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Nonprofit Hosts Fifth Laundry Event for Jacksonville Residents

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (April 10, 2015) –Volunteers from Current of Tampa Bay’s Laundry Project are spending Saturday, April 18, washing the clothes and linens of Jacksonville’s residents at no charge. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Discount Coin Laundry located at 5552 Soutel Dr.

This is Current’s fifth Laundry Project in the Jacksonville area and volunteers from assisting the families during the event as well as providing the necessary detergent, softener and coins.

“The average laundromat trip costs $25 which, for a number of struggling individuals, forces families to choose between food on the table and clean clothes,” explained Current of Tampa Bay Founder, Jason Sowell. “The Laundry Project plans to ease that burden Saturday.”

Current is seeking donations of laundry detergent, quarters (rolls of $10), one-gallon Ziploc bags, garbage bags, coloring books, crayons, fabric softener and laundry baskets. Donations can be brought to the event on the morning of April 18, or by contacting Jason Sowell directly at
727.537.9082. More information about this, as well as future events, can be found online at www.LaundryByCurrent.org.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. April 1, 2015 - The Greater Jacksonville Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham, in partnership with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is excited to announce its Community Action Project Saturday, April 18. 

The Community Action Project is a one day city-wide outreach.  The day will consist of school clean-ups, block parties, Habitat for Humanity projects, and prayer walks in locations around the city.  More than 20 organizations, such as the Duval County School District, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief, Clara White Mission, are partnering with the Festival of Hope to make this day a success.

 “While we are here in Jacksonville we want to meet any need that we can,” said Eric Boutieller, director of the Greater Jacksonville Festival of Hope. “Our time in Jacksonville is brief, but we hope to have a lasting impact with the local residents through this outreach.”


To learn more go to JacksonvilleFestival.org.


The Community Action Project is one of the many events leading up to the Greater Jacksonville Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham. The Festival of Hope is a three-day event where Franklin will speak at the Veterans Memorial Arena May 29 – 31, 2015. Special artist performance include Lacey Sturm from Flyleaf, Charlie Daniels Band, the Newsboys and more.



Visually Impaired Children and Adults Unite at 7th Annual Jacksonville 5K VisionWalk on April 25 to Fight Blindness


JACKSONVILLE, FL – January 21, 2015-Hundreds touched by vision loss will rally to fight blindness at the Jacksonville 5K VisionWalk on April 25, striving to raise $100,000 to support promising
gene therapy, stem cell and pharmaceutical-based research that could save and even restore sight. Blinding retinal degenerative diseases like retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and
Usher syndrome affect more than 10 million Americans, but the Foundation Fighting Blindnessis funding cutting-edge studies toward preventions, treatments and cures.


Our family participates in the VisionWalk to raise funds for the Foundation Fighting Blindness,” says VisionWalker Angie Johnson, of Jacksonville, who has two daughters that have been diagnosed
with a rare retinal degenerative disease. “[My daughters] understand the importance of contributing to an organization that supports critical research needed to work toward a cure for their disease
and so many others. Keeping consistent with our VisionWalk team name, we truly are optimistic about the girls’ visual futures.”


Angie Johnson is the mother of two girls affected by Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited retinal degenerative disease characterized by severe loss at a young age. Angie’s daughters, Emma
and Haley, were both diagnosed at age 4 and are now legally blind. Despite the challenges of low vision, Emma and Haley function well in school, and they also enjoy riding bikes, though these tasks
are not without their difficulties. Angie’s VisionWalk team, Team Optimistic, set a fundraising goal of $13,000 and has already surpassed that goal, thanks in large part to significant contributions from
Angie’s employer, CSX. Events like VisionWalk give Angie’s family hope for the future.


Hundreds of walkers, many of whom are visually impaired, are expected at the free VisionWalk, which also includes children’s activities, a bounce house, refreshments, entertainment, and more.
Dogs and strollers are welcome on the 3.1 mile walk course. Event leaders include Walk Chair Sue Townsend, Youth Chair Brendon Cavainolo, Family Chair Lisa Pleasants and Media Chair Adriann Keve.
Sponsors include CSX, MOMS for Sight, Dixie Crossroads, Florida Retina and Brooks Rehabilitation Center. Since the VisionWalk program started in 2006, tens of thousands have participated in events
across the country to raise more than $35 million for blindness research.



Events Calendar Information 

WHAT:             Jacksonville VisionWalk, Benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness


WHEN:             Saturday, April 25th, 2015

                         Registration: 8 a.m. | Walk Starts: 9 a.m.


WHERE:           University of North Florida

                        1 UNF Drive

                        Jacksonville, FL 32224


DETAILS:        Join hundreds in the fight against blindness at the Jacksonville VisionWalk, the national signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Since 2006, the program has
raised over $35 million to fund sight-saving research for retinal diseases including retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, and Usher syndrome, which collectively affect more than
10 million Americans. People are invited to form teams or walk independently at the free, family-friendly event, which will also include activities for children, a bounce house, refreshments, entertainment, and more. To participate or support the VisionWalk, visit www.FightBlindness.org/JacksonvilleVisionWalk.   


CONTACT:      Kim Marlow, Director - Events, kmarlow@fightblindness.org, 954-496-0776



About Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindnessis a national non-profit organization driving the research that will lead to preventions, treatments and cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome
and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases that affect more than 10 million Americans. Since 1971, the Foundation has raised more than $600 million as the leading non-governmental funder of retinal research. Breakthrough Foundation-funded studies using gene therapy have restored significant vision in children and young adults who were previously blind, paving the way for additional clinical trials
to treat a variety of retinal degenerative diseases. With a coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the Foundation also has nearly 50 chapters that provide support, information and resources to affected individuals and their families in communities across the country. 



Are you interested in reaching the teenagers in your community?

United Jacksonville partners with www.street2street.com to do 3 on 3 basketball tournament for middle school and high school kids.

Street to street will provide 64 jerseys and 64 book bags for each Tournament for FREE. The church will be responsible for all other expenses.

On April 18 from 9 AM -11 AM a training will be provided on how to have a basketball tournament  in your community.  

For more information on how your church can be one of the host:
Please contact:
Alan Diaz
c. 904-994-9518



Precious Hearts Foundation presents the phenomenal stage play "Battered But Not Broken" featuring an all star cast of R&B award winning Shirley Murdoch, Lenny Williams, & heart throb actor/director Morris Chestnut just to name a few extraordinary performers held on May 23rd at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach at 7pm.  For ticket purchase visit: www.preciousheartsfoundation.org and go to "Store" tab or call Precious Love at 386-215-7661.



Your Clay County Clerk of Court’s office is holding a one-day only event, Operation Green Light, where you can save 40 percent on collections surcharges for overdue traffic tickets and criminal fines on Saturday, April 18th.
If you have an overdue traffic ticket or criminal fine, April 18th is your day to get a break on collection agency fees. During Operation Green Light, the statutory collection agency surcharge will not be charged, however, late fees and interest will apply.
Operation Green Light will be held at your local Clerk’s office on Saturday, April 18th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This one-day only event will allow customers to reinstate suspended driver’s licenses once they have paid their traffic citations and/or criminal fines in full.
Visit www.clayclerk.com for more information.
Remember, Saturday, April 18th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to get a break on the collection agency surcharge for overdue traffic tickets and criminal fines.


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
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!

2015 Clay County Gator Club Scholarship Golf Tournament

April 19th at Eagle Harbor

Visit claygators.com for details

Looking for golfers and sponsors.


(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


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.