September 10, 2013
Gannett Company Inc. awards JAX True BlueTM $5,000 grant for ‘Make A Difference Day’ True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, Inc. (JAX True BlueTM) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Gannett Company Inc., for ‘Make A Difference Day’, and will be partnering with First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Naval Station Mayport in support of the Lake Wonderwood Project.
‘Make A Difference Day’ is the nation’s largest day of volunteering. For more than 20 years, Gannett’s USA WEEKEND Magazine has mobilized millions of people across the U.S. for this national day of doing good to help change the communities in which they live. This year Gannett’s Jacksonville Florida television news organization ‘First Coast News’ is teaming up with True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, Inc. in support of its Lake Wonderwood Project. In addition to Gannett’s $5,000 grant for the project, First Coast News will provide staff volunteers to help clear the brush around Lake http://www.gannett.comWonderwood in preparation for construction of a recreational development project.
The JAX True BlueTM project, approved by the Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Ray Mabus, will include a continuous pathway around the 22-‐acre lake and pavilions with children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, grill areas, and fitness stations. These improvements will bring countless hours of enjoyment and recreational opportunities for sailors and their families for years and generations to come. First Coast News President and General Manager, Eric Land says “We are proud to join together with True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, Inc. in support of the Lake Wonderwood Project at Naval Station Mayport on ‘Make A Difference Day’ to change the lives of others in a meaningful way on the nation’s largest day of volunteerism.” Land adds “Every day, First Coast News and all of Gannett are committed to serving the greater good of our nation and the more than 100 communities we serve, including our communities here on the First Coast. It is our purpose.” Volunteers from CSX Corporation, and residents of the Naval Station Mayport community will also be part off this ‘Make A Difference Day’ at Lake Wonderwood. Volunteer efforts will be followed by a Fall Festival to celebrate this tremendous effort.
Secretary Of The Navy Approves JAX True Blue™ Project To Benefit Recreational Development At Naval Station Mayport True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, Inc.
(JAX True Blue TM) is proud to announce its first major long-‐term project benefitting Naval Station Mayport sailors and their families! This multi-‐phased project, recently approved by the Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Ray Mabus, is the Naval Station Mayport Lake Wonderwood Preserve Recreational Area.
Working with the Mayport command and the Naval Station Mayport MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) leadership, Jax True Blue™ will gift monies for the development of a recreational track consisting of pathways and bridges around the mile in circumference of the lake. Additional improvements will include playgrounds, picnic areas, grill areas, fitness stations and other enhancements.
"Lake Wonderwood Preserve called to me. Seeing sailors and their families relaxing and enjoying this beautiful recreational area for years to come means everything to me. They selflessly serve our great country and us. Completing this project will be just one small way to say thank you for all they do and have done." ~ Sharon Ellis, Board Chair and President, True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, Inc.
JAX True BlueTM will raise project donations through fundraising and special events, including a golf tournament at Sawgrass Country Club in October 2013. Additionally, they will solicit donations of equipment and build partnerships with Jacksonville based corporations for volunteer manpower to assist the project team headed by the Navy’s Director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation. CSX Corporation has already committed to provide personnel to clear brush from the trail site on Saturday, July 27.
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.