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With the help of 19 volunteers from Citibank and Prudential, 50 students enjoyed arts and crafts, a bounce house, carnival games, tennis activities and a live DJ on Saturday at the MaliVai Washington Youth Center. Elementary school students in the MaliVai Washington Foundation’s after school program spent several weeks raising money to support the carnival. The final fund–raising total was more than $2,800.

Nonprofit news: Jax Truckies partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Compiled by Max Marbut

Jax Truckies will partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida to co-host the third annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship from 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the Jacksonville Landing.

More than 30 food trucks are expected to compete for the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice awards. The event also includes music, give-a-ways and a

raffle.

All proceeds from the raffle and a percentage of food truck sales will support the youth of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, visit bbbsnefl.org. For more information on Jax Truckies visit www.facebook.com/JaxTruckies.

Manufacturers supporting college scholarships

The First Coast Manufacturers Association held its 24th annual golf tournament to fund engineering scholarships at the University of North Florida.

More than 140 golfers, representing 55 area companies, participated in the event at the Eagle Landing golf course in Orange Park.

Proceeds will go toward engineering scholarships and building the group’s college endowment program, said Lake Ray, association president.

The team from Vistakon won the tournament, with Republic Services coming in second and Abatix Corp. taking third. Mike Marlette of Aerotek served as chairman of this year’s event.

The association is a non-profit trade group serving Northeast Florida. For information, visit at fcmaweb.com.

$3,500 grant for Potter’s House Christian Academy

Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples Inc., awarded $3,500 to The Potter’s House Christian Academy under a program that lets Staples employees direct donations to charities.

The grant will benefit the Camp Success program, which is for low-income children ages 5-15. Camp Success is a six-week summer enrichment program that will assist students with maintaining skill sets learned and exposing them to the arts. The camp includes music, drama, culinary skills, health and nutrition, technology, social media and character development.

Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 6,500 organizations in 26 countries. For information, visit staples.com/community.

AT&T employees mentoring high school students

AT&T is providing Jacksonville high school students with mentoring opportunities to help prepare them for future success.

AT&T employees will team up with 120 students from A. Philip Randolph High School, Ed White High School, Englewood High School, Ribault High School and PACE Center for Girls for Aspire Job Mentoring to share life and career skills.

“Aspire Job Mentoring helps students develop a bigger picture of the ‘real’ world that will, in turn, help them create a vision for their future,” said Steve St. Amand, president of Junior Achievement of North Florida. “Providing students with the opportunity to visit the work world first hand and be mentored by adults who truly care about their future success can make an impact that will last for a lifetime.”

In early 2012, AT&T and Junior Achievement reached the milestone of providing 100,000 job shadow opportunities to students through the AT&T/JA Job Shadow Initiative.

To learn more about Aspire Mentoring Academy, visit att.com/aspirementoring.

Armada FC signs on to sponsor Hale & Hearty 7K

The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida announced that the North American Soccer League team, Jacksonville Armada FC, has joined as a sponsor for the third annual Community First Hale & Hearty 7K Run/Walk.

The event, which includes a one-mile fun run, is scheduled at 8 a.m. June 7 at the new Unity Plaza along Riverside Avenue.

The men’s and women’s division winners will each receive two tickets to the soccer match between the United States and Nigeria, donated by the Armada FC. Additionally, the top 10 finishers and a guest will also receive an invitation to the Armada’s pre-match party.

“The Armada FC is a great new addition to the local community and we’re pleased to have them join our event, particularly since they are committed to bringing awareness about healthful and active lifestyles,” said Nikole Helvey, interim CEO, Health Planning Council.

“Supporting our local community and healthy lifestyles is something that the Armada FC takes a great deal of pride in,” said Armada FC President Steve Livingstone.

To register for the event, visit haleandhearty7k.com.

Learn more about the Armada FC or register to purchase season tickets at armadafc.com.

 

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