Contact : Erin Jenkins Events Coordinator Phone: 912.234.0295 Fax: 912.234.

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Savannah Riverfront 404 East Bay Street Savannah, Georgia 31401 www.RiverStreetSavannah.com Erin@RiverStreetSavannah.com

CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER this Weekend on Historic River Street!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ya better watch out! Ya better not cry! Ya better head to Historic Riverfront THIS weekend for Christmas on the River! The holiday season starts with Wet Willie¶s First Friday Fireworks and the Westin Oyster Roast with Junkyard Angel playing live, and continues on the river Saturday and Sunday! Made that list and checked it twice? We know the perfect place to start crossing off those names. Join us Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th where we will showcase over 50 artisans and crafters offering unique and distinctive shopping for all the lucky folks on your list! You¶ll also find more than a hundred shops, restaurants and pubs from Bay Street to Hutchinson Island. Even Santa¶s elves need to take a break, so grab some delicious kettle corn popped fresh before your very eyes, a hot dog, and a frosty or hot drink and enjoy the live entertainment. There will be performances from Maxine Patterson¶s School of Dance, Abeni Cultural Arts, Marilyn Youman¶s School of Dance, CC Express Cloggers, Asbury Ringers, The Gretchen Greene Dancers and Sing Savannah! DJ¶s-to-Go will fill the air with all your favorite Christmas tunes! The 5th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade begins on River Street at 5:30pm Saturday and will brighten the night sky just like Rudolph¶s nose! This year¶s Grand Marshal is our Veteran of the Year, George Bartell and Extreme Makeover Savannah¶s Simpson Family is our Honorary Marshal! Over 50 entries and 500 walkers will meander through downtown ending in Ellis Square. With no snow in the forecast, Ol¶ Saint Nick has ditched the sleigh and will be arriving by horse and buggy! Other weekend activities include jumpies, bounices, Verizon Wireless and J. C. Lewis Ford will be on site Saturday to add to your own wish list! Support our area non-profits at the Anchor Fountain and on the plaza! Featured organizations are Companion Animal Aid, Girl Scout Troop 511,TruPeru, Smocking Guild of Savannah, Southside Firefighters, and the Martin de Porres Society. This Verizon Wireless and Southern Eagle Distributing event is hosted by Savannah Riverfront and is sponsored by J. C. Lewis Ford, Wet Willies, Coke, Wells Fargo, Repicci¶s Italian Ice & Coffee, Yates Astro and Cumulus Broadcasting-Savannah
The Savannah Waterfront Association promotes the eclectic vitality of the shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels that create the one-of-a-kind, family-friendly experience found nowhere else in the world than historic River Street. The SWA is a 501 (c)(3) private organization whose Mission is to promote, preserve and enhance the historic character and productive use of the Savannah riverfront community for all to enjoy. For more than 30 years, SWA has been a integral partner on such projects as First Friday Fireworks, public docks, the hospitality center, streetcar, Maritime History Panel project, cleaning initiatives and other improvements to the riverfront. Through sponsorship, membership and events, the SWA produces and funds improvements, firework shows and the world class River Street festival series at no cost to the public. For more information on the Savannah Waterfront Association, River Street, and other festivals, please visit us at RiverStreetSavannah.com!

SIMPSON FAMILY Medical Miracle Baby and family are latest recipients of ³Extreme Makeover: Home Edition´
On Friday morning, November 12th, Carmen and Jim Simpson and their three children thought they were enjoying Southern cooked breakfast courtesy of celebrity chef Paula Deen as a gesture to recognize the family¶s commitment to volunteer work in the community. At Deen¶s world-famous Lady and Sons Restaurant, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team leader Ty Pennington and his team of designers burst out of the kitchen and announced that the Simpsons have been chosen as the next recipients of a full home makeover! While there are dozens of good reasons that the Simpsons were chosen, none compare to the amazing story of their 2-year-old son, Zoë. Zoë was born prematurely with a usually deadly condition as well as detached retinas that guaranteed blindness. His doctors told Jim and Carmen he might live 24 hours and if he did survive he would never be able to breathe on his own, see or walk. But Zoë ± which means ³abundant life´ ± beat the prognoses again and again as his eyes healed and his lungs began to work on their own. Surpassing every medical expectation and explanation, Zoë is a thriving 2-year-old. Although he is somewhat developmentally delayed, he continues to grow and develop against all odds. Zoë is a living medical miracle, and his family¶s reaction to his recovery is making miracles happen throughout the Savannah community. The Simpsons are so grateful for Zoë¶s recovery that they have dedicated themselves to pay the blessing forward as far and wide and often as possible. They look for ways to serve their community and even keep a family wish list of things they want to do for others in need. The Simpsons, who moved to Savannah so Zoë would be closer to his doctors, need a home that more fully accommodates their son¶s medical needs. Despite the living conditions they have been enduring, the Simpsons have maintained hope and a positive attitude toward life¶s challenges. The Simpson family also includes Isaac, 8, and 4-year-old Katelyn. While their house is rebuilt inside and out, the whole family will vacation in the Bahamas with Disney Cruise Line. Meanwhile, Pennington and designers Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Ed Sanders, Savannah builder JT Turner Construction and community volunteers will rebuild their home. The Simpson Family has been named Honorary Marshal for the 2010 Savannah Riverfront Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 4th and will course down historic River Street and meander through downtown Savannah ending at Ellis Square. Their vehicle has been provided by the Greater Savannah Home Builders Association.

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