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As part of its celebration of 125 years of service in Jacksonville, The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida gave away doughnuts and bottled water Tuesday afternoon in Hemming Park.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, May 4, 201612:00 PM EST

Nonprofit news: 125 hours of prayer, a brass band and tennis


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125 hours of prayer, a brass band and tennis

Salvation Army of Northeast Florida Area Commander Maj. Rob Vincent introduced the Ancient City Brass to a crowd at Hemming Park on Tuesday during the celebration of the organization’s 125th anniversary in Jacksonville.

Vincent said The Salvation Army began serving in Jacksonville on June 8, 1871, the organization’s first presence in Florida.

The celebration began Sunday when the army, in partnership with local churches, began 125 hours of prayer for Jacksonville, scheduled to conclude Thursday.

The “Love Love” tennis tournament to benefit The Salvation Army Child Development Center begins at 9 a.m. Friday at San Jose Country Club. Registration is $65 per player.

For details, visit and click on Events.

Power tools from Pearl Jam to HabiJax

To honor Pearl Jam’s first appearance in Jacksonville, SMG Jacksonville donated power tools in the band’s name to HabiJax, the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

Pearl Jam’s performance at Veterans Memorial Arena on April 13 drew more than 13,000 fans.

Bill McConnell, SMG Jacksonville general manager, said Pearl Jam is known for its charitable donations as well as its music.

SMG, which manages city sports and entertainment facilities, wanted to make a donation to HabiJax on behalf of the band.

The donation will help support revitalization in the New Town neighborhood, said Mary Kay O’Rourke, HabiJax president and CEO.

In addition, $3 from each Pearl Jam concert ticket sold is donated to Vitalogy Foundation to support nonprofits doing work in the fields of community health, the environment, arts, education and social justice.

JU faculty exhibits at Cathedral Arts Project

The Cathedral Arts Project is hosting an exhibition for Jacksonville University’s Division of Visual Arts faculty in the Heather Moore Geraghty Community Gallery.

The opening reception of “Confluence: A JU Faculty Group Exhibition” is 5-7 p.m. today. The exhibition will run through August.

JU’s Division of Dance, led by professor Brian Palmer, will perform on the loggia overlooking Laura Street. The dances will preview choreography that will premiere this summer in China.

The exhibit comprises a full range of media, such as animation, digital media, sculpture, ceramics, glass, illustration, photography, painting and new media.

Artists represented are professors Jim Benedict, Brian Frus, Bill Hill, Eric Kunzendorf, Lily Kuonen, Tiffany Leach, Ginger Sheridan, David Smith, Matt Swaim and Dana C. Tupa.

The reception and the exhibition are open to the public.

The gallery is in the offices of the Cathedral Arts Project at 207 N. Laura St., in the Elks Building Downtown.

It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and for special events.

For more information, visit or call (904) 281.5599.

Library partners with City Rescue Mission

With a grant funded by Jacksonville Journey, students in City Rescue Mission’s LifeBuilders Program are getting more than physical and spiritual healing.

The Jacksonville Public Library’s LEAP Program is giving them tools and resources to gain confidence in future employment.

The program’s name stands for “Library Enhanced Access Program.”

The goal is to increase digital literacy and improve language literacy resulting in increased educational and economic success.

The nine-week program is taught by two E-Learning specialists who spend Tuesday-Friday on campus in City Rescue Mission’s Learning Center.

They provide the program for men and women students enrolled in the LifeBuilders long-term residential Christian recovery program.

Karen Walker, E-Services and digital access manager for the library, oversees the LEAP computer class curriculum.

She said digital literacy is necessary for students who are trying to apply for a job.

Nurse marks silver anniversary at River Garden

Registered Nurse Carol Thomas, seated above, surrounded by residents and staff, celebrated her 25th anniversary with River Garden Senior Services. Thomas began working there in April 1991 and in 1997 was named its chief nursing officer. Under her leadership, the nursing department has grown to include more than 170 staff members. The facility has consistently earned the highest ratings for care from state and federal regulatory agencies.

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