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From left, Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, Jewish Family & Community Services CEO Colleen Rodriguez and Lawrence DuBow.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Mar. 12, 201412:00 PM EST

Nonprofit news: EverBank and Jaguars partner to build home

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EverBank and the Jacksonville Jaguars are teaming up with HabiJax to provide volunteers and funding for the construction of a home this spring.

“Participating in the building of these homes with HabiJax is something our employees look forward to every year,” said Rob Clements, EverBank’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are excited to team up with the Jaguars for the third straight year to provide a home for this deserving family in our community.”

Construction began last week and has a tentative completion date of April 25. EverBank employees, Jaguars players, coaches, staff and members of The Roar cheerleaders will work on the project throughout the building process.

The family who will live in the home has completed more than 300 hours of volunteer service, participated in financial literacy workshops and provided a down payment to meet HabiJax guidelines to qualify to purchase the home.

“Our partnership with EverBank and HabiJax is a truly rewarding experience,” said Jaguars owner Shad Khan. “We are proud to work on these homes and help build a strong and vibrant community here in Jacksonville.”

EverBank has partnered with HabiJax since 1995, working on 68 houses and contributing more than 900 employee volunteer hours annually. HabiJax is the Jacksonville affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

To learn more about volunteering with HabiJax, visit habijax.org.

PAL Roundup March 29

Dancing, dinner and auction items await attendees during the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville’s inaugural Sheriff’s Round-Up for PAL.

The Round-Up is hosted by Sheriff John Rutherford and his posse: Andy Baggs, Earl Benton, Rick Cox, Clarence Gooden, Kent Stermon, Stephen Vining and Michael Ward.

The March 29 event kicks off with a social hour and the silent auction at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

The event is PAL’s largest fundraiser, said Rutherford, and supports a variety of programs, including homework help and sports and leadership programs.

“From after-school education and athletic competition, to our brand new workforce development program, there’s nothing more rewarding than celebrating the promise of our youth, as PAL does,” he said.

Supporters can dance to music provided by the Bay Kings Band, play Texas Hold ’em or blackjack, bid in a live auction and play other games. Auction items range from a year’s worth of burgers from Whataburger to vacation packages and gift certificates from local merchants. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best western attire such as blue jeans, boots and cowboy hats.

Last year, PAL’s fundraiser brought in more than $140,000. This year’s goal is to raise $150,000.

PAL Executive Director Mathew Nemeth said that is only a fraction of its budget of roughly $3.2 million. He said PAL serves about 2,200 a year and more than 500 children after school each day.

“This fundraiser helps make all of the program services we provide every day possible,” said Nemeth.

Sponsors committed for the Round-Up are WOKV, Clear Channel Outdoor, TD Bank, Miller Electric, Lee Printing, Sight and Sound, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, The Jaguars Foundation, Safetouch Security, Patriot Transportation, Main Metal Recycling, ICX Managed Services, Snow Construction, W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Erwin, Fountain & Jackson P.A., Whataburger, Mugwump Productions and Weather Engineers.

Tickets are $125 per person, $75 for young professionals under 40. Tables are available for $1,250. To purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships call (904) 854-6555 Ext. 319 or visit jaxpal.com.

Trinity Episcopal Parish helping build homes in St. Augustine

Trinity Episcopal Parish has continued its history of supporting the St. Augustine Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Trinity’s sponsorship has included monetary support and volunteers needed to build homes.

In the 1990s, Trinity Episcopal donated land to support the home-building efforts.

The financial support was provided by the St. Catherine’s Guild, the endowment board, and the Community Outreach Ministry Committee. Parish members turn out one day a month to work on Habitat homes.

Trinity Episcopal has taken the lead in supporting the local Habitat’s Apostle Build project, which brings the resources, money and manpower from local churches to build a new home for a family.

Trinity helped kick off the project with a donation of $5,000 in October. The construction started in November with Trinity providing more than 15 workers for the Robinson family.

Over the past three years, Trinity Episcopal has donated more than $7,300 to Habitat of St. Johns County and has contributed 600 hours of labor.

After the completion of the Apostle Build, Trinity Episcopal Parish plans to continue its support to the Habitat of St. Johns County by providing workers on a monthly basis to continue building and refurbishing homes.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Johns County is a nonprofit, Christian-based housing organization that has helped 116 families locally and 20 internationally escape the cycle of poverty housing.

For more information on volunteering or donating to Habitat for Humanity of St. Johns County, call (904) 826-3252 or visit habitatstjohns.org.

Nonprofits can win Dalton’s $20,000 advertising campaign

Up to $20,000 in free marketing and advertising services is up for grabs in the Dalton Agency’s annual Dalton Cares campaign.

Nonprofits in the Jacksonville, Orlando and Atlanta areas selected to participate could be eligible to receive creative services, such as awareness posters, promotional videos, social media support and public relations services, along with a $1,000 cash donation.

Through March 31, individuals and organizations may nominate local 501(c)3 registered nonprofits on DaltonCares.com.

In early April, nine finalists will be selected to receive an awareness poster, valued at $5,000, designed and produced by the Dalton Agency. The public will vote April 22-May 22 via social media for its favorite nonprofit.

“With Dalton Cares, in addition to raising awareness, we are helping nonprofits realize the effectiveness of social media and online campaigns,” said Jim Dalton, president of the Dalton Agency. “By incorporating social elements, we are providing more than just creative services, we are showing nonprofits the power of social communications.”

The winner will be announced June 3.

This year, the Dalton Agency will also host a one-day communications workshop in the market with the winning nonprofit.

The workshop will bring together the agency’s experts in social media, public relations, creative and media buying and leaders of local nonprofits for a one-day communications boot camp geared specifically toward helping nonprofits succeed.

“We understand that it is getting harder and harder for all nonprofits, and we want to help them and celebrate the work they do for the community,” Dalton said. “Dalton Cares gives us a way use our expertise to help promote nonprofits and the wonderful work they do, and to help them expand their reach and impact on their communities.”

Moe’s raises $5,000 for student athletes

Hosting a grand re-opening “Pay What You Want Day” on Feb 18, the newly renovated Moe’s in Jacksonville Beach raised more than $5,000 for Ponte Vedra and Fletcher high schools.

“We are thrilled to be able to contribute such a significant amount to two deserving high school athletic departments,” said franchise partner Brad Chasteen. “We hope to continue to

support the community by providing a fun and family-friendly environment with a commitment to fresh ingredients and quality service.”

Jewish Family & Community Services gala chairs

Jewish Family & Community Services, a 96-year-old social service agency for children and families, drew several hundred people to its “You Can Count on Us” gala Thursday at the Jacksonville Marriott.

Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver and Lawrence and Linda DuBow served as honorary co-chairs for the event, which celebrated the agency’s work and raised money for its programs that serve about 15,000 people a year in Northeast Florida. Donna Orender, former PGA Tour and WNBA executive, was the mistress of ceremonies.

Applebee's supports Boys & Girls Clubs

When Applebee's at St. Johns Town Center¬†celebrated its re-opening, proceeds were donated to Boys & Girls Clubs. “We thank Applebee’s for helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida raise funds that will help us continue to provide a safe, positive place for children to go after school. We are proud to partner with an organization that is committed to philanthropic efforts,” said Boys & Girls Club Director of Development Darby Stubberfield.

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