Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville's Philanthropic Community

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  • | 12:00 p.m. September 25, 2012
The Big Orange Chorus during a performance.
The Big Orange Chorus during a performance.
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As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, the Daily Record has established this feature that each week reports the efforts of local nonprofit organizations and the individuals and businesses that support them.

Bailey Publishing & Communications invites all members of the local nonprofit community to email news, announcements and success stories to [email protected] or to [email protected].

We also encourage our readers to become more aware of the needs of these worthy organizations as they continue to provide valuable services with reduced resources.

Tribute dinner held for Community Connections

Community Connections will host its annual Tribute 101 dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 4. at the Omni Jacksonville. This year’s benefit will celebrate the organization’s more than 100-year history as a human services agency in Northeast Florida. Civic leaders Greg and Ginny Smith will be honored with the Florence N. Davis Award for Community Achievement.

Tribute 101 will raise funds for Community Connections and support its mission to meet the needs of homeless and low-income women, children and families in Jacksonville.

Physicians rock for Bosom Buddies

Area physicians will trade in their stethoscopes for guitars from 6-11 p.m. Oct. 5 as they perform at River City Brewing Company during the second annual Remission Rocks event to raise awareness and funds for Bosom Buddies. The organization is a local nonprofit that provides support to breast cancer patients and survivors.

The cost is $20 per ticket in advance and $25 at the door, and includes light appetizers and a beverage. Physicians’ groups include Drs. Chris Rathburn and William Gorospe’s band, No Known Cure, along with Dr. David Swain opening the show on guitar.

Youth in Harmony singing workshop nears

The Big Orange Chorus, a men’s barbershop and a cappella chorus, is hosting its third annual Youth in Harmony program at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11 at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Deerwood Campus.

The program starts with registration and runs until 2:30 p.m. The a cappella singing workshop is open to middle- and high-school boys and girls who attend public and private schools, and home school students along with choral directors and chaperons.

There is no cost for students and lunch will be served.

The workshop will introduce a cappella singing using barbershop four-part harmony.

Students will receive a DVD and informational handouts. Some of the schools that have participated previously include Ed White High School, Fletcher Senior High School, Raines High School, Terry Parker High School, First Coast High School and Trinity Christian. For details and to register, contact Howland Russell at (904) 233-5245 or email [email protected].

Event to help rebuild New Orleans ministry

Desire Street Ministries is hosting its second annual Desire Cup Kick-Off Dinner on Oct. 25 at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner.

Proceeds from the dinner and live auction will support the rebuilding of Desire Street Ministries in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Guests include former University of Florida football players Chris Doering and Danny Wuerffel, and former University of Georgia football players Herschel Walker, Kevin Butler and Lindsay Scott.

Entertainment will be provided by illusionist Ken Hartley Jr. Live auction items include a signed cleat from New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees, two tickets to the Navy-Marine Corps Classic between Florida and Georgetown on Nov. 9 and a Florida Keys fishing trip with Wuerffel and Rich Tutor.

The event coincides with the sold-out Desire Cup Golf Tournament at TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course.

To purchase dinner tickets, contact Mitch Mitchell at [email protected] or at (904) 557-3630.