March Tuesday, 2011 at 11:51 am

Community Outreach

We are dedicated members of the community and take great strides to ensure we give back.

Active members of The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Board Members and Fred Mackey is the President of The Savannah Wedding Tourism Council

We also host a number of events to help raise funds for area non-profit groups.
Fundraiser for Jason Letterman
Weddings for Warriors Project
The American Cancer Society, Savannah Chapter

April Friday,  at 8:49 am
Bark for Life event in Savannah, GA



The Mackey House and The American Cancer Society of Savannah worked together to strive to beat cancer – one paw at a time.

On Saturday, April 9th, Bark for Life was a one mile walk around the beautiful landscape of Red Gate Farms with your favorite canine.

“We know how important it is to give back,” explains Trey Mackey, curator of The Mackey House at Red Gate Plantation, “and this is one of those events that’s near and dear to our hearts.  The Mackey House’s  mascot, Scarlet (seen in the picture), will be walking the grounds too.”

All money raised at the event benefited The American Cancer Society.

“Pets and people working together to beat cancer, it doesn’t get any better than that,” smiles Mackey.

For more information or to get registered, visit



The Savannah Wedding Tourism Council, Inc.
and The Mackey House  will again sponser a grassroots project to assist active duty US Military members in two one-day events providing free wedding  and vow-renewal ceremonies.  Specific times and locations to be announced.

What is the weddings for warriors project?

The  Savannah Wedding Tourism Council launched the project entitled Weddings for Warriors.  The event provides free wedding ceremonies and vow renewals to active US Military personnel on 
Dates to Remember
Our “rehearsal” dinner at:
The Mackey House  See Map
190 Red Gate Farm Trail
Savannah, GA 31405
Please note that this is not an actual rehearsal as we aren’t at the ceremony location.  There will be heavy hors d’eouvres and we will get acquainted and have a chance to go over last minute information and you’ll have the chance to ask any last minute questions.

  At 7:00 PM

Members of the Savannah Wedding Tourism Council joined with other businesses in the wedding, hospitality and tourism industries in the Savannah area to create individual ceremonies for each couple.  The SWTC is composed of around thirty-six members from these mentioned industries in the Savannah Area.  Warriors are invited from across America to participate in the event.  Volunteers from across the Southeast, from northern Virginia to Florida provided goods and services at no cost to the SWTC or to the couples.
“The project was conceived as a way of saying a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to active duty military personnel in Savannah and the Low Country,” says SWTC President and local photographer, James Byous.
“We wanted to offer as many free wedding ceremonies for active duty military personnel as possible,” Byous said.  However, a forty couple maximum had been suggested by SWTC members to test the response for the event.  With the success of the event the group will now consider making it an annual affair and expanding.  The final total was thirty-five couples due primarily to deployments and last minute requirements of military service.
“Because of our unique talents and experience through our industry-related businesses we in the Savannah Wedding Tourism Council wanted to use our knowledge and skills to do something for our military personnel,” he said.  “Something special and unique.”
The Greater Savannah Area and the South Carolina Low Country are hosts to a number of bases.  “Our communities are blessed with the presence of these amazing warriors and their families, this is a way that we helped,” Byous said.
“Because we are in a time of war, and because these brave individuals are willing to give their all for the protection of our nation and our way of life, we wanted to give something back even if it is in this small way.”
Requirements for couples included that at least one, the bride or the groom, be active duty in the U.S. Military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.  Also qualified  were members of the National Guard and Reserve.  “We wanted to include all members of the National Guard and Reserve units since, although they may not be ‘active,’ they can be called up at any time,” Byous said.  “We want to thank them as well.”
“We have an all volunteer military force, so we were hoping that we can have an all volunteer response from the community and we succeeded,” Byous added.
The project had volunteers from other areas.  “After hearing about the project on the internet one florist in Anderson, South Carolina volunteered to come to Savannah to participate,” Byous said.  “Response from Savannah businesses was more than fantastic as well.”
The event was scheduled to take place in Forsyth Park and in Monterey and Madison Squares on Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11.  However, rain forced the ceremonies inside.  “We thought the couples would be disappointed.  But, we forgot who we were serving.  Military families are well versed in last-minute changes,” Byous said.  “So, the event went off without a hitch and without a single complaint from any of the couples.”
For more information on this or possible future events call SWTC Secretary, Becky Byous at 912-656-6541 or SWTC President, James Byous at 912-656-6539 or email Byous @


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