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Frances Hutto

Frances Hutto

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News Frances Hutto first experienced Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) as a 14-year-old when her family hosted a youth from Brazil. The next year, at 15, she traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil in a reciprocal stay with her exchange family. At 17, Hutto traveled once again to Brazil, to […]

Go Givers: Ellen Olson

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News When Tony Cruz, St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Music Director and Cantor, suggested that members Ellen and Eric Olson should start a chamber music group and do a concert series, Ellen saw several opportunities. One of those opportunities was to raise money to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research […]

John “Jack” Kopp

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News Not many 90-year-olds are able to celebrate that milestone birthday with co-workers on the job, but St. Vincent’s volunteer John “Jack” Kopp recently did just that. Kopp first retired to Sarasota in 1980 after working in the family manufacturing business, Kopp Clay Company in Ohio. The company was […]

Robinson fights cancer through volunteer efforts

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News Valerie Robinson, 51, followed a path from Toronto to Manhattan then to Jacksonville, largely due to meeting her husband William, 67, a Jacksonville native, while on vacation in Key West. The couple met at the Margaritaville Bar at exactly 5 p.m. on May 19, 1995 – a date […]

Go Givers: Deborah Stapp

By Julie Kerns Garmendia – Resident Community News – Deborah Stapp, 61, who has lived in her Christopher Creek home 22 years, was a passionate college classical archeology major who has had a fulfilling archeology career in North Florida while raising a family. She credits the support of her husband Fred, a local attorney, with […]

Go-Givers: Stephanie Welchans

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News Stephanie Welchans cheerfully recalls her mother Susan Sumner “volunteering” she and her two younger brothers from a very early age to help out at the local hospital when the women’s auxiliary would hold raffles or sell baked goods. “The idea my mother tried to instill in us was […]

Go-Givers: Mary Swart

Go-Givers: Mary Swart

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   After retirement from Bellsouth’s Human Resources department in 2003, Mary Swart’s years of volunteering meant that her charities just moved higher on her priority list. She refers to husband Michael, a retired colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves who also worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, as her dependable […]

Go-Givers: Kevin Kuzel

Go-Givers: Kevin Kuzel

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   In 2001 Kevin Kuzel, a former U.S. Navy Pilot who heartily calls himself a diehard Texan, moved to Jacksonville from Dallas. His roots in a Dallas historic district neighborhood meant that Commander Kuzel was immediately drawn to the Avondale Riverside area. The Kuzels are currently in the midst of a […]