A ‘bear’ run in Lakeshore

More than a few of the 355 bears collected by The Lakeshore Woman's Club for Buddy Bear 2014.

More than a few of the 355 bears collected by The Lakeshore Woman’s Club for Buddy Bear 2014.

Bears were everywhere at the Lakeshore Woman’s Club, and Jeannie Blaylock, Buddy Check 12 Jacksonville spokesperson, was there to accept 355 bears of all shapes, sizes and colors on behalf of Buddy Bear 2014.

The campaign to collect bears for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy was launched on Oct. 1 and the Lakeshore Woman’s Club was the second featured segment on First Coast News on Oct. 2.

Candy Henderson, Paula Castleberry, Laura Bryan, Jeannie Blaylock, Jan Vath, Terry Laws, Nancy Ware, Pam Montean

Candy Henderson, Paula Castleberry, Laura Bryan, Jeannie Blaylock, Jan Vath, Terry Laws, Nancy Ware, Pam Montean

Jeannie Blaylock, Buddy Check 12 spokesperson and First Coast News Anchor, gives a hug to Jan Vath, president of Lakeshore Woman's Club.

Jeannie Blaylock, Buddy Check 12 spokesperson and First Coast News Anchor, gives a hug to Jan Vath, president of Lakeshore Woman’s Club.

The Lakeshore Woman’s Club, originally known as the Lakeshore Garden Club, consisted of seven members who met for the first time in the home of a member on March 28, 1946, who was elected the first President of the Lakeshore Garden Club.

In September 1947, the members changed the name to the Lakeshore Woman’s Club and in February 1950 the Club was chartered under the name. In October 1949, the Club joined the Florida Federation and thus became a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

The club supports a variety of local nonprofit organizations, such as St. Catherine’s Episcopal Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Jacksonville Humane Society, Canine Companions for Independence, the City Rescue Mission and the Teacher’s Supply Depot.

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