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BBQ Benefit for Foster Children
BBQ Benefit for  Foster Children

Foster Closet, American Culinary Federation, First Coast Chapter and Mojo Bar-B-Que have teamed together for a BBQ Benefit on Sunday, June 5 from noon to 3 pm at The Markets at Town Center located at Gate Parkway and Town Center Parkway, east of St. Johns Town Center. The outdoor family-friendly event will include music, bounce houses, and children’s activities. Ticket sales will benefit north Florida’s foster children at $15 per individual plate, $25 for two, or $40 for a family of four. To RSVP or for more information, visit www.fostercloset.org.

“We are so excited that Foster Closet is partnering with local chefs who will be helping and prepare food presented by Mojo Bar-B-Que. This type of community support helps us to continue to expand our Pathway Program, which helps foster teens and young adults move into independent living,” said Tammy McGuire, co-founder and president of Foster Closet, a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization.

Since 2009, Foster Closet has helped more than 1,600 children in northeast Florida, and is dedicated in assisting and working with caseworkers, foster parents, relative and non-relative placement and guardian ad litems.

Foster Closet enables foster parents and relative and non-relative placement caregivers in Duval, St. John, Clay, Baker and Nassau counties to “shop for free” for gently-used clothing from infant through adults sizes, books, toys, car seats, etc. to help take care of the foster children entrusted to them.  Foster Closet’s program, The Pathway, helps teens and young adults who are leaving the foster care system begin the journey of their independent lives by providing anything they would need to start life on their own, including furniture, kitchen supplies and other household items. The local community generously donates all these items and tax-free donations. Family Support Services of North Florida also supports Foster Closet.

Tammy has developed a dedicated network of volunteers, of social workers, of foster parents, and of

members of the community in her commitment to improve the lives and care for foster children.  

She was recently honored by the Florida Times-Union with the “10 Who Makes a Difference” Award, and she is the 2010 winner of the “Jim Strayer Leadership” Award by the Florida Coalition for Children. Tammy is on the parent advisory board of Family Support Services of North Florida, and she is a frequent speaker about her role in foster care and how Foster Closet benefits the children she serves. 

For more information, visit www.fostercloset.org or call 904-382-5959.

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