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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jul. 12, 201708:40 AM EST

Nonprofit News: ‘Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars’ celebrities named

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Nine local celebrities, including a former NFL player, will compete in “Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars,” an event to raise money for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.

The competition is 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Lazzara Performance Hall in the UNF Fine Arts Center.

The celebrities will be partnered with professional dancers from A Social Affair Dance Studio.

The celebrities will compete for votes from a panel of judges, the audience and the public, who will cast votes by making cash donations. 

Votes are $1 each and can be bought before and during the event. Votes can be purchased with cash, credit card, checks or via PayPal.

Tickets go on sale this month and cost from $35 to $150. They can be purchased online, by phone and by mail. Visit www.JaxDWTS.com for more information.

The mission of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is to provide high-quality choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds.

The Children’s Chorus  impacts more than 900 area children annually and its performance choir program draws its membership from five counties and represents more than 180 schools.

About 33 percent of JCC’s singers receive scholarship support.

 For more information, visit jaxchildrenschorus.org.

‘Christmas in July’ toy drive to benefit Wolfson

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is seeking donations for its sixth “Christmas in July” toy drive. 

The event helps the hospital restock its toy closet, playrooms and teen room to ensure patients have toys and other activities to help make their stay more comfortable.

This year, there are four ways to donate: 

  • Donate online at ChristmasJuly.com. 
  • Shop on Amazon. Go to Amazon’s baby registry and search for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Toys will be shipped directly to the hospital.
  • Start a Facebook fundraiser. Encourage your network of friends and family to donate. Companies can create a virtual toy bin for employee and customer donations. Visit facebook.com/WolfsonChildren/fundraisers to  start. 
  • Bring a toy in person. The best toys keep patients busy and don’t require a lot of energy. Donate toys that can be played with in bed. Infant and toddler toys, Legos and card games are good choices. 

The main drop-off event is  7 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25 at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital circular driveway, 800 Prudential Drive.

Toys also can be dropped off through July 24 at Jersey Mike’s Subs. Visit  jerseymikes.com/locations.

For more information, visit ChristmasJuly.com.

Luncheon launches gift countdown

The ABC Women’s Council is launching its annual back-to-school drive and Christmas gift-giving countdown at its “Christmas in July” luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rogers Towers, 1301 Riverplace Blvd.

Theresa Rulien of the Child Guidance Center and Teresa Scoggins of Angelworks will talk about the ABC Women’s Council’s philantrophic efforts to support their agencies.

Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

RSVP by Monday to [email protected] or call (904) 731-1506.

ABC Women’s Council’s mission is to promote, support, encourage and provide a voice for women in the construction industry through the fostering of relationships, professional development, legislative involvement and philanthropic endeavors.

Backpacks, school supplies sought

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is seeking donations of backpacks and school supplies for its 18th annual Backpack Challenge.

Donations can be dropped off at the following Berkshire Hathaway offices through July 31:

  • Home office: 4190 Belfort Road, Suite 475, Jacksonville.
  • Avondale/Ortega: 3627 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville.
  • Beaches/Intracoastal West/Southside: 375-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach.
  • Fleming Island/Orange Park: 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island
  • Mandarin/St. Johns:  11576 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville.
  • Murabella: 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine.
  • Ponte Vedra/Nocatee: 333 Village Main St., Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach.
  • San Marco/San Jose:  1983 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville.
  • St. Augustine: 112 Sea Grove Main St., Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach.

 Last year, partnering with community and local charities, Berkshire Hathaway donated more than 1,000 backpacks filled with supplies to local students.

“Every child deserves to begin the school year with a new backpack and the supplies needed for school,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “A new backpack filled with school supplies is a wonderful gift, providing every student with the confidence needed to begin a successful school year.”

For a list of needed supplies or more information, visit www.FloridaNetworkRealty.com/backpack.aspx.

Humana Foundation helps 4 nonprofits

The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc,  is donating $444,000 to four nonprofit organizations in the Jacksonville area:

  • University of Florida Foundation: The Health-Smart Church Center Program is an innovated faith-based and community-centered program to promote and sustain healthy behaviors.
  • University of North Florida: The CMHC CONNECT (Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Creating Opportunities Needed in North Florida for Educating Counselors through Technology) program will enable mental health counselors reach individuals who have limited mobility, intellectual or developmental disabilities, geographical barriers or are active military personnel.
  • We Care Jacksonville: The We Care Health and Wellness Program aims to provide access to care for low-income, uninsured patients. 
  • YMCA of Florida’s First Coast: The Diabetes Prevention Program and Blood Pressure Management Program offer health education and coaching.

For information about the Humana Foundation, visit HumanaFoundation.org.

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