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Judith Sisler, president of Sisler Johnston Interior Design, Greg Matovina, HabiJax board of directors president, and Mary Kay O'Rourke, HabiJax president and CEO, took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its first fully furnished model.
Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Oct. 9, 201212:00 PM EST

Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville's Philanthropic Community

by: Catie Fry

As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, the Daily Record has established this feature that each week reports the efforts of local nonprofit organizations and the individuals and businesses that support them.

Bailey Publishing & Communications invites all members of the local nonprofit community to email news, announcements and success stories to [email protected] or to [email protected].

We also encourage our readers to become more aware of the needs of these worthy organizations as they continue to provide valuable services with reduced resources.

HabiJax cuts ribbon on first model home

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville recently celebrated the opening of its first fully furnished model home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The model home, decorated and furnished by interior designer Judith Sisler Johnston of Sisler Johnston Interior Design, is a milestone in HabiJax’s efforts to revitalize the New Town Success Zone.

The New Town neighborhood is bordered by Myrtle Avenue, Beaver Street and Kings Road and its programs are geared toward providing children a safe and healthy development and education.

Featuring 1,100 square feet of flexible living space and priced from $97,000, the model has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room, an eating area and an entertainment room.

The bedrooms highlight a Spiderman-themed child’s room, a master bedroom designed with floral prints and a home office.

New Town is near two public schools, Eugene Butler Middle School and S.P. Livingston Elementary School, as well as Edward Waters College. Success Park, a nearly 2-acre park and playground, also is in New Town.

More information about HabiJax is available at or by calling (904) 798-4529.

Events promote needs of local shelter animals

Friends of Jacksonville Animals will be at the following events to promote its mission of helping Jacksonville’s shelter animals.

Shelter dogs also will be available for adoption at the off-site events. In addition, foster volunteers are needed. Those interested can contact Jaime Watkins-Gillham at [email protected]

• Today: California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20 percent of proceeds from today’s business to Friends when customers present the donation flier, which can be downloaded from under the “Events” tab. 

• Saturday: Friends will be at the Beaches Pet Supermarket at 609 Beach Blvd. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Saturday: Friends will participate in First Coast No More Homeless Pets’ “Dogtoberfest” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Metropolitan Park.

• Sunday: Friends’ Tail of a Sale fundraising garage sale will be held 8 a.m.-noon at Watson Realty in Jacksonville Beach, 1326 S. Third St.

• Oct. 20: Friends will be at the Mandarin Pet Supermarket 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 10485 San Jose Blvd.

• Oct. 21: Friends will participate in Yappy Hour at the Landing from 2-5 p.m. 

Walkers asked to wear pink bras for cancer walk

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk is Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at Treaty Oak Park, 1123 Prudential Drive.

This noncompetitive fundraising event will celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate men and women about the importance of early detection and prevention and raise money to fund research and support programs.

Participants will need more than sneakers for this year’s walk and are encouraged to participate in the “Put on Your Pink Bra” theme.

The theme encourages walkers to wear pink bras in support of the fight against breast cancer. Hundreds of teams from businesses, schools and community groups will participate.  

For more information or to sign up for the walk, call (800) 227-2345 or visit 

Adult kickball tournament to be held in November

Cathedral Arts Project, a nonprofit that provides free after-school and summer arts education to 1,800 students, is hosting its 3rd Annual Kickball Tournament. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at St. Nicholas Park.

For information, visit or contact Elyse Card at (904) 281-5599, ext. 15.

Santorum to speak at ‘Stories of Hope’ event

Former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will be the guest speaker at the annual Stories of Hope event benefiting Emergency Pregnancy Services at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Southpoint Marriott.

For information and to purchase tickets ($50 per person) call (904) 308-7510.

Groups gather for collaboration summit

The Nonprofit Center, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Community Foundation in Jacksonville and Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida will host the 2012 Collaboration Summit and Workshop from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive.

Open to the public, the two-part event includes breakfast and presentations from 8-9:45 a.m. and a panel and workshop from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Zach Tumin, senior Harvard researcher and “Collaborate or Perish!” co-author, will present the keynote speech.

Sherry Magill will present the 2012 State of the Sector report detailing the size and scope of the nonprofit sector.

The Nonprofit Center will make an announcement regarding a new initiative by the City, the Nonprofit Center and a local foundation.

In addition, a panel of local collaborators will discuss community success stories.

Hubbard House hosts memorial breakfast

Hubbard House will host its 18th Annual Barbara Ann Campbell Memorial Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday at the Hyatt Downtown.

The breakfast is the highlight of Hubbard House’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month efforts and will honor the lives of those who have survived domestic violence, remember those who have died and connect those who work to end domestic violence.

This year’s event will feature three survivors of domestic violence who will share their stories.

The breakfast is presented by the Alan and Pam Green Family Foundation, James S. Taylor and Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver.

Tickets are $30 each and sponsorship opportunities are available. All funds raised from theevent support Hubbard House’s Emergency Shelter. Visit for more information.

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