The Olde Pink House, one of Savannah’s most iconic restaurants and historic landmarks, is teaming up with members of the community to launch a virtual performance series designed to raise funds for various non-profits during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Each week, beginning May 26, Tavern Tuesdays will feature a different Savannah business or community leader performing popular songs by legends like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Mercer, while accompanied by pianists Davis Duckworth and Kenny Munshaw.


"As a team we’ve always looked for ways to help our community," said Craig Jeffress, general manager of the Olde Pink House.


"We’ve always looked for ways we can contribute. We’re thankful to have the restaurant and the platform that we have in the city, in this region, we’re really thankful for it. In addition to trying to make sure we do a great job at serving people, we also wanted to make sure we go a great job of serving our community for those in need. You just can never do enough, to tell you the truth. There’s a lot of people that can use a helping hand."


Tavern Tuesdays will launch on the Olde Pink House’s Facebook page with the first four episodes featuring performances by Greg Parker, founder and CEO of Parker’s, Dave Neises, president of the Commonwealth Group, Bess Butler Brunson, associate investment advisor at The Fiduciary Group, and Cecilia Arango, marketing manager at Thomas & Hutton.


"Savannah is full of people who want to help, it really is," said Jeffress. "We have great residents in this town that love to help anyway they can, so all you have to do is ask."


Cecilia Arango has been working at Thomas & Hutton for 19 years, but has also been a part of the local musical theater scene for years, so she jumped at the chance to participate in Tavern Tuesdays.


"It was so nice to hear a little live music," Arango said of performing "Dream a Little Dream" with an accompanist. "During times like these we always turn to the arts and the music to get our mind off of the anxiety, the unease, the fear of the unknown. This was the perfect opportunity to get out and do that. Also, I even stuck around to hear the others sing because I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I was sitting in that room."


"This puts the fun back in fundraising," Arango added.


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All of the performances are shot in Planters Tavern and the soft candlelight and flickering fireplace make for a cozy setting for the singers. Jeffress says that for Savannahians, Planter’s Tavern is like the front door to the Pink House.


"They always stop in there before they head upstairs," Jeffress explained. "It’s a way for them to come to a place that’s a lot like home for them...they walk into the tavern, the warmth of the room, a piano playing, they’ll see friends that they know, it’s just like home. It’s a place where the people that are singing, they know it so well."


"Many times these concerts happen where someone will be stopping in on there way home, next thing someone is standing by the piano player and singing along with him. We’re just recording it now."


Viewers will be able to make donations to featured local non-profit groups. The first month will benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia which provides food to local residents, followed the next month by Park Place Outreach, which provides assistance to at-risk youth and their families.


"Their work is such a vital part of making sure our community remains in a good place all the way around," said Jeffress.


"There are people in need...often times we don’t think about them and all we need is a little tap on the shoulder to remind that, ‘Hey, if you can, please do,’."


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