Yuletide Jam Raises Record Proceeds of $15,000 to Benefit Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia: Homegrown Fundraiser Triples Previous Year’s Net Donation

Savannah, GA, March 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Today, the Yuletide Jam team will present its largest contribution since the event’s inception in the amount of $15,000.00 to Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia at Tubby’s Tankhouse in Thunderbolt.

The fourth Annual Yuletide Jam event was held at Tubby’s Tankhouse in Thunderbolt to help raise money for Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. The music fundraiser took place on December 9, 2011 in memory of Patrick Ansley Williams, a talented musician and lifetime Savannah resident/business owner who passed away from cancer earlier in 2011.

Yuletide Jam was originally started by Celia Dunn Sotheby’s Realtor and local musician Stewart Marshall (Stewart & Winfield and Junkyard Angel) and his cousin Thomas Barrow in 2008 to help raise money for Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Stewart and Tom utilized their musical talents and industry influence to help collect money for the hungry in Coastal Georgia. After a successful first year, the charity event has grown significantly through grassroots efforts and volunteer work, culminating in its record year for 2011. “I had never anticipated four years ago that Yuletide Jam could grow into such a tremendous success,” said Marshall and added, “It has been an extremely invigorating and gratifying effort for me at a personal level and I cannot wait to make it all happen again this year.”

The Fourth Annual Yuletide Jam event was made possible this year partially through generous contributions received from first time corporate sponsors such as Savannah Reload, Tubby’s Tankhouse, Fox & Weeks, Lowcountry Films, Savannah Distributing Company, C.S. Hurd, Speros Technology, Coastal Insulation, and Sauers Construction Company.

Additionally, the abundant in-kind contributions and unlimited efforts by J.T. Turner Construction, Live Oak Restaurants, Russo’s Seafood and Tytan Marketing Group made it possible to maintain extremely low operating expenses for the event while having a larger piece of the proceeds go directly to Second Harvest.

The various contributions from individuals and families, the hard work of volunteers and Savannah’s unwavering support made this the most successful event in its history.

Tripp Turner, Chief Operating Officer of J.T. Turner and Board Member of Second Harvest stated, “This is the first year I have been this deeply involved with Yuletide Jam. As a member of the Second Harvest family, I have followed the increasing success of this charity event; however, this year was particularly special to me since it was in memory of my very dear and lifelong friend Patrick Williams.” He added, “I feel privileged to be a part of Yuletide Jam and look forward to seeing all it can achieve in 2012.”

Anna Jackson (2011 Yuletide Jam performer with Two Funky Birds), wife of Patrick Ansley Williams and spokesperson for the Williams Family and Live Oak Restaurants said, “Being a philanthropist himself, Patrick would have been proud of this achievement and would have enjoyed every minute of the musical performances to its fullest,” and added, “The Williams Family has been touched by the outreach of support and kindness of Savannah’s community and feels privileged to once again host this year’s fifth annual Yuletide Jam Fundraiser at its Tubby’s Tankhouse venue in Thunderbolt.”

Presented by Cedar Hammock Records, Yuletide Jam 2011 welcomed a myriad of artists who graciously donated their time and talent to this event. The performers that participated last year were Betsy Kingston & The Crowns, Keith and Ross, Junkyard Angel, Rueda de Sabor, Stewart & Winfield, The Suex Effect, The Turtle Project, Two Funky Birds, and Wormsloew.

Yuletide Jam raised its charitable donation to Second Harvest through tickets and merchandise sales, cash donations, corporate and individual sponsorships, as well as a silent auction.

The Fifth Yuletide Jam 2012 event is currently scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2012 starting at 2:00pm at Tubby’s Tankhouse in Thunderbolt. Proceeds of this year’s event will again benefit Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and will continue to honor Patrick’s memory through music and philanthropy.

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Brigitte VanBaelen