Social Events

Many of the top social events in the area.

WGA members gather for grant announcement

Riverside resident Delores Barr Weaver, one of the five founders of the Women’s Giving Alliance, spoke during the group’s annual meeting in late October. The event, held at the University of North Florida’s University Center, set the stage for an announcement of this year’s grants from the group. The grants total more than $316,000 and […]

Tasteful benefit celebrates NFSSE’s 20th

Supporters of the North Florida School of Special Education packed Riverside’s Daryl Bunn Studios on a November Friday evening to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary, enjoy students’ artwork, and taste the food and drink offerings from Biscottis, Designed Events, Inc., Liz Grenamyer Catering, NFSSE Culinary Arts Team, Merryvale Vineyards, Pacific Southern Wine Co., and Republic […]

Ortega residents honored at National Philanthropy Day luncheon

The Association of Fundraising Professionals First Coast Chapter presented its 27th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon last month at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Local weatherman Mike Buresh joined Linda and Vince Ferrigno to present the chapter awards, which included: Outstanding Young Professional Organization, The Wild Things; Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Tyler Jump; Outstanding Civic […]

Signature event doubles funds Raised

Signature Chefs Auction, held last month at The Florida Yacht Club for more than 200 guests, raised $126,000 for March of Dimes — a figure double the revenue from 2011, according to event organizers. Honorary Chairs Susan Gentry of San Jose, along with her daughter Alison Gentry Hiers, DVM and Nancy Chartrand and Meredith Chartrand […]

Hooked on Coastal Conservation

The Garden Club of Jacksonville was the perfect spot for The Coastal Conservation Association North East Chapter’s 22nd Annual Banquet & Auction. Conserving and protecting Florida’s marine resources was the lure. The dinner and live auction event, presented by Merrill Lynch Bank of America on Nov. 1, included a silent auction and raffle in addition […]

Literary lions on the prowl for ECS

Literary lions on the prowl for ECS

The animals at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens received a dose of culture along with their daily feeding on Nov. 3 during the Wild Reading Safari. The benefit for Episcopal Children’s Services included a pride of Jacksonville celebrities who volunteered to read a variety of classic children’s stories. Philanthropist and Ortega resident Betsy Lovett dressed […]

FinFest draws support

FinFest draws support

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center held its FinFest on the River event in the newly redesigned Timuquana Country Club ballroom Oct. 13. The fundraiser broke through a prior record nearly tripling the previous efforts, according to executive director William “Bill” McQuilkin, Jr. Special thanks went out to the Presenting Sponsor, Florida Blue and the Honorary […]

Off to the races for JDRF fundraiser

Off to the races for JDRF fundraiser

Patrons helped raise money and mint juleps glasses for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation North Florida Chapter last month at the 12th Annual Miracles Gala. Held at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, the part’s “Derby After Dark” theme helped draw an enthusiastic crowd to the seated dinner and silent auction gala. Organizers hoped […]