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From left: Mayor Alvin Brown, Cathedral Arts Executive Director Kimberly Hyatt and Cathedral Arts Board President Darnell Smith were on hand for Cathedral Arts' 8th Annual "Spring for the Arts" celebration. Read the story below.
Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Apr. 24, 201212:00 PM EST

Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville's Philanthropic Community


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].

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.

Cathedral Arts raises $440,000

Cathedral Arts exceeded expectations with more than $440,000 raised at its 8th Annual Spring for the Arts celebration.

“This event provides financial resources, but also generates tremendous enthusiasm for our cause. The First Coast continues to step forward to help us educate the whole child,” said the Rev. Kimberly Hyatt, executive director of Cathedral Arts.

More than 650 guests honored Mary Virginia Terry and Pete and Marilyn Carpenter.

Monica and Bob Jacoby presented them with the Guardian of the Arts Award for their efforts to safeguard and advance the arts in Northeast Florida.

Cathedral Arts will host its annual “Showcase of the Performing Arts” Saturday and Sunday at the Ritz Theatre and Museum. Dance, drama and music students will be featured in five performances.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at the Times-Union Center, Veterans Memorial Arena and the offices of Cathedral Arts. Visit for more information.

$20,000 grant for seniors

Aging True’s Cathedral Café, a Jacksonville senior congregate meal site, was awarded a $20,000 grant from Medtronic Foundation to assist in the continued provision of healthy, hot meals and nutritional education for frail, disabled and low-income seniors residing in the Cathedral Residences.

Aging True has nearly 50 years of experience in the Jacksonville community and is committed to the health, well-being and independence of North Florida seniors.

Individuals and corporations can help feed, nurture and support North Florida seniors by calling 807-1203 or by visiting

Ground-breaking May 5

Paul Davis Restoration of North Florida will host a ground-breaking ceremony with the Jacksonville Firefighters Association IAFF Local 122 at 10 a.m. May 3. The organizations are working together to build a storage facility at the Jacksonville Miracle League ballpark.

Paul Davis office staff, volunteers and firefighters have donated their time and services to design and construct a storage unit for the Miracle League at McGirts Creek Regional Park, also known as Lew Brantley Park, at 8435 118th St.

Jacksonville Miracle League provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. Visit the website at

Pine Castle celebrating 60 years

Pine Castle is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a “Diamonds are Forever Celebration Gala, a Night of Bond, 007-Style.”

The event is scheduled May 5 at Deerwood Country Club. Proceeds will support Pine Castle programs to serve individuals with disabilities in the community.

Sponsorships are available at the Diamond Presenting, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. Individual tickets are available for $150 per ticket.

For more information, call 733-2650 or email Janet Irvin at [email protected].

Girls Inc. at The University Club

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville announced that Delores Barr Weaver has joined the host committee for the Girls’ Rights Week reception May 3 at The University Club.  Host committee members include Deborah Gianoulis, Frances Bartlett Kinne, Helen Lane, Irene Lazzara and Audrey Moran.

The event is an annual celebration of girls advocating for their rights and positive change in the world. The reception will honor “Girls in Action” in the community as well as women who have outstanding achievements in the areas of academics, arts, athletics and activism.

Women being honored are Carol Alexander, executive director of the Ritz Theatre; Pam Chally, dean of the UNF Brooks College of Health; Dottie Dorion, award-winning swimmer and triathlete; and Donna Deegan, founder of the “26.2 with Donna” breast cancer marathon.   

Tickets are available at $25 per person. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the programs available at Girls Inc., contact Beth Clark at 731-9933 or visit

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