X installed? If you had to choose one aftermarket accessory to your truck, it should be LINE-X. LINE-X can do more for your truck than any other accessory. What’s so great about LINE-X? It:

  • Resists staining from chemicals ·Prevents leaks, rust and corrosion
  • No cracking, bubbling or peeling ·Permanent bond
  • Environmentally friendly-VOC free ·Impact-absorbing
  • Sound-dampening ·Custom color options
  • Lifetime Warranty

Convinced? Bring your truck into Liberty LINE-X and our highly trained, expert technicians will perfectly install LINE-X to your truck bed. A LINE-X bedliner will revolutionize your truck!


Truck squatting—or trailer sag—is caused when excessive weight is applied to the rear axle. When too much pressure is put on the rear of the truck, the front end pops up. Your truck is no longer in correct towing position.

Luckily, this is an easy fix. At Liberty LINE-X, we can get your truck set up with an air suspension kit. Air Lift suspension kits help your truck tow and haul, all while adding to your safety and comfort. Air Lift Springs will keep your truck from squatting, swaying and bouncing when you’re pulling your boat or trailer.


We can help you make your JEEP an off-road machine! What accessories do you need to ensure your JEEP is ready for any terrain? We recommend the following aftermarket accessories to get your JEEP where it needs to be:


LINE-X isn’t only for truck beds. LINE-X can protect your JEEP interior as well. Off-roading gets messy and your JEEP can take a beating. Keep your interior looking pristine with an application of LINE-X. LINE-X can take whatever you can dish out.

Lift kits raise your JEEP so you have more clearance, which is extremely important for keeping your JEEP safe when off-roading. You can choose from different heights and determine which is best for you, depending on your off-roading plans.      

Tires can determine the performance you’ll get out of your JEEP. If you want to off-road, you’ve got to get the right tires. But even within the category of off-roading, there are tires for various types of terrain—from trails to mud to rocks. We can help you sort out the right tires to get the grip and traction you need.


Wheels are a great addition to an off-roading package. Wheels can upgrade your off-road game by increasing performance, traction and load-carrying capacity. Wheels can also make more extreme off-roading tricks possible.

A winch takes off-roading to a whole new level. Winches can get you to places that are otherwise unattainable. A winch allows you to pull your JEEP when it gets stuck and enables you to move large obstacles in your path.

Still have more questions? We’re here to help. At Liberty LINE-X, we put our customers first and we’ll make sure you can make educated decisions for all your vehicle needs. Come visit us and let us answer your questions in person!


I have already enjoyed attending several great in-person events in October as the world slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.  I loved going to the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival last weekend, being at the annual gala of The Historic Savannah Foundation, and attending a wonderful October wedding.   

I am blessed to have a tight knit and supportive team of people working with me at my marketing agency.  We work hard, occasionally play hard, and often celebrate together.  My husband and I were delighted to be invited to the wedding of one of our team at LFPR.   She was a beautiful bride, it was a fantastic ceremony, and the whole event was perfect.  I love dressing up for big events, and weddings are the best!  This beautiful wedding set in the South Carolina Low Country on a sunny autumn afternoon did make me think about the differences and similarities between British and American weddings, and not just the weather!  Instead, I reflected on the traditions, the attire, and the history behind them.

Of course, I must start with THE dress.  In ancient Greece, brides not only wore white but often painted their bodies white too. A few centuries ago, in Europe, a bride would simply wear her best dress, usually in dark colors – but avoiding what they considered to be the unlucky shades of yellow or green.  Later, blue became the popular choice because it represented purity and piety with a connection to religion and the Virgin Mary. And though wedding gowns made in white can be traced to the early 1400s, it was not popularized until 1840 during the wedding of Queen Victoria, when she wore an elaborate white dress – symbolizing goodness and purity. Today, most brides in Western Christian culture wear white, ivory, eggshell or ecru. 

In the UK, weddings are traditionally held earlier in the day than in the USA (noon is popular), usually followed with a seated luncheon, known strangely as a “wedding breakfast”.  This contrasts with the traditional late afternoon or early evening American wedding, which is often followed by a dinner party.  This means that the style of dressing for guests is often different.  At American weddings, women tend to wear glamorous evening gowns or cocktail dresses, and men generally wear smart suits or tuxedos. British guest wedding attire, on the other hand, is generally more formal (dare I say “stuffy”?) with men wearing “morning suits” of long grey jackets and waistcoats with striped, gray trousers (pants); women guests generally wear formal day dresses, often with long matching coats and hats. 

Headgear is another big difference, and this is where the traditional British love of wearing hats and “fascinators” to weddings comes in.  Up until the middle of the 20th century, respectable British women would always wear a hat, and the tradition of elaborate hats for weddings remains popular today– especially among royalty and the upper classes.  Fascinators are tiny hats featuring feathers, lace, ribbons, or sequins.  Often these are less like hats and more like elaborate little concoctions clipped onto the hair. The history of fascinators began in the 17th century with women wearing scarves or veils wrapped around their head to add mystery to their appearance. 100 years later, women in royal European courts began adorning their hair with jewels, flowers and even small waxen figures. The trend developed throughout the 20th century and remains popular today – especially at royal weddings. For more information, visit

Overall, wedding wear is big business on both sides of the Atlantic, and this is driven mostly by the wedding dress itself.  The global wedding wear market is around $60 billion, and market research organization Statista believes that wedding dresses alone will account for about $41 billion this year.  Most of the rest is ladies’ gowns. In contrast, the men’s black tuxedo market is believed to be less than $2 billion.

I will say goodbye with a quote from famous American wedding dress designer, Vera Wang. “I want people to see the dress but focus on the woman.” 

God Bless America!

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



RICHMOND HILL, GA. – Oct. 19, 2021 – Combat Boots 2 The Boardroom (CB2TB) announces its second annual gala and auction, which will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Richmond Hill City Center, 520 Cedar Street. Military and civilian families are invited to this family-friendly fundraiser. Proceeds raised from this event will benefit the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and its mission to assist veterans transitioning to civilian life.

This multifaceted event is designed to recognize our nation’s military members and demonstrate the impact that CB2TB has in helping veterans after they leave military service. The fundraising gala will feature entertainment by DJ MicLoud Spice Nice, a delicious dinner served by the Richmond Hill City Center, and presentations by keynote speakers including Roy W. Minter, Savannah Chief of Police, Major Jason Sakelarios with the Richmond Hill Police Department, and Nick Westbrook, owner and operator of Chick-Fil-A Hinesville. In addition, the Chick-Fil-A cow mascot will be in attendance for photo opportunities!

“Richmond Hill is back and CB2TB is excited to kick off the holiday season in style! We are honored to offer this opportunity to celebrate our community’s military and veteran families, while raising funds,” said CB2TB Co-Founder Lynnetta Smith. “Bring your significant other, the kids, or just enjoy a fun-filled night out with friends!”

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour allowing guests the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and peruse booths featuring local vendors such as Gigi’s Boutique and Bonna Bella Candles. At 6:45 p.m., CB2TB Co-Founder Lynnetta Smith will give a welcome speech and share highlights about the organization, after which guests will be invited to enjoy a buffet-style dinner and continue bidding on silent auction items. At 7:45 p.m. there will be recognition of special guests and presentations. At 9 p.m. the live auction will begin, hosted by auctioneer Robert Malinowski, and silent auction winners will be announced.

Tickets to the 2021 Gala are $40 for an individual ticket, $75 for a couple, or $100 for a family of three (plus $5 for each additional family member). To purchase tickets, please visit  

CB2TB is grateful to its sponsors, Dixon & Lasseter Attorneys at Law, P.C., American Veteran Properties, the Richmond Hill City Center and Lesley Francis Public Relations. Those interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please email or call (404) 465-1735.

Sponsorship Levels Include:

  • Colonel Sponsor ($10,000)
    • Recognition as event title sponsor
    • Presentation at event including a video slot up to five minutes
    • Inclusion of branded materials in CB2TB event goody bags
    • Logo featured on CB2TB website, social media and promotional materials
    • Two tables decorated by the sponsoring organization/business
    • 16 event tickets
  • Major Sponsor ($5,000)
    • Presentation at event including a video slot up to three and a half minutes
    • Inclusion of branded materials in CB2TB event goody bags
    • Logo featured on CB2TB website, social media and promotional materials
    • One table decorated by sponsoring organization/business
    • 12 event tickets
  • Captain Sponsor ($3,500)
    • Presentation at event including a video slot up to two minutes
    • Logo featured on CB2TB website, social media and promotional materials
    • One table decorated by sponsoring organization/business
    • Eight event tickets
  • Sergeant Major Sponsor ($1,500)
    • Presentation at event including a video slot up to 30 seconds
    • Logo featured on CB2TB website and social media
    • One table decorated by sponsoring organization/business
    • Six tickets
  • Sergeant Sponsor ($750)
    • Logo featured on CB2TB website and social media
    • Half of a table to be decorated by sponsoring organization/business
    • Four event tickets
  • Corporal Sponsor ($500)
    • Logo featured on CB2TB social media
    • Half of a table to be decorated by sponsoring organization/business
    • Two event tickets

Combat Boots 2 The Boardroom is a family-owned and operated 501©3 nonprofit that uses personal experience and community relationships to assist military veterans and their families in transitioning from life inside the military to life outside. The organization helps each client transition into the workforce by providing professional development training, full-service image makeovers, and life coaching while underscoring the intrinsic dignity of each individual advancing into the workplace.

To learn more about CB2TB, please visit, call 404.465.1735, or email

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For media inquiries, please contact Kristyn Fielding at or 229-393-6457, or Lesley Francis at or 912-429-3950, or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377)

This event, which is free and open to the public, will offer important updates about Historic Savannah Foundation as CEO and President Sue Adler delivers the annual report, unveils the organization’s strategic plans, and talks about the election of new members and officers to the Board of Trustees. The annual meeting is designed to inform attendees while encouraging new members to join and existing members to renew their support of Historic Savannah Foundation’s work and initiatives. A light reception with refreshments in the Davenport House garden will follow.

Prior to assuming her role as the Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Malone-France served as the Senior Vice President for Historic Sites at the National Trust, leading its portfolio of 28 historic sites around the country to provide expansive and sustainable public benefit as they model exemplary preservation, collections management, and interpretation. Her tenure included the creation of a dedicated fund to support historic gardens and landscapes at National Trust historic sites and successful completion of a $21 million campaign to address critical capital projects across the portfolio of sites. She holds a Master’s in Historic Preservation from the College of Environment & Design at the University of Georgia.

“We are honored to welcome our next Louise Lauretti lecturer, Katherine Malone-France, and look forward to an enlightening evening of shared knowledge, inspirational experiences and insights on historic preservation,” said HSF CEO and President Sue Adler. “Being able to hold our annual meeting in person this year is a privilege. Engaging with our future and current membership is something we’ve really missed over the last year and a half, so we’re excited to share information and update our guests on HSF’s bright future.”

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present and future. Following its formation in 1955, the nonprofit organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties – now totaling over 400 buildings – throughout several Savannah local historic districts. HSF is committed to continuing to build capacity within HSF’s operations, secure new financial resources, improve HSF’s image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts.

For more information about the annual meeting or HSF, please visit


For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at or 912-272-8651, Lesley Francis at or 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).



BRYAN COUNTY, GA – October 18, 2021 – Bryan County has announced the hiring of a new communications manager, Matthew Kent.  With the creation of this role, Bryan County will take the communications function in-house.

Prior to assuming his position in Bryan County, Kent served as the public communications manager in Glynn County for nearly four years. During that time, he developed several initiatives for public outreach – such as the first Glynn County State of the County address and the first Glynn County Citizen’s Academy – and revamped social media, live streaming, and the county website. He also managed public information during several large events of national and international interest, in addition to natural emergencies such as hurricanes.

Before his time in Glynn County, Kent worked in Douglas County, Georgia, for 11 years as a media and communications specialist and was primarily responsible for producing several monthly government access television shows, social media, and providing public information for the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency and Fire Departments during events. From 2005 to 2017, Kent provided freelance video production services for Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Georgia Public Broadcasting, ESPN, Comcast, and other corporate clients in his free time. In what’s left of his free time today, he likes to restore cars and is currently working on a 1979 Dodge Ramcharger. Kent has a Bachelor’s of Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia, earned a GEMA Basic Certified Emergency Manager certification, completed the FEMA Advanced Public Information Officer course, and has been accepted to the FEMA Master Public Information Officer 2022 Cohort beginning this December 2021.

Before adding a communications manager position, Bryan County outsourced its public relations and marketing needs to Lesley Francis Public Relations. The Richmond Hill-based agency began working with Bryan County in mid-2017 and has since created and implemented a full communications program consisting of media relations, material development, social media and website management, graphic design, and digital communications.

“Lesley Francis and her team at LFPR have provided exemplary service for Bryan County since 2017. Over the last four years, they have worked alongside the county to create an excellent marketing program encompassing PR, social media, design, copywriting, online marketing and more. They are familiar with how local governments operate, allowing them to work directly with the County Administrator, department heads and senior staff to communicate messages to the public in a professional manner, thus inspiring confidence in our services. Bryan County’s Board of Commissioners has made the decision to take this critical function in-house, and we recognize that Lesley Francis Public Relations has been instrumental in drastically improving Bryan County’s communication with its residents at a crucial time in the county’s growth,” said Carter Infinger, Chairman of Bryan County Board of Commissioners. “We thank LFPR for all they have done for staff and their service to the citizens of Bryan County. We look forward to their assistance during our transition between now and the end of 2021, and potentially any ad hoc marketing needs we have going forward.”

Lesley Francis Public Relations CEO and Founder Lesley Francis said her team will assist Bryan County for the remainder of 2021 and will support Kent as needed as he acclimates to his role.

“As a resident of and business owner in Bryan County since 2009, it has been an honor to provide marketing services for the county. We are committed to a thorough and professional transition and wish everybody at the county the best for the future,” Francis said.

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

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at or
912-272-8651 or Lesley Francis at or 912-429-3950.