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More than 1,500 people took part Saturday in the annual Players Donna 5K presented by Nimnicht Family of Dealerships.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, May 6, 201512:00 PM EST

Nonprofit news: Donna events bookend Players Championship week


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Donna events bookend Players Championship week

The Players Donna 5K presented by Nimnicht Family of Dealerships was held on the back nine of The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday.

More than 1,500 participants walked and ran to finish breast cancer.

The 5K began at the world-renowned island green at No. 17 and continued through the remaining back nine along the cart paths. Participants passed the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse while witnessing the final behind-the-scenes preparations for The Players.

The race is becoming a tradition, scheduled each year just days before the start of the tournament. Since the inaugural event in 2009, the series has raised more than $250,000 for 26.2 with Donna.

The annual Pink Out on Championship Sunday is this weekend. A donation will be made for every attendee at the final round. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink.

Those in attendance Sunday are invited to visit the Donna Courtyard, near the 16th green, for the chance to win a two-night golf vacation by playing the TOURAcademy Short Game Challenge.

The courtyard is open to the public from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during the Pink Out.

Chartrands’ $500,000 gift supports food bank

Jacksonville philanthropists Gary and Nancy Chartrand have committed $500,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida over the next five years.

“Given the need to eliminate hunger in Jacksonville and the surrounding area, and the initiatives the food bank has started to make sure children have the food they need to be productive in school, we’re happy to fund Feeding Northeast Florida at this level,” said Gary Chartrand in a news release.

Bruce Ganger, president and CEO of the food bank, said the donation further ensures the nonprofit can continue to improve the flow of food to those who need it more quickly and efficiently. “We’re extremely honored and pleased to receive this show of support from Gary and Nancy,” Ganger said.

He said the donation also serves as a match to a challenge grant the agency received last year from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund.

The Chartrands are known for their philanthropy in Northeast Florida, particularly in the area of education.

The food bank has distributed more than 13.5 million meals through a network of more than 170 nonprofit agencies and food pantries in 17 counties since its founding as an affiliate of Feeding America in February 2014.

The food bank also continues to implement a “hub-and-spoke” distribution model to serve the area’s food pantries more effectively –– creating satellite distribution centers in Nassau and St. Johns counties, with others planned in Duval, Clay and Putnam counties.

Donate blood for Armada soccer tickets

One blood drive donor will be drawn every day through May 23 to win a pair of tickets to watch the Jacksonville Armada FC play the Carolina Railhawks on May 30.

Donors can also donate at the game to score a pair of Armada tickets. The first 15 donors who register to give blood at the Railhawks game blood drive will receive a pair of game day tickets.

To make an appointment to donate, visit, use the free iPhone or Droid app at “iDon8” or call The Blood Alliance at (888) 998-2243.

Latina Women’s Conference May 16

The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership of Northeast Florida will host its inaugural Latina Women’s Conference, titled “Mujeres del Mañana” (Women of Tomorrow) on May 16 at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership.

The group is the region’s first workforce and professional development agency for the Latino labor force.

The event will combine a group of guests, including motivational speaker Pegine Echevarria of Team Pegine; Pilar Ortiz, an award-winning journalist and motivational speaker from the Tampa area; and Circuit Judge Tatiana Salvador, the only Hispanic female judge in North Florida assigned to the 4th Judicial Circuit.

With its central theme, “Me, My Success and My Family,” the event will offer activities and messages during the morning segment and then transition into a one-stop learning experience during the afternoon.

Attendees will choose one of three training tracks: career-minded women, entrepreneurs, or “Chief Moms,” a track for highachieving stay-at-home moms.

The conference also includes three workshops for sponsors and exhibitors to help them improve their focus on Latinas as a market segment.

For tickets, visit

Cheers for Communities In Schools

Two-hundred elementary and middle-school students from Jacksonville participated in the 16th annual Communities In Schools Cheerleading Competition.

Nearly 2,000 spectators filled the Edward Waters College Gym in support of the students from 10 Communities In Schools sites.

Cheerleaders and coaches judged the competition.

The competition is organized through the nonprofit’s after-school initiative — a free program serving at-risk K-8 students in 21 Duval County public schools.

For information about Communities In Schools, visit

Happy Meals for food banks

McDonald’s restaurant owners in North Florida and South Georgia have partnered with regional food banks to help end hunger.

For each Happy Meal purchased on the first Wednesday of each month, participating McDonald’s will donate a Happy Meal redemption card to a community food bank partner.

The program began in April, with local restaurants donating more than 9,000 cards to Feeding Northeast Florida and three other food banks.

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