The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance presents a check for $20,000 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. The event is the largest single donor to the society.

Concours d’Elegance gives $20,000 to relief society

Big Bag Sale benefits Friends of the Library;
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Aug. 2, 2017

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance presented the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society with a check for $20,000.

Created to provide financial, educational and other assistance to active duty and retired sailors and Marines, the society provides assistance to the men and women who serve their country, their families and survivors.

“Being able to invest into the lives of the men and women of Florida’s First Coast who bravely serve our country is one of the greatest benefits of our work at The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation,” said Bill Warner, founder and chairman.

The event’s tradition of giving to charities in Northeast Florida has been integral to the Concours since its founding in 1996.

“For seven years in a row, Amelia has been the largest single donor to the Mayport Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Office,” said Capt. Bill Kennedy, NMCRS Mayport director in a news release. “That money helps provide funds on a daily basis for emergency travel, an unexpected death of a family member, paying bills or helping with a needed car repair.”

Held during the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws at least 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile.

Since 1996, the show’s foundation has donated more than $3 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Shop with Cops and other charities.

For more information, visit ameliaconcours.org.

Big Bag Sale benefits Friends of the Library 

The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library’s Big Bag Sale is Friday through Sunday in the organization’s warehouse at the University Park branch library near Jacksonville University and Fort Caroline Road in Arlington.

“Our customers will find some great bargains and they’ll be helping our libraries,” said Friends President Margaret Smith in a news release.

The August sale starts with Member Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Buy one $15 bag and get a second bag with the 25 percent member discount. Memberships can be purchased at the door for $10.

The sale continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, when shoppers can buy two bags and get a third bag free.

The library is at 3435 University Blvd. N.

For more information, call (904) 630-2304 or visit FJPL.org.

Southeastern Grocers gives to Hope for the Warriors

Southeastern Grocers LLC, parent company of the Bi-Lo, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más grocery stores, donated almost $1.65 million to Hope for the Warriors through a combination of customer and vendor donations, along with profits earned July 4 at all of the stores in the chain.

For the third consecutive year, Southeastern Grocers pledged all profits raised on Independence Day to support veterans and service members.

“Southeastern Grocers is proud to have raised nearly $7 million over the past three years to help support veterans, service members and military families throughout the Southeast,” said Anthony Hucker, interim president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, in a news release.

Hope for the Warriors, founded in 2006, is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families.

For information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org.