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Savannah Jaycees Celebrate 75 Years
Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased here!

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees have announced plans for their 75th Anniversary Gala set for Saturday, Oct. 21, in the ballroom in the Embassy Suites Hotel, 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Guests will enjoy live music, dinner and dancing.
As part of the event, the organization will present its Distinguished Service Award. This award was an annual tradition of the Savannah Jaycees for a number of years as a way to recognize a local resident who went above and beyond to embody the Jaycees creed “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life.”

“For the past 75 years, the Savannah Jaycees have played a role in building a stronger community through professional development, community service and educational efforts,” said Jaycees president Cynthia Wright. “We have a rich history and a long list of accomplishments to highlight during this anniversary celebration.”
In the 1950s, the Jaycees were one of the main supporters of the city council-city manager form of government that Savannah has today and played an integral role in the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County.

In the ‘60s, the group spearheaded efforts to build the Savannah Civic Center and raised funds for the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing home among other projects. The group, along with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Savannah Fire Department also launched the local version of the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. In the ’70s, they held the “Jaycees Forum” on local television, as well as a weekly “High School Quiz Bowl” telecast. In the ’80s, the Jaycees raised almost $50,000 for the renovation of the Forsyth Park fountain.

More recently, the organization initiated the Leadership NOW program, a lecture series featuring prominent members of Savannah sharing insights on leadership, management and professional skills. The Savannah Jaycees also organized the annual Charity Date Night Auction, the Mayoral Forum, the Surging Forward Community Picnic after Hurricane Matthew and “Done in a Day” projects. This year, they also launched the Junior Jaycees Program for area middle school students.

The public is invited to participate in the 75th Anniversary Gala to join the Jaycees in their celebration of past accomplishments.

“This is a way for us to honor our alumni’s efforts, brag on our current members’ projects and look forward to what the future will bring,” said Wright.
The gala will be held in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites at 6 p.m. This event is black tie optional. Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-jaycee-75th-diamond-anniversary-gala-tickets-37148480104?aff=es2
Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the organization’s diamond anniversary and include tickets to the gala. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email savannahjaycees@gmail.com.

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or to become a sponsor of the gala, visit http://savannahjaycees.com
ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys for Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with a vision to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees

Savannah Jaycees September After Hours Mixer

Join the Savannah Jaycees for the fifth 2016 after hours mixer. Mix and mingle with Savannah’s premier young professionals. With the Savannah Jaycees, you can expect to meet new friends, make business connections and discover how you can make a positive impact on our Hostess City.

Location: Savannah Taphouse, 125 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
* Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drink specials.
**FOR THIS AFTER-HOURS MIXER, THE FEE HAS BEEN WAIVED TO ATTEND!

For more information, contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com or 912.856.9075

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

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Savannah Jaycees Announce 2016 Charity Date Night Auction to be Held at Club One

Local Singles Auctioned Off to Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees’ third annual Charity Date Night Auction will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Club One-“Showroom,” located at 1 N Jefferson St, Savannah, GA 31401. Participants have chosen local charities to whom 50 percent of their winnings will be donated.

A social hour will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. where attendees will have time to talk and meet the participants. Promptly at 8 p.m., eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will be auctioned off with date packages. During the event, Club One will provide a performance.

“This event is a fun way to spark new relationships and raise money that will benefit local charities that the bachelors and bachelorettes have personally chosen,” said Cheryl Lawrence, President of the Savannah Jaycees, “Last year the event raised $11,000 for Heads Up Guidance Services and Compassionate Friends of Savannah.”

The participants include; (name, company, charity):

Alex Chamberlain, Service Brewing, The Savannah Tiny House Project
April Gainey, Target, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Cailey Sparks, WTOC, Palmetto Animal League
Clinton Edminster, Starlandia Creative Supply, Art Rise Savannah
Holly Muhlhan, Comcast Spotlight, Economic Opportunity Authority
Joseh Marion, Professional Ballroom Dancer, Rape Crisis Center
Joshua Hodnett, Homewood Suites, Alzheimer’s Association
Keri Cromwell, Target, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
Mack Mackenzie, Professional Ballroom Dancer, Heads Up Guidance Services
Rachel Gardner, Savannah Morning News, One Love Animal Rescue
Sam Brasel, Savannah Morning News, Humane Society of Greater Savannah

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the Savannah Jaycees website at savannahjaycees.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. The event details are listed on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2016SavannahJayceesDateNightAuction.

Savannah Jaycees 2016 Charity Date Night Auction Logo

Savannah Jaycees 2016 Charity Date Night Auction Logo

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Hold Mixer to Meet 2016 Bachelors and Bachelorettes at Upcoming Charity Date Night Auction

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce a meet and greet social to introduce their 2016 charity date night auction participants. The mixer will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Service Brewing, located at 574 Indian St, Savannah, GA 31401.

This event is open to public and will be a opportunity to meet the participants as well as some of the Savannah Jaycees’ members. There is no cost to attend but brewery tours and tastings are available for $12.

The Savannah Jaycees’ third annual Charity Date Night Auction will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Club One-“Showroom,” located at 1 N Jefferson St, Savannah, GA 31401. Participants have chosen local Savannah charities to whom 50 percent of their winnings will be donated.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/598626023646044/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1466451019604280 or contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com.

 

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

 


Savannah Jaycees Call for Nominations for 2016 Charity Date Night Auction Singles

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Jaycees is now accepting nominations for Savannah area singles to be featured in the 2016 Charity Date Night Auction. The third annual Charity Date Night Auction will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Club One-“Showroom,” located at 1 N Jefferson St, Savannah, GA 31401.

Savannah Jaycees’ selection committee will name five men and five women to participate in this charity event, raising money for a local nonprofit organization, which is yet to be announced.

To be considered, email nominations to the Savannah Jaycees at community.savjaycees@gmail.com. Nominations should include name, age, bio, contact information, ideal date and an attached headshot. Individuals may be nominated by friends and family. All applications will be reviewed by the Savannah Jaycees Charity Date Night Auction Nomination Committee.

If selected, participants will be auctioned off with a date package. Last year, the event raised $11,000 for two local charities. For more information on this event or the nomination process, contact Lauren Mathews at community.savjaycees@gmail.com

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


 

Savannah Jaycees Clean Tybee Park and Host “Day at the Park” Event

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees held their inaugural Park Day Celebration, “Day at the Park,” at the Jaycee Park, located at 30 Van Horne Ave. on Tybee Island.

Before the celebration, the Savannah Jaycees worked with the City of Tybee from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., helping to improve the Jaycee Park on Tybee Island. A team rebuilt the horseshoe pit, repaired the trash can receptacles, added mulch to the playground, and repainted and planted around the Jaycee Park sign.

The members held a lowcountry boil and cookout afterward. Chuck Courtenay Band played live music. The Savannah Jaycees had corn hole, kickball and soccer games going on throughout the day.

Lauren Mathews, event coordinator and VP of Community Development for the Savannah Jaycees, said, “This event was a way for us to celebrate the local Jaycee legacy and impact in the community for over 60 years.”

The event was sponsored by The Savannah Jaycees Foundation, Doc’s Bar, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Creative Approach, Ranco South, Service Brewing, Lawn Bull and the YMCA of Tybee Island.

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

Savannah Jaycees Day at the Park

Savannah Jaycees Day at the Park

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees
VP of Communications
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Welcome New Members and Officers to Board of Directors

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Jaycees is pleased to announce their 2016 Board of Directors and Executive Officers.

Cheryl Lawrence is the incoming President for the non-profit organization and serves in this capacity until 2017. Lawrence is currently a third-year law student at Savannah Law School where she is also Associate Editor of the school’s Law Review and a member of the Mock Trial Competition Team. She also works as an intern at The Bowen Law Group.

Other members of the executive board include Randi Hempel as Immediate Past President, Ken Adams as Vice President, Cynthia Wright as Vice President of Communications, Lauren Mathews as Vice President of Community Development, Patrick Spivey as Vice President of Membership, Ammie Dover as Director, Antwan Lang as Parliamentarian, Shannon Dempsey as Treasurer and Morgan Pence as Assistant Treasurer.

“I am honored to be a part of an organization promoting leadership and professional development for young adults in our community,” said Lawrence. “We can and are making a difference in Savannah by working with several nonprofit service partners, and having a blast doing it.”

Savannah Jaycees recently presented $200 and a box full of toys to the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots. Earlier in the year, the group of young professionals donated $11,000 between Heads Up Guidance Services Inc. (HUGS) and the Compassionate Friends of Savannah.

Comprised of local young adults age 21 to 40, Savannah Jaycees’ mission is to “inspire leadership growth through community involvement.” Since receiving its Charter in 1942, the organization strives to uphold the national and international vision to be the leading global network of active young citizens. For more information, visit savannahjaycees.com.

Savannah Jaycees 2016 Executive Board, L to R: Patrick Spivey, Cynthia Wright, Lauren Mathews, Ken Adams, Cheryl Lawrence, Shannon Dempsey, Morgan Pence, Antwan Lang

Savannah Jaycees 2016 Executive Board, L to R: Patrick Spivey, Cynthia Wright, Lauren Mathews, Ken Adams, Cheryl Lawrence, Shannon Dempsey, Morgan Pence, Antwan Lang

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Announce Dates and Topics for the 2016 Leadership NOW Series

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees’ Leadership NOW Series presents the 2016 dates and topics. The series will feature six presentations throughout the year, from area experts sharing insights on professional development.

The first lecture, “The Psychology of Productivity,” will be presented Tuesday, February 2 by Melissa Gratias, Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Even more than her 15 years of corporate management experience, being a mother has taught her the importance of being organized, setting priorities, and balancing work and life. She can be reached online at www.melissagratias.com, via email at getproductive@melissagratias.com, or by phone at 912-417-2505.

Other 2016 Leadership NOW dates and topics are scheduled for the following Tuesdays:
April 5: Financial Planning
June 7: Health & Wellness
August 2: Mentorship
October 4: City Government
December 6: Professional & Personal Branding
*Speakers will be announced throughout the year via Savannah Jaycees’ Facebook page: facebook.com/savannah.jaycees

This is the third year the Savannah Jaycees has presented the Leadership NOW Series. For each presentation in the 2016 series, open networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street. It is free to attend for members; $10 for guests with the first visit free. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or the Leadership NOW Series, visit savannahjaycees.com/

Savannah Jaycees Leadership Now

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/. Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/savannah.jaycees or on Twitter (@SavJaycees).

CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Present Check and Toy Donations to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

(SAVANNAH, GA) Members of the Savannah Jaycees presented $200 and a box full of toys to Staff Sergeant Riddle, the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Coordinator. The donations were collected at the Jaycees’ annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the Bryan, Chatham and Effingham Counties in Georgia, and Beaufort and Jasper Counties in South Carolina.

Staff Sergeant Riddle, U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Coordinator, said, “I am extremely honored the Jaycees have chosen the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots as the recipient of their annual holiday charity event. It means a great deal to our staff and all involved that the Jaycees have stepped up to help us.”

“We are all very grateful for the community support we received at our party. These donations will go to children who deserve a little Christmas cheer this time of the year,” said Cheryl Lawrence, president-elect of the Savannah Jaycees. “I hope this can serve as another example of who the Savannah Jaycees are, what our mission is and what work we strive to do in the Savannah community.”

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit savannahjaycees.com.

Jaycees Check Presentation to HUGS

Jaycees Check Presentation to HUGS

Savannah Jaycees Present The Compassionate Friends of Savannah Check

Savannah Jaycees Present The Compassionate Friends of Savannah Check

 

 

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES

The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


The Savannah Jaycees to Host Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce their annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party will be held on Saturday, December 19 at 7 p.m. on the third floor of Ampersand, located at 36 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10, which includes light hors d’oeuvres. If guests bring a donation for the toy drive, the ticket price is $5.

Ampersand’s DJ will be the musical entertainment for the evening; however, guests are welcome to take the stage for karaoke performances. During the evening, the Savannah Jaycees will be awarding a prize for the tackiest attire, so guests are encouraged to get creative with their sweaters. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

A portion of the proceeds raised will go to the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the Bryan, Chatham and Effingham Counties in Georgia, and Beaufort and Jasper Counties in South Carolina.

Staff Sergeant Riddle, U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Coordinator, said, “I am extremely honored the Jaycees have chosen the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots as the recipient of their annual holiday charity event. It means a great deal to our staff and all involved that the Jaycees have stepped up to help us.”

“I am super excited about the Jaycee annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party to benefit U.S. Marine Toys for Tots,” said Cheryl Lawrence, president-elect of the Savannah Jaycees. “I hope the Savannah community will rally around this much-needed organization, and come check out who the Savannah Jaycees are and what work we do. Our annual Christmas party is a way for members and non-members alike to have a good time for a great cause.”

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees Tacky Christmas Party or to purchase tickets, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/upcoming-events/ .

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Presents $11,000 to Local Charities, HUGS and Compassionate Friends of Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees presented two $5,500 checks to representatives from HUGS and Compassionate Friends of Savannah. These donations were made possible through proceeds raised at the Jaycees’ annual Charity Date Night auction, comprised of 25 local men and women.

Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off with gift cards to various local restaurants for dates. There was also a silent auction for those that did not want to bid on participants.

“All funds raised at the event went directly to our two service partners, Heads Up Guidance Services Inc. (HUGS) and the Compassionate Friends of Savannah,” said event coordinator Lauren Mathews, “We are so grateful for the community support we received, and we are honored to be able to present this donation to two well-deserving organizations.”

Funded by community donations and operated by volunteers, HUGS is a non-profit 501©(3) organization making professional counseling and vocational guidance available and affordable to all who need and desire services. For more information on HUGS, visit headsupsavannah.org.

The Compassionate Friends of Savannah is a self-help organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. TCF has no religious affiliation, and no individual membership fees or dues are charged. All bereaved family members are welcome. For more information on the Compassionate Friends of Savannah, visit tcfsavannah.com.

The two checks were presented at the Savannah Jaycees’ monthly Leadership NOW meeting, a lecture series focused on leadership, management, and professional skills. The series aligns with the Savannah Jaycees mission statement: to inspire leadership growth through community involvement.

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


The Savannah Jaycees Presents $2100 Check to Kicklighter Resource Center

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees raised $2100 for the Kicklighter Resource Center from donations collected at the annual Tacky Sweater Christmas Party. Members of the Savannah Jaycees presented the check to board members of the Kicklighter Resource Center on Tuesday, January 6 before their Leadership NOW Series presentation.

Coordinator of the Tacky Sweater Christmas Party and Savannah Jaycees member, Mary Ann Blalock said, “As Savannah Jaycees, we are committed to giving back to our community and the holidays was the perfect time for giving. Our annual Tacky Sweater party was a way for members and non-members alike to have a good time and raise money for local organizations in need.”

Kicklighter Resource Center is a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with different abilities. The center has been serving the Savannah area for over 60 years.

According to Stacey Davis, Interim Executive Director of Kicklighter Resource Center, the school is for typical and special needs children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. “We have had extremely successful teaching methods for children at any level of development for over 60 years. Our program is actually the only one of it’s kind in the state of Georgia,” said Davis, “I am extremely honored the Jaycees chose Kicklighter Resource Center as the recipient of their annual charity event. It means a great deal to our staff and all involved that the Jaycees have stepped up to help us carry out our mission as we make the necessary changes to move forward.”

The mission of Kicklighter Resource Center is to improve the quality of life of children and adults with different abilities and other developmental issues through advocacy, community awareness, family support and direct services.

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Announce Annual Father Daughter Dance Fundraiser

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees will once again host their annual Father Daughter Dance from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, located at 711 Sandtown Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31410. Dinner will be provided by Cheddar’s. The money raised from this year’s dance will go to the Savannah Jaycees’ general fund to be distributed throughout the year based on the needs of the community.

The Savannah Jaycees is an organization for young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40. Their mission is to inspire leadership growth through community involvement by supporting local families and nonprofit organizations.

“The Father Daughter Dance is our chance to invite the public to help with our mission and to have a little fun with it,” said Marcie Moxley, Chairperson for the Father Daughter Dance. “Some of our sponsors have bought tickets for service members and their daughters to attend free of charge. Firemen, police or military members can contact me for more information.”

The Savannah Jaycees are pre-selling three raffle packages. The Ultimate Fathers Day Giveaway prizes include river cruises, gift certificates to Ruth’s Chris, golf for four, downtown walking tours and spirits from Johnnie Ganem. The Pampered Princess Package includes prizes such as a facial from Silver lining Spa, acupuncture session, massage from Therapeutic Embrace, thirty days of unlimited Power Yoga, gift certificates to My Sassy Sister and Tubby’s. For information on raffle packages, contact Amanda Quaranta at savannahjaycees@gmail.com

This event is sponsored by Oatland Island Wildlife Refuge, Cheddar’s, Exit Strategy Icecreamist, TapSnap, John Davis Florist, Ranco South, Service Master and Rooterman Plumbers.

Two tickets are $35 and each additional ticket is $10. For more information contact Moxley at 912-713-6865 or mjelf24@gmail.com. To purchase tickets, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/father-daughter-dance/ .

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Former Pro Football Star to Speak at Leadership NOW Lecture on Tuesday, September 29

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announces former NFL star and Georgia Southern alumnus, Adrian Peterson as a speaker in the 2015 Leadership NOW Lecture Series to present on Tuesday, September 29 at the Savannah Jaycees headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street. Open networking begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Peterson was a record breaking standout at Georgia Southern and he went on to spend 8 years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. He is now an author and motivational speaker. His autobiography, “Don’t Dis My Abilities,” chronicles his struggles with a speech impediment and keeping his faith through a family medical crisis. It is a story of victory over disability. Peterson travels from state to state with a mission to motivate and inspire others.

“We are excited to have Adrian Peterson speak to the Savannah Jaycees about his journey to triumph. I’m excited for our membership and guests to learn how discipline persistence and hard work can change lives and communities,” said president, Randi Hempel, “The Jaycee Creed ends with ‘Service to humanity is the best work of life.’

To reserve your seat at this free presentation, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adrian-peterson-at-the-savannah-jaycees-tickets-18505378084. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or the Leadership NOW Series, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Local Singles Auctioned Off to Benefit Two Local Charities
Savannah Jaycees Raising Money for HUGS and Compassionate Friends of Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announce the second annual Charity Date Auction will be held on Thursday, September 24 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Savannah Smiles, located at 314 Williamson St. The auction will be comprised of 20 to 25 men and women who come from various roles throughout the Savannah community.

A social hour will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. where attendees will have time to talk and meet the participants. Promptly at 8 p.m., eligible bachelors and bachelorettes with gift cards to various local restaurants will then be auctioned off for dates. There will also be a silent auction for those that don’t want to bid on participants.

Admission is $5. All proceeds raised from the event will go to benefit the Savannah Jaycees’ two service partners: Heads Up Guidance Services Inc. (HUGS) and the Compassionate Friends of Savannah.

“This event wouldn’t be possible without the support we receive from the community,” said Savannah Jaycees president Randi Hempel. “Last year, we raised almost $7000 for our service partner at the time, and we are excited to exceed that amount this year. Come support your friends and bid on Savannah’s premier singles. All donations will go to two amazing nonprofit organizations in Savannah.”

Funded by community donations and operated by volunteers, HUGS is a non-profit 501©(3) organization making professional counseling and vocational guidance available and affordable to all who need and desire services. For more information on HUGS, visit headsupsavannah.org. The Compassionate Friends of Savannah is a self-help organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. TCF has no religious affiliation, and no individual membership fees or dues are charged. All bereaved family members are welcome. For more information on the Compassionate Friends of Savannah, visit tcfsavannah.com.

Tickets can be purchased on the Savannah Jaycees website (savannahjaycees.com) or through the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1594862047439560/).

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Raises Almost $2,000 for March of Dimes

(SAVANNAH, GA) In support of the Coastal Empire March for Babies, the Savannah Jaycees raised $1,702 for the March of Dimes. Eleven members of the Jaycees raised funds through social media campaigns, community outreach efforts, and family and friend donations.

The Savannah Jaycees members who participated included: Ken Adams, Will Gruver, Randi Hempel, Olivia King, Brandy Lee, Kenneth Lee, Marcie Moxley, Marianne Poppell, Amanda Quaranta, Patrick Spivey and Brittany Rowland. The team walked through the pouring rain at the actual March for Babies in support of the campaign as well.

Randi Hempel, the President of the Savannah Jaycees said, “Supporting organizations such as the March of Dimes aligns with the Jaycees mission, and I’m thrilled that our chapter, families and friends could rally such support from our community.”

The mission of the March of Dimes is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. Proceeds raised from the March of Babies help fund research initiatives, education materials, health care coverage and newborn comfort gifts.

“The Coastal Empire March for Babies is one of the Savannah area’s signature walk events,” said Olivia King, Vice President of Communications of the Savannah Jaycees. “Who knew walking 3.1 miles in the rain could be so fun.”

Savannah Jaycees March of Babies Team

Savannah Jaycees March of Babies Team

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Recognized at Georgia Jaycees State Convention in Athens

(SAVANNAH, GA) At the Georgia Jaycees State Convention held in Athens earlier this month, the Savannah Jaycees was awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year. Previous president, Sarah Westberry was also recognized as Member of the Year. Both awards were presented by 2014 Georgia Jaycees President Josh Melton.

Westberry said, “It was such an honor to receive Jaycee of the Year award. I would have never received it without the support and dedication of the members of our organization. The Jaycees has brought such joy and compassion to my life. I am truly grateful to be involved in our community and for the friends I have made from the Jaycees.”

Current president of the Savannah Jaycees, Randi Hempel said, “I was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the Savannah Jaycees. I couldn’t be more proud of all of our members and the amount of time and dedication they have all put into rebuilding the Savannah Jaycees. Sarah Westberry had an amazing vision and leadership that allowed me to step into the position this year to further lead our efforts of rebuilding and in making a difference in our community.”

At the convention, Hempel and Westberry were asked to speak on a panel about how the chapter worked to grow their membership to 55 individuals after from the few people they had previously.

For more information, contact Randi Hempel at rhempel@rcsavannah.com.

Sarah Westberry and Randi Hempel Holding Up Awards from GA Jaycees Convention 2014

Sarah Westberry and Randi Hempel Holding Up Awards from GA Jaycees Convention 2014

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


The Savannah Jaycees Announce the Annual Tacky Christmas Party

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees will host their annual Tacky Christmas Party on Saturday, December 13 at the Savannah Jaycees Building, located at 101 Atlas Street. Attendance is free, but the organization suggests a $20 donation to the Kicklighter Resource Center.

Festivities will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and food and drinks will be provided. There will be a prize for the tackiest attire, so guests are encouraged to get creative with their sweaters. Cabs will be available to provide transportation home.

Coordinator of the Tacky Christmas Party and Savannah Jaycees member, Mary Ann Blalock said, “As Savannah Jaycees, we are committed to giving back to our community and the holidays is the perfect time for giving. Our annual Tacky Sweater party is a way for members and non-members alike to have a good time and raise money for local organizations in need.”

This year all of the proceeds raised will go to the Kicklighter Resource Center, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with different abilities. The Kicklighter Resource Center has been serving the Savannah area for over 60 years.

According to Stacey Davis, Interim Executive Director of Kicklighter Resource Center, the school is for typical and special needs children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. “We have had extremely successful teaching methods for children at any level of development for over 60 years. Our program is actually the only one of it’s kind in the state of Georgia,” said Davis, “I am extremely honored the Jaycees have chosen Kicklighter Resource Center as the recipient of their annual charity event. It means a great deal to our staff and all involved that the Jaycees have stepped up to help us carry out our mission as we make the necessary changes to move forward.”

The mission of Kicklighter Resource Center is to improve the quality of life of children and adults with different abilities and other developmental issues through advocacy, community awareness, family support and direct services.

Marianne Ganem Poppell, Membership Vice President of the Savannah Jaycees, said, “I am super excited about the Jaycee annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party to benefit Kicklighter Resource Center. Kicklighter has recently gone through a great deal of changes along with an entirely new board. I hope the Savannah community will rally around this much-needed organization that has been educating all types of children for over sixty years.”

The public is invited to this party; if you are interested in attending, please make a $20 donation at http://savannahjaycees.com/upcoming-events/. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees Tacky Christmas Party, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1509698382617848/

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


The Savannah Jaycees Announce Mayor Edna Jackson to Speak at Leadership NOW Lecture on Tuesday, December 2

(SAVANNAH, GA) Mayor Edna Jackson will be the final speaker in the 2014 Leadership NOW Lecture Series on Tuesday, December 2 at the Savannah Jaycees office, located at 101 Atlas Street. Open networking begins at 5:30 and they program will run from 6-7 p.m.

Leadership NOW is a lecture series focused on leadership, management, and professional skills. The series aligns with the Savannah Jaycees mission statement: to inspire leadership growth through community involvement.

“We began this lecture series to provide an opportunity for young professionals to learn skills that they can apply to their work life, family life, and volunteer life. Our community is filled with leaders that are more than willing to give us advice and the key to their success,” said current president, Sarah Westberry.

The Savannah Jaycees invites the media and professionals ages 21 to 40 to attend the meeting on Tuesday, December 2. Guests will have the opportunity to ask Mayor Jackson questions about her successes and professional journey.

“Mayor Jackson was confirmed to speak at our Leadership NOW series in February,” said Randi Hempel, who will serve as the Savannah Jaycees President in 2015, “We decided to have her wrap up the series for 2014 to inspire our young professionals before the new year begins.”

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or the Leadership NOW Series, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075


Savannah Jaycees Announce Bone Marrow Donor Drive

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees is proud to announce a partnership with St. Joseph’s/Candler to hold a bone marrow donor registry drive for BeTheMatch.org. Mark Saturday, November 22nd on your calendar from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion.

The Jaycees decided they had to do something to help raise awareness after longtime Jaycee member and former Jaycee president came to the membership with a very personal request for everyone to get involved.

“Chairing this event and raising awareness for Be The Match is very personal to me. Just 4 months ago, I had no idea what BeTheMatch.org was, nor what the process was for those patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. That changed quickly when my mother was diagnosed Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). She is now anxiously awaiting a match for a bone marrow transplant,” says Matt Usher.

Matt’s mom is like 70% of patients in need of a transplant. They do not have a “match” within their family. 12,000 people need donors each year, which means they rely on strangers to help save their lives. That’s when Be The Match comes into play.

Be The Match manages the bone marrow donor registry and once a match is found, they help facilitate bone marrow transplants as well as patient support, research, education, and overall awareness. Joining the registry is easy. It only takes 10 minutes, which is mostly paperwork and then a quick swab of your cheek. From there, potential donors are put in a registry. If a donor is found to be a match, the organization facilitates the bone marrow transplants. There’s no cost to the donor. Be The Match pays for everything.

“When I think about what my mother is going through and compare it to how easy it is to join the registry, it is just a small step in hopes of eventually being the match for someone else and ultimately saving their life,” continues Matt.

The best donors are those between the ages of 18 and 44 years old. We urge you to help make a difference for families like the Ushers.

Again, join us on Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10AM – 2PM, and location the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Candler Drive, across Reynolds Street from Candler Hospital.

For more information about the Be The Match donor drive, contact Matt Usher or Will Gruver at matt.usher10@gmail.com or will.gruver@gmail.com
For more information on Be The Match, visit their website www.bethematch.org
For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit our website at http://www.savannahjaycees.com/
Follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

Contact: Randi Hempel
Email: rhempel@rcsavannah.com
Phone: 912-660-0079