With our partners First Coast News and MWR Naval Station Mayport, FL and volunteers from CSX, Prosser, Inc and our sponsors Sea Breeze Food Service; Make a Difference Day was a huge success!
From NS Mayport Executive Officer, Cmdr. Pat Pickard:
It was an awesome day in support of an awesome project and concept! Thanks so much to all the good souls who came out to support the event and all of their hard work and sweat!! Great Fall Fest that followed put on by the Naval Station Mayport Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department. They rocked the house as always.
That day epitomized the acronym "TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More"!!!
Volunteers from CSX (Photo 1), FCN (Photo 2), Prosser, USS Hue, Sandalwood HIgh School, CSCS Mayport & ASD (Photo 3)
True Blue…In spite of impending doom, residents of Beaches communities continue to work to make life better for everyone. For example, True Blue Navy Families Benefactors continues on its course to turn the 22-acre man-made lake at the Naval Station Mayport base into a recreational area for Navy families. The Lake Wonderwood Preserve project has gotten all necessary permits, including approval by the Secretary of the Navy. “All it needs to move forward is the seed capital to do it,” Tournament Players Club general manager Bill Hughes told guests at the second annual True Blue Golf Tournament at Sawgrass Country Club.
About three years ago Ponte Vedra Beach resident Sharon Ellis and Mayport Naval Station Cmdr. Pat Pickard put their heads together and came up with the idea to create a recreation area for military families. Ellis founded True Blue, and on Oct. 6, the volunteer non-profit hosted its second annual golf tournament at Sawgrass Country Club. Ninety-two golfers competed in a scramble format. Doug Kidd, former voice of the Jaguars, emceed the event and announced top winners Tim Pike, Ron Carroll, Lee Cresman and Jim Eccleston. A luncheon with silent and live auctions followed the tourney. Hughes conducted the live auction of “priceless” items, such as a chance for two people to walk inside the ropes with pro golfer Billy Hurley III on Monday of the 2015 The Players Championship plus a year’s membership at TPC.
Naval Station Mayport ombudsman Liv Gardell spoke at the lunch and said the Wonderwood project is creating a legacy: “Our sailors have sacrificed so much and organizations like True Blue make it clear that that sacrifice is not forgotten.” Saturday, Oct. 25 will be Make a Difference Day at Lake Wonderwood, a community volunteer effort and family fun day. Go to www.jaxtruebluenfb.org for details
Thank You to our Participants, Sponsors and Sawgrass Country Club for another successful Golf Fundraising Event!
Congratulations to the winners of the tournament: Ron Carroll, Lee Creasman, Tim Pike and Ron Eccleston!
Pictured below: On the left, Doug Kidd ,TPC Player Ambassador and Voice of True Blue and Bill Hughes, TPC Sawgrass General Manager and True Blue Board Member. Holding the trophies is the winning team from Swisher International: Ron Carroll, Lee Creasman, Tim Pike and Ron Eccleston. Behind the Swisher team, Skip Wheeler, True Blue Board Member and Vice President.
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.