The journey to the Boston Marathon has been a long one for Karen Moers, who is studying business at the University of North Florida while supporting herself as a licensed massage therapist at Massage Envy Spa Jacksonville Beach. In 2009, her father was involved in a catastrophic motorcycle accident that has left him with severe brain damage. After several months in ICU, he was moved to a nursing home for brain injury patients, where he remains today with 24-hour care – unaware of his surroundings and unable to recognize his family. As a way of coping with this devastating situation, Moers began running with her sister, whom she had not been close with growing up. As their running distance increased, the distance between them evaporated, and the two became inseparable. Connected by their shared tragedy and growing love for running, Karen and her sister each set their sights on running marathons, as well as living a healthier, more meaningful and compassionate life. For her part, Moers became a licensed massage therapist while pursuing her business degree, and is passionate about providing therapeutic healing through her rewarding career at Massage Envy Spa Jacksonville Beach. Alongside her fellow Massage Envy Spa therapists, she often donates her time providing massages for a variety of charitable causes, including the Arthritis Foundation, Dreams Come True and the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville.
Through Massage Envy Spa’s partnership with the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) – one of the non-profit organizations selected by Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock to raise funds and receive donated running spots in the annual event, Moers was chosen from among massage therapists at more than 900 Massage Envy locations nationwide to run in the Boston Marathon as part of the MTF Running for Research Team.
As a result of her selection, Moers will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Boston, a complimentary spot in the Marathon, and moral support as she joins her teammates in raising funds and awareness for MTF. MTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service. Community service grants by MTF are utilized to provide massage and bodywork to underserved populations, incuding hospice patients, disabled orphans, people living with HIV/AIDS, seniors, and others.
“I am extremely honored to represent Massage Envy Spas across the country in the Boston Marathon while raising funds for the Massage Therapy Foundation, which has had a profound impact on the practice of massage therapy as well as on individuals suffering from debilitating illnesses around the world,” said Moers. “Both of these organizations are passionate about giving back, and I am indebted for the opportunity to be part of the healing process at this year’s historic Boston Marathon.”
From now until April 1, Moers will be collecting donations, with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation. To make a donation to MTF in support of Moers’ participation in the Boston Marathon, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/mtf2014bostonmarathon/fundraiser/karenmoers. For more information on MTF, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.
For 29 years, John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Each year, John Hancock donates guaranteed running spots in the prestigious Boston Marathon to select non-profits, which recruit runners to raise money for their causes. Last year, John Hancock non-profit runners raised a record-breaking $7.9 million for more than 146 different local organizations. The Boston Athletic Association has directed the race since 1897. For more information on the 118th Boston Marathon, visit www.baa.org.
Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has 940 franchise locations in 48 states and 1.4 million members. In addition, the average unit volume for a franchise location is $1.3 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $2 million in three, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #51 in Entrepreneur magazine's Top 500 Franchises and #54 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
TIM TEBOW HOSTS 4th ANNUAL TIM TEBOW FOUNDATION CELEBRITY WEEKEND
Tim Tebow will join with celebrities from around the country on March 14-15 in support of the Tim Tebow Foundation’s mission to bring FAITH, HOPE and LOVE to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.
WHO: Tim Tebow, Richard Petty, Emmitt Smith, Javier Colon, Fred Durst, Scott Hanson, Will Muschamp, Urban Meyer, Leon Washington, Bubba Watson, Danny Wuerffel, Duck Dynasty members, Brendan Schaub, Chris Tomlin, Kristy Lee Cook, Billy Horschel, Anthony Munoz, David Nelson, John Rich, Rob Schneider, Jerry Cantrell, Kim Alexis, Artis Gilmore, Sam Jones, Whitney Miller, Ainsley Earhardt, and Gary Sheffield.
WHAT: The weekend’s festivities begin on Friday, March 14 with an exclusive invitation only Celebrity Gala. Then on Saturday. March 15,Tebow hosts a tournament unlike any other, incorporating games and activities into each hole on the course, including a football throw for added yardage, a Hoop it Up contest for mulligans and spectator putt for a free stroke, to name a few.
WHEN: The Golf Tournament has a 9 a.m. shotgun start onSaturday, March 15, 2014.
WHERE: TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course
WHY: The funds raised through the weekend’s events will support the Tim Tebow Foundation’s mission, which is being fulfilled through the building of playrooms in children’s hospitals, support for orphans worldwide, building a children’s hospital in the Philippines, and making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERVIEWS AND MEDIA INVOLVEMENT:
· Erik Dellenback, Executive Director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, is available for comment or interviews. To contact Erik, please use the contact information above.
· There are two opportunities for media involvement at the weekend’s events:
1. Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala Red Carpet Event Friday, March 14, 2014 – As celebrities enter the TPC Clubhouse on Friday evening, they will walk the red carpet and be available exclusively to credentialed media for brief interviews.
2. Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Media is welcome to cover the event, however there will be no opportunities for interviews during the round. Tim Tebow will briefly meet with media members immediately following golf.
If you are interested in requesting credentials to cover either of these events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on the Tim Tebow Foundation and the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org.
Local Flip Flop Shops Helps Raise Funds and Awareness for American Heart Association During Heart Month and Beyond
ATLANTA – Feb. 3, 2014 – Flip flops in February? Why not – especially when it’s for a good cause. This month marks the one year anniversary since Flip Flop Shops, a fast-growing retail chain exclusively focused on flip flops and casual footwear, launched its nationwide “the Heart To Sole: Creating a Stress-Free America” campaign benefitting the American Heart Association. The initiative has already raised more than $50,000, and as February is American Heart Month, shoppers are encouraged to show their support for the cause, with donations being accepted at all Flip Flop Shops nationwide.
The campaign is near and dear to Flip Flop Shops and specifically raises funds to support the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life.™, a comprehensive healthy living initiative which helps Americans improve their cardiovascular health. Flip Flop Shops is focused on championing a “Pace not Race” lifestyle to encourage Americans to take steps to reduce stress, a common link to heart disease. A recent study showed those who wear flip flops frequently are more likely to have lower/non-existent stress levels than those who wear more formal options.
The campaign was conceived by Flip Flop Shops’ President and Co-Founder Brian Curin, who underwent lifesaving emergency open-heart surgery in 2012 to repair severe blockage in his four main arteries, at just age 38. Although a fit and active outdoor enthusiast, Curin spent many years as a busy executive helping to launch several brands, and never slowed down to recognize the signs of impending heart disease until it was almost too late.
After his scare, Curin embraced the relaxed flip flop lifestyle whole-heartedly, and found he shared this common passion with many shop owners throughout the network who had also been touched by heart disease. All 100+ Flip Flop Shops nationwide now collect funds for the cause year round, with a special push during February’s Heart Health month, and again in June, which Flip Flops Shops has declared as “Stress Free America Month” and runs a “Flip Flop Fridays” employee donation campaign that any business can participate in. Through the company’s efforts Flip Flop Shops is on track to reach its goal of raising more than $200,000 for the American Heart Association by June 2015.
In addition to encouraging people to enjoy the relaxed liberation that comes with freeing their toes, Flip Flop Shops offers the following tips to reduce stress at home and in the workplace:
1) Schedule “You” Time – It’s easy to get caught up in pleasing everyone else – your boss, your co-workers, your wife, your kids. Making time for you will alleviate stress big time. What do you like to do? Make sure you do something solely for yourself at least once a day even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
2) Laugh … a lot! – A simple laugh can go a long way. Laughing enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air and stimulates your organs, circulation and aids in muscle relaxation. So next time you feel stressed, find your favorite comedian on YouTube or visit a funny co-worker. Is there a photo that always makes you laugh no matter what? Keep it in your drawer and pull it out when needed.
3) Get Moving – Any form of exercise will act as a stress reliever, and being “too busy” is no excuse not to get moving. Exercise is proven to boost endorphins and for some people, acts as an opportunity for meditation. Regular physical activity may improve sleep, increases self-confidence and lowers symptoms of depression and anxiety – all things that correlate to stress levels. You can fit exercise into every day even if you only have a 10 minute break that reduces sedentary time such as taking a brisk walk, running the stairs in your office building or doing jumping jacks in place.
4) Slow it Down (“Pace” Not “Race”) – Life is not a race, so why rush? Slow down and your stress levels will drop significantly. Leave plenty of extra time to get places. Plan ahead for work deadlines so you are not always cramming under pressure. Even simple tasks like eating … slow down and enjoy your food. Take a moment to enjoy the company of those around you at work, your family, or a quiet night at home.
5) Just Do It! – While it might feel good to put off a task that you don’t feel like doing, procrastination eventually catches up with you and creates tremendous stress. Piles of work and lengthy to-do lists that never get crossed off are huge stress triggers. Try to get important tasks done in a timely, efficient manner. Keep your desk and your inbox clean at all times and keep checking things off the list. When you find yourself putting something off, stop yourself. Use a post-it note that says, “just get it done!” as a constant reminder.
About Flip Flop Shops
Founded in 2004, Flip Flop Shops is the authentic retail chain exclusively devoted to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear. Its mission is to help people “Free Their Toes®” and embrace the relaxing benefits of flip flops and casual footwear for a healthier, low stress lifestyle. In addition to being an Environmentally Responsible Retailer™, one of the company’s major initiatives is the Heart to Sole: Creating a Stress-Free America campaign, designed to reduce stress levels, improve heart health and support the American Heart Association.
The company began franchising in 2008 and now operates more than 100 shops globally with 100-plus in the worldwide development pipeline. The executive team boasts more than 50 years of experience building and growing some of the world’s fastest-growing franchise concepts, category leaders and some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Cold Stone Creamery, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Nike and OfficeZilla.com.Flip Flop Shops has been awarded the International Council of Shopping Centers' prestigious "Hot Retailer Award," and ranked eighth among franchise in the 2013 Inc. 500 | 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. For more information visit www.flipflopshops.com.
Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise presents second annual International Wine & Food Tasting Fundraiser
Proceeds benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital
WHO:2nd Annual Amelia Island International Wine & Food Tasting Fundraiser. Presented by the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, all proceeds from the event will go to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The event last year raised $33,000, which went toward neuroscience beds at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 South 3rd St., Fernandina Beach.
MORE INFO: General admission is $65 per person. Black tie optional. Enjoy fine international wines, local craft beers, and hors d’oeuvres from acclaimed local & regional restaurants. Silent and live auctions and more.
For more information, visit www.ameliaislandrotary.com
To purchase tickets, go to www.ameliarotary.eventbrite.com
The ReceptionCelebrates Promise to Kate
What: The UF College of Medicine – McKnight Brain Institute presents The Reception to celebrate The Promise to Kate Foundation.
The event will consist of the following:
• Silent and Live Auctions
• Dinner & Dessert with Live Entertainment by “Last 2 Leave” cover band
• Short Program Emceed by Dan Hicken of Action News & 1010XL
• Guest Speaker Dr. Eric Wang, Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy resarcher from a Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy family
Fundraising last year reached an all-time high with a total of $26,000 donated to Myotonic Dystrophy research at UF Shands in Gainesville, $15,000 to Wolfson Children’s Hospital and $1,500 to help other families diagnosed with Myotonic Dystrophy.
The Promise to Kate Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization started by David and Elizabeth Conte after their daughter Kate was diagnosed with Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy (DM) at three months old.
DM is a chronic, slowly progressing, highly variable, inherited multisystemic disease. It is characterized by wasting of the muscles (muscular dystrophy), cataracts, and myotonia. It is considered an adult disorder and is the most common form of muscular dystrophy in adults. Congential DM (what Kate has) is one of the rarest disorders known. It is present at birth and is considered the most severe, often leading to death shortly after birth due to breathing complications.
Tickets are $50 for and adult or $650 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please visit www.promisetokate.org.
When: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Where: Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, 3985 Hunt Club Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Fighting Hunger – one bowl at a time
JACKSONVILLE, FL (October 26, 2013) – the Parrot Heads announce that planning for the ninth annual Gumbo Festival Weekend is well underway. The 2014 version promises to be a great time for all and fight hunger at the same time.
Dust off your Gumbo recipe and come cook up a batch for the PHINS 9th Annual Gumbo Festival Weekend on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 or come to taste the various recipes and vote for your favorite while listening to TropRock music. The competition will once again be at the Jacksonville Landing located at 2 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, FL. Sponsorships, vendors, and cooks may register now.
Proceeds benefit local area our Food Bank in Jacksonville, which distribute food to people in need in the north Florida area. New this year is a food drive to be held the day of the cook off at the Jacksonville Landing, please bring non perishable food items to the event.
Like to cook? Come compete with some of the best gumbo cooks around consisting of individuals, clubs, businesses, and restaurants. To compete as a cook go to www.phinsjax.org to download the registration form on the PHINS club’s website. In this case too many cooks can’t spoil the gumbo. The more cooks the more gumbo to sample and more we can do for those in need.
Join us at the Landing on Saturday March 15th, to watch the competing cooks prepare and cook their best gumbo as you listen to live music onstage as the competition gets into full swing. Each $10 wristband entitles the ticketholder to taste all the various gumbo recipes and vote for their favorite. There will be various winning categories: People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Best Showmanship for booth decoration and attitude. For restaurant competitors, there is the ‘Best of the Chefs’ recognition chosen by the celebrity judges.
The weekend event starts with our Friday night Pub Crawl. Saturday’s schedule allows plenty of time for shopping and tasting at the Landing with gumbo serving is starting at 1:30 – until the it runs out. Come early to watch the cooks prepare their gumbo recipes and shop the vendors and stores. Tasting wristbands are $10 and the full weekend festivities cost $50 which includes the Pub Crawl, your wristband for tasting gumbo, Trop Rock concert at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, a goodie bag, one raffle ticket, and an event t-shirt. Go to www.phinsjax.org for more information.
Come join us for some savory gumbo flavors and aromas, along with fundraising, music, prizes, and fun! For complete information about the PHINS 9th Annual Gumbo Festival visit the club’s
.website, www.phinsjax.org, Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PHINS.JACKSONVILLE
The PHINS club – Parrot Heads In Natural Settings is a non-profit 501 C organization who ‘party with a purpose’ and is located in Jacksonville, FL
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Congenital Heart Walk-Jacksonville to be held April 5 at University of North Florida
Walk brings awareness of congenital heart disease in children and adults
WHAT: The second annual Congenital Heart Walk-Jacksonville is a joint effort between the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF). As the largest grassroots fundraiser in the U.S., the national Congenital Heart Walk was created specifically to honor and remember the millions who have been impacted by congenital heart disease. The Congenital Heart Walk raises awareness and funds vital research, education and advocacy programs for the congenital heart disease community. This year, Congenital Heart Walks will take place in nearly 30 communities across the country, including right here in Jacksonville.
WHO: Children and adults with congenital heart disease are invited to take part in the Congenital Heart Walk-Jacksonville, along with their friends and family and the physicians, nurses and other caregivers who take care of them.
WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014, registration at 8 am, walk kicks off at 9 am
WHERE: Arena Plaza at the University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224
MORE INFO: The Congenital Heart Walk-Jacksonville is an inspirational day of caring, sharing and fun with food, an auction and entertainment, as well as prizes. This meaningful joint venture between ACHA and CHF is designed to bring together the congenital heart disease community like never before. Proceeds from the event go toward congenital heart research and education provided by the ACHA and CHF.
To join the fight against congenital heart disease, simply visit www.congenitalheartwalk.org and click on the upcoming Congenital Heart Walk-Jacksonville location.
Registrants will receive their own personal page they can use to ask friends, family members and co-workers to join in their efforts.
Night at the Dogs
Friday, February 28, 2014
(Doors open at 6:15, dinner at 7:00)
US Highway17 in OP
(Wells Road and US 17)
$30.00 per person
Admission to Clubhouse
Delicious Dinner Buffet
Door Prize Ticket
and much more!
For tickets or information call:
Tony Agolini at 904-424-3889
Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb 24, 2014
(All proceeds benefit the CCGC Scholarship Fund)
Mark Brunell shares an important message about human trafficking. Follow the link to watch his video:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
16th Annual Clay County Gator Club® Scholarship Golf Tournament
Middleburg Man In Need of Life-Saving Transplant
Middleburg, Florida -- With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Middleburg, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local man, Chris Fowler.
Chris is the son of Charlotte Fowler. Born on May 20, 1975, Chris was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The doctors at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, have recommended a life-saving double lung transplant. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Middleburg volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with transplant-related expenses. Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Charlotte Fowler at904.504.0637 email@example.com. Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Sherril Rucker at 904.403.5342 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the family or the COTA community fundraising campaign.
Donations may be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Chris WF” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforChrisWF.com.
Chris’ family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The organization’s priority is to ensure that a transplant does not financially devastate a family. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.
2501 West COTA Drive ·Bloomington, Indiana 47403
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