Nonprofit news: Mystery dinner Oct. 15 for Cathedral Arts Project
Two rules for Diner en Noir on Oct. 15 are you must wear black from head-to-toe and you must wear a mask.
Beaver Street Veterans Villas is scheduled to open in December to provide housing for homeless veterans.
The Buddy Walk is the major annual fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville.
LISC Jacksonville board Chair J.F. Bryan IV, center, on Sept. 27 welcomed 10 AmeriCorps members who will work with partner agencies to revitalize neighborhoods.
Wednesday, October 5, 10:32 AM EDT
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The CAPtivators will host the fourth annual Diner en Noir at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at a clandestine location.
Proceeds will benefit the Cathedral Arts Project, which provides free arts education to children.
Diner en Noir is a masquerade pop-up dinner fashioned after a Parisian concept for a dinner party where only the hosts know the location until two hours before it begins. Guests wear masks and dress in black from head to toe for the event.
Table captains will receive a text message at 5 p.m. with the location, which they will share with registered guests. Parking will be provided at the site from 7-7:30 p.m. by A1A Valet.
Guests are responsible for providing their food and table decorations. Make it a potluck or order dinner from Catering by Liz. Menu and prices can be found at capkids.ejoinme.org/DEN2016.
Guests must be at least 21; seating is limited to 200.
In addition to live entertainment, beer from Bold City Brewery and wines from Riverside Liquors and Village Wine Shop will be provided.
Prizes will be awarded for best dressed, best mask and best table décor.
The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville will host its largest annual fundraiser Oct. 22 at the Seawalk Pavilion at Jacksonville Beach.
The 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. event is free and open to the public.
Buddy Walk features events, entertainment and food for families.
The carnival, entertainment and food trucks open at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 1:30 p.m. The 1-mile beach walk starts at 2 p.m.
The fundraising goal is $240,000.
For more information, contact Desiree Jomant at (904) 353-6300 or email email@example.com.
AmeriCorps joins LISC in neighborhoods
The Jacksonville affiliate of Local Initiatives Support Corp. welcomed 10 new AmeriCorps members who expand the agency’s community redevelopment initiatives through work with LISC Jacksonville partners.
Those partners include Operation New Hope, the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corp., Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, New Town Success Zone, United Way of Northeast Florida and Arlington 20/20.
On a national level, LISC provides AmeriCorps members to about 140 community development organizations for 10-month terms each year.
Participants receive training, stipends and benefits while serving, as well as education awards to use after they’ve successfully completed their service.
Founded in 1999, LISC Jacksonville is a leader in community revitalization. The agency partners with residents and community-based organizations to facilitate neighborhood transformation and build sustainable communities.
The Jacksonville Junior Chamber of Commerce’s first “Hall of Terror” was in 1970 and continued until 2005 at several venues, including Market Square Mall and Adventure Landing.
Last year, the Jaycees resurrected the event as the “Trail of Terror.”
It will be open 7-10 p.m. beginning Friday and continuing Fridays and Saturdays and Oct. 31 at Paintball Adventures at 11850 Camden Road.
Proceeds benefit Jaycee projects and local organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Surfers for Autism, Catty Shack Ranch, Rethreaded, Rodeheaver Boys Ranch and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Trail of Terror is sponsored by Paintball Adventures, WBOB AM-600, The Beach 102.3 and The DeVries Law Firm.
To purchase tickets for $13 per person, visit JaxTerror.com.
LGBT Community Fund grants $118,000
In its third year of grant making, the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida awarded $118,000 to nonprofits that work to provide services to LGBT youth, elders and families.
• Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network Inc.: $50,000 to address LGBTQ homelessness, including a family support and acceptance model program to prevent family rejection and instability.
• ElderSource: $30,000 to provide a third year of support for its LGBT Elders Initiative that provides training to professionals serving elders in home health agencies, senior public housing, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. The program has grown from one trainer to seven and nearly 500 people have participated in the training.
• The University of North Florida Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center: $21,000 to provide a second year of support for the Club Can-do mentoring program and the second annual LGBT Issues Speaker. In addition, the center will participate in an academic research study on the impacts on participants in the mentoring program.
• The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida: $17,000 to continue to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector on LGBTQ inclusion and support LGBTQ nonprofit employees.
The fund received a $50,000 matching grant from the national organization, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, as part of its “Out in the South” initiative. Half of the grant will be used to develop better data about the LGBT community in Northeast Florida
The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida has granted more than $316,000 since its inception. To become a member, donate to the fund or for more information, visit lgbtnefl.org.
Walk to help victims of lung cancer
On Aug. 27, the American Lung Association in Northeast Florida hosted its third annual Lung Force 5K run and walk at the Jacksonville Landing.
The event was part of a nationwide initiative led by the American Lung Association to unite women to stand together against lung cancer, the deadliest cancer in the United States.
More than 600 people on 33 teams raised $60,497, which included major contributing sponsor BB&T.
The team that raised the most was CVS, donating more than $5,000 from two local districts. CVS is a national partner of the American Lung Association that has helped raise $7 million from an in-store campaign that started in 2014.
The American Lung Association offers resources for patients and their families who have been impacted by lung cancer.
Anyone seeking help can visit lungforce.org or call 1-800-LUNG-USA, which connects callers to information, resources and support services.