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DWA News

  • DWA Annual Fashion Show

    ‘Save The Date’


    Thursday November 8th – DWA Annual Fashion Show

    Come and watch your friends ‘strut their stuff’ with gorgeous clothes, great food, wonderful company and prizes to be won! More information to follow.

  • Books-A-Go Go Book Drive

    September 1st - 14th 

    Please donate any new or gently used books as detailed in last month’s Spotlight article so that children, who rarely have a book of their own, have the chance to develop a life-long love of reading.

  • Cocktails for a Cause

    Wednesday September 5th
    5.30pm – 7.30pm at Deercreek Country Club 

    The Deercreek Women’s Alliance together with Deercreek Country Club are hosting Yappy Hour which will include a silent auction, raffle prizes, light bites and a speciality bar with proceeds going to one of our charities - Jacksonville Humane Society.

     Come along, bring your dogs, or just enjoy spending time with your neighbors’ furry friends (& your neighbors!), and raise money for one of our special charities.

  • Mandarin Food Bank PB&J Drive

    Our annual PB&J Drive to benefit the Mandarin Food Bank was a BIG success this year. We collected 226 jars of peanut butter and 126 jars of jelly, beating last year’s numbers. YAY!!

    Also, with the help of the Alliance, Carmen Kelly was able to purchase canned tuna, soup, shampoo and school supplies this summer. Carmen and Julia Watkins delivered a lot of these items, along with a $500 check from the Alliance. Both Alliance members spent 4 hours helping the Food Bank serve their families that day. The assistance was truly appreciated since the summer months are very low on donations but the need is still very much there.

    We can’t tell you how proud and happy we are to be part of this group of women who constantly reach out to our community and beyond to lend a helping hand.

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DWA Spotlight on Charity

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    The RITA Foundation

    The RITA (Research Is The Answer) Foundation was started in 1997 to help raise funds for breast cancer research and programs in the Jacksonville area. To date, the foundation has donated over $ 4,600.000.00. It grew from its humble beginnings of one event by Chuck and Nancy Jantz to several different events ranging from tennis tournaments, black tie galas, 5 K run/walks, and a golf tournament. SenioRITAs at Sawgrass was developed in 2000 under the RITA umbrella, catering to age appropriate tennis ladies 40 and over. In October, 2017 SenioRITAs matches were held at Sawgrass Country Club with the event raising $ 113,000. 100% of the proceeds from RITA events remain local.

    With the addition of our new Mixed Doubles event at Sawgrass and The RITA Championships at Deerwood Country Club, all proceeds will be funding Cancer Research and Endowments. Dr. Al Copland at Mayo Clinic received $ 45,000 for his NNN cancer research and the balance went into our endowments; $ 180,000 at Mayo and $ 400,000 at the Baptist Foundation. Our primary recipients, UF Health (Shands) has received $ 1,500,000, and both Baptist and Mayo have received over $ 1,000,000 each in grants since 1997..

    The RITA Foundation is an all-volunteer 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) public non-profit corporation registered with the State of Florida and the Internal Revenue Service. Last year, the Deercreek Women’s Alliance supported both The RITA Championships and SenioRITAs at Sawgrass with a bronze level sponsorship as well as over twelve ladies playing in the weekend matches. We are grateful to donate to this wonderful organization. Thank you to Chuck and Nancy 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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