Breast Cancer’s New Hope … Up Close and Personal

October is Cancer Awareness Month. In a spirit of “Mama Mia” enthusiasm among three innkeeper friends, Savannah cancer survivor Jackie Heinz exemplifies Breast Cancer’s new hope.

SAVANNAH, Georgia (August 24, 2008) — Today the owner of Zeigler House Inn, Jackie Heinz — golfer, caterer, B&B innkeeper, amazing mother, breast cancer survivor and cancer research fund-raiser — is a vision of energy and creativity. One chapter of her inspiring story includes a grassroots fund-raising initiative in Savannah, Georgia, which began with her own new need for new hope. With rallied support among innkeeper friends, her breast cancer cause and her business are getting a boost.

In the spring of 2008, three creative-living innkeepers decided to rediscover a more lively, yet authentic Deep South experience in Savannah. Part of their team-of-three commitment is to give back — to pay it forward from their successes. This means tripling the benefit, multiplying the resources (and sometimes dividing the expense by three), and kicking up the fun of their 24/7 hospitality businesses by working together.

One breast cancer survivor among the three innkeepers has a personal commitment to generate cancer research dollars. Her passion is to give back to the people who gave her hope as a very young mother fighting breast cancer.

To raise cancer research dollars Jackie has been decorating whimsical pink hats for shop sales. She and her support group of two innkeepers — Teresa Jacobson (Azalea Inn and Gardens) and Diane McCray (Green Palm Inn) — ride pink bikes, partly for breast cancer awareness and, in part, to conserve gas rambling about downtown Savannah. The threesome will be serving up pink desserts at their prominent breakfast inns during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The most conservative of the three will sport new pink tennis shoes.

The trio’s newest adventure began in July, planning ahead to stimulate a lot of pay-it-forward momentum in support of October Breast Awareness Month. All three inns are donating $5 per night/per room during October 2008, and asking guests to match or add their support to fund cancer research. The funds from Zeigler House Inn, Azalea Inn and Gardens, and Green Palm Inn will support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Azalea Inn and Gardens is located in the Landmark Savannah Historic District within two walking blocks of Forsyth Park, the city’s infamously verdant and captivating central park. The Italianate urban manor (circa 1889) was built on garden plots formerly designated for colonial gardening (ca. 1733 Georgia colonization). Original mantles and handsome artisan craftsmanship enhance each of the inn’s 10 guest rooms. Themed décor depicts indigenous gardens, distinguished history, and the fashionable turn-of-the-century lifestyle of the mansion’s original owner, Captain Walter K. Coney, a champion yachtsman and cotton merchant. Enticed to the city while their son and daughter-in-law attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, Micheal and Teresa Jacobson purchased the mansion in August 2005. Half of the inn was updated in 2008. 217 East Huntingdon Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401-5714. Toll Free 800-582-3823 (within the USA) or local 912-236-2707. Email –-

Fodor’s calls Green Palm Inn “a little gem of an inn,” a “pleasing little discovery.” The 4-bedroom breakfast inn occupies a compact Gingerbread style, double folk Victorian house (ca. 1897), built along colonial Savannah’s palisades near the colony’s eastern boundary of President Street near East Broad Street. The Inn’s beautifully peaceful Greene Square neighborhood offers unhurried, artful, old world charm. Reflecting upon the city’s British roots and Savannah’s subtropical climates, the family-owned B&B in the historic district exudes a calm, homey yet smart atmosphere. In September 2007, Fodor’s Guide named Green Palm Inn on its short list of “Savannah and Charleston’s Best B&Bs & Inns.” In “A Quiet Refuge in the Heart of Savannah” American Eagle Latitudes (Nov/Dec 2007) recommends the Inn. “Green Palm offers the best of Savannah as well as an escape from the crowded tourist scene….” 548 East President Street, Savannah GA 31401. Toll Free 888-606-9510 (within the USA) or local 912-447-8901. Email —

Standing out on the otherwise quiet avenue, Zeigler House Inn (6 kitchen-equipped rooms) offers good cheer, a simply exquisite jubilee of casual fare and unceremonious, privileged comforts. If anyone told you that you could experience a gentle beauty spot, magnificently placed where houses stand delicious, lazily in a row, you’d be on Jones Street — called the most beautiful street in America by Southern Living magazine. Built in 1856 for Solomon Zeigler, a prominent citizen and lumber merchant, the Italianate home is located in the heart of the Landmark Savannah Historic District. Original features include beautiful heart pine wood floors of the era, elegant ceiling medallions, 11 slate and wood fireplaces, and a dramatic heart pine staircase embellished with mahogany and walnut handrail. 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401. Toll Free 866-233-530 (within the USA) or local 912-233-5307. Email –-

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We send our heartfelt “Thank you for your support!” to these organizations:

Savannah Innkeepers Fight Breast Cancer
“Three innkeepers in Savannah, Georgia, are donating part of their room rates during the month of October to support breast cancer research….” —, a New York Times company

Innkeepers wear pink for breast cancer fundraising —

Innkeeper push power of pink, Anne Hart, Savannah Morning News

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