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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Mar. 27, 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 will each week chronicle the efforts of local nonprofit organizations.

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.

Fashion show to benefit Dreams Come True

Jaffi’s & Kyds in Neptune Beach will present their grand reopening celebration and fashion show benefiting Dreams Come True of Jacksonville at 4 p.m. Saturday in The Courtyard at 200 First St. in Neptune Beach.

Show proceeds will be donated directly to Dreams Come True to fulfill the dream of a local child battling a life-threatening illness.

Everyone from the community is invited to participate. For a $50 donation, you, your child or a Dreams Come True dreamer can be a model in the fashion show.

A $100 donation will allow a family (women and children) to be models.

For those not interested in being a model, VIP seating along the red carpet and inclusion in the after-party is available for $10.

All attendees will have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction and purchase raffle tickets for a drawing to win one of two $250 shopping sprees at Jaffi’s and Kyds.

For more information or to become a model for the event, email Emilie Christenson at [email protected].

Former Jacksonville Jaguar helping students

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville and former Jacksonville Jaguar Donovin Darius partnered to bring a series of character-building seminars to more than 300 local elementary school students.

Darius, who is a motivational speaker, kicked off the program March 16 with the students of Woodland Acres Elementary School.

The series takes place over eight weeks with Darius traveling to four area elementary schools. All of the participating schools will be visited twice by Darius, who focuses on “attitude being the key to altitude.”

Each assembly will involve about 80 students from the fourth and fifth grades.

Darius played strong safety for the Jaguars for nine years. He recently moved back to the area and founded Next Level Training and Performance, where the vision focuses on character, athletic and spiritual development.

Credit union donates computers

121 Financial Credit Union donated six computer servers to the School of Computing, Engineering & Construction at the University of North Florida.

121 Financial delivered the servers, valued at $10,000, to the college to support student training in virtualization, a method that uses the hosting of multiservers on one machine in order to reduce electrical costs.

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