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Cate Goodwyne, left, and Grace Vosmik donated food and linens to First Coast No More Homeless Pets.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jan. 21, 201512:00 PM EST

Nonprofit news: Girls make resolution to help animals, donate food and linens to pet charity

by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Cate Goodwyne and Grace Vosmik made New Year’s resolutions to help animals.

This month, they saved their allowance to buy pet food and linens for First Coast No More Homeless Pets, a nonprofit whose mission is to end the killing of cats and dogs in Northeast Florida shelters.

For more on the agency, visit

Man who received 42 pints of blood becomes donor

Patrick Davies, 47, became a first-time donor with The Blood Alliance after being a recipient of a lifesaving liver transplant and 42 pints of blood in August 2013 at Mayo Clinic Florida.

He was one of the first donors at the

new St. Augustine Blood Alliance at 3100 U.S. 1 S.

“It’s incredible to think 42 people saved my life. All they did was to spend an hour of their time giving blood and it made the difference between life and death for me,” said Davies.

He said he now celebrates two birthdays — 1967 when he was born and 2013, when he received his new liver.

“I’m giving blood to return the favor to save someone else’s life,” he said.

The Blood Alliance would like at least 15 daily donors at the St. Augustine donor center to add to its nearly 300 donors needed daily in Jacksonville to keep up with hospital needs as the sole provider of blood to all area hospitals.

For information or to make an appointment, visit

Valerie Love: Chief event champion for diabetes walk

The North Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced that Valerie Love has been appointed chief event champion of the foundation’s 2015 One Walk.

Previously known as the Walk to Cure Diabetes, One Walk is scheduled April 11 at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.

Love is vice president of human resources at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.

She and organizers of the event hope to raise $460,000 toward the organization’s mission of improving lives and curing Type 1 diabetes.

“Valerie Love was selected for this role because of the outstanding leadership she has demonstrated within her organization and also in the community, where she shares her deep personal commitment to finding a cure for T1D,” said Brooks Biagini, foundation executive director.

To learn more about the One Walk and to register to participate, go to or call (904) 739-2101.

Cooler & Cocktail raffle ends March 7

Davidson Cares, the corporate giving program of Davidson Realty Inc., has launched its inaugural Cooler & Cocktail Raffle.

Tickets are on sale at or the Davidson Realty office in World Golf Village.

The raffle prize, valued at approximately $800, includes an Igloo Glide 110-quart marine cooler filled with bottles of premium liquors, glasses, snacks and party supplies. Anyone 21 and older may purchase tickets, which are available for $10 each, $50 for six and $100 for 15.

The winner will be drawn March 7 after the Davidson Cares 10K Leprechaun Chase. Ticketholders are not required to be present at the event to win.

The fundraiser will benefit St. Johns County schools, including Mill Creek, Wards Creek and Palencia elementaries, Pacetti Bay Middle School and Nease High School.

During the 2013-14 school year, Davidson Cares raised more than $20,000 for schools to purchase books, update technology and fund programs.

The raffle is supported by Davidson Cares title sponsors, Heekin Law and Landmark Title. For information, call Davidson Realty at (904) 940-5000 or visit


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