13th Annual Candler Clays Charity Shoot & Auction Local Savannah Author Book Signing Event


The St. Joseph’s/ Candler Foundations is pleased to announce that the 13th Annual Candler Clays Charity Shoot & Auction, sponsored by the Rives E. Worrell Company (a JE Dunn Construction Company), will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21, 2015.

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of The Honorable Charles B. Mikell, Jr., former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and patient at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion until his death last year due to complications of multiple myeloma.

Candler Clays is an annual fundraiser benefitting advancements in cancer care at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion as a part of the Foundation’s three-year initiative, Advancing Excellence: Touching Lives. Participation and sponsorship in the event helps provide cancer patients access to clinical trials, research programs and technologically advanced equipment so they don’t have to travel for the latest cancer treatment.

The Friday night reception and auction will be hosted at the Savannah Golf Club and the Sporting Clays Tournament will take place Saturday at Forest City Gun Club. For information on participation or sponsorship opportunities, call (912) 819-8683, visit www.candlerclays.org, or email candlerclays@sjchs.org.

Reverend Saundra Laurietta Stiles-Thomas will present her memoir “A Charge to Keep and a God to Glorify” at a discussion, book signing, and reception at the Beach Institute, located at 502 East Harris Street in Savannah. The event will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Reverend Stiles-Thomas recalls growing up in the early 1950’s and 1960’s on the secluded Cedar Hammock property tucked amidst giant oak trees off Skidaway Road in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated from Fisk University before earning her Master’s Degree in health administration from Long Island University in New York. Reverend Stiles-Thomas a Savannahian grew up as a member in First Congregational Church. She is a member of the ministerial staff at St. Paul C.M.E. Church on Barnard Street.

Acclaimed as the county’s first African-American female Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Reverend Stiles-Thomas managed a multi-million dollar budget at the Concord Nursing Home in Brooklyn, which was founded by noted Theologian Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor. Her memoir, “A Charge to Keep and a God to Glorify” shares the varied paths of her journey. Along the way, she says God whispered a call to her. She eventually answered that call, “ I surrender, here am I Lord, send me”.

Readers who read her memoir says “this is an inspiring true story of a warm and loving old family of Savannah”. A story that is sure to interest many to become more interested in their genealogy-Who Am I.

Please remain for the reception to meet and greet the Author immediately following the presentation. The public is cordially invited to attend this event.

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