Public Service Announcements



Jumbo Shrimp open registration for March 1 National Anthem Auditions

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp prepare to open their schedule of 70 home games on April 11, the team is inviting the talent of Northeast Florida to audition to perform the National Anthem before a Jumbo Shrimp home game this season. Individuals and groups can now register for the March 1 National Anthem auditions, to be held at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

National Anthem Auditions will be Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – rain or shine – at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Interested individuals and groups may schedule an audition time by completing a registration form – available at – and emailing it to Promotions Manager David Ratz at or faxing to 904-358-2845.

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund 2018 Wine Tasting Gala

WHAT:                Tom Coughlin Jay Fund 2018 Wine Tasting Gala

This annual fundraiser brings over 800 celebrities, wine enthusiasts, gourmets, philanthropists, and successful friends together creating an unparalleled experience. This highly anticipated event provides a special evening featuring hundreds of highly rated wines from all over the world and cuisines from the best of the best restaurants in Jacksonville. While socializing, eating, and drinking, attendees have the opportunity to mingle with Tom Coughlin and celebrity guests. Plus, guests enjoy bidding on exclusive silent auction items including rare wine, sports memorabilia and travel packages. This event will sell out and the public is encouraged to get tickets now.


WHEN:                Friday, March 16, 2018 6:30-9:30pm


NOTE:                 Tickets are $130 and can be purchased at

Sponsorship packages are available, for information call 904-543-2599.    

WHERE:              Wells Fargo Center, 1 Independent Drive , Jacksonville, FL


WHY:                   All proceeds support the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation in their mission to help local families tackle childhood cancer by providing financial, emotional, and practical support.


HOW:                  For more details about the Foundation, please visit the brand new website. Follow the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund on social @tcjayfund, and join the conversation on social media through #BeThere.

McDonald’s Hurricane Irma Support Night

Several area McDonald’s are hosting a ‘Hurricane Irma Support Night’ and donating 10% of all event proceeds to charities to help families re-build homes affected by Hurricane Irma – Clay County proceeds will be donated to the Clay Safety Net Alliance, and Duval County proceeds will be donated to First Coast Relief Fund.


“10% of proceeds will be donated to local charities rebuilding our community”.

Date: Friday, September 29

Time: 5p – 8p


10% of proceeds going to Clay Safety Net Alliance: 

Middleburg 2485 Blanding Blvd.
 Plantation  561 Plantation Drive.


10% of proceeds will go to the First Coast Relief Fund:

Argyle Forest 8570 Argyle Forest Blvd.
Oak Leaf Planation 9571 Argyle Forest Blvd.

Start off Independence Day with the Celebration 5K

Jacksonville, Fla., It’s a July 4 tradition for many on the First Coast; the annual Celebration 5K. Registration is now open and from now until June 17, runners can register for a discounted fee. The Celebration Run to celebrate America is a great way to kick-off the Independence Day Holiday and there is a chance to win prize money and awards. Runners can choose the 5K run or the one-mile fun run and are encouraged to pick up an American flag at the starting line.

The Celebration 5K gets underway at 7:30 a.m. at 1st Place Sports at 3931 Baymeadows Road. It is a certified USA Track and Field course and is very flat and very fast. Digital clocks will be set up at each mile, all turns and miles will be marked and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will be there to control the traffic. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each category and prize money will be awarded to the top overall finishers. Every finisher will receive a finisher medal.

The one-mile fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. from the finish line of the 5K race, which is behind the 1st Place Sports store on Baymeadows Road. Each finisher in the one-mile fun run will receive a finisher medallion.

Following the races, runners can stick around for the post-race celebration, which features a watermelon festival complete with a seed spitting contest and a contest for the most patriotic costume. There is also free food and drinks and free beer for runners 21 years of age and up. There will also be a random drawing for prizes, which will be based on the runner’s race number.

To register for the race, go to The entrance fee is $25 through June 17, $30 from June 18 through July 3 and $35 on the day of the race. There is a $5 discount for military. The entrance fee to the one-mile fun run is $10.

The Celebration Run is a grand prix event. Sponsors include Nike, Tropical Smoothie Café, Moe’s Southwest Grille, Massage Envy, Montoya & Associates, Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute, Admira Dentistry, Orange Theory Fitness, Publix and WJXT.

About 1st Place Sports

1st Place sports is Jacksonville’s running headquarters and one of the top running stores in the country. The company has more than 30 years of experience in fitting running shoes and has the best selection of shoes, apparel and accessories. 1st Place Sports has six locations that offer the five-step fit process, which includes a foot pressure and treadmill analysis. All employees are experienced runners and well-trained to guide customers through the fitting process. In addition to retail stores, 1st Place Sports produces quality running events, such as the annual Winter Beach Run and the Gate River Run. The races they produce range from 200 to 18,000 participants and help raise over a quarter of a million dollars for charity each year. For more information, visit

“July 4th, “Lifting Up God & Country Celebration”

“Lifting Up God & Country Celebration”
Independence Day, Tuesday July 4th 11 am – 4 pm
Wickham Park Amphitheater, Melbourne
Giving Honor To God & Our Military Forces
Join in “The Parade Of State Flags”
Jump Castles, Raffles, Drinks
All American Hot Dogs, Ice Cones
Family Fun & “All is FREE”
Hosted by: Jesus Is The Key Church
2008 Pineapple Ave. Melbourne

PAL Presents the “2017 Cheer Battle”

The Jacksonville Police Athletic League presents the 2017 Cheer Battle, Saturday July 22nd at the JaxPAL Monument Center 3450 Monument Road.  All cheer and dance squads from Pop Warner, AYF, SJRYFC are welcome! For more information call 904-854-6555 ext. 332

Sunshine Health and JaxPAL will host the JaxPAL Solution Dynamics Eastside Community Football Camp, Saturday, July 1st at the JaxPAL Eastside Park, 1050 Franklin St. This Free camp is open to kids ages 5 through 14. Go to to download an application.

The North Florida Land Trust annual Fish Fry

The North Florida Land Trust annual Fish Fry in Big Talbot Island is May 20. Get ready to enjoy marsh views, Bold City beers and delicious mouth-watering food by Indulge Food Truck and Safe Harbor Seafood Market and Restaurant. Live music will be performed by Latin People Time and Junco Royals. This is a great opportunity to learn more about why Big Talbot Island is such a special place. So come out and bring the whole family on Saturday, May 20th from 12pm till 5pm to eat, explore, and support your local land trust!

Buzz Media Group Presents the 14th Annual Putt N’ Crawl

Jacksonville, Fla., April 17, 2017 – Buzz Media Group is pleased to announce the 14th annual Putt N’ Crawl will take place at Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, May 6, 2017. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., 11 restaurants and bars along the beach will be turned into mini-golf greens and it all benefits local charities including Ronald McDonald House, Giving Greens, Mission House, Foodies USA, American Lung Association, USO, Florida Urgent Rescue, Daniel Kids, Epitome of Class Sorority and Bunker Labs.

“It is a progressive course, moving players through the 18 hole-course as they have tons of fun and raise money for local charities,” said Mike White, event organizer. “We encourage everyone to dress in their most outrageous golf gear for a chance to win some prizes.”

Golfers can sign in at Lynch’s Pub, Ocean Grille or Zeta Brewing Company and then proceed to any of the hole locations. The holes are located at the three check-in locations, plus Flask and Cannon, V Pizza, Mango’s Bar, The Pier Cantina and Sandbar, The Tavern on 1st, The Wreck Tiki Lounge, Local’s Dock and Campeche Bay Cantina.

Each paying participant will enjoy drink specials with the official wristband and will get to putt on a hand-built putting green with the chance to win thousands in prizes. You can play in the tournament individually or as a group of four. Participants are also invited to compete in the costume contest and after party at Lynch’s Irish Pub. A photo booth will be set up at Lynch’s for the costume contest and pictures will be posted on Facebook after the event. The most liked photo will win $250 cash.

Tickets are available at<> for $20 each or can be purchased the day of the event for $25 at selected participating venues (credit card payment preferred). Putt N’ Crawl is an exclusive event and you must be 21 years of age or older to purchase a ticket and participate. Once registered, players will receive a wristband, an official scorecard, map and other prizes.

Sponsors include Wood, Atter and Wolf, P.A., Crick & Love, P.A., Yellowfin Realty,, 7 Bridges Heating and Air, Champion Brands and Client Focused Media.

About BUZZ Media Group

BUZZ Media Group produces BUZZ TV,<> and BUZZ Magazine, which is distributed monthly to more than 900 locations in Jacksonville, The Beaches, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Mandarin and Orange Park. BUZZ Media is located at 1611 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, 32207 and can be reached at (904) 232-3001. For more information, visit

K9s United – Run for A Cause!





Fun for the Entire  Family Jacksonville, FL, March 21, 2017– Join K9s United on Saturday, April 22nd in the Nocatee Community for the

Second Annual 5k Race and a 1 Mile Fun Run.  The 5k race will be chip timed 5km with awards for the top runners in each category. There is also an untimed 1 mile fun run, both open to runners and walkers of all levels. Can’t make it out on race day, that’s okay…this year we are offering a “Virtual 5k/Walk” so you can still be part of the fun, earn a T-shirt and medal, and support a great cause.

In addition to the race there will be amazing post-race activities for the whole family.  There will be a rockclimbing wall, face painter, Home Depot kids building project, and a meet and greet of many of the Police K9s.  We expect to have about twenty K9 teams with many of them putting on a K9 demonstration.  There will be many police vehicles for the kids to see including St Johns County Police helicopter and Duval County’s Swat Bear Cat armored vehicle.  Veterans United will have adult beverages while Pieology will have pizza for all.  We will also be unveiling our Tribute Poster (attached) to commemorate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice since the death of Baron.

We want EVERYONE to participate this year, that is why we have created a “NO EXCUSE” Virtual Run. ANYONE can run ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.  Register as a “Virtual Runner” and you will still get the awesome K9s United swag like our “In Honor of Baron” medal.  All you have to do is run when you want between the day you register and May 21st.

About K9s United

K9s United is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to honoring and supporting the K9s of law enforcement agencies that detect and protect.  K9s United was inspired by the tragic death of St. Johns County K9 Baron on October 7th, 2014.  The entire story can be found

K9s United is a predominantly volunteer based organization that fills the needs of K9 units while providing our K9 Heroes the best equipment, amenities, and quality of life during and after their service while memorializes those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.  See our Tribute wall at

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Eric Heineman at 904.328.9322 or email at


Tom Coughlin Jay Find 2017 Wine Tasting Gala


The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund helps families tackle childhood cancer by providing comprehensive financial, emotional and practical support.
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund | | PO Box 50798 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240-0798 | 904-543-2599

7th Annual Tim Tebow Foundation Gala & Golf Classic

7th Annual Tim Tebow Foundation Gala & Golf Classic

Media Contact:
John Carter



Tim Tebow will join with celebrity friends from around the country on March 3-4, 2017, for the 7th Annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic. The event is 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, and has raised more than $7 million in just six years!
WHO: Tim Tebow, Derrick Henry, John Smoltz, Harry Connick Jr., Chip and Joanna Gaines, Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Marcus Allen, Billy Horschel, Scott Van Pelt, Duck Dynasty cast members, Gary Sheffield, Ashley Greene and many others.
WHAT: The weekend’s festivities begin on Friday, March 3, with an exclusive invitation-only Celebrity Gala. Then on Saturday, March 4, Tebow hosts a tournament unlike any other, incorporating games and activities into each hole on the course, including a Lip Sync competition for a team prize, a Hoop It Up contest for mulligans and spectator putt for a free stroke, to name a few.
WHEN: The Gala Red Carpet entries will begin Friday, March 3, 2017 at 6 p.m. and the Golf Classic has a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
WHERE: The world-famous TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse and Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
WHY: The funds raised through the weekend’s events will support the Tim Tebow Foundation’s mission to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. This mission is being fulfilled every day through sponsoring Night to Shine, a worldwide prom for people with special needs, making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses through the W15H program, building Timmy’s Playrooms in children’s hospitals around the world, providing life-changing surgeries to children of the Philippines through the Tebow CURE Hospital, and providing care for orphans in four countries and adoption aid grants for families adopting children with special needs internationally.

– Leading up to the tournament, Erik Dellenback, Executive Director & President of the Tim Tebow Foundation, is available for comment or interviews. To connect with Erik, please make arrangements through John Carter,

– There are two opportunities for media involvement at the weekend’s events:

  1. Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala Red Carpet Event: Friday, March 3, 2017 – 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 4, 2017 – Media is welcome to cover the event, however there will be no opportunities for interviews during the round.

If you are interested in requesting credentials to cover either of these events, please email

For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic, visit

The St. Johns Chapter of the Catholic Writers Guild

The St. Johns Chapter of the Catholic Writers Guild (CWG) invites aspiring writers, poets, composers, musicians & all interested other artists to join us for our monthly meeting on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10:00 am to noon at The Father Felix Varela Center, 5110 Lourcey Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257.

Jacksonville Expected to be Largest Special Needs Prom in the Worldwide Movement of Night to Shine



Media Contact:
Brandi Cook
(904) 887-7666 /

Jacksonville Expected to be Largest Special Needs Prom in the Worldwide Movement of Night to Shine

Jacksonville, FL – Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs. This year, more than 150,000 volunteers in more than 375 churches around the world will serve more than 75,000 honored guests simultaneously on one night, Friday, February 10, 2017. The 375 host churches represent all 50 states, 11 countries and 28 different denominations and mark an 850% growth from year one.

Here in Jacksonville, nine local churches are collaborating together to host what is expected to be the largest Night to Shine Prom to date. It will be the largest collaboration of churches and, with more than 1,000 expected guests, it will potentially be the largest prom in the entire worldwide movement of Night to Shine. The nine churches involved include Christ’s Church, Faithbridge Church, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Impact Church, Lake Asbury Baptist Church, Southside United Methodist Church, The Church of Eleven22, Trinity Baptist Church and University Church. This local prom will take place downtown at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, and will require more than 3,000 volunteers to welcome, serve and celebrate the expected 1,000 honored guests with special needs.

The Tim Tebow Foundation is excited about this collaboration because Jacksonville is the hometown of founder, Tim Tebow, and the town in which the foundation’s headquarters are located.

“We are so proud of Jacksonville and the nine churches that are working together to celebrate the amazing people with special needs in Northeast Florida,” said Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “Night to Shine is so much more than just a prom; it is a time where you can share God’s love and tell someone that they are loved and valuable!”

Mark Jackson from University Church will serve as the spokesperson for the collaboration of churches, and he is counting down the days until the big event.

“I cannot wait to see what God has in store for Night to Shine Jacksonville,” he said. “It is going to be incredible to see what we are able to accomplish when we all come together in the name of the Lord to love His people with special needs.”

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation provides each host church with the official 2017 Night to Shine Planning Manual, the official Night to Shine Prom Kit, complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, and personalized guidance and support from a Tim Tebow Foundation staff member. The foundation also is providing financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event.

This year alone, the Tim Tebow Foundation will contribute more than $3 million in financial grants to assist churches in hosting Night to Shine in their communities. To help offset the annual expense of Night to Shine, TTF has been searching for corporate partners who share the foundation’s heart for people with special needs.

TTF is excited to announce its first-ever global corporate partner, American Residential Services (ARS/Rescue Rooter), a relationship that will ensure future success and help pave the way for continued growth of the event. ARS has been a top supporter of the Tim Tebow Foundation since its inception, and they recently announced their plans to partner with the TTF for the next three years to continue serving people with special needs through Night to Shine. ARS’s support will ensure the continued growth of Night to Shine and help with the foundation’s goal of making sure that every person with special needs knows that they are celebrated, valued and loved. In addition to their financial support, hundreds of ARS employees all throughout the nation will be serving as volunteers at various Night to Shine host churches.

“We are so grateful for the support of American Residential Services as our first global corporate partner of Night to Shine” said Tim Tebow, Founder, Tim Tebow Foundation. “ARS has been an amazing partner since the inception of the foundation, and I continue to be humbled by their heart and passion for making a difference in the lives of others.”

Night to Shine is a complimentary event for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Every guest of Night to Shine enters this event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors for each honored guest and, of course, a dance floor… all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

During Night to Shine 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. Last February, Night to Shine 2016 saw 450% growth, reaching 32,000 honored guests in 201 host churches with 75,000 volunteers. Night to Shine 2017 promises to be the most impactful event yet, with more than 375 churches signed up to participate all around the world.

There is still plenty of time to become a part of Jacksonville’s Night to Shine. To volunteer, refer a guest and donate to Night to Shine Jacksonville, visit

For more information on the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, visit:

About the Tim Tebow Foundation:
The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. That mission is being fulfilled every day through the foundation’s seven areas of outreach, including W15H, Timmy’s Playrooms, Orphan Care, Adoption Aid, the Tebow CURE Hospital, Team Tebow and Night to Shine. For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visit

About American Residential Services:
Based in Memphis, Tenn., privately-owned ARS operates a network of more than 70 locally managed service centers in 22 states, with approximately 5,500 employees. The ARS network features industry-leading brands including, A.J. Perri, Aksarben, ARS, Allgood, Andy’s Statewide, ARS, Aspen Air Conditioning, Atlas Trillo, Beutler, Blue Dot, Brothers, Columbus Worthington Air, Conway Services, Efficient Attic Systems (EAS), Florida Home Air Conditioning, Green Star Home Services, McCarthy Services, Rescue Rooter/Proserv, Rescue Rooter, RighTime Home Services, RS Andrews, The Irish Plumber, Unique Services, “Will” Fix It, and Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing. United by Exceptional Service®, the ARS/Rescue Rooter Network serves both residential and light commercial customers by providing heating, cooling, indoor air quality, plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer line, radiant barrier, insulation and ventilation services. Each location has a knowledgeable team of trained specialists, who have undergone rigorous drug testing and criminal background checks. Providing exceptional service and ensuring the highest standards of quality, ARS has the experience to do any job right – the first time, with all work fully guaranteed. For more information on ARS, please visit


The Vine PSA

The is excited to announce its fourth annual event, the LOVE IS….VALENTINE’S DAY GALA to be held on Saturday February 11, 2017. This fun event, designed to raise money to purchase furniture for our House of Hope orphanage in Canaan Haiti, the construction is complete but we need your help to purchase furniture so that we can open The House of Hope and start accepting children. This event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel located at 10605 Deerwood Park Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 from 6:00 – 9:30 P.M. There are also a limited amount of rooms at a discounted rate for the night if you would like to stay at the hotel. You can go to to book your room now.
Come enjoy an elegant evening of hope and encouragement, gathering together with others for a good cause… to help so many that have so little. The event’s special guest speaker is former Jacksonville Jaguar Mark Brunell and Darren Mulligan of We Are Messengers is the musical guest. The evening will include delicious dinner for two, live music, door prizes, as well as a silent auction. There are even rooms reserved at a discounted rate to make your evening complete. Please allow us the opportunity to handle all of your Valentine’s Day entertainment while benefiting the people of Canaan Haiti.


LOVELAND, Ohio – Nov. 14, 2016 – DAV and RecruitMilitary will produce an All Veterans Career Fair at EverBank Field on December 1, 2016. The event is sponsored by BlueLine Rental and will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Union Institute and University will present a seminar at 10:00 a.m. titled “The Next Mission Awaits: Your Degree” and DAV and BlueLine Rental will host a seminar at 10:15 a.m. titled “Who We Are & What We Do.”

“RecruitMilitary job fairs maintain a track record of helping veterans find meaningful employment,” said President Peter Gudmundsson. “Just last year, 56.3% of veteran job seekers expected to secure an interview as a result of their participation in a RecruitMilitary job fair and employers were expected to extend as many as 38,700 interviews and more than 12,000 job offers.”

In March of 2016, the DAV-RecruitMilitary Jacksonville event connected more than 511 veteran job seekers with 47 exhibitors including General Electric Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Mercedes Benz Corporate Headquarters. Participating companies expected to conduct up to 542 interviews and make up to 159 job offers as a result of that career fair.

RecruitMilitary has produced veteran job fairs since 2006 and has held 23 events in Jacksonville, drawing 9,811 attendees and 754 exhibitors. The company has produced more than 814 events in 65 cities across the country.

DAV was founded by World War I veterans in Cincinnati in 1920 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1932. DAV ( is a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members.

DAV and RecruitMilitary share a common mission: to connect America’s veterans and their family members with meaningful and fulfilling employment opportunities, and to help employers attract, appreciate and retain veterans, spouses, and their survivors. Through career fairs, outreach and resources, this partnership fights to ensure veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned and are empowered to lead productive, dignified and high-quality lives that their service has made possible.

Among those companies attending the upcoming Jacksonville event are DAV, BlueLine Rental, Department of Veteran Affairs, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc., General Electric Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Naval Air Systems Command, Strategic Systems Programs, The Home Depot, Airstreams Renewables, Inc., Argosy University, ConServ Building Services, DeVry University, Education Corporation Of America, First Command Financial Planning, HCA HealthCare, Heavy Construction Academy, Heavy Equipment College of Georgia, Jones & Frank, LeaderQuest, Level 3 Communications, Massey Services, Inc., New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Regions Financial Corporation, Roadmaster Drivers School, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., State Farm Insurance, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Union Institute University, Veteran Franchise Center and WellStar Health Systems.

RecruitMilitary also offers subscriptions (search licenses) to its database of 894,000+ registered candidates at, job postings, targeted email campaigns, retained hiring services, and advertising space in online and print media. The company publishes Search & Employ®, a bimonthly print and digital magazine; and distributes 50,000+ print copies of each issue. The company was founded in 1998, and is located in Loveland, Ohio (Greater Cincinnati).

Media Contact Kelly Wagner RecruitMilitary LLC 513-677-7084

Monday November 14, 2016

Alignment Healthcare Joins American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes® Efforts in Jacksonville, FL

JACKSONVILLE, FL (Month Day, 2016) – The American Diabetes Association (Association) is proud to announce Alignment Healthcare as a new corporate sponsor of the Stop Diabetes® campaign in Florida: Duval/Clay Counties through July 2017.
As a strategic partner in Jacksonville, Alignment Healthcare will support the following Association programs and events:
·         Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes™
o   November 12, 2016—FIS Campus Jacksonville Riverwalk, Jacksonville, Florida
·         Tour de Cure™
o   May, 2017—World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida
“We are excited to have Alignment Healthcare join us in our mission to improve the lives of all people with and affected by diabetes,” said Bill Buchholz, Community Leadership Board Chair. “Addressing common myths about diabetes and empowering Americans with lifesaving knowledge are critical to stopping the diabetes epidemic. With the help of Alignment Healthcare for our Stop Diabetes®campaign, we will reach critical audiences in the Jacksonville community.”
Convening a prestigious group of corporate and non-profit partners for events across the country, the Stop Diabetes® movement encourages participants to share personal stories, get involved in volunteer and fundraising opportunities, learn about diabetes and prevention and donate to support the Association’s world-renowned research and innovation initiatives.
“Because education is the first step in type 2 diabetes prevention, we are proud to partner with the American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes® campaign,” said Dawn Maroney, chief growth and marketing officer of Alignment Healthcare. “Diabetes opens the door to many preventable chronic illnesses, and through our partnership with the Association, we’re working to increase awareness by providing our communities with the tools to put the brakes on the disease.”
Nearly 30 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, with a new diagnosis occurring approximately every 23 seconds. With 86 million people in the United States diagnosed with prediabetes, education and prevention is crucial to stopping the spread of the disease. The American Diabetes Association and its partners have come together, through the Stop Diabetes® campaign for a multi-year effort to change the direction of diabetes prevalence in the country.
About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes
® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

Looking for Boys Lacrosse Officials – First Coast Lacrosse Officials Association (FCLOA)

The First Coast Lacrosse Officials Association (FCLOA) is actively seeking individuals who are interested in becoming a Boy’s Lacrosse official. 
For more information please contact Bob Pradella at the address below or go to
Our organization covers Pensacola, Tallahassee, Gainesville and the greater Jacksonville area as far south as Palm Coast.

Bob Pradella
US Lacrosse Sub District 5 Training Coordinator
US Lacrosse Certified Trainer
US Lacrosse North Florida Chapter Boy’s Official and Umpire Representative
Email:   Mobile (904) 838-9257

Coaching Education Program (CEP) Requests for this fall/PCA/Online Courses

Click the link for more information on how to get Involved.

2015-2016 Host Information

Whether you’re a first-timer, a coach of beginning players or a coach who’s looking to take the next step in your career, the US Lacrosse instructional clinics are designed to help you achieve your goals.
If your area would like to host a CEP clinic this fall (October – December), please contact our Chapter CEP Coordinator, Adam Kelley,  NLT 30 Jul.
Depending on the situation the Chapter MAY be able to help defray some costs. 
Email Adam Kelley at:
For more information on coaching certification:
Have you tried the USL online courses?
Clinic Levels:
Level 1
Coaches will receive instruction on the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship.
Level 2
Coaches will receive detailed instruction on building the tactical elements of their team based on overarching principles for offense, defense and transition.
Level 3
Coaches will receive detailed instruction on pregame preparation and tactics of the game. They also engage in critical thinking activities to build a higher lacrosse IQ for themselves and their team.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) aims to make lacrosse a positive, character-building experience for every athlete and to improve the experience for officials, coaches, parents and fans. Through workshops and online courses, PCA has impacted more than four million youth. PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools.
Learn anywhere, anytime, any device.   US Lacrosse e-learning has undergone a 2016 makeover, and now the world’s largest library of lacrosse-specific online learning tools features over 24 unique courses for training, certification and ongoing professional development

JaxPAL Tackle Football

The Police Athletic League is accepting registrations for unlimited weight tackle football serving the northside, westside, eastside and southside areas for ages 5 through 14. Contact Jax PAL at 904-854-6555 ext. 310 for more information.

The 12th Annual Putt N’ Crawl

Jacksonville, Fla., June 1, 2016 – The 12th annual Putt N’ Crawl will take place at Jacksonville Beach, Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come out to play miniature golf and support local charities and businesses. There are 10 participating restaurants and bars including Lynch’s Irish Pub, V Pizza, Flask and Cannon, Mango’s Bar, The Pier Cantina and Sandbar, The Tavern on 1st, Ocean Grille, Surfing Sombrero, Campeche Bay Cantina, and Zeta Brewing Company. Each location will host at least one of the holes that make up the 18 hole course.
Each paying participant will enjoy drink specials with the official wristband and will get to putt on a hand-built putting green with the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. You can play in the tournament individually or as a group of four. Participants are also invited to compete in the costume contest and after party. Players who want to participate in the costume contest should come to the photo booth at Lynch’s Irish Pub. Pictures will be taken of every group and posted on Facebook after the event. The most liked photo will win $250 cash.
Sign-in begins at 1 p.m. at Lynch’s Pub, Ocean Grille or Surfing Sombrero. Once players are signed in, they go to any participating restaurant or bar for the first hole.
Tickets are available at or can be purchased the day of the event for $25 at selected participating venues. Putt N’ Crawl is an exclusive event and you must be 21 years of age or older to purchase a ticket and participate. Once registered, players will receive a wristband for admission, an official scorecard, map and other prizes.
Notable sponsors include Eagle View Windows and Spohrer & Dodd. Please visit www.puttncrawl.comfor more information. For additional questions, please contact Client Focused Media at 904-232-3001 or email

Blake Bortles Provides a Football Camp for 500 Local Boys and Girls

The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Foundation, Blake Bortles Foundation and The Police Athletic League partner together to host the inaugural Blake Bortles JaxPAL Football Camp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback, Blake Bortles, will provide 500 boys and girls the experience of a lifetime at the inaugural Blake Bortles JaxPAL Football Camp. The camp will be held at the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville (JaxPAL) football fields in Ed Austin Regional Park, located at 3450 Monument Rd., on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute (JOI) Foundation and the Blake Bortles Foundation partnered together to enable JaxPAL to provide this free-of-charge camp to not only children served by JaxPAL but also to youth in our community ages five to 16. The camp will provide youth a fun, safe and engaging day of learning skills like agility, proper stances, throwing techniques, catching techniques and much more.

“JOI wanted to create a special event to help raise awareness for JaxPAL and provide athletic training tips, and injury prevention education for JaxPAL and local youth athletes,” said Dr. Bruce Steinberg, director of the JOI Foundation. “We are very excited to team up with Blake and help the kids of JaxPAL.”

Bortles will be joined by outstanding local high school coaches, college coaches and other current and former NFL players.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to bring awareness to JaxPAL and give the kids an opportunity to run around and hopefully learn a few things from me and a few of my friends,” said Bortles.

Parents interested in registering their child, please visit The camp is limited to the first 500 youth that register. Registrants will be provided with lunch and a T-shirt. For more information about the camp, please call Sgt. Roscoe Simmons at (904) 854-6555.

About JaxPAL

The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc. (JaxPAL) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) youth-serving organization with the cooperative efforts of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Through educational, athletic and leadership programs, JaxPAL enriches the lives of children by creating positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community. For more information please visit or call (904) 854-6555.

About the Blake Bortles Foundation

Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback, Blake Bortles, established The Blake Bortles Foundation in 2016 to give back to the communities that have shaped him as an athlete, teammate, friend and citizen. The mission of the foundation is to provide support to children with intellectual and developmental challenges in their pursuit of full, independent lives and to first responders with the goal of improving their ability to safely carry out their vital lifesaving work.

About Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Foundation

Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute offers 35 specialty-trained physicians and 11 physician assistants dedicated to delivering comprehensive care for the muscles, bones and joints for more than 500 sports team members. In addition, JOI maintains a rehab division with more than 75 therapists. In February 2011, JOI affiliated with Baptist Health. In addition to providing athletic trainers for the Jacksonville Armada FC, JOI provides team physicians for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville Sharks, Jacksonville University and Florida State College at Jacksonville. JOI is also a community partner to and provides athletic trainers and/or physicians to The Bolles High School, Episcopal High School, Bishop Kenny High School, Bishop John J. Snyder High School, Atlantic Coast High School, Paxon High School and Fernandina Beach High School. For information about JOI, visit [].

America’s  Birthday Express Train Rides

Re-ignite your patriotism as you re-live the birth of our nation.

10 am, noon, 2 and 4 pm on July 2. Noon, 2 pm and 4 pm on July 4.

Departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA Tickets $20 Adults,  $14children.

Get tickets at or call 912-200-5235

NFLT’s 5th Annual Fish Fry

Jacksonville, Fla., May 23, 2016 – North Florida Land Trust is hosting their 5th Annual Fish Fry at Big Talbot Island on Saturday, June 4.  The family-friendly event will take place from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Talbot House on Big Talbot Island, 12134 Houston Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32226. Participants can enjoy marsh views, fabulous food, local beers, live music from Firewater Tent Revival and Cain’t Never Could, lawn games in the backyard, and more.
“This event is so much fun for absolutely everyone,” said Jim McCarthy, Executive Director of North Florida Land Trust. “It is a great opportunity for everyone to spend some time out at Big Talbot Island, partake in a nature hike or kayak tour and learn more about why Big Talbot Island is such a special place. Last year we had a great turnout and this year we expect even more people to attend, so I suggest you get your tickets early.”
June 4 is also National Trails Day and we will celebrate with a free guided nature hike with NFLT’s Resource Specialist at 2 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a guided kayak tour to explore the natural beauty of the island. The cost for the kayak tour is $25. Please contact Genevieve Fletcher to reserve your spot for either excursion.
This Chick Can Cook is catering the event. Vegan and gluten free options will be available. Florida Creamery will also be on hand with some delicious ice cream.
CSX is the title sponsor of this year’s event. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include entry and your meal. Kids under 12 are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased For more information, contact  or call (904) 479-1962.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a non-profit organization who serves as a champion of land conservation primarily in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. NFLT was founded in 1999 and has protected thousands of acres of environmentally significant land including land at Big Talbot Island, the River Branch Preserve, Pumpkin Hill, Moccasin Slough, along the St. Mary’s River and other valued natural areas in Northeast Florida. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with private landowners and other public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information,

Summer Basketball/Blake Bortles Camp

Registration for Summer basketball at Police Athletic League now through May 31st for Boys and girls ages 8 through 18. Go to to register.
The Blake Bortles/JaxPAL Football camp will take place on Saturday June 11th for kids ages 5 through 16. Go to to register.

Field Day 2016



Scott Roberts, Clay County ARES AEC/PIO

904.759.7812 – Cell

Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 25 – 26 Demonstrates Science, Skill and Service

May 9, 2016 – Members of the Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Orange Park

Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 at Orange Park High School from 1 p.m. June 25 until 12 p.m. June 26. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cellphone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cellphone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Orange Park Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Clay County.

For more information about Field Day, contact Scott Roberts (904) 759-7812 or visit


Repeaters: 146.925 MHz – Repeaters: 146.67 MHz 

CC ARES Station Call sign — KI4UWC – OPARC Station Call sign — K4BT

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Junior Golf Tournament Coming to Eagle Harbor

JACKSONVILLE, FL: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) is excited to announce the 54 Hole Challenge at Eagle Harbor! HJGT hosts over 240 tournaments per year throughout the country. The HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the country and has been in operation for 9 years. The tour offers junior boys and girls between the ages of 8-18 opportunities to earn national exposure while playing at premier venues. Since we are an open tour, we encourage any level of player to participate, from high 70’s to 100. Florida juniors will have the opportunity to compete on the national stage against players from all over the country.


The HJGT’s next stop in Florida in 2016 will be the 54 Hole Challenge at Eagle Harbor starting on Saturday February 13th through Sunday the 15th at Eagle Harbor Golf Club. Players can register as a member or non-member for the event. HJGT Members can play at $259 and non-members at $309. To get more information about the HJGT or the event at Eagle Harbor Golf Club, check out our website


ABOUT US: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers 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 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys 10U, Girls 14-18, and Girls 13U. 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, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT, please visit our website at, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904)-379-2697, or email