Historic Savannah Foundation Announces Major Sponsors of Gala Celebrating More Than 60 Years of Preservation

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading preservation organization committed to preserving and protecting Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement, held a press conference earlier to unveil this year’s major presenting sponsors and special event details for its 25th Annual HSF Gala, which promises to be one of Savannah’s most exciting and elegant fundraising events of the year.

The HSF Gala will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Columbia Square in historic downtown Savannah. Guests will enjoy an elegant evening featuring dinner and live music with many of Savannah’s most prominent community influencers, business leaders and dignitaries.

Cari Clark Phelps, who will serve as the chair of 2016 HSF Gala, announced today that Savannah Alfa Romeo & Fiat will be this year’s title sponsor of the 2016 HSF Gala, pledging $25,000 to HSF. The Fiduciary Group will again serve as principal sponsor with a $15,000 contribution to the organization.  

In addition, there are three Oglethorpe sponsors pledging $7,500 in support: Chatham Orthopaedic Associates, Lifecycle Construction Services and Ashley’s Business Solutions

“This is our third year of sponsoring Historic Savannah Foundation’s annual gala, and we are thrilled to have two of our new Savannah dealerships involved this year, Alfa Romeo and Fiat,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Coastal States Automotive Group, parent company of Savannah Alfa Romeo & Fiat. “The work of HSF is so important to preserving what is special about Savannah, and we are glad to be able to continue to support such a great organization.”

Born out of crisis — the impending demolition of the c.1820 Isaiah Davenport House — HSF grew from a makeshift band of activists into a full-service preservation organization with educational programs, events and a Revolving Fund. Along the way, Savannah has achieved an international reputation for historic preservation and, today, boasts a billion dollar tourist industry built around an appreciation this community’s heritage.

“We are proud to serve as a major corporate sponsor of the HSF Gala for a third consecutive year. As fiduciary investment advisors for more than 45 years, we understand the importance of stewardship of assets over the long-term and across generations,” said Malcolm Butler, president and CEO of The Fiduciary Group. “The values of HSF are so closely aligned with those of our firm that we wanted to support the organization and its mission in a substantial way.”

Each year, the HSF Gala is one of the organization’s largest fundraising events with all proceeds benefitting ongoing preservation initiatives through advocacy, education, and community involvement efforts including the Revolving Fund, which has saved more than 360 historic structures from demolition.

The HSF Gala tickets are $225 for HSF members and $275 for non-members, which includes an annual HSF membership. A special $200 promotional ticket price will be available online in partnership with the Save-the-Date campaign July 1 - July 31. Corporate and individual patronage packages are available. Additional ticket and sponsorship information can be found online at www.myhsf.org or by contacting Meghan Lowe at 912.233.7787 or mlowe@myhsf.org.