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Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ with food drive on Saturday
The National Association of Letter Carriers’ 25th anniversary Stamp Out Hunger food drive is Saturday.
The community can participate by leaving a paper or plastic bag filled with non-perishable food items near their mailbox.
Letter carriers will collect the bags and bring them to the post office, where volunteers and the Feeding Northeast Florida food bank will sort and distribute the food.
Most-needed items are peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned meat, canned fruit and granola bars.
Last year, mail carriers, with cooperation from the U.S. Postal Service, collected almost 300,000 pounds of food in the Jacksonville area.
Along with donations, Feeding Northeast Florida is seeking volunteers to work at Jacksonville post offices. Visit feedingnefl.org/nalc and fill out the volunteer form, or register by calling (904) 830-4379.
More than 283,000 Northeast Florida residents go to bed hungry every night.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is one of many annual Feeding Northeast Florida initiatives.
In 2016, the organization distributed 12.3 million meals through 160 community partners including food pantries and religious organizations.
For more information about Feeding Northeast Florida’s mission, visit feedingnefl.org.
ElderSource hosts ‘A Night with the Stars’ on June 3
ElderSource is hosting its fourth annual A Night with the Stars gala on June 3 from 7-10 p.m.
The fundraiser will feature a “Crooners, Cars & Cocktails” theme, with WJCT Studios transformed into an elegant club with an orchestra, dancing and a light buffet presented by Blue Bamboo restaurant.
The event raises money to support seniors in critical need and to provide resources and services to families and the community.
As part of the festivities, Kenneth Tannenbaum will receive the 2017 Delores Barr Weaver Elder Advocate Award.
Tannenbaum serves as chair of the Baptist AgeWell Institute Community Advisory Council, is a founder of the Coalition to End Senior Hunger in Northeast Florida and is a member of the ElderSource Institute board.
“As an octogenarian myself, I have been blessed with so much and, frankly, it disturbs me a great deal to see people my age — and older and younger — living a life with limited quality. Many of our elders need a great deal of what I’d regard as basic necessities and they deserve better,” Tannenbaum said.
The event is supported by the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund and sponsored by Swisher International, Florida Blue, Brooks Rehabilitation, Blue Bamboo, BDO and Mutual of America.
Tickets are $100 per person or $1,200 for a table for eight. They include the buffet, entertainment and parking.
For tickets and sponsorship info, visit myeldersource.org or call (904) 608-3823.
Operation Shower marks 50th event
The Players Championship continued its support for military families by joining with Birdies for the Brave and Operation Shower to host a group baby shower Sunday for 35 local military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed military members.
It was the 50th shower hosted by Operation Shower in collaboration with the PGA Tour. The event also included the support of the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation, Chicco and TPC Sawgrass.
Themed “Showered With Love,” the event was hosted by Furyk and his wife, Tabitha.
Each expectant mom received a “Shower in a Box” containing gifts donated by companies including Chicco and Ellie Sparkles.
Special guests at the shower included retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Sean Pybus and his wife, Patty; Navy Capt. Sean Haley and his wife, Annamarie; and Kayla Williams, director of the Center for Women Veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Created to help families and children in need, the Jacksonville-based nonprofit Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation works with organizations including Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Blessings in a Backpack and Community PedsCare to provide funding to help communities in North Florida become healthier, stronger, and educationally enriched.
For more information, visit jimandtabithafurykfoundation.com.
FinFest for Speech & Hearing Center
The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will host its sixth annual FinFest on May 20 from 7-11 p.m.
FinFest 2017: Take Me to the River, will be at Timuquana Country Club at 4028 Timuquana Road.
Top Secret Band will provide music for the beach-casual event. Tickets are $100 for general admission or $150 for VIP admission, which includes a 6 p.m. reception.
The event is supported by a $10,000 grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund.
It raises money that helps the nonprofit Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center provide services to uninsured or underinsured members of the community with speech, language or hearing disorders.
Sponsors include Florida Blue, Haskell Co., Medtronic and St. Vincent’s HealthCare. To purchase tickets, visit finfest2017.eventbrite.com or call (904) 717-6930.
To donate items for the live or silent auctions, contact Kristen Dietzen at (904) 717-6930 or email [email protected].