Valley of Dreams puts iPads in hands of autistic children

The HEAL (“Healing Every Autistic Life”) Valley of Dreams fundraiser last month had a goal to put an iPad in every Exceptional Student Education Classroom on the First Coast. In addition to the 18 summer camps HEAL provided this year for over 450 children, teens, and adults with autism and the 40-plus grants HEAL provided […]


Thanks to generous patrons, volunteers on the ‘Dream Team’ and other in-kind sponsors, children in after school programming at The Sanctuary on 8th Street will continue to grow, learn and expand their experience. What started with a dozen children has grown to over 100 children in three programs which now includes summer camp and a […]

Blue jeans, black ties and young professionals

It was another successful Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala for The First Coast Rotaract Club, complete with overalls and denim galore. The young professional group got together with their mentors to socialize, make connections with other Rotaract members and raise money for worthy nonprofits. The group danced the night away downtown at EverBank Center […]


The opening of Abstraction Over Time-The paintings of Michael Goldberg to patrons and distinguished guests allowed the audience to share in the accomplishments of all involved. The length to which MOCA staff worked to curate this most recent exhibit makes it a ‘must see’, as a compilation of scholarly work took shape in a book […]

90th anniversary carnival drew the crowds

90th anniversary  carnival drew the crowds

The finale for a week of celebration for its 90th anniversary saw a great turnout at St. Paul’s Catholic School carnival on Sept. 21. Each school grade had a game booth in Kiddy Land, manned by parents and students; sponsors for the carnival included St. Vincent’s, Black Sheep, Most Holy Redeemer, and Immaculate Conception. Both […]

St. Mark’s completes new raised-bed gardens

A new school garden will enhance several aspects of the mission of St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School by providing a hands-on opportunity for cross curricular academic study, a place of cooperation and sharing between grade levels, and a way to serve others. The Walton Garden, named in memory and honor of Elizabeth S. Walton and […]

Local students to spend Thanksgiving in Haiti

Avondale teen Chloe Starmer, a student at Stanton College Preparatory School, let her passion for the poor and illiterate blossom into a nonprofit called OpportuniTree, Inc. Because of her desire to seed literacy programs where they currently don’t exist, six local high school seniors will fly to Gonaïves, Haiti during their short Thanksgiving break. While […]

Brunell chips away at pledge with golf classic check

Mark Brunell, former Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback and now football coach at the Episcopal High School of Jacksonville recently presented a $44,000 check to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. These proceeds, from an April 2013 Celebrity Dinner Gala and from the Mark Brunell Golf Classic, are a gift from the Brunell Family Foundation and help honor his pledge […]