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  • Updates and News from the Deercreek Woman's Alliance

    Our Books-A-Go-Go book drive held in August was a huge success!!

    Natalie Jackson and Betty Metz would like to thank you for your VERY generous donation of books to the Books-A-Go-Go book drive this year.  They collected 480 books!  They sent 200 books to the children in the Bahamas and gave the rest to Duval County schools in need.

    Once again, the members of the DWA have gone above and beyond with their kindness and generosity.

    At the end of September, another generous group people from Deercreek prepared and served a meal to those at Gabriel House of Care, where residents stay while receiving treatment for cancer or transplants. We usually pick a theme to include music & decorations, and this time, the residents requested ‘Meatloaf’ so everyone found their favorite recipe to make and serve. It's fun & so rewarding! Consider joining us next time – see the Save the Dates section & email janmalick2@gmail.com for more information.

    In September, a group of ladies attended the ‘2019 Sulzbacher Transformations: from Surviving to Thriving!’ fundraising event at the Times-Union Center.  They met and heard from former clients who not only overcame their homelessness but went on to live happy, independent and productive lives. The evening included live music and a silent auction, as well as dinner and drinks.  


    In August, we told the story of the new ‘Mrs Mary’s Boutique’ at PACE.  Following on from that story, here are some photos from the September shopping event which show how much nicer the area is for the girls to choose their clothes and accessories bought with hard-earned ‘points’.  There is also a picture of just one delivery being made to PACE by Vicki Khan, showing how generous the ladies of Deercreek are!

  • Save the Date

    October 28 – 4th Annual Charity Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Golf Tournament to Benefit Blood Cancer Research at Deercreek Country Club. Registration is now open. To play, sponsor or volunteer, contact Diane Cannato at diane.cannato@bofa.com or 561-635-3444.

    November 14 – DWA Annual Fashion Show.  Don’t miss our annual Fashion Show!  Enjoy a fabulous meal, have a few drinks and watch your friends and neighbors model some amazing outfits, all while helping raise funds for our wonderful local charities.  More information to follow.

    November 14 – The 2019 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Light the Night will be held at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1301 Palm Avenue, Jacksonville, FL. Festivities begin at 5:00 PM. Light the Night Campaign is an amazing celebration of light to drive out the darkness of cancer. For more information, contact Diane Cannato at diane.cannato@bofa.com or 561-635-3444.

    November 20th & December 17th – Gabriel House of Care
    Do you want to join a group of ladies from Deercreek who prepare and serve meals to those staying at Gabriel House? These are the next dates available – for more information, please contact Jan Malick (janmalick2@gmail.com)

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    Halloween Costume Drive

    The DWA is excited about our upcoming annual Halloween Costume Drive for the children at Ronald McDonald House. This year’s Drive will be held October 1 – 24. We will be collecting new, unopened Halloween costumes. Suggested sizes range from toddler to young ‘tweens’ with Halloween accessories, i.e. animal ears and tails and hats, being the most preferred items. (Keep in mind that, due to the health issues of the children, used costumes cannot be accepted.) Please remember as you are shopping to pick something up for this wonderful event and drop it in the marked bin at the guard gate or at Barbara Smith’s house: 7804 Blakeford Mill Lane or call 904-716-1734 and we will schedule a pickup for you.

  • Save the Dates!

    November 14th – DWA Annual Fashion Show

    Don’t miss our annual Fashion Show!  Enjoy a fabulous meal, have a few drinks and watch your friends and neighbors model some amazing outfits, all while helping raise funds for our wonderful local charities. More information to follow.

    October 28th - 4th Annual Golf tournament to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night campaign

    The tournament will be held at Deercreek Country Club with registration from 11am and the shotgun start at 12.30pm.  The cost (donation) is $125 for non-Deercreek members, $100 for Deercreek golf members & $85 for those members with the cart plan. Further information, including sponsorship opportunities & registration details, can be obtained from Diane Cannato (diane.cannato@bofa.com), and in October’s newsletter.

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DWA Spotlight on Charity

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    New Heights

    New Heights (formerly Cerebral Palsy Center of Northeast Florida), driven by its mission “to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities and their families, and empower their independence through lifelong growth and quality services”, provides educational, employment, and therapeutic programming to individuals with disabilities in the five-county area of Northeast Florida: Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St Johns. They have been in business for over 60 years and serve individuals with all types of disabilities including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, developmental delays, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and others.

    The programs of New Heights are designed to meet the special needs of each individual and family serviced, with a common goal: to enable people with disabilities to reach their greatest potential and achieve productive lives as fully participating members of their family and community. There are numerous services currently offered including various infant and toddler therapies, respite care, supported living, supported employment, adult developmental training and in-home personal support.

    The Deercreek Women’s Alliance has generously donated funds for a number of years, and are used to provide gifts to the adults who attend the annual holiday party.

    Additional volunteer opportunities will be posted for the January Special Olympics and the April fashion and talent show.

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    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) – North Florida Chapter

    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) – North Florida Chapter

    Blood cancers do not discriminate; they effect families from all walks of life and frequently effect children. Today there is no way to prevent or early screen for most blood cancers. Finding new therapies/cures is critical and expensive.

    The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) mission is to fund research to find a cure for blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma), improve the quality of life of patients and their families (transportation, counseling and medication), and remove barriers to care through Public Policy and Advocacy. 80% of each donation made supports LLS’s programs and services.

    On October 28th, the 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit LLS’s efforts will be held at Deercreek Country Club. Registration is now open and spots are limited. The event includes golf, BBQ lunch, and a reception following play. Deercreek Cart Plan members are $85, Deercreek members are $100 and non-Members are $125.

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