Women's Alliance

DWA News

  • Save the Date - Shamrock Scramble

    Sunday, March 8, 2020
    11:30 am

    Join us as the Deercreek Women's Alliance hosts its annual golf tournament, and have fun whilst raising funds for the charities that we support.

    The format will be 4-person teams - men, women and mixed teams are all welcome - and as always, there will be a fabulous Irish-themed meal, and raffle, to follow. Please complete and return the registration form to reserve your team

    We are also looking for hole sponsors, our beer sponsor, donations and prizes for the raffle - see the 2020 Sponsor letter for more information.

    Sponsor Letter

    Registration Form

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    Gabriel House of Care

    In October, this wonderful group prepared and served another great meal at the Gabriel House of Care as they celebrated Octoberfest! We served brats and sauerkraut, various sides and homemade apple strudel and German Chocolate cake for dessert! There was even live music! We always enjoy hearing the residents' stories, and just getting to know them. We are thanked a million times, but feel we are the ones being blessed. Hope you will consider joining us next time as we serve.

    Do you want to join a group of ladies from Deercreek who prepare and serve meals to those staying at Gabriel House? This is the next date available – for more information, please contact Jan Malick (janmalick2@gmail.com).

  • 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!

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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.

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DWA Spotlight on Charity

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    Spotlight on Charity - Gabriel House of Care

    The Gabriel House of Care mission is "To provide affordable, temporary lodging in a "community of healing" environment for adult transplant and cancer patients and their caregivers who come to Jacksonville for medical treatment." The DWA supports this organization in two ways. Besides a small donation, which is 2019 was used to decorate the tree with a deer and woodsy theme (see the photo in last months newsletter, and on the website), we serve a meal every month or so, to the residents and their caregivers, or spouses. We usually pick a theme such as Italian or early Fourth of July, and complete the meal with music and decorations! The residents are so appreciative to have a hot meal after a long day at the hospital. We enjoy preparing, serving, and then having dinner and fellowship with the residents and their families. We are amazed at the stories of courage and determination we hear, and the support they receive from the staff and the other residents. It is fun and rewarding, and we feel blessed when we leave. To learn more about GHOC, go to their website at Gabrielhouseofcare.org., or better still, join us at our next dinner and take a tour! It is a wonderful story! If you are a DWA member look for my email regarding the date of the next dinner. If you are not a member and would like to join us sometime, we would love to have you. Contact me, Jan Malick, at JanMalick2@gmail.com for more information.

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    Spotlight on Charity – PACE

    PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based, nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that provides non-residential, prevention, intervention, and diversion services for girls and young women of middle and high school age. The mission is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

    The DWA supports PACE at their Mrs. Mary's Boutique. The Boutique provides a way for the girls to "buy' items with points they've earned through grades, good deeds and class attendance.

    We support the Boutique with donations of clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry and toiletries.

    The special news is that now Mrs. Mary's Boutique has its own permanent room!! It's decorated and setup just like a boutique in the mall. This makes the girls feel very special and gives them an opportunity to shop in a place that otherwise they cannot afford. If you are interested, there was a piece in August’s newsletter giving more information on the history behind how this boutique came about.

    Thank you for all your support for PACE in the way of volunteering and donations. If you are interested in volunteering or have items to donate, please contact Vicki Khan at 923-3538 or vickikhan1113@gmail.com. Her address for drop off items is 10148 Deercreek Club Road.

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