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  • 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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    Jacksonville Humane Society

    On August 2nd, a group of about 20 women (and a few grandchildren) from the DWA attended a “behind the scenes” tour of the new Jacksonville Humane Society facility on Beach Blvd. We enjoyed seeing all of the puppies, kittens, dogs and cats waiting for their “FURever" homes. We even witnessed some kittens getting their spay and neuter surgeries! We learned about all of the many opportunities available at the JHS, such as “Pawsitive Reading,” kids camps, volunteering, cat yoga, and so much more. If you are interested in learning more, please visit their website at www.jaxhumane.org.

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    Gabriel House of Care

    At the end of July, 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. It's fun & so rewarding! Consider joining us next time. Email janmalick2@gmail.com for more information.

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    Thank You!

    Every year it becomes harder and harder to put into words how grateful we are to live in a neighborhood that is as filled with compassion as Deercreek is! This year’s peanut butter and jelly drive for the Mandarin Food Bank, not only broke last year’s record, but also brought in lots of other food items that are going to make summer better for families of children staying home alone. We not only collected 249 jars of peanut butter, 116 jars of jelly and 46 tubs of oatmeal but also lots of canned food, ramen noodles, tuna, toiletries, LOTS of brand new books and even some puppy dog treats!! And no one wanted to take credit for their donations! How awesome is that?

    Finally, the only words that come to mind are not fancy or overstated. They are heartfelt and sincere: THANK YOU, Deercreek and the DEERCREEK WOMEN’S ALLIANCE! You’re truly are the heart of our community!

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DWA Spotlight on Charity

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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.

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    Spotlight on Charity – Books-A-Go Go

    Books-A-Go Go is a 501c international nonprofit organization that collects used and new children’s books and gives them to children from low income families. These books are distributed through schools and organizations that support these children. Since its inception in 2007 by Deercreek resident, Betty Metz, Books-A-Go Go has given out over one million books to needy children in the US and abroad. Books are necessary in the home to improve their literacy, to develop a love for reading and to experience the world through books. Books-A-Go Go is run by volunteers, so 100% of all donations are used for the purchase of books and their distribution. Thousands of books are given out each month during the school year. Books are given to The Bag Ladies to put in bags going to children in homeless shelters. The Salvation Army, Mandarin Food Bank, Families of Slain Children, migrant children in Saint John’s County, pediatric hospice children and missionaries going to foreign countries have received free books from Books-A-Go Go.

    The DWA will have a children’s book drive for Books-A-Go Go from August 1st-14th. The focus is on used and new books for Pre-K through 5thgrade. For this drive, activity books, kid’s magazines and even half used coloring books can be donated. A Books-A-Go Go bin will be placed at the guardhouse or donations can be dropped off at Natalie Jackson’s house at 10135 Deercreek Club Road. All are needed and much appreciated!

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