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Clay Humane, a low-cost veterinary clinic located in Orange Park, is hosting the nonprofit organization’s 12th annual Bark After Dark bachelor auction and fundraiser on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Winterbourne Inn in Orange Park. Tickets are $55 per person and include dinner at the Kentucky Derby-themed event. For more information or tickets, visit clayhumane.org or call 904.276.7729.

About Clay Humane

Clay Humane is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization offering spay / neuter surgeries and other veterinary care at substantially reduced rates. Located in Orange Park, Fla., the clinic also offers humane education, pet behavioral counseling, pet therapy, wildlife protection and disaster preparation and response. Established in 1978, Clay Humane relies on grants, donations and fundraisers to operate and is committed to providing care to animals throughout Florida’s First Coast.

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Who:  Hosted by Kellie Tyler (Stage IV Melanoma survivor) and Lisa Clark (Lead Zumba Instructor) Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) volunteer committee members are holding a Zumbathon charity event with proceeds to be donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

When: Saturday May 3rd 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Captain’s Club, 13363 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville FL, 32246

What: Come out and Zumba with some amazing instructors to raise awareness about Melanoma.

Why: Every hour of every day, someone dies of melanoma in the United States.  Melanoma strikes people of all ages, all races and both sexes.  The American Cancer Society estimates that the risk of developing invasive melanoma in the United States is 1 in 41 for men and 1 in 61 for women.  Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. The Melanoma Research Foundation is the largest and oldest national non-profit working exclusively in the area of melanoma.  The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is committed to research, education and advocacy to find more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Melanoma.

How:  Space is limited for this event.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Kellie Tyler at 904-646-1756 or Lisa Clark at 904-323-1972.              

Come out and help support a worthy cause to beat Melanoma!

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Music Festival for Lyme Disease Awareness Coming to Jacksonville, FL

Lyme in the South Music Fest, a concert & festival dedicated to Lyme disease awareness, will kick off at River City Brewing Company in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, May 17.

Florida Lyme Disease Association (“FLDA”) andTicked Off Music Fest proudly presentLyme in the South Music Fest to bring awareness to Lyme and tick-borne diseases to Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, May 17, 2014, starting at 3 p.m. at River City Brewing Company located at 835 Museum Circle in Jacksonville.

The music line-up features Pat DiNizio, frontman of the Smithereens, famous for such hits as  "Girl Like You," "Blood & Roses," "Behind the Wall of Sleep” and "Only a Memory." Pat will be playing acoustic versions of these songs as well as tunes from his solo releases. The Music Fest will also feature Houston-native Alisa Turner who will be playing her breakout hit "Breathing" about her own struggles with Lyme Disease. Rounding out the bill is Gregg Kirk of The Zen Engines who will be playing acoustic versions of his band's material, all inspired by his healing journey through Lyme Disease.

Speakers include Katina Makris (Lyme activist & author of "Out of the Woods"), Dr. Kerry Clark (a University of North Florida professor of epidemiology and environmental health who has published ground-breaking studies confirming Lyme in the South), and Lyme-literate physician Dr. Shirley Hartman.

Proceeds from Lyme in the South Music Fest will support the research initiatives of Dr. Kerry Clark, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA),a national organization dedicated to raising awareness, supporting research and promoting advocacy to find a cure for tick-borne diseases, and to FLDA(FKA Northeast Florida Lyme Association)a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and successful treatment of Lyme Disease as well as support scientific research.

Ticked Off Music Fest, an organization dedicated to driving funding and awareness to Lyme and tick-borne diseases through a series of music festivals, and FLDA have collaborated to bring awareness of Lyme in the southern United States through this event.  Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country.  Those suffering from Lyme Disease in the South face significant challenges in getting properly diagnosed with Lyme due to tests that do not cover strains found in southern states, surveillance practices, and poor awareness about the risk of Lyme outside of the Northeast. 

For more information about the Lyme in the South Music Fest, including ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, go to: www.LymeInTheSouth.com.

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What:                        A Charity Golf Tournament with a chance to win a car at every hole!

When:           Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Where:          St. John’s Golf and Country Club

Why:              To raise funds, create excitement and generate new awareness for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

 

The 1st Annual Car In One Challenge Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at   St. John’s Golf and Country Club.  Participants will not only compete for 1st through 3rd place prizes, but each player also has 18 chances to win a car!   

 

Each hole will be adjusted to be a 3-par hole, making the chances of winning easier!  A car will be given away to every player that sinks a hole in one.  Sink two hole-in-one, leave with 2 cars!  Sink three, you get three cars! 

 

The cost to participate is $175 per player, $650 per foursome and an 8-player package is also available for $1250.  

 

This exciting golf tournament twist is unique to the Jacksonville area and will be great exposure to all involved.Located between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida, St. John’s Golf and Country Club’s 18-hole Clyde Johnston-designed course offers just the right amount of challenge for novice and avid golfers alike.  It is known for its consistent quality of service and conditions and is nationally ranked for customer satisfaction and loyalty by the National Golf Foundation. 

 

Proceeds earned through registration fees and sponsorships will not only offset expenses, but will also directly benefit children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.  There are various levels of sponsorships currently available.  Companies that purchase 4 or more tickets will be recognized on the event website, CarInOne.com and have the opportunity to include a goody bag item.

 

Headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation's mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

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First Coast Restaurants Participate in the 2014 Dining Out For Life®

Event April 24, 2014 to Benefit Northeast Florida AIDS Network

JACKSONVILLE, FL, March 21, 2014—On April 24, 2014, local restaurants in Jacksonville, FL will donate a percentage of their proceeds to fight the growing epidemic of AIDS on the First Coast. The 2014 Dining Out for Life (DOFL) event will benefit Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN), a non-profit organization that serves the city’s more than 1,500 HIV and AIDS patients.

“The city of Jacksonville is ranked sixth in the state for the number of HIV cases and AIDS cases.  Jacksonville’s documented cases have increased over the past year, while funding continues to decrease,” said Donna Fuchs, executive director at NFAN.  “With the struggling economy, our community’s support is needed more than ever-especially at a time when many people believe the HIV crisis is no longer a crisis.  Dining Out for Life provides needed support to Northeast Florida AIDS Network, allowing the agency to continue to serve more than 1,500 families each year.”

 

This will be Northeast Florida AIDS Network’s ninth year having Dining Out for Life in Jacksonville.  Last year, 16 restaurants raised more than $22,000.00.  The presenting sponsor for this year’s event is AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

2014 participating restaurants include:

Carmine’s Pie House (50%), Lola’s Burrito Joint (50%), Hamburger Mary’s (35%), Taste Buds Express (35%), Derby on Park (35%), Restaurant Orsay, Matthew’s Restaurant, Ale Pie House, The Garage, bb’s restaurant & bar, Pizza Palace (San Marco), Biscottis, Espeto Brazilian Steakhouse, Black Sheep, Joseph’s Pizza on Main St., Joseph’s Pizza at Jacksonville Beach, Harpoon Louie’s, Three Layers, Baby’s Badass Burgers - Jacksonville

*additional restaurants will be added leading up to the event

“Hello Jacksonville, the time has come around again for a great and unique program that makes it easy for you to get involved in your community. It’s NFAN's Dining Out for Life and it makes it simple for you to join in the fight against HIV/AIDS here at home. The number of people affected by this disease unfortunately continues to grow as does the cost to help care for people who have few if any other options for care.  By supporting this effort, simply by a having a great meal you can play a major part in NFAN's misson.  Please join me in supporting this cause and making a difference here in northeast Florida,” said Derrick Odom, traffic anchor for Action News Jax and Dining Out for Life spokesperson.  Adds fellow Action News Jax anchor and Dining for Life spokesperson Paige Kelton, “Join me for a wonderful night out to champion a monumental cause.   Help us keep up the fight against HIV/AIDS, and support the men and women who provide care and support for those living with the disease.  This affects each and every one of us.  Dining Out for Life is your opportunity to make a difference, while enjoying a delicious meal at a local eatery.”

About Dining Out For Life

Dining Out For Life® is an annual international fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors, and restaurants. In 1991 Dining Out For Life® was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. The event now occurs in more than 55 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. More than 3,500 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special night of dining to the licensed agency in their city. Nearly $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of agencies throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $1,000, all money raised in these cities stays there. For more information, visit www.diningoutforlife.com.

About NFAN

The Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was founded in 1989 as a regional organization responsible for coordinating HIV/AIDS services in northeast Florida. Today, NFAN is a community-based service agency with the sole purpose of providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy services and programs to those living in Duval, Clay, Baker, St. John's, and Nassau counties. As an experienced AIDS agency, NFAN also serves as a partner in key statewide and national advocacy coalitions. For more information, call (904) 356-1612 or visit www.nfanjax.org

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Event and Expo, May 10, 2014

The entire month of May, 2014 has been proclaimed “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This resolution has been supported by the State of Florida, its counties, and its cities and townships for decades through proclamations of their own.

With more and more motorcycles on our highways, it becomes increasingly important that everyone learn to safely share the road.  From 2001 to 2008 alone, Florida motorcycle registrations increased from about 305,000 to over 673,000! When considering that statistic in light of Florida’s increasing population and automobile registrations, the need for motorcycle awareness on our roads and highways becomes even more critical!

To commemorate Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and to help motorcyclists and other motor vehicles share the road, several motorcycle-related organizations and State Agencies in North Florida have joined together to present the first “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Event and Expo” at the Jacksonville Landing on May 10, 2014, from 1:00PM until 5:00PM.

This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE FOR ALL ATTENDEES!

Please remind everyone to CHECK TWICE FOR MOTORCYCLES!

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Jacksonville, Florida: (January 13, 2014) The Hurricane Golf Tour will kickoff its’ inaugural season the weekend of May 17-18th, 2014 with the Hurricane Amateur Kickoff at Grande Pines Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.  The tournament is open to all amateur golfers of any age an skill set.  This will be the first test for those on the HAGT, and the first opportunity to gain an invitation to the National Tour Championship in Orlando that takes place in December.  Players will also be competing for the $2,000 total prize purse, where the top 3 finishers from each flight will be awarded, regardless of field size. 

The two-day, 36-hole tournament will begin with round one on Saturday, May 17th, followed by the unique “19th Hole” dinner.  The dinner will allow the players to dine with their competitors and round 1 awards will be handed out as well.  The registration fee for members is $260, and includes both rounds of golf and the “19th Hole” dinner.  For 2014 membership information please visit the website at amateur@hurricanetour.com

Grande Pines has a challenging and exciting layout that allows both conservative and aggressive golfers a chance to top the leaderboard.  The 7,012 yard, par 72 course was rated by GolfWeek as one of the “100 Greatest Modern Courses”.  Designed by renowned golf course architect Steve Smyers, as well as consulted by Sir Nick Faldo, Grande Pines is a strategic challenge which will bring out the best in a players game.  Grande Pines is located at 6351 International Golf Club Road, Orlando, Florida 32821. 

Sign up today and “Experience the Hurricane Difference”

Hurricane Amateur Kickoff at Grande Pines

May 17-18, 2014

Grande Pines Golf Club

Orlando, Florida

Registration Deadline: May 9, 2014

About us:

The Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour (HAGT) was founded in 2013 with the intention of providing golfers of any age and skill level an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With different handicap flights, the HAGT offers every type of golfer a chance to play competitively.

Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HAGT administers events all across the country. In 2014, the HAGT will launch into its inaugural season, conducting events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. Amateurs (Both men and women) will compete in different flights based on their handicap.

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25th Annual Wolfson Children’s Hospital Benefit Bass Tournament hits the water May 17, 2014, in Palatka, FL

WHAT: 25th Annual Wolfson Children’s Hospital Benefit Bass Tournament. Detailed information and forms available here.

 

WHO: Tournament categories include:

May 15, 2014 - Open to male/female teams only

May 16, 2014 - Open to VIPs and friends

May 17, 2014 - Open to all teams 

 

WHERE:  Sign-in at the City Docks area in Palatka on the morning of each tournament to receive boat number decals and Captain's Bags.

 

WHEN:

Lads and Lasses Tournament begins at safe light, Thursday, May 15, 2014.

VIP Tournament begins at safe light, Friday, May 16, 2014.

Wolfson Children’s Tournament begins at safe light, Saturday, May 17, 2014

 

WHY: Wolfson Children’s Hospital Benefit Bass Tournament, the largest single-day fishing tournament in Florida, represents a major, ongoing contribution to the funding of the hospital. The event has raised more than $2,000,000 over its 25-year history.

The May 17 competition guarantees $45,000 in cash prizes, features a $10,000 First Place prize, a $5,000 cash prize for Biggest Bass, plus a $1,000 Dash for Cash prize.

 

REGISTRATION:

Wolfson Children’s Tournament • $100 per boat

Lads and Lasses Tournament • $80 per boat

VIP Tournament •$80 per boat

Registrations accepted up to safe light launch each day. Registration includes Biggest Bass contest for each tournament. At the May 17 tournament, there will be a drawing for a fully rigged 2013 Bullet 20XDC Bass Boat with Boatmate Trailer and Mercury 225 Pro XS OptiMax motor from Bullet Boats and Mercury Marine.  

To register for the tournament, receive sponsorship information or to find out more, e-mail wchbasstournament@bmcjax.com.

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Mark Brunell shares an important message about human trafficking.  Follow the link to watch his video:

http://vimeo.com/85157350

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION IS ON THE HUNT FOR “JACKSONVILLE’S FINEST”

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2014) – The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is calling all outstanding men and women between the ages of 21 and 39 to participate in Jacksonville’s Finest, the popular event previously known as Single Greatest Night. Now in its 17th year, the Foundation annually selects a group of exceptional young business professionals to serve as honorees. To be chosen, nominees must exemplify leadership qualities, be active in the First Coast community and excel in business. The 2014 event will be held on Saturday, June 21 at Deerwood Country Club.

“Honorees represent some of the most prominent and influential young business professionals in Jacksonville and bring great enthusiasm to the Foundation,” said Danielle Thatcher, CFF Development Manager. “We are looking forward to celebrating their hard work and dedication to raising money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.”

Each honoree commits to raise a minimum of $1,500 for the Foundation through individual and group fundraising efforts. Due in large part to aggressive investments in innovative research and comprehensive care, many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. Attendees gather for this magical night to recognize the honorees at an evening filled with fellowship, dinner, dancing, silent auction and awards. More than $1 million has been raised for the Foundation through this event since 1997.

            Nominations for honorees are due by February 14 and open to all who want to have fun and raise money for CFF. In the past, nominees needed to be “single” but in the interest of not limiting the “finest” options, this requirement no longer applies! To apply, nominate a colleague/friend or for sponsorship opportunities, call Danielle Thatcher at (904) 733-3560, email at dthatcher@cff.orgor visit the website at http://nfl.cff.org/finest.

This is a historic time in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Promising therapies that treat the underlying cause of CF, rather than just the symptoms, are in late-stage clinical trials. If successful, these drugs could change the face of the disease and the prognosis for those who suffer from it.Because of the Foundation and the funds it raises, people with CF are living longer and healthier lives. The outlook for people with cystic fibrosis continues to improve, year after year.

For more information on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their activities throughout the year in North Florida, visit http://nfl.cff.org.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundationis the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.cff.orgor call the North Florida CFF office at (904) 733-3560.        

 

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16th Annual Clay County Gator Club® Scholarship Golf Tournament

SUNDAY May 4, 2014
Registration - 12:00 pm
Eagle Landing at Oakleaf Plantation Golf Club
Entry Fee $75
Entry Deadline: Monday April 28th
 
For more information e-mail Tony at: tony.agolini@bankofamerica.com
 
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Rising Stars Baseball is for Kids 8-15 in the Jacksonville area with mild to moderate physical challenges (or new to baseball.)  The program is free based on great sponsors and volunteers.  Learn more at RisingStarsBaseball.org

 

 

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