Local philanthropists honored in sign unveiling

Local philanthropists honored in sign unveiling
Nurses stand in front of the new sign for River Garden Senior Services’ Nursing Administration Suite, honoring Jody and Janne Brandenburg and Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. Photo courtesy of River Garden.

Jacksonville’s River Garden Senior Services unveiled the new signage for its Nursing Administration Suite, honoring local businessman and philanthropist Jody Brandenburg alongside his wife Janne. The suite, located on River Garden’s second floor, is henceforth known as the “Janne & Jody Brandenburg and Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes and Cemeteries Nursing Suite.”

The suite was renamed in 2021 and its new sign displayed in its Annual Report, released last month.

“It was only fitting to name the Nursing Administration Suite in honor of Janne and Jody Brandenburg and Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, as they have been devoted supporters and friends of River Garden for almost 30 years,” said River Garden CEO Mauri Mizrahi. “Their title sponsorship of the River Garden Classic is not only an investment in River Garden, but a commitment to healthy aging in our community. Janne and Jody understand the importance of educational training, and value the excellence of our clinical team. We’re truly grateful for their generosity.”

“It’s a treasured tribute and we’re both so pleased and honored, but humbled,” Jody Brandenburg said. “River Garden is such a deserving senior care center that we have really promoted and sup-ported them for many years. They have such a diverse campus and there is level of senior services for many different stations of life.”

Jody Brandenburg is the president of the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes and Cemeteries — a group of 11 funeral homes and five cemeteries across Duval and Clay counties.

Jody and Janne Brandenburg
Jody and Janne Brandenburg

Janne Brandenburg has worked in the nonprofit field for many years and serves on the committee for the River Garden Foundation Gala, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Janne has volunteered and led many initiatives over her years of service to the community and currently serves on the River Garden Foundation gala committee.

“The people had already committed to the gala…and nobody withdrew their money,” Janne Brandenburg said. “It’s a level of commitment I’ve never seen.”

“The one year that [the events were] cancelled probably was our best fundraiser because we didn’t have any expenses,” Jody Brandenburg added with a laugh.

River Garden Senior Services is a nonprofit agency providing various nursing and care services for seniors within the Jacksonville community, ranging from in-patient rehabilitation to physical and occupational therapy to Alzheimer’s/memory and Parkinson’s specialty care.

By Michele Leivas
Resident Community News

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