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The Jacksonville Jaguars are challenging fans to join their team in the First Coast Heart Walk on Sept. 20.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Sep. 10, 201412:00 PM EST

Nonprofit news: Jaguars want fans to support Heart Walk; Stellar raises money for K9s for Warriors

by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

The Jacksonville Jaguars are supporting the American Heart Association, challenging fans to join their team in the First Coast Heart Walk on Sept. 20 at Metropolitan Park.

To reach their goal of raising $75,000, the Jaguars are offering added incentives and hosting an executive challenge.

For details and registration information, visit

Stellar employees dress down for K9s for Warriors

Stellar, a firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services, raised $2,000 for K9s for Warriors during the company’s “Jeans Day” fundraiser.

Stellar employees donated $10 to wear jeans to work with donations going to K9s for Warriors.

Located in Ponte Vedra, K9s for Warriors provides service canines to military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of service post 9/11. The organization trains the dogs and matches them with soldiers, who participate in a three-week residential training program to learn how to work with their service dogs.

“It was especially rewarding to donate to K9s for Warriors, which combines two causes that our employees are passionate about — military veterans and animals,” said Allison Korman Shelton, Stellar vice president, government and public affairs. “We’ve designed and built numerous facilities for the military, and it’s always rewarding to be involved in projects for our nation’s service men and women.”

The Weaver Foundation is providing a match for all donations to K9s for Warriors, so the $2,000 raised by Stellar will result in a $4,000 donation to the group.

Jim Moran Foundation, Johnson & Johnson help senior foundation

Senior Life Foundation received a $96,000 Founder’s Day Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation to assist low-income seniors who have short-term financial needs.

“I was stunned when I got the call,” said Mary Grimm, Senior Life Foundation senior vice president, development. “This has been a rough year for fundraising and getting a call out of the

blue like that was a magnificent first.”

Each year, the Jim Moran Foundation celebrates Aug. 8,

the birthday of its founder by awarding two grants, one to a North Florida nonprofit and one to an organization in South

Florida. The late automotive executive would have been 96 this year.

“The call was to tell us of a grant from The Jim Moran Foundation,” said Senior Life Foundation CEO Mari Terbrueggen. “This grant is truly a blessing during a very challenging fundraising year.”

The Alzheimer’s Family Center in Margate received the South Florida grant.

Also, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care’s Charitable Contributions Committee renewed its support of the Senior Life Foundation’s Emergency Help Line with a $12,000 contribution.

“At Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, our products help people see more clearly every day,” said Barbara Montresor, Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman.

“It’s equally important for us that we have a clear view of the challenges facing our community and that we play a positive role in helping our local community meet these challenges — through both funding and volunteerism efforts,” she continued.

Board member Mary Alice Phelan will host the Senior Life Foundation’s first Straight Talk Wine and Cheese Reception at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the

River Room at the Beau Rivage Condominiums, 2970 St. Johns Ave.

To attend the “friend-raising” event and learn about the needs of low-income seniors in Duval County, RSVP to Phelan at (904) 477-5018.

For more information, call (904) 268-6649 or visit

Jaguars tickets mean $100,000 for nonprofits

In partnership with the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, the Jaguars Foundation and the DuBow Family Foundation, local nonprofits participating in the Jaguars Give & Go 100

ticket incentive program have sold more than 3,000 Jaguars single-game tickets, generating $100,000 in revenue for their organizations.

Through an NFL charitable initiative, the Jaguars support local nonprofits by offering a chance to earn $10 when they sell a discounted Give and Go Jaguars ticket.

The DuBow Family Foundation and the Jaguars Foundation provide a matching incentive

that can add up to an additional $20 to the participating


Nonprofits selling 100 or more tickets earn up to $30 per ticket, or $3,000 or more.

Five organizations have sold more than 300 tickets, raising $9,000 or more for their causes; 16 nonprofits already have sold more than 100 tickets and raised $3,000 or more.

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund benefit Saturday at Nocatee

Sekine, Rasner and Brock, M.D., LLC is sponsoring the “Run Diva” 5K run and children’s activities on Saturday to benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund.

The family-friendly day will be at Nocatee Town Center, 100 Marketside Ave. in Ponte Vedra.

Produced by Ultimate Racing Inc., activities begin at 8 a.m. with the family and kid’s fun run, 8:30 a.m. for the 5K and an awards ceremony at 9:45 am.

Registration until Friday is $30 per runner, and on race day $35 per runner. The fun run is $10 per participant.

Contact Patti Pugh for more information and to donate to the nonprofit at (904) 305-4777 or email [email protected]. For more information and to register, visit

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis, a young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coughlin’s team at Boston College.

Communities In Schools starts group for young professionals

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville is launching CHAMPS, a philanthropic and networking group for young professionals seeking to make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk students.

The debut is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Volstead, 115 W. Adams St. Downtown.

CHAMPS will provide young professionals ranging in age from 22-40 the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and resources to benefit local students who are struggling academically and socially, while also networking with peers from a variety of industries.

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville CEO Steve Gilbert said CHAMPS goes hand-in-hand with the nonprofit’s mission to empower local youth and surround at-risk students with community support.

“CHAMPS members will be natural role models that the younger generation will look up to, which fits in perfectly with Communities In Schools of Jacksonville’s work to help prevent dropouts through supportive adult relationships,” Gilbert said.

The members of the CHAMPS Junior Board include Scott St. Amand, Joe Carlucci, Gequane Robinson, Marlanah Steven, Magen Henderson, Sarah Willson, Carson Lange, Kellye Quirk and Joel Harris.

For more information about CHAMPS, visit

Communities In Schools serves more than 6,900 students in 37 Jacksonville schools annually with nationally recognized mentoring, literacy, case management and after-school programs.

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