With heavy heart, we announce that True Blue's shining Icon, Sharon Ellis, passed away on December 18th, 2018.
Sharon was a deeply caring, inspirational and determined leader who devoted herself to True Blue's mission every day. Thousands of men, women and children have enjoyed the fun, beauty and safety of the multi-use trail at Lake Wonderwood, Naval Station Mayport due to her vision and countless contributions.
The Board of Directors, volunteers, sponsors, and friends of True Blue Navy Families Benefactors will greatly miss Sharon, forever remember the amazing woman that she was and carry on her mission.
AFFF, Armed Forces Families Foundation, the charitable arm of Taco Bell, has been and is a valued partner in helping make our True Blue mission a reality.
Enjoy this short video of the 11/7/2018 ribbon cutting ceremony with scenes from NSM that showcase improvements made at Lake Wonderwood.
On Oct. 22, Sawgrass Country Club was the scene of a charitable event that started six years ago, when Ponte Vedran Sharon Ellis had a vision to build a recreation park to improve the quality of life for the 7,000 Jacksonville sailors and 800 families at Naval Station, Mayport. Ellis founded “True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors” to raise funds for the recreational development of the Lake Wonderwood Preserve. The project entails building a path around the 22-acre lake with a series of pavilions, including children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, grill areas and fitness stations. The $1.4 million project is in phase two. In October, two pavilions were furnished and the paved path was extended.
Ninety-six players in the annual True Blue Golf Tournament celebrated their play with lunch at the golf clubhouse, a raffle and silent and live auctions. The winners in three flights were: Red Flight—Tom Kinney, Sonny Kirkwood, Jim Cole and Jim Britts; White Flight—Annie, Eugene and Rick McGuire and Mike Sweet, and Blue Flight—Donna Fiedorovicz, Peggy Widicus, Beverly Beck and Dory Beltson. Capt. Dave Yoder, commanding officer of Mayport Naval Station, played in the tournament with three fellow sailors, and he spoke at the luncheon. He declared the project a success. “Success is everybody who wants to come out and contribute to something that improves life at Naval Station Mayport. A mom came to me and said ‘it’s a safe environment for my kid to play and ride a bike.’ And I said it’s not me it’s folks from a great community who care about the military and want to give back to our country and way of life. I sincerely appreciate it on behalf of all the men and women who call Mayport home.” To learn more about True Blue, go to www.jaxtruebluenfb.org.
The Rooney Bin in Fl Times Union Shorelines, Sat, Oct 27, 2018
Sawgrass Country Club hosted the 6th Annual True Blue Golf tournament on a beautiful day, Mon, Oct 22.
The winners were:
White flight – Tracie Wolford (TB Pres) and Congressman John Rutherford (middle) help Eugene McGuire, Mike Sweet, Eugene McGuire and Annie McGuire celebrate (left to right).
Blue flight - Tracie Wolford (TB Pres) and Congressman John Rutherford (middle) help Beverly Beck, Peggy Widicus, Donna Fedorowicz, and Dory Beltson celebrate (left to right).
Red flight - Tracie Wolford (TB Pres) and Congressman John Rutherford (middle) help Tom Kinney, Jim Cole, Sonny Kirkwood and Jim Britts celebrate (left to right).
True Blue congratulates the winners and sincerely thanks all participants, sponsors and volunteers who supported this event. The true winners from this great event are the Military Families at the Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville.
Frank Lickliter, our PGA Tour Player, & Si Woo Kim, last year’s Players Champion, delivered for True Blue at the PGA Tour 17th Hole Challenge this morning.
True Blue is grateful to participate in THE PLAYERS 17TH HOLE CHARITY SHOOTOUT for a chance to win $10,000! Once again, Professional Golfer, Frank Lickliter, will represent True Blue in this Closest to the Pin contest to take place at hole #17 of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course on Monday, March 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
This event is open to the public. Event parking is available in the tournament parking lot off of CR210. We encourage you to come watch the event and cheer on Frank, THE PLAYERS Defending Champion Si Woo Kim and also True Blue's own Bill Hughes who will be out there competing this year for JDRF North Florida.
For more information: THE PLAYERS 17TH HOLE CHARITY SHOOTOUT - 2018 Flyer
Thank you First Coast News! Your continued support and generosity has made such a difference in helping True Blue enhance the lives of the military families in our community. #Tegna and @FCN2go
left to right – Lori Dorman, FCN Operations Mgr, Meagan Harris, FCN News Dir, Rob Mennie, General Manager & Senior VP -Tegna
True Blue met the guidelines for a $10,000 grant from Delores Barr Weaver Fund. Like all funds contributed to True Blue, 100% of the grant will be used for benefit of the Navy Families in Jacksonville.
About the Delores Barr Weaver Fund
Delores Barr Weaver established this Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in 2012 to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that do work she has supported over many years and to encourage others to do so as well. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in The Community Foundation’s history.
About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation, works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community. The Foundation helps donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helps nonprofits serve the region effectively, and helps people come together to make the community a better place. Now in its 53rd year, the Foundation has assets of $344 million and has made nearly $410 million in grants since 1964. For more information: www.jaxcf.org.
Free wellness workshops for military spouses at NAS JAX.
Mike Ryan is an expert in the Sports Medicine field. Per his website, www.mikeryansportsmedicine.com, "Mike Ryan is an expert in the Sports Medicine field. As a 26 year certified athletic trainer and registered physical therapist veteran in the National Football League (NFL), Mike has outstanding first-hand sports medicine experience in the fields of injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement of elite athletes."
Thanks to a generous donation from True Blue, Mike will be offering his services for free on a monthly basis to the NAS JAX families who are members of a local chapter of Stroller Warriors Running Club.
Mike is excited to work with these Stroller Warriors to help them improve their health and stay injury-free.
We're Military Spouses. We're Runners. We're Stroller Warriors.
From their website: Stroller Warriors® is a FREE running club for military spouses and their family members. Our mission is to help military families around the world live happier, healthier lives through fitness, friendship, leadership, goal-setting, networking, fundraising, and community outreach. Our vision is to secure a place for Stroller Warrior chapters in military communities around the world.
Please visit http://www.strollerwarriors.com/ to learn more about their mission and how you can help support them.
True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, Inc. is an all volunteer nonprofit formed In January 2012 to enhance the quality of life for Jacksonville, Florida, Navy families.