Community Spirit

Rotaract of Florida’s First Coast Hosts Tenth Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala

The Rotaract Club of Florida’s First Coast will host its 10th annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala, Casablanca, on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 7 to 11p.m. at Independent Square, formerly the Modis Building, located at 1 Independent Drive.

The National MS Society to hold On the Move Luncheon at the Garden Club of Jacksonville

On Thursday, May 19th the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Florida Chapter will hold its annual On the Move Luncheon (formerly called Women On the Move Luncheon) at the Garden Club of Jacksonville from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. A second On the Move Luncheon will be held in Tallahassee on September 22, 2011.

The fundraiser will feature guest speakers Jane Estes, Rob Uselman and Donna McAfee and bring together family, friends and co-workers with the shared goal of ending MS.

Funds raised support research and programs for more than 18,000 people living with and affected by MS throughout the chapter’s 34-county territory.  Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, from a committee member or by calling the chapter at 904-332-6810 or 800-344-4867.  Visit for tickets or more information.


On the Move Luncheon

Date: May 19, 2011

Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk!, May 21

River Point Behavioral Health in Jacksonville, Florida and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida (MHA) joined forces to organize a Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk to take a stand against bullying in our community and schools. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 8:30a.m. and will begin and end at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) in Jacksonville.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

Peterbrooke Helping Tuscaloosa Tornado Victims

Peterbrooke Helping Tuscaloosa Tornado Victims

All Jacksonville-area Peterbrooke shops including Fernandina and St. Augustine are collecting non-perishable items that will be donated to the Tuscaloosa, AL tornado relief efforts. 

The items will be picked up from each of the Peterbrooke locations and delivered to the Peterbrooke shop in Tuscaloosa, which has been acting as a key drop-off location since the tornado ripped the area last month.

FNFCG CARAVAN to the Clara White Mission Training Center & Garden

On Saturday, May 14th 2011, Clara White Mission Training Center & Garden will open its doors to the public and community gardeners. All are invited to come and tour the LaVilla Organic Garden and Clara White Mission Training Center.  Enjoy a tasting from the gardens provided by the Clara White Culinary Arts center.

Pasta Market & Clam Bar Weekly Wine Tasting

Complimentary wine samples from 4 pm - 6 pm, weekly. It's all good and it's all for a good cause.  Weekly invite for friends and family in Clay County and Northeast Florida. Take a Tuesday evening drive to beautiful, downtown Orange Park. Pasta Market & Clam Bar is located directly across from Orange Park Medical Center.

Benefits Take Stock in Children at Orange Park High School. Become a mentor to students in Clay County. Volunteer at Orange Park High School for mentoring opportunities on campus. For information and volunteer opportunities, contact Nelson Green, Program Manager at (904) 272-8144.