Social Events

Many of the top social events in the area.

Celebrating community outreach with a night of giving

The Rotary Club of San Jose delivered on its promise to serve the community, as some of Jacksonville’s most notable nonprofits received checks to fulfill their missions. Rogers Joseph, current Treasurer said, “It’s a culmination of work and fundraisers and it’s not just about money. We’re now deciding where the funding will go and many […]

Rotarians celebrate dedication of San Jose Tower

Landmark now on National Historic Registry The infamous San Jose Estates, which began to be built during the 1920s, now has an official symbol to represent the development’s place in history. Thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated Rotarians, the attractive Marsh and Saxelbye designed Mediterranean Revival, two-story stucco-covered tower now has historic […]

A match made in media heaven

Ilyssa Trussel and Joe Drumm covered a lot of stories together but their favorite is the one that didn’t make the evening news – their personal love story. Trussel came to Jacksonville in 2007 as a reporter for Action News where Drumm was working as a videographer. Drumm says he had his eye on the […]

Balanky turns helm over to Brew at annual Change of Command

The traditional roasting of the Commodore was just one of the many fun events at the April 19 “Change of Command” at Epping Forest Yacht Club. Immediate Past Commodore Michael Balanky also presented the Fitness Program Award to Dr. Eduardo and Isaida Sanchez for their support of one of the club’s departments. The ceremony, held […]

Bootlegger’s Ball has crowd a-shimmyin’ and a-shakin’

Bootlegger’s Ball  has crowd  a-shimmyin’  and a-shakin’

Flappers and their gents were out for a night of Twenty-two Skidoo and Chattanooga Choo-choo in celebration of the Roarin’ Twenties. The hush-hush location for the 2nd annual speakeasy party, sponsored by Riverside Avondale Preservation, was none other than Worsham Hall at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Food from Biscottis, Black Sheep and Salty […]

Fans of horse racing and Pine Castle enjoy their Derby Day Soiree

Fans of horse racing and Pine Castle enjoy their Derby Day Soiree

Mint juleps were flowing and other traditional Derby Day fare was on the menu as patrons partied for a purpose at Pine Castle’s inaugural Run for the Roses Soiree on May 4. The Timuquana Country Club was the venue for the Bonnets & Bow Ties Contest, judged by Ortega’s own Doug Milne, among other celebrity […]

St. Mark’s Episcopal a big winner at Kentucky Derby fundraiser

Watching the 139th Running of the Kentucky Derby was but a momentary pause in a fun-filled evening on the St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School campus on May 4. Over 230 supporters enjoyed a Derby-themed dinner while bidding on hundreds of fabulous silent auction prizes. According to Nikki Glynn, event chair, “It was such fun chairing […]

Night in Old Havana Benefit Soiree a Success

The Epping Forest Yacht Club was the scene of cha-chas, salsas, rumbas and live bolero music on Saturday, May 18 as patrons enjoyed a Cuban buffet complete with mojitos and Cuba Libres, hand-rolled cigars, dance lessons, a Cuban art sale and yes, the Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders. The event benefited the non-profit Rotary Club of San […]