Breaking Good News: Nonprofit Highlights

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Wells Fargo surprises Savannah youth during Junior Investment Club Competition

Wells Fargo, a longtime sponsor of the Annual Conference of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., surprised 128 students participating in the Junior Investment Club Competition with $200 each to invest in their individual financial futures. Among the participants were local students from the Savannah Chapter.

The Junior Investment Club is now in its fifth year. Wells Fargo is The Bank of Doing and is doing more to provide access to financial education and to responsible and safe ways to manage finances for all.

To do even more to empower financial futures, Wells Fargo has committed an additional grant of $600,000 to 100 Black Men of America. Since 2014, Wells Fargo has provided more than $5.6 million in funding to support 100 Black Men of America’s financial education and career development programs for youth and young adults.

LDSS’s June Family Support Meeting on June 20

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society invites the public to their monthly family support meeting, where they are ready to hear all about the summer fun you’ve been having!

Special Feature: For those who missed it, LDSS will be screening the Night of Champions 2024 ceremony that took place on May 3. This is a great opportunity to witness a significant part of what LDSS is all about.

Who’s Invited: Attendees are encouraged to bring friends and even new acquaintances to experience this event. Additionally, all past Champions have been invited to attend, providing a chance to meet and hear their inspiring stories firsthand!

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, June 20

  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Location: 1525 Dean Forest Rd., Savannah, Georgia 31408

  • Entrance: Please use the side entrance labeled “100A.”

LDSS looks forward to seeing everyone there.

Asbury Memorial Theatre to present revue and silent auction fundraiser

Asbury Memorial Theatre is slated to host their Revue and Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, June 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Asbury Memorial Church located at 1008 East Henry St. in Savannah. The event will be an opportunity for families in our community to enjoy ‘A Little Bit of Classical! A Little Bit of Country!’ all while supporting the ministry of Asbury Memorial Church.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction, featuring art, dining experiences, local services, and more. The revue will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m., where attendees will enjoy an exciting variety show consisting of local and visiting singers and musicians. All proceeds will directly benefit the ministries at Asbury Memorial Church, and the community outreach services they provide.

“We are so excited to hold this special revue and silent auction, which will allow the community to enjoy a great lineup of incredible talent and awesome auction items while helping support the wonderful ministries here at Asbury Memorial Church,” said Rev. Billy Hester. “We encourage the whole community join us!”

Tickets for this event are available at $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, please click here.

Asbury Memorial Church offers a weekly Sunday worship service at 11:15 a.m. They welcome all people, 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

Lizann Roberts joins Georgia Health Initiative Board, bringing more than 35 years of public health leadership experience

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Lizann Roberts

Georgia Health Initiative has announced the appointment of Lizann Roberts to its esteemed Board of Directors. Roberts has served as the executive director of Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition (CGIC) since Fall 2017.

Since 2002, Georgia Health Initiative has worked together with organizations in communities across the state, to create a Georgia in which all people have the opportunity to attain their fullest potential for health. The mission of the nonpartisan, independent organization is to advance health equity, focusing on inspiring and promoting action that changes systems.

Roberts is known for being at the forefront of coalition building, community development, and the implementation of social determinants of health initiatives. Her work has been recognized for being instrumental in driving positive change and promoting equity in healthcare access and outcomes.

In 2007, she worked with Savannah Mayor Dr. Otis Johnson to launch Healthy Savannah and continues to be active in that organization. She also currently serves as the executive director of Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition and the Chatham Family Connection Collaborative. Before these roles with non-profits, Roberts was a faculty member of two academic institutions, created employee development and health management programs for large multi-site organizations, and designed comprehensive health improvement programs for two large healthcare systems.

“It is an honor to represent Chatham County and the southeast region of the state in serving the Georgia Health Initiative," Roberts said. "I am excited to contribute my experience and insights to further the organization’s mission of enhancing community well-being and advancing public health initiatives.”

With undergraduate and graduate degrees in health education and with leadership certifications from The Center for Creative Leadership, and Georgetown University, Roberts brings a unique blend of academic rigor and practical experience to her new role.

In 2023, Roberts received the Howard and Mary Morrison Award for community service. She received the inaugural Peace Builder award alongside Savannah Mayor Van Johnson in 2022 and was named a Community STAR by the board of Savannah Technical College in 2021.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Roberts is actively engaged in her community, serving on the boards of various organizations including Inspire Savannah (TEDx), WomenHeart and The Front Porch, among others.

Elevate Savannah to Host 2nd annual leadership awards dinner honoring Cliff and Jamie McCurry

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Pictured left to right: (Cliff McCurry and Jamie McCurry)

Elevate Savannah, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering local communities and fostering educational excellence in the Chatham County Public School System, is excited to announce their second Annual Elevate Savannah Leadership Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, October 17, at Kehoe Iron Works at Trustees Garden.

The 2024 Elevate Savannah Leadership Awards recipients are Cliff McCurry, Director of Community Development for Sterling Seacrest Pritchard, and his son, Jamie McCurry, Chief Administrative Officer at Georgia Ports Authority. Last year’s inaugural event, which honored Christian Demere, President & CEO of Colonial Group, Inc., was a tremendous success, raising more than $150,000 to support Elevate Savannah’s mission of empowering and inspiring future leaders.

The Leadership Awards Dinner is a testament to Elevate Savannah’s commitment to recognizing and celebrating individuals who have elevated and positively impacted our community. This year’s event will focus on the transformative power of mentorship, highlighting the importance of Elevate Savannah’s unique teacher-mentor program approach and the impact it has on the lives of students. Through individualized mentorship, peer leadership, academic support, and career training, Elevate’s teacher-mentor’s empower students to thrive and contribute to their community, cultivating confidence and hope long beyond graduation.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with current and past Elevate students, teacher-mentors, staff and board members to learn more about the program’s successes, hear personal stories of growth and achievement, and understand the crucial role mentorship plays in shaping the future of our community’s youth.

“We are thrilled to honor Cliff and Jamie McCurry at this year’s Leadership Awards Dinner," said George Oelschig, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Elevate Savannah. “Cliff has served on Elevate Savannah’s Advisory Board since 2019. His dedication to our mission has inspired us all, and we take great pride in recognizing his impactful contributions that have profoundly influenced Elevate Savannah’s path to success. And when you see what an inspiring leader Jamie McCurry is currently in our community, I can't think of a better example of multi-generational servant leadership than this father and son.”

For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Elevate Savannah Leadership Awards Dinner, please contact Elevate Savannah at 912-257-3918. To learn more about Elevate Savannah, please visit


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