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Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville’s Philanthropic Community

by Catie Fry, Copy Editor

As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, the Daily Record has established this feature that each week reports the efforts of local nonprofit organizations and the individuals and businesses that support them.

Bailey Publishing & Communications invites all members of the local nonprofit community to email news, announcements and success stories to nonprofitnews@baileypub.com or to cfry@baileypub.com.

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

‘Your Financial Health’ seminar at UNF

Those interested can learn the components of successful financial health care at an 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 15 seminar at the University of North Florida University Center. Admission is $10.

All admission fees will be matched by the panel and all funds will be donated to K9s for Warriors.

Co-sponsors and the financial medical team members for the day’s teachings include Nicholas Simonic, CPA, president and CEO of Simonic, Simonic, Ratnecht & Associates Inc.; attorney Robert Slama; and Jeannette Bajalia, president and founder of Woman’s Worth, an affiliate of Petros Estate & Retirement Planning.

Simonic serves as the primary care physician for the event and will offer prescriptions and treatments required for successful financial health. He will discuss the steps needed to avoid reaching the point of no return and how to plan with budgeting and debt elimination in order to avoid emergency financial crisis.

For more information on this seminar, visit www.PetrosPlanning.com. Seating is limited; call 824-5656 to reserve seats.

‘Caring for the Veteran’s Caregiver’ workshop

As more veterans need full-time care, there is a way for family caregivers to understand their special needs, and how, when and where they can find help — for themselves and their loved ones.

“Caring for the Veteran’s Caregiver,” will be Sept. 14 at the University of North Florida Student Union and is a workshop where family caregivers have an opportunity to connect with professionals and resources that will support them in their caregiving journey, network with fellow caregivers and listen to professional speakers who will discuss topics specific to veterans’ special needs, including:

• Challenges for Today’s Returning Soldier

• Wounded Warrior: Their Last Battle

• Spiritual Issues in Caregiving

• Social Service Resources for Veterans

• VA Caregiver Support Resources

National speakers will include Deborah Grassman from Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and Nicole Johnson from the VA’s Caregiver Support Program. Registration is 8:30 a.m. and the program is 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided and attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.

Registration is free. RSVP to 407-6790 by Sept. 11; for complimentary respite care during the workshop, call 807-1287.

CRM golf challenge a record success

City Rescue Mission hosted its 4th Annual Champions Challenge Golf Tournament Aug. 27 at TPC Sawgrass to raise funds for programs and initiatives to help the homeless and needy in Jacksonville.

About 88 players from the area participated in the shotgun-style format. Karen Tutwiler served as the tournament chair, along with Dan Hicken.

“The Champions Challenge is a great way for the Jacksonville community to show their support for our area’s homeless and needy,” said Dan Hicken, First Coast News sports anchor. “City Rescue Mission does a tremendous job putting on the event, and the chance to play the Stadium Course at TPC is a fantastic opportunity for any golfer.”

Five companies sponsored a hole-in-one contest this year, though no one accomplished the feat.

Claude Nolan Cadillac, Mike Davidson Ford and O’Steen Volvo/Volkswagen each were offering a new car to a winner; and Underwood’s Jewelers was awarding a Rolex watch this year. Michael and Patrick Brannam with UBS sponsored the fifth hole-in-one shot.

Golfers and their guests also had the opportunity to bid on 18 silent auction items, win one of 12 raffle items and bid during a live auction on nine items.

The combined value for the prizes reached $50,000.

A few of the live-auction items were a seven-night Snowmass getaway including roundtrip airfare with Southwest Airlines, a luxury suite for 20 at EverBank Field during a Jacksonville Jaguars game, and a trip on the Gator bus to Gainesville with four tickets on the 50-yard line to a University of Florida football game with gourmet tailgating included.

The event was the most successful golf tournament for City Rescue Mission since it began doing the tournaments.

About $100,000 was raised to support the efforts of the organization.

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