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Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville’s Philanthropic Community

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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 believe would be of interest to our readers. Email to: nonprofitnews@baileypub.com. We encourage our readers to become more aware of the needs of these worthy organizations as they continue to provide much-needed services with reduced resources.

Birdies for Charity teed off for 2014

The Players Championship's Birdies for Charity program will return for the 2014 tournament, running from Jan. 6-May 7. The program gives local nonprofit organizations the chance to raise funds while fans have the chance to win a prize by guessing the number of birdies that will be made during the tournament.

The Players returns May 6-11 to The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Northeast Florida organizations recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) are eligible to participate.

Charities encourage individuals to make a donation (minimum $20) to their organization via the program and each donation is accompanied by a guess for a chance to win $5,000, sponsored by TPC Sawgrass.

There will be one winner. In the event of a tie, the individual who provides the correct answers to tie-breaker questions will be awarded the grand prize.

In 2013, there were 1,603 birdies made during the tournament.

Participating charities also have the opportunity to raise bonus dollars from a $250,000 bonus pool based on their performance during the program. For rules, visit birdiesforcharity.playerschampionship.com.

Proceeds from The Players benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled nearly $60 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, including a record $7.1 million donation in 2013. In April 2011, The Players announced a new charitable focus, committing to raise $50 million for youth-related charities over 10 years.

Builders Care project in New Town

Sometimes the best way to fix a problem is to start over.

For the stakeholders of the Builders Care mission, starting over sometimes means serving the family financially, emotionally and spiritually by demolishing the old house and rebuilding the foundation of a new home.

"We keep the people we serve at the heart of all our decisions because the impact we can make on their home or on whatever project it is that we are working on, leaves behind the foundation for them to grow and live while sharing the love of Jesus with others," said Matt Wilford, Builders Care executive director.

The Demolition Blitz is scheduled June 9-13 in the New Town area of Duval County.

Twenty-five houses will be constructed and 25 more will be renovated.

Builders Care is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide affordable to no cost construction services to the elderly, disabled, low-income and nonprofit organizations to develop a better habitat for economically disadvantaged people in Northeast Florida.

Builders Care was the 2013 Charity of Choice for the Jacksonville Master Electrician Association and in December it was honored by the St. Thomas Christian University as a pillar of the community.

Deck the Chairs donates to lifeguards

Deck the Chairs, a Beaches holiday exhibit of decorated lifeguard chairs, ended its display in Latham Plaza with a check for $1,800 from Deck the Chairs creator Kurtis Loftus to the Jacksonville Beach lifeguards on behalf of The American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps.

The inaugural event for the Beaches communities was viewed as a success, bringing business and organizations together with public support to create a family-friendly holiday exhibit, Loftus said.

Sixteen organizations and business interests participated, each contributing money, materials and volunteer support. Chair sponsorship raised $8,500 with proceeds totaling $1,800. The City of Jacksonville Beach donated electricity, weekend security and event space.

Weavers will match $50,000 effort for dog park

Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, owners of The John Gorrie a condominium, have partnered with Riverside Avondale Preservation to offer the community an opportunity: A $50,000 match.

The match coincides with the fundraising campaign for the new dog park and gives those who choose to donate a substantial incentive. If collectively they raise $50,000, the John Gorrie Investment Group will match it. The new dog park will be known as The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park.

"So many of The John Gorrie a condominium residents and other residents in the neighborhood are devoted to their four-legged animal friends," said Delores Barr Weaver. "The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park will be a wonderful amenity for our neighborhood. I challenge everyone to raise $50,000 and turn it into $100,000."

For more than two years, RAP has been working with community partners to establish a dog park as an amenity for the neighborhood. The two-acre, off-leash dog park is being planned for the northwest corner of Riverside Park, adjacent to College Street. Approximately one-third of the property is located under Interstate 95.

Through an in-kind donation from the Haskell Co., a landscape architect developed draft plans for the park and RAP partnered with the Five Points Merchants Association to fund the engineering study.

City Council member Jim Love has committed to match RAP's fundraising efforts with $125,000 in district council bond funds.

Fundraisers are committed to raising more than half of the $275,000 construction cost by spring so that the dog park can open in the fall. Individuals and families are invited to donate to the park or purchase a paver to be placed at the dog park entrance. Corporate sponsorships are also available. For more information, visit riversideavondale.org.

26.2 with Donna: There's an app for that

The Seventh Annual 26.2 with Donna race weekend is available on RaceJoy, offering a mobile experience for race participants and spectators.

The nonprofit, 26.2 with Donna, sponsors the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated solely to raising funds to end breast cancer. The race offers a variety of courses over the weekend of Feb. 22 and is expected to draw 12,000 runners.

RaceJoy, a mobile app found in Google Play and iTunes, has features such as instant results, timing notifications, live GPS tracking and Send-a-Cheer.

The event begins with a two-day Health and Fitness Expo starting Feb. 21.

Participants can choose from a 5K and Family Fun Run or 110 Ultra distances Feb. 22 or the full marathon, half marathon and relay Feb. 23.

All of the raised funds and race proceeds for all 26.2 with Donna events go to breast cancer research and care.

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