SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 15, 2022 – Asbury Memorial Church (AMC) will host a weekly grief support group through Stephen Ministries every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. in Holliday Hall at AMC, located at 1008 E. Henry St., in Savannah.

This free support group will meet for seven weeks, starting Dec. 1, 2022, and ending Jan. 12, 2023. The first two sessions will be open to the public and the following sessions will be a closed group. Each session will be led by Reverend Holland Morgan, a retired bereavement counselor.

“The loss of a loved one is a heartbreaking experience and it’s natural to feel overwhelmed with grief,” said Morgan. “I believe that the holiday season makes loss even harder because people will reminisce about previous years with their loved ones who are now gone. It’s never an easy time of year for a grieving person, which is why we are hosting our free support group.”

Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one in the last two years is welcome to attend this weekly grief support group. Reservations are required in advance to Candace Jenkins by emailing

Stephen Ministries is a national ministry that certifies congregations throughout the nation to provide emotional and spiritual care to its members. Stephen Ministers come from many different backgrounds, ages, and walks of life, but all have in common a heart for bringing Christ’s healing love to hurting people. Asbury Memorial and Wesley Oak members are qualified Stephen Ministers.

Asbury Memorial Church, located at 1008 Henry Street, Savannah, Ga, offers a weekly Sunday worship service at 11:15 a.m. They pride themselves on welcoming all people into their church, no matter their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, or any other demographic. For more information on Asbury Memorial Church or to see other upcoming events, please visit


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RICHMOND HILL – November 15, 2022 – Santa Claus will be visiting the Ways Station Shopping Center on Saturday December 3, from 1.p.m. – 3.p.m to help four businesses collaborating to help children and pets in need this holiday season.  There will be plenty of festive fun at Highway 17’s Ways Station Shopping Center as the community is encouraged to bring toys, pet food and funds to support families and homeless animals needing a little extra help to enjoy this magical time of year.

PawParazzi Pet Boutique and Grooming Spa is asking for donations of pet food or accessories to give rescue dogs a festive treat.  Every donation will qualify for free entry into the raffle to win a $100 gift basket.  The store will also be offering free pet food samples, delicious pet friendly treats and nail trims for only $10, with all proceeds donated to the Renegade Paws Shelter nonprofit organization.  This organization will be bringing adoptable dogs to the store, with applications accepted for dogs hoping to find a forever home this holiday season.

The Bookstore on the Hill will be participating in the new ‘Fill Santa’s Sleigh’ event offering holiday games for children in the bookstore, free entry into a $50 gift certificate raffle with every toy donation and 10% off any purchase with the donation of two or more toys.  There will also be special sales and free book grab bags with any purchase of $30 or more. 

Midnight Star Pottery is excited to participate in the fundraising event with a ‘paint your own ornament’ (make & take) event for $5 with 50% of all proceeds donated to the Toys for Tots program.  The store will also be a collection point for new and unwrapped gifts to fill Santa’s Sleigh.  Delicious samples of fresh baked pizza as well as discount coupons will be donated by Papa’s Pizza To Go to satisfy any cravings for tasty snacks.

Jane Honnor, Owner of PawParazzi and organizer of this initiative said, “Funds raised will go directly to support the work of Renegade Paws and Toys For Tots. We can’t wait to see everyone for this amazing opportunity to give back to our community and enjoy festive fun at Ways Station Shopping Center.”


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HINESVILLE, GA – NOVEMBER 10, 2022 With Veterans Day approaching, a local veteran owned company is launching an advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the housing crisis and seek emergency funding from the Department of Defense for active military families at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

American Veteran Properties is not profiting from this advocacy campaign but is extremely concerned about the discrepancy between Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) in Hinesville and the cost of housing for families. Every day, more military families at Fort Stewart are living in RVs or hotels or expensive short-term rentals, doubling up with two families living in single family homes and struggling to make ends meet. This advocacy campaign is being launched to help our troops afford local housing through increasing their BAH to appropriate levels through contacting Congressman Buddy Carter or their Home of Record Congressperson.

The statistics reveal why low BAH rates at Fort Stewart personally affect the military community. The recent inflation of the housing market means that the cost of homes for sale and rental prices have skyrocketed. This means that average rental prices in Hinesville, GA are now just under $1,800 a month and the average mortgage on a small home is $2,100. A Corporal at Fort Stewart (E4) has a BAH of $1,491 a month making it nearly impossible to find affordable housing. While the soldiers are given access to on post housing, the list to receive a home on post is so long that military families are having to find other places to live. A Colonel at Fort Stewart (06) has a basic housing allowance of $2,232 a month meaning that it is almost impossible for them to find affordable family housing commensurate with their rank. By comparison, military families in Beaufort, South Carolina, which is home to the Marine Air Station (MCAS) and was one of the 28 military bases across the USA awarded the BAH emergency increase last month, is in a much better position. Residential housing rates are similar to Hinesville but an E4 receives $2,172 and an 06 receives $3,336. More information about BAH rates can be found

Eric Lukkarinen, Founder and CEO of AVP says, “Every day our agents see military families struggling with lack of affordable housing. We are not seeking to profit from this campaign but to encourage congress to grant Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield the BAH emergency increase through this advocacy and education campaign.” He continues, “Our military naturally has other priorities than teaching service members how to leverage their home loan and BAH to their benefit. In fact, if used recklessly, these can lead to financial instability and foreclosure, which is why we are offering any service member access to our free ‘Fatigues to Financial Freedom’ educational seminars.”

Eric Lukkarinen was a soldier in the U.S. Army until 2001 and has over 20 years’ experience in residential real estate. During that time, he saw firsthand how difficult the housing and especially the real estate market can be for service members and their families. Constant relocating and unfamiliarity with new areas makes it difficult for service members to find a way to own a home and actively participate in owning property. Eric realized he could help fill a need faced by service members and veterans, initially in the Savannah and Hinesville areas: near Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. With that mission in mind, Eric started American Veteran Properties. He launched a new type of real estate company to help military families reasonably enjoy homeownership and build financial security. His primary residential focus has been on military sales with use of VA loan packages and overall income-producing real estate management with specific experience regarding military PCS/relocations.

To contact Congressman Buddy Carter, Georgia’s first district representative, visit For more information on writing to Congress or to find your local representative, please visit For more information about American Veteran Properties and to register for the free seminar, please visit

American Veteran Properties is a full-service real estate agency which offers the highest quality advice and support for military members to make the best decision for themselves and their families, in addition to helping military members enjoy homeownership while building and growing personal wealth. For more information, please visit , call 912-385-3000, email or visit them on social media.


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MIDWAY, GA – NOVEMBER 9, 2022 – Today, a new nonprofit organization, BuddyWatch, Inc., has been launched to provide housing for veterans in Coastal Georgia in time for Veteran’s Day. Small (800 ft2) cottages will be built on five acres of land, which has been donated by BuddyWatch, Inc.’s founder Jo Coleman-Williams, and designated as the “Polaris” community which will provide housing to homeless veterans in our region. The future site of “Polaris” is located at 862 South Coastal Hwy, Midway, GA. A ribbon cutting will take place at the site later this year.  

“We are excited to announce our housing plan just in time for Veteran’s Day,” said Coleman-Williams. “Affordable housing in this region is already a problem for everyone, and it’s increasingly difficult for veterans who have come back from deployment with no home and limited resources.”

Coleman-Williams is a licensed therapist and plans to help veterans in need, physically and mentally. One acre of land will be used for a new therapy office space and the other four acres will remain available for tiny houses to be built. Each house will be handicap accessible and available to a veteran in need. To raise much needed funds to support the new “Polaris” community, BuddyWatch, Inc. has produced and is selling unique bird feeders, which can be purchased for $79 plus shipping and handling.

The goal of BuddyWatch is to act as a safe haven community for soldiers who have returned home and are struggling to acclimate to civilian life. It will act as a gateway between military and civilian life. Veterans may stay as long as they need to develop their civilian skills and acclimate to civilian life.

BuddyWatch, Inc. is a nonprofit, free resource to help any former military member, no matter of their discharge status. For more information on BuddyWatch or to make a donation, please visit

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SAVANNAH, GA. – Nov. 7, 2022– The Savannah Ballet Theatre (SBT) is slated to celebrate the holiday season with a live production of The Nutcracker at 5 p.m. on December 10 at the Lucas Theater, located on 32 Abercorn Street in Savannah. In addition to these performances and thanks to some generous sponsors, SBT will perform on December 9 for local Chatham County school students.

The legendary score by Tchaikovsky will fuel the performance of this classic holiday ballet, which demonstrates the story of a young girl’s dream of a Christmas gift come-to-life to become her beloved prince. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by joining SBT as they guide members of the audience through a magical holiday dream.

“The Nutcracker is an incredible way to kick-off the holiday season, we are so excited to showcase our incredible dancers and the Savannah Ballet Theatre,” said SBT artistic director Suzanne Braddy. “The local dancers at our professional company are filled with excitement for this year’s performance as it features guest artists, exciting projections and beautiful costumes to create the magical experience that the audience looks forward to each year. We could not have put this production on without the generous support of our sponsors and our SBT patrons.”

To purchase tickets for the Dec. 10 performance, which start at $30 per person, visit the Lucas Theater’s website,, or call 912-525-5050.

SBT is Savannah and southeast Georgia’s only professional dance company. Their mission is to develop and showcase the talent of dedicated Savannah dancers alongside top professional dancers who train in the studio and engage in educational outreach and promotion of the art of dance within the community.

For more information about The Nutcracker or the Savannah Ballet Theatre & School of Dance, please visit


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SAVANNAH, GA. – Nov. 4, 2022 – The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire is holding its Thanksgiving Boston Butt fundraiser sale to benefit the families of fallen first responders. These delicious, fully cooked 5-pound Boston Butts are only $40 each and are expertly smoked by the best pit masters in the area. Orders of 20 or more can be delivered upon request. All the proceeds from this event go to support the work of the Two Hundred Club, which has given over $3.8 million to support local families of fallen and critically injured first responders. 

Placed orders will be available for pick-up at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Complex, at 1050 Carl Griffin Dr. in Savannah, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22. Pickup in Statesboro is also available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 22 at the Statesboro Fire Department located at 24 West Grady Street.

“This Thanksgiving, we really do have a lot to be thankful for. We are especially grateful to those who fight for and protect our nation and the families of our fallen heroes, who’ve sacrificed and endured so much. We want to thank the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for cooking and preparing all of the Boston Butts we serve,” 200 Club President and CEO Mark Dana said. “This sale is an event that our supporters look forward to. It’s an easy and delicious way to support the 200 Club, so please join us and purchase a Boston Butt to enjoy over the Thanksgiving holiday.”  

To order a Boston Butt, please visit  For additional assistance please contact Frances Dana at 912-721-4418 or

The 200 Club is a 501(c) (3) organization who “cares for those who care for us” by providing for the surviving spouses and dependents of first responders who have lost their lives or sustain critical injuries in the line of duty. The organization serves a 20-county area within Georgia and South Carolina. All proceeds from this event will directly support the families of fallen heroes. The 200 Club provides a significant financial assistance to the surviving family members and provides a fully paid college education – including tuition, room and board, textbooks, and a computer – to a fallen first responder’s children and spouse. For more information, go to, call 912-721-4418 or email  All contributions are tax deductible.

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SAVANNAH, GA – November 4, 2022 – Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) will host Dr. Christopher Hendricks, local Savannah historian and co-author of “Old Southern Cookery: Mary Randolph’s Recipes from America’s First Regional Cookbook Adapted for Today’s Kitchen”, as the next presenter in their “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. His presentation is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 at the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center located at 323 East Broughton Street.

Dr. Christopher Hendricks and his mother, Sue Hendricks, put a new spin on time-tested recipes from Mary Randolph’s famed 1824 bestselling cookbook, “The Virginia House-Wife” for their book, “Old Southern Cookery: Mary Randolph’s Recipes from America’s First Regional Cookbook Adapted for Today’s Kitchen.” Join HSF as Dr. Hendricks shares how they chose the best of the original early 19th century recipes to show how home cooks can use contemporary methods and ingredients to prepare delicious dishes. Dr. Hendricks will be signing copies of Old Southern Cookery the evening of the lecture – the book will be available for purchase at the Davenport House Museum Shop. All proceeds from the sale of Old Southern Cookery will be donated to Historic Savannah Foundation and the Davenport House to support their mission.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Hendricks back at HSF to discuss this beloved cookbook that he created with his mother,” HSF Education and Research Associate, Kimberly Newbold said. “This cookbook gives a peek into what recipes were made in the past and how we can adapt them to the modern kitchen of today.”

Dr. Hendrick’s lecture is free for HSF members and $15 for non-members. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-lecture gathering at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and enjoy a glass of wine. Members may RSVP for the November 17 lecture by emailing Kim Newbold at The $15 nonmember registration fee can be paid by visiting HSF’s website, Space is limited, so reservations are recommended.

For more information on the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series, contact Newbold at 912-483-7294. For information about other HSF events, please visit or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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 organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 420 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit


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BRYAN COUNTY, GA – November 3, 2022 – Kia America announced a $300,000 donation to Family Promise of the Coastal Empire as part of the recent groundbreaking celebrations for the new Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant.  

Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair Euisun Chung, along with Governor Brian Kemp, company officials, and state and local leaders, officially broke ground at the Bryan County Mega site on Oct. 25, 2022. The celebration included a morning groundbreaking on site, followed by a future technology expo at Enmarket Arena in Savannah. During this exhibit, Family Promise of the Coastal Empire CEO Katrina Bostick and Board Chair Jason Crosby were honored to accept the $300,000 donation from Kia America Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Center.

Family Promise will soon have a physical presence in Bryan County, thanks to this generous donation from Kia America. Kia’s contribution will help Family Promise purchase a new house in Pembroke that will be used as a “home base” for helping homeless families with children find employment and other assistance.

“We are in the early stages of this project, so there is currently not a timeline for when the home will open, but we have started scouting locations,” said Bostick. “It’s important to us that we take some time to get input from community members in the Pembroke and Ellabell areas on what their specific needs are before allocating these valuable funds.”

Hyundai Motor Group will open its first fully dedicated electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility in Bryan County. Hyundai Motor Group will invest $5.45 billion in opening its first state-of-the-art U.S. smart factory. This donation is the latest extension of Kia’s “Accelerate The Good” charitable initiative, which has provided more than $14 million to those in need across the U.S. since 2019.

“Kia has been a proud and active member of the Georgia community for nearly 15 years, and we are dedicated to supporting communities in need through our ‘Accelerate The Good’ program,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America.  

Family Promise of the Coastal Empire serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. The organization’s mission is to offer help, hope, and hospitality to homeless families with children in our communities. For more information about the organization, please visit

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SAVANNAH, GA – November 1, 2022 – Georgia Tech Savannah is slated to host the next event in its Learners & Leaders series from 8 – 9:30 a.m., with breakfast and networking commencing at 7:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. The seminar, Becoming an Employer of Choice – Recruiting and Retaining Employees, is a hybrid event. Participants can attend in-person at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, 210 Technology Circle, or join virtually.

The workforce landscape has evolved and shifted significantly in the last couple of years. Following the Great Resignation and subsequent hiring crisis, job hopping seems to have swelled even further. In a February 2022, LinkedIn study of more than 20,000 US workers, 25% of Gen Zers and 23% of millennials said they hoped or planned to leave their current employers within the next six months.

HR departments and employers are charged with the task of becoming an in-demand employer and executing sophisticated recruitment and retention strategies to get employees in the door and keep them there. An expert panel will discuss the need for a detailed HR infrastructure that any size organization should have and next on to how best to recruit employees and what strategies have worked to retain them, including valuing individual performance.

The expert lineup of panelists includes:

  • Jeff Grant, Human Resources Director, City of Savannah
  • Suzanne Kirk, President & Executive HR Consultant, Employee Development Strategies, Inc.
  • Elliot Price, Augusta Regional Manager, Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Georgia Tech

For more information or to register for this event, please visit

To learn more about the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, please 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. 27, 2022 – Historic Savannah Foundation is hosting its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Savannah Repertory Theatre located at 402 East Broughton St. The evening’s speakers, Suzanne Mayer and Shawn Dunwoody from Hinge Neighbors, will speak about their efforts to reconnect the neighborhoods long separated by the Inner Loop North in Rochester, New York.

This event, which is free and open to the public, includes important updates about Historic Savannah Foundation as CEO and President Sue Adler and HSF Board Chair Austin Hill deliver the annual report, announce the election of new Board of Trustees members and officers, and recognize outgoing Board members. The annual meeting is designed to highlight HSF’s work and initiatives throughout the previous year, and acknowledge and thank HSF members and the community for their continued support of the foundation.  A light reception with refreshments in the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center will follow.

As founder of Sirius Change LLC, Suzanne has led organizational change initiatives in the banking, professional, and manufacturing industries for more than 30 years. She has experience with the life cycle of organizations from startups to fully mature organizations. Presently dedicated to Hinge Neighbors, she continues to practice all those skills learned in the corporate world.  The placemaking environment of today requires constant study about zoning, design, urban planning, and it extends into corporate behavior in understanding how cities work or don’t work.  Living in an activist’s world requires a sense of humor which she shares with her Hinge co-founder, activist and artist, Shawn Dunwoody. 

Dunwoody has over 20 years of experience as a director, producer, educator, designer, and developer, and first and foremost—an artist. This experience has given him the opportunity to establish public art practices that focus on creative implementation and innovative planning. He believes bringing people from different backgrounds together can create the most progressive movements for change. Dunwoody has been a resident lecturer on public engagement in art and muralist in the United States, Europe, and South America.  As Vice-President of Hinge Neighbors, he approaches each project with an arts-focused community-building process that has been documented in many publications and videos internationally including The B1M, Forbes, NBC, The Washington Post, USA Today, PBS, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He believes that artistic place-making is about strengthening the relationship between public space, the people who live in the community, and their capacity to change where they are—physically, emotionally, and economically.

“We are honored to welcome Suzanne and Shawn as this year’s annual meeting speakers and look forward to an enlightening evening of shared knowledge, inspirational experiences and insights on historic preservation,” said HSF CEO and President Sue Adler. “Engaging with our future and current membership is something we always strive to achieve with these meetings, so we’re excited to share information from other parts of the country.”

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


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