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Jacksonville Jaguar Malik Jackson has raised more than $80,000 through his charity, Malik's Gifts.
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‘A Night of Giving’ raises money for Malik’s Gifts

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson is focused on making a difference in Northeast Florida through Malik’s Gifts, a charitable organization he founded in 2016.

His vision is to build a better community by creating and supporting programs that promote growth and development in the city.

Malik’s Gifts has raised more than $80,000 to benefit local causes such as The Boy & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Humane Society, Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, and Helping Hands for Freedom.

To raise additional money, Jackson and some of his teammates will host the inaugural “Mix. Mingle. Music & Fun — A Night of Giving” at 6 p.m. June 15 at 3 Palms Grille at the Oak Bridge Club at Sawgrass.

The event will feature live music, food, drinks and fun. All proceeds from the night will benefit Malik’s Gifts.

“It is every bit as important to me to make a difference off the field as it is to make a difference on the field. It takes a team to succeed in both arenas,” Jackson said in a news release.

Tickets are $100 per person and corporate packages are available.

To purchase tickets or secure a sponsorship for “A Night of Giving,” visit or contact Rodney Smith at (602) 625-9547 or [email protected].

Boost business knowledge at Jim Moran Institute

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, within the Florida State University College of Business, is accepting applications for its Small Business Executive Program Class II in Jacksonville.

The program is designed with for-profit businesses in mind and created to provide a learning experience that accommodates the schedule of small business owners.

Businesses operating for three years or more with three or more employees are eligible to apply. Twenty-five participants from non-competing businesses will be accepted into the four-month program.

Sessions will take place once a month for four hours. The first session is July 11 and the program will run through Oct. 10.

Applications will be accepted until June 20. Visit and click on Programs to apply.

A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the FSU College of Business.

Based in Tallahassee, North Florida Operations services are aimed at for-profit and nonprofit businesses and are geared toward CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents of small businesses whose companies have been established for at least three years with three or more employees.

Services are provided for little to no cost.

To learn more about the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship’s North Florida Operations, including other programs and events, contact Mike Campbell at [email protected].

National Donut Day is celebrated by giving treats to first responders

In celebration of National Donut Day on June 2, The Salvation Army in Jacksonville delivered donuts donated by Publix Super Markets to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department stations to thank the men and women who daily risk their lives to keep the community safe.

The Salvation Army serves first responders in times of disaster, so the organization wanted to take the opportunity on National Donut Day to serve and thank them.

National Donut Day was established by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938. Held annually on the first Friday of June, this year’s National Donut Day marks 100 years since The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies” served donuts to American soldiers on the front lines during World War I.

The donut now serves as a symbol of the services and comfort The Salvation Army provides to more than 25 million people each year.

First Florida helpsĀ Girl Scouts learn financial literacy

Girl Scouts recently attended a First Florida Credit Union training session to learn about financial literacy and earn badges at the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council headquarters.

First Florida Credit Union staff gave a presentation on financial literacy to girls ages 13-16, as well as their friends and family members, that taught economic concepts in an easy-to-understand format.

Girl Scouts who attended the event will receive financial literacy badges.

The event was one of several training sessions First Florida and Girl Scouts have scheduled in Northeast Florida to teach the basics of fiwnancial literacy, said Ashleigh Robinson, community relations specialist for the credit union, in a news release.

First Florida Credit Union, headquartered in Jacksonville, operates 13 branches in Florida. For more information, visit

Police Athletic League, UNF partner on leadership program for teens

The University of North Florida and the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville have entered a partnership through the JaxPAL Teen Leadership Program to create the OspreyPAL program on the UNF campus.

The program will provide JaxPAL youth in grades 6-12 with leadership, social and professional skills needed for the transition to adulthood as well as preparation for college and eventually the workforce.

The university will facilitate opportunities for JaxPAL teens to experience college through immersive campus tours and participate in campus activities throughout the year; provide the teens with ACT/SAT preparation courses; develop writing, public speaking and computer skills; provide faculty presenters at JaxPAL teen meetings; and offer personalized cost of education advising to teens and their guardians.

JaxPAL teens who meet UNF admission and scholarship requirements will be eligible for an OspreyPAL Scholarship award. Four JaxPAL youth will be identified annually and awarded $4,000 per year for up to $16,000.

The four-year renewable scholarships are designed to help students complete their degree at UNF.

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