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Episcopal High School students Josh McIntyre, Joe Kincart, Katie Griscom, Rachel Sowell, Will Burgstiner and Megan Sowell filled a Landstar truck with relief supplies for victims of the tornadoes that recently tore through the South. Griscom and Lizzie Danner organized the drive after returning to Jacksonville from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where they are enrolled. The two students reconnected with their high school for the collection drive and Landstar donated the use of one its trailers along with the cost of transportation to Temporary Emergency Services in Alabama.
Sixty-one people raised $1,000 each for the experience of rappelling the south face of AT&T Tower Downtown Friday to benefit the Boy Scouts of America’s North Florida Council. The final tally for the event was a $30,000 donation to the organization, said Council Scout Executive and CEO Jack Sears.

Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville’s Philanthropic Community

As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, the Daily Record has established this page that will each week chronicle the efforts of local nonprofit organizations. Bailey Publishing & Communications invites all members of the local nonprofit community to submit news, announcements, success stories and any other information they feel would be of interest to our readers. Email to: nonprofitnews@baileypub.com.

We also encourage our readers to become more aware of the needs of these worthy organizations as they try to continue to provide valuable services with reduced resources.

$113,000 for Dreams Come True
The 10th Annual Sam Kouvaris Dreams Come True Golf Tournament presented by Mac Papers raised $113,000 to support the programs and services of Dreams Come True. The Dreams Come True signature event has netted nearly $850,000 over the past 10 years.

Mac Papers was the presenting sponsor of the tournament. Mac Papers was co-founded in 1965 by Thomas McGehee and his brother, Frank. The partnership between Dreams Come True and Mac Papers stems back to the very beginning of the nonprofit organization. Tom McGehee was one of the founders of Dreams Come True in 1984.

The tournament was also sponsored by Acosta Sales & Marketing, Nader’s Pest Raiders, Caddiemaster, Lender Processing Services, Pilot/Flying J, The Forbes & Thompson Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LBA Certified Public Accountants, WJXT-Channel 4, Lite 96.1, The Jacksonville Business Journal, Lee Printing, SunTrust Bank, San Jose Country Club, Claude Nolan Cadillac, Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Medure raises $40k for Children’s Home Society
“An Evening of Taste” with Chef Matthew Medure raised more than $40,000 for Children’s Home Society of Florida May 1 at Matthew’s Restaurant in San Marco.

The evening included a personal presentation of Chef Medure’s menu items, a harpist and a silent auction of packages from more than 80 donors that raised more than $14,000. The restaurant was opened exclusively for the event and was attended by close to 120 guests.

Sponsors included CSX Corp. and Lichlyter Consulting Inc. as executive sponsors and Eisman & Russo as supporting sponsors. In-kind sponsors included Dan Harris Photo Art, Rev. William Reister as the evening’s harpist and Sight & Sound Productions.

Promoting no-kill shelters
Maddie’s Fund, an organization dedicated to eliminating the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals in the United States, has awarded a $40,000 grant to the Duval County Coalition, six local organizations striving to make Jacksonville a no-kill community.

The grant is designed to assist coalition members in evaluating the health and behavior of companion animals admitted to area animal welfare and rescue organizations.

“We are honored to be chosen as a recipient of the Maddie’s Fund Pet Evaluation Matrix Grant,” said Danya Parks-Freel, director of operations at the Jacksonville Humane Society, a member of the coalition.

“JHS has been a no-kill organization since 2005, and we are working closely with other organizations to end the euthanasia of healthy or treatable animals throughout Jacksonville.  The Maddie’s Fund grant will help us make Northeast Florida a no-kill community,” she said.

Tennis tournament Thursday
Prudential Network Realty broker/manager Andy Fletcher is hosting a round-robin style tennis event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday for real estate professionals to benefit the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation. The event at the MaliVai Washington Youth Center will include a clinic hosted by the North Florida Professional Tennis Association local professionals, an exhibition and lunch. 

The day will also kick off the foundation’s special mentoring program for children, which includes a curriculum designed to inspire future real estate industry leaders.

The cost is $25 per player and limited to 32 players. Early registration is encouraged. Event sponsorship opportunities are available.

For details, call Fletcher at 260-4300.

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