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Jacksonville, FL., June 23 2015– The 2013 One Spark winner and local social entrepreneurship Rethreaded invites the Jacksonville community to its four-year anniversary party as the organization celebrates its impact on the community and shows what is next by introducing a new line of “team-themed” accessories.

 

This family-friendly community event will feature live music from local bands, Conscious Eats and Bold City Brewery food and drink, games and activities for kids, tours of the company warehouse and retail space, a raffle for Rethreaded product, and opportunities to support Rethreaded’s growing movement to break the cycle of the sex trade by offering viable work to those affected by human trafficking and prostitution in the area.

 

Rethreaded has prereleased a limited selection of its popular accessories featuring team colors for local favorites such as the Jaguars, University of North Florida, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Georgia and more. However, “Team Rethreaded” plans to reveal its full line of sports-themed accessories at the Birthday Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at the Rethreaded retail space at 820 Barnett Street.

 

The primary goal of this anniversary event is to bring the local community together to rally around one goal: creating opportunities for those affected by the sex trade to start new lives through business initiatives. In addition to the family-friendly entertainment provided by this event, attendees will also have opportunities to browse and purchase Rethreaded merchandise such as The Grace Scarf,Harmony Necklace, Threads for Hope and headbands, all in a variety of team colors.

 

“It takes a community to get a woman into the sex trade and it will take a community to get her out. Jacksonville is a community that is putting an end to the exploitation of women and creating opportunities for new beginnings,” Rethreaded Founder and President Kristin Keen said.

Rethreaded was voted the 2013 One Spark winners by the people of Jacksonville, which opened up a new level of visibility and support for the organization on a local level. More recently, Keen garnered additional attention for the organization when she was awarded the “Top 40 under 40” designation by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Every purchase helps to break the cycle of the sex trade and offers a new start to a woman at Rethreaded. The survivors of the sex trade need help to lead lives of their own and sustain their freedom. As a community, Jacksonville has an opportunity to  share in this purpose of creating hope through business.

 

 

About Rethreaded

The faith-based nonprofit Rethreaded loves people affected by the sex trade by fostering relationship and life-giving community.  Our vision is to unravel the effects of the sex trade by fighting business with business on a global and local level. For additional information about Rethreaded, please visit Rethreaded.com.

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College/Employment Fair and Health Care Clinic in “Standing in the Gap Organization’s

First Resource Fair

 

Standing in the Gap is inspired by intercession -- helping those who lack a direct link to self empowerment either due to a lack of access or a lack of knowledge.

 

(Jacksonville July 1, 2015) The Standing in the Gap Community Development Corporation (SITG) will host its Community Resource Fair on Saturday, July 18th at Stanton College Preparatory School from 10am – 2pm.

 

The Community Resource Fair will focus on Mental Health, Heath & Wellness, and Employment Preparation.

 

“My friends and I started the Standing in the Gap Community Development Corporation to put various resources at the community’s reach,” said Dr. Xuan Stevens.

 

“Our first event will educate financially disadvantaged families of color about mental health issues, health and wellness, plus give participant advice that will prepare them for future employment with an employment preparedness boot camp.”

 

Attorney Esther Coleman, fellow founding member of SITG added, “When people leave our first Resource Fair they will be ready, mind, body, and soul, to face the world.”

 

Some of the organizations participating in the resource fair include the United Way of Northeast Florida, the Duval County Department of Health, D.W. Perkins Bar Association, and the River Region Human Services, Inc. .  

 

Stanton is located at 1149 W. 13th Street.  The resource fair will take place in conjunction with the 20 year class reunion of the Stanton Class of 1995 and will be free of charge.

 

Individuals of all ages and needs are welcome

 

Inspired to be a catalyst for perpetual social uplift and strengthening communities globally, Esther D. Coleman, Esq., Lashawndra L. Storr, and Xuan O. Stevens, Ph.D., all high school classmates, were motivated to colloborate to form a social benefit corporation that harnesses the power of the community to effect dynamic change within the financially distressed communities of mid-to-high-metropolitan areas. Whereas Standing in the Gap Community Development Corporation is a newly formed corporation, it is one that combines the strength and expertise of each of its founding members – harnessing the knowledge of social mindedness, corporate and business acumen, and mental health and general health wellness. The motto of Standing in the Gap Community Development Corporation (SITG CDC), "providing seeds for a change,” embodies an inherent fidelity to reinvest in the community we serve to ensure that individuals who are recipients of SITG CDC’s services not only are afforded unique opportunities to establish and achieve academic, college, and career aspirations but also become conduits to the community to help itself flourish. Standing in the Gap Community Development Corporation’s opportunities for guidance, support, and mentoring is embodied in every facet of programming.

 

For more information, please contact Standing in the Gap CDC at inthegap2014@gmail.com

 

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APEX THEATRE STUDIO AND CWW JOIN FORCES

FOR A BENEFIT RUN OF GODSPELL

 

Jacksonville, FL - The Gospel of St. Matthew will receive a rockin’ contemporary spin when Apex Theatre Studio remounts its highly successful production of Godspell, the well loved Off Broadway classic on Friday, July 24th, and Saturday, July 25th, in Taliaferro Hall at St. John's Cathedral, 256 East Church Street.   Proceeds from the performance will benefit Church Without Walls, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida that reaches across social boundaries to create community, connection and meaning.

 

An instant hit when it was produced Off Broadway in 1971, Godspell offers a variety of musical styles and theatrical formats to make the Gospel of St. Matthew accessible to today's audiences. Its much-loved score includes the hits "Day By Day" and "Prepare Ye The Way."  

 

 "We had such a phenomenal response to the production last summer," commented Ian Mairs, artistic director for the show, "it was the first year of the program so we  wanted to keep things low key. But it was clear to us that we needed to provide the artists and the community with more opportunities to experience the show."

Mairs created the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive along with vocal coach Matt Morgan, to provide "a small but mighty group of theater students the opportunity to work at an advanced level of training."

 

The cast includes students from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Stanton College Preparatory School. The role of Jesus will be performed by visiting teaching artist Jonathan Moussett, who recently completed a Bachelor of Music at Florida State University in Musical Theatre performance and is known to Jacksonville audiences from appearances at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining.

 

Apex Theatre Studio's production of Godspell to benefit Church Without Walls will be performed on Friday, July 24th and 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 25th at 2 p.m. and

8 p.m. in Taliaferro Hall at St. John's Cathedral. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. For more information and to purchase tickets go to

apextheatrejax.com.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) is excited to be back in Jacksonville! The HJGT hosts over 190 tournaments per year throughout the country. The HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the country and has been in operation for 8 years. The tour offers players between the ages of 11-18 opportunities to earn national exposure while playing at premier venues. Floridajuniors will have the opportunity to compete on a national stage against some of the top players in the nation.

 

The Perfect Putter 1st Coast Junior Open is on July 20-21 at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club in Jacksonville. AJGA performance stars are at stake regardless of the field size for Girls 11-14. Players can register as a member or non-member for the event. Members can play the event for $189 while non-members play at $234. To find out more information about the HJGT or the event at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club check out our website www.hjgt.org

 

ABOUT US: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play at exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on tour will compete in one of the five divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Massachusetts and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904)-379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org

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Local startup and One Spark winner Rethreaded hosts “4th Birthday Celebration” event

Jacksonville, FL., June 23 2015– The 2013 One Spark winner and local social entrepreneurship Rethreaded invites the Jacksonville community to its four-year anniversary party as the organization celebrates its impact on the community and shows what is next by introducing a new line of “team-themed” accessories.

 

 

This family-friendly community event will feature live music from local bands, Conscious Eats and Bold City Brewery food and drink, games and activities for kids, tours of the company warehouse and retail space, a raffle for Rethreaded product, and opportunities to support Rethreaded’s growing movement to break the cycle of the sex trade by offering viable work to those affected by human trafficking and prostitution in the area.

 

Rethreaded has prereleased a limited selection of its popular accessories featuring team colors for local favorites such as the Jaguars, University of North Florida, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Georgia and more. However, “Team Rethreaded” plans to reveal its full line of sports-themed accessories at the Birthday Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at the Rethreaded retail space at 820 Barnett Street.

 

The primary goal of this anniversary event is to bring the local community together to rally around one goal: creating opportunities for those affected by the sex trade to start new lives through business initiatives. In addition to the family-friendly entertainment provided by this event, attendees will also have opportunities to browse and purchase Rethreaded merchandise such as The Grace Scarf,Harmony Necklace, Threads for Hope and headbands, all in a variety of team colors.

 

“It takes a community to get a woman into the sex trade and it will take a community to get her out. Jacksonville is a community that is putting an end to the exploitation of women and creating opportunities for new beginnings,” Rethreaded Founder and President Kristin Keen said.

Rethreaded was voted the 2013 One Spark winners by the people of Jacksonville, which opened up a new level of visibility and support for the organization on a local level. More recently, Keen garnered additional attention for the organization when she was awarded the “Top 40 under 40” designation by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Every purchase helps to break the cycle of the sex trade and offers a new start to a woman at Rethreaded. The survivors of the sex trade need help to lead lives of their own and sustain their freedom. As a community, Jacksonville has an opportunity to  share in this purpose of creating hope through business.

 

 

About Rethreaded

The faith-based nonprofit Rethreaded loves people affected by the sex trade by fostering relationship and life-giving community.  Our vision is to unravel the effects of the sex trade by fighting business with business on a global and local level. For additional information about Rethreaded, please visit Rethreaded.com.

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Bethesda Faith Assembly, Inc. a nonprofit 501C3 suffered major loss via an electrical fire May 13, 2015. Bethesda is a community icon not only in the Springfield area where it’s located, but also Pastor Ronnie Cohen and his wife Anne Cohen’s arms stretch beyond the community to help others, including large mega churches, businesses, and more. While Bethesda is only a small congregation, the work the pastor does is known throughout Jacksonville. The church not having insurance is seeking a Miracle on East 4th Street, and asking the community to plant restoration seeds to help bring the loved iconic church up to standards. Your generosity is greatly needed and appreciated. God works his miracles through willing men and women like you. Please help.
A special account has been set up through Bank of America. Stop, by the church and meet the pastor, pick up a brochure. No donation is too small or large. If you can be a blessing via labor or through donating the much needed funds, please reach out to Bethesda Faith Assembly, Inc. Proverbs 21:13: "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered."
Make checks payable to: Bethesda Faith Assembly, Inc.
Mail To: Bethesda Faith Assembly, Inc. - P.O. Box. 351708 - Jacksonville, FL 32235
All contributions are tax deductible.
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Red Cross urges summer blood and platelet donations to prevent seasonal shortage

Eligible donors can choose their day to help save lives during “100 days of summer.

100 days of hope.” campaign

 

(May 18, 2015) — The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.

 

“Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and vacation season, and the start of a seasonal decline in blood and platelet donations,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO for the Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Services Regions. “By choosing a day to give blood or platelets, volunteer donors can give hope and help maintain a sufficient supply for patients in need.”

 

To encourage donations around the Memorial Day holiday, those who come to give blood or platelets from May 23-25 will receive a Red Cross RuMe tote bag, while supplies last.

 

Summer vacations and travel can contribute to less availability for people to give blood or platelets. In a spring survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors, nearly 90 percent indicated plans to take vacations this summer. However, patients don’t get a summer holiday or vacation from needing lifesaving blood. The Red Cross relies on volunteer donors for the 15,000 blood donations needed every day to support patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

 

As official sponsor of the summer campaign, which begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day weekend, Suburban Propane will support an advertising public awareness campaign about the constant need for blood and platelet donations, and encourage employees and customers to give. Additionally, Suburban Propane employees will volunteer at Red Cross blood drives and facilities nationwide in one of the largest national volunteer commitments to the Red Cross Blood Services from a corporate partner.

 

“The Suburban Propane family is proud to support the mission of the Red Cross and help ensure that blood and platelets are available for patients in need during the challenging summer months,” said Suburban Propane’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Wienberg. “By partnering with the Red Cross, we are able to continue a noble cause that improves the lives of those in our communities.” 

 

The Red Cross has touched the lives of many Suburban Propane employees including Debbie Traub. In May 2014, her 74-year-old father fell from a ladder while power washing his home and suffered life-threatening injuries. He spent 20 days in the intensive care unit and received many blood transfusions. Traub said that she now knows the importance of giving blood and makes a point to donate in honor of her father at the Suburban Propane headquarter blood drives. Her story is just one of many reasons Suburban Propane continues to advocate for blood and platelet donations to the Red Cross.

 

“Suburban Propane is the steadfast conduit to mobilize its employees, customers and community leaders nationally to support the Red Cross and the blood needs of communities we serve across the United States,” added Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships for the Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Through the unwavering commitment of Suburban Propane, the lifesaving blood and platelet donations made to the Red Cross may help families stay together, patients recover and people survive.”

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.orgor visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Students can register now for Red Cross

summer scholarship program

 

April 30, 2015 —This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015.  

 

The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and to earn a gift card.

 

“The Leaders Save Lives program is a great way for students to learn valuable leadership skills while helping hospital patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO for the Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Services Regions. “Summer can be a challenging time to maintain a sufficient blood supply. With this program, students are helping the community by recruiting their friends and family to donate during this crucial season.”

 

A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to giftcertificates.com

 

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.orgor visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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You are about to become a part of one of the best communities in the nation!

Every year, groups of volunteers from across North America come together to make
miracles happen for kids. The entirely volunteer-run programs donate the proceeds they
raise to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in their communities and to charities that
help sick and injured children globally. Models for Miracles is growing and reaching
more lives each year!
At its core, Models for Miracles is about mentoring, leadership development, and
growing future givers. It is about providing opportunities for individuals to be engaged
and connected to an event that is all about helping sick and injured children. Volunteers
spend time organizing the event, recruiting models, and raising money for sick and
injured children. All that work culminates in a fashion show event that not only includes
anyone who wants to model but also provides education and raises awareness about the
services provided by CMN Hospitals (and international charities that help sick and
injured children) to the participants and audience members.
Models for Miracles started in Wichita, KS in 2009 and is an opportunity for individuals
to (1) engage in leadership opportunities, (2) serve their community, and (3) raise money
for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (in North America) and sick and injured kids
globally.
The premise behind Models for Miracles is simple. Create a fun, exciting fashion show
where anyone who wants to model can—regardless of size, experience, age, or
exceptionality. Models each sells tickets to the show and are provided with an outfit or
two from participating boutiques to model in the show.
Models for Miracles is about empowerment, service, leadership, and helping others in our
community. We believe in the power of paying it forward!
www.modelsformiracles.com
 
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(Elkton, Fla.,)- The First Tee started in 1997, with a home office located at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. In just under 20 years The First Tee has expanded to about 200 chapters across the United States and four international locations.

The purpose of The First Tee is to give young people of all backgrounds and opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. The organizations accomplishes this goal by teaching participants about The First Tee Nine Core Values, and Nine Healthy Habits. There are over 300 children actively participating in The First Tee programming, which includes golf and life-skills classes.

One of the main goals of The First Tee of North Florida is to give every child the opportunity to play the sport of golf. The easiest way to support this goal is to become a First Tee of North Florida Ambassador Member. The cost of the membership helps to maintain this goal that no child gets denied access to The First Tee program for an inability to pay.

Some of the benefits of becoming an Ambassador Member are a foursome golf certificate for The Official Golf Course of The World Golf Village King and Bear, The Official Golf Course of The World Golf Village Slammer and Squire TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course, all at a discounted price. These are just a few of the benefits that come with being an Ambassador Member of The First Tee of North Florida.

Ambassador Membership costs $125 for an individual membership and $175 for a joint membership. 

For more information: http://www.thefirstteenorthflorida.org/Club/Scripts/public/public.asp

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1 in 8 Americans has Alzheimer’s disease, but they aren’t the only ones affected. 15 million family members provide the majority of in-home care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.


It’s a tough job, not just because the hours are long, but because the disease is complicated. Each stage of Alzheimer’s causes changes in behavior and care needs, so caregivers are always in need of new information and resources.

That’s why the Department of Health and Human Services created alzheimers.gov—one user-friendly online place with all the best information available from government and leading Alzheimer’s organizations.

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