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Aug. 19 - Remembering Ancestors and Healing Day observances to be held on Jekyll Island, Aug. 25

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 19, 2019 - On Sunday, Aug. 25, Jekyll Island will observe Remembering Ancestors and Healing Day to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans brought to English colonies in North America.

The bell of Faith Chapel will toll as part of the Healing Day National Bell Ringing.. Faith Chapel will join churches around the country tolling their bells at 3 p.m. 

A historical interpreter will also be present at the Wanderer Memory Trail at St. Andrews Beach Park from 3-4 p.m. This educational experience tells the story of the slave ship, the Wanderer, and is located along the banks of the Jekyll River, where the vessel illegally landed in 1858 with more than 500 enslaved Africans aboard. The site has been designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Slave Route Project Site of Memory.

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July 23 - Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat Presents $5,000 to Kids & Pros Free Football Clinic

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 23, 2019 - Bluffton’s annual Kids & Pros Youth Football Clinic kicked off on Saturday, July 21, with a $5,000 check presentation from Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat.

Jill Jauch, Peacock Automotive Marketing Manager, presented the donation to former Atlanta Falcons linebacker and five-time All-Pro selection Keith Brooking, former Atlanta Falcons player Buddy Curry, who is the organization’s executive director, and Brad Schultz, Head of School for Cross Schools.

Kids & Pros, which was started by Curry and fellow NFL alum Bobby Butler in 2002, is a 501©3 nonprofit grounded in five core life principles called Game Changers for Life: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Integrity, Perseverance and Excellence.

“We are so proud to support this football clinic which really focuses on safety training and is led by former professional NFL players,” said Warner Peacock, CEO of Peacock Automotive. “Playing football can teach athletes more than just skills and coordination, but also life lessons that can build character.”

The one-day clinic was offered free to young athletes ages 7-13 and was held at Cross Schools in Bluffton. There are additional camps being held in Savannah and Pooler this week. For more information, visit https://www.kidsandpros.com.

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May 28 - SERG Restaurant Group Launches College Savings Plan for Student Workers

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

May 28, 2019 - The Southeast Entertainment Restaurant Group (SERG) is now helping all eligible employees pay for their college tuition. Their new college savings plan enables staff to earn up to $1 towards their higher education for every hour worked in SERG’s restaurants.

Steve Carb, SERG Group president, said the college savings program is a “win-win plan” for employees and the restaurants.

“Number one, there is a labor shortage. Number two, this allows us to find young, willing and able people who are interested in the same things we are,” Carb said, adding, “It’s a good plan to give these young people the tools they need for success in the future while being compensated along the way.”

This isn't the first time SERG has introduced a benefit to their team members who are in school. Last year, they initiated a tuition reimbursement program solely for the students of the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

“We have been looking into benefits that would provide value to our community of high school and college-aged employees and believe this program does just that,” said Jordan Norris, SERG’s human resources manager.

The college savings plan is available to all full-time high school or college students, including seasonal staff who only work during school breaks and summer. Interested employees must fill out an application with human resources. The restaurants will contribute 25 cents for every hour worked per year. Contributions increase 25 cents per year with a max of $1 per hour toward higher education tuition. Checks will be issued to the Bursars Office of the institution of enrollment.

“A lot of times SERG restaurants are the employee’s first jobs,” said Carb. “We give them good training. We wanted to give them help by creating a program that would reward them for staying with us.”

Alan Wolf, SERG director of operations and partner, said such a program will be especially beneficial for future students of The Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry, which will be located near the Frankie Bones restaurant coming soon to Bluffton’s Buckwalter corridor.

“The college savings plan is a program we are excited to pioneer here in the Lowcountry,” Wolf said. “We strive to have great team members in our restaurants and we feel this is an opportunity for our local workforce to start a career with SERG while saving for the education that will continue to help them grow as members of the local workforce.”

For more information on SERG’s college saving plan, visit http://serggroup.com/collegesavings/.

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June 11 - Ashworth Construction Group begins work in Lowcountry

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 11, 2019 - Craig Whitley and Edward Welch recently teamed up to form their own company, Ashworth Construction Group. The new business specializes in building custom homes and commercial projects in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding areas.

Whitley and Welch, who have almost 30 years combined experience in the local construction arena, created Ashworth Construction Group with the purpose of offering their clients personalized service and transparency. They believe in keeping their customers informed every step of the way, and providing them with the trust that their project is being handled with care and expertise. Whitley and Welch remain hands-on with every project, so clients can rest assured that all details of their investment are being given proper attention.

Ashworth Construction Group offers a Design-Build service that keeps clients connected to their project from the moment plans are drawn up until the final fixture has been polished. Using their years of experience as builders, Whitley and Welch hand-pick a team of professionals and vendors to complete every project to the full satisfaction of their clients. 

Visit ashworthconstructiongroup.com for more information.

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May 1 - Peacock Subaru Donates $4,875 to Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

May 1, 2019 - Peacock Subaru has donated $4,875 to Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine as part of the annual Subaru Share the Love event.

The funds were raised during November and December 2018. Each Subaru buyer could decide whether to donate a portion of the purchase price to a national charity or Peacock Subaru’s hometown nonprofit, the local chapter of Volunteers In Medicine.

Volunteers with the organization provide care to community members in Bluffton and Jasper County who are without medical insurance.

“It’s donations like these that give us the freedom to stop worrying about how we can do it and to start focusing on the people who need it,” said Dennis Toney, director of development for Bluffton Jasper County VIM. “We have outstanding nurses and physicians who donate their time and expertise, but it’s imperative that we have the financial assistance to make a difference, and Peacock Subaru just made that possible.”

The donation will go toward the daily operations of the organization, which is run by approximately 90 volunteers.

“We chose Bluffton Jasper County VIM as our designated hometown charity this year because of the impact they’re making in our local community,” said Ken Kirby, general manager of Peacock Subaru. “This annual event not only allows our dealership to give back, but it allows our customers to participate in the act of giving.”

For more information on Bluffton Jasper County VIM, please visit https://bjvim.org/about-us/overview/.

For more information on Peacock Subaru, please visit https://www.peacocksubaruhiltonhead.com/.

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