Story Number: NNS170320-11Release Date: 3/20/2017 10:16:00 AM
The USS Iwo Jima - home port at Naval Station Mayport
MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) welcomed 852 new shipmates for a "Friends and Family Day Cruise" off the coast of Mayport, Florida, March 19.
Friends and family members were invited aboard Iwo Jima to experience a day in the life of a Sailor at sea firsthand.
"It's great to get the families out so they can see what their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters do out here every day," said Capt. James Midkiff, Iwo Jima's commanding officer. "For some of these people, it's only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it's so great to be able to show them the ship. We appreciate all the sacrifices the families make, and this is a great opportunity for us to thank them and show them what we all do at the same time." Read the full article
Dear Sharon and Members of True Blue:
I am extremely grateful for all you are doing for our Navy men and women and, especially, their families. Your dedication on behalf of so many who serve our nation and our great Navy is truly unique and impactful. I am not only excited about what you are doing now but also about your ability and intent to sustain Lake Wonderwood for generations to come. You and your team are truly an inspiration for us all.
Mike Mullen, Adm,USN (ret.), 17th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Once in a while we get a letter that we have to share. We are so pleased to know we are making a difference to improve the lives of the military families in our community.
Sharon Ellis received the letter below from ADM. Robert Natter (Retired) who was the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and as the first Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, overseeing all Continental U.S. Navy bases, facilities, and training operations.
I want to thank you and the generous members of True Blue for your really meaningful work at transforming Naval Station Mayport’s Lake Wonderwood into a truly first class recreational area for our military families and all Naval Station Mayport’s service men and women. Your group’s largesse with your precious time and fundraising efforts are impacting directly and significantly the men and women who man our ships, aircraft squadrons, Depot, repair facilities, and the other military support operations in our fair City.
Thank you and God bless all of you.
Robert J Natter
Admiral, U S Navy Retired
True Blue is supported by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund.
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.
What a beautiful day for the PGA Tour Charity Shoot out on the new #12 hole on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Jason Day, last year’s Players Champion, hit drives to the 12th for each charity. Then each charity player vied for closest to the pin and the coveted $10,000.
True Blue was blessed to have Laugh Baugh, former LPGA player, golf broadcaster and writer as our player. She is one gracious and classy woman!
Laura did not have an easy shot. The 12th green is BIG and undulating with the pin today toward the front half of the green. You can see Laura and Jason Day watching her ball head straight for the pin in the picture above. Laura did great!, coming in 3rd place.
Every charity was a winner, though. Jason Day announced he was donating $5,000 to each charity. So thankful for his generosity and the opportunity given to True Blue to compete in this PGA Tour event.
The charities/players who participated in the challenge:
§ Angelwood (Jeff Lageman)
§ Boselli Foundation (Tony Boselli)
§ Epilepsy Foundation (Jeff Klauk)
§ K9s for Warriors (Bob Duval)
§ North Florida Junior Golf Foundation
§ St. Vincents HealthCare Foundation (Clint Avret)
§ The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation (Curtis Dvorak)
§ The First Tee (Spencer Schindler)
§ True Blue Navy Benefactors (Laura Baugh)
§ Wolfson Children’s Hospital (Josh Scobee
True Blue Friends – An exciting way to start, Tues, Mar 7 at TPC Sawgrass. It’s The Players Charity Shootout from 8:30am – 9:15am on the redesigned Stadium hole #12.
This year, Jason Day, the 2016 Players Champion, highlights the event. He hits a drive for each of 10 charities and the charity’s player then goes for closest to the pin. The charity player closest to the pin wins $10,000 for their charity!
JAX True Blue is honored to have Laura Baugh, a famed former LPGA player, golf broadcaster and writer, go for the pin for us! GOOD LUCK, LAURA!
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.