Community Spirit

Adopt an Angel for the Holidays at PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville

PACE  Jacksonville is a non-residential prevention and intervention provider helping at-risk girls, ages 12-18.  Each year, PACE Jacksonville serves more than 200 girls in Northeast Florida through our day program and an additional 300 through Transition Services.  PACE has had proven success with girls by helping them succeed in school, with their families, and become productive in our community.  As a result of our expertise, PACE has become a nationally recognized leader in intervention and prevention programs for girls.

Duval Art Teachers Association is hosting the Fabulous Florida Flamingo Fete Silent & Live Auction

Duval County Public Schools’ teachers and local artists have donated hand-painted and embellished wood items, paintings and photographs, as well as creatively decorated holiday trees to benefit the Leslie Beddard Scholarship Fund.  The fund provides scholarships to art teachers to assist with professional development and also provides scholarships to students to attend summer art camps.                

Entrance to the Fete is $20 per person or two for $35 (advanced reservations only), or $20 at the door. To make reservations, call 904-390-2677.

When:  Saturday, November 20, 2010, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where:  RiverFront Café (inside the Haskell Building), 111 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202

2010 Jacksonville Light Parade

Mayor John Peyton and the City of Jacksonville invite First Coast families and their guests to see downtown in a whole new light at the 2010 Jacksonville Light Parade on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at 7 p.m. on the downtown riverfront.

Habitat for Humanity's Annual Fundraiser

You are invited to join Habitat for Humanity at the Annual Holiday Gala for Humanity and enjoy the 12 Tastes of Christmas, a sampling of fine food selections from the best dining St. Augustine has to offer. In its 16th year, the Gala will be held at the River House, and will be offering a tasting menu with wine pairings. Silent and live auctions, live music from local band Chillula, and dancing will all be part of the night’s festivities. Mr. Tom Crawford, Director of St Johns County Housing and Community Services, will be the esteemed Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Crawford is whom Habitat’s 34 home development, Crawford Park, is named after, and has been one of Habitat for Humanity of St. Johns County’s biggest supporters and loyal advocate for many years.

Faces of the First Coast 2011 Go Red For Women Casting Call

The American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” movement is calling on women and men who live in the region to submit their heart health stories for the 2011 “Faces of the First Coast” casting call. If chosen, applicants will become representatives of the local public awareness campaign beginning in the spring of 2011. In addition, local winners will be eligible for submission to the American Heart Association’s national “Go Red For Women” casting call. Members of the “Faces of the First Coast” work to bring the dangers, signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease to our community. They represent, exemplify and advocate for the mission of Go Red For Women through education and awareness.

Wounded Warrior Project Announces Scholarship

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship and essay contest for high school seniors. The scholarship is open to public, private, and home schooled students in the Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. John’s Counties in Florida.

Students are being asked to submit a 500 word essay answering the question, “Why is it important to honor our Veterans?” Deadline for the essay is February 21, 2011.  A panel of judges will then honor the top essay from each county with a $1,000 scholarship award which winners can use at any college, technical school or university nationwide.

Help Make Hubbard House Home for the Holidays

While many celebrate the blessings of the holiday season with their families, other families are living with the terrors of domestic violence. The Hubbard House domestic violence emergency shelter will be home to more than 80 women, children and men looking for safety over the holidays. For those who have been affected by domestic violence, holiday joy is often more of a wish than a reality. Hubbard House relies on the generosity of the community to help make the holidays a little easier for families who have experienced violence in their home. There are several different holiday donation opportunities that the community can take part in to lend a hand and make someone’s holiday season brighter.