LESLEY FRANCIS PUBLIC RELATIONS APPOINTS NEW WEBSITE DEVELOPER, SHELBY McKEE

LESLEY FRANCIS PUBLIC RELATIONS APPOINTS NEW WEBSITE DEVELOPER, SHELBY McKEE

RICHMOND HILL, GA. – December 8, 2021 – Lesley Francis Public Relations (LFPR) has announced the appointment of a new website developer, Shelby McKee. In her new role, McKee will design, create, modify, and maintain client websites and keep them current with user-friendly technology. She’ll also develop test routines and schedules to ensure consistent website displays across all device types, perform routine website audits to identify and resolve issues, integrate websites with other computer applications, and monitor new website developments and trends.

McKee recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and received a certificate of graphic design and digital imaging. She is a certified UI and digital designer with over two years of experience building products and brands with user-centered design. Her multidisciplinary education highlighted her passion for user-centered design and provided her with experience in many different fields within IT and design. As a certified designer, she is passionate about creating user experiences that are inclusive, delightful, and frustration-free.

“I am so pleased to bring my passion for creating positive digital experiences to Lesley Francis Public Relations and their clients,” McKee said. “My skills, training, and experience give me the knowledge to develop website that will generate positive experiences for website users and are sure to please LFPR’s clients. I want to ensure that our clients are able to be a part of the brand-building process and can utilize their platforms effectively.”

Lesley Francis Public Relations (LFPR) is an award-winning public relations agency established in 2011 in Richmond Hill, GA.

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For media inquiries, please contact Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, Allie Robinson at allie@lesleyfrancispr.com, or 912-547-3100 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

Crystal Vogel

Crystal Vogel joined LFPR in October 2018 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Professional Communications with a minor in theatre from Armstrong State University (now Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus). During her time in undergrad, she completed a semester-long study abroad program in Siena, Italy studying travel writing, advanced composition, anthropology, and art history. Prior to joining the LFPR team, Crystal completed an internship with Mamie Ruth, a local clothing brand that is found nation-​wide, doing their PR, social media management, event planning, content creation, and blog writing. At LFPR, she manages social media accounts while keeping up with current trends and creating content to grow an organization’s reach, efforts, and brand. She also designs marketing materials from logos to business cards, flyers, rack cards, signs, and more.

Allie Robinson

Allie, who was born and raised in Savannah, joined LFPR in 2020. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University, where she was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She also completed an internship with the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, and is a graduate and member of The Junior League of Savannah, as well as the Exchange Club of Richmond Hill.  Allie enjoys going to the beach, trying new restaurants in town, watching The Food Network, and taking her dog Ace on walks. At LFPR, she works on writing news releases, media coverage evaluation, research, social media management and content generation. 

Kristyn Beasley

Kristyn joined LFPR in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Science in public relations and marketing from Georgia Southern University, where she was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and co-host of a weekly radio show on WVGS 91.9 The Buzz. Kristyn currently serves on the Bryan County Bark Park Board of Directors and is a member of the Richmond Hill Kiwanis Club. She manages writing news releases and placing media coverage, client liaison, research, media coverage evaluation, client event coordination, and social media management and content generation at LFPR. ​ 

Hollie Barnidge

Hollie Barnidge holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She joined LFPR in 2015. Hollie has worked at a number of publications, including daily newspapers and lifestyle magazines, and served as a regional editor for Morris Multimedia Inc. for seven years. Through her time spent as a Main Street Program manager, Hollie amassed experience in small business and economic development, marketing, planning and preservation, design, and volunteer management.

Lesley Francis

Lesley Francis has over thirty years’ experience in public relations. British-born Lesley founded her first agency in London, England in 1998, and over nine years she grew it into the 14th-largest in the UK. After selling her business to a global media group in 2007, she ran their global PR division for two years until relocating to Savannah, Georgia, where she became a naturalized American citizen. Lesley set up LFPR in 2011, and the agency has grown every year through its “can-do” attitude and the team’s ability to design and execute integrated campaigns that target the right audiences and key influencers. This approach provides LFPR’s clients with a solid and ​measurable return on investment.​ 

FAMILY PROMISE, AREA PARTNERS TO DELIVER DONATED GIFTS WITH ‘CHRISTMAS CARAVAN’

FAMILY PROMISE, AREA PARTNERS TO DELIVER DONATED GIFTS WITH ‘CHRISTMAS CARAVAN’

SAVANNAH, GA – DECEMBER 7, 2021 – Family Promise is partnering with the United Way Young Leaders, the Tau Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the League of Brawn Development Center for Men, and Above and Beyond Limousine Service to organize a Christmas Caravan, which will deliver gifts to families that have been adopted through Family Promise’s “Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays” program.

Family Promise’s “Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays” program is in full swing and donations are now being accepted for families Chatham County. Separate holiday donation initiatives are being conducted in Bryan and Effingham counties, which are also in Family Promise’s service area.

Anyone who is interested in adopting a family for the holidays should email familypromise@familypromisece.org or call 912-790-9446. Family Promise will provide donors with the wish list of the family they’ve adopted, and purchased gifts can be dropped off at Family Promise’s Day Center in Savannah. Using vans and buses, the organizations will pool their manpower to make deliveries and ensure families in need throughout the tri-county area enjoy their gifts and a bit of holiday cheer.

“I’m so proud to serve in a community where people are so willing to help – whether that’s adopting a family and donating gifts, helping us get everything organized and planned, wrapping presents, or going along on the delivery caravan,” said Family Promise’s Executive Director, Katrina Bostick. “We believe that this year’s caravan will be just as if not more successful as the one last year!”

The caravan sets off on Friday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. and is expected to have all presents dropped off by 8 p.m. For those families who can make it into the Day Center and prefer a pick-up over a drop-off, there will be designated curbside pick-up windows in each county – Chatham, Bryan and Effingham. Families will be notified of the option and scheduled accordingly.

Family Promise works with host congregations to reduce the number of families who are separated when they fall on difficult times and find themselves homeless. However, the organization expands its mission beyond just providing meals and shelter for families. They also offer mentoring, homelessness-prevention programs and services, and initiatives to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Family Promise has a strong track record in keeping families together, while offering support and resources towards long-term independence.

For more information about Family Promise, please visit www.familypromisece.org, email familypromise@familypromisece.org or call 912-790-9446.

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

SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW DATES FOR SOME KWANZAA WORKSHOPS, PLANS AFRICAN GOODS SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES

SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW DATES FOR SOME KWANZAA WORKSHOPS, PLANS AFRICAN GOODS SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES

SAVANNAH, GA – December 7, 2021 – The Savannah African Art Museum (SAAM) is hosting a Kwanzaa workshop series on two Saturdays in December (Dec. 11 and 18) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and one Saturday in January (Jan. 8) from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All workshops will be held in their Terracotta Gallery (upstairs), 201 East 37th St., Savannah. The Gallery, at the rear of the main museum, is accessible only by stairs and has no wheelchair or elevator access. This series is part of the museum’s bi-monthly workshop program and will also offer guests shopping opportunities with the Diaspora Marketplace and Ghanian Fine Artist, William Kwamena-Poh.

A short presentation on what Kwanzaa is, why it’s celebrated, and its African connection will precede each of the following “back by popular demand” workshops:

  • December 11, 2021 – African Beaded Bracelet Making: SAAM Docent and CEO of Savanna Naturals Inc., Connie Williams, will guide participants through the process of working with beads while sharing a brief history of African beading. Participants will have the choice of making a bracelet with recycled glass beads from Ghana, made by a group known as the Krobo people; terracotta beads from Mali; or Bone Batik hand-dyed beads, using a Kenyan wax relief process. Hand-made beaded items also will be available for purchase.
  • December 18, 2021 – Interactive Kwanzaa Visual Story Telling: Facilitator Kat Robertson, visual and performing artist, teacher, published poet and writer, will engage participants in an interactive Kwanzaa Visual Story Telling experience. She will introduce the Nguzo Saba (the Swahili name for the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa) and the week-long lighting of the candles that represent the 7 Principles. Using construction paper, paints, color markers and fabrics, participants in this storytelling process will select and create the Swahili principle named candle of their choice. Then they will decorate the other side of their drawing with a word or phrase that exemplifies what the principle means to them. The collective candles will be ceremoniously “lit” as all the words/phrases are woven together to create the fabric of the Kwanzaa story.

This distinctive event will stimulate the imagination and encourage creativity while fostering awareness and unity. Storytelling is a universal art that exists in every culture to pass on cultural traditions, knowledge, history, and experiences from one generation to the next. Its presence in African culture goes back to ancient times and also plays a role in passing on codes of behavior and maintaining order in the community. Hand-made Kwanzaa cards and books by the facilitator will be available for purchase.

  • January 8, 2022 – Making Affirmation Journals for the New Year: Facilitated by Billie Stultz, SAAM Executive Director/Chief Curator and artist, participants will design their own journal and be guided through the process of creating affirmations to manifest their goals for the next year. Affirmations are statements of truth. They are often used to encourage and reinforce positive thinking to create positive outcomes. Writing affirmations and revisiting them in a journal helps us to reinforce them.

In addition, from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, Savannah’s, “The Diaspora Marketplace” will be at SAAM with authentic items for sale such as clothing, jewelry, home goods, and more from some of the West and Central African countries featured in the museum’s collection. From noon-4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23 at SAAM, attendees will have the opportunity to shop originals, limited editions, and prints of water-color images of Ghanaian scenes from Fine Artist, William Kwamena – Poh.

“Kwanzaa is a time where we celebrate family, community, and culture; and what better way to observe this holiday than by welcoming the community to learn more about African art and culture through our most popular workshops. Through this educational and interactive series, we can keep the tradition alive by making homemade gifts, telling stories, creating a positive headspace for the new year, and offering an authentic ‘taste of Africa’ shopping experience on the premises,” said SAAM Education Coordinator Lisa Jackson. “We invite families and individuals to honor the spirit of Kwanzaa with us.”

Additionally, for families who are in town over Thanksgiving weekend and looking for a unique experience, SAAM also has its “Exploring Animal Symbols in African Culture and Art” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. At this workshop, participants will create a piece of art representing their favorite animal or one they feel represents them by drawing, molding clay, using animal stamps, and more. It will be held in in the Terra Cotta Gallery as well.

For more information about the Kwanzaa workshops, registration, and the Kwanzaa shopping experience, please visit www.savannahafricanart.org/workshops. For more information about the shopping vendors, please visit www.diasporamarketplc.com or www.williamkfineart.net.

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For media inquiries, please contact Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457, Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651, or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950.

BEYOND THE BELL PARTNERS WITH BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO HOST ‘WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SEE BLUE’ TOWN HALL EVENT – SATURDAY JANUARY 22

BEYOND THE BELL PARTNERS WITH BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO HOST ‘WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SEE BLUE’ TOWN HALL EVENT – SATURDAY JANUARY 22

MACON, GA. – December 7, 2021 – Beyond The Bell Macon-Bibb County has partnered with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to host the “What To Do when You See Blue” town hall event at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 22 at Glorious Hope Baptist Church, located at 3805 Napier Ave. Macon, Ga. 31204. Law enforcement and leaders of the Macon-Bibb community will inform attendees about what to expect and the processes of getting stopped by a police officer with advice on what to do.

Lt. Reggie Thomas of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office will be the featured speaker for the event and will be joined by Judy Gordon, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, and Jeremy Grissom, Safety Net Project Specialist for the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. There will be a Q&A session with all three speakers following the event and lunch will be provided to attendees as well as free information materials.

“It can be intimidating for citizens, especially youth, to interact with law enforcement due to a lack of understanding and trust. The goal of this free town hall event is to encourage honest conversation and positive interactions between law enforcement and the citizens of Macon-Bibb County,” said Executive Director Sandra Dean. “We are thrilled to be working with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to inform our community’s youth about what to do when they interact with law enforcement.”

Beyond The Bell, along with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) provides tools and evidence-based strategies to train, educate, and support youth and families in the prevention of alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use and abuse.

Beyond The Bell offers programs to the community including the “Botvin Life Skills Training”, which consists of a 7-week groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program which is designed to promote mental health and positive youth development. They also implement the “Positive Social Norms” campaign which focuses on the fact that people’s behavior often is influenced by their perceptions of what is “normal” or “typical.” The problem is that people usually severely misperceive the typical behaviors or attitudes of their peers. For example, if people believe that the majority of their peers drink, then they are more likely to drink. Using social norms marketing to inform people that most of their peers do not drink can potentially lead them to avoid drinking.

For more information about Beyond The Bell and its programs/resources, please visit www.beyondthebellkids.org.

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For media inquiries, please contact Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com, Allie Robinson at allie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-547-3100 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY FOOD DRIVE COLLECTS 2,269 MEALS FOR DONATION TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY FOOD DRIVE COLLECTS 2,269 MEALS FOR DONATION TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

SAVANNAH, GA. – Dec. 6, 2021 – Throughout the month of November, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) students collected canned food for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Food Bank. SCA accumulated 2,723 pounds of food, which equates to 2,269 meals for families in need. SCA’s donation is the largest amount of food collected by any school in Savannah this year.

“We are so proud of our students for their dedication in leading this food drive for our local Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Barry Lollis, CEO of SCA. “Ms. Pando’s third grade class deserves special recognition for collecting the largest amount of food items.”

According to studies from the Georgia Department of Education and Feeding America, 175,540 residents in Coastal Georgia, including more than 45,090 children, are at-risk for hunger. Last year, Second Harvest food bank provided more than 19.8 million meals (more than 25.5 million pounds of food) to hungry people in our area. Support from the community and collaboration with partners, like SCA, make it possible for the organization to reach those in need.

Established in 1981 in Savannah Georgia, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is a locally inspired, volunteer driven nonprofit food bank and community partnering organization. Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of children, senior citizens, low-income families, and people with disabilities who are at risk for hunger throughout Southern Georgia.

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 difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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