Women’s Alliance

Donation Pickup

Donation Pickup

City Rescue Mission We have come to an agreement with the City Rescue Mission's thrift store, Rescued Treasures, on Normandy Boulevard, for their truck to come into Deercreek. The truck […]

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11 October
The Real Housewives Fashion Show

The Real Housewives Fashion Show

The Deercreek Women's Alliance presents Dinner & a Fashion Show 'The Real Housewives of Deercreek' This is one of our main fundraising events of the year, and is always a […]

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26 October
Donation Pickup

Donation Pickup

City Rescue Mission We have come to an agreement with the City Rescue Mission's thrift store, Rescued Treasures, on Normandy Boulevard, for their truck to come into Deercreek. The truck […]

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08 November


Thank You from PACE!

Thank You from PACE!

Thanks to your generosity, a substantial donation was taken to PACE for Mrs Mary's Boutique (for teenage girls) during August for their shopping days at the end of August. The DWA and PACE Center for Girls are very grateful for all your donations, which enable the students to have a wide selection of clothes to choose from. Thank you!

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Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you Deercreek! Thanks to your generosity, less fortunate children in our community (covering...

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DWA Spotlight on Charity

Spotlight on Charity – The RITA Foundation

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 programs and research in Jacksonville. The RITA Foundation is an all-volunteer 501 (C) (3) public, non-profit corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service and State of Florida. This Foundation grew from humble beginnings of one event by Nancy and Chuck Jantz to different events ranging
from several tennis tournaments, a black tie gala, 5k run/walks and a golf tournament.

To date, the foundation has donated over $6,450,000. The SenioRITAs at Sawgrass event was developed in 2000 catering to tennis ladies 40 and over. In 2020, SenioRITAs matches, along with a Kick-Off Party, live and silent auction, were cancelled due to Covid yet managed to raise $127,000.00 from donations only. 100% of the proceeds from all RITA events remain local. Last year, 2022, RITA total net proceeds of $311,700.00 were donated to Mayo Clinic and Baptist Health. Cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Al Copland, received a grant of $65,000.00. The balance was placed into several of the Cancer Endowments at both Mayo Clinic and the Baptist Foundation. The RITA Foundation currently has two Endowments at Mayo Clinic ($365,000.00) and 40 Endowments at Baptist totaling over $1,850,000.00. The Foundation will continue to grow these endowments, which in turn will generate ongoing revenue for various cancer programs.

Later this year, you will see five RITA Foundation projects. The Baptist Buddy Bus Mobile Mammography unit, funded with a $100,000.00 grant: Baptist Beaches new Imaging Center mammogram program funded by two SenioRITAs endowments; Baptist Clay new Imaging Center mammogram program funded by five RITA Championships endowments, Baptist M. D. Anderson Life Wellness Center programs for the underserved funded by five MixedRITA endowments; Baptist M.D. Anderson DigniCap program funded by a $10,000.00 grant and ongoing funding from seven SenioRITAs endowments.

Last year, the Deercreek Women’s Alliance supported the SenioRITAs event with a bronze level sponsorship. The Deercreek Women’s Alliance is grateful to donate to this wonderful organization. Many members of DWA have been affected by breast cancer or know of family and trends that have been impacted and wish to help make a difference through research.

We began a new event in January of 2023. The RITA Caring And Sharing Hope 5k Walk/Run was held in Nocatee. Plans are underway for February 2024 with Truist Bank, Baptist Medical Center South and Baptist MD Anderson as major sponsors. The 2023 RITA Championships were held March 3, 4, and 5 at Club Continental. The 2023 Mixed RITA at Sawgrass was June 3 and 4. The SenioRITAs at Sawgrass will kickoff on October 10 with the Party and Auction at The Yards at the Players Club and the SenioRITAs at Sawgrass Women’s Tennis Tournament October 13, 14, and 15.

Thank you to Nancy and Chuck Jantz for their continued fundraising efforts.

Donations In Honor of or In Memory of a special person are a wonderful way to support this worthwhile cause during October -Breast Cancer Month or at any time of the year. To learn more about The RITA Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit their website: www.the-rita-foundation.org.

About Us

The Deercreek Women’s Alliance has been an active organization in Deercreek since 1999.

The Alliance’s primary function is to promote an awareness of the needs of local charitable organizations and to raise funds for these charities through a variety of activities and social events–and to have a great time while doing it.

The Alliance is open to any member of the Deercreek Country Club.

The Alliance is proud of the donations made in the past, totaling about $300,000. There is always more to be done and we continue to look for new areas where our help can make a difference.

2023-2024 Board

Debbie Grosnick

Carney Kirtley
Vice President

Jill Cole/Diane Heacox

Julia Watkins

Mary Stelbrink

DWA Membership

Your Deercreek Women’s Alliance is open to all ladies who are members of the Deercreek Country Club.


If you are not yet a PART OF THE HEART OF DEERCREEK and would like to join the DWA, please contact membership chairperson Mary Stelbrink at 363-2360. Membership is $30 a year.

DWA Charities

DWA Ongoing Charity Drives

PACE School for Girls: Clothing of all sizes for teenage girls is needed. Donated items can be dropped off at Vicki Khan’s home at 10148 Deercreek Club Rd, (904) 923-3538.

Jacksonville Humane Society: The JHS can always use bags of dried cat and dog food, blankets, towels, pet toys, bowls, flea-killing soap, and pet beds. Donations can be dropped off at Patti Mast’s home, 8011 Weatherby Court, 901-336-5905

Mandarin Food Bank: Any non-perishable food items such as, but not limited to, peanut butter, jelly, and oatmeal, and also canvas/material shopping bags, can be dropped off at Carmen Kelly’s home at 10139 Bishop Lake Rd W, 904-519-0622

Books-A-Go Go: Gently used or new books for children from Pre-K to 5th grade can be dropped off at Betty Metz’s home at 10076 Heather Lake Court W, 519-8863, markfirst@aol.com

City Rescue Mission Thrift Store – Rescued Treasures: Their truck will come into Deercreek on the second Wednesday of each month. If full, the truck will return on the following day.  To arrange a pick up, please email Elizabeth Curtin at pickups99@yahoo.com.



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