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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire raises $290,000 from 2024 Wine, Women & Shoes events

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is thrilled to announce the tenth annual Wine, Women and Shoes events raised a total of $290,000. All the proceeds from these events will directly benefit the RMHC to provide a home away from home for families that have a critically ill or injured child being treated at our local children’s hospital or medical facility.

According to CEO and Executive Director Bill Sorochak, “We are continually blessed with such steadfast support from our loyal sponsors and all the people who come out each year to help contribute to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire through these

events. The funds raised help families immediately get the comfortable room and boarding on the Memorial Health University Medical Center campus they require so they can be close while caring for their young patients.”

The signature Wine Women and Shoes events were held May 8 - 9, 2024, at the Kehoe Iron Works at the Trustees Garden. The Dewitt Tilton Group was the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Title Sponsors included David Pence Allstate and Woofgang Bakery & Grooming, with the fashion show presented by Dillard’s. Additional Fashion Partners included, The Gap, 40 Volume Salon and the Gretchen Greene Performance Ensemble. Music performed by The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra was sponsored by Liza DiMarco Luxury Home Specialist. Stiletto

Sponsors included Advanced A/V and International Diamond Center. Supreme Sling Back sponsors included McDonald's, Brasseler USA, Coca Cola Bottling, International Paper, Georgia Power, Martin and Brower. Media Sponsors included Savannah Magazine, WTOC, WRHQ Radio and Lamar Billboard Advertising. Other sponsors included, Amber and Fig, American Moving and Storage, Belfor, Celebritees, Chatham Orthopedics, Chatham Steel, Cohen Dental, John Davis Florist, Georgia Skin and Cancer Center, Hancock Askew, Iron and Earth, Ivory and Beau, JCB, Kathan Kares, The John A. (Jack) Kolbush Foundation, LS3P, McCoy’s Event Professionals, Memorial Health Hospital, Meyer & Sayers LLP, Pediatrix, Port City Logistics, Savannah Dental, Savannah Smiles, SOMSA, Tanger Outlets Savannah, Thomas & Hutton, Thompson and Thompson Service Group. Wine sponsors included Republic National Distributing Company, Southern Crown Partners, Prime Wine and Spirits, Empire Distributors, Inc and Eagle Rock.

For more information about Ronald McDonald Charities of the Coastal Empire, please visit or contact RMHC at 912-350-7641.

Westside residents invited to June 15 ‘Pop-up in the Parks’
City distributing free summer fun kits, collecting survey responses

The City of Savannah Economic Development Department invites residents of westside Savannah neighborhoods to stop by an upcoming “Pop-up in the Park” event.

On Saturday, June 15, staff will be at Bowles C. Ford Park (1900 Stiles Ave.) between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and at Fellwood Park (50 Kenney Anderson Collection Dr.) between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. During the pop-up events, City staffers will distribute free summer fun kits and cold refreshments, while collecting survey responses from adult attendees.

The survey is anonymous and takes about a minute to complete. Data collected from the surveys will be used to plan future giveaways and neighborhood improvements.

The summer fun kits include a $20 Forsyth Farmers’ Market voucher, a reusable drawstring bag, a kickball, a jump rope, a cooling towel, and a rechargeable handheld fan. Items will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

The pop-up events and giveaways are made possible through funding the City received from a CDC ACTion grant. For more about the goals of the ACTion grant, visit

The Y Bar to host Seersucker, Sundresses and Stogies Day Party benefiting Blessings in a Book Bag — July 21

The Y Bar, located at 347 MLK Jr. Blvd., invites the public to join them on Sunday, July 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. for their Seersucker, Sundresses and Stogies party. Mingle with friends, enjoy signature handcrafted cocktails, indulge in cigars and dance to live music by the spectacular TG Live band, all for a good cause.

Proceeds benefit the literacy funds of a worthy 501(c)(3) organization, Blessings In A Book Bag, which has served over 65,000 families throughout the city of Savannah and surrounding counties by providing weekend food, school supplies, uniforms, and pantry services to at-risk children and their families in the community.

Don your seersucker suit or favorite sundress for this sun-kissed soiree. Register on Eventbrite.


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