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Feb.22 - Evening for Hospitality: TLC Bestows Annual Honors, Awards Scholarships Staff Report

A celebration of Savannah’s hospitality industry drew several hundred guests recently to the Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council’s 12th annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.

Jody McIntyre, marketing director of the Savannah Marriott Riverfront, receiving the TLC Member of the Year Award for contributions and dedication to the tourism organization. The winner’s identity remained a secret until the announcement of the award.

“A total surprise,” McIntyre said the day after winning the award. She began her hospitality career in Savannah with the Sheraton and has been with her current hotel for 19 years, including its earlier incarnation as a Radisson.

The organization also honored Stratton and Mary Leopold, owners of Leopold’s Ice Cream, with the Franklin Traub Visionary Award.  Mr. Leopold, a Hollywood movie producer, opened the Broughton Street shop several years ago to fulfill a long-held dream to resurrect the Savannah ice cream parlor started by his parents.

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