SAVANNAH Georgia (October 28, 2008) -– Savannah travelers pitched in to boost the local breast cancer fund-raising at three breakfast inns. Three little inns prove that every little business and every caring, big-hearted person can make a difference -- even in a really tough economy.
Instead of shoving generosity in reverse, three of Savannah’s historic district inns bravely chose to get off the sidelines and help fund breast cancer research. “We could take a pass right now, especially, in our challenging economy. As small businesses we have to stay so focused on business building,” shares Diane McCray, innkeeper at Green Palm Inn. “Gratefully, we are successful little ducks — calm on the surface but paddling like heck underneath. Now is not the time to sit still.”
“Breast cancer research is at a critical stage too, and making great progress. Clearly, we want to be part of cure,” adds Teresa Jacobson from Azalea Inn and Gardens.
For this threesome of business friends, the devotion to fund a cure is more personal. Now an activist for Breast Cancer Awareness, Jackie Heinz, innkeeper at Zeigler House Inn is a breast cancer survivor.
PINK IS AS PINK DOES!
“You know, pink enthusiasm is so contagious!” Jackie shares. “Several diners were leaving Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House and strolled past Zeigler House Inn, which is at the end of the same block on Jones Street. With joyful enthusiasm and curiosity they asked me what was happening. Perhaps they envisioned walking upon an infamous Joe Odom escapade, as seen in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. These great folks quickly posed, taking photos to capture the festive scene. My pink trail of ribbons on the staircase provided the backdrop. I simply explained that my friends, my guests and I were bringing attention to Breast Cancer Awareness. We want to make a difference. They happily went on their way, wishing me well.”
Predictably among these spunky businesswomen, shocking pink desserts have been featured in October desserts at the inns. Neon Pink [White Chocolate] Cheesecake, Raspberry Divinity, and Honey Cheesecake Bars are a few of the delicious, conversation-provoking treats.
REAL LIFE IN THE SOUTH.
The innkeepers report that during the month of October they have talked with hundreds of neighbors and Savannah’s visitors, as evangelists for breast cancer. “The three gals were in Forsyth Park with their pink desserts and pink bikes. Two young women walked up shyly with serious cameras. I invited them to take some photos with me. They were from Philadelphia. All the pink captured their attention. One was an educator who was to have a breast biopsy soon after her return home,” shares marketing executive Sandy Traub.
“In my mind these fund-raising champions exemplify true southern-ness, the kind where one person might mosey slow-as-a-poke meandering, while another zips around at a frenzied pace, then the two will meet up to share their tales full of endearing, laughable and tearful moments. Southerners live storied lives, from quiet dignity to living life on the sleeve or on the fly! That’s real life in the south — life finessed with nearly invisible seams between the great stories and experiences. These three great gals are living big lives in small, adventurous ways,” shares marketing executive Sandy Traub.
THE BOTTOM LINE ALSO MATTERS
Feel-good moments matter but so do the bottom lines. In reality, the inns will donate nearly $3000, earmarked for the Susan G. Kolmen Foundation for breast cancer research. “Over $400 came from guests who were delighted to dig deep in their pockets. One guest was ill and called to cancel last minute, which meant they would be responsible to pay for one night’s lodging. These are great folks who have stayed at Green Palm Inn before. So, I suggested that in lieu of the night’s lodging fee that they make even a small donation to Susan G. Kolmen for the Cure. In a few days, a check for $100 arrived. People want to help; they just need to know how and where well-positioned funds can make a difference.”
ABOUT THE INNS
At Savannah Inns there is no rivalry, but instead three daring, cheerful, marvelously independent innkeepers. Busily stirring up curiosity around historic Savannah’s downtown, Teresa Jacobson (Azalea Inn and Gardens), Diane McCray (Green Palm Inn) and Jackie Heinz (Zeigler House Inn) are throwing themselves into a more animated version of how to enjoy life and leisure in beautiful, historic Savannah, Georgia USA. www.savannahinns.com/blog For more information contact Sandy Traub, email@example.com, 912-398-9828.
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Sandy Traub, 912-398-9828
PINK RECIPES and HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS are available on request.