The Winn-Dixie at Point Meadows Wish Squad spent part of Earth Day working at Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School.

Nonprofit News: Winn-Dixie Wish Squad landscapes on Earth Day

Apr. 26, 2017

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Winn-Dixie Wish Squad landscapes on Earth Day

The Winn-Dixie at Point Meadows Wish Squad granted its first wish to Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School during its “Green Apple Day of Service” on Earth Day.

Associates from Winn-Dixie at Point Meadows and the corporate support center joined school volunteers Saturday to help with landscaping to renew and beautify the campus.

Launched as a gift to the community in February, the Winn-Dixie at Point Meadows Wish Squad is a community action program dedicated to performing projects in the communities the store serves.

The wish was granted based on nominations by Winn-Dixie at Point Meadows customers. In March, they received Wish Tokens for every $30 spent at checkout to vote for the community project of their choice.

This month’s Winn-Dixie at Point Meadows community partners are the Jacksonville School for Autism and The Church of Eleven22.

The next nominated project will be announced at the end of April, with the Wish Squad completing its second wish in May.

Arts Alive application deadline is May 15

Access to free ballet performances, musical theater, visual arts festivals, orchestra performances and critical-thinking digital stories are among some of the projects the PNC Foundation’s Arts Alive program is hoping to support with $170,000 in local grants in 2017-18.

Arts organizations in Duval, Palm Beach and Broward Counties may apply for grants until May 15. Details on how to apply and programs supported by the grants are available at

#PNCArtsAlive is a three-year, $555,000 grant initiative of the foundation to support visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways throughout Florida.

“We know what art can do, how it changes perspectives, even changes lives,” said Cressman Bronson, PNC regional president for Florida East in a news release.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture.

Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multiyear initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and in life.

‘Pink Out’ for Donna on May 14 at The Players

The celebration continues for the 10th anniversary year of Donna Marathon Weekend with The Players Donna 5K presented by Nimnicht Family of Dealerships and “Pink Out at The Players.”

The 5K will be held on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course on May 6, teeing off tournament week with a new finisher’s medal.

The Donna Foundation will be honored as the “Charity of the Day” on May 14, the final day of the tournament, with an expected sea of pink attire and a donation from The Players Championship.

On May 6, the race will begin at 8 a.m. behind the 17th island green and continue throughout the back nine holes of the course, providing a sneak peek at tournament preparations.

For the first time, participants will receive a commemorative finisher medal, as well as a performance tee and complimentary Stadium Pass to the final day of the tournament on May 14. Online registration is limited to 1,750 participants.

On May 14, fans are encouraged to dress in their finest pink attire and post photos of themselves on social media using the hashtag #PINKOUT4DONNA for a chance to win prizes.

For more information or to register, visit

‘Skills to Achieve’ launched by Junior Achievement

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, Junior Achievement of North Florida is sponsoring its Skills to Achieve program to educate students about about financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills and workforce preparation.

Junior Achievement of North Florida and Voya Financial hosted the first event, with Voya employees teaching Wolfson High School students.

Voya also presented a $5,000 donation to Junior Achievement of North Florida.

SMG, Stevie Nicks give to K9s For Warriors

In honor of Stevie Nicks’ recent concert in Jacksonville, SMG Jacksonville donated items on K9s For Warriors’ wish list in the entertainer’s name.

When the Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour performed at Veterans Memorial Arena on March 23, more than 40 veterans and their dogs were in the audience.

“Our night at the arena was a delight and the equipment will have a long-lasting impact on the upkeep of our kennels,” said Brett Simon, president of K9s For Warriors, in a news release.

K9s For Warriors provides service dogs to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries suffered during military service after 9/11.

The animals used in the program are carefully evaluated, former rescue/shelter dogs or owner surrenders. To date, 293 veterans have been matched to service dogs.

Learn more at

Publix honored by the March of Dimes

It all started with a small group of associates more than 20 years ago, and now Publix is the No. 1 National March for Babies Corporate Partner.

The grocer’s companywide campaign involves more than 190,000 associates in 1,145 stores with the support of their customers.

Publix’s 2017 campaign launches on Saturday and continues until May 20 in all stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. At checkout, associates will sell cutouts on which customers can write their name or the name of a baby they love.

The company aims to surpass the $7.4 million donated last year by customers and Publix employees.

To find a March for Babies event near you, visit, where you can sign up and raise additional funds to support the March of Dimes.