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Spotlight on Charity – The RITA Foundation

The RITA (Research Is The Answer) Foundation began in Deercreek in 1997 to help raise awareness and money for breast cancer research and programs in Jacksonville. To date, the foundation has donated over $ 4,837,169.00. This does not include $275,000.00 received from matching funds. RITA grew from humble beginnings of one event by Nancy and Chuck Jantz to different events ranging from tennis tournaments, black tie galas, 5 K run/walks and a golf tournament. The SenioRITAs at Sawgrass event was developed in 2000 catering to tennis ladies 40 and over. In October, 2018, SenioRITAs matches, along with a Kick-Off Party, live and silent auction, raised $ 152,169.73. 100% of the proceeds from all RITA events remain local.

Last year’s RITA total net proceeds of $ 191,363.58 were donated locally to Mayo Clinic and Baptist Health. Dr. Al Copland, basic cancer researcher, at Mayo Clinic received a grant of $ 45,000.00. The balance was placed into several of our Cancer Endowments at both Mayo Clinic and the Baptist Foundation. The RITA Foundation currently has two Endowments at Mayo and thirteen at Baptist totaling over $ 843,000.00. The Foundation will continue to grow these Endowments, which in turn will generate revenue for cancer research indefinitely.

The RITA Foundation is an all-volunteer 501(c) (3) public, non-profit corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service and State of Florida. Last year, the Deercreek Women’s Alliance supported the SenioRITAs event with a bronze level sponsorship and over twelve ladies playing in the weekend matches. The Deercreek Women’s Alliance is grateful to donate to this wonderful organization. Many members of the DWA have been affected by breast cancer or know of family and friends that have been impacted and wish to help make a difference through research. Thank you to Nancy and Chuck Jantz for their continued fundraising efforts. To learn more about The RITA Foundation, please visit their web-site at www.the-rita-foundation.org.