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Tampa tops First Coast in YMCA’s Treadmill Tuesday
With a difference of 21 miles, the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA outran the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in the 2017 Treadmill Tuesday Rematch, a friendly competition between the communities for the longest distance traveled on a treadmill in 12 hours.
More than 1,580 Northeast Florida residents completed 3,337 miles at the March 21 event. In the Tampa Bay area, 1,630 residents logged 3,358 miles.
For the second consecutive year, the two associations engaged in the communitywide competition to promote 30 minutes of daily exercise and healthier lifestyles.
New to this year’s event, the First Coast YMCA encouraged Treadmill Tuesday participants to donate to its Safety Around Water drowning prevention program.
It teaches children swimming skills while giving them confidence in and around water.
To cheer the Jacksonville team, McDonald’s provided approximately 1,450 Cuties Mandarin oranges to participants.
For more information, visit firstcoastYMCA.org.
Junior League hosts Party of the Decades
Travel through time at the Anheuser-Busch brewery on April 28 for the Party of the Decades to benefit the Junior League of Jacksonville.
The event is a progressive party that starts in the Roaring ‘20s, moves into the Groovy ‘60s and finishes in the Rockin’ ‘80s.
Tickets are available at three levels. A level one ticket is $35 and allows access to the Roaring ‘20s party at 6:30 p.m., along with live entertainment and a limited selection of beer and wine. The level two ticket is $45 and gets a guest into the ‘20s and the Groovy ‘60s party at 7:30 p.m., plus complimentary food and a wider selection of drinks throughout the evening.
The all-access pass is $55 and includes access to all three decades to enjoy all the live entertainment, free food and drinks, including with the Rockin’ ‘80s party that starts at 8:30 p.m.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit partyofthedecades.com.
Crenshaws honored for Crohn’s, colitis work
Take Steps Jacksonville’s 2017 Honored Hero is Alex Crenshaw and the 2017 honorary chair is her father, former U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw.
They are being honored for their commitment to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and for having raised more than $100,000 since 2009 for the organization. Ander Crenshaw also has been selected to serve on the foundation’s national board.
The Crenshaws will attend the annual Jacksonville Take Steps march on April 22 at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. The festival begins at 9 a.m. with registration, followed by the walk at 11 a.m.
To register, visit cctakesteps.org/jacksonville2017.
Alex Crenshaw was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in the summer before her freshman year in college. After several years, her condition deteriorated to the point where she had to have her colon removed. She has also since been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.
She and her family have been actively involved in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, fundraising and attending nearly every walk in North Florida.
Also, during his eight terms in the U.S. House, Crenshaw was integral in shepherding the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act through Congress. The legislation impacted millions of Americans with disabilities, allowing pre-tax, private fund savings accounts to be established for the purpose of supporting people with special needs.
31st Celebrity Chefs to aid Salvation Army
The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary will present the 31st annual Celebrity Chefs fundraiser at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
It features local celebrities dishing up samples of their favorite recipes, as well as a silent auction to raise money for The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida.
Chefs include Molly Curry, wife of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry; Lori Anderson, executive director of Mission House; Keli Coughlin, executive director of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund; Joe Markley, regional director of First Florida Credit Union; Michael O’Brien, CEO of the Greater Jacksonville Area USO and others.
Funds raised support programs including: scholarships for homeless children at the Child Development Center; purchasing bus passes for clients at the Towers Center of Hope; purchasing clothing for Angel Tree bags that are distributed to low-income families at Christmas; and support of the Adult Rehabilitation Center.
Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased at salvationarmynefl.org.
LifeBuilders graduation at City Rescue Mission
Nineteen students will walk across the stage to be recognized for their successful completion of City Rescue Mission’s LifeBuilders program at 7 p.m. Friday in the Wayne M. Densch Chapel at the organization’s campus, 426 S. McDuff Ave.
The graduates have spent from 12-18 months in the LifeBuilders Christian-based addiction recovery program. Out of this graduating class, 87 percent are working and 13 percent are seeking jobs, continuing their education or are unable to work due to disability.
All of the graduates are living in transitional housing provided by City Rescue Mission or are living independently.
Baptist South president at Words & Wisdom
The Women’s Center of Jacksonville will present Women, Words & Wisdom at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive.
This year’s speaker is Nicole Thomas, president of Baptist Medical Center South, the first female president in Baptist’s 61-year history. She will share her experience as a woman working as a professional in the health care environment, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Previously, Thomas had executive responsibility for Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, a partnership between Baptist Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She also led the development of the Baptist Neurological Institute, which provides care including the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center and the Minimally Invasive Spine Center.
Tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased at womenscenterofjax.org or by calling (904) 722-3000.
Party for Monique Burr Foundation’s 20th
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children will host “A Night at Roy’s” in celebration of its milestone 20th anniversary at 6 p.m. May 16 at Roy’s Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach.
One of Northeast Florida’s premier charity events, A Night at Roy’s will feature contemporary, Hawaiian-influenced gourmet cuisine by James Beard Award winner and world-renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi.
Also on the menu will be fine wines, tropical refreshments, live music and live and silent auctions.
Since 1997, the foundation has provided children and adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize and respond to the most common types of victimization experienced by children and teens, including bullying, cyberbullying, child abuse, relationship abuse, exploitation and digital dangers.
Tickets are available for $100 per person at ANightatRoys.com.
Dignity U Wear opens clothes closet in Baker County
Dignity U Wear, a nonprofit helping people in need with the gift of new clothing, is using a $20,000 grant from Tampa-based The Hobbs Foundation to help students in Baker County public schools when a student in need is identified by teachers or administrators.
In Baker County, 17 percent of families are living below the poverty line, and 60 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
“We help address one basic need,” said Nicole Brose, president and CEO of Dignity U Wear, in a news release.
The organization also distributes new, donated clothing to students from low-income families in Clay, Duval, Flagler and Nassau counties.
For more information visit DignityUWear.org or call (904) 636-9455.