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Parker’s to Serve as Presenting Sponsor for Picnic in the Park on October 5, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The City of Savannah is pleased to announce that Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader headquartered in Savannah, will be the Presenting Sponsor for Picnic in the Park 2014, which will take place on Sunday, October 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Forsyth Park.  This marks the third consecutive year Parker’s will sponsor the event.

“Parker’s has been a strong community partner with a real commitment to supporting our city’s culture,” said Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson. “We are deeply grateful for their continued support of Picnic in the Park.”

In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, Picnic in the Park 2014 will feature an evening of live music headlined by The Savannah Philharmonic under the baton of artistic director and conductor Peter Shannon, as well as additional musical performances yet to be announced.

“We’re delighted to sponsor Picnic in the Park again this year,” said Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parker’s. “We enjoy giving back to Savannah and are truly honored to sponsor this iconic cultural event.”

WSAV-TV has been named the Media Sponsor for this year’s event, according to Eileen Baker, Director of the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Arts.

“It has been a real pleasure to promote, share and participate in this terrific family event for the past four years. Picnic in the Park gives us the opportunity to showcase all the creativity, fun, and musical artistry of Savannah with our viewing area, and the world, through our coverage and interactive live stream,” said WSAV General Manager, Deb Thompson.

Picnic in the Park, which is free and open to the public, is a longstanding Savannah tradition, dating back to the early 1980’s.

Parker’s currently operates 34 convenience stores across the region and plans to open two new stores in June, one in Port Royal, SC. and an additional store in Statesboro, GA. The company has been ranked on Inc.’s elite list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for the past two years.

Parker’s also gives back to its customers through donations from the company’s Fueling the Community program, which donates one cent of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of the month to area schools, and to the community at large by sponsoring the signature Picnic in the Park event.

WSAV provides 21 Georgia and South Carolina counties with news and entertainment over three broadcast television channels as well as internet and mobile.  WSAV-TV (WSAV 3.1) is Savannah’s home for the NBC television network.  MyLC (WSAV 3.2) is a blend of classic television all day from MeTV combined with today’s best drama from My Network TV.  The Storm Team Weather Network (WSAV 3.3) is the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry’s only 24 hour weather channel.  WSAV News 3 broadcasts seven hours of local news a day and is always on as a 24-hour local internet and mobile news source.

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Media Contact:
Lou Phelps, Director of Corporate Communications
The Parker Companies
Tel:  912.721-2897 or Cell:  912.220.2759
Lphelps@parkersav.com
Media Contact:
Erin Seals, Market Coordinator
City of Savannah, Department of Cultural Affairs
Tel: 912.651.6417 ext. 2845
eseals@savannahga.gov