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Part of the money raised through the Jacksonville Symphony's $50 million capital campaign will be used for improvements at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. The symphony plays in the Jacoby Symphony Hall at the center.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Feb. 22, 201712:00 PM EST

City notes: NFL Draft tickets up for grabs in EverBank Financial contest


EverBank Financial Corp. is giving fans a chance to win a trip to Philadelphia to attend the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27.

Contestants can enter through March 31 by visiting

There is no purchase necessary, according to a news release.

The winner will receive two passes to the draft, round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation. The release said many fans will win gift cards for apparel for their favorite NFL team, including T-shirts, hats and jerseys.

A total of 41 prizes will be awarded, the release said.


Jacksonville Symphony wants to raise $50M in capital campaign

The Jacksonville Symphony intends to raise $50 million through its newly launched Vision 2020 campaign.

According to a news release, half of the money will be used to increase the endowment and fund special initiatives, including capital improvements at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, recording projects under Music Director Courtney Lewis and touring.

The remaining $25 million will help support operations during the five-year campaign, which will allow the symphony to expand its season from 35 weeks to 40, improve its ability to recruit and retain top talent, enhance its guest artists lineup and launch performance series and music education initiatives.

The effort will be co-chaired by Gilchrist Berg and Carl Cannon, with Robert Jacoby and Robert Shircliff serving as honorary co-chairs.

Donations can be mailed to the symphony’s office at 300 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information, call (904) 354-2767 or visit


Community Hospice of Northeast Florida expanding services to new region

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida has been selected by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to begin providing hospice services to an 11-county region, which includes the Gainesville and Lake City areas

The agency sought providers for the area after identifying there was an unmet need for hospice services, according to a news release. Community Hospice was selected to provide the services.

The organization plans to open offices in Gainesville and Lake City.

Community Hospice already serves Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties.


Franklin Street handles sale of two Westside complexes

Franklin Street brokered the sale of a Westside apartment community for $3.6 million.

Brokers Jim Reed and Matt Kesterson handled the transaction.

The sale included the Virginian Arms Apartments, 2501 Jammes Road, and Arbor Oaks Apartments, 2535 Jammes Road, sold as a portfolio.

The buyer is N M Baron Las Villas LLC of Sunny Isles Beach, which has owned multifamily properties in Tampa and South Florida, according to a news release.

It’s the company’s first purchase in Jacksonvile.

Virginian Arms has 60 units, while Arbor Oaks has 56.

“The Westside continues to attract attention for its investment assets,” said Kesterson, senior director of multifamily investment sales for Franklin Street, in the release. “This submarket continues to thrive with below average rental rates, above average occupancies and an expanding workforce serving employers in both downtown and at the growing Cecil Commerce Center.”


Yulee High School senior wins Rotary speech contest

Madison Moore’s speech on why the Rotary Club should focus on fighting disease, particularly mental health, won the group’s annual oratory competition.

Moore received $5,000 in scholarship funds for the victory, plus the $500 she earned after winning her regional competition. She is a senior at Yulee High School.

Maria Ribeiro of University Christian School finished second and received a total of $3,000 in scholarship funds for both rounds. Her speech urged the club to focus on saving mothers and children through the empowerment of mothers and encouragement of children, according to a news release.

The other finalists were Shruti Murali of Stanton College Preparatory; Guy Fisher III of Ridgeview High School; Natalie Costello of Ponte Vedra High School; and Gabe Wise of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

Students from 28 high schools in the five-county area competed in the contest. The finals were at the University of North Florida.


Moran Institute launching program for nonprofit leaders

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University’s College of Business is launching a program in Jacksonville for nonprofit executives.

Executive directors and CEOs of organizations that have been operating at least three years are eligible. Up to 25 will be selected per class.

The institute operates similar programs in Palm Beach and Broward counties, as well as in Tallahassee.

“The best nonprofit organizations maximize their donors’ dollars and client services by fine-tuning their operations and the way they think,” said Mike Campbell, director of the institute’s North Florida operations. “This program does just that.”

Classes will be at the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida in the Jessie Ball duPont Center Downtown.

The first class is 1-5 p.m. April 18, with monthly sessions to follow through June.

To apply, visit and click on programs.


Parra serving four-year term on physicians’ commission

Dr. Joseph Parra has been appointed to the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Commission on Membership and Member Services for a four-year term ending in December 2020.

The group guides the commission’s membership efforts and helps the constituent chapters in their membership efforts.

Responsibilities include recruitment/retention efforts, life-stage career issues and leadership development, according to a news release.

Parra is chief medical officer at Orange Park Medical Center. Before that, he served as the hospitalist medical director at Wesley Medical Center. He has been a part of Hospital Corporation of America for more than 14 years.

To maintain his membership in the commission, Parra is required to complete at least 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years.


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