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Nonprofit News: Dinner and a day on the links raise $150,000 for Daniel Kids

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Dinner and a day on the links raise $150,000 for Daniel Kids

Daniel Kids recently hosted two golf-related events that raised more than $150,000 for the abused, abandoned and neglected children served by the nonprofit.

A memorial dinner honoring late civic leader Caldwell “Hank” Haynes was presented March 12 by The Players. The annual Daniel Kids Golf Classic, presented by Enterprise Integration, teed off the following morning at Timuquana Country Club with more than 100 golfers participating.

Attendees of both events were invited to speak with some of the PGA Tour’s Great Grand Champions, including Lee Elder, Jim Ferree, Dow Finsterwald, Doug Ford and Billy Maxwell.

Daniel Kids will use the money raised to support programs for children in crisis, ranging from foster care to independent living services, said Jim Clark, the nonprofit’s president and CEO.

Other sponsors of the dinner and golf outing were GHG Insurance, Citi, Publix Super Markets, Smart Box, Swisher International, Aetna, Coastal Construction, Duval Motor Co., Regency Centers, The PGA Tour and Weather Engineers.

‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’ with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida invites the community to its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser event from 2-8 p.m. April 29 at Bowl America-Mandarin.

Proceeds will help fund the nonprofit’s mission to provide youth with caring adult mentors. In addition to bowling, a DJ, raffles, mascots, guest appearances and more are on the schedule.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest annual fundraiser.

The theme for this year is “Comic Bowling” and participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite comic-book superhero. To participate, form a bowling team of five members, raise $125 per person ($625 per team) then come out to Bowl America-Mandarin. Proceeds from the event will support the youth mentoring programs.

To register a team, visit bbbsnefl.org.

Golfers raise $44,000 for St. Jude’s hospital

Champion Brands hosted the 2nd Annual Katelyn’s Champions for St. Jude Golf Classic on March 27 with cancer survivor Katelyn Atwell, and raised more than $44,000.

Proceeds benefit children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

Atwell was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1999 and underwent chemotherapy at St. Jude’s. Doctors found she suffered from a rare form of meningitis and after extensive daily therapy, she recovered and completed cancer treatment in September 2001. She is now a cancer-free adult and continues to pursue her goal to give back to St. Jude.

The tournament was open to golfers of all skill levels and had more than 120 entrants. William Floyd, former Florida State Seminole fullback and NFL Superbowl XXIX champion, was this year’s special guest.

Sulzbacher building permanent housing

More than four years since planning began and nine years since the dream was born, Sulzbacher Center will break ground Thursday for a new community for women and families.

Sulzbacher Village will provide studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom permanent housing units for single women, female veterans and single- and two-parent families.

The ceremony will take place at 44th and Pearl streets behind Wesley Fellowship United Methodist Church.

For more than 20 years, the nonprofit has provided temporary shelter for the homeless at its campus Downtown near the Sports Complex.

“The groundbreaking is a real milestone for Sulzbacher,” said Cindy Funkhouser, Sulzbacher CEO.

She said partners on the project include Wesley Fellowship United Methodist Church, Vestcor, PQH Architects, Summit Contracting and the McGuireWoods law firm.

The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction of the $21 million project, planned for occupancy in about 12 months.

Sulzbacher’s capital campaign has so far raised $6.8 million through private donations from individuals and foundations. About $13.7 million was awarded to the project from the state of Florida and the Florida Housing Finance Corp. in the form of low-income tax credits and other programs. The organization expects to raise the remaining $500,000 during the construction phase.

Attorney W.C. Gentry chaired the campaign and Gentry Family Foundation provided the initial gift to start the effort. The lead gift came from the Lucy B. Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust. Other major donors include the Crawford Family Foundation, the Jim Moran Foundation, Florida Blue, the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Bryan Family Trustees/The Henry and Lucy Gooding Endowment, the Neviaser Charitable Foundation, the DuBow Family Foundation and Mary Virginia Terry, among others.

Operational funding and support has been pledged by Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital. A total of 270 people and organizations have donated to the project.

When construction is completed, the existing center will expand its temporary housing for men, along with its male veterans and respite care programs. The center also expects to expand its health-care and behavioral health services, as well as job-training programs.

Vestcor is the developer for the project. PQH is the architect and the general contractor is Summit Contractors. McGuireWoods is providing necessary legal services at no charge.

For more information, or to make a donation to Sulzbacher Village, visit sulzbachervillage.org.

Scholarships for kids of parents killed in action

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is seeking applicants for college scholarships for 2017.

The awards will be presented to children who have lost a parent in active military service, including combat casualties, military training accidents, service-related illnesses, suicide and other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

More than 97 percent of those killed in action are men, often leaving behind a family suffering through the ultimate sacrifice.

Since 2002, the organization has provided more than $15 million in college expense assistance to more than 600 motivated students for their undergraduate studies.

To learn more, visit fallenpatriots.org.

Tax Collector partners with Donate Life Florida

Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan and Donate Life Florida have launched their annual April partnership for National Donate Life Awareness Month.

Tax Collector offices will be accepting donations for the nonprofit and promoting the importance of becoming a donor. Donate Life’s mission is to increase the number of designated organ, eye and tissue donors.

Support Donate Life Florida during April in any of the nine branch offices. Customers who donate will be given paper flags to sign for an in-office display and driver license customers will be given green wristbands.

If renewing a vehicle registration online, in a branch office, or by mail, donate by checking the Organ and Tissue Donor Education contribution box.

To find a branch location, visit duvaltaxcollect.net.

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