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Denali Flavors will be giving away scoops of Moose Tracks Ice Cream Monday at Hemming Park. At $1 per scoop given away, the company will donate up to $10,000 to The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jun. 1, 201612:00 PM EST

Nonprofit news: Want free ice cream? Be at Hemming Park on Monday

by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Denali Flavors, developers of Moose Tracks Ice Cream, is inviting the community to join the 10,000 Scoops Challenge from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at Hemming Park.

For seven years, Denali has taken the challenge on the road. This year, it’s Jacksonville’s turn to eat free ice cream for a cause.

Up to 10,000 scoops of Mayfield Moose Tracks Ice Cream will be served as part of the challenge.

Denali will donate $1 to The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida for each scoop served in an effort to raise $10,000 for the organization’s programs.

Local celebrities will be donating their time scooping for charity.

During the event, ice cream lovers can tweet the hashtag #10KScoops and follow Moose Tracks on Twitter @Moose_Tracks.

Organizations receive $133,250 from Bank of America

Bank of America awarded $133,250 in grants to 11 local organizations that work to increase educational and workforce development opportunities in the community.

The programs help people disproportionately impacted by unemployment and other barriers to workforce participation in the Jacksonville area.

The largest grants went to:

• Jacksonville Chamber Foundation, which received $30,000 for the Entrepreneurial Growth Division. It provides education, access to capital, mentoring, counseling, resources and networks to aspiring, emerging, growing and accomplished business owners in Northeast Florida.

• Community Connections of Jacksonville was awarded $20,000 for its Career and Business Development program for homeless women.

Communities In Schools received $16,250.

Grants of $10,000 were awarded to Florida State College Foundation, City Year Inc., Jacksonville University, The Bridge of Northeast Florida and the University of North Florida Foundation.

Catholic Charities was awarded $7,000.

Clara White Mission and Learn to Read each received $5,000.

Pace Center first to receive change award

The Center for the Study of Social Policy has selected Pace Center for Girls as an inaugural recipient of the Accelerating Change Award.

The award supports programs that demonstrate commitment to reaching and serving diverse populations of young women and girls of color who are involved or at high risk of involvement in public systems.

In addition to national recognition, Pace will receive an honorarium to support its work and an opportunity to join a network of similar initiatives.

Later this month, the nonprofit will attend the United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House in Washington, D.C.

At the summit, Pace President and CEO Mary Marx will be featured on a panel exploring how to create opportunity for marginalized girls.

The event will discuss gender equality issues, such as economic empowerment, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership and civic engagement.

$10,000 grant for Ability Housing

Ability Housing received a $10,000 grant from The Fanny Landwirth Foundation to support the nonprofit’s multi-region strategic planning efforts and help underwrite long-term assessments.

The foundation was created in 1982 by Henri Landwirth. Named in his mother’s honor, the organization addresses community needs through financial support, personal involvement and the development of a culture of philanthropy for future Landwirth generations.

Ability Housing is a Florida nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness and fostering the independence of adults with a disability.

The organization provides affordable and permanent supportive housing in Northeast and Central Florida, implementing recognized best practices which pair housing with individualized support services.

For more information, visit

Pink Ribbon run and walk Saturday

The Pink Ribbon Symposium will host a 5K Fun Run and 1-mile walk Saturday at the Orange Park Kennel Club at 455 Park Ave., south of Interstate 295.

The course will follow the St. Johns River starting at 7:30 a.m.

Advance registration is $30; $35 the day of the race.

Registration for the 1-mile Survivor’s Walk is $15.

Race day registration packets will be available at the Orange Park Cancer Center 1-6 p.m. Friday and at 7 a.m. the morning of the race.

The event also includes a butterfly release to honor cancer survivors. Presenting sponsors are Mazda City of Orange Park and Tom Bush BMW Orange Park.

For information or to register, visit or call (904) 385-7106.

Building blitz next week in New Town

More Jacksonville families will soon take pride in owning and moving into a home they helped build as part of the June 6-10 Home Builders Blitz.

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Northeast Florida Builders Association and Builders Care invite the community to attend the CEO Build Kick-Off event at 8:30 a.m. Monday at 1942 W. Fourth St.

HabiJax, in partnership with the NEFBA and its charitable arm, Builders Care, will construct 12 new homes and complete five rehabilitation projects in five days in New Town.

The Home Builders Blitz also will mark the completion of HabiJax’s 2,000th home. HabiJax is the first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the U.S. to reach 2,000 families.

“We could not have accomplished this achievement without the support of our homeowners, community partners including NEFBA and Builders Care, New Town residents, volunteers, stakeholders and the City of Jacksonville throughout the years,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, president and CEO of HabiJax.

HabiJax has committed its experience, housing products and services to revitalizing the historic neighborhood of New Town.

The nonprofit is a partner in the New Town Success Zone, with public and private organizations offering services to help children and their families achieve the goals of healthy development, academic success and well-being.

To date, HabiJax has built more than 270 homes and invested $16 million to complete more than 400 homeownership and rehabilitation projects in New Town.

In-kind donations and sponsorships are needed. To make a donation, visit

Registration opens for 10th annual 26.2 with Donna 

Registration for the 10th anniversary of 26.2 with Donna The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is open to coincide with National Running Day today.

The race is the only U.S. marathon to donate all proceeds to breast cancer research and care. It is the centerpiece of Donna Marathon Weekend, Feb. 10-12.

The event draws thousands of runners and spectators from all over the world to Jacksonville and its beach communities with the goal of eliminating breast cancer.

Since 2008, the marathon has raised more than $4.5 million for the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program and The Donna Foundation, which provides financial assistance and support to breast cancer patients.

For more information on Donna Marathon Weekend or to register for the marathon, visit

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