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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Oct. 27, 200912:00 PM EST

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Highlighting Jacksonville’s Philanthropic Community

As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, the Daily Record has established this page that will each week chronicle the efforts of local nonprofit organizations. Bailey Publishing & Communications invites all members of the local nonprofit community to submit news, announcements, success stories and any other information they feel would be of interest to our readers. E-mail to: [email protected].

We also encourage our readers to become more aware of the needs of these worthy organizations as they try to continue to provide valuable services with reduced resources.

$25k grant for Monique Burr Foundation

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children received a $25,000 grant from the Fanny Landwirth Foundation that will be used to fund its child abuse prevention education programs for children.

“We have long been supporters of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children and believe we can help even more children by providing the organization with this grant,” said Lisa Ussery, president of the Fanny Landwirth Foundation.

The grant will be used to fund the foundation’s child abuse prevention programs to talk about and avoid abuse of all kinds. The programs are approved by the Duval County School system and are taught in many Duval County public elementary schools. The foundation is currently working to expand the programs to reach Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties. Prevention education also is successfully taught and implemented in the Tampa Bay area.

“Our programs will be greatly enriched and expanded by this grant and we cannot express enough gratitude to the Fanny Landwirth Foundation,” said Lynn Layton, executive director of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children was created as a nonprofit organization in 1997 to honor the late Monique Burr, an advocate for children and their needs. The foundation’s mission is to provide hope in the lives of children by providing training and education to prevent and reduce the rate of abuse among children throughout Florida.

In 2008 the foundation reached more than 20,000 children with its advocacy programs, including the “Good Touch Bad Touch” program, and since its inception has donated more than $2 million to child-serving agencies. The foundation reaches children in 94 of the 107 public elementary schools in Duval County in addition to several private and Catholic schools in the area. The foundation also works in close partnership with agencies serving children whose primary focus is preventing abuse of children. For more information call 642-0210 or visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.

2010 pet calendar now available

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida has the perfect holiday gift for dog lovers — the 2010 Community Hospice Volunteer Pet Therapy Calendar.

Pet therapy dogs and their owners have been an important part of the Community Hospice care team since 1996. Pet therapy is used to provide psychological benefits such as stress reduction and decreased feelings of loneliness or isolation for patients. The pet therapy teams visit patients in their homes, in long-term care facilities and at Community Hospice inpatient care centers.

This year’s calendar contains color photographs of 16 of the 51 active pet therapy teams and provides “personal information” about each dog. Some of the breeds featured include Scottish terriers, standard poodles, Akita, Shih Tzus, Labrador retrievers, Siberian huskies and more. The calendars are available for $15 each or two for $20. Proceeds from the calendar benefit the patients and families of Community Hospice.

Pet Paradise, a full-service pet boarding “resort” for dogs and cats and the sponsor of the Community Hospice pet therapy program has included coupons in the 2010 calendar that provide discounts for a variety of services available at their three Northeast Florida locations.

“We are proud to sponsor the Community Hospice’s pet therapy program and the 2010 calendar,” said Fred Goldsmith, CEO of Pet Paradise. “This calendar raises awareness and funding for the pet therapy program and allows people to understand the important role that these pets serve, making a significant difference in the lives of the patients at the Community Hospice.”

To order a 2010 Community Hospice Pet Therapy Calendar call Chris Whitney at 407-7063 or visit communityhospice.com.

Established in 1979 as the first hospice program in Northeast Florida, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida helps nearly 1,000 patients live better with advanced illness each day in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties, through the support of approximately 700 employees and 900 volunteers. No one is ever denied care due to an inability to pay. To learn more about the support and services of Community Hospice, visit www.communityhospice.com.

Win a bike at Smoothie King

Smoothie King has launched “Smooth Your Ride,” a promotion focused on finishing breast cancer in partnership with Blue Competition Cycles and the 26.2 with Donna Foundation, offering guests a fundraising punch card and the chance to win one of five custom-painted bicycles valued at $14,000.

Continuing its mission to influence people to live a healthier lifestyle, Smoothie King is inviting guests to pick up a fundraising punch card from participating Smoothie King locations and enter for a chance to win a high-performance carbon fiber bike.

Smoothie King will donate $1 from each smoothie purchased using the punch card to the Donna 26.2 Foundation until Nov. 6.  Receive one free smoothie with your 10th smoothie purchased using your punch card. Winners will be announced at the inaugural Bike 26.2 with Donna,a cycling event to raise funds to finish breast cancer, at Nocatee Nov. 15.

“This disease affects far too many people, and needs to be stopped. By actively working together to finish breast cancer, we can make a difference; every dollar counts,” said Christina Ahumada, Smoothie King field marketing consultant. “In the process, we are accomplishing Smoothie King’s mission to influence and help more and more people achieve a healthier lifestyle.”

For more information visit http://rideblue.com/smoothieking.

Bernhardt Foundation hosts golf tournament

The Harvey Bernhardt Foundation will hold its 2nd annual Harvey Bernhardt Foundation Golf Tournament presented by the law firm Driver, McAfee, Peek & Hawthorne Nov. 9 at the Deerwood Country Club. All tournament proceeds will benefit the foundation which provides financial assistance for hardship cases related to medical or natural disaster or victims of crime.

“This is a great day for our golfers, who also get a shot at $10,000 through our putting contest and awards. The Harvey Bernhardt Foundation recently gave four deserving seniors at Jacksonville University scholarships toward tuition costs and grant money. This is only possible through the contributions of our golfers and the community, and we are grateful for their support,” said Wes Bernhardt, chairman of the foundation.

Registration for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Single player fees start at $200 which includes a box lunch and a reception following the tournament.

Two contests for the golfers include the $10,000 putting contest presented by Dr. Charles Perniciaro and the hole-in-one contest presented by Hanania Automotive. Additional sponsorships and foursomes are still available.

Volunteers are needed to help with tournament operations. In addition, monetary donations are accepted and will go directly to The Harvey Bernhardt Foundation.

The Harvey Bernhardt Foundation honors the memory of Dr. Harvey Bernhardt, a pathologist from Jacksonville who served the North Florida community for more than 20 years. The mission of the organization is to provide one-time financial assistance for hardship cases related to medical or natural disaster or victims of crime. Recipients must be citizens living and working in the North Florida community and must be referred by a community leader.

For more information visit www.TheCompassionateAssist.org or contact Monica Bernhardt at 386-5662 or [email protected].

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