With Thanksgiving behind us, I know that considering the challenges everybody has faced this year, LFPR has a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost, none of my fantastic team or our families have contracted COVID-19 – and even though we are all very careful with masking, social distancing and hygiene – we are all very aware that this cruel disease can strike anybody at any time. Our hearts go out to the many people who have lost loved ones or are struggling to recover from the Coronavirus. We are extremely thankful that there is light at the end of the tunnel with news that effective and safe vaccines should become available soon.
Here in the Coastal Empire, we have also escaped being hit by hurricanes in the most active hurricane season on record as we say goodbye to this annual period of threat. We are, of course, very concerned for Louisiana and all the other areas that were not as fortunate as us.
From a business perspective, I am more than grateful for our loyal and wonderful clients. I know that many small businesses will not survive the economic impact of the pandemic and the fact that LFPR is still a thriving business with much to look forward to in 2021 is a huge blessing. We have still celebrated birthdays, promotions and new business wins in 2020. Recently, we were thrilled to be appointed by Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church in Richmond Hill and have just announced two promotions among our talented team at LFPR. Crystal Vogel has been promoted to senior account executive and the newly engaged Allie Robinson is now an account executive. Earlier this year, my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage – not with our planned European trip but by walking around the squares of Savannah! Never mind, we are still happy to be together and healthy and it was a beautiful day.
As always, we are thankful to our local media who have featured our clients’ initiatives. While many events and concerts have stayed online, there has been a reopening of the Davenport House and Savannah African Art Museum – all with careful protocols in place. We are excited about the Savannah Ballet Theatre’s annual Nutcracker – which has been filmed and, thanks to WSAV, will be broadcast on Channel 3 twice on Christmas day as well as online. Talking of online, LFPR’s website guru – Chaeli Shields – not only rebuilt LFPR’s website earlier this year at www.lesleyfrancispr.com but also just launched a beautiful new website for our client, Historic Beaufort Foundation. Check it out at www.historicbeaufort.org
Reporting on Savannah Classical Academy’s return to in-person learning and safety protocols – which have, to date, helped prevent any infection to staff or students – has been inspirational. Our local media has been amazing about keeping nonprofit organizations front-of-mind during these times of real need among those in our community. LFPR is proud to represent the Salvation Army in Savannah, Greenbriar Children’s Center, Family Promise of the Coastal Empire, and the 200 Club, and we will continue to donate 20 percent of our billable hours to nonprofits in our region. In addition, Team LFPR will be ringing the bell and manning a Salvation Army red kettle in Richmond Hill on December 16. Stop by Kroger, say hi, and please donate to this wonderful cause!
Personally, I was pleased to serve on the board of the United Way of Bryan County as we were able to meet our target goal for fundraising. The Coastal Empire’s generosity and community spirit is exceptional and even after living here for nearly 12 years, it never fails to strike me as remarkable.
Stay well. Stay safe. Stay positive. Enjoy the holiday season.