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Lorenza Ross’s Story

Serving Their Community: Men on the Block's Story Lorenza Ross serves as a JROTC instructor at Bryan County High School, and is part of an ad-hoc group of men who call themselves Men on the Block. These men have a…

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Melodie Lane’s Story

Feeding Children with United Way and Backpacks of Love  Melodie Lane has devoted her professional life to children. An employee of McAllister Elementary School in Richmond Hill, Ga., she has been with the Bryan County school system for almost 20…

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Jamie McLendon’s Story

Veteran United Way Donor Gains New Perspectives Jamie McLendon has been involved with United Way for nearly thirty years. She and her family own Pineora Handi-House, a builder and manufacturer of portable storage structures in Effingham County. In the mid-1990s,…

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Katrina Bostick’s Story

Working with United Way to Give Families a Home   Katrina Bostick sees the difference United Way makes in people's lives every day. She is the executive director of Family Promise of the Coastal Empire, a United Way-supported nonprofit organization…

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Sarah Jones’ Story

Turning Expertise into Service Growing up in Orlando, Fla., Sarah Jones was always passionate about supporting her community. When her career brought her to Savannah, Ga., in 2008, she wanted to connect to her new city. A portfolio manager for…

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2021 Campaign Kicks Off!

(SAVANNAH, GA) - United Way of the Coastal Empire officially kicked off the 2021 Campaign on Thursday, September 9th with a presentation across three local news channels including WJCL, WSAV, and WTOC at 5:30 p.m. The Kickoff included this year’s…

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2021 Campaign Cabinet

(SAVANNAH, GA) United Way of the Coastal Empire announces Cecilia Russo Turner, President and CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, as the 2021 Campaign Chair. In this one-year term, Russo Turner will lead the campaign fundraising efforts to reach a multi-million-dollar…

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2021 Campaign Chair: Cecilia Russo Turner

Cecilia Russo Turner is the Founder and CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, a company she established in 2008 to provide strategic communications, marketing, fundraising, and public relations counsel to senior executives in the large private sector and nonprofit organizations. She…

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2021 Board Chair: Jeff O’Connor

Jeff O’Connor is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Commercial Real Estate Finance for First Citizens Bank & Trust Company. After starting his banking career in Atlanta, O’Connor made his way to Savannah in 2010 and joined First Citizens in…

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SAVANNAH, GA (May 19, 2021) – United Way of the Coastal Empire had lots to celebrate in its 83rd Annual Meeting Luncheon. Outgoing Board Chair Larry Silbermann reflected on the great achievements the organization has accomplished in the last year…

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